Dr. Arthur Bradley Eisenbrey III, a 1968 graduate of "The High," is currently retired from active clinical practice as a pathologist and from the military. As a military physician, Dr. Eisenbrey served as a Flight Surgeon and was deployed across the United States, Honduras, Ecuador, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. Dr. Eisenbrey also served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired at the rank of Colonel. His final military position was State Air Surgeon for the Michigan National Guard.
As a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Eisenbrey continues to volunteer as teaching faculty for M1 and M2 students (WSU SOM) and Pathology students and Residents (UToledo).
Dr. Eisenbrey and his wife, Louise, have been married for 46 years and are proud parents and grandparents. He shares that their professional careers have been rewarded by world travels, and he expressed deep gratitude for Louise. "She allowed me to be a licensed pilot, one-time airplane owner, certified scuba diver, and current sailboat owner. Louise, thank you for letting me be your husband."
Dr. Eisenbrey has always felt a call to social justice work. He says that "witnessing the protests against Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., 14 March 1968, listening to his speech in the packed gymnatorium solidified my commitment to social action and standing by my principles, even when they are unpopular ('speaking truth to power'). "
He goes on to say, "Integrity has its consequences, which in the extreme included Dr. King's martyrdom. Protecting one's integrity may require stepping away from a desirable position, resigning from a job/leadership position, or stepping in when a colleague is mistreated. Being outspoken and sticking to my principles at "the High" was good preparation for my career as a scientist, physician, and military officer."
The GPPSS Impact
Dr. Eisenbrey recalls teachers Gail Grillo and Suzanne Boivin sharing their love for the Humanities, particularly literature, which he's carried throughout his life. In particular, he remembers how Mrs. Grillo made literature relevant to current events. He shares, "My comfort as an author was seeded in the Humanities and History classes at the High School. Tom Gauerke showed me that serving on the sidelines for the football and track teams was of value, and I have honored that service commitment throughout my professional career. Thank you, Gail, Suzanne, and Tom."
When asked what advice he has for this year's graduating class, Dr. Eisenbrey shared succinctly, "Don't sacrifice your integrity for popularity."
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