How Marcus Peter Blakemore Shattered Records

How Marcus Peter Blakemore Shattered Records As First Black Graduate Of Prosthetic Dentistry MS Program At University Of Pittsburgh Dental School

Marcus Peter Blakemore shattered racial barriers by becoming the first African American to earn a Master of Science degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.

Blakemore’s Early Life and Education

Blakemore was born on January 3, 1889, in Franklin, Indiana as the eldest of four children. His family later moved to Anderson, Indiana where he finished high school in 1909 and entered Indiana University the following year.

After a stint in the Army during World War I, Blakemore returned to pursue higher education, earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Pitt’s Dental School in 1923.

26-Year Dentistry Career Before Returning for Advanced Degree

After receiving his DDS, Blakemore practiced dentistry in Pittsburgh for over 25 years. During this time, he was actively involved with national and local dental societies.

In 1949, while still managing his own dental practice, Blakemore made history by enrolling in Pitt’s advanced Prosthetic Dentistry program.

Legacy as Dentist, Military Veteran and Devoted Church Member

Blakemore continued practicing dentistry for 35 more years after earning his Master’s degree. He built an eminent career seeing patients in Pittsburgh where he resided until his death in 1959 at the age of 70.

In addition to his dental accomplishments, Blakemore was also lauded as a military veteran who served during World War I. He was also a longstanding member of his local Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Marcus Blakemore’s academic record-breaking feat coupled with his lifelong dedication to dentistry left an indelible legacy. His perseverance continues to inspire African American students pursuing higher education and advanced careers in healthcare.