Preston Hughes III ‘75 passed away on Jan. 4, 2016. He worked for and retired from the Federal Reserve Bank. Millard H. McWhorter III ’76 passed away Aug. 31, 2015, at age 60. He studied medicine at Meharry Medical School and practiced family medicine in Andalusia, Ala. Dr. Frederick V. Miller ‘79, known as “A Classic Man” who became the African American president of a publicly traded billion-dollar company, passed away on April 16, 2016. Miller graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse and then earned another bachelor’s degree, as well as a doctorate of medicine, from Emory University. He finished his military career by serving as the chief medical officer for neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric services at the Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center in Frankfurt, Germany, and for Central Europe’s Medical Command. He later served as the medical consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General for three years. In 1991, Miller joined the Medical Group in Fort Lauderdale and later earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business administration. In 2013, he served as the chief executive officer and president of PhyMED Management, a physician-owned company. At the time of his death, he was developing six franchised chiropractic treatment facilities in the Fort Lauderdale area. n
ABRAL FRANKLIN ‘97, son of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and the late David Franklin ’64, passed away on Sept. 15, 2015, from complications of cancer. Franklin’s passion for politics came from hearing his mother and father, an attorney and veteran political strategist, debate issues at home. His mother’s mayoral bid marked his first foray into helping manage political campaigns, kicking off a career that included state and local campaigns. Franklin was managing partner at Franklin Communications, LLC. He served as the senior adviser for the Georgia Coordinated Campaign, as well as produced radio ads for Michelle Nunn’s 2014 U.S. Senate run and Jason Carter’s 2014 Georgia gubernatorial bid. In addition to working on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s early campaigns, he also worked on campaigns in Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi.
HE REV. RALPH D. ABERNATHY III ’82, a former Georgia state legislator and son of civil rights icon, Ralph David Abernathy, passed away March 17, 2016, after battling colon cancer. He was 56. Abernathy studied English and linguistics at Morehouse. Motivated by his work in the civil rights movement as a child with his father, Abernathy decided to run for elected office. At age 28, he began service in the Georgia state legislature, first in the State House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991 and then in the Georgia State Senate from 1992 to 1999. After serving in office and building a successful career in business, Abernathy entered the ministry. At his death, he had been working on a project to raise $3.5 million to build a “freedom plaza” outside of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, where his father had been pastor.
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