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Milestones in UMMC History - June 24, 2024

Published on Monday, June 24, 2024

By: Gary Pettus, gpettus@umc.edu

During its 69-year history, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has made contributions to the state, and the world, in medicine, science and education. Each month, we’ll recognize at least one of these major accomplishments.

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On July 1, 1965, Dr. Marion Antoinette Myles became the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s first African American faculty member when she joined the UMMC School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pharmacology and research. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she had earned her PhD at Iowa State University. She was teaching at what is now Alcorn State University when she was recruited by UMMC.