He was a pioneer in many ways, and his work helped change the face of medicine forever, but Dr. Samuel L. Kountz, Jr., never became a household name. In addition to becoming one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Kountz became a pioneer in of the most important new medical fields of the late twentieth century, organ transplantation.
I reported recently on several of our surviving WWII veterans and their contribution to the war effort.
Dr. Margaret Pittman was one of the great scientific minds of the past century. While she helped create vaccines for three diseases that once left millions dead in their wakes, the Arkansan accomplished much more.
Make no mistake. The peaceful, lawful protests have hijacked by those intent on transforming our nation. It is an attempt to demolish our constitution and remake our nation to be something different. There may well be a source for the rioting directed by an anarchist group or groups determined to bring the United States to its knees and reform the way of its government.
The twentieth century opened a door for innovation in science and technology. Great minds steadily unlocked the mysteries of the world and made life better for countless people. One of those great minds was Arkansas research scientist Dr. Margaret Pittman, a woman whose research has helped save millions of lives.