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Orlando T. Hines, MD
 Class of 1959
Orlando T. Hines, MD, Class of 1959
      A native of Hartford, CT, Orlando graduated from Wesleyan University in 1955 followed by his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1959. He stayed in Albany to complete his internship and residency at Albany Hospital. He joined the faculty of Albany Medical College in 1966 and was promoted to assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in 1968. Dr. Hines also served on the staff of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital and established the chronic dialysis unit at the Albany V.A. In 1985, he was elected to membership in the Theta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha as an alumnus of Albany Medical College. The next year, as the chief of the hemodialysis section at the Albany V.A. Medical Center, he received a plaque commemorating his 20 years of dedication and service to renal patients.  In 1990, he was named Physician of the Year at the V.A. Hospital. Dr. Hines also served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps and as an advisor for minority affairs at Albany Medical College.
Isaiah Clark, MD
Class of 1965

     Born in Cuba, Isaiah and his family relocated to Jamaica where he spent his childhood, later moving to the United States.  He received his bachelor’s degree from The City College in New York City and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1965. Following the receipt of his degree he completed an internship at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. After his internship he spent two years in the US Army Medical Corps as a Captain during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. Following his time in Vietnam, he returned to Hartford where he worked at the inner-city Community Health Services Clinic for five years. The clinic honored him for his “outstanding dedication to his patients, staff and the community” upon his departure. Known as “Easy Ike” by his friends and family for his selfless and caring manner, he decided to open his own private practice in Hartford where he worked with the community for many years and was often described as a “country doctor” in the city for his frequent and late night house calls.

Ralston R. Fillmore, Jr., MD
Class of 1963
Ralston R. Fillmore Jr., MD, Class of 1963
     Ralston Fillmore originally entered Albany Medical College as a member of the Class of 1956. He attended the College for two years and then left to participate in a five year cancer research project at the Sloan-Kettering Institute. After the project was completed he returned to Albany Medical College to finish his degree, graduating with the Class of 1963. This was not the first time his education was interrupted for a noble cause. While attending Fisk University in Nashville, TN on a scholarship, he left after his freshman year to serve with the United States Marines in Korea. He was discharged in 1948. He continued his studies at City College following his discharge and received his B.S. degree in 1952. 
     While at Albany Medical College he spent one year as a student council representative and worked on a fellowship on the pathogenesis of fever with the pathologist Dr. Goodale. His work with Dr. Goodale led to his receipt of the Henry Schaffer Pathological Prize. During his medical career, Dr. Fillmore served as clinical assistant in medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, assistant attending physician at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn, part-time physician at the Manhattan Bowery Project, the Port of New York Authority and the Provident Neighborhood Health Center. In addition to his many duties to New York Hospitals and organizations he also held a private practice in Brooklyn. He continued to practice medicine and was active in many organizations such as the Kings County Medical Society and the Urban League, until his sudden death from an illness in 1972.
William E.L. Stewart, MD
Class of 1952

     William Errol Louis Stewart was born on June 12, 1917 in Trinidad. William lived and attended school in Trinidad, graduated from Queen’s Royal College and then worked for the Trinidad Government Customs Service from 1937-1945. He immigrated to the United States following the end of WWII and graduated from Howard University before attending Albany Medical College, graduating with the Class of 1952. Following his graduation from Albany Medical College, Dr. Stewart served his internship at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington D.C. After the completion of his internship, Dr. Stewart began to practice medicine at various hospitals including Crownsville State Hospital in Maryland, New Britain General Hospital in Connecticut and New Britain Memorial Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Stewart was a member of many medical societies including the Hartford County Medical Society, the American Medical Society, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.  In 1987, Dr. Stewart retired and moved to St. Augustine, Florida with his family.

Buel Staggers, MD, PhD
 Class of 1967
Buel Staggers, MD, PhD, Class of 1967
     A member of the class of 1967, Buel Staggers came to study medicine at Albany Medical College from Eatonville, FL, the nation’s first black incorporated municipality. He attended Hungerford High School in Eatonville, FL where he served as the class president and class valedictorian. Buel received a music scholarship to attend Florida A&M University where he participated in the concert and marching bands and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In the ten years that followed his graduation from Florida A&M, Dr. Staggers earned a doctoral degree in zoology at Rhode Island University, pursued post-doctoral studies at Brown University, received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1967, completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and served as a medical officer with the rank of Lt. Colonel, at the Staten Island Marine Hospital. 
     In 1982 he was appointed chief of staff at the United Hospitals Orthopedic Center in Newark, NJ and served as the director of the adult orthopedic surgery unit. In 1986 he was promoted to chief of orthopedics at East Orange General Hospital in New Jersey. A year later, he received his hometown’s “Living Legends Freedom Award” for his achievements in medicine over 20 years. In 1989 he was inducted into Florida A&M’s Science Hall of Fame. Dr. Stagger’s commitment to community service led him to treat, free of charge, Angolan refugee children with orthopedic injuries caused by land mine explosions. Additionally, he also joined with an international delegation of physicians treating patients in Barbados, West Indies, one month per year, to teach doctors there to perform various surgical techniques.
Victor Latunde Lawoyin, MD
Class of 1964
     Victor Latunde Lawoyin, a native of Ibadan, Nigeria, came to the United States to study and received a B.A. from Oberlin College, Ohio.  Following his bachelor’s degree, he attended Albany Medical College and graduated with the class of 1964. While studying for his medical degree, Victor completed his electives at the Veterans Hospital in Hematology and in Endocrinology and Metabolism. He served his internship at Pittsfield Affiliated Hospitals in Massachusetts (now Berkshire Medical Center).  After his internship was completed Dr. Lawoyin was initially to return to Nigeria, however his wife was still completing her graduate studies at Boston University which required them both to stay in the United States. As a result, Dr. Lawoyin began his residency training in Pittsfield, MA at the Pittsfield Affiliated Hospitals. After Dr. Lawoyin’s wife completed her master’s degree, they both returned to Nigeria where Dr. Lawoyin started practicing medicine. As the son of a Baptist Minister, Dr. Lawoyin also became involved with missionary work in Nigeria. In 1981, Dr. Lawoyin received a National Award, Member of the Order of Niger (M.O.N.) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a distinguished service to humanity in the field of Medicine.


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