jane cooke wright*Black History Month has ended, but we don’t adhere to the 28 day limit on recognition of African American excellence.

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was a pioneer in cancer treatment. She spearheaded the treatment of chemotherapy as a standard treatment for cancer patients. She died at home in Guttenberg, New Jersey at the age of 93 on February 19.

Medicine was in Wright’s blood. Her father, Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright, was also a well-respected physician who was the first African American doctor to be appointed to a staff position at a New York municipal hospital. He also became the first African American police surgeon, according to the Afro’s report from the National Institutes of Health.