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Dr. Lloyd C. Elam

 Today, the president of Meharry Medical College informed the community  of the death of Dr. Lloyd C. Elam yesterday.  Dr. Elam was the 6th  president of Meharry, having become president at 39 years old on June 6, 1968.  The presidency was just one of many of the roles Dr. Elam served the college  throughout his 25 years there. Dr. Elam had many accomplishments, was  very active in the community, and received numerous rewards and  accolades for his contributions. 

 The picture is from a biography page about Dr. Elam at http://tinyurl.com/4h8v5o


Dr. Elam was born in 1929 to Harry P. (Apr 1899 – Sep 1975) & Ruth Elam (c. 1903 – ?) in Little Rock, Arkansas.  From the family’s 1930 census record, I see that Dr. Elam had at lease two siblings, Margaret & Theodore.  At the time, Lloyd was 1 year and 5 months old. 

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas; Roll: 92; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 37; Image: 317.0. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. 

When I located Lloyd’s father’s WWI Draft Registration Card, Iearned that his father’s name was William P. Elam.  William was born in Louisiana, and with wife Hattie whom he married about 1887, would have at least 6 children, one of whom died before 1900.  The children I could find at this point for William & Hattie are Erastus H. (b. Nov 1887), Wiley V. (b. Sep 1894), Harry P. (b. Apr 1899), Floyd (b. abt. 1902) and Cyrus (b. abt. 1905). [see the family in 1900 and 1910 census records]

Reading about Dr. Elam’s life as I’ve been doing over the past few hours has been educational and I know that he will be dearly missed by all his family, friends and colleagues.   Rest in peace Dr. Elam.