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Dr. Henry Lucas

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Collard Greens, Fricasseed Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in France
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1932
Birth Location:
Rahway, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Collard Greens, Fricasseed Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in France
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1932
Birth Location:
Rahway
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Biography

Dr. Henry Lucas was born on February 27, 1932 in Rahway, New Jersey. Following his graduation from high school, Lucas attended Howard University and received his B.S. degree in 1957. He completed his studies in dentistry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1960 and his postgraduate studies in orthodontics at the University of the Pacific in 1972.

Serving as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force before going into private practice as a dental surgeon, Lucas started his own private practice, the Sutter Place Dental Group in San Francisco, California. Recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1966, he was voted one of the top ten dentists in the United States in 2004. A lecturer at the University of the California School of Dentistry and a past president of the California State Board of Dental Examinations, Lucas is also a Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the American Cosmetic Dentistry. His other professional affiliations include The American Society of Dentistry for Children and the California Dental Health Advisory Committee.

An active Republican, in 1981, President Reagan appointed Lucas to the President’s Commission on (Iran) Hostage Compensation. President Reagan later appointed him to the President’s Private Sector Initiative Task Force and the Department of Transportation Committee. Also a member of the Minority Business Resource Center, the Foundation for the Advancement of Minority Enterprise (FAME) and the Martin Luther King Commission for the State of California, Lucas founded and serves on the board of directors for the Time Savings and Loan Association. In 1997, he endowed the Henry Lucas, DDS Scholarship Fund at Meharry Medical College to assist promising dental students.

Lucas passed away on June 1, 2009 at the age of 77.

Lucas was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 1, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Henry Lucas' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Henry Lucas lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his childhood in Rahway, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes the smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers being disciplined by his grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers his favorite teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers working at the Mark Harris Department Store
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls his experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes being one of the few African Americans in Rahway, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his activities at Rahway High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls his aspirations as a young man
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls issues about skin color at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls first learning black history at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Henry Lucas explains why he attended Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his experience at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers attending Howard University with HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls serving in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Henry Lucas recounts a story from his time in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his experience at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. Henry Lucas explains why he moved to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls practicing with HistoryMaker Dr. Daniel A. Collins
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers becoming interested in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers surviving a life-threatening car accident
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers working on President Richard Milhous Nixon's campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers developing his black capitalism program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers President George Walker Bush
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his practice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Henry Lucas explains the benefits of alternative medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls being named one of the top ten dentists in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes being recruited to the board of Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls his efforts to keep Meharry Medical College from closing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Henry Lucas recalls joining the President's Commission on Hostage Compensation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers serving on the President's Commission on Hostage Compensation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his philanthropic work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Henry Lucas talks about skiing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Henry Lucas gives his case for reparations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Henry Lucas critiques the American welfare system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Henry Lucas remembers President Ronald Wilson Reagan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his hopes for the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Henry Lucas reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Henry Lucas explains his philosophy on life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes the African American community since the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Henry Lucas reflects upon his core values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes his grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Henry Lucas describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Henry Lucas speaks about the importance of history