Henry Foster, Jr.
Born on September 8, 1933 in Pine Bluff Arkansas
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, former Dean of
Meharry Medical College; 1995 Nominee for
U.S. Surgeon General.
Interviewed by Kenneth D. Gilkes II
2005 Visionary Heritage Fellow
ife is a special gift and one should use their talents and gifts to not only improve their lives, but also improve the lives of others. Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr. has internalized this philosophy and it is manifested through his actions. As an obstetrician and gynecologist he has had countless opportunities to use his intellect and talent to help bring new life into the world.
Born September 8, 1933 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Foster grew up in an environment that did not support a victim mentality. His father Henry Foster Sr., who was a graduate of Morehouse College, was a science teacher and high school football coach. His mother, Pearl Hill Foster, was on the faculty of Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College. Foster grew up in a town that was socio-economically independent and sustained itself through the Black dollar.
Having positive influences in his life, such as his parents he had every reason to excel in school. He finished high school as the valedictorian of his class. He then entered Morehouse College for undergraduate studies and returned home to attend the University of Arkansas Medical School. The only Black in a class of 90, Foster graduated a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a prestigious medical honors society.
He was destined for success and would continue to excel in the various endeavors he pursued in his life. He has more than 250 publications and abstracts, and has served on numerous boards, committees, and councils. He was nominated to become the U.S. Surgeon General in 1995 by President William Clinton. He has served as the Dean of Meharry Medical College.
Today, Foster is Professor Emeritus at Meharry Medical College. He keeps busy with teaching and speaking engagements. While speaking to young people, he stresses to them to never have a victim mentality and to value the power of the vote, economic independence and education. Dr. Foster has left his mark on history and continues to exemplify a true visionary as he leaves his mark on the youth he influences.
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