1950's In Memoriam: Alumni

Mervell Winzer Bracewell, M.D., F.H. Nursing Diploma 1952, died Aug. 21, 2016. She was 88.

Richard Allan Smith, B.S. 1953; M.D. 1957, died March 10, 2017. He was 84.

Keith F. Anderson Sr., B.S. 1954; D.D.S. 1965, died Dec. 16, 2015. Anderson was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He later married his wife Evora in 1948 with whom he had four children. He also worked for Senator Kennedy in an administrative capacity in the 1960s. After leaving the military, Anderson attended Howard where he received his doctorate in dentistry. He worked as an anesthesiologist at Einstein Medical Center and transitioned into his fulltime dental practice in the 1970s. He served as a professor of dentistry at Temple University Dental School, before becoming the director of Emergency Services at Temple Dental, where he served 25 upon retiring in 2000. Anderson was also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the president of Chi Delta Mu. He was 89.

Edward V. Wilson, D.D.S. 1957, died April 2, 2017. Wilson served as a medical tech in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Army Reserve. After his service, Wilson opened his dental practice in Philadelphia, where he practiced for 35 years. In 1968, he was on the founding board of directors of the American Negro Commemorative Society that produced collectable coins to recognize the contributions of African Americans in U.S. Society. Wilson also liked to travel and was a political adherent. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was 90.

Doris Jeanne Henderson Brown, F.H. Nursing Diploma 1957, died June 13, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Brown began her long career as a registered nurse, most notably with the Department of Human Services, Nursing Clinical Services Division in Washington, D.C. After retiring as a registered nurse, she moved to New Orleans, where Brown spent 20 years before returning to D.C. Brown loved attending exciting events, such as Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Essence Music Festival. She was 80.

Cherry Smith Richardson, F.H. Nursing Diploma 1957; B.A. 1969, died Nov. 23, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Richardson worked in the fi eld of nursing in the Washington, D.C., area until her retirement from public health. She was a charter member of The People’s Community Baptist Church, where she served as Chairwoman of the Deaconess Board and a member of the Generation One Ministry for seniors. Richardson also served as the fi rst President of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. For over 20 years, she volunteered with the African American Festival of Academic Excellence, a program to promote education and excellence to students in the Montgomery County schools. She was 81.




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