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Melvin Leon Spann

May 7, 2019

Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter

Chapter of Initiation: Xi (1962)


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Passed away on May 7, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Spann and his devoted children, Melvin K. Spann and Monica (Therman) Spann. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Melvin J. Spann, Jaida Spann, and Therman Hawkins, III; brother, John Spann and sister, Dorothy Brent. Mel earned his undergraduate degree at Howard University and Masters and PhD from American University, where he became an Adjunct Professor. His early career was spent at FDA followed by NIH National Library of Medicine. While at NLM, Mel earned many awards and established several programs to strengthen the capacity of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the use of scientific information resource. He was appointed Associate Director in 1995.

Eastern Province

The Eastern Province, as a defined region of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., traces its origin to 1925. Earl B. Dickerson, the fifth Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, appointed John Miller Marquess the first Eastern Province Polemarch following the adjournment of the 15th Grand Chapter Meeting in December 1925.

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