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Arthur W. Boddie


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Arthur W. Boddie

Dr. Arthur Boddie was born to Dr. William Fisher Boddie and Dr. Luetta T. Boddie in Forsyth, Georgia on April 21, 1910. He graduated from Hubbard High School in Forsyth around 1927 and enrolled in Atlanta University for his undergraduate studies. He completed his undergraduate education in 1931 and earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1935.

After completing a year's internship in general surgery at Kansas City (Missouri) General Hospital No. 2 and another year at Frederick Douglas Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Boddie migrated to Detroit in 1937 to begin his medical practice.

Dr. Boddie opened his private practice on Hastings Street and later moved to the corner of Mullett and Russell Streets. He was affiliated with Trinity Hospital, as well as with the following hospitals: Sidney Sumby Memorial Hospital of Dr. Samuel Milton in River Rouge, the Edyth K. Thomas Memorial Hospital of Dr. Alf Thomas, Sr., and Dr. Ossian Sweet's St. Aubin General Hospital.

As a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Dr. Boddie petitioned Grace Hospital for a staff appointment in 1948 and became a member of family practice.

Dr. Boddie's mother and brother, Dr. Lewis F. Boddie, also practiced briefly with him in Detroit.He continues his family practice on Mack Avenue near Berkshire Road.

Dr. Boddie is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, American Medical Association, Detroit Medical Society, and National Medical Association. He previously held a membership in the Royal

Tape recorded interview;
Detroit, MI
13 July  1998
audio clip

Dr. Boddie talks about hospital integration in Detroit

I: Were you ever part of the push to integrate the white hospitals in Detroit?

R: Well, I owe the Detroit Medical Society, which was a black medical society and a branch of the National Medical Association. Actually, at that time, we talked to the black member of the Common Council, who was [William Patrick]. He was the first black member of the council in Detroit. It was decided that we would contest the fact that white hospitals wanted to expand and they wanted to get land on which to do it. They weren't supposed to discriminate on the basis of race. Without that okay, and without the willingness to appoint black physicians to their staffs, then it wasn't possible for them to get what they wanted in the way of expansions. So, they immediately appointed about four or five doctors to the Harper Hospital staff. I think the only hospital in Detroit of any consequence, so far as black physicians were concerned, was Grace Hospital. It was a bit more liberal than the rest of them. As a matter of fact, there were about three or four different black physicians on that staff. Dr. Remus Robinson, Dr. [DeWitt T.] Burton, and a few others were members of the Grace Hospital staff. But there were no members on the other staffs in Detroit that I can recall.



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Arthur W Boddie
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James W. Collins
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George Gaines Jr.
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Herman J. Glass Sr.
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