Following a pioneering career that lasted over 60 years and counted delivering over 30,000 newborns, Tallahassee obstetrician Dr. Alexander (A.D.) Brickler is retiring at the age of 90.
A great nephew of Harriet Tubman, Brickler did his own work for civil rights, leading the charge to integrate Florida A&M University Hospital and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare during turbulent times. He attended Howard University and earned his medical degree from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College — the first med school charted for black students.
Brickler became an OB while in the Air Force, stationed in Ohio, and his commanding officer asked if he had surgical experience. Brickler replied in the affirmative.
“All right, you’re my OB,” the CO said.
“I was an OB after that and never turned back,” Brickler told the Tallahassee Democrat.