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My glass is definitely full  Douglas Dr. Doug Heath, a beloved DJ, never stopped preaching the power of positive thinking – San Antonio Express-News

My glass is definitely full Douglas Dr. Doug Heath, a beloved DJ, never stopped preaching the power of positive thinking – San Antonio Express-News


Douglas J. Heath, a San Antonio disc jockey known as Dr. Doug who preached positive thinking and told listeners they had the power to improve their own lives, has died at 63.

Earlier in his remarkably varied career, Heath was a corporate executive, an executive coach and a management consultant. He also served as managing editor of the San Antonio Observer, an African American weekly newspaper.

On ExpressNews.com: San Antonio disc jockey sends positive message

Listeners of KROV-FM, a community broadcast station accessible on HD radio and online, tuned in Saturday afternoons to hear Heath play upbeat music and discuss how to set life goals and find value in things other than possessions.

Sacrifice, struggle and second chances were his favorite themes, and for Heath, they were deeply personal.

In 2014, a semi-trailer crashed into his Ford Taurus on Interstate 10 near Woodstone Drive. His car rolled over repeatedly until it came to a stop dangling from an overpass. Emergency crews transported Heath to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Doctors were able to revive him, but he was paralyzed and in a coma.

As Heath remembered it, a surgeon visiting from New York saw him motionless in bed and wondered whether he might be more aware than he seemed. The surgeon leaned over and said, If you can understand me, blink an eye.

Heath said he blinked his right eyelid.

The surgeon returned six weeks later and performed the operation that gave Heath his second chance. Afterward, Heath went through months of rehabilitation, relearning how to walk and talk.

Eventually, he could push himself around town in a wheelchair. At the Martin Luther King Jr. March in 2017, he was able to roll along the 3.5-mile route. Later, he got around with the aid of a walking stick.

I am no longer a captive to material things, Heath told the Express-News in 2020. All of this made me stronger.

As a child in Baltimore, Heath faced a different kind of challenge: entrenched racism. In 1964, his mother, Rosie Heath, lay down in the street with church members and neighbors to block buses that were transporting children to segregated schools.

School administrators relented and allowed her 6-year-old son to attend the elementary school in their neighborhood. Douglas Heath became the first African American child to attend the school.

At age 13, he ran away to Chicago to live with his older sister. At Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, he learned French and Spanish and played football and basketball and ran track.

Heath graduated from Northwestern University with a masters degree in communication science. He later earned a certification in human resources from DePaul University.

During a 28-year career at AT&T and Ameritech, he served as a human resources executive, a coach for CEOs and manager of a corporate giving campaign, among other positions.

A headset hangs in Doug Heath's studio at KROV-FM in 2020.

In 2006, he founded DJH Consulting to advise clients on negotiating and closing major transactions.

He never stopped preaching the power of positive thinking and self-determination.

My glass is definitely full, Heath said in 2020. Thats how I approach life.

A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 6142 FM 78 in San Antonio.

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