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

HOUSTON

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.

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