Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
In the Fields of Government and Community Service

On December 18, 2007, The Honorable Ewart F. Brown, MD, JP, MP, led the ruling Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to its third successive general election victory as Premier of Bermuda. He has led the storied Bermuda political party since October 2006.

Premier Brown’s political career has spanned more than three decades. He was the first appointed Minister of Transport following the General Election of November 1998 when the PLP swept to power. After the General Election in July 2003, he returned to Government as the Minister of Transport and was also appointed as the Deputy Premier of Bermuda. In July of 2004, Dr. Brown assumed the single Portfolio of The Ministry of Tourism and Transport when the two Ministries were combined.

As such, Premier Brown set a series of core goals for tourism’s recovery in Bermuda, and since January of 2005, visitor arrivals have continued to increase. Bermuda now enjoys daily, low cost carrier service, which has accounted for double-digit decreases in the cost of travel to and from Bermuda. Premier Brown also introduced a fleet of fast ferries that has revolutionized travel around the Island of Bermuda. Further, the introduction of a new commuter service from Bermuda’s East End has transformed the traffic patterns and made Premier Brown’s promise of continued traffic decongestion a growing reality.

A community-minded, internationally acclaimed physician, Premier Brown spent many years practicing medicine in the United States. As Medical Director of Bermuda HealthCare Services, he has endeavored to provide Bermuda’s citizens with efficient and cost-effective health care.

A former resident of the United States, Premier Brown has been honored for grassroots service to medicine and for his genuine humanitarian concerns for the wider and global community. Notably, Howard University’s College of Medicine honored him twice for distinguished service to the College. His responsible and unique leadership style garnered him innumerable awards, including the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association; the Grassroots Health Award from the Sons of Watts California; the Dubois Academic Institute’s Community Leadership Award; the Pacesetter Award from the NAACP; Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles; and the Scroll Award from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

Born in Bermuda, Premier Brown graduated from Howard University with a B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry and received his M.D. degree from Howard’s College of Medicine. He subsequently earned a M.P.H. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of several professional organizations, he has held such significant positions as Trustee of Howard University and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Premier Brown is married to Wanda Henton Brown, and has four sons.

In the Field of Law

A legal scholar of distinction, The Honorable Maria M. Cabret served the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands for 19 years. In 1987, she was nominated to serve as Judge of the Territorial Court by The Honorable Alexander A. Farrelly, Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. With the unanimous consent of the Seventeenth Legislature, Judge Cabret on July 7, 1987, became the second woman and first person of Puerto Rican descent to serve on the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. She was nominated to a second term by Governor Farrelly in 1993 and unanimously confirmed by the Twentieth Legislature. Shortly after retiring from the bench in June 2006, Judge Cabret was nominated and confirmed as an Associate Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.

In 1994, she was designated Administrative Judge of the Territorial Court, St. Croix Division. In 1999, The Honorable Charles W. Turnbull, then Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, designated Judge Cabret as the Presiding Judge of the Territorial Court and nominated her to a third term. The Twenty-Third Legislature unanimously confirmed her nomination on March 1, 2000. Once again, Judge Cabret made history by becoming the first woman, the first Crucian, and the first woman of Puerto Rican descent to be elevated to the position of Presiding Judge of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. A staunch advocate of judicial automation, Judge Cabret ensured that, under her leadership, the Superior Court was computerized and a variety of technology projects initiated resulting in a more efficient court system.

During her nineteen years on the bench, Judge Cabret has written numerous opinions addressing a vast range of complex legal and actual issues. In addition to her administrative duties and regular caseload, she handled the multiparty, complex asbestos litigation on St. Croix, which alone comprises 211 cases. Moreover, she was designated many times to serve as an appellate court judge on the Appellate Division of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands. On June 30, 2006, Judge Cabret was one of the first thirteen women inducted into the Virgin Islands Women’s Hall of Fame by the Commission on the Status of Women, who established the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize the outstanding contributions of women in the Virgin Islands.

Born in the town of Fredricksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, The Honorable Cabret is a1978 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of Constitutional Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Marymount Manhattan College in New York.

