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Dr. Roderic Pettigrew

Medical scientist Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew was born on March 26, 1951 in Albany, Georgia to Edwina Phinazee and Dr. Cleveland William Pettigrew. Pettigrew received his M.S. degree in nuclear science and engineering from Morehouse College in 1972, his M.S. degree in nuclear science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, his Ph.D. degree in applied radiation physics from the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology in 1977, and his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1979.

In 1980, Pettigrew interned and completed his residency at Emory University. He did an additional residency in nuclear medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In 1983, Pettigrew joined Picker International as a clinical research scientist, where he developed the company’s first commercial cardiac imaging technology. In 1984, he joined Emory University School of Medicine as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow where his work centered on non-invasive cardiac imaging. Pettigrew was promoted to associate professor of radiology with tenure in 1990, professor of radiology in 1996, and professor of cardiology in 2000. He also served as director of the Frederik Philips Magnetic Resonance Research Center in 1994 and director of the Emory Center for MR Research in 1999. Pettigrew’s work at Emory University centered around four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Pettigrew was appointed founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2002. During his tenure, Pettigrew served on numerous NIH committees, including the ethics advisory committee from 2005 to 2015, the director’s steering committee from 2006 to 2014, as chair of the information and technology working group from 2007 to 2013, and the scientific management review board from 2011 to 2016. From 2012 to 2014, Pettigrew served as acting chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health. In 2017, he stepped down as director of NIBIB to serve as chief executive officer of EnHealth and executive dean for EnMed at Texas A&M University.

Pettigrew served on numerous boards, including the American Heart Association from 1994 to 2000 and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance from 1998 to 2001. In 2003, he was elected chair of the National Advisory Council on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Pettigrew was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2007, and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. In 2012, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in honor of Pettigrew’s accomplishments with the NIBIB; and, in 2016, he was elected to the Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). His awards include the Pierre Galletti Award from the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2013, the Inaugural Gold Medal Award from the Academy of Radiology Research in 2014, and the Gold Medal from the Radiological Society of North America in 2017.

Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 19, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.145

Sex

Male

Interview Date

12/19/2019

Last Name

Pettigrew

Maker Category
Middle Name

Ivan

Occupation
Schools

Monroe Comprehensive High School

Morehouse College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

First Name

Roderic

Birth City, State, Country

Albany

HM ID

PET10

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Georgia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Resorts in Colorado, and Beaches in the Caribbean

Favorite Quote

If Something Is Important To You, Go See For Yourself

Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

3/26/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Houston

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Lobster or Shrimp Creole

Short Description

Medical scientist Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew (1951 - ) served as the founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2017, before joining Texas A&M University as chief executive officer of EnHealth and executive dean for EnMed.

Employment

Emory University School of Medicine

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Picker International, Inc.

Emory University Hospital

Grady Memorial Hospital

Crawford Long Hospital

Frederick Philips MR Research Center

Georgia Institute of Technology

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

National Institutes of Health

Texas A&M University, EnHealth

Texas A&M University, EnMed

Emory Center for MR Research

Favorite Color

Blue

Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr.

Astronaut, medical scientist, and management executive Bernard A. Harris was born in Temple, Texas on June 26, 1956 to Bernard A. Harris, Sr. and Gussie Emanual Harris. During his youth, Harris lived on the Navajo reservations of Arizona and New Mexico, where his mother found employment as a teacher. At the age of thirteen, Harris watched the first landing on the moon, and he knew that he wanted to become an astronaut. Harris’s family returned to Texas shortly after, and he graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1974. During high school, Harris decided he wanted to be a medical doctor and so attended the University of Houston, where he earned his B.S. degree in biology in 1978, and the Texas Tech University Health Science Center of Medicine, where he received his M.D. degree in 1982. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Never forgetting his aspirations to become an astronaut, Harris followed a career path that would enable him to realize this dream. Upon completing his residency, Harris pursued research opportunities at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and later the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, specifically taking up projects that would appeal to the interests of the astronaut selection committee. After his first application to the NASA Astronaut Corps. was declined, Harris reapplied and was invited to join the elite training group in 1990. Following the completion of intensive training, Harris was given his first assignment as a mission specialist of the Space Shuttle Columbia in the spring of 1993, just a few months after the birth of his daughter, Brooke Alexandria. Two years later, Harris returned to space and made history as the first African American to walk in space, where he and crew member Michael Foale tested the temperature resilience of their spacesuits.

Following his career in astronautics, Harris became an entrepreneur, working first as vice president of Spacehab, Inc. in 1996, where he worked on the commercialization of space exploration. After earning his M.B.A. degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake, Harris became executive director of Versalius Ventures in 2001.

