Maredie Goodson

RCSS Celebrates Black History Month: Dr. Thomas Walter Josey


Dr. Thomas Walter Josey was dedicated to Augusta and his community. He received his primary education through the Hains Institute, a private school for African American children located in downtown Augusta. Josey continued his education at Atlanta University, and then Howard University’s College of Medicine, from which he received his Medical Doctorate in 1911. 

Dr. Josey practiced medicine in Wisconsin before returning to his hometown of Augusta, where he practiced for an additional 43 years. Josey was active in the Augusta community; he served as president of the Stoney Medical Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, vice president of the Georgia State Medical Association, director of the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Company, and he was a member of the Board of Management for the YMCA.

Dr. Josey worked tirelessly to lend a hand as an inspirational figure, religious teacher, friend, and citizen. The Richmond County School System is proud to honor this fine man who devoted his life to community service.