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Towles, Jeff Herman

(born: February 28, 1929  -  died: January 24, 2004) 

According to Jeff Towles' Associated Press obituary, he was born and raised in Kentucky. He was the surgeon who helped save the life of Vernon Jordan in 1980.

Jordan, then president of the Urban League, was standing in a hotel parking lot in Fort Wayne, IN when he was shot by a sniper; Towles led the surgery team that operated on him.

Towles was also active in the Fort Wayne community, including serving on the school board before becoming the first African American president of the board in 1987. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of West Virginia State College [now West Virginia State University] and the University of Louisville Medical School.

According to his death certificate, Towles was born in Huddy, KY, the son of Linda Hairston and John Finn Towles.

For more see "Towles, surgeon and Fort Wayne community leader, dies at age 74," The Associated Press; J. Creek, "Black leader, surgeon for Vernon Jordan dies," The Journal Gazette, 1/26/2004, p. 1A; Nita Johnson, "Honoring Kentucky Born Greatness," 2/25/2019, at the (London) Sentinel-Echo website; Dr. Jeff Herman R. Towles (1929-2004) at the Find A Grave website; and Jeff Herman Towles' Indiana Death Certificate, State No. 002585 (Ancestry).

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Pike County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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Read about Huddy, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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NKAA Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire
NKAA Source: The Journal gazette (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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