Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett attended Jackson High School and graduated from Jackson Junior College in 1934. Dr. Crockett was director of the Crittenton Hospital clinics, headed the health care committee of New Detroit, Inc. and organized neighborhood health programs. As Michigan’s first female African-American obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Crockett received the Detroit Medical Society’s “Physician of the Year” award. She served on the boards of the Michigan Cancer Foundation, United Community Services and received the “Howardite of the Year” award from Howard University, which she attended after medical studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Crockett was also the first woman in the 74-year history of the Christmas Seal Campaign to be President.

Dr. Crockett was the keynote speaker during our 1972 commencement program. She passed away in 1979, but her achievements serve as a positive example to our College community.

Criteria for Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award

  • The recipient shall be a person who has been in attendance at JJC, JCC or JC, preferably having received a degree from the College.
  • The individual shall display positive personal involvement for the betterment of mankind with his/her community, state, nation or world.
  • The individual should have on-going contact with the College, but particularly have shown professional or a vocational growth that exhibits values and standards learned at JJC, JCC or JC.

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