50 Years of African American Achievement: In Memoriam

Earline Houston, M.D.

The late Earline Houston, MD, first African American female graduate of the College of Medicine, in 1967. Dr. Houston practiced psychiatry in Philadelphia, PA, was a native Memphian, and graduated from Manassas High School.


Jessie McClure, Ph.D.

Jessie McClure, Ph.D. was appointed as UTHSC’s first male African American to serve as a vice chancellor in September 1990. He worked in University Relations and Student Affairs, focusing on community outreach and student development.


Wisdom Coleman, D.D.S., M.P.H.A.

Wisdom Coleman, D.D.S., M.P.H.A., was the first African American Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs in the College of Dentistry (COD) from 1997 to 2010, he was responsible for the recruitment and retention of African American students.

His overall service with the University of Tennessee and COD spanned 39 years.