Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
|Herbert Black, A1933, an award-winning medical editor and writer for the Boston Globe, was the fourth recipient of the Tufts Presidential Medal (1977).
During two of his undergraduate years at Tufts, Black worked as a Boston Globe correspondent. Following his graduation in 1933, he joined the night staff of the Globe, remaining with the paper for forty-four years in various positions, including day copy editor and Washington and foreign news editor during World War II. In 1938, Black became a news editor and later served twenty years as medical editor for the paper.
Black is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, having covered major medical meetings throughout the nation. He was cited for excellence in medical writing by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association, and the National Safety Council. He authored two books, People and Plows Against Hunger, an outgrowth of a Tufts health project in Mississippi, andDoctor and Teacher, Hospital Chief, which illustrates the central role of Samuel Proger in the development of the New England Medical Center.
Black acted as a youth counselor in the Winchester Unitarian Church and taught current affairs at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. He also served on the board of directors of the Tufts chapter of Zeta Psi fraternity. He retired from the Boston Globe in 1978.
Source: VF; TJ, August 11, 1982; PRS12