Harris has received much recognition for his work as astronaut, entrepreneur, and as a community developer. In addition to becoming a fellow of the American College of Physicians, he is also the winner of The Challenger Award from the Ronald E. McNair Foundation, and recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. The Dr. Bernard A. Harris Middle School was named in his honor in 2006. That same year Harris established the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp and the Dream Tour, two STEM programs to encourage minority students to pursue an interest in the sciences.

Bernard Harris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2013.

Accession Number

A2013.034

Sex

Male

Interview Date

2/6/2013

3/4/2014

Last Name

Harris

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

A.

Schools

Sam Houston High School

University of Houston

Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Texas Medical Branch

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Bernard

Birth City, State, Country

Temple

HM ID

HAR39

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Favorite Quote

Dreams Are The Reality Of The Future.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Interview Description
Birth Date

6/26/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Houston

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Corn

Short Description

Astronaut and medical scientist Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. (1956 - ) was best known for being the first African American to walk in space.

Employment

Mayo Clinic

National Research Council (NRC)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut Corp.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Space Lab, Inc.

Space Media, Inc.

Vesalius Ventures, Inc.

Favorite Color

Red

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<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25625">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25626">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25627">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25628">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his mother's upbringing in Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25629">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25630">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his parents, and his family's early life in Houston, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25631">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the year following his parents' divorce</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25632">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his father</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25633">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25634">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his sister, Gillette Emmanuel</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25635">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25636">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25637">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his family's experience on the Navajo reservation in Greasewood, Arizona</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25638">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his cultural experience on the Navajo reservation in Greasewood, Arizona</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25639">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks his childhood interests while living in Greasewood, Arizona</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25640">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his experience in Tohatchi, New Mexico</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25641">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his introduction to science and the space program</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25642">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about astronauts Ed Dwight and Robert Lawrence</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25643">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the 1969 moon landing</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25644">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his interest in playing the saxophone</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25645">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his childhood personality, and his teachers and mentors in school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25646">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his brother, Dennis Harris</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25647">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about being in a band named 'Purple Haze'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25648">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his experience at Sam Houston High School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25649">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his role models in medicine and astronautics</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25650">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his senior year of high school and his summers with his band</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25651">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his father attending his high school graduation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/25652">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his mentors at the University of Houston</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673908">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr.'s interview, session 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673909">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers pledging to the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673910">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his early mentors</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673911">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers applying to medical school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673912">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the medical program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673913">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers applying for his medical residency</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673914">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his early aspiration to become an astronaut, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673915">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the impact of space travel on the human body</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673916">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls his work at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673917">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673918">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673919">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his early aspiration to become an astronaut, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673920">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls his early career at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673921">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers the NASA Astronaut Candidate Program</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673922">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the types of astronaut positions</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673923">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls his space flight training in Russia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673924">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers his first NASA mission</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673925">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the zero gravity simulation training at NASA</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673926">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the preparations for space flight, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673927">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the demographics of NASA</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673928">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the preparations for space flight, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673929">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls his experiences of the space shuttle launch</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673930">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the adjustment to zero gravity</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673931">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his experiences of space travel, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673932">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his experiences of space travel, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673933">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the space shuttle intra-crew dynamics</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673934">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the daily life of an astronaut</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673935">Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his second mission with NASA</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673936">Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers his first spacewalk</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673937">Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes the space shuttle reentry process</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673938">Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the findings of his NASA space missions</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673939">Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. remembers his decision to leave NASA</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673940">Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his graduate studies and his work with Space Media, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673941">Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes The Harris Foundation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673942">Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls the start of Vesalius Ventures, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673943">Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his medical career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673944">Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about the American Telemedicine Association</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673945">Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his company, Vesalius Ventures, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673946">Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his memoir, 'Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673947">Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. recalls bringing the Navajo Nation flag into space</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673948">Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673949">Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. talks about his daughter</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673950">Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. reflects upon his life and spirituality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673951">Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. reflects upon his experiences as an astronaut</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673952">Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673953">Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered</a>

