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On October 27, 2014 PinnacleHealth Cancer Institute in Harrisburg, PA welcomed Dr. Sabrina Martyr, Class of 2008. Dr. Martyr specializes in hematology/oncology. She completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, where she served as chief fellow. She completed her residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.  


Dr. Sheryl Heron, Class of 1993 has been promoted to Full Professor at Emory University in the Depart of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to her role as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at Emory, she is also the Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Heron is in her third year serving as the President for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicne for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Wayne A.I. Frederick, Class of 1994, has been named 17th President of Howard University. Frederick has served as the University’s interim president since October 2013. A respected scholar, surgeon, researcher and administrator, he previously served as Howard’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, charged with oversight of Howard's 13 schools and colleges, as well as its health sciences enterprise. “I am deeply honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to lead this great University,” Frederick said. “Howard University has been an unparalleled catalyst since its founding, opening doors and expanding opportunity for untold individuals while driving research, innovation, service, and excellence. On the cusp of our 150th anniversary, I could not be more humbled to accept the mantle of leadership and embrace the sacred trust of our motto, Truth and Service.” Frederick enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He earned a dual B.S./M.D. degree program at 22, and went on to enter a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard’s School of Business. 



Dr. Cheryl A. Mason, Class of 1981 died on Friday, July 22, 2016.  The viewing is Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11:00am at the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD  201744, immediately, followed by the funeral service at 12:00 noon.  The repast is at 2:00pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers, please send contribution in memory of Dr. Cheryl A. Mason to HUMAA, 2225 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20059.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 1081 Tournai Court, Woodbridge, VA  22191-3254.

Mrs. Helen Oliver died on the weekend of October 16th and 17th, 2015.  Mrs. Oliver is the mother of Dr. Cheryl A. Mason, Class of 1981.  The funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 22nd in San Diego, California.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory to her mother's church at Alleyne A.M.E. Zion Church, 1419 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22324.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Cheryl A. Mason and family at 1081 Tournai Court, Woodbridge, VA 22191-3254.

Dr. Getachew Marsie-Hazen, Class of 1981 died on Friday, June 19, 2015.  The visitation will be held at DeGuispe Funeral Home, 9001 South U.S. Highway 17-92, Maitland, Florida 32751 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  The funeral service is Friday, July 10th at Saint Mary Magdalen, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida at 1:00pm followed by a repass at Saint Mary Magdalen.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his daughter, Ms. Eleni R. Marsie-Hazen at her email address:

Mrs. Viola Cater, mother of Dr. Jerome H. Carter, Class of 1981 and the mother-in-law of Dr. Janice Herbert-Carter, Class of 1981 died on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Jerome Carter and family at 1579 Monroe Drive, NE, Suite F #117, Atlanta, Georgia 30324.

Mrs. Loretta H. Harper, mother of Dr. Brenda Harper-Anderson, Class of 1981 died earlier this week.  The funeral service is Thursday, December 4th.  Dr. Nicolette L. Ballou will send flowers on behalf of the Class of 1981.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 3725 County Road 55, Thomasville, Alabama 36784 until December 20, 2014.

Dr. Kevin H. Scott Sr., Class of 1987 died on Thursday, November 20, 2014, after a long fight with diabetes at the age of 57.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 9:00am to 10:30am at Reid Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769, followed by funeral service from 10:30am to 1:00pm at Reid Temple AME Church.  Donations are appreciated in cherishing Dr. Scott's memory by contributing to his memorial fund at for his wife and two children.  Expressions of sympathy my be sent to the Scott Family at 14403 Driftwood Road, Bowie, MD  20721-3059.

Dr. Janice Herbert-Carter, Class of 1981 has been named Chairperson of the Department of Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine. In this new role, she will provide leadership by working to advance the department as an academically-intensive entity whose faculty will direct and teach multidisciplinary courses, expanding interdisciplinary education in the M.D. program while collaborating with other MSM educational initiatives; and providing leadership and oversight of publishing student success/outcomes concerning M.D. and other academic programs.  Dr. Herbert-Carter teaches the Pathophysiology course to 2nd year medical students.  She facilitates small group clinical correlations sessions for 1st year students, and teaches in Fundamentals of Medicine 1, 2, and 3as well as the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) program.  She is a clinical preceptor and didactic teacher for Family Medicine residents and students in the Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center. She teaches in the National Center for Primary Care Faculty Development Program, helping other faculty improve their teaching, curriculum development, and academic medicine leadership skills. 

Dr. Herbert-Carter has published articles and abstracts in various journals including Academic Medicine, Family Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Ethnicity and Disease, Journal of the Association of Academic Minority Physicians, and others.  She has several book chapters in Primary Care Review for Physician Assistants.  In addition, she has presented abstracts, workshops, and posters at many national meetings including the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, National Medical Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners in various capacities including as an item-writer for the USMLE Steps1 and 2CK.

Dr. Herbert-Carter is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. 


Valerie D. Callender, M.D., Class of 1986 has been named President of the Women's Dermatologic Society (WDS).  Dr. Callender joined the Women's Dermatologic Society as a member in January of 1991 and became active through her participation with the WDS Service Committee, as it so closely reflected per passion of getting involved in the community and giving back.


Clark McClurkin, M.D., nephrology and board certified internal medicine physician and Class of 1984, has joined the Silver Cross Medical Staff. Dr. McClurkin attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed an internal medicine residency at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI; and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI. His office is located with Associates in Nephrology and Offices of Deepak Bakane, S.C. at 100 Batson Ct., Ste. 204, New Lenox.


