Hamilton E. Holmes

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Hamilton E. Holmes
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Born (1941-07-08)8 July 1941
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Died 26 October 1995(1995-10-26) (aged 54)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Fields Orthopedics
Institutions Emory University School of Medicine
Alma mater University of Georgia
Emory University School of Medicine

Hamilton E. Holmes (8 July 1941 – 26 October 1995) was an American orthopedic physician. He and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were the first two African-American students admitted to the University of Georgia. Additionally, Holmes was the first African-American student to attend the Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1967, later becoming a professor of orthopedics and associate dean at the school.

Holmes was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi Honors fraternity according to the Desegregation website for the University of Georgia. (http://desegregation.uga.edu/history/)

Holmes died in 1995 of heart failure in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Atlanta native has several landmarks named in his honor including the Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School in East Point, Georgia; Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (Highway 280) in Fulton County, Georgia; and the H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta. The first endowed professorship at the University of Georgia named for an African-American was created in his name on 11 November 1999. The University of Georgia Academic Building is named for him as well, along with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, as it is called the Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, as of 2001. Also in 2012, Emory University has dedicated a new dorm in his honor, called Hamilton Holmes Hall.

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