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Theodore P. Blevins M.D.


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Theodore P. Blevins M.D. Obituary
October 22, 1921 - March 15, 2017 Theodore Pollard Blevins, MD, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, at the age of 95.  He was born in St. Louis, MO, to Field Blevins, MD, (originally from Aberdeen Mississippi) and Myrtle Ennis Blevins (originally from Central City Kentucky).  He graduated from Sumner High School in 1938 and completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University in Chemistry in 1942.  Like his father, he was driven to pursue a career in medicine, despite the multiple obstacles facing an African-American at that time. He became a proud graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1944, earning the degree at the age of 22. His dedication to providing care for children most in need led him to a pediatrics residency at the Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. He was awarded board certification in pediatrics in 1949. Shortly after completing residency, Dr. Blevins became a Captain in the United States Army. While stationed in Wurzburg, Germany, he met and married his wife, Ruth Pensel. Following the completion of his service, they returned to his pediatric practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Blevins dedicated his professional life to providing pediatric care for over 50 years. He practiced in the Crenshaw District, and in Downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd. He became the first African-American to join the medical staff at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital, where he developed a subspecialty practice in the care of sickle-cell anemia, which became a lifelong passion. Dr. Blevins was universally loved and admired by his patients and colleagues, providing kindness, support, and treatment to generations of Los Angeles families. He retired in 1998. Theodore Blevins is survived by his two sons, both of whom he inspired to pursue medical careers through his limitless dedication: Field Theodore Blevins (Orthopedic Surgeon in Durango, CO), and Nikolas Hans Blevins (Otolaryngologist at Stanford University). He had 4 grandchildren: Kaylee Blevins (at Stanford University), Christopher Blevins (at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), and Maya and Cole Blevins (both in Portola Valley, CA). Dr. Blevins also had 2 nieces, Ellen Griffiths of Silver Spring, MD, and Barbara Fiselius of Hesse, Germany. Dr. Blevins was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sister Augusta L. Madison of Houston, TX.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2017
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