Joye M. Carter, M.D, Class of 1983, published her third book 'Let Me Give You A Piece of My Mind, Don't Rent Space in Your Head, Evict Negativity' this month. The book, by Outskirts Press, encourages readers to quickly evict negative thoughts and move forward in a positive direction day after day. A triple board certified forensic pathologist, Dr. Carter is the first African-American in history to be appointed a Chief Medical Officer and the first female Chief Medical Examiner in the District of Columbia, as well as Houston, Texas. She is currently the ChiefForensic Pathologist at the Marion County (Indiana) Coroner's office, where she manages post mortem examinations, performing and supervising the performance of autopsies, providing expert testimony and overseeing a forensic pathology fellowship program. After dealing with life and death on a daily basis for thirty years, Dr. Carter has garnered more than her fair share of wisdom about coping with ups and downs, and she shares those truths in her book with humor, compassion and her own unique take on remaining positive.

Cheryl M. Burgess, M.D., FAAD, Class of 1984 was inducted into the American Dermatological Association on September 13, 2013.  The membership represents the 1% of the nation's top board certified dermatologists.  Dr. Burgess was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery in October 2012.


Dr. James Sherman Tate Jr., a member of the Class of 1972 died suddenly on Monday, September 12, 2016.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 1:00pm at the Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery, 1325 North Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to 2341 Valley Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89108.

Dr. Karel R. Kennedy, a member of the Class of 1971 died on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey.  Dr. Kennedy lived a private life and though his accomplishments were vast, he expressed a strong desire to have his life celebrated in a private way.  Consequently, the family will have a private memorial ceremony.  Dr. Kennendy was a 1963 graduated of C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He completed medical school at the Howard University College of Medicine and served his internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and completed his residency at Harlem Hospital in New York.  Dr. Kennedy was board certified in cardiology and internal medicine.  He was a kind and compassionate person and physician who dedicated his professional life to patient care.  He was generous to a fault.  While at Howard University, he was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter life member.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ben and Susie Mae Whack Family C.E. Murray High Scholarship Fund.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at  2772 Summerford Lane, Manning, South Carolina 29056. Please know that all acts of kindness, expressions of sympathy and especially prayers are sincerely appreciated.

Dr. Purvis William (P.W.) Hill Jr., a member of the Class of 1971 died on July 26, 2016 at the age of 72 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Hill practiced medicine in his home state of Clarksdale, Mississippi for over 41 years.  An amazing and humble man who had the gift of compassion and stellar bedside manners even as a young resident doing his Obstetrics and Gynecology rotations at the old Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C.  He was profiled in the book "The Promised Land" as a physician committed to caring for his community of Clarksdale.  

On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its178th Anniversary at 1518 M Street, NW in Washington, DC during the worship service at 10:45AM.  The Metropolitan Health Ministry and Health Unit will be formally dedicated in the memory of Dr. Lorraine Edith Tolbert Gillian who is a member of the Class of 1977.  The members of Dr. Gillian's sorority chapter, the Prince Georges County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will be in attendance.  A reception will be held in Douglass Hall after the service.  

Dr. Ulysses W. Watkins Jr., a member of the Class of 1975 has recently died.  The funeral service will be Saturday, May 7, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4900 Reed Road, Houston, Texas 77051 with visitation at 8:45am, rosary at 9:15am followed by the funeral service at 10:00am.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 14215 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, Texas 77045-5233.  

Dr. John Cary Merritt, a member of the Class of 1970 has recently died.  He was a very knowledgeable and research-oriented well as a person concerned about the public health of our country.  Funeral services will be on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church, 900 College St., Clinton, NC 28328.  The funeral services and arrangements are being held by Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home, 639 Lisbon St., Clinton, NC 28328, (910) 592-8175. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Merritt Family at 413 McKoy Street, Clinton, North Carolina 28320-2843 or contact Marty Merritt directly at (312) 882-8842 or Margie Merritt at (404) 219-5904.

Dr. Willie L. McCloud, a member of the Class of 1975 has recently died.  A visitation service will be Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Refreshing Springs Church of  God In Christ, 6200 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, Maryland from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  A second visitation service on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Jesus Love Temple, 106 S. Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware 19963 from 10:00am to 12:00noon, followed by a funeral service at 12:00noon.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 7703 Barlow Road, Landover, Maryland 20785.

Dr. William E. Washington, Class of 1978 died in January 2016.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Ms. Edna Gonzales, 1324 E. 51st Avenue, Gary, Indiana 46409.

Dr. Edith A. Higginbotham, Class of 1974 died at the age of 69 on Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Dr. Higginbotham was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where she graduated from McDonogh 35 School.  She subsequently received her undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC and postgraduate training at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, becoming one of the first African-American female radiologists board-certified in nuclear medicine in the United States.  She served patients across the country including New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Minnesota, South Dakota, and California.  She was a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and received many honors and recognitions, including Who's Who in America, Honorary Louisiana Depty Attorney General, and Outstanding Working Woman in Glamour Magazine.  After a successful decades-long career, she retired in Henderson, NV.  Those left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory include her long-time companion Harold Lutz of Henderson, NC; sisters- Cecelia Higginbotham of Leesville, LA and Dr. Eve Higginbotham of Philadelphia, PA; brother-in-law Dr. Frank Williams, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA; niece Dr. Lenora Higginbotham of Baltimore, MD; and numerous friends and extended family.  Visitation is Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 12:00 noon until time of service at 1:00pm at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 2036 High Mesa Drive, Henderson, NV 89102-4552.

Dr. Sheik N. Hassan, M.D., FCCP, a member of the Class of 1970 and member of the Faculty as Vice Dean of the College of Medicine has retired.  A retirement dinner in his honor will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7:30pm, Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770.  RSVP by September 8th to Jacquelyn B. Hawkins at (202) 806-7133 or  The tickets are $60.00 per person.

Dr. John W. Huguley III, Class of 1974 died at his home in Washington, D.C.  The visitation service will be held Monday, August 17, 2015, Stanley Chapel at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (formerly the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen's Home), 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW in Washington, DC from 10:00am to 11:00am followed by the funeral service at 11:00am.  The repast will take place at the American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD  20770 after the funeral service.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 5056 11th Street, NE, Washington, DC  20017.

