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University of Texas at Arlington’s First Black Graduate Passes Away in Fort Worth

Maxwell Scarlett, the first Black graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and a distinguished physician, died August 1 in Fort Worth. He was 76 years old.

According to the official UTA press release, Scarlett graduated from the university (then named Arlington State College) in spring of 1966 with a B.S. in biology in the spring of 1966. He went on to earn a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and began a long and distinguished career in emergency medicine.

Scarlett had served as a member of the UTA President’s Advisory Board and the UTA College of Science Advisory Board. He was a founding member of the UTA African American Alumni Chapter and a life member of the UTA Alumni Association. Scarlett received UTA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He also received the Outstanding African American Alumni Award and Multicultural Services Trailblazer Award.

RIP to a true trailblazer and pioneer for opening the door for so many after you 🙏🕊



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