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Bernard Harris talks about his introduction to science and the space program
Bernard Harris talks about his role models in medicine and astronautics
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Now, did you--now, was it in Tohatchi [New Mexico, on the Navajo reservation, where Harris' mother, Gussie Lee Burgess, worked as a teacher] that you first were, you know, were exposed, I guess, or became cognizant of the space program?$$Um-hum, yep--$$Okay.$$--because I was, that would make me about eleven, twelve. Now, you know, the space program is heating, you know, it's kind of heating up. We have put a man into orbit, and now we're into the Apollo [space] program. And so I watched that develop, and when I was thirteen, '69 [1969] was when it really all kind of came together for me. But, yeah, that's when I--and I also got involved in science. You asked the question earlier. That's, now, you're into--you know, you've gotten out of kind of out of the basic elementary, and now you're getting into biology and then in junior high and high school, chemistry. Now, I'm being exposed to science. I'm being exposed to, you know, chemistry, to aviation. I belong to the Rocket Club where we built rockets, Estes rockets [model rockets]. We even built a flying saucer that left a, you know, real big impression on me because I was also, now, I've got television reception, right? So then I'm watching 'Buck Rogers' and I'm watching 'Star Trek' and, you know, I'm watching sci-fi [science fiction] shows. It's just feeding the imagination of this kid.$$Now, how--I'm tempted to ask, and when you mentioned the flying saucer--$$Yeah.$$--how close Tohatchi is to Roswell [New Mexico].$$(Laughter) I know, I know. Well, this is one of those plastic flying saucers, right? And it was, what made it interesting is when the teacher introduced this concept of a flying saucer, of course, you know, I was all into it. And it had a fan. And he introduced it at the beginning of the year which is in, kind of the late summer, fall, so it was hot. So I distinctly remember taking it outside, turning the thing on, and it didn't lift off the ground, and then the teacher explaining why it didn't lift off the ground. First of all, it was hot, and our altitude--I can't remember were we at 5,000 feet, 4,000 feet, just under 5,000 feet. So the altitude, there was not enough air to get lift. So when we had our first snow, the exciting thing about it was that we all went outside, and I remember this like it was yesterday, outside of his classroom, and the snow is falling. It's cold outside. We turn the flying saucer on and it rises. So now, he's got, you know, these kids just mesmerized. Now, why did this happen? Now, he's teaching us about, you know, aerodynamics and density of air and all that sort of thing. And I was soaking it up, you know, as a kid.$$So you're about thirteen when this--$$Yeah, probably, probably twelve at this point--$$Okay.$$--I'm trying to think about it, though, probably twelve.$$Let me ask you, now, you were aware of John Glenn's [first American to orbit the Earth, and the fifth person in space] orbiting the--$$Um-hum.$$--earth when you're a kid?$$Yeah.$$And did you, were you aware of Ed Dwight [first African American to be trained as an astronaut; also a HistoryMaker] and Robert Lawrence [first African American astronaut] when you were coming up?$$No, no, not at all. I didn't learn about those two until I actually started working at NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration], you know, many years later, you know, in about '87 [1987] is when I first started working at NASA.$$Okay.$$And we can get to that. That's a story--I have a story around that too, of course.$$Now, in terms of information too, coming into the household, did your mother subscribe to 'JET' [magazine] or 'Ebony' [magazine] or anything like that?$$Of course, yeah. 'Ebony' and 'JET' were the main magazines and 'LIFE' [magazine] at the time.$$All right, so I'm just thinking the information flow of what you were getting, and, you know.$$So, you know, the information flow I was getting was, now, getting a lot more because we're closer to, you know, to the city. And so I'm able to follow the space program and what's happening in the newspapers that we've got and the magazines. But more importantly, now, we've got a television that has four channels. Can you imagine that? Four channels (laughter).$$That was good for 1967.$$It was (laughter).$Another important person from what I've read is, Dr. Frank Bryant.$$Dr. Frank Bryant, yeah. Yeah, so Dr. Bryant was our family physician. And, you know, in high school, he wasn't as big an influence as later on when I would come back during college [University of Houston, Texas] and during the summers and began to think, you know, that I wanted to become a medical doctor and pre-med and then start chatting with him about next steps. You know, so how do I get into medical school? How do I do that and him taking the time to introduce me to other medical students and to let me come into his office and invite me over to his home. That was, that was very important. But I think the other thing is that early on I saw him as a prominent African American doing great things for his community. And so he became a role model. I have these two types of role models. There are role models that are hands-on, that work with you, and there are role models from afar. So I would say in high school, he was a role model from afar because all--my only contact with him was when we'd go and see him as a physician. But I saw what he did. I watched what he did. I watched how he interacted with the family. And then he became this hands-on role model. If I was to back up to, you know, the inspiration I got from the early space program, those were role models from afar that I saw. So when I got into thinking that I wanted to be an astronaut, you know, Neil Armstrong and Buzz [Aldrin; American astronauts; the first to walk on the moon] were these guys that I had never met, but I watched what they did. Joe Kerwin who was the first American physician to go into space, I watched what he did. And it's been kind of interesting being an astronaut, being able to talk to these guys, you know, as a colleague and growing up seeing them, you know, and now being able to sit down and talk to them and going, "Wow, did you really go to the moon?" (laughter) And have them say, "Yes, I was there and this is what it was like." (laughter)

Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.

