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Lennox S. Westney (1928-2016)


Lennox S. Westney was born in Jamaica, West Indies, where he also received his early education up to the Junior College level at the West Indies College. He completed the B.A. degree, magna cum laude, at Atlantic Union College, Massachusetts, and the M.A. degree in History and Political Science at Columbia University, New York. After his medical degree from Howard University, he did a rotating internship at the Freedmen's Hospital, followed by specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baltimore City Hospitals, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the University of Maryland Hospital.

On completing his specialty training, Dr. Westney's first positions were Assistant Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baltimore City Hospitals and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (1966-1968). He later served as Medical Officer in the District of Columbia Public Health Department while setting up private practice in Northwest Washington, D.C. From 1971 until the time of his retirement he taught and practiced obstetrics and gynecology at the Howard University College of Medicine and Hospital. He served from 1992 to 1995 as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1995, he was installed as the College of Medicine's first John F.J. Clark Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He retired as Professor Emeritus from the Howard University College of Medicine in 1998.

Dr. Westney's practice focused on high risk obstetric patients with conditions such as sickle cell anemia, diabetes, renal problems, multiple gestations, teen-age pregnancy and drug abuse. He has managed and delivered many triplets and in 1991 led the team that delivered the first set of quintuplets born at Howard University Hospital, of Bermudian parents, for which he was cited in a resolution by the Bermuda House of Parliament.

He holds membership in a number of professional organizations including the National Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Westney has authored or co-authored over forty publications on a wide range of topics covering medical concerns of women, infants and children and methods that help assure the delivery of a healthy baby.

When he retired in 1998, although ill, he endeavored to be involved in service activities as much as possible. In 2008 he published his autobiography, Just As I Am: Challenged But Confident-A Story of Surmounting and Serving. His community service contributions cover a range of involvements such as: Member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Adventist Hospital and the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (19771980); Medical Director of the Allegheny East Conference of SD.A. (1977-1980); member of the Board of Directors of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association (1982-1992); member of the Board of Directors for the George E. Peters Elementary School 1990-2000, serving as its Chairman from 1994 to 1996; and a member of the Board of Directors for the Chillum Oaks Adventist Apartments, Inc., a home for senior citizens (1994-2006), He served as an elder for 25 years at the First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington, D.C. Also, for over twenty years he teamed up with his wife, Dr. Ouida Westney, in presenting lectures and seminars on marriage and family enrichment, parenting, and communication. In 2001, they were granted the Distinguished Service Award in Family Ministries by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and in 2012, the Arthur and Maud Spalding Medallion, the highest award given by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Family Ministries.  Dr. Westney was a member of the Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland. Dr. Westney and his wife have three adult children and four grandchildren. Lennox S. Westney, Jr. is in business, Irving V. Westney is an emergency medicine physician, and Ouida L. Westney is an urologist.

Dr. Westney departed this life on March 10, 2016. He was 87 years of age.

-Irving Westney