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M. Beverly Hosten Dorsey, M.D.

April 5, 1925 ~ May 9, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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M. Beverly Hosten Dorsey, retired physician, passed away on May 9, 2023 due to gastrointestinal problems. Born April 5, 1925 in Manhattan, NY to the late Edward Rawle Hosten and Frederica Blanche Gittens Hosten. Beverly had three younger brothers who are deceased –Edward Bernar Hosten, Gittens Burleigh Hosten, and Edison Rawle Borah Hosten.  She spent her childhood in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Their father helped build the Panama Canal as a timekeeper, sold typewriters and zealously invested in the New York Stock Exchange, their mother was a seamstress. 

   Beverly graduated from Hunter College (Class of ’44) where she received her B.A. in chemistry and the sciences. She taught grade school for a few years before entering Howard University Medical School. In the spring of 1950 when she visited Howard for her acceptance interview, Beverly Roscoe Dorsey bounded up and proclaimed, “You have my name. Would you like to have lunch with me?” Beverly Hosten surveyed the room filled with mostly male prospective classmates and replied, “No I am going back to Brooklyn on the train.” They started school in the fall, and Beverly did not give back chemistry notes she borrowed for a long time. When Beverly retrieved his notes Beverly reconsidered his lunch invitation, and they became best friends for life. The Bevs were married in 1953 and did their internship at Queens General Hospital. Beverly arrived in Binghamton as a young bride and started her residency along with her husband at Wilson Hospital in 1954.

Beverly was generous giving unconditional love and specific advice to family, patients and community. A high energy person with fierce determination to restore smiles and relief in the many venues she operated in, Beverly was a gifted healer and advocate. She was proud of her West Indian heritage and loved to reminisce about trips to Grenada, Barbados and Jamaica as well as her love of swimming in the ocean. She also traveled to China and France.

Dr. Hosten enjoyed exercising, football, track and other sports in which her husband, brothers, daughters and grandsons have been involved. Years ago, she participated in skating, skiing, and horseback riding.

  Her cultural and scientific interests include current events, music, opera, theatre, and visual arts.

She retired in 1997 as a medical doctor and enjoyed her lifestyle living at St. Louis Manor. Beverly used Zoom and YouTube to maintain a very active presence at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and worked as a Eucharistic Minister helping the ill and homebound.

Her professional career included working as a Physician for Planned Parenthood, Laboratory Technician in Goldwater Hospital in NYC, Primary Grade School Teacher in Flushing, NY, Medical Advisor for the Broome County Home Care Committee, Medical Staff at Endicott Johnson Corporation  and Private Medical Practice – Internal Medicine With Dr. Beverly R. Dorsey (husband)

 A dedicated community volunteer she formerly served in the following positions: United Health Service Hospitals (Board of Directors), Broome County Medical Society (Board of Directors), Council of Binghamton University (Advisor to President Louis De Fleur), Council of Binghamton University School of Education and Human Development, United Fund (forerunner of United Way), NYC Commission on Human Rights, Physicians for Planned Parenthood, Medical Advisor for Broome County Home Care Commission, the Vestry of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and as a Trustee for Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference (Methodist).

   Her organization affiliations were: National Medical Association (Black Medical Society), American Medical Association, Medical Society of the State of New York, Broome County Medical Society, Interracial Association (forerunner of the Urban League), Broome County Urban League, NAACP of Broome County, Broome County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Apalachin Alumnae Chapter),                           Charter Life member of Howard University Medical Alumni Association, Inc. (HUMAA)

  Her service to the community was recognized with many honors, including Broome County Status of Women Council (Honoree from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1984), Achiever’s Award from Utica Consistory of Prince Hall Masonic Affiliation (1998), Paul Harris Fellowship Distinguished Citizen Award (From Rotary in November 1999), Woman of Distinction 2000 Honoree (From Indian Hill Girl Scouts), Chairman’s Recognition Award (In appreciation of service to Department of Internal Medicine at United Health Services Hospital in October 2000) and Broome County Council of Churches Honoree (2000).

Beverly is survived by her daughters, Adrienne Celeste Wheeler and Jeannine Michelle Thomas and three grandsons: Zachary Paul Thomas, William Dorsey Wheeler, and Seth Emanual Thomas, sister-in-law, Ann Denise Burt Hosten, nephews, Michael Orlando Hosten, Gregory Rawle Hosten, Terence Borah Hosten, Paul Trestand Hosten, and Joseph Santiago Hosten and a circle of devoted friends.

She will be remembered for her compassionate and caring nature, her intelligence and quick wit, her honesty and integrity, her humor and her knowing smile.   

A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced at the Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main St. Binghamton.

Those wishing to honor her memory may do so by making a gift in her name to the Howard University Medical School, 520 W Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059.





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