In the Fields of Architecture and Education

With an incomparable commitment to excellence in architecture, Harry G. Robinson, III is one of the country’s most respected and celebrated design professionals. Educated in architecture, city planning and urban design, his career in these disciplines spans practice/consultation, teaching, management/leadership and research/publication. Currently, he is the James E. Silcott Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus ; advisor to the president, Howard University, and principal, TRG Consulting Global.

A brilliant educator, visionary leader, and designer extraordinaire, Mr. Robinson is developing the concept campus design framework for the Botswana International University for Science and Technology under a Memorandum of Agreement between Howard University and the Republic of Botswana. Among his outstanding University projects include writing the 100-year history of architecture education at Howard University and writing and producing a documentary on the same history titled, DesireLines .

From 1979-95 Mr. Robinson served as Dean and Professor of Urban Design, School of Architecture and Planning at Howard. On January 1, 1997, he became Vice President for University Administration with strategic responsibility for University master planning, including planning for the Central and West Campuses. He also served as Director of the Center for Built Environment Studies that he founded at Morgan State University. This set of programs – architecture, city planning, landscape architecture and urban design – established that university’s first professional interdisciplinary curricula. During this record of professional degree program development at Morgan, he was successful in being awarded more than a quarter million dollars in external support, including two HUD funding cycles for his Community Planning Coalition initiative.

Extremely active in a plethora of civic and professional organizations and the recipient of countless awards for his design excellence and leadership, Mr. Robinson serves on major committees and/or boards of several organizations. He was a twice presidential appointed commissioner and elected chairman, United States Commission of Fine Arts, which is the authority that approves federal design interventions. Mr. Robinson is the only African American elected president of two national architectural organizations — National Architectural Accrediting Board and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Most notably, he served on the 2006 American Institute of Architects Honor Awards Design Jury and chaired the 2008 AIA Honor Awards Jury for Regional and Urban Design.

Author of the award-winning third history of Howard University, The Long Walk: The Placemaking Legacy of Howard University , and producer of the TELLY recognized documentary by the same name, Mr. Robinson is a native of Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture and city planning (with design honors) and a Master’s of City Planning from Howard University, as well as a Master’s of City Planning in Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

He enjoys a 43-year marriage to Dianne, and together they have three daughters: Kia, Lee, and Erin, and two grandchildren, Harry Maxwell and Madison Lee.

In the Field of Law

The Honorable Ive Arlington Swan, esteemed jurist and public servant of the highest order, was appointed by Virgin Islands Governor Charles W. Turnbull to the position of Associate Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in July 2006. His illustrious nomination was confirmed by the 26th Legislature of the Virgin Islands on October 27, 2006. It was the sixth time Justice Swan won unanimous legislative confirmation, having previously been confirmed as Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, 1978; Judge of the Territorial Court, 1987, 1993, and 2000; Judge of the Superior Court, 2006; and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, 2006. During his phenomenal legal career, he spent more than nineteen years on the Superior and Territorial Courts of the Virgin Islands.

Justice Swan has been a tireless legal advocate whose dedication and love for the law have inspired thousands of people in the Virgin Islands and abroad. He regards his appointment to the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands as the highest calling to public service and an immense opportunity to continue his career of meritorious public service to the people of the Virgin Islands. Likewise, he is committed, without compunction, to assiduously discharging the duties and responsibilities of the office.

Justice Swan commenced his legal career in August 1970 with the Virgin Islands Department of Law (now the Virgin Islands Department of Justice). During his ten-year tenure at the Department of Law, he held the positions of Legal Intern, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General in both the Criminal and Family Law Divisions, and the Civil and Administrative Law Divisions.

A drum major for justice and the law, he entered the private practice of law in 1981and operated his law offices until July 1987. For the past fourteen years, Justice Swan has periodically served on the three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the District Court of the Virgin Islands and has authored innumerable published legal opinions on a plethora of legal issues in both civil and criminal cases. In addition, he has served on several Government boards and commissions, and is the recipient of an array of distinguished awards and recognitions.

