Dorothy Lavinia

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Dorothy Lavinia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1914. She was placed in an orphanage in Troy, New York by her mother Edna just five months after birth. She lived there until she was 12. At 15 she ran away enrolling at the Troy High School, working for Mrs. Jarrrett.

After graduating from high school, she worked as a domestic helper attending Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1944, she studied medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She graduated third in her calls in 1949. She completed her residency in 1954 at the Hubbard Hospital. She died in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004, she was 90.

What you may not know about Dorothy Lavinia Brown is that she was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the Southeastern United States, the first African-American female to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly and the first known single female in Tennessee to legally adopt a child. Not bad, not bad at all from a child left in an orphanage, now what’s your excuse?

Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James. After reading Lavinia's inspiring story, I have no excuse whatsoever!

Apr 21, 2019 03:30 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray there are no excuses, after reading about Lavinia's journey....

Apr 21, 2019 03:36 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a wonderful, poignant and uplifting story. No excuses.

Apr 21, 2019 04:05 AM #3
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

No excuses here James and I can't even point a finger of blame to anyone. Dorothy Lavinia is undoubtedly a remarkable person and one we should all aspire toward.

Apr 21, 2019 04:32 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Dorothy leaves all without excuses! Moving on! Enjoy our day!

Apr 21, 2019 04:54 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Back then it was a true learning experience.

Happy Easter

Apr 21, 2019 05:05 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

The human spirit shows no boundaries.

Apr 21, 2019 05:28 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - I imagine the power of determination played an important role in this woman's life among many other qualities.

Apr 21, 2019 05:58 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is the only other time I havce seen the middle name Lavinia since my girlfriend of 40 years ago.

Apr 21, 2019 07:18 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Easter James to you and your family.  Thanks for all your blogs over the years.


Apr 21, 2019 08:05 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an inspiring story your shared with us about Lavinia.  Anytime someone starts whining, they should read this post. LOL A

Apr 21, 2019 08:46 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Pretty amazing!  Many challenges that she overcame and forged ahead.  Hope your Easter is extra special....even if you have to work.

Apr 21, 2019 02:27 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Dorothy certainly flipped the script. Thanks for introducing us to this very accomplished lady James.

Apr 21, 2019 03:38 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wow James- Dorothy Lavinia Brown did not let a tough childhood stop her from achieving. 

Apr 21, 2019 07:12 PM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A very inspiring woman James Dray . Many more people would adopt if their choices had not be aborted.

Apr 22, 2019 05:38 AM #15
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