From press reports
Sunday, July 19, marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in Mississippi State history when Dr. Richard E. Holmes became the first African American student to enroll at Mississippi State University.
His alma mater celebrated his anniversary with an open house in his honor which took place in the Colvard Student Union. Tours of the Richard E. Holmes Cultural Diversity Center were also given, which was named after Dr. Holmes in 1991. He graduated from MSU in 1969 and later received a master’s degree from the university as well. In 1977, he graduated from Michigan State University medical school.
Mississippi State renamed its Office of Minority Affairs in his honor in 1991 and he and his wife Judie endowed a scholarship for MSU minority students. MSU recognized Holmes again in 2006 as its national alumnus of the year and, in 2011, bestowed on him an honorary doctor of science.
Rick Jenkins, President of the Choctaw Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees stated, “I want to congratulate Dr. Holmes on his past accomplishments and let him know how much we appreciate him being on our staff at Choctaw
Regional Medical Center. Not only is he a great doctor, but a fine gentleman and a very caring individual.”
Dr. Holmes is the Chief of Staff and Medical Director for Choctaw Regional Medical Center.