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Dr. Charles A. Tollett, Sr., was born in Muskogee, Okla., attended public school there and graduated from Manuel Training High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree (cum laude) from Howard University in Washington, D.C., his Medical Degree and Doctor of Science Degree (Surgery) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant while serving in the U.S. Army. His tour of service was overseas in the CBI Theatre and the South Pacific. Dr. Tollett was the first African- American to complete a 4 yr. residency in surgery at Temple University, after receiving his Medical Degree. He was the first African-American in the State of Okla. to be certified by the America Board of Surgery, and the first African-American in the State of Okla. to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was Chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at St. Anthony Hospital for several years. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a long term member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 63 yrs. Katherine Summers Tollett, and four children (Lynn, Charles Jr., Frank and Jeffrey). Services will be held 1:00pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Allen Chapel AME (1400 NE 13th St, OKC, OK 7311). Interment will be 1:00pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery (Ft. Gibson, OK)
Published on November 26, 2016
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