A trailblazer for African Americans in the medical field, Dr. Leroy Weekes was a leader in the movement to open Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Weekes was a prominent obstetrician for over fifty years, with families returning to him generation after generation. He was the first African American chief of staff at L.A Queen of Angels hospital. And throughout the years, he was an integral part of the CDU community. He worked tirelessly to open the doors of the University and then served four terms as chairman of Drew University’s board of directors. Weekes was also a professor at CDU in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. In addition to his contributions to health care, he was a recognized business leader in the community. He helped to build a minority business base in the city, was founder and chairman of the board for Ross Medical Center, the Bank of Finance and West Adams Community Hospital. A foundation in his name continues to honor his legacy and provides funding for historically black medical schools.

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