GOD SENT HER TO HEAL WITH A HEART AS BIG AS TEXAS
Carolyn Beatrice Hammond Montier, M.D., was a skilled Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Psychiatrist. She combined her amazing understanding of neurology, endocrinology and the human spirit with her impenetrable faith in "God's Promise", to help an unprecedented number of people of all ages, races, religions, occupations and socioeconomic strata. She helped them to find hope, wellness and for some, a reason to live another day.
In the 55 years of Dr. Carolyn's remarkable medical career, she treated professional athletes, dignitaries and celebrities. She worked with death row inmates, trained policeman at the academy, ran an addictions clinic, and helped abused women find their way back. She even made house calls. She skillfully bonded with people to heal them, with deep love, integrity and generosity. She never refused to take a patient's call or turn the uninsured person away. Many of those same people would bring her their favorite pot of greens or offer to do odd jobs around the house just to show their thanks! She would always reassure them saying, "I don't know what the future holdsâ€¦but I do know who holds the future!" or "God is not dead and He is not on vacation either!"
Carolyn, affectionately known as "Bee-Bee", was born May 26, 1925 and raised on a farm-like compound in Bryan, Texas. Like a true Texan she wore cowboy boots, churned butter, rode horses and raised chickens. She played the guitar, accordion, piano and saxophone and sang country music with her family.
Her big heart was deeply touched at the age 10 by the death of her youngest brother and favorite playmate from pneumonia. She realized then, that God wanted her to help heal others.
She graduated high school, as valedictorian, at 16 years of age. Then entered Howard University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a minor in Physical Education. Carolyn consistently challenged the status quo by rising to the top of her class of mostly male chemistry majors and by graduating magna cum laude in 1945. When challenged by racism, she was arrested for refusing to sit at the back of a Washington DC bus. Her passion for helping people led her to Howard University College of Medicine, where she graduated second in her class, and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was then selected for a research fellowship in Paris, France. During that time she toured Europe and even viewed the remains at Auschwitz, the infamous German concentration camp. Her most daring achievement was marrying her beloved, Juan "Monty" Montier (1949), starting a family and living in Germany during the Korean War as an army wife. She embraced the European culture, buying her first child tiny wooden shoes from Holland and learning to speak fluent French and German.
In order to receive better medical care Carolyn returned to Bryan, Texas in 1955 expecting her second child, leaving her husband in Germany to complete his tour of service and finish his surgical residency in New York. While in Bryan, she worked alongside her father, Dr. William A. Hammond Sr., who opened Bryan's first black hospital. Then with two young children in tow, she moved to Connecticut and went on to become the first black women to earn an additional degree in Psychiatry from Yale University in 1957.
Finally, Carolyn and Monty settled in Cleveland, Ohio for nearly 40 years where they practiced medicine and raised five children. Happily referring to her children as "her five gifts", she created neighborhood backyard plays complete with lemonade and popcorn stands, made all birthday parties special, and had a few "Lucy Shows" while on family vacations. She told bedtime stories, baked delicious cheese cakes and could fry the crispiest chicken while balancing the demands of piano and swimming lessons and getting all seven to church before the sermon started. All of that while suffering with a serious rheumatic heart condition, she never complained, always saw the glass half full, always blessed.
Carolyn was by Monty's side when he passed from a long battle with cancer in 1996. Her big heart broken, she officially retired from medicine and moved to live in Laurel, Maryland with her daughter Prudence, who cared for her patiently and lovingly for several years, and was by her mother's side when she took her last breath.
In addition to her own private practice, Dr. Carolyn Montier has cared for patients as Clinical Director of Southeast Cleveland Community Mental Health Center, Medical Director of Woodruff Hospital, on the medical staffs of Ridgecliff Hospital, Cleveland State, Fairhill, the Cleveland Guidance Center, Mt. Pleasant Community Health Center, Murtis Taylor Mental Health Center, the Cleveland Job Corps, and Lima State Prison. She had teaching appointments for several social agencies and Psychiatric Aids. Nationally, she worked as interim medical director through CompHealth locum tenums. Her long-time love affair with the Cleveland community included serving Catholic Charities, NAACP, Urban League, Glen Oak School, and many, many more; affiliations include National Medical Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha,
She is the daughter of William Arthur Hammond, M.D. and Carolyn Lucille Hammond (Lewis), loving sister of Prudence Elizabeth Coker (George), Gladys Lucille Johnson (Henry), William Arthur Hammond Jr., M.D. (Ethel), Lovey Jewell Hammond, JD, Charles Hammond, DDS (Sydney and Darlene), devoted wife of Juan Henry Montier, M.D. [all predeceased]; and beloved mother of Carolyn Aurelia Butler (Billy), Julia Dianne Montier-Ball, MEd (Charles), Juan Henry Montier III (Judith), Prudence Faith Murray, M.D. (Joel), William Wallace Montier (Nancy), and caring grandmother of Stephen Alex Chandler, M.D. (Karen), Alex Martin Chandler, Carlton Alexander Chandler, Casey Justin Ball, Racheal Alexandria Ball, Juan Henry Montier, IV, Austin William Montier, Dana Jackson, Jr., Caroline Antoinette Montier, Carissa Grace Montier, and great-grandmother of Kara Chandler, Stephanie Chandler, and Kylie Alexis Chandler; She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; All to be inspired by her great faith and empowered by her enduring love for them.
Late Sunday morning, March 30, 2014, Carolyn heard The Master whisper softly, "Well done, good and faithful servant...I will give thee rest." (Matt 25:23; 2 Samuel 7:11) And, joyously her big heart joined His in eternal love.