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Walter Gray Crump, M.D. '1895 (1869-1945)

Established first scholarship for African American medical students and female medical students in the United States, 1928.

Walter Gray Crump, M.D. '1895

Born: 1869
Died: 
1945

Walter Gray Crump graduated from the College in 1895, and went on to become professor of surgery at the College and Flower Hospital. Gray created the first scholarship aimed exclusively at supporting African American medical students at New York Medical College, the first in the nation at a white majority medical school. Many notable African American physicians benefitted from the scholarship. In recognition of his dedication and visionary contributions to the College, he was later awarded the rank of emeritus professor.

Dr. Crump served as the chief surgeon at Broad Street Hospital in New York City, a hospital he helped co-found. He was a fellow and later a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Homeopathic Medical Societies of the State and County of New York.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crump championed civil rights, serving as a trustee at Howard University and Tuskegee Institute. Tuskegee was first founded to educate African American clergymen and later expanded into a university for liberal arts and medicine.