Dr. Thomas Bass was born in Paterson, New Jersey September 14, 1910 to Thomas and Mattie (Harrison) Bass. His father was a sailor from Antigua and his mother originally from North Carolina. After graduating Paterson public schools, Dr. Bass attended Tennessee’s historic Meharry Medical College before going to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and then on to work at the Freedman’s Hospital in Washington DC. Doctor Bass eventually came to Michigan to study Public Health and settled on a practice in Ypsilanti, where he married Louise Lane. Together they had three children; daughters Ann and Leah and son, the National Football League star corner back, Mick Bass. Dr. Thomas Bass passed away on November 15, 1997.