Medical doctor and epidemiologist Charles Lovell, Jr. was born on September 17, 1946 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Lovell, Sr. and Rachel Lovell. After Lovell’s freshman year in high school, his family sent him to New York City, where he lived with his uncle James Floyd and his aunt Martha. Lovell attended Seward Park High School and after graduation, he was accepted and attended Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating Harvard College, Lovell went on to attend medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York where he earned his M.D. degree in medicine. After graduating from Columbia University, Lovell interned at Harlem Hospital Center. In 1976, Lovell was named chief resident of Harlem Hospital and later went to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service [EIS], where he investigated national and local epidemics.

In 1978, Lovell opened his private medical practice, York Clinical Research and was also appointed assistant professor of clinical research at Eastern Virginia Medical School [EVMS]. That same year, Lovell worked with U.S. Rep. George William Whitehurst to enact legislation to include preventive health services as a part of Medicare. As a result, both Lovell and U.S. Rep. Whitehurst were awarded the American Lung Association’s Annual Award in 1981. In 1993, Lovell was the first African American to serve as president of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Medicine. In 2006, Lovell’s private practice was distinguished as a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence by the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control in 2006. Lovell divided his time between his private practice and his medical initiative entitled, the 3 Diseases Project, whose mission is to diagnose and treat hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol through the utilization of cutting edge technologies. In 2007, Lovell was awarded Dominion’s Strong Men & Women: The Series, which highlights African-American men and women whose accomplishments and determination demonstrate true excellence in leadership. Lovell is a former member of the National Vaccine Advisory Board. He is a current member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and the Sigma Xi scientific research society. Lovell’s wife is Barbara Lovell and they have one daughter, Sarah Rachel.

Charles Lovell, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 5, 2012.

Accession Number

A2012.021

Sex

Male

Interview Date

2/5/2012

Last Name

Lovell

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

F.

Occupation
Schools

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Harvard University

Seward Park High School

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Charles

Birth City, State, Country

Winston-Salem

HM ID

LOV06

Favorite Season

Spring

State

North Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica

Favorite Quote

Let he among you that is without sin cast the first stone.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Virginia

Interview Description
Birth Date

9/17/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Norfolk

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Turnip Greens

Short Description

Medical scientist Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. (1946 - ) served as a catalyst for the federal passage of a bill that provided elderly Medicare patients improved access to pneumonia vaccines, setting a precedent for preventive health care nationwide.

Employment

Sentara Healhcare

C.F. Lovell, MD, PC

United States Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control

Favorite Color

Navy Blue

DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20646">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.'s interview (part 1)</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20647">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his role in changing the direction of Medicare</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20648">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr.'s interview (part 2)</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20649">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20650">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20651">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his mother</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20652">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about J.J. Jones High School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20653">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his parents' occupations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20654">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20655">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes how his parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20656">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his father's and his uncles' service in the military</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20657">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20658">Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his family's religious affiliations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20659">Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes the diverse landscape of North Carolina</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20660">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes growing up in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20661">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience in J.J. Jones High School and his interest in nature and science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20662">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his interest in science during school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20663">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his family's political activism</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20664">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about leaving Pilot Mountain to attend high school in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20665">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Seward High School in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20666">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his decision to attend Harvard University and reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20667">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his interview with Jackie Robinson in 1963</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20668">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his brief encounter with Malcolm X in 1962 as well as the influence of his uncle</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20669">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experiences in New York City in the 1960s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20670">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Harvard University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20671">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about the growth of the department of African American studies at Harvard University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20672">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about others who attended Harvard University during his time there</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20673">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes civil rights activism in Harvard in the 1960s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20674">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience in the Air Force ROTC and his decision to attend Columbia University's medical school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20675">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Columbia University's medical school and the role of his mentors</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20676">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Columbia University Medical School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20677">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience at Harlem Hospital</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20678">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about refraining from political activism during medical school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20679">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20680">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his private medical practice and his clinical research</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20681">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his role in establishing Medicare reimbursement of preventive health services</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20682">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his honors and his service appointments</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20683">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes the 'Three Diseases Project' in Africa</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20684">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about childhood health in the U.S. and his daily routine</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20685">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his wife and daughter</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20686">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20687">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. reflects upon his career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20688">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about promoting a healthy lifestyle</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20689">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20690">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. talks about his current personal interests</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20691">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. provides a history of blacks at Harvard University and Columbia Medical School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/20692">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Charles Lovell, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered</a>