Dr. Michael Harold Ward (1945 - 2013)

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Ward, Dr. Michael Harold In Loving Memory of Dr. Michael Harold Ward Dr. Michael Ward passed away on May 28, 2013 at the age of 68, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Forest Hill Church of Christ, 3916 Forest Hill Circle, Forest Hill, TX 76140. Dr. Michael Harold Ward was born in Chicago, IL in 1945. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather who cherished family. He also placed a high value on education and professional service, as reflected in the academic and professional accolades that he earned and in his distinguished medical career. Though his remarkable life was too brief, he lived it fully, touching many lives along the way. Michael showed intellectual promise at an early age and excelled in the classroom. After graduating from Holland High School (class of 1962), he became the first person in his family to attend college. He began his college career at Howard University, where he was elected class president. He then enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he served as president of the Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology and was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership and Scholarship Honors Society. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree earning honors and highest distinction in psychology in 1966. After graduation Michael married Cheryl Granberry. He continued his education, earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1970 and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1975. During his graduate studies he helped to establish a national professional organization, the Association of Black Psychologists. Michael and Cheryl settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and later Los Angeles, CA, where they raised three children-Stephen, Geoffrey, and Caryn. Michael's early career in medicine was marked by his social consciousness and commitment to service, including work to establish a free clinic in San Francisco and work with indigenous populations in Guam and the western United States. In 1983 Michael married his second wife, Tigi Ledan, and settled with her and her three children from a previous marriage-Toussaint, Tamiyah, and Nisa-in Altadena, CA. They later moved to Providence, RI, then Lubbock, TX and finally Dallas, TX. In that span he received advanced training in cancer medicine at Brown University and became a Board Certified Oncologist. He held posts as a medical oncologist at hospitals and cancer clinics across the country, including Medical Arts Clinic and Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, TX. Michael was not only committed to his profession but to his family and a wide range of interests. He loved travel, music, sports, and the arts, and he resolved to share these passions and privileges with his wife and children-the "great eight"-as he liked to call them. His travels carried him across six continents, and he took his family to over a dozen countries. He was determined to open the world to them, as it had opened to him. Besides an accomplished physician he was, over the years, a little league baseball coach, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a deacon in the Church of Christ, and founder of the West Texas chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He organized the Helping Hands Ministry at Parkway Church of Christ , Lubbock, TX and the Lubbock Hope and Help Ministry assisting displaced hurricane Katrina disaster evacuees. He is survived by his wife Tigi, his younger brother Douglas, his uncle E. Glenn Ward, Jr. and aunt Adelaide Ward, cousins Nancy, Angela, Revella, Elaine, and E. Glen III, his six children-Stephen, Geoffrey, Toussaint, Tamiyah, Caryn, and Nisa-and his five grandchildren: Samuel, Chaney, Anju, Javier, and Caris. He is warmly remembered and will be greatly missed by his family and so many others who knew him. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Benevolence Ministry, Forest Hill Church of Christ.

Published in Dallas Morning News on June 19, 2013
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