Former CDU President Walter Fairchild Leavell, MD, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Dr. Leavell was President from 1987-1991, which was a very significant time in the school’s history, as the name changed from “Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School” to “Charles R. Drew University of Medicine Science” in 1987.  Dr. Leavell suffered a serious automobile accident in December 1989, leading the school’s board of directors to name an Interim President.  Dr. Leavell, however, remained President until 1991.  Dr. Leavell also had a long and storied career at other medical schools, serving as Senior Associate Vice President of Health Affairs at Howard University, Dean of Meharry Medical College and Vice Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was a Major in the United States Air Force, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule). He strived his whole life to help educate the medical professionals our communities would need now and in the future. In passing, he leaves many friends and family with fond memories of his good nature and unforgettable smile. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Vivian Leavell, his grateful sons, Pierce and Pierre, and his adoring grandchildren, Missy (husband Milo), Danielle (husband Arnaud), Brianna, Maurice, and Desiree, and three great grandchildren.