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Pioneer public-health doctor dies


On this day in 1991, Connie Yerwood Connor died in Austin. Connor, born around 1908 in Victoria, became the first African-American physician named to the Texas Public Health Service (now the Texas Department of Health) in 1937. In the beginning her duties were limited to work among the black population in East Texas, but she eventually worked with all cultures throughout the state. She led the state's efforts in early periodic screening diagnosis, treatment, and chronic diseases for pregnancy and pediatrics. When she retired in 1977, she was director of health services. Connor was president of the Lone Star Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association and a member of the Texas Medical Association. In 1952 she was one of the trustees who signed the merger agreement of Huston-Tillotson College, which she served for a total of fifty-four years.

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