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honorary doctorate of humane letters from FAMU. Robert B. Hayling, D.D.S., January 2016 Hayling was a Civil Rights pioneer, whose leadership and courage contributed heavily to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force and established a dental practice in St. Augustine, Fla. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from FAMU in 1951 and a doctor of dental surgery degree from Meharry Medical College. Ret. Col. Herbert G. Parker, January 2016 Parker served as the FAMU Army ROTC “Rattler Battalion” professor of military science during his career. As an Army officer, Parker served as a member of the elite Special Forces unit. Upon his retirement from the military, he served as the executive director of the Florida Crimes Compensation Program and director of administration for the Florida State Department of Education. Willie Bryant, D.D.S., January 2016 Bryant served as an officer in the United State Army and enjoyed a career as a dentist, including an appointment as the director of Dental Services at Letchworth Village in New York. He served as the vice president of the Northeast Region of the FAMU NAA. Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from FAMU and a doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University.

LaMetra M. Moody, January 2016 Moody earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from FAMU in 1995 and a master’s degree in education mathematics from FAMU in 2001. Ret. Justice Leander Shaw Jr., December 2015 Shaw served as Florida’s first Black chief justice. Prior to serving on the Florida Supreme Court, Shaw served as an assistant professor in the FAMU College of Law. He was a member of the State Attorney’s staff, and the law firm of Harrison, Finegold, and Shaw. He also served as an assistant public defender and was appointed by Gov. Reubin Askew to the Florida Industrial Relations Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from West Virginia State College, and a law degree in 1957 from Howard University. Meadowlark Lemon, December 2015 Lemon was a FAMU alumnus who enjoyed an extensive 24-year career as a featured member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. After attending FAMU and serving in the U.S. Army, Lemon joined the Globetrotters where he became affectionately known as the “clown prince of basketball.” Lemon played in more than 100 countries around the world entertaining millions, including popes, presidents, kings, and queens. Christopher O. Ikediobi, December 2015 Ikediobi was a retired professor of chemistry at FAMU where he played a primary role in

establishing the University’s graduate program in chemistry. He also served as a professor of biochemistry at Ahmadu Bello University-Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctoral degree in bioorganic chemistry from Iowa State University. Ret. Lt. Col. Marcellas Durham, Sr., December 2015 Durham is a FAMU alumnus who served a distinguished career as an officer in the United States Army. While attending FAMU he was a member of the football team led by legendary Coach Jake Gaither. After retiring from the Army, Durham was twice a gubernatorial appointee as Assistant Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. 
 Darius M. Williams, December 2015 Williams was a FAMU alumnus who served as an employee of the Miami-Dade County Public School System for 20 years. While attending FAMU he was a member of the Marching “100.” Bernice G. Greene, November 2015 Greene served as the second Miss FAMC from 1932-1933. She was a charter member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at FAMU. Greene was the first supervisor of Negro Education at the University of North Carolina and served as a teacher in Philadelphia for more than 30 years.

Patricia “Pat” Tucker, November 2015 Tucker was a FAMU retiree who served as a professor of nursing. Prior to her tenure at FAMU she served as a faculty member at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing from Howard University. Elder Leroy Simmons, November 2015 Simmons was a retiree of FAMU and the Gillette Company in Boston, Mass. Virginia D. White, October 2015 White earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from FAMU in 1972 Julius Johnson-Rich, September 2015 Rich was a FAMU alumnus who served as a leasing agent at the Seminole Grand Apartment Complex in Tallahassee. Carolyn Cullers Bullard, September 2015 Bullard served for nearly 40 years as a FAMU employee prior to her retirement from the University in 2003 as director of Telecommunications. Bullard earned a degree in secretarial science from Thomas Area Technical School in 1967. Moise Y. Joseph, September 2015 Joseph served as a science lab director and first-year experience instructor at FAMU. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in biology from FAMU.

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...