In Memoriam

Charles Warfield Clark (1917-2006)

Charles Warfield Clark, who was the personal physician of Duke Ellington and a member of the faculty at Howard University School of Medicine for more than half a century, died from a progressive nerve disorder late last month at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 88 years old.

Clark was a native of the District of Columbia and in 1935 graduated from the all-black Dunbar High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan before enrolling at the Howard University College of Medicine, earning his medical degree there in 1944.

Clark was a practicing urologist in Washington for more than 20 years. He began his teaching career as a clinical instructor at Howard in 1946. He was named a full professor at the medical school in 1960 and remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1997.

James E. Walker (1941-2006)

James E. Walker, who resigned as president of Southern Illinois University for health reasons this past September, has died from prostate cancer. He was 64 years old.

Dr. Walker was a native of Alabama and completed his undergraduate work at Alabama State University, the historically black educational institution in Montgomery. He went on to earn a master's degree in special education from Atlanta University and a doctorate in education from Penn State.

Walker had served as president of Southern Illinois University since 2000. Previously, for nine years, he was the president of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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