From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Curd, Kirksey Louis

(born: 1888  -  died: 1967) 

Born in Fulton, KY, the son of Curtis and Ida Curd,  Kirksey L. Curd became a physician, earning his D.V.M. degree from Cornell University in 1912 (the first African American to receive the D. V. M. degree from Cornell) and his M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania in 1917. He began practicing as an M.D. in Philadelphia, PA at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, where he would spend the rest of his career.

Dr. Curd was president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a World War I veteran. When Kirksey Curd was a child, his family, along with extended family members, all moved from Kentucky to Perry, OK. They are listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. He was married to Ursula G. Curd, a native of Kansas.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1930-32; "Celebrating Black History Month" at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine website; and his entry on FindaGrave.

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