A native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Justice Swan earned his BA degree in 1967 from Morgan State University and his JD degree in 1970 from Howard University’s School of Law. He enjoys a 30-year marriage to Gertrude Niles Drue Swan.

In the Field of Education

An outstanding engineering educator and visionary, Professor Emeritus M. Lucius Walker, Jr. retired from Howard University on May 30, 2002, after 44 sterling years of service in the School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Among his many specialties and competencies are engineering economics and the applications of computers and computer network.

A summa cum laude graduate of Howard University in 1957 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Walker later earned his Master’s of Mechanical Engineering Degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1966. He served as Acting Dean of the School of Engineering from 1975 -1977, and subsequently served as Dean from 1977-1995.

Earmarked as an exceptional scholar in his youth, Dr. Walker was a Ford Foundation early admission student at 15 years-old when he entered Morehouse College in 1952. He eventually transferred to Howard University in 1954 to study engineering. He was the first summa cum laude graduate in the history of the School and was the first mechanical engineering graduate at Howard to earn a doctorate in his undergraduate field of study.

A trailblazer who was always at the helm of innovations and progress in the fields of engineering, Dr. Walker was particularly instrumental in the formulation of the national movement started in 1972 to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the fields of engineering. Notably, he was one of the founders and the director of the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership, an NSF-sponsored coalition ($3 million yearly) of seven major University engineering schools. He is also recognized as co-founder of Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering, an organization of Historically Black Engineering Colleges and several major industrial corporations and government agencies.

During Dr. Walker’s tenure as Dean of the School of Engineering, several new major programs were implemented, including Master’s degree programs in Systems and Computer Science and Chemical Engineering; a bachelor’s degree program in computer science; Ph.D. programs in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; a School-wide computing network and the Computer Learning and Design Center: and the Material Science Research Center of Excellence.

He is the recipient of countless awards for his work in engineering education and has served on the Boards of Carnegie Mellon University ; Junior Engineering Technical Society, and the Center for Naval Analysis, as well as MIT’s Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has published papers in bioengineering, transportation systems engineering, and fluid mechanics and holds a patent on a Fluidic NOR Device. In retirement, he assists in teaching classes at Howard and tutoring engineering students, and helps pre-college students working on physical science and engineering projects.

Dr. Walker has two children, Mark and Monique, and six grandchildren.

In the Field of Journalism

Fredricka Whitfield is a news anchor for CNN/U.S and is referred to by her colleagues as a jewel of the CNN team. Based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Ms. Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom . She also works as a correspondent for the network, reporting on breaking news events worldwide.

Since joining the CNN news team in 2002, Ms. Whitfield has reported from the Persian Gulf region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the debates over public displays of the Ten Commandments, and arrests in the arson cases involving African-American churches in Alabama.

Before moving to CNN in Atlanta, she was with NBC for nearly nine years, serving as a correspondent for NBC News and as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News and other programs for the network, including The Today Show .

An internationally respected journalist who is always willing to accept the challenge of live-rolling news, Ms. Whitfield has covered such stories as the Elian Gonzalez saga, the 2000 presidential election, the summer 2001 shark attacks, and the West Nile virus. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, she has continued to cover the unfolding event as the crisis evolved from a search-and-rescue mission into a war on terrorism. She also covered the 1996 Olympics, the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, and the subsequent search for Eric Rudolph and the refugee crisis in Macedonia during the War in Kosovo. She was also the first anchor to break the news of Reagan’s death in 2004.

Before joining NBC, Whitfield was a reporter and anchor at WPLG-TV in Miami, an evening anchor for News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., and a general assignment reporter at KTVT-TV in Dallas. Earlier, Whitfield was a general assignment reporter for WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut. She began her professional career as a reporter and morning anchor for WCIV in Charleston, S.C.

For her exemplary broadcasting work, Ms. Whitfield has garnered multiple awards and honors, including the 1991 Groit Award, an Associated Press Award, the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Rookie of the Year” Award, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. Additionally, the Associated Press honored her with its 1988 Reporter of the Year. In 2002, she was honored with Howard University’s Alumna of the Year Award.

Ms. Whitfield earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Howard University’s School of Communications in 1987.