Dr. Margery Lord

Dr. Margery Lord

Dr. Margery Lord was born in 1891 and began medical practice 1916. She was appointed health officer of the Asheville Health Department in 1940, the first woman in North Carolina to hold this position. After city and county health departments merged 1954, she became assistant director. A newspaper account of 1952 reported, “It was Dr. Lord who brought the loosely organized departments dealing with the health of the city into a well-knit, smooth running organization which has resulted in a model of efficiency.” In 1955 the American Medical Women’s Association named Dr. Lord “Medical Woman of the Year.” In this photo by Juanita Wilson, Dr. Lord is shown in her office.

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