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.[1]

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


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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