1960's In Memoriam: Alumni

Yvonne Boyd, B.A. 1964, died May 25, 2014. She taught Spanish at a middle school in Omaha. After accompanying her husband on military tours in Turkey and Germany, she returned to the D.C. area, where she taught English as a second language in Arlington, Va. She also worked for a commercial real estate developer in Alexandria, Virginia, and volunteered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was 71.

Cynthia Ayers, B.S. 1964, died Nov. 4, 2014. Ayers became a highly respected internal medicine physician. In 2007, she was the first woman to receive the Physician of the Year Award from the Gateway Medical Society Association, a chapter of the National Medical Society. She later became the corporate physician for AT&T. She was 72 years old.

Kent Carthan, B.A. 1965, died July 20, 2013. Carthan was a pioneer in advertising and became a leading source in multicultural media and marketing. He worked for Johnson & Johnson and then for Ebony magazine in advertising sales. He then moved on to work for Amalgamated Publishers, where he sold advertising for all Black newspapers in the U.S. Toward the end of his career, Carthan began working for American Minorities Media in New York, later renamed Alloy. Carthan retired as vice president of sales at Alloy. He was 71 years old.

A. Paul Kelly, M.D. 1965, died May 13, 2014. Kelly served in the Army in Vietnam as a public health medical officer. After serving, he returned to Detroit and qualified as the first African-American physician to complete a dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He was the first African American to serve as president of the American Dermatological Association, the Pacific Dermatologic Association and the Association of Professors of Dermatology. In 2009 he co-authored Dermatology for Skin of Color, which garnered two American Publisher Awards for Excellence in 2010. He was 75 years old.

William Merritt III, M.D. 1965, died Sept. 10, 2013.

Diane Davis, B.A. 1966, died Dec. 7, 2014. Davis was a nurse for more than 40 years. She was a member of McKendree-Simms-Brookland United Methodist Church. While serving as a member, she was active in the Health and Welfare Ministry. She was 66.

Hershel McDowell, Ph.D. 1967, died Jan. 19, 2014. McDowell was an award-winning chemist who conducted immunological research on antigen-antibody reaction at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, as well as Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. McDowell also spent time in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the Institute of Nuclear Studies learning radioisotope techniques. McDowell received teaching fellowships from Howard’s Department of Chemistry and from DuPont Corp. After his time at Howard, McDowell became a research associate with the American Dental Association at the National Bureau of Standards.

Dianne Artist, B.S. 1969, died Aug. 7, 2013. Artist pursued a career in human resources for several years before she transitioned into the cruising industry, where she trained and mentored young women. She was 66.

James D. Randall Jr., B.A. 1969, died Sept. 24, 2014. Randall was an assistant corporate counsel for the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development for 20 years. After retiring from the D.C. government in 1999, he taught history classes at McLean High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, for 11 years. Randall was 68 years old.

Lola Lewis, M.S. 1969, died Oct. 10, 2013.




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