By Kia Croom
The community is mourning the loss of pediatrician Dr. William Morris Jenkins, Jr. who served families in the East Bay for many years. He died on Aug. 15 at his Piedmont home.
For more than 50 years, Jenkins worked as a pediatrician at North Oakland Pediatrics and Richmond Pediatrics, until his retirement earlier this year.
Jenkins is remembered as a dedicated medical practitioner who provided pediatric services to thousands of children in underserved communities and conducted over 1 million patient examinations during the course of his career.
He received numerous awards including the 2001 Doctor of the Year Award from the National Medical Association.
Jenkins was born on Feb. 12, 1929, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Morehouse College and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in 1957. He completed residencies in OB/GNY, Pediatrics and Cardiology.
He was preceded in death by his brother Lewis Jenkins and sisters-in-law Emma Jenkins and Madlyn Jenkins.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Lee Jenkins; sons, William Morris Jenkins, III and John Lewis Jenkins; daughter-in-law Amy Yamner Jenkins; and grand-daughter Ella Sandy Jenkins.
Services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at Hilltop Community Church, 3118 Shane Drive in Richmond.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.