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Release Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:44 AM
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Howard University Honors Past and Present Health Sciences Deans

WASHINGTON (October 29, 2013) – Current and former Health Sciences deans were honored for their compassion to employees and their leading roles in driving the academic mission of the University at a special ceremony on Oct. 9.

More than a dozen current and former deans, family members and widows of deans attended the ceremony held in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library. Howard honored the former deans for providing longstanding support to their colleges. The event included tributes from current staff members and administrators.

Many former deans have continued to serve on advisory boards and to support university fund-raising efforts. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, interim president of Howard University, spoke about the strong quality of deans at Howard and noted that many alumni fondly recall the deans of their respective colleges during their years as students.

“Deans are the strongest stewards of our educational mission,” Dr. Frederick said. “Former deans have given back to the University, and we will always be indebted.”

Current deans who attended the ceremony were Dr. Mark Johnson of the College of Medicine, Dr. Leo Rouse of the College of Dentistry and Dr. Anthony Wutoh of the College of Pharmacy.

Howard staff members also spoke at the recognition ceremony. Jacquelyn Hawkins, an administrative assistant at Howard since 1974, shared her reflections about College of Medicine deans.

“My deans had so much compassion and drive. They deserve recognition because they’ve all been very supportive of students, faculty and staff.

The former deans who attended the ceremony were: Dr. Floyd Malveaux (1995-2005), and Dr. Marion Mann (1970-1979), both from the College of Medicine; Dr. Anna B. Coles, former dean of the College of Nursing (1968-1986).

From the College of Dentistry: Dr. Charles F. Sanders, Jr. (1995-2003) and Dr. Robert S. Knight (1991-1995). From the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences: Dr. Beatrice Adderly-Kelly, interim dean (2005-2007) and dean (2008-2011), the late Dr. Cecile H. Edwards (1997-1998) who was represented by his children, Adrienne Edwards, Hazel Edwards and Charles Edwards.

From the College of Pharmacy, the late Dr. Wendell T. Hill (1994-1997) who was represented by his widow Marcela Hill and daughter Pricilla Hill. And Dr. Gene E. Gary (1991-1997) of the College of Allied Health Sciences attended.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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