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First Two Non African-American Graduates of Meharry Medical College to Receive Awards at 2008 Fall Convocation
Date:9/24/2008

Luther King, Jr., and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. Two of Dr. Gorman's children graduated from Meharry Medical College and practice dentistry in the Baltimore area. His family will accept the Presidential Distinguished Service Medal on his behalf.

The admission of Drs. Lachman and Gorman to Meharry Medical College during the days of rigid racial segregation in America speaks volumes about the academic health center as a national treasure and of the strong moral and ethical character of the College's fifth President, Dr. Harold D. West, Jr. whose landmark decision paved the way for these first non-black students to join the Meharry Medical College legacy of service.

In addition to the awards being presented to Dr. Lachman and Dr. Gorman, Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees will be presented to Huda Yoda Zoghbi, M.D. '79 and JW Carmichael, Jr., Ph.D.


About Huda Yoda Zoghbi, M.D. '79:
Dr. Zoghbi is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Zoghbi acknowledges Meharry Medical College's role in helping her realize her dream of becoming a physician. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Zhogbi was forced to transfer from American University of Beirut because of the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon. She came to Meharry Medical College in the late 1970s and earned her M.D. in 1979. Dr. Zoghbi is also one of an elite few prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators in the world. Her pioneering scientific work includes the discovery of the gene for Rett Syndrome, a neurodegenerative disease of childhood and the genetic, behavioral and biological approaches to other such disorders.

About JW Carmichael, Jr., Ph.D.:
Dr. JW Carmichael began his tenure at Xavier University of Louisiana in 1974 when he was named premed advisor by Xavier President Dr. Norman Francis. A "Xavier legend&quo
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