Portrait honors medical school advocate

PORTRAIT PRESENTED: Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, Ernest Furgurson III and Jo Aycock, from left, talk about Furgurson and Aycock’s father, the late Dr. Ernest Furgurson Jr. of Plymouth, a noted early advocate of the establishment of a medical school at ECU. Aycock and Furgurson presented a portrait of their father to the medical school Aug. 5.

Upon passage of the bill to create a two-year medical school at East Carolina, Furgurson said, “It will take imagination and unfaltering leadership, but we will use this facility to attain our goal: to apply a remedy to the shortage of doctors that is so urgent and critical in Eastern North Carolina.”

Photo by Cliff Hollis