Dr. Lorraine Edith Tolbert Gillian, Class of 1977 died Saturday, July 11, 2015.  The visition will be Monday, July 20, 2015 at J. B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, Maryland from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  The Omega Service for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc is at 7:30pm.  The funeral service is at 11:00am on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.  Interment is at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladenburg Rd, Brentwood, MD 20772, followed by the Repast at Woodmore Country Club, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Rd, Mitchellville, MD 20721.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Dr. Lorraine E. Gillian and sent to: Howard University College of Medicine, P.O. Box 417853, Boston, MA 02241-7853 or Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC  2005.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her husband, Mr. Bradley Gillian and family at 2830 Spriggs Request Way, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721-2538.

Dr. Patricia A. Thibou, Class of 1979 died May 18, 2014 in New York with her family by her side at Mt. Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Thibou was affiliated with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  As a staff physician and later as the Physician-in-Charge, she was on the front lines of the department's thrust against tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her husband, Arnold Thibou and Family at 91 Bainbridge Street, Brooklyn, New York 11233-1701.

Dr. Harold D. Thompson, FACR, Class of 1972 was recently awarded the Most Outstanding Clinical Professor Award for 2014 by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee where he is a tenured Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and a Fellow of the American College of Radiology.  Also, he currently serve as Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine for the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System which has two acute care hospitals and nine outpatient facilities throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.  In the past, Dr. Thompson served as Professor and Chief of Radiology at Meharry Medical College and as both Associate and Vice Dean of the Meharry School of Medicine.

Dr. Caryl G. Mussenden, Class of 1975, son, Malik (Rodney's son) died on Friday, October 10, 2014 after a seven year battle with chordoma cancer. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the home of Dr. Mussenden and family at 2181 Jamieson Avenue, Unit 1005, Alexandria, VA  22314-5751.

Dr. Vincent G. Lubsey Sr., Class of 1975 died on Saturday, October 4, 2014 while on vacation in Costa Rica.  After completing his medical training, the family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Dr. Lubsey began an independent Family Medicine practice.  This endeavor has grown into the Lubsey Medical Center. Throughout his 71 years, he touched the lives of many family, friends, patients and more often than not, strangers who never had the opportunity to know him. A memorial service was held on Friday, October 24, 2014.  

Dr. Charles L. Davis Jr., Class of 1974 died on Monday, September 22, 2014.  A private memorial service was held with family and friends.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Bert Davis and family at 105B Wilshire Way, Goldsboro, North Carolina  27534.

Dr. Swami Rampersaud, Class of 1975 died Monday, March 31, 2014.

Dr. Eloise Skelton, Class of 1977 has a new position at Bartstow Health Partners near Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Skelton joins the clinic from Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Skelton said her duties will include prenatal care, delivery, taking care of ob/gyn problems, performing surgery and conducting annual women’s exams. She said she is committed to taking care of people in small communities and feels it is important to be able to get specialized health care in the community.


Dr. A. Melvin Alexander, a member of the Class of 1968 has died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Dr. Alexander completed his residency training at Freedmen's Hospital, and later joined the faculty.  Dr. Alexander is the brother of Dr. Mark V. Alexander, who is a member of the Class of 1973.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:00a.m. at the Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria in Virginia followed by the repast at 11:30a.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the home of his brother, Dr. Mark V. Alexander and family at 1628 Golf Course Drive, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721.
Dr. Raymond Anthony Lloyd, a member of the Class of 1966 has died on Monday, September 26, 2016.  Dr. Lloyd is the husband of Dr. Deborah Williams, who is a member of the Class of 1978, and the father of Raymond A. Lloyd II, who is a member of the Class of 1990.  Dr. Lloyd completed his training at the Freedmen's Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital.  He was a superb clinician with awards and honors, which included the Physician of the Year and American Osteopathic Association.  Dr. Lloyd was highly regarded by both colleagues and patients and will be missed by all.  The viewing will be on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:00a.m. at the Howard University School of Law Dunbarton Chapel, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW followed by a homegoing service at 11:00a.m. at the Dunbarton Chapel.  The interment will be at Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Avenue in Pikesville, Maryland.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Dr. Deborah Williams and family at 9115 Kittery Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20817-2152.

Dr. Lennox S. Westney, a member of the Class of 1961 died Thursday, March 10, 2016 after an extended illness related to Parkinson's Disease surrounded by his family in Highland, Maryland.  He was born to Rosetta Vaughan Westney and Carlton George Westney on December 24, 1928 in Kingston, Jamaica.  He migrated to the United States in 1955.  In 1957, he entered Medical School at Howard University and completed his medical education in May 1961.  In 1969, he was asked to join the medical faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and Hospital.  He served there as Attending Physician and later as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, before retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1998.  He was the first occupant of the John F. J. Clark, M.D. Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He is survived by his wife, Dr. Ouida E. Westney, children, Lennox Samuel Jr., Irving (Elle) and Lenaine (Todd) and their grandchildren.  Funeral Services and Celebration of Life are planned for Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. The viewing will be from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with the celebration of life service to follow.  The interment will take place at George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, Maryland on Sunday, March 20th.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Lennox S. Westney Scholarship Fund administered by the HUMAA, 2225 Georgia Avenue, NW, Ste. 801, Washington, DC 20059, (202) 238-2586.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Dr. Ouida E. Westney and family at 14025 Clarksville Pike, Highland, Maryland 20777-9526 or

Dr. John L. Bolling, a member of the Class of 1966 has recently died.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 203 W. 138th Street, New York, New York 10030-2102.

