1940's In Memoriam: Alumni

Charles Howell Clark, M.D. 1949, died June 3, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Clark served as the senior assistant chief of Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. He then served as a lieutenant commander at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before sailing for one year as flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy. Later, Clark opened an office in northeast D.C. While practicing surgery for almost 40 years, he was an instructor and then an associate professor of surgery at Howard. He also was a founder of Clark, Chambliss, Clark, Ltd. Clark was a member of the Washington Academy of Surgery, Boy Scouts of America, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He was 89.

Charles L. Hedges, B.S. 1947, died April 3, 2015. He was 91.

Hardy F. Cofield, D.D.S. 1946, died Nov. 25, 2015. He was 93.

Jeremiah Alexander Taylor Sr., D.D.S. 1948, died Dec. 5, 2014. Taylor completed his undergraduate studies in pre-medicine at the Army Specialized Program of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Howard University College of Dentistry, he moved with his wife and children to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he practiced for seven years, providing free dental care for those without means. In 1955, Taylor, a WWII veteran, became a captain in the U.S. Air Force, following 24 years of distinguished service. He retired with a rank of lieutenant colonel, becoming the first Black dentist to serve as a command dental surgeon and a base dental surgeon. Taylor was a life member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also was president of the Tuskegee Airmen Kansas City Chapter and president of the Christ Temple Brotherhood.

Henry H. Cooper Jr., D.D.S. 1947, died Jan. 6, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Cooper served in the U.S. Air Force. He was 91.

Calvin Ross Scott, B.S. 1947, died May 12, 2015. Scott was a U.S. veteran who served in Howard’s 2515 Army Service Unit. After graduating from Howard, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he lived and worked in the medical profession for 38 years. He was 92.

Janice Leigh, B.S. 1948, died Sept. 6, 2015.

Victor Thompson, M.D. 1948, died March 19, 2015.

Calvin Campbell, B.A. 1948, died Feb. 12, 2015. Campbell was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in WWII combat. After graduating from Howard, he attended the University of Chicago Law School. Then, he litigated cases in the attorney general’s office for 18 years. Later, he served as a justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois for 30 years. He was 90.

Joseph H. Stokes, D.D.S., B.A. 1949, died Feb. 13, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Stokes served as an officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He became the director of a dental clinic in California. Stokes then moved to Richmond, California, where he opened his first dental office. He then partnered with his friends, Jim McMillan—a pharmacist—and Dr. Julius Robinson—a physician—to help design and build the first black-owned healthcare complex in Richmond. After retiring from private practice, Stokes returned to public health dentistry as a staff dentist. He was a member of the American Dental Association and the National Dental Association. He was 91.

Walter William Wright, B.A. 1949, died Oct. 20, 2015.

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