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Dr. Alfred Stovall

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Family Practitioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Man's Salvation Is Measured By His Goodness To Others.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1936
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Family Practitioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Man's Salvation Is Measured By His Goodness To Others.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1936
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Alfred Stovall was born on August 13, 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama. An only child, Stovall moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana with his parents when he was seven years old. His father, Franz, got a job at General Electric and his mother, Arrie, opened a beauty school and operated it for 25 years. Stovall followed his parents' wishes that he get an education. He has used his medical degree to serve Fort Wayne's predominately minority neighborhoods, improving their access to health care and giving people pride in their community.

After graduating from Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1953, Stovall attended Purdue University and then Fisk University. He finished his formal education in 1966 by earning his M.D. at Howard Medical School. That year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam. He worked as a battalion surgeon and attained the rank of Captain. He was decorated with a Bronze Star. After returning home, in 1969 he opened a private practice as a family physician.

Stovall practiced medicine in an office on the corner of Lafayette and Pontiac streets, where he bought land. He and another African American physician, Dr. Jeff H. Towles, saw the potential and need for a full-service medical facility there-patients in their area had to travel relatively far to get x-rays and physical therapy. Together, they attracted investors and secured the necessary $2.7 million funding to build the 33,000 square-foot Lafayette Medical Center on the intersection where Stovall's office was located. It opened in 1993 and contains a low-cost pediatric center, an on-site urgent care center, a laboratory and a pharmacy as well as doctors' offices to cover a range of requirements.

Dr. Stovall serves as the president of the Fort Wayne Black Medical-Dental Association, which he founded. He is also a board member of the Fort Wayne Urban League and Star Financial Bank. He has four children with his wife, real estate broker Ernestine Dees Stovall.

Dr. Stovall passed away on February 18, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alfred Stovall lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alfred Stovall talks about his parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alfred Stovall describes his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alfred Stovall describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alfred Stovall describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alfred Stovall describes his childhood in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alfred Stovall remembers moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana at age seven
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alfred Stovall describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alfred Stovall remembers attending school in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Alfred Stovall talks about his role model, Dr. Roland Byer Wilson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Alfred Stovall talks about attending Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Alfred Stovall describes leaving Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alfred Stovall talks about how his interest in medicine developed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alfred Stovall talks about gaining admission to medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alfred Stovall describes attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alfred Stovall describes Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alfred Stovall describes his experiences in medical school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alfred Stovall describes his medical internship at Pontiac General Hospital in Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alfred Stovall recalls serving in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alfred Stovall shares his views on the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alfred Stovall talks about serving at Fort Ord in Monterey, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alfred Stovall describes his medical practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alfred Stovall talks about the Lafayette Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alfred Stovall describes treating Vernon Jordan's gunshot wound
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alfred Stovall recalls other cases of gunshot victims
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alfred Stovall shares memories from his medical career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alfred Stovall talks about being an African American doctor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alfred Stovall talks about health care access in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alfred Stovall describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alfred Stovall reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alfred Stovall describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alfred Stovall narrates his photographs