Dr. Henry C. Bryant, Jr. was born in
Birmingham, Alabama on February 21, 1915. His mother
was Myra Jones Bryant. He left home at the age of 15
years old and completed his high school education at
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical Institute in Huntsville,
Alabama in 1932.
his bachelor's degree from Talladega College in Talladega,
Alabama in 1936 and his medical degree from the University
of Michigan in 1940. He completed an internship at Provident
Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and six months of a pathology
residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis,
Missouri before he was drafted into the military.
went on active duty in the Army in 1942 and served until
1945. He returned to the University Hospital in Ann
Arbor to complete his pathology residency. He earned
a master's degree in 1947 and a Ph.D. in pathology in
working part-time as a pathologist at St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital in Ann Arbor and opened a private laboratory,
Physicians' Clinical Laboratory. Dr. Bryant also began
a part-time relationship with the People's Community
Hospital Authority consortium as a pathologist around
1950. He continued his affiliation with St. Joseph until
his retirement in the early 1980s.
is a life member of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was a founding
member of the Ann Arbor Civic Forum and is a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.