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Dr. Maurice Clifford: 1920-2002
Dr. Maurice Clifford, the 17th president of Medical College of Pennsylvania, died of a heart attack on November 3. He was 82.
Dr. Clifford, MCP president from 1980-86, was the College’s first African American president. He was also Philadelphia’s first African American health commissioner, and former president and CEO of The Lomax Company.
“Dr. Clifford was a groundbreaking physician, educator and public servant. He took on many roles during a distinguished career, and he excelled in each,” said President Papadakis. “Our University is indebted to him for his many years of service to Medical College of Pennsylvania. He is an important part of the grand tradition of MCP, which we are fortunate to carry forward as the Drexel University College of Medicine.”
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Clifford received a bachelor’s degree in English from Hamilton College in 1941 and a master’s in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 1942. He was drafted in 1942 and entered an Army program for pre-medical training. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1947. An obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Clifford was the first African American intern at Philadelphia General Hospital. He practiced at MCP from 1951-1979, and was a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a life fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He had recently received a Wellness of Youth Tree of Life Award for his contributions to the health and well-being of Philadelphia and its African American community.
Dr. Clifford is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Rosemary McDaniel, sons Maurice and Jay, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Donations can be made in his honor to the Maurice C. Clifford, M.D. Leadership Award, an award sponsored by Dr. Clifford and presented at the College of Medicine Commencement. Contributions can be sent to: Drexel University College of Medicine, P.O. Box 828114, Philadelphia, PA 19182.