R.I.P: Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Pro-Life crusader, former candidate

( – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

Dr. Mildred Jefferson has died. The Boston Herald is reporting that one of the early leaders of the state's anti-abortion movement died last night in Cambridge.

Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a nationally recognized leader of the anti-abortion movement, has died at age 84.  Anne Fox, the president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, says Jefferson died Friday in Cambridge. She says Jefferson recently became ill.  Jefferson helped establish the National Right to Life Committee and was its president when she died, her third time serving in the position.

 She was a renown professor of surgery and held many honorary degrees. A thin, diminutive soft-spoken woman who was rarely without her straw Cowboy hat or scully cap, Jefferson was a real Texan. Her kind demeanor will be missed. Early on she blamed the welfare mentality for the breakdown of the black American family. 

More on Dr. Jefferson here.  Here’s an interview available on YouTube  from an nondescript Christian television program.  

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  • So sad to hear that the Lord has called her home.  A wonderful human being.  God bless.

  •     I was blessed to know her.  She could and did inspire so many by her grace, knowledge, and dignity.  What a deep loss for us all.  They don’t make them like the good Doctor any more.  God Bless Her and Her Memory.  

  • Dr. Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School.  If she was a liberal she would be cheered as a pioneer in the media.  As a conservative, not so much.

  • For giving several of us newbies (me too) to hear this lovely and gracious lady at the convention.  

  • richardhwheeler

    Dr. Jefferson was a gracious and committed person who cared deeply about the issues she spoke out about.  She was also a personally gracious person.  She was a frequent customer at my family’s restauran in Cambridge.

    I was actually introduced to Dr. Jefferson by my uncle.  He was (and still is) a committed Democrat.  I was visiting the store one time, and he brought Dr. Jefferson to my table, so he could introduce here to the Republican in the family.

    She knew my uncle disagreed with her on the issues, but they spoke with warmth and affection about their love of Cambridge, of history, of good food.  They became good friends, and I got to know her there.

    She came across as a very down to earth, caring, compassionate woman. It was only years later that I learned of what a pioneer she was.

    I remember when there was a death in the family, Dr. Jefferson came to the funeral and to the Shiva house afterwards to express her condolences.  I do the same now.  

  • cfblake2

    A true patriot who helped make America, Thank You Christy For Having her at the Convetion.

  • of my friend, Christy, at convention.  God has called one of his angels home.  

  • I first met Dr. Jefferson in my later teens as a College Republican and then again a staffer for the MassGOP. You could immediately tell she was someone special. Anyone who heard her speech at the MassGOP convention probably realized the same thing. I agree with Mike that if she was not a conservative, her significant accomplishments would have been far more wide-spread.


    A life well lived and dedicated to preserving life.

    Rest In God’s Peace Eternally.

  • the passing of Dr. Jefferson or printed her obituary.

    Can’t say I am surprised although I side with the Globe on more issues than not. The Pro-Life movement goes beyond party lines and Dr. Jefferson should  not be dismissed in death because of her active Pro-Life work while alive.

  • “To do no harm.”

    It is a disgrace but very predictable that The Boston Globe has to date ignored her passing as either a news item or an obituary.

    Even though I may agree on most issues with the Globe vs. The Herald the Globe should not assume many of its readers are not Pro-Life.

  • Thank you Earl Sholley, for it was the former Congressional candidate who first introduced me to Dr. Mildred Jefferson.  She had attended a MassGOP State Committee meeting with Earl and as I left the meeting it ended up just being me, Earl, & Dr. Jefferson in the parking lot heading to our repsective vehicles.  At that point Earl introduced me to Dr. Jefferson.

  • richardhwheeler

    The Boston Globe ran what I thought was a very nice tribute of Dr. Jefferson’s life today.   I spoke at some length with the Globe reporter, Karen Wedge, yesterday, and was quoted in the article because of what I posted on RMG yesterday.  

    Dr. Jefferson was a longtime customer of my family’s restaurant, the S&S, and we mourn her passing.

    Below is a link to the Globe story on Dr. Jefferson: