James Winston Elticon Harper

James Winston Elticon Harper, MD passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC from pneumonia and other complications. Dr. Harper was born in 1918 in Guyana, South America. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 1954. He settled in East Chicago, Indiana where he was a Family Practitioner on staff at St. Catherine’s Hospital from 1955 to 2001. An extremely popular physician, he combined his training in Psychology and his love of Sports Medicine into his private practice. Throughout his illustrious career, he held many leadership positions. In 1974, he was appointed by the Governor to the Indiana Addiction Services Advisory Committee. In addition, he was President and Founder of the American Guyana Association of the Midwest; President and Founder of the Tri-City Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center; and President, East Chicago -Whiting, Indiana Branch of the Lake County Medical Society. He was the Olympic Team Physician for Guyana from 1968 to 1984, attending five Olympiads; was a member of the International Association of Olympic Medical Officers. An avid tennis enthusiast, he played into his 80’s. He moved from Indiana to Silver Spring, MD in 2005. He is survived by his children: Hazel Harper Johns, DDS (Robert), D. Gregory Harper, and Vicki Gadson; grandchildren: Tiffany and Brandon Gadson; and great-grandson, Joel Gadson; sisters: Ena Moore, Joyce Kawall, and Waveney Bryant; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial services are planned in Maryland (May, 2014) and Georgetown, Guyana (Winter, 2014). A Memorial Scholarship Fund for medical students at Howard University will be established in his name.

Published in The Times on Jan. 26, 2014