Dr. Granville Coggs
30-Jul-1925 to 6-May-2019
Dr. Granville G. Coggs, M.D., F.A.C.R., was born to Dr. Tandy
Washington Coggs and Nannie Hinkle Coggs in Pine Bluff,
Arkansas. He was the youngest of five children and grandson of
slaves. He graduated from Dunbar High School in Little Rock in
From 1943 to 1946, Dr. Coggs trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield
Class 45G. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, earning military
badges of aerial gunner, aerial bombardier, multi-engine pilot, and
In June 1949, Dr. Coggs received his Bachelor of Science degree
with distinction, from the University of Nebraska, and was elected
to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies. In June
1953, he received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.
Distinctive accomplishments continued through Dr. Coggs’ career
in medicine, with appointment as the first African American staff
physician of the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco in 1959, first
head of the Ultrasound Radiology Division, University of California,
San Francisco in 1972, and establishing the San Antonio Breast
Evaluation Center, the role model for centers across the U.S. in
1983 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force
Medical Reserve in 1985.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of
Radiology, a Charter Member of the Society of Radiologists
In Ultrasound, and a Kappa Alpha Psi Scientist of the Year
award winner, Dr. Coggs was also an accomplished musician,
vocalist, and multiple medal winner in the Senior Olympics.
He is a 2001 inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
Dr. Coggs was also named parade marshall of the America's
Armed Forces Parade 2014.