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Dr. Warren Strudwick, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1923
Birth Location:
Durham, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1923
Birth Location:
Durham
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Biography

Dr. Warren James Strudwick was born on December 23, 1923, in Durham, North Carolina. His mother was a teacher and his father a physician. As a child, he enjoyed a privileged life until his father’s death in 1931, when he was eight years old. Strudwick attended Whitted Elementary School and as a young boy enjoyed building model airplanes and was a member of the safety patrol. He received his diploma from Hillside High School in 1940.

Strudwick attended North Carolina College for Negroes in 1940, where he studied chemistry until he transferred to West Virginia State College in 1942. That same year, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps where he served in a combat unit during World War II. In 1943, he attended Purdue University to complete Officers Training School. In 1946, Strudwick entered Howard University, receiving his B.S. degree in biology and chemistry in 1948. He went on to attend Howard University Medical School and while a student met and married his wife, Dr. Bette Catoe. He graduated from medical school in 1952.

In 1958, Strudwick helped to integrate Washington, D.C. hospitals. From 1961 to 2000, he taught surgery at Howard University Medical School. While teaching, he also operated a successful private practice in Washington, D.C. Strudwick was a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Board of Surgery, the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons. He was also actively involved in the NAACP, Urban League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Strudwick also wrote and published a number of medical related articles.

Strudwick passed away on October 27, 2008 at the age of 84. He leaves behind his wife and three grown children; two are physicians and the other an attorney.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Warren Strudwick remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Warren Strudwick remembers his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Warren Strudwick traces his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Warren Strudwick shares his earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Warren Strudwick recalls the sights and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Warren Strudwick discusses his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Warren Strudwick gives an overview of his school life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Warren Strudwick describes his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Warren Strudwick discusses his early religious participation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Warren Strudwick recalls influential figures from his adolescent years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Warren Strudwick recounts his high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Warren Strudwick details his college experience and his military stint
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Warren Strudwick recounts his medical school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Warren Strudwick discusses changes in his family life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Warren Strudwick reflects on his medical training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Warren Strudwick reflects on the medical profession during the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Warren Strudwick describes his experiences as a medical school professor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Warren Strudwick evaluates the "managed care" healthcare system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Warren Strudwick considers the effect of violent crimes on healthcare systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Warren Strudwick describes his family's medical legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Warren Strudwick shares advice for aspiring medical practitioners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Warren Strudwick reflects on developments in the medical field during his lifetime
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Warren Strudwick describes how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Warren Strudwick shares thoughts on the significance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Warren Strudwick reflects on his father's success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Warren Strudwick considers his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Warren Strudwick reflects on systems of government