EBENEZER BUSH, D.D.S.
Ebenezer Bush has personified the highest ideals of community service throughout his extraordinary career of over fifty years as a distinguished Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has demonstrated an indefatigable commitment to helping others, with an incomparable sense of selflessness, determination, and dedication.
Dr. Bush was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to industrious and humble parents who taught and instilled in him the value of education, hard work, and helping others. He attended the local, segregated elementary schools in Shreveport and graduated from Shreveport's Central Colored High School. Upon graduation from high school, he was admitted to Tuskegee Institute as a five-year work student, attending night classes while working days on the campus.
Following his graduation from Tuskegee Institute, he taught agriculture in various high schools before entering the Army during World War II. He served in the Army for three years, including a tour of duty in Japan. He was able to return to school after his discharge, and used the G.I. Bill to partially finance his dental school education at Howard University. He graduated from Howard's School of Dentistry in 1952, where he was awarded the Estelle Coffey Memorial Award for the highest number of clinical points earned by any student in his graduating class. It was evident then that Dr. Bush's phenomenal career of community service and activism had begun.
In 1954, Dr. Bush was the first black to practice dentistry in Long Beach, California. Today, he maintains an active practice in Compton, California, where he is known for his professionalism, quality dental services, flawless leadership in civic and community affairs, staunch support of quality education, and philanthropic endeavors.
His professional affiliations, honors, and achievements are numerous and exemplify his eternal commitment to servicing mankind. Among these are: Life Member, American Dental Association; Master, Academy of General Dentistry; and Fellow, American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists.
He is the recipient of the Family Life Award by Family Service of Long Beach; Howard University Dental Alumni Award; Harbor Dental Society Dentist of the Year Award; the Tuskegee University Alumni Merit Award for "Personifying the Highest Ideals of Tuskegee University," and received the prestigious "Key to the City" of Long Beach. His community activities include, among others: founder and first president of Long Beach Community Credit Union; NAACP Golden Heritage member; and organizing member of Project Tutor and Bougess-White Scholarship Fund Committee. He serves on the board of the Young Horizons and the Long Beach City College Foundation, as well as served as a former member of the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Public Transit Authority.
Dr. Bush is married to Wynona Barret Bush, a retired master teacher of the Long Beach School District. They have two sons: David Earl Bush, M.D., Associate Professor of Cardiology at Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and Ronald Barrett Bush, M.D., Internist, Palm Dessert, California.