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Dr. Virgil Norris

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cereal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Work hard and play hard.

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cereal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Work hard and play hard.
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Biography

Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Virgil C. Norris has practiced medicine in the Palm Beach area for forty years. He graduated with his B.S. from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, in 1950. He went on to study medicine at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee and received his M.D. in 1959. Dr. Norris has enjoyed a twenty-seven year career as a surgeon and general practitioner for the Palm Beach community.

Norris was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1975 and became a fellow at the American College of Surgeons in 1977. He has been in private practice since 1969 and has served on staff at Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Delray Community Hospital. He is a member of Palm Beach County Medical Society, Florida Medical Association, American Medical Association, the National Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.

Aside from practicing medicine, Norris takes an active role in his community. He has served as president of the Delray Club, Masonic Lodge, Naciremas Club and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and as a member of the NAACP, ACLU, Delray Board of Realtors and St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Norris received the First Annual Black Award for Medicine and Health Care in 1989. He and his wife Barbara have six children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Virgil Norris lists his family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Virgil Norris remembers his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Virgil Norris remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Virgil Norris recalls growing up as an only child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Virgil Norris describes the black community in Tallahassee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Virgil Norris shares his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Virgil Norris recounts his elementary and high school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Virgil Norris lists his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Virgil Norris remembers the people who influenced him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Virgil Norris shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Virgil Norris describes himself as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Virgil Norris recalls his parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Virgil Norris recounts his experiences at Hampton University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Virgil Norris discusses his childhood church activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Virgil Norris describes himself as an undergraduate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Virgil Norris remembers his medical school aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Virgil Norris recalls his military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Virgil Norris recounts his medical school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Virgil Norris discusses his medical practice in Del Ray, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Virgil Norris recalls his early years at Bethesda Hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Virgil Norris describes the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on his community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Virgil Norris recounts his residency in general surgery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Virgil Norris illustrates his experiences as a surgeon and general practitioner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Virgil Norris discusses the problems with HMOs, particularly for African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Virgil Norris talks about how to educate patients to seek preventative and necessary medical care
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Virgil Norris shares his opinion on how to fight AIDS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Virgil Norris discusses problems in healthcare for African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Virgil Norris talks about the opportunities and difficulties for young black doctors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Virgil Norris considers his legacy