Edgar O. Mandeville, M.D. ’67

Edgar O. Mandeville, M.D.For this Meharry Guardian, giving back is among his highest duties.

Edgar O. Mandeville, M.D., is one of the most esteemed and gifted board-certified OB-GYNs in New York City, serving as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harlem Hospital—the place where he served and completed his residency some decades ago.

He is also one of Meharry's own, a 1967 graduate of the School of Medicine, and—because of his generosity—one of the Guardians of Our Legacy.

The Guardians are Meharry alumni who've given over $100,000 in support of their alma mater. Their reasons are diverse, but one thing is common among them all—their appreciation for the training, nurturing, and life preparation that Meharry Medical College developed in them toward their lives as health care professionals.

A New York native who also once served as chairman of the board of directors of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Mandeville said the Meharry experience "proved invaluable" during his medical school years.

"As I look back on my life and what I've become and what I've done professionally, Meharry is an essential part of that," Mandeville said.  So, asking why he supports Meharry, he said, is like asking another question: "It's like saying, 'Do you support yourself and who you are and what you've become?'"

"Meharry is me," he said.

According to Mandeville, his family understands that giving to Meharry is a high priority, sometimes over family wants—that "a lot of their needs may become secondary to my need to support Meharry," he said.

"There's something special and necessary about an institution like Meharry...I think one has to go beyond the last mile to make sure Meharry survives," Mandeville said.

"I think that's the best way you can inform what you think is important in the world."