Honors Bestowed on Community Legends

February 24th, 2012 Posted in From Our Alumni

Several UT alumni were recognized in October by the African American Legacy Project (AALP), a Toledo-based enterprise now in its seventh year, at its Legends Weekend. AALP’s vision is to serve as a multi-disciplinary epicenter that celebrates the triumph and spirit of the African-American experience, and a motivator and promoter of community development. Honored this year were:

Clarence Walker (Bus ’50), Toledo, former director of the Frederick Douglass Community Association and past president of the Cordelia Martin Health Center. He also served as president of the J. Frank Troy Senior Center and now holds the chairman emeritus position on the center’s board of trustees.
Donald Baker MD (Ed ’66, MED ’76, Res ’81), who established the Dorr-Secor Walk-in Clinic, one of the first of its kind in Toledo. The longtime community contributor was also a standout player in Rockets football and was inducted into the Varsity T Hall of Fame.
Shirley M. Ellis (Univ Coll ’93), who became the first African American nursing director in the Toledo Hospital system, later being hired as executive director of human resources at Riverside Hospital.

Richard “Dick” Huston PhD (Ed ’48) was honored posthumously. Born in Detroit but educated in Toledo, he earned a Bronze Star during WWII. Returning to civilian life, he was the first principal of Ella P. Stewart school, later serving as superintendent of Ecorse Public Schools in Michigan.

*Photos courtesy of The Toledo Blade

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