Joseph Agris, MD - Class of 1959
During a 1952 visit to Asbury Park from Brooklyn, NY at the age of 10 with his mother and two younger brothers after the untimely passing of their father they decided to relocate here. He attended Bond Street and AP High schools, was a Varsity letterman in Track and Field and Business Manager of the graduating class yearbook. He was a locker boy at Monte Carlo Pool; ran the Ferris Wheel and other rides at Palace Amusements; dispatched trucks at the Coca Cola plant and ran his own gardening service. He was Order of the Arrow Eagle Scout.
He graduated from Temple University Dental School (DDS); Univ. of Pennsylvania (MD); and the Univ. of Michigan (Plastic Surgery). He served with rank of Lt. Commander in US Public Health Service.
Plastic Surgeon in Houston, Texas for 26 years; clinical professor Baylor Univ; author of 6 books and 124 medical articles. Founded Childrens Fund which subsidizes special surgeries in Houston for children here and worldwide suffering from cleft palate, burns and congenital deformities.
Awarded POINTS OF LIGHT Presidential Medal by President George Bush and cited by other international leaders for myriad charity surgical missions in Nicaragua, Russia, Vietnam and several countries in the Middle East.
Recently was a nominee for Surgeon General of the USA.
Father of two children: (Laurel Ann) a lawyer with the Texas Court of Appeals and (Jacob) a surgeon and neuroradiologist at Johns Hopkins Univ (Baltimore); two grandchildren.
As an expression of gratitude for his formative years at Asbury Park High School he is considering funding one or more annual scholarships to APHS students who have committed to pursuing a college career in the field of medicine or health care. Details will be announced.