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Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr.

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.

Accession Number

A2003.149

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/30/2003

Last Name

Duke

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Dowling

Organizations
Schools

Garrison Elementary School

Shaw Junior High School

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Howard University College of Medicine

First Name

Leslie

Birth City, State, Country

Washington

HM ID

DUK01

Favorite Season

Summer

State

District of Columbia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere New

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

3/21/1924

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Ice Cream

Death Date

1/21/2007

Short Description

General practitioner Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. (1924 - 2007 ) has practiced medicine for more than 40 years.

Employment

United States Army

Fort Meade

Walter Reed General Hospital

Private Practice

Favorite Color

Blue

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr.'s interview

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