March 3, 1935 – September 30, 2021
Gloria Graham’s roots in medicine are deep. Her father was a country doctor who practiced until he was ninety-seven. Her mother was her father’s nurse. Her grandfather and half-brother were also physicians. She graduated from Wake Forest University and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She was one of only six women in her medical school class. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Graham developed a longstanding practice in Wilson, North Carolina, but also spent time as a clinical faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest. She was a founding member of the American College of Cryosurgery and wrote two books on the subject. The Women’s Dermatology Society also counts her as one of its founders and a recipient of the Rose Hirschler Award. In 2015, she received a great honor when she was named the North Carolina Doctor of the year (she was still practicing dermatology three days a week at the age of 80).
Dr. Graham was a caring and compassionate physician who lead by example and taught both men and women how to be better dermatologists and human beings.