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Dr. Enrique A. Riggs

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/3/1943
Birth Location:
Panama City,

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/3/1943
Birth Location:
Panama City
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Biography

Harlem dentist and businessman Dr. Enrique A. Riggs was born on June 3, 1943, in Panama City, Panama, to Winifred and Eric Riggs. Riggs is an active member of several civic organizations and the Army Reserve.

After earning his B.A. in psychology from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Riggs enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1968, rising to the rank of colonel in the Dental Corps. He earned his master's degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany in 1971, and in 1978 he received his degree in clinical dentistry from Howard University. Since 1978, Riggs has been in private practice in Harlem at an office he owns with his wife. Riggs was a co-founder in 1983 of the Small Business Stock Exchange of America, providing growing and emerging companies with expansion capital. He earned an M.B.A. in finance from Iona College in 1997 with a certificate in international business.

Since 1995, Riggs has served as a military academy liaison at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is responsible for recruiting cadets from the New York area and minority cadets from the nation at large. Following the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, Riggs used his professional expertise to examine dental records and help identify victims at Ground Zero. In 2002, the U.S. Army Dental Command appointed Riggs North Atlantic Region Dental Commander in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Riggs has been active in a number of other civic and professional organizations, including the 100 Black Men, the American Association of Securities Dealers and the American Dental Association. He sits on the Boulé Foundation Board. He and his wife, Dr. Carol Morales, were married in 1983 and have one daughter, Myra Christine. Riggs lives with his family in White Plains, New York.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Enrique A. Riggs' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his mother and how his family came to Panama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his mother and various phrases she used
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his father and the death of his older brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his desire to visit Panama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls his earliest childhood memories of Panama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls moving to New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his move to Harlem, New York and ethnic divides in the area
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about learning to cook and adjusting to America as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls his childhood in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his family's musical abilities and how he became interested in drumming
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about taking up the drums
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes the schools he attended as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about jazz musicians he admired as a junior high schooler
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes how he was exposed to jazz as a child and his involvement in the Minisink Warriors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes growing up near musicians Jimmy Cobb and Ben Riley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his love for playing the drums
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs reflects upon how well-regarded jazz musicians found their sound
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about running track as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his interests as a youth inside and out of school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his parents' support for his decisions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his family's expectations and his involvement with the Order of the Arrow as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his path to higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls what led him to attend Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about the history of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and his time as a student there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his decision to major in psychology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about Dr. Charles Wesley, president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about social unrest at Central State University during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about the musical tradition at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Enrique A. Riggs' interview, session two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls being drafted into both the NFL and the U.S. Army in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about playing for the Green Bay Packers as a reserve player
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about black players for the Green Bay Packers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about earning his M.A. degree and working for Educational Opportunities Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about a doll test project he worked on in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes how he ended up studying dentistry, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes how he ended up studying dentistry, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his experience at Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his experience at Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about the musical tradition at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about the musical tradition at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about opening the Small Business Stock Exchange of America, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about opening the Small Business Stock Exchange of America, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his dental practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his dental residencies with Dr. Marcus Moore and at Sydenham Hospital in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about an endeavor into opening a teaching hospital in the Bahamas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about returning to school in 1995 to pursue an M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about his dental training and that of black dentists during World War II
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about race issues in dentistry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about practicing forensic dentistry following September 11th
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about going to Mississippi during the 1960s and the importance of historical understanding
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about trying to block funding-cuts for Central State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs recalls presenting a threat analysis for on an oil company during business school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs laments the state of contemporary education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his experience in the U.S. military during the Gulf War
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about being stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and being a recruiter for West Point in New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes how he recruited minorities to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs reflects upon his experience in the military
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs talks about organizations in which he has taken part
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs explains why he agreed to be interviewed for The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dr. Enrique A. Riggs reflects upon his legacy and words from HistoryMaker Ossie Davis