Thelma Adele Patten Law

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thelma Adele Patten Law was born in Huntsville, Texas back in 1900 to Mason and Pauline.  She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1917 as valedictorian.  In 1923, she graduated from Howard University with a medical degree.  The following year she earned her medical license. 

She set up her first practice in Houston at the Odd Fellows Temple in 1924.  In 1940, she became the president of the Lone Star Medical Association.  She died in 1968, she was 67.

What you may not know about Thelma is that she was the first African American woman admitted to the Harris County Medical Society.

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - she was a very accomplished woman who made a difference in her time.

May 01, 2021 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

James Dray good morning again, James... considering how hard it was for women in general to enter the medical profession back then, Thelma's accomplishments as a black woman are even more amazing.

May 01, 2021 04:30 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


You are so right.  Smiles are free,   Enjoy your weekend.  Bill Salvatore

May 01, 2021 05:01 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 01, 2021 06:12 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a nice story and I always enjoy learning more about someone that I have never heard of before.

May 01, 2021 07:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thelma was a pioneer with a mountain of determination. Enjoy your day

May 01, 2021 07:42 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Women have been healers for the longest time. Glad for her to punch through the ceiling.

May 01, 2021 08:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James, I live in Harris County but was not familiar with her! But what an achievement 

May 01, 2021 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - when I read Harris County in your post, I immediately thought of Kathy Streib --- ActiveRain teaches lessons in many ways.  Even geography class is a part of the curriculum.  

May 01, 2021 09:46 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

She was certainly a trailblazer. I love this type of post from you. Points out the greatness of America.

May 01, 2021 09:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Good morning James Dray , Thelma must've been a very successful doctor to get to that lofty position 👍

May 01, 2021 10:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Your mention of the Odd Fellow Association took me back 50 years James. There was a Odd Fellows Hall in either Fargo or Moorhead that I used to go to for teen dances.

May 01, 2021 11:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Your post reaffirms that possibilities abound to those who really are committed to doing something regardless of the circumstances.  This is another inspiring post from you!  A

May 01, 2021 11:23 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James Dray I always love the stories you post about such fascinating lives

May 01, 2021 12:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Thanks for yet another interesting and inspiring read about an accomplished woman in the medical field. Most impressive!


May 01, 2021 05:45 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

An amazing accomplishment indeed in a time, when finishing high school was a challenge for many.

May 18, 2021 06:43 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Another Howard University graduate who went upwards to bread a glass ceiling!

Oct 09, 2021 01:42 PM