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Dr. Paul Knott

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cardiologist
Hospital Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
What's Up?

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cardiologist
Hospital Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
What's Up?

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Cardiologist, inventor and nautical entrepreneur Dr. Paul Knott was born Albert Paul Lowe Knott, Jr. on March 23, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His ancestors include his paternal great grandfather, A.M.E. Bishop Gaston Knott of Eastern Tennessee (founder of Gaston, Tennessee), his grandfather, Albert Knott, a Morristown College graduate (Class of 1898) and the first Black police officer in Pittsburgh, his father, Albert Paul Knott, Sr., a physician and social activist, his mother, Fannie Meredith Scott Knott, a teacher and her father who was a physician. Knott’s parents were friends of Pittsburgh Courier editor, Robert L. Vann, and entertained Eleanor Roosevelt, George, Jody and Philippa Schuyler and other notables in their Hill District home. Knott attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Frick School and graduated from Schenley High School, where he swam and was co-captain of the track team in 1952. Entering Yale University at age seventeen, Knott, one of four blacks in his class, co-founded and joined the campus NAACP, the largest university chapter of the organization at that time. He graduated with his B.A. degree in human behavior and cultural anthropology in 1956. Pursuing medicine, Knott earned his M.D. degree from Seton Hall College of Medicine in 1960. That same year, he did an internship at Georgetown University.

Appointed a cardiovascular research fellow at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital from 1961 to 1963, Knott became senior medical resident at Hines V.A. Hospital from 1963 to 1965, becoming board eligible in internal medicine and cardiology. Serving in the U.S. Navy, Knott was chief of cardiology at the United States Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois from 1965 to 1967. There, he wrote a white paper on racial discrimination in public facilities servicing military installations. As a result, a federal law was passed making racial discrimination illegal in public facilities. Knott attended the First World Black Festival of Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal in 1966. From 1966 to 1981, he was a cardiology consultant for Daniel Hale Williams Health Center in Chicago, while teaching medicine at Loyola University, the University of Illinois and Rush Medical College. Knott also served on the staff’s of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Mile Square Community Health Center, Louise Burg Hospital, Provident Hospital and Bethany Hospital. At Tabernacle Community Hospital, he was associate medical director from 1972 to 1977. From 1977 to 1981, Knott served as chief medical and administrative officer for Bethany and Garfield Park Hospitals and Clinics. He was chief medical officer and medical administrator for Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center from 1981 to 1983 where he implemented and directed the development of sick call procedures. Knott was medical director of Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center from 1984 to 1986. Founding Correctional Healthcare Administrators in 1985, Knott has consulted on numerous medical projects. In 1988, he completed a feasibility study and plan for a 50,000 square foot facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Through the 1990s, Knott worked as an emergency room and trauma physician. He also earned certification in advanced trauma life support.

In the 1980s, Knott established a successful charter boat business with six boats, the largest being a 220 passenger dinner boat. In the early 1990s, he invented and manufactured the Knott Lock, security device for automobiles. Knott, a member of Sigma Pi Phi for over forty years, lives in Chicago with his wife, Lynda and their two children.

Knott passed away on July 20, 2018.

Knott was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 14, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his maternal aunt and uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Paul Knott describe his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Paul Knott describe the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers the prominent guests to his parents' home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his interest in the news of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers Jessie Matthews Vann
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers the Henry Clay Frick Training School for Teachers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his decision to apply to Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about the faculty of Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his admission to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his election as student council president
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers arriving at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his social life at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about the NAACP chapter at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his interest in anthropology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his medical school applications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers race relations at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his classmates' apologies at their fifty-year reunion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers the background of his peers at Yale University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls the impact of the Korean War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers moving to Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his experiences on segregated trains
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his medical residency and fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about the Playboy Mansion in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers the community of black physicians in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott describes the Tabernacle Community Hospital and Health Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his early medical career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about the opportunities for black doctors in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his medical career in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls his study of blood pressure in African American patients
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers his childhood vacations in Canada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his boat charter business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott recalls closing his boat charter business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott describes the Knott Lock
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his involvement in the Boule, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his involvement in the Boule, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott describes the Boule
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Paul Knott remembers the founding of the Percy Julian Luncheon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Paul Knott describes the changes in the Boule organization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about the political influence of Yale University alumni
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Paul Knott describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Paul Knott reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his health
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Paul Knott reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Paul Knott talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. Paul Knott describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dr. Paul Knott narrates his photographs