*James Chestnut Watson, a physician who became the first African-American public health director for the city of Houston, died of renal failure. He was 75.
“He was probably the most dedicated, devoted physician to his patients that I’ve ever known” said longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Timothy Anderson. “He was very well respected and appreciated by his patients and by his colleagues.”
Watson was born in Trenton, N.J., to Reed and Grace Ella Chestnut Watson and was the youngest of three siblings. He earned his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine. He was the first African-American to receive medical internship at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., in 1964.
He moved to Houston in 1965 and earned his master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
He also served in the Armed Forces as the chief of dispensary services at Ellington Field.
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