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Lewis, Milton Carey (March 1894-May 6, 1967)



  • Existence: March 1894 - May 6, 1967


Milton Carey Lewis was born in March 1894 in Washington D. C. to Sarah and James Carey. Although the May 7, 1967, Kansas City Star obituary reports his age as 68, federal census records indicate his date of birth as 1894. Milton grew up in Washington D.C. and attended M Street High School. In 1914 he entered Howard State University, graduating with the Class of 1920.

In 1920 Dr. Lewis arrived in Kansas City and took up internship at General Hospital No. 2, where he worked in cancer research during World War II. He studied at New York University for several summers and later obtained Reciprocity to practice in his birth place, Washington, D.C. He was in charge of the Well Baby Station operated by the Visiting Nurses Association housed at Wheatley-Provident Hospital for a number of years.

Dr. Lewis formed and was past president of the local Howard University Alumni Group and served as Commander of the American Legion Wayne Minor Post No. 149. He was a member of the YMCA; the NAACP; Chi Delta Mu, a medical fraternity; Kansas City Medical Society and the National Medical Society. He served with the Men’s Clubs of Kansas City and was active in many social and civic organizations. Dr. Lewis attended Allen Chapel, an African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he was a trustee for more than 25 years. Dr. Lewis also became a member of the AME Church Jamison Temple in Kansas City.

Dr. Lewis had three sisters: Irene, Ethel & Ruth. He was married to a woman named Lillian sometime between 1930 and 1939 and to Gabrella W. from 1944 until his death. He also had a daughter, Mozelle Lewis, born January 14, 1919, who was raised by Sarah and James Lewis, her grandparents.

Dr. Lewis passed away on May 6, 1967, after suffering a heart attack at his medical office located in the Lincoln building, 18th & Vine streets in Kansas City.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Dr. Milton C. Lewis Collection

Identifier: MS-0043
Scope and Contents The Dr. Milton C. Lewis Collection was purchased by the Department of Special Collections from Brian Thurn Antiques of Kansas City in January 2006. The collection, dating from 1913-1967, is small but rich inlocal history as experiencedthrough the life of Dr. Lewis, a local African-American physician. There are materials related to his medical practice, including patient reports, correspondence, a logbook and a journal with patient care information. Also included are materials related to...
Dates: 1912 - 1950