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Lucy Oxley MD: 'A pioneer and servant leader'

Sixty-nine medical students marched across the Music Hall stage on Fridayevening, June 5, 1936, during part of the University of Cincinnati's 58thcommencement exercises. Alfred Friedlander, MD, dean of the UC College ofMedicine, handed each student a diploma recognizing their Doctor of Medicinedegree. Each had performed the required four years of coursework and thencompleted a hospital internship during the 1935-36 academic year. Each was awhite male.Except for one.Lucy Orintha Oxley was the lone woman in the graduating class. She alsowas she the only African-American clutching a fresh diploma, the first personof color to ever to receive a medical degree from the College of Medicine.Since the medical school's first commencement on April 4, 1821, more than 5,600medical degrees were handed out at 116 graduation exercises. Lucy was the firstof her race to become a graduate of the UC College of... Read Story

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