The community mourns the passing of Frederick Douglass Parrott, Jr.
Frederick Douglass Parrott, Jr., MD passed into eternity on January 14, 2022. He was 94 years old.
Dr Parrott – or as he introduced himself after retirement, Dr Fred – was a man who believed in hard work, positivity, community and made intentional and meaningful efforts to improve health and life. disadvantaged communities and individuals.
Dr. Parrott was born on December 22, 1927, in Houston, Texas to Mollie Carroll Parrott and Frederick Douglass Parrott, Sr. Fred attended Howard University where he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the age of 19 years old. He then moved to Los Angeles and earned a graduate degree in microbiology from UCLA.
In the early 1950s, Dr. Parrott joined the United States Army Medical Service Corps, where he was stationed in Tokyo, Japan for two years while working as a bacteriologist. After leaving the military, he became a sales representative for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
He then attended Meharry Medical College. After earning his medical degree from Meharry in 1958, he returned to Los Angeles to serve as an intern at Los Angeles County Hospital before becoming a fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center . Dr. Parrott then returned to Los Angeles for the third and final time, to practice obstetrics and gynecology for over thirty years.
Dr. Parrott was a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, Los Angeles County Medical Association, and Charles R. Drew Medical Society. He was also a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a founding member of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.
Dr. Parrott received the Black Heritage Award and President’s Medal of Honor from Howard University and received an honorary doctorate from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Parrott was also a member of Los Angeles’ 100 Black Men and a supporter of the organization’s Young Black Scholars program.
Dr. Parrott founded the “Real Men Cook Foundation” in 1986. The foundation raised funds for the nation’s four historically African American medical schools – Meharry Medical College, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Morehouse School of Medicine and Howard University College of Medicine.
The Real Men Cook Foundation has for 10 years held stand-up-only events where amateur chefs would cook, attendees would pay to attend, and organizations would provide sponsorship support. Dr. Parrott was directly responsible for raising over $3 million for these medical schools during his lifetime.
In 1994, after his diagnosis of prostate cancer, Dr. Parrott changed direction and founded the “Real Men Cook Foundation Center for Early Detection of Prostate Cancer”, with the goal of increasing awareness of prostate cancer. prostate and as needed for preventive services in men. communities of color.
By partnering with local urologists and community leaders in Los Angeles and elsewhere, the Foundation has provided free education and testing to 50,000 men in underserved communities. Dr. Parrott was a 30-year prostate cancer survivor and he attributed his longevity to early detection.
Dr. Parrott was equally passionate about helping people when no one was watching. He played a vital role in helping many people fire up their own imaginations of what they could achieve by exposing them to what was possible. Essentially, giving back was a core part of Dr. Parrott’s being that he sought to instill in others.
His journey took him far and wide. For example, while studying in Los Angeles, he worked for the director of Marilyn Monroe, owned a men’s boutique that sold tailored suits while he served in the military in Japan, and was a very successful real estate entrepreneur. in Los Angeles. He was quiet at times, but never dull or inert.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Parrott was predeceased by his sister, Carroll Parrott Blue, who was an accomplished filmmaker and community advocate in her own right.
He is survived by many cousins, including Dr. Natalie Carroll Dailey, Cheryl Dotson, Andrea Dotson Alexander, Hughdell Gatewood, Brigitte Gatewood Wilson and Gene E. Parrott.