Distinguished Alumni

Did you know that Meharry opened the first chest clinic for African Americans in the South in 1926 under the direction of William A. Beck, M.D., F.C.C.P. a 1921 graduate of Meharry.

Dr. Beck was born in Gainesville, Alabama in 1896 and moved to Mangham, Louisiana at an early age where he received his elementary education and later entered Homer College, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, prior to entering Meharry Medical College in 1918. Dr. Beck was a professor of clinical medicine at Meharry for 25 years prior to having a successful private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years.