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Dr. Walter I. Delph

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Urologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1944
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Urologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1944
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Urologist Dr. Walter Ivey Delph, Jr. was born on March 25, 1944 in Harlem, New York to Dr. Walter Ivey Delph, Sr., a real estate entrepreneur and family doctor, and Minnette Tillman Delph. Delph’s father was financier and builder of the Ivey Delph Apartments at 19 Hamilton Terrace in Harlem, New York, the first Black apartment project to be backed by a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage. Designed by Vertner Tandy, the first licensed African American architect in New York, Ivey Delph tenants included Marilyn Keets, Buck Clayton and Ted Sturgis.

Raised on Harlem’s Sugar Hill in the 1950s, Delph got his first haircut from Dr. Robert Craft, surrounded by members of the “Black Royalty” who frequented his home. Visitors included Duke Ellington, a young Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson. As a teen, Delph worked at a dry cleaner, at the Ivey Delph in the summer time, and accompanied his father on house calls. Delph’s father’s patients included Ralph Bunche and Delph’s godfather, Adam Clayton Powell. Adam Wells mentored Delph after he lost his father at age sixteen.

After a lackluster academic start, Delph found his passion in high school science. Accepted at Adelphi University, Delph earned his B.A. degree and advanced to a memorable career at Howard Medical School where he was trained and mentored by colleagues of his father. During high school, Delph trained in surgery at Montefiore Hospital. Delph returned to Montefiore Hospital after medical school for a residency in general surgery, but soon switched to a relatively nascent field, urology. Delph’s career has spanned vast improvements in urological treatment and endured major shifts in medicine, including the advent of the HMO.

Delph, the former Director of Urology at North General Hospital, the American Cancer Society since 1982 and served as the president of the Students American Medical Association (SAMA) when he was at Howard University and supports the Schomburg Center for Black Research. Delph served on the board of the YMCA from 1978 to 1982 and the New York Urban League from 1982 to 1987.

Delph is currently married to Aminta Griffith. He has three children: Andrea, Walter, III and Channing Delph.

Delph was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Walter I. Delph's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his father's first real estate venture
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers his father's patients and business partners
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls the famous residents of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes the churches in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers The Dalton School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his father's medical practice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his experiences at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his studies at Adelphi University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers Howard University College of Medicine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers Howard University College of Medicine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his activities during medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his internship at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his aspiration to become a surgeon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his travels with the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his early career in urology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls performing kidney transplants
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls founding his urology practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his office manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Walter I. Delph talks about the National Medical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls joining the National Medical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his presidency of the Manhattan Central Medical Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his decision to move to Scarsdale, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph talks about the changes to the Harlem community in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes the changes in the health insurance industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph recalls his cancer diagnoses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph talks about his experiences with meditation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph talks about civil disobedience
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter I. Delph talks about affirmative action
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers becoming a police surgeon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter I. Delph remembers Dr. Harold Freeman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his membership in Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter I. Delph describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter I. Delph reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter I. Delph narrates his photographs