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Dr. Floyd Malveaux

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Interview Date

June 27, 2012

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Allergist and Immunologist
Physician
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Creole)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
That's cool.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1940
Birth Location:
Opelousas, Louisiana

Interview Date

June 27, 2012

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Allergist and Immunologist
Physician
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Creole)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
That's cool.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1940
Birth Location:
Opelousas
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Biography

Allergist and immunologist, physician and academic administrator Floyd J. Malveaux was born on January 11, 1940 in Opelousas, Louisiana to Inez Lemelle and Delton Malveaux. He received his B.S. degree from Creighton University in 1961 and his M.S. degree from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1964, both in biological sciences. Malveaux then attended Michigan State University where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in microbiology and public health in 1968. He later received his M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1974.

Malveaux served as associate professor of microbiology at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM), coordinator of the Science Program from District of Columbia Public Schools, and coordinator of microbiology for Howard University College of Dentistry before rejoining the faculty of Howard University College of Medicine in 1978 as an associate professor of medicine. At HUCM, Malveaux created a training program for allergists/immunologists. In 1986, Malveaux was invited to join the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and also founded the Urban Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1989, he returned to HUCM as chair of the Microbiology Department. His work led to the Community Outreach for Asthma Care, a new treatment program at HUCM. In 1995, Malveaux became the dean of HUCM, forcing him to give up his clinical practice. In 1996, Malveaux was named interim vice president for health affairs at HUCM and served as the principal investigator for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for HUCM to establish a major Clinical Research Center. He co-authored a study in 1997 that demonstrated a strong correlation between cockroaches and an increase of asthma in inner city children. Malveaux retired from HUCM in 2005 and joined the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. as its head.

Malveaux has served as a member of many professional organizations including on the board of directors for the American Lung Association, the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council, and the American Academy of Allergy. He worked extensively with the National Medical Association holding a number of positions including member of the board of trustees and first chair of the Allergy/Immunology Section. Malveaux was a member of the Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society.

Malveaux has also received numerous awards, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award, the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Howard University, and the Legacy of Leadership Award from Howard University Hospital.

Malveaux and his wife have four adult children: Suzette, Suzanne, Courtney and Gregory.

Malveaux passed away on January 9, 2020.

Dr. Floyd Malveaux was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux discusses the history of the Creoles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux shares stories from his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Floyd Malveaux describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Floyd Malveaux describes the origin of his maternal grandmother's name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his grandfather's military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his grandfather and the state of medical education in the 1800s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his grandfather's use of herbal medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his father's work experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Floyd Malveaux describes his early life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Floyd Malveaux describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Floyd Malveaux describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Floyd Malveaux describes the neighborhood where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Floyd Malveaux describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his asthma and its effects on his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Floyd Malveaux describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his favorite subjects
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux describes his experience at Immaculata Minor Seminary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his return to Holy Ghost Catholic School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux describes the racial climate of Opelousas, Louisiana in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Floyd Malveaux describes his decision to attend Creighton University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Floyd Malveaux describes his first impressions of Creighton and Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Floyd Malveaux describes his experience at Creighton, University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his extracurricular activities at Creighton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux describes his experience at Loyola University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux describes his experience at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux describes his doctoral research and his move to Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux talks about going to medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Floyd Malveaux describes his decision to specialize in allergy and immunology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his return to Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux talks about asthmatic allergic reactions among minorities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his role as Dean of Howard University's School of Medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux talks about the Urban Asthma and Allergy Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Floyd Malveaux talks about the African American Health Summit
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Floyd Malveaux talks about commercial products to mask odors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his work with Merck and Co.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Floyd Malveaux talks about dealing with chronic diseases
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Floyd Malveaux talks about the National Human Genome Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his work and his work ethic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Floyd Malveaux talks about efforts to combat childhood asthma
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Floyd Malveaux reflects on his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Floyd Malveaux shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Floyd Malveaux talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Floyd Malveaux tells how he would like to be remembered