Dr. George H. Sherman, a member of the Class of 1965 has died in 2014 at his home in Nassau, Bahamas.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at P.O. Box N-7119, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dr. Lawrence E. Plaskett, a member of the Class of 1966 died on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 79.  He is survived by his sisters Ivy Plaskett-John and Beatrice Plaskett-Simmons; brothers:  Ulric and Leroy.  Services will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at St. Dominic Church, 630 E Street, SW, Washington, D.C. at 12:00 noon.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 800 4th St. SW, Unit #N413, Washington, D.C. 20024-3016.

Dr. Frances Cress Wesling, a member of the Class of 1962 died on Saturday, January 2, 2016.  The renowned black psychiatrist, Dr. Frances C. Wesling, author of the seminal 1991 work, "The Isis (Yssis) Papers: The Keys To The Colors (Third World Press).  Dr. Welsing was born on March 18, 1935, in Chicago.  Both her father and grandfather were medical doctors, and her mother was a teacher.  She received her bachelor's degree from Antioch College and her M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine.  In 1974, Dr. Welsing became famous for her paper, the "Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation" which she published while an assistant professor of pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine.  According to Dr. Welsing, the work caused such a stir that her tenure at the university was not renewed in 1975.  Dr. Welsing then spent more than 20 years as a staff physician for the Department of Human Services in Washington, DC and was a specialist in both child and general psychiatry, gaining particular acclaim for her work with young people.  Additionally, she was a celebrated scholar who studied the origins of white supremacy from a psychological and biological perspective, and was a proponent of the "Melanin Theory," which espouses black superiority due to a higher concentration of melanin in people of African descent.  As a psychiatrist, Dr. Welsing used Freudian symbolism to explain whie supremacy, including the interpretation of guns, money, the cross and gold.  She has faced some controversy regarding her stance on homosexuality, which she said was imposed on black men by whites who wanted to reduce the African population.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her sister, Mrs. Lorne Love and family at 6025 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20011-1713.

Dr. James L. Collins, a member of the Class of 1965 died on Sunday, August 23, 2015.  The visitation is Friday, September 4, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD (Valet Parking).  Funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5th at 10:30am St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 3820 Aspen Hill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of COL (Ret.) James L. Collins Sr., M.D., P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011 or online at  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Beverly A. Collins and family at 13808 Beacon Hollow Lane, Silver Spring, MD  20906-3002.

Dr. Lemuel A. Rogers Jr., a member of the Class of 1963 died on Sunday, August 9, 2015, a memorial service was held on Saturday, August 15, 2015.  Dr. Rogers was born in Norristown, PA on August 12, 1933.  Dr. Rogers was a United States Army veteran, serving in the post-Korean War Army, after which he completed an undergraduate degee in biology at Franklin and Marshall College and a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed an internship with the National Institutes of Health and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1967.  Dr. Rogers practiced for one year in Philadelphia, PA and then went to Rochester, NY, where he faithfully served as a respected OB/GYN for 30 years.  Dr. Rogers was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and an active member of the National Medical Association.  Notwithstanding his obligations of a busy practice, he found time to give back to his community by serving on the Board of Rochester Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  Dr. Rogers was loved, admired and respected by all who met him.  He is survived by his three children and a host of other family members.  Archon Rogers was 82 years old. 

Dr. Edward G. Fisher, a member of the Class of 1961 died on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Dr. Fisher was both an ordained minister and a surgeon.  He served as pastor of the Full Gospel Church of the Lord's Missions International, Inc. in Washington, DC and was a solo medical practitioner for more than four decades.  Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Fisher emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18.  He graduated from Brooklyn College in New York and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he graduated with honors.  He was also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  He served in many chairmanships and memberships in the Washington, DC area.  Dr. Fisher was a brilliant professional and was quite distinguished in the medical community.  He served as Chaplain to the D.C. Medical Chirurgical Society and volunteered for many community activities in the medical and educational arenas.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Kelsey Temple Church of God in Christ, 1435 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-0126 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Repast immediately following the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, a tax-deductible donation may be made in memory of Dr. Fisher and sent to Mercy Outreach Ministry International, Inc. (MOM), 11705 Bishop's Content Rd., Mitchellville, MD 20721 or online donations: Paypal, Mercy Outreach Ministry, International, Inc., or  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Judy A. Fisher and family, 11705 Bishop's Content Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721-2583.

Dr. John W. Edwards Jr., a member of the Class of 1960 died on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Ella Edwards and family at P.O. Box 21428, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29925.

Dr. Aubrey O'Neal Dent Jr., a member of the Class of 1968 died on October 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  Dr. Dent served as a Major in the United States Army at Walter Reed Hospital, and his drive to become a physician led him to enroll in Howard University College of Medicine in 1964.  His skills were put to the test as he helped emergency room patients during the 1968 riots.  After obtaining his medical degree, he relocated with his family to San Francisco, California, where he completed his residency in psychiatry at Mount Zion Hospital.  He established a private practice in General Psychiatry, which he maintained for 26 years. He was an active reservist for the United States Army through the 1980s and worked at the Presidio in San Francisco.  Dr. Dent later assumed a position at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, from which he retired in 2009.  Until shortly before his death, he served as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Francisco.  He was a past president of both the Golden Gate Medical Association and the John Hale Medical Society and was affiliated with Black Psychiatrists of America and the National Medical Association.  As a member of Omega Psi Phi, as well as an active participant in the Beta Upsilon Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the oldest predominantly black fraternity in the nation. He is survived by three daughters, Gina, Judith, and Lisa; sisters Phyllis and Joyce; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephrews.

Dr. Richard Jones, a member of the Class of 1963 died on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Judeth H. Strait-Jones and family at 1040 Lunalilo Street #602, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.

Dr. O'Connell D. Miles, a member of the Class of 1963 died on Monday, May 4, 2015.  The funeral service was held on Saturday, May 16th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Beverly Miles and family at 1000 Townsend Circle, Wayne Pennsylvania 19087.

