In Memoriam

A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert (1951-2008)

A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, died at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital last month after nearly a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 56 years old.

Caldwell-Colbert had served as provost at the historically black university for 14 months. Previously she had been a professor of psychiatry and provost at Howard University.

Dr. Caldwell-Colbert was a graduate of Spelman College. She held a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. During the course of her 27-year academic career, she also held faculty and/or administrative posts at the University of Illinois, the University of Kansas, and Indiana State University.

William Little (1941-2008)

William Little, emeritus professor of Africana studies at California State University at Dominguez Hills, died from a genetic lung condition at the age of 67.

Professor Little was the chair of the African studies department at the university for 12 years until his retirement in 2006. He had previously taught at Portland State University and West Virginia University.

A native of Virginia, Little was raised in Los Angeles. He served in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. After his discharge he went on to graduate from Washington State College. He later earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington.

Dr. Little was the long-time president of the National Council for Black Studies.

William Moses (1924-2008)

William Moses, the first black certified surgeon in the state of Kentucky and longtime clinical professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, died last month in Louisville. He was 83 years old.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Moses received his training at Meharry Medical College. After serving his residency in Nashville, he became a surgeon for the United States Army.

After his discharge from the service, he settled in Louisville where he established a private practice and served as chief of surgery at Jewish Hospital. He also was the medical director of the DuValle Neighborhood Health Center which provided services for underserved and minority members of the community.