Marjorie Peebles-Meyers
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Marjorie Peebles-Meyers

Physician

 

Dr. Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, M.D.
BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Marjorie Peebles-Meyers was born to Mary Elizabeth and James Milton Peebles on October 6, 1915 in New York, New York. She attended Hunter College High School and Hunter College in New York City, graduating with a B.A. in 1937. After completing an M.A. in psychology at Columbia University, Dr. Peebles-Meyers entered Howard University Medical School. In 1940, she left Howard University and entered Wayne (now Wayne State) University Medical School from which she was the first black woman graduate in 1943.

Following medical school, she received positions as an intern and a resident at Detroit Receiving (then Detroit General) Hospital, again being the first black woman to do so. She completed her residency in internal medicine in 1947 and entered what is considered to be the first interracial private practice in Detroit with Drs. A.B. Henderson and Eugene Shafarman in 1947. The original location of the practice was near the Detroit Medical Center on John R Street, only a few blocks away from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Dr. Peebles-Meyers was in private practice until 1977.

Dr. Peebles-Meyers was granted Junior Attending Physician status in the Department of Medicine of Hutzel (then Woman's) Hospital after she passed her board exam in 1950. She was promoted to the position of Senior Attending Physician in 1963 and held that position until 1979. During the 1950's and 1960's, Dr. Peebles-Meyers also had courtesy admitting privileges at Evangelical Deaconess and Alexander Blain Hospitals. From 1977 to 1985, she was Chief Physician for Ford Motor Company at the World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Peebles-Meyers was also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Wayne State University Medical School.

Her professional and civic affiliations have included memberships in the National Medical Association, American Medical Association, Detroit Medical Society, Detroit Urban League (where she served on the Board of Trustees, 1950-1965), United Community Services, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Tape recorded interview;
Detroit, MI
14 April  1997
audio clip
Discusses how her medical school experience was affected by her African American identity:

"I really can't think of an episode, as far as faculty are concerned, that was discriminatory. The real miserable thing, and miserable because, you know, if something is on merit and you don't get it, that's one thing. But, I saw this day all these white envelopes [in] the [mail] boxes, [except mine]. You [could] tell, you know this was Betty Reid and this was the other Betty, and so forth and so on, so I asked a question. I said to one of the girls with whom I was particularly friendly, Charlotte Mersky, I said, "What is this about?" And her reply was, "Marjorie, I knew you were going to ask me, and I just wish I didn't have to tell you." So I said, "Well, what...?" She said, "Well, these are bids for the sorority." There was a woman's medical sorority that had nothing to do with merit. Everybody who was a woman in medical school was...but I was not acceptable. Only on the basis of my race."

 

William G. Anderson
Reginald P. Ayala
Arthur W Boddie
Wilma Brakefield-Caldwell
Henry C. Bryant Jr.
Alice Burton
Waldo L. Cain
James W. Collins
Claude and Vivienne Cooper
Gladys B. Dillard
George Gaines Jr.
Leon Gant
Herman J. Glass Sr.
Della Goodwin
Joseph B. Harris
Frank P. Iacobell
Horace L. Jefferson
Sidney B. Jenkins
Arthur Johnson
Rachel B. Keith
William E. Lawson
Josephine Love
Hayward Maben Jr.
Berna C. Mason
Suesetta T. McCree
Dorothy Mottley
David C. Northcross Jr.
Ophelia B. Northcross
Marjorie Peebles-Meyers
Frank P. Raiford III
Garther Roberson Jr.
S. L. Roberson
Elsie Smith
Fannie L. Starks
Lionel F. Swan
Natalia M. Tanner
Oretta Mae Todd
I. Clara Webb
Charles F. Whitten
Charles H. Wright
Watson Young

 

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