Cumberland's first black medical specialist dies

January 29, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
A portrait is how most will remember Dr. C. Mason Quick.

But a picture of Quick and his wife, Beulah, walking down Hay Street takes you back to when Quick helped redefine how black professional should be treated in the South.

"You wouldn't define him by how many babies he made," Rex Harris, family friend, said. "Nor would you define him by how many he delivered. You would define him by how many he took care of and there are thousands."

Quick provided medical care to blacks and other minorities in Fayetteville for 40 years. He also served as the director of the Health Clinic at Fayetteville State University and launched several medical careers.

"Much can be said about his being the pioneer, making sure that all the athletes were taken care of," Dr. Jesse William, former health department director, said. "I was a football player over there and I didn't know he was watching me. But he has a lot to do with my going to medical school."

In addition to his love for medicine and helping people, he had an even bigger passion for playing golf. Quick was the first black member of Pinehurst Country Club and personal friend of Tiger and Earl Woods.

In his latter years, Quick founded Rockfish Cemetery so people of color could have a respectable place to be laid to rest.

"And that was his main focus, getting a place that black people could be buried without having to go behind the white cemetery," Harris said.

Dr. Quick will be laid to rest Friday at the cemetery he founded.

ABC11's Gilbert Baez says he will always remember Dr. Quick for a delivery he made January 25, 1956. A beautiful baby girl named Linda Smith. Today that little girl's name is Linda Baez -- Gilbert's wife.


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