Francois M. Abboud (1931- )

Dr. Francois M. Abboud has a number of titles. He is Professor of Internal Medicine and of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Edith King Pearson Chair in Cardiovascular Research, Chair Emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine, Founder and Director of the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Centre at the … Read MoreFrancois M. Abboud (1931- )

Lyman Beecher Brooks (1910-1984)

Educational administrator Lyman Beecher Brooks, the first president of Norfolk State University, was born on May 27, 1910, in Blakes, Virginia, to a farmer and pianist, John Robert Brooks, and Mary Anna Burrell Brooks, a schoolteacher, and graduate of Virginia Union University. He began reading … Read MoreLyman Beecher Brooks (1910-1984)

Esther Jones (1918-1984)

Vaudeville performer Esther Jones was known on stage by many names, including “Baby Esther,” “Little Esther,” “Farina’s Kid Sister,” and “Miniature Florence Mills,” is widely, although not universally, credited with being the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoon character. Jones was born Esther Lee Jones … Read MoreEsther Jones (1918-1984)