Numa P. G. Adams, MD

Numa P. G. Adams – received his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1911 (magna cum laude) and received his degree in Chemistry from Columbia thereafter.  He sat on the faculty board of the chemistry department at Howard. By 1918, he had progressed from assistant to associate professor. In 1929, he became the first Black dean at the Howard University School of Medicine. As dean, Adams made significant changes to the school’s curriculum, hired highly trained professors by offering generous starting salaries and increased the acceptance standards for students to the university.  He also proposed the integration of Howard University and Freedman’s Hospital which was completed in 1940.