The Newsroom • Published Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2006, 2:31 PM
The man who gave the county medical examiners
Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/26/06 (no weblink available) Guest Column by Ray Holbrook: On July 15, Galveston County and the University of Texas Medical Branch lost an outstanding and distinguished physician and citizen in Dr. F. Lamont Jennings, who died at the age of 85. And I lost a good friend and advisor from my 28 years as county judge. Not very many people know or remember that it was Dr. Jennings, almost single handedly, who was responsible for Galveston County establishing the medical examiner system throughout the county in 1969. Prior to 1967, Galveston County sent deceased persons to Harris County for autopsies after the cause of death had been determined by the various justices of the peace, a faulty practice still carried out in some small rural counties. Dr. Jennings was head of the pathology department at UTMB during that time, the same period when Dr. Truman Blocker was president of UTMB.