1950's In Memoriam: Alumni

Harry E. Lanauze, B.S. 1951, died May 7, 2017. He was one of the estimated 100 Tuskegee airmen from the Pittsburg region in the 332nd Group in the U.S. Army Air Corps known as the Red Tails for the look of the P-51 Mustang aircraft they flew. After graduating from Howard, he earned a master’s degree from Catholic University. He took a position as a professor of embryology and biology at Fort Wayne State College in Fort Valley, Georgia, before earning his medical degree at Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. He became a full-time emergency room physician at McKeesport Hospital. He was 91.

Dr. Eliza J. Taylor, DIP.N 1956; B.S. 1963; and M.D.1967, died June 2, 2017. After graduating with her third degree from Howard, she earned a master’s in public health administration from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. She served in multiple medical capacities during her career at a neighborhood health center and the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. She was 81.

Margie Belle Allen Singleton, B.A. 1959, died January 24, 2018. After graduating from Howard, she continued her existing career with the Agency for International Development and its predecessor agencies, the first of which was the Economic Cooperation Administration. She began as a statistical clerk, receiving numerous citations for exceptional performance, thus helping to break the glass ceiling for African-American women. While enrolled at Howard, she met and later married Eugene L. Singleton (L.L.B. 1956). She was a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Questers Inc., and Metropolitan Baptist Church.




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