“In the matter of rights,” he would often state, “there is just one race, and that is the human race.” 
RobertHathawayPurviswas the son of a Charles B. Purvis, one of the first university trained African-American physicians, and grandson of RobertPurvis (quoted above), one of Philadelphia’s most prominent abolitionists and co-founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society.His grandmother, Harriet Forten Purvis, was a well-known anti-slavery, women's rights advocate, and a prominent member of the Female Vigilant Society, a group which provided for escaped slaves. 
Robert H. Purvisgraduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1897.
While we cannot claim him as a graduate, he did attend Penn. And while history, as far as I have found, does not reveal such storied accomplishments as his forefathers and mothers, RobertHathawayPurvis, dentist, who died in Manhattan at the age of sixty, very profession and life seem testament enough if not more so.