1960's In Memoriam: Alumni

Annie Mae Coleman, Nursing Diploma 1960, died Nov. 30, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Coleman worked as a surgical nurse at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She also worked at other hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. Coleman loved to volunteer, including working summers with the deaf and blind at the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Chi Eta Phi national nursing sorority and Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. She was 95.

Edward G. Fisher, M.D. 1961, died Aug. 2, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Fisher worked as a solo medical practitioner for more than 40 years. He served as pastor of the Full Gospel Church of the Lord’s Mission Interna- tional Inc. in Washington, D.C. Fisher also served as chaplain to the D.C. Medical Chirurgical Society. He was 83.

Richard Lane, B.S.E.E. 1961, died March 1, 2016. He was 87.

Frances Cress Welsing, M.D. 1962, died Jan. 2, 2016. After graduating from the Howard University College of Medicine, she became a psychiatrist, working as the clinical director and staff physician with the D.C. Department of Human Services. She pioneered in the fields of child psychiatry and mental health, chartering policies and strategies to help emotionally disturbed children. Welsing also published her notable 1970 essay titled “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” Her ideas ignited debate and controversy. She was 80.

Benjamin Perry Allen III, B.S. 1963, died Jan. 31, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Allen earned an MBA and began working as a banker, a profession he stayed in for 38 years. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Allen worked as field organizer for the re-election of President Barack Obama. Allen was a member and past Grand Strategus of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He was 73.

Lemuel A. Rogers Jr., M.D. 1963, died Aug. 9, 2015. Rogers was a U.S. Army veteran, after he served in the post-Korean War Army. After graduating from Howard, Rogers completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He practiced for more than 30 years. Rogers was an active member of the National Medical Association and the Board of Rochester Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He was 82.

Solomon M. Masembwa Sr., B.A. 1963, died April 13, 2015.

Douglas Clinton Jackson, B.S. 1966, died Feb. 1, 2015. After graduating from Howard, he earned his master’s degree in education from Temple University. He then began his 30-plus-years teaching career, where he was responsible for acquiring grants for Temple’s Upward Bound Program. He loved learning, reading, listening to music and managing his real estate business. Jackson was a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He was 73.

James L. Collins, B.S. 1961, M.D. 1965, died Aug. 23, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Collins became a psychiatrist in the U.S. Army. While still in the Army Reserve, Collins opened a private practice in Washington, D.C. He then became chief of psychiatry at Howard. After, Collins returned to active Army duty, serving at military hospitals across the world. In 1997, he retired as a colonel after having served as psychiatry chief at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He was 76.

Robert Spencer Hodge, B.S.E.E. 1966, died Jan. 29, 2013. He was 71.

Lawrence E. Plaskett, M.D. 1966, died Feb. 4, 2016. He was 79.

William D. Booth, B.A. 1966, died Oct. 7, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Booth earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in divinity. He served as pastor of several churches in Tennesee, Indiana and Virginia. He also was a theology professor at Xavier University and Hampton University, to name a few. An avid scholar, Booth authored two books. He was 71.

Milton L. Sing, M.S. 1967, died May 19, 2015. He was 92.

Willie L. Bryant, D.D.S. 1968, died Dec. 28, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Bryant served as president of the Ossining Branch of the NAACP. He was the catalyst for screening numerous residents in a sickle cell anemia trait project. He moved to Rockland, New York, where he helped provide dental care for the developmentally disabled population. Bryant was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the National Dental Asso- ciation, and he was a founding sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was 77.

Wayne E. Carey, B.A. 1968, J.D. 1971, died Jan. 22, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Carey briefly practiced law with the Legal Aide Society in Connecticut. He then began working in human resource management with various corporations, including Bendix, Abbott Labs, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Lee Hecht Harrison. Carey was a proud member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He and his wife loved to travel around the world and play golf with their friends. He was 70.

Walter J. Leonard, J.D. 1968, died Dec. 8, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Leonard became an assistant dean at the Howard Law School. He left Howard to become assistant dean and assistant director of admissions of Harvard Law School. Leonard was the chief architect of the affirmative action formula that helped establish a diverse student body and faculty at Harvard. His admissions process was emulated across the U.S. Later, he served as president of Fisk Uni- versity for seven years. He was 86.

John Martin Newsome, B.A. 1950, J.D. 1969, died July 18, 2015. Newsome served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After graduating from Howard, he and fellow Howard alumnus Ron Hill opened a private practice law firm. Newsome was a committed student of law and civil rights, staying active in the Washington, D.C., legal community well beyond his retirement. He loved music deeply. He was 91.

Willie Hudgins, B.S. 1965, J.D. 1968, died April 11, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Hudgins worked for 39 years as the section chief and chief litigator for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Black Enterprise Magazine recognized Hudgins as one of the leading minority litigators in the country because of his work in merger antitrust cases. He later became a partner at the Kelley Drye & Warren law firm. Hudgins was dedicated to his community, often volunteering for organizations like Rising Stars and the South Lakes High School Tutoring Program. He was 72.

Herbert Nelson Mitchell, B.S. 1967, M.D. 1971, died Feb. 12, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Mitchell enlisted in the U.S. Military as a member of the U.S. Public Health Services in Washington, D.C. He was commissioned from general medical officer to the rank of lieutenant commander. He later moved to California, where he worked for several health agencies. Mitchell loved to travel, read, and listen to music. He was 72.




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