Dr. G. W. Stanley Ish, Sr.
Dr. G.W. Stanley Ish, Sr., born on October 28, 1883, was a renowned physician, humanitarian and family man. He was a great orator who demanded excellence of all whose lives he touched-family, friends, cohorts, patients, employees, and community acquaintances.
Dr. Ish graduated from high school in Little Rock and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. He then obtained an additional Bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He continued his education at Harvard Medical School from which he received a M.D. degree in 1908, the only African-American in his class. In 1911, he began the practice of medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The family background in education and Dr. Ish’s interest in science were combined at Philander Smith College where he taught in the science division from 1934 to 1965. he belonged to many medical organizations and was among the first African-Americans accepted in the Pulaski County medical Society. He also was a “first” to receive staff privileges at Arkansas Baptist and St. Vincent hospitals in Little Rock.
An active member of the Arkansas medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Associations (AMDPA), Dr. Ish served as its Executive Secretary for over 25 years. Dr. Ish’s four children all entered health-related fields: Harriette ” physical education; Stanley-surgery; Jeff-podiatry; and Lucile “medical social work.
Ish Elementary School in Little Rock was named in honor of Dr. Ish’s father and the distinguished family history in the field of education. As an additional tribute, the Ish original family home at 1600 Scott Street has been declared a national historical site.