Dr. Eugene C. Simms, a member of the Class of 1964 died on Friday, April 24, 2015 in California.  In 1971, Dr. Simms was appointed Chief of Anesthesia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.  He was one of 18 original physicians and the only African American.  He was also Chief of Anesthesia at Desert Hospital, Palm Springs, California.  For over 12 years, he was visiting Attending Anesthesiologist at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5,2015 at 3:00pm at Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, D 20904, (301) 622-2290. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 6th.  Visitation is from 10:00-11:00am followed by the funeral service at 11:00am at Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home.  Internment will be at Parklawn Cemetery, 12800 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853.  Dr. Simms is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred C. Simms, 75-680 Altamira Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210-8711, (760) 346-2794.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Simms at her two daughters' home. Ms. Gia Simms, 260 S. Reynolds St. Unit 1609, Alexandria, VA  22304, (703) 823-3107,, or to Mrs. Gina Simms-Jenkins, 10 Hearthstone Ct., Potomac, MD 20854, (301) 424-0646, email -

Dr. Lionel C. Rose, a member of the Class of 1963, who practiced pediatrics and community medicine in Baltimore, Maryland for three decades died on March 10, 2015 of pneumonia and cardiac failure.  He was 91 years old.  Dr. Rose was born in Grenada, West Indies on September 20, 1923.  After completing primary school, he continued his education under the tutelage of the headmaster.  His academic achievements included earning certificates of distinction in the Senior Cambridge University School Certificate and the London University Matriculation Examinations.  In 1943, he won the Island Teacher Scholarship to attend the Government Training College for Teachers in Trinidad.  After graduation, Dr. Rose returned to Grenada to teach primary school.  A year into his teaching career, he was appointed to the "head teachership" of the Mount Moritz Anglican School.  In January 1955, Dr. Rose immigrated to the United States and entered Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He earned a B. S. degree, with honors, and was subsequently admitted into the university's College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1963.  His postgraduate studies included an internship at the then-Provident Hospital in Balitmore and a pediatric residency through the Univeristy of Maryland.  After residency, Dr. Rose obtained a master's degree in public health, speciallizing in maternal and child health, from the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Rose began his professional career as the director of the cleft palate and plastic surgery program for the state of Pennsylvania.  He came to Baltimore a year later, to direct the Children and Youth Program at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, becoming an assistant professor of pediatrics.  Later, Dr. Rose became a director for the health maintenance organization of Provident Hospital, Provident Comprehensive Neighborhood Health Center.  He eventually became the director of the hospital's sickle cell program, while continuing serve as a part-time clinician at the health center.  In 1981, Dr. Rose entered full time private practice in West Baltimore, while maintaining a part-time relationship with the health center, now Total Health Care, Inc.  He retired from medical practice in 1998.  Dr. Rose was passionate tennis, cricket and golf fan.  In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing tennis and attending international tennis and cricket matches.  His hobbies included gardening and traveling, which included trips to his beloved homeland of Grenada.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his loving family.  He is survived by his wife Lou-Ethel; daughter Jacqueline; sons David, Kevin and Michael; and grandchildren Braeden, Justin, Ethan, Miranda and Christopher.

Dr. James W. Wills, a member of the Class of 1961 died peacefully at his home in Mitchellville, Maryland on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Visitation will be held on Monday, April 6th from 9:30am to 11:00am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am, at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Maryland.  Internment will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:00am, at St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery, 3310 St. Peters Drive, Waldorf, Maryland 20601.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Kappa Epsilon Lambda Education (KEL) Foundation, P.O. Box 7485, Largo, Maryland 20792.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Peggy Cooper Wills and family at 111303 Earlston Drive, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721-2426.  

Dr. Edward C. Lampley Sr., a member of the Class of 1960 and a well loved physician, community servant, church elder, husband, father, older brother, son, uncle, godfather, and friend who served the East Bay community for over 46 years, died on Monday, January 26, 2015 at his home in Oakland, Califorinia.  He was born on June 21, 1931 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the oldest of nine siblings.  Dr. Lampley is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Mosley Lampley; three children, Edward Charles Lampley Jr., Margeaux L. Theophile, Karl W. Lampley; his grandchildren, Jarrett W. Lampley, Chiara Theophile, Lauryn M. Lampley; and other relatives and friends.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Norma J. M. Lampley and family at 8029 Coach Drive, Oakland, CA  94605-4202.

Dr. Donald C. Chambers, a member of the Class of 1961 and a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who delivered thousands of babies and was a national educational examiner in his field, died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 of Alzheimer's disease at the Broadmead Retirement Community located in Maryland.  Dr. Chambers served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Kings County Hospital Center-Downstate Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Dr. Chambers delivered babies at Baltimore hospitals that included Sinai, Bon Secours and the old Lutheran Hospital and the Provident-Liberty Medical Center.  At Sinai, he was a member of the teaching faculty and headed its division of gynecology for many years.  In 1988, he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in Britain. Dr. Chambers served on the Northwest Hospital board and the Board of Physician Quality Assurance for Maryland.  He was a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1981 to 2001.  In that capacity, he was oral examiner for the national board and questioned medical school graduates who were entering the OB-GYN field.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Chambers Family at 1512 Applecroft Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1626.

Dr. Stephen Geller, Class of 1964, has written his first novel. Dr. Geller, a pathologist with a special interest in liver diseases, focuses his novel in familiar territory - an accomplished pianist, Marcia, with a young son who has a rare liver disease and will need a liver transplant. Marcia immerses herself in her music while rediscovering her strength for dealing with life-changing decisions.

