Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Earl Trevathan, Jr.!

On September 29, 2023, Dr. Earl Trevathan, Jr. celebrated the milestone birthday of 100 years. In recognition of his milestone birthday, we are taking a look back at his exceptional career and his contributions to ECU. Dr. Trevathan was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his M.D. from the University of Colorado. He also served in the military during World War II. Dr. Trevathan had a lengthy career, serving as the Pitt County Health Director, chief of staff for Pitt County Memorial Hospital, a pediatrician in Greenville for several decades, and as a professor in the Brody School of Medicine, which he helped establish during the 1970s. He has been and is still active in many community organizations including the Pitt County Medical Society, Greenville Rotary Club, and the Sierra Club, and he served on the Greenville City Council. In 2011, the health department in Pitt County was renamed to the Earl Trevathan Jr., M.D. Public Health Center in honor of his many years of public service.

East Carolina’s Academic Library Services and the Laupus Health Sciences Library are both grateful for Dr. Trevathan’s ongoing support of our special collections and archives. In 2001, Dr. Trevathan recorded an oral history interview about the formation of East Carolina’s medical school that is freely available online in our digital collections. He has also donated two collections of materials documenting his professional and personal life that are open for research: the Earl Trevathan Papers in Joyner Library’s Manuscripts Department and Earl Trevathan Papers in Laupus Library’s History Collections.