Mary Elizabeth Bass was born in Marion County, Mississippi back in 1876. During the depression, the family lost their property and moved to Lumberton, Mississippi. Graduating from Columbia High School in 1893 she became an assistant teacher. She worked as a teacher in public schools in Mississippi and Texas.
She continued her education at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania graduating in 1904. She moved to New Orleans opening up her private practice. Because hospitals in New Orleans did not admit women physicians so she became a founder of a dispensary which has grown considerably and is now the Sara Mayo Hospital in New Orleans.
In 1911, she and Edith Ballard became the first women faculty members of the Tulane University School of Medicine. By 1920, she was a full professor where she taught pathology, clinical laboratory diagnosis, bacteriology and clinical medicine. She stayed at Tulane for 30 years.
She also became the first women elected as an active member of the Orleans Parish Medical Society. She died in 1956 from cancer.
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