Houston's 1st black UT Dental graduate dead at 83

April 28, 2012 7:45:53 PM PDT
One of Houston's premier dentists and the first black person to graduate from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston died Saturday.

Dr. Zeb F. Poindexter Jr. was 83.

Poindexter was known as a trailblazer. He graduated high school at age 16. In 1956, he made history as the first African-American to graduate from UT Dental. He then opened his first practice in the historic Chocolate Bayou neighborhood.

By 1960, he built the Sunnyside Clinic on Cullen Boulevard -- a 500-square-foot family dental practice which has grown into a 1,800-square-foot facility known as Poindexter Dental Inc.

He later earned a Masters in Endocrinology at Texas Southern University. After a successful 42-year career in dentistry, Poindexter retired in 2000.

Poindexter's son, Dr. Zeb F. Poindexter III, continues to operate the dental practice in Sunnyside.

Funeral services are pending.