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Thu, 08.05.1920

John Ramos Jr., Doctor born

John F. Ramos Jr.

*John F. Ramos, Jr. was on this date in 1920. He was a Black Physician and School Board Member.

John Francis Ramos, Jr. was from Boston, MA. He received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall College in Newark, New Jersey and attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. His internship and residency in radiology occurred at the old General Hospital No. 2, Kansas City’s hospital for Blacks.  He was the first resident to complete his training at the hospital and was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1950.

In 1964 Dr. Ramos was nominated by the Democratic county committee to serve as a member of the Kansas City School Board. Under the system of the time, Democratic and Republican parties nominated an equal number of candidates, and they were cross-endorsed by the opposing party.  Black citizens had tried constantly to have a Black named to the Board.  Ramos served the school board with a calm dignity until he was struck by poor health. Ramos was also very interested in the Kansas City library and in the development of a collection, which contains books, microfilm, records and films. He died on December 28, 1970.

After his death, the Kansas City Times eulogized, "He was never an orator, but his remarks could be sharp and to the point. He was very conscious of the need for schools to improve their product and to give special aid to the youngsters whose backgrounds were of little help in the classroom."  In January 1971 the Negro History collection of the Kansas City Public Library was officially named the John F. Ramos, Jr. Collection by the Board of Education.

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Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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