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Dr. Mildred Jefferson

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples (Washington State Red)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
To Thy Own Self Be True

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1927
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Texas

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples (Washington State Red)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
To Thy Own Self Be True

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1927
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson was born in 1927 in Pittsburg, Texas - the daughter of Gurthie Roberts Jefferson, a public school teacher, and Millard F. Jefferson, a Methodist minister. She attended public schools in East Texas and entered Harvard Medical School in 1947 after receiving a B.A degree summa cum laude from Texas College in Tyler, Texas and a M.S. degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Jefferson became the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School in 1951. She was the first woman to be a surgical intern at Boston City Hospital and the first woman admitted to membership in the Boston Surgical Society. She is, however, best-known for her longtime support and involvement in the “right-to-life movement” in America. She helped to establish the National Right to Life Committee and served three times as its president. She has been a local, regional and national speaker and activist.

After her Harvard Medical School graduation, Jefferson served as a general surgeon with the former Boston University Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Boston University Medical School.

Jefferson has had a career-long interest in medical jurisprudence, medical ethics and the interface between medicine and law, as well as their impact on public policy and society. As a founding member of state and national “right-to-life” organizations, she is president of Right to Life Crusade.

Jefferson is a founding member of the Board of Governors and a past President of the Value of Life Committee of Massachusetts and is also active with the American Life League and Americans United for Life Legal Defense Fund. Jefferson is also a member of Black Americans for Life and is held in high esteem by Feminists for Life. Jefferson passed away on October 18, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Mildred Jefferson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes the origin of her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes the community of Carthage, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls being honored by her hometown of Pittsburg, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers her mother's teaching career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers her father's ministry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls visiting her maternal family in East Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers her family physician, Dr. Allen Moore Baker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers her influences as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her early experiences of epidemics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her premedical studies at Texas College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her transition to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her home in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her graduate studies at Tufts College in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls attending Boston's Harvard Medical School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her studies at Boston's Harvard Medical School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her surgical internship at Boston City Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls the challenges she faced as a female surgical resident
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her career at Boston University Medical Center Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about her medical association memberships
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers Dr. William Augustus Hinton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls founding the Value of Life Committee of Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls founding the National Right to Life Committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her National Right to Life Committee presidency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about Feminists for Life of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about Black Americans for Life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her presentation style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her role at Massachusetts Citizens for Life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about her media involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes the right to life movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her correspondence with President Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson remembers President Ronald Reagan's election in 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her campaign for the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson shares her perspective on care management
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson shares her perspective on affirmative action
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls receiving the Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls her involvement with the Knights of Columbus
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson recalls being honored by Texas College in Tyler, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson shares her perspective on sex education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about the role of health education for youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her sources of moral and financial support
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her written works in progress
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her aspiration to own a newspaper business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson reflects upon her childhood in East Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson reflects upon her childhood in East Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson talks about the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Mildred Jefferson describes her hopes for the African American community and how she would like to be remembered