Chatter That Matters: May 1, 2013

caines | 5/2/2013, 5:30 a.m.

A celebration of legacy honoring Dr. George Simpson and Dr. Dazelle Simpson was sponsored by the Miami Chapter of the Meharry National Alumni Association last Friday at the Hotel Regency. Over 400 guests attended; Dr. Nelson Adams served as the moderator. In 1958, George Simpson joined wife, Dazelle, in Miami and established his private practice in general surgery. He registered as the first board-certified Black general surgeon in the State of Florida and was the first Black to perform major surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dazelle Simpson, the granddaughter of Miami pioneer, E.W.F. Stirrup, Sr., began practicing in 1953 until her retirement in 1995. Among her many accomplishments: she was the first board-certified Black pediatrician in Florida and the first Black woman at UM. Congratulations to program participants: Rev. Barbara B. Williams, Dr. James Bridges, Pres. Norman Jones, Drs. Clarence and Camille Smith, LaFreida Granberry, Dr. Rozalyn Paschal and Gregory Simpson. Other supporters included: Dr. Xunda A. Gibson, Effie Adams, Rachel Reeves, Garth Reeves, Bea Hines, Shirley Archie, Dr. Dorothy Fields, Loren Statia, Dr. Reginald McKinney, Dr. Carlos Telleches, Dr. Gershwin T. Blyden, Dr. Thomas L. Garvin, Jessie Trice Community HC.; Richard Bermont, Morgan Stanley and the Miami Childrens Hospital. A big salute to celebration committee: Thelma Gibson, Dr. Bridges, Dr. Adams, Carol D. Byrd, Dr. Herman Dorsett, Thelma Ferguson, June Garvin, Dr. Cheryl Holder, Sabrina B. Madison, Shama S. Withers, the Ranges and Al Johnson. By Dr. Richard Strachan