Laurence A. Grossman Biographical File

Summary Information

Repository
VUMC Historical Images and Biographies
Title
Laurence A. Grossman Biographical File
Date [inclusive]
1990 - 2006
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet
Abstract
Biographical file contains an obituary and an extensive article about Dr. Grossman's accomplishments published by St. Thomas Hospital in the 1990s.

Preferred Citation

Grossman, Laurence A. (1917-2006). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. Laurence A. Grossman, 89, an internal medicine and cardiovascular disease specialist, was the first physician in Nashville to fully integrate his medical practice and his staff.

An alumnus of VU and VUSM, Dr. Grossman held teaching appointments at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt and also helped establish Saint Thomas Health Services.

While serving as president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine in 1961, he led the movement to integrate the association, making Nashville one of the first cities in the South to have an integrated medical academy. Dr. Grossman helped establish the Middle Tennessee Heart Association and was named president on both the local and state levels of the Tennessee Medical Association. In addition to serving as past president of the Canby Robinson Association and the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association, he was as a member of the executive committee of the Vanderbilt Medical Center Board.

It was his time serving in the U.S. Army that reinforced the attitudes that would help Dr. Grossman shape the future of race relations in Nashville. "I spent many years in the armed forces in World War II with black soldiers, and I said to myself, 'If the Lord was good enough to let me come back to my wife and children, there would be no segregated citizens in my life," Dr. Grossman said in 1982 after receiving the National Conference of Christians and Jews award for promoting human relations in the community.

His list of humanitarian awards includes the Distinguished Human Right Service Award in 1987 and the Salt Wagon Award in 2000, deemed Meharry's most prestigious honor. Dr. Grossman died of heart failure on March 1, 2006.

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Subject Headings

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Military Medicine
  • Tennessee History
  • Vanderbilt Alumni

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