Dr. Arthur Paul Kelly, Class of 1965 died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, at the age of 75.  Dr. Kelly was a beneficiary of the Civil Rights Movement - the opportunities afforded the people of color as the walls of legal segregation began to crumble enabled him to achieve many firsts.  He qualified as the first African American physician to do a dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  He was also the first African American to serve as President of the American Dermatological Association, of the Pacific Dermatologic Association, and of the Association of Professors of Dermatology.  In 2007, Dr.Kelly had the first annual research lecture series named after him by the Dermatology Section of the National Medical Association.  Lastly, in 2014, he was made the first honorary emeritus member of the Skin of Color Society.   Condolences for the family may be sent to Mrs. Beverly Kelly, 2983 Burdeck Drive, Oakland, CA  94602-2617.

Dr. Harold R. Minus, Class of 1969 along with his team of players: Ms. Sylvia Christian, Mr. George E. Hudson, Dr. Clarice D. Reid and Ms. Jerrie Thomas made a great accomplishment on August 7, 2014 at the American Bridge Association 81st Summer Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia by winning four games of the Victor Daly Flight A Knockout Event.  His team was ranked #3.  




Dr. David L. Harris Sr., Class of 1959 died on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Lynchburg General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  He served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955.  Dr. Harris received his medical training, internship and surgery residency at Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, D.C..  He was a member of the surgical staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and was a member of the teaching staff as a surgical instructor at Howard University.  He was born on June 13, 1929 to the late Sydney Harris Sr. and Orianna Bondurant Spencer Harris.  Dr. Harris is survived by his youngest brother Godfrey Harris; three daughters, Denise Burriss, Donna Harris, and Deidre Harris-George; four sons, David Harris Jr., Dennis Harris, Darryl Harris and Douglas Harris; two son-in-laws, Allen Burriss and Paul George; one daughter-in-law, Annette Carter-Harris; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews he loved dearly as his own children; his beloved soul-friends of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and a host of other family and friends.  A memorial service for Dr. David L. Harris Sr. will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00a.m. at Eighth Street Baptist Church, 801 8th Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the home of Dr. David L. Harris, 101 Baldwin Court, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502-4001.

Dr. Kenneth W. Mahan, Class of 1952 died on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the age of 91.  Dr. Mahan was a prominent practicing physician/surgeon in Jersey City for over 50 years and the beloved husband of the late Costello Foushee Mahan for over 60 years. The visitation will be held on Friday, August 26th at Cotton Funeral Service, 130 Main Street, Orange, New Jersey from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and the funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 10:00am at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 597 Bergen Avenue, on the corner of Belmont Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. Entombment is at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens in Woodbridge, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donatins be made to the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church ( or the National Kidney Foundation ( or the Howard University College of Medicine Student Fund (  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 228, Allenhurst, New Jersey 07711.

Dr. Harriette M. Clark Chambliss, Class of 1950 died on Thursday, July 14, 2016.  Dr. Chambliss is the sister of Dr. Lucille Fisk-Younger, Class of 1944, Dr. John J. F. Clark, Class of 1946 and Dr. Charles H. Clark, Class of 1949.  The wake service is from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Howard University Law School, Dunbarton Chapel, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, followed by the memorial service at 11:00a.m. at the Dunbarton Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Howard University, Office of Development Division, 2225 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20059. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 1630 Upshur Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011-5315.

Dr. Nelli L. Mitchell, Class of 1950 died on Monday, May 23, 2016 in Rochester, New York.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 77 Brickstone Circle, Rochester, New York 14620-3182.

Dr. Max L. Weissman, Class of 1957 died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Arlene Weissman and family at 2877 S. Fenton Street, Denver, Colorado 80227-4119.

Dr. George Shepard Jr., Class of 1950 died on Thursday, March 24, 2016.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Evelyn Shepard and family at 9723 N. Shore Drive, Seaford, Delaware 19973.

Clyde W. Jones, M.D., F.A.C.A., Class of 1958: Note of Appreciation: In the latter part of 2015 and early this year, I have communicated verbally and in writing, with one of my Medical School teachers, now in her precentenarian years.  I. Blanche Bourne, M.D., Class of 1941 excelled as a teacher, clinician and Public Health Administrator. I remember her for teaching me, among other things, the subtleties of dealing with young children.  Though I did not become a pediatrician, a significant portion of my career was a pediatric anesthesiologist, often with surgical teams in underdeveloped countries where I did not speak the language.  My skill with non-verbal communication was imparted by Dr. Bourne to a large extent.  She was skillful, precise and the epitome of fashion and style.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to thank this revered teacher for inspiring me so many years ago in Medical School.  

Dr. John S. Braxton Jr., Class of 1952 died on Sunday, January 10, 2016.  An evening viewing will be on Monday, January 25, 2016 at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Libery Road, Randallstown, MD from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  A second viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 26th at 10:00am followed by the funeral service at 11:00am at Wylie Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. John S. Braxton Jr. and sent to: HUCM, P.O. Box 417853, Boston, MA  02241-7853 or HUCM, Attn: Charlene Blount, 520 W St NW, Rm 511, Washington, DC 20059.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his daughter, Mrs. Barbara Morgan and family at 3206 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Dr. Tazewell Banks, Class of 1957 has died and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Armour J. BlackburnCenter Ballroom, Howard University Campus at 11:00am.  Dr. Banks received his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Howard University.  While there, he was co-captain of the wrestling team, ran cross-country track,and joined Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Kappa, Fraternity.  During his Veterans Administration cardiology fellowship, he saw what lousy job was being performed with cardiac patients, and realized that he could do much more by teaching.  A fifth of his class also became teachers.  He joined the staff of Howard University College of Medicine and Hospital, and over the years was appointed to professorship in the department of medicine, division of cardiology.  He met his hero, Nathan Pritikin, Dean Ornish's mentor, who was reversing heart disease with diet, meditation and exercise.  He pushed hard for diet and exercise classes to be included in the College of Medicine curriculum.  As recent as five years ago, three of four District of Columbia medical schools did not have a course in nutrition, only scattered lectures.

