SeniorHomes.com recently set out to identify the Most Inspiring Seniors through the Best Senior Living Awards. During the awards program, we found many well known inspiring seniors including Betty White, Fauja Singh, and Edythe Kirchmaier. However we also found another senior that doesn’t get the same amount of press as a 91 year old comedian, or the world’s oldest marathon runner. We found Dr. Louisa Littleton.
As the first female resident at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in 1945 and paving the way for women in medicine, Dr. Littleton has been an inspiration to her own local community for decades. Dr. Littleton was nominated by her Sunrise Senior Living community, Brighton Gardens of Charlotte.
Littleton always wanted to be a physician and in 1945-46, she was the lone female in a class of 15 men–clearly a trend-setter in a profession which was largely dominated by men during that time. After finishing the program at CMC, Littleton became the first female pediatrician in Statesville and managed a private practice for more than 30 years.
Now 93, Dr. Littleton’s spirit still lives on to inspire other female doctors. CMC recently created an annual award that bears her name, the “Dr. Louisa Littleton Award”, which is given annually to the female resident who most closely embodies Dr. Littleton’s passion for service.
Dr. Littleton was recently presented with the “Inspiring Senior” award at her community (shown in the photo to the right). Surrounded by friends, neighbors and community staff, Dr. Littleton was made aware of her nomination, her 150 votes, and received a plaque. We’re certain that this won’t be the last of Dr. Littleton’s incredible accomplishments during her lifetime, but we sure are proud to be a part of bringing some much-deserved recognition to a woman who will continue to inspire women in the field of medicine, and seniors everywhere, for decades to come.
To read more about Dr. Littleton, visit her nominee page here.
To learn more about Dr. Littleton, watch an interview here.