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Dr. Judith M. Davenport

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Orange
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Never Say Never.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1939
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Orange
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Never Say Never.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1939
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Dentist Judith Marylyn Davenport was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 10, 1939. After graduating from Taylor-Allderdice High School, Davenport attended Penn State University, earning her B.S. degree in 1961. Davenport continued her education several years later, earning a master’s of public health in 1973 and then a doctorate of dental medicine degree in 1979, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

While earning her M.P.H, Davenport focused on low-income dental programs, and this furthered her desire to become a dentist. After completing her D.M.D., Davenport opened her own private practice in 1982, where she continued to practice until she retired in 2000. As a dentist, Davenport was featured in Fred Rogers’ Going to the Dentist, as well as the video Women in Dentistry. In addition, she and her husband, Ronald Davenport, Sr., founded the Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation in 1973. Starting with four radio stations, now the corporation’s holdings include the American Urban Radio Network, with 400 affiliates around the country.

Since her retirement from dentistry, Davenport has remained active on a number of committees in the community. She serves as a trustee of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Public Theater, among others. She is also the chair of the board of directors for Carlow College and is on the Washington Regional Selection Panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Some of her many awards include the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her maternal family's interaction with the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her mother's immediate family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her maternal grandfather's conflict in the A.M.E. Zion church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her maternal grandfather's activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport lists her mother's various childhood homes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her maternal grandmother losing her savings during the Stock Market Crash of 1929
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her mother's catering career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her maternal grandfather's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes how her parents met and married in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her father's work at U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes growing up in the Glen Hazel Heights housing project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her childhood role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her maternal grandmother's disapproval of historically black colleges and universities in the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about the loss of her maternal grandmother's family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes attending Burgwin Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about visiting the library as a child and the music her family listened to
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about going to church and listening to the radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her mother losing a radio broadcasting job to disc jockey, Mary Dee and the creation of Loftin Party Service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes attending Gladstone Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her relationship with her Jewish classmates at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes the prejudice she faced from administrators at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania and the freedom there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her fellow students at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about a Ph.D. student she worked with at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes meeting her husband, HistoryMaker Ronald Davenport, and settling in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes going to the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about being accepted into the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes a sexist incident in her admission process to the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her study group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport remembers the sexism and racism at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her mentor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about the dental practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that she worked in
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport reflects upon her career in dentistry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about the medical advances in dentistry and dentures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about the availability of affordable dentistry and the challenges facing new dentists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes common dental issues among African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her affiliation with dental associations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport explains her decision to pursue dentistry rather than medicine or a career in broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about founding Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation with HistoryMaker Ronald Davenport in 1972, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about founding Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation with HistoryMaker Ronald Davenport in 1972, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her organizational affiliations and activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport talks about her father's interest in dentistry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Dr. Judith M. Davenport describes how she would like to be remembered