Charles R. Drew University co-founder recognized
Succumbs to leukemia
On May 21, 82-year-old Henry S. Williams died after a long battle with leukemia. He left behind three sons Mark, Paul and Bart; a brother, Hiram J. Williams II; six his grandchildren, Scott, Ryan, Samantha, Zachary, Adam and Justice, and wife of 57 years, Frances Beatrice Spurlock Williams.
He was buried May 25 in a private service; and to further celebrate his life there was a public recognition of his accomplishments held on May 31, at The Ebell Theater in Los Angeles.
Dr. Williams will best be remembered for his contributions to the Los Angeles medical community.
Williams was born Aug. 26, 1929, in the Bronx, NY. He attended P.S. 23 and DeWitt Clinton High School there. In 1950, he graduated from the City College of New York and enrolled at Howard University medical school.
But due to illness, Dr. Williams left after a year and went to Los Angeles where he met his wife-to-be Frances Spurlock, then a student at UCLA.
In 1953, Hank returned to Howard University and married Frances. After graduating from Howard in 1955, he joined the military and began studying radiology at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. From 1960 to 1962, he served as chief of radiology at the United States Army base in Orleans, France.
After his military tour, Williams returned to Los Angeles with his new family and began private practices in the Central City area.
He devoted much of his practice to giving medical training and caring for the people in impoverished communities, particularly in Watts.
In 1965 after the Watts riots, he helped found the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and from 1989 to 1991 served as interim president of the university as well as on the Drew board of trustees.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Charles Drew University, c/o the Henry S. Williams Scholarship Fund, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90058; Attn. Edna Yohannes, office of the poresident.
Daniel Lee Jones, a native of Dekalb, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 2, in Inglewood. He was 71.
He was born to Leonard Clevland Jones and Ida Mae Bailey on Jan. 17, 1942, the third of seven children.
Jones attended Booker T. Washington elementary and high schools. He was active in the high school band and choir.
After graduation, Jones moved to Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Jeanne Cooper, who portrayed Katherine Chandler on “The Young and the Restless” for 40 years, died today of an undisclosed illness at age 84.
Her death was announced on Twitter and Facebook by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, who is best known for his work on “L.A. Law” and has been providing his online followers with updates on his mother’s health for weeks.
Doctors at Los Angeles’ Children’s Hospital have discovered a link between obesity and a significant decrease in a child’s ability to fight leukemia, according to a recently released research study.
In a study — outlined in the current issue of Cancer Research — physicians and researchers at the hospital’s Saban Research Institute report that obesity substantially impairs the ability of a first-line chemotherapy to kill leukemia cells.
George Bernard Benta, who as executive director of Benta’s Funeral Home in Harlem personally supervised the funerals of such notables as Langston Hughes, Hall Johnson, James Baldwin, Sandy Sadler, Etta Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Roberson, Alvin Ailey, Pearl Primus, John Henrik Clarke, Matthew Henson, among others, has died. He was 91.
Funeral services were being held today, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 204 W. 134th St., New York.
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Funeral arrangements were pending today for former California Lt. Gov., Congressman and Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, who died over the weekend at the age of 86.
“My beloved husband of 44 years passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” his wife, Alice Gueno Dymally, said in a statement Sunday. “He lived a very extraordinary life and had no regrets.”