Blacks@Dartmouth 1775 to 1960

George William Adams, Jr.

Physician (pathologist) and medical educator in Washington, D.C.

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Dartmouth College A.B.

Class of 1915

1918 Howard Univ (M.D.)

Born  1894  Washington DC

Died 1969 Washington DC

Quotes from Biographical Sources

Dr. George William Adams, a Washington physician for 50 years and the last survivor of the eleven original interns at Freedmen's Hospital, died January 29, 1969 at his home, 627 Kenton St. N.W., Washington, D. C. George was born March 9, 1894 in Washington. A District native, he was graduated from the old M Street High School, and received his bachelor's degree in 1915 from Dartmouth where he was a member of Chi Delta Mu fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi. He received his M.D. degree from Howard University. In World War I, he saw service as a private on active duty with the Medical Reserve Corps.

After interning with the first group at Freedmen's Hospital during 1918-1919, Dr. Williams was one of the first Negro physicians selected for postgraduate study on a Rosenwald Fellowship at Harvard University in 1920-1921. From 1923 to 1943 he was pathologist at Freedmen's, during which time he taught biochemistry and clinical pathology at Howard University's medical school. He had been in private practice there since 1943. Last May the Association of Former Interns and Residents of Freedmen's Hospital, Inc. honored Dr. Adams at its 46th annual meeting for his 50 years of practice.

A golfer, Dr. Adams was a founder of the Royal Golf Club and a past president of the United Golf Association, a national organization, and also of the Eastern Golf Association. Besides his wife, Adelaide Beverly, he leaves two sons, and four grandchildren. Services were held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington and burial was in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

In Memoriam. (Mar 1969). Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 61(6), 75.

Other source(s)

  1. George W. Adams, Jr. (1922). In A. B. Caldwell (Ed.), History of the American Negro and His Institutions (Vol. 6, pp. 57-58). Atlanta, Ga.: A. B. Caldwell Publishing Company.
  2. Dr. George William Adams Jr. (1969). Journal of the National Medical Association, 61(2), 204.

Profile image source: Dartmouth Aegis 1915