Dr. DeWitt T. Burton was born in Memphis,
Tennessee on November 15, 1892. He graduated from Kortrechet
High School in 1914 and went to Nashville, Tennessee,
where he completed his pre-medical training at Fisk
University and, in 1920, earned his medical degree from
Meharry Medical College. He came to Detroit in 1921
and began his private practice. He was also on the staffs
of Grace, Dunbar Memorial, and later, Parkside Hospitals.
Wayne Diagnostic Hospital and Wayne Diagnostic Convalescent
Home with Dr. Chester Ames in 1939. He also founded
the Resthaven Convalescent Home. Wayne Diagnostic Hospital
was expanded from 50 to 96 beds and the hospital's name
was changed during the mid-1940s. At that point, Dr.
Burton retired from active medical practice and became
full-time administrator of Burton Mercy Hospital.
was elected to the first elected Board of Governors
of Wayne State University in 1959. He was the first
African American ever elected in a state-wide election
in the State of Michigan. He served on the board for
served on a number of other boards, including the Board
of Trustees of Meharry Medical College, the national
board of directors of the Negro College Fund, the United
Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, World Medical Relief
Organization, National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP), Detroit Urban League, Detroit
Area Council Boy Scouts of America, USO, Metropolitan
YMCA, and Greater Detroit Area Hospital Council.
was a member of the Detroit Medical Society, Wayne County
Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society, National
Medical Association, American Medical Association, Michigan
Hospital Association, and American Hospital Association.
His fraternal and club activities included memberships
in the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Iota Boule, and the
Economic Club of Detroit.
married Alice Boyd in 1922. Mrs. Burton was born on
her grandfather's plantation outside Natchez, Mississippi
on August 22, 1900. She attended high school at Natchez
College and earned her bachelor's degree at Fisk University
in Nashville, Tennessee.
a high school teacher of Latin before marrying Dr. Burton
and moving to Detroit.
was comptroller at Burton Mercy Hospital for a number
of years and became its sole administrator upon Dr.
Burton's death in 1970.