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Howard University Celebrates 143 Years with Charter Day Convocation and Gala
Howard Alumnus Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. named as Orator

Courtesy Photo/LaSalle D. Leffall Jr, M.D.

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2010) – Prominent surgeon, oncologist and medical educator LaSalle D. Leffall Jr, M.D., will deliver the keynote address at the Howard University 143rd Charter Day Convocation at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 12 in Cramton Auditorium.

Dr. Leffall (M.D. '52) is the first African-American president of the American Cancer Society. The author of "No Boundaries: A Cancer Surgeon's Odyssey," he has spent his career educating people about the cancer risks for minorities. From 1960 to 1961, He served as Chief of General Surgery in the U.S. Army Hospital in Munich, Germany. In 1962, Leffall became an assistant professor at Howard University and later served as assistant dean of the College of Medicine from 1964 to 1970.

He has received numerous awards, which include the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Secretary of the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services and the St. George Medal and Citation, which is the highest divisional award of the American Cancer Society. Leffall has lectured extensively and has served as visiting professor at more than 200 medical institutions.

The 86th Annual Charter Day Dinner will be held at The Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. (General Reception at 6 p.m). The University will honor seven alumni for their extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, in the fields of Science and International Business; Dr. Cain Hope Felder, in the fields of Religion and Biblical Studies; Dr. Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, in the field of Education; Dr. Floyd J. Malveaux, in the fields of Medical Education Research and International Health; Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), in the fields of Law and Public Service; The Honorable Peggy A. Quince, in the fields of Law and Public Policy; and Mr. Christopher J. Williams, in the fields of Business and Philanthropy. To Make Charter Day Dinner Reservation online.

Opera singer Ms. Jessye Norman will perform during the dinner.


WHUR 96.3 FM will broadcast the event live on March 12. The audio will be available on by March 17.
WHUT-TV will broadcast the edited Charter Day Convocation on March 28 at 3 p.m.

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