‘Mary Keys Gipson is just as important as Amon Carter’: how one man made it his mission to remember a pioneer nurse

Collector Larry O’Neal of Fort Worth found an unsung hero in city history and rallied support to remember Mary Keys Gipson, described as the first degreed African-American nurse in the South.
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Collector Larry O’Neal of Fort Worth found an unsung hero in city history and rallied support to remember Mary Keys Gipson, described as the first degreed African-American nurse in the South.
Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 16 Texas Legislature sessions. First on the scene of a 1988 DFW Airport crash, he interviewed passengers running from the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the paper before he was born: He was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.