Lois Young-Thomas House
About the House
Lois Young-Thomas was valedictorian of Dunbar High School and later graduated magna cum laude from Howard University. As a student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. In 1960, she was our school’s first black female graduate. Following a rotating internship at the University of Maryland Hospital she returned to Howard University to complete her residency in ophthalmology, and then went on to a fellowship at the Wilmer Institute. She returned to Maryland fulltime in 1969, achieving the rank of Professor in 1980.
Dr. Young-Thomas was said to have possessed an immense social conscience and sense of social responsibility. She served on numerous boards and committees, many aimed at serving the disadvantaged. She also worked diligently to foster medical education, and had a particular interest in undergraduate preparation for medical school. Dr. Young-Thomas received numerous teaching awards including, in 1986, Tuskegee University’s Award for Medical Education. She was viewed by all of her students as a devoted teacher and mentor.
Dr. Bennie Jeng, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dr. Donna Parker