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Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
General Practitioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/21/1924
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
General Practitioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/21/1924
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. spent his life serving patients in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Born on March 21, 1924, Duke came up through the city's public schools.

Duke's education was interrupted by military service. After high school, he entered the Army, serving from November 1943 to April 1946, advancing to the rank of sergeant. During World War II, Duke saw action in the Pacific Theater, and served during the Battle of Iwo Jima. At war's end, Duke returned home to Washington to resume his studies.

In his youth Duke had planned to become a doctor. He studied zoology at Howard University with the intention of going into medicine, and received his B.S. in 1950. After earning his M.D. from Howard in 1957, Duke began his forty-one-year career in general medicine. From 1959 to 1962 he was a medical officer attached to Fort Meade. He later was on the staff at Walter Reed General Hospital for sixteen years, and concurrently launched his own private practice, which he maintained for thirty-eight years until his retirement in 1998.

Duke was an active member of the National Medical Association for more than forty years, and belonged to the Pro-Duffers, a golf club, for more than twenty years. In 1957, Duke married Dolores Douglass. They have two adult children, Leslie Jr. and Lori. The Dukes lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, prior to his death on January 21, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. describes his childhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his elementary and secondary education in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. recalls his childhood neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. remembers his siblings, where he played, and how he got to elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his love of math
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about attending Camp Lichtman and his interest in baseball
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. lists his elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about the onset of a condition similar to narcolepsy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. describes his courses at Dunbar High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about deciding not to re-enlist in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about how he came to enroll at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and major in pre-med
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about choosing to attend Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. recalls his time at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. recalls standing up to an anatomy professor at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about what he learned about other doctors and his own sleeping disorder from medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his career path after earning his M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about places he has practiced medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about treating patients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. recalls being discriminated against by patients at Fort Meade in Maryland and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about treating patients in his private practice and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. recalls diagnosing a child with Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his experience at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about the recognition of his abilities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about U Street in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his wife, children and their travels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about beginning to work at fourteen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about living in segregated Washington, D.C. in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. describes choosing to disobey an officer while fighting in the U.S. Army at the Battle of Iwo Jima, Japan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about an uncle who was an eye specialist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. discourages young African Americans from entering medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. considers his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. talks about his mother and brothers and his own successes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. narrates his photographs