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Dr. Frank Lock

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Dr. Frank Lock

Dr. Frank Lock was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Tulane University. He came to Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1941 to build a department of obstetrics and gynecology and to establish a research program. His work in the early 1940s on maternal mortality and disease has been noted as a major reason for the reduction of the rate of death in mothers during childbirth.

Dr. Lock was the first president of the Bowman Gray Medical Foundation, which was established in 1952 to promote education and research at the medical center and to improve the facilities at the school and hospital . He also helped to develop the first required course in the nation for medical students in family attitudes, sexual behavior and marriage counseling at BGSM in 1957. This course later evolved into the behavioral sciences program.

As of 1970, Dr. Lock was the only person to serve simultaneously as president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He did this in 1965. He also served as president of the American Gynecological Society and the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1968.

Topics in Dr. Lock's oral history include: obstetrics and gyncecology department; Wake Forest College; Coy C. Carpenter; Forsyth County Health Department; City Memorial Hospital; North Carolina Baptist Hospital operating room; sterilization; department of pathology; department of radiology; Harold Tribble; Family Life education; Medical Foundation and more.

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