Dr. Banks has served on the Curriculum Committee and Faculty Evaluation Committee for the College of Medicine; acting head of Howard staff at the District of Columbia General Hospital (one year), and served a short term as chief of cardiology at the District of Columbia General Hospital, while teaching the Howard University College of Medicine students as well as lecturing to Georgetown University students rotating at the hospital.  He was hired to work with Dr. Randall at the urging of the American Heart Association to emphasize effective diets, exercise, meditations used by Pritikin, McDougall, Whitaker, Dean Ornish and others.  While there is overwhelming evidence that heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, most diabetes, and cancers are preventable and usually reversible, he believes he has been unsuccessful in convincing most of his colleagues.

Dr. Banks has bungee-jumped, boxed in the Army, scuba-dived, flown a jet fighter (for 20 minutes), participated in eight triathlons, swam the Chesapeake Bay five time, won the Darmstadt 1960 Chess Tournament, cycled across Maryland, Iowa, Western Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, and has won Fifth Place in a body-building contest.  

Dr. Banks has received awards for teaching, including the Student Council Award, and has published more than 45 articles about diagnosing, preventing and treating heart disease.  He has retired from Howard University College of Medicine in 1993, and was recognized as a "Magnificent Professor" in May 11, 2011.  The recognition embodies the philosophy that all who have maintained professorial or chairmanship responsibility at Howard University College of Medicine have, indeed, made an exceptional contribution.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Myrtle T. Banks and family at 1925 Varnum Street, NE, Washington, DC  20018.

Dr. Mack D. Wolst Jr., Class of 1953 died on Wednesday, June 10. 2015.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Helen R. Wolst, 1448 Independence Avenue, Melbourne, Florida  32940.

Dr. Roy H. Sandstrom, Class of 1958 died on Thursday, October 1, 2015 peacefully at home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease at the age of 86. Dr. Sandstrom was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut.  When the Korean War broke out, he served as an army medical technician at Walter Reed under General Wallace Graham.  After the war, he worked at NIH in HELA cell research but left to attend Howard University College of Medicine.  Dr. Sandstrom completed his residency at Johns Hopkins.  He served the Silver Spring community as a physician for 54 years and during that time he was Chief of Medicine and later Chief of Staff at the Washington Adventist Hospital.  He also helped found Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  He began his internal medicine residency on the inaugural Howard Medical Service at the D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C.  

Dr. Sandstrom attended his 20th Year Medical School Reunion in 1978.

Dr. Sandstrom is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Debbie, and his beloved sons, Daniel (Dottie) and Randall as well as grandsons Tyler and Nicholas.  He also leaves behind loving nieces and nephews and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother Don and his sister Dorothy as well as parents Ruth and Siegfried Sandstrom.  

Dr. Sandstrom will be remembered for his love of life, his affectionate nature, and his sense of adventure.  He once flew a small plane from Gaithersburg, MD to Peru and back.  He also flew a single engine plane across the Atlantic Ocean delivering it to missionaries in Africa.  He returned to military service in the late 1970s as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force Reserve.  He loved music and played the trumpet and the euphonium, often performing in area churches.

A service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, October 12th at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Donation Processing Center, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA  22401.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Debbie Sandstrom and family at 7701 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD  20912-7724.

Dr. Leon A. Fraser, Class of 1952 died on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Trenton, New Jersey at the age of 93.  The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 3rd in New Jersey.  Dr. Fraser was a graduate of Fisk University and of Howard University College of Medicine.  In addition to his private practice, he later became medical director of the Trenton public schools and, after that director of chronic disease services of the New Jersey State Department of Health.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served during World War II.  During the 1960s, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement, including as president of the Trenton branch of the NAACP.  Dr. Fraser was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of Mu Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed tennis, bowling, and pool. 

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser and family at 421 Masterson Court, Ewing, New Jersey  08618-1440.

Dr. Carl N. Lewis, Class of 1956 died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from a sudden heart attack.  The funeral service was held on May 17, 2015 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Hartsdale, New York.  He attended Dewitt Clingon High School, Bethel College and Western Michigan University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.  He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.  After marrying Dorothe Williams, his college sweetheart, Dr. Lewis moved back to New York where he worked at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and opened his private practice.  He and Dorothe have three daughters, Stephanie, Carole and Valerae. Dr. Lewis was active in his social group, The Fellas, which raises scholarships for high achieving university students every year by way of the Fellas College Scholarship Fund.  He was an avid tennis player and photographer. 

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Dorothe Lewis and family at 15 Balmoral Cres, White Plains, New York 10607-2201.

Dr. Norma G. Andrews, Class of 1958 died on Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Trinidad. Dr. Andrews was survived by her son, Vaughn, two sisters, Dr. Jean Gibbs and Joan Guppy, two grandchildren- Adonis and Athena and the mother-in-law of Lois Andrews.

Dr. Leslie P. McVerney Surrey, Class of 1956 died on Monday, November 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Surrey's funeral was held on November 11, 2014.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Hortense and family at 604 East Gorgas Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119-1324.

Dr. Louis D. Duncan Jr., Class of 1958 peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014.  Visitation was held on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 10:00am until time of service at 11:00am in the Chapel of Marshall March Funeral Home in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Orlando L. Clark, Class of 1952 died on Sunday, June 29, 2014.  He was 92 years old and died from Parkinson's disease.  Dr. Clark was a proud member of the United States Army in World War II and was awarded two bronze stars. He was a retired commissioned officer of the United States Public Health Service. After his federal government retirement, he was employed by the International Medical Center, San Francisco, CA .  Dr. Clark was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, CA.  Dr. Clark is survived by a brother Harold Vernon Clark of Inkster, MI and three nieces.  

Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps, Class of 1955 died Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Dr. Epps is the spoue of Dr. Charles H. Epps Jr., Class of 1955 and the mother of Roselyn E. Epps, Class of 1988.  Dr. Epps was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but grew up in Savannah, GA.  She attended Howard University in Washington, DC where she majored in zoology and chemistry and continued her medical education there, graduating in 1955.  In 1961, she became a medical officer with the District of Columbia Department of Health, and in 1973 earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  In 1980, she was appointed the first Acting Commissioner of Health for the District of Columbia; was professor of pediatrics and children's health at Howard; and a year later, she received an M.A. from American University, in Washington, DC.  In 1980, Dr. Epps worked for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.  Semi-retired since 1998, she served as a consultant for the public and private sector.  Dr. Epps has authored more than 90 professional articles, 16 of which were published as chpaters of books.  She also co-edited The Women's Complete Healthbook and Developing a Child Care Program; and was the first African American and female president of the District of Columbia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Information on the funeral services for Dr. Roselyn P. Epps will be provided as soon as we receive it.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Charles Epps Jr. and family at 1775 N. Portal Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20012, (202) 829-5458 or by email at 

Dr. Seawright Wilbur Anderson died Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Laguna Niguel, California.  He was born in Washington, D.C., on March 6, 1927, to Seawright W. and Iola Ward Anderson.  Dr. Seawright was a scholar student and graduate of Howard University, internship at USC-LA County General and residency at Camarillo State Hospital in coordination with the University of California at Los Angeles.  He received his board certification as well.  Dr. Anderson had taught medicine and directed clinics in several countries including Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Zambia.  Aside from living in those countries for periods of time, he gave back to health of African countries through physician group travels. Dr. Anderson had resided in Orange County and Los Angeles, where he had an adult and forensic medical practice, including specialized psychiatric services in California-Riverside County, medical director of several skilled nursing facilities and served as a special consultant to the Anderson Health Information Systems practice.  Dr. Anderson had most recently resided in Laguna Niguel and at the ‘Anderson farm’ and ‘Washington domicile’.  He was a major in the Army. Dr. Anderson is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rhonda McGee Anderson; two daughters, Carolyn Anderson of Los Angeles and Sylvia Anderson of Castro Valley, California, one son, Seawright Wilbur Anderson III of Baltimore, Maryland; three grandchildren, Anton and Joshua Anderson of Washington and Khaleelah Horton of Riverside, California; and one great-granddaughter, Khalahni Horton.

Dr. Benjamin H. Barbour, Class of 1952 died Sunday, May 18, 2014 in California.  Dr. Barbour was a member of the University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) board of directors and a director emeritus for the last few years. Dr. Barbour was an important member of the nephrology community with a long, illustrious career marked by his dedication to improving care for kidney patients.  He was a tremendous supporter of UKRO from the beginning and will be greatly missed.  Dr. Barbour was the first chairman of the Department of Nephrology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He retired from active practice in 1996, but remained on the clinical faculty at USC, participating in conferences and teaching programs.


George W. West, M.D., Class of 1948 died on Sunday, July 19, 2015.  There will be no funeral service for Dr. West.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Brenda West and family, 16790 Willow Creek Drive, Delray Beach, Florida  33484.

Charles H. Clark, M.D., Class of 1949 died on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at his home in Washington, D.C. The memorial service for Dr. Clark will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Howard University Main Campus, Andrew Rankin Chapel, 6th & Howard Place, NW at 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, please send your contribution to the attention of Ms. Charlene Blount, Development Assistant, Howard University College of Medicine, 520 W Street, NW, Room 511, Washington, DC  20059 (202) 806-9484.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Jennine Clark, 1844 Randolph Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011-5340.

Leo Victor English Jr., M.D., Class of 1944 died at the age of 95 in San Jose, California.  The memorial service for Dr. English will be held on Friday, March 27 2015 at 11:00am at St. John Vianney Church, 4600 Hyland Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127.   Dr. English graduated from the University of Toledo in 1940; and from Howard University College of Medicine in 1944.  While practicing medicine in Detroit, Michigan he was drafted in the Korean War as Captain Leo Victor English Jr. and served in Alaska.  In 1954, Dr. English settled in San Jose with his family.  Upon moving to San Jose, he was unable to rent an office space or buy the home of his liking.  He bought a home near San Jose Hospital converted the front to a medical office and the back to the home for family.  Dr. English and three associates formed an HMO, and he served as medical director.  From 1960-1961, Dr. English served as President of San Jose branch of the NAACP; San Jose Police Chief's Advisory Board; Santa Clara County Grand Jury; Santa Clara University board of Regents.  In 1965, Dr. English and his wife assisted in finding summer housing for Selma, Alabama students.  Awards include: Howard University Student Non-Violent, Direct Action to Desegregate Restaurants and Interstate Buses Washington, D.C. in 1943 and 1944.  In 1959, he received the "Distinguished Citizen Award" San Jose City Council; 1964 "Annual Service Award" in the field of human relations from the Anti-Defamation League Council of San Jose B'nai B'rith; 2002 Martin Luther King Association of Santa Clara County, Good Neighbor Award.  Dr. English was a member of the Serra Club, the Alpha Phi Alph Fraternity and the co-founder of Gamma Chi Boiule in San Jose.  Dr. English enjoyed traveling with his family. Empressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Juanita English and family at 344 Gordan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127-1611.

Bernard F. Gipson Sr., M.D., Class of 1947 passed away at the age of 93 on Monday, January 26, 2015 in Denver.  Dr. Gipson was surgically trained by Dr. Charles Drew at Howard University Hospital, and Dr. Gipson trained Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. at Howard.  Dr. Gipson was the first African American board certified surgeon in the state of Colorado, and he practiced medicine in the Mile High City for over 40 years.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at 2375 Monaco Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80207-3453.




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