Dr. Horace Jefferson was born in Detroit,
Michigan on October 10, 1924, the second child of John
Lee and Mattie Louis Jefferson. A 1943 graduate of Cass
Technical High School, he entered the Army after having
worked at Ford Motor Company for almost six months and
served until mid-1946.
returned to Detroit, he entered Highland Park Junior
College's two-year pre-dentistry program, then transferred
to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in
Ann Arbor in 1948. At the same time, he began working
for the Lincoln Motor Car Company, a job he maintained
throughout his dental training.
graduated from the University of Michigan School of
Dentistry in 1952. Dr. Jefferson began practicing in
Detroit, filling in for Dr. James A. A. Catchings while
he was serving in the military from early 1953 until
his own private general practice and also became the
senior dentist, part-time, at Herman Kiefer Hospital
in 1954. He served at Herman Kiefer until 1970.
1977 until 1982, Dr. Jefferson served on the board of
directors of the Delta Dental Plan of Michigan. He has
been very active with a number of professional dental
organizations, including the Michigan Dental Association,
the American Dental Association, and the Academy of
Dr. Jefferson was on the Peer Review and Dental Care
Committees of the Detroit District Dental Society. He
is also a former president of the Wolverine Dental Society.
his civic activities, Dr. Jefferson is a life member
of the Detroit chapter of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Detroit's
International Afro-American Museum, now the Charles
H. Wright Museum of African American History. He is
also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Dr.
Jefferson retired from his private practice in 1999.