Sunday, 23 April 2017

    
DETROIT PIONEER

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Bro. William Higginbotham III, M.D.


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    Talented Tenth District
    235 East Ferry Street
    Detroit, Michigan 48202
    313 - 872 - 1646








From the very inception of our fraternity Omega men have been prominent in the fields of health and science. Starting with our founders a direct line of heritage can be traced to the many Omega Men working in the fields of health and science today. This distinguished lineage passes through Nu Omega. In 1923 Brother Burton along with Francis Dent, Odie T. Davis, Livingston Jeffries David Smith and Charles Washington, chartered the Nu Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Dewitt Talmadge Burton was born in Memphis Tennessee on the 15 November 1892. He attended Fisk University after graduating from Kortrechet High School. He graduated from Meharry Medical School in 1920. He began his practice in 1921 here in Detroit Michigan. When he began his practice he used his bedroom as an office and a surgical suite.

He was the founder and owner of Burton Mercy Hospital at 271 Eliot Street in Detroit. He was also one of the founders of Parkside Hospital which was located at 3764 Brush Street in Detroit.

Burton was the first black person elected to the board of governors of Wayne State University in 1959. Brother Burton served on the Meharry Medical College Board of trustees and was a member on the National Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund. He served on many other civic boards including the United Foundation, World Medical Relief Organization, the Boy Scouts of America and the Detroit Urban League. He was a life member NAACP and member of the Citizen Advisory Committee on School needs in Detroit. He served as Chairman of the council on Political Education of Detroit, and the United Detroit Leadership Conference. He founded the D.T. Burton Research Fund for medical investigation to help investigate health problems in the Negro community.

His honors include being cited for outstanding civic leadership by the by the NAACP in 1958 and Michigan chronicle 1959. The Booker T Washington trade association also honored him as Citizen of the year. He was inducted into the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity in 1958.



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