Memorial tribute to be held for Levi Watkins Jr.

A memorial tribute to remember and celebrate the life of Levi Watkins Jr. will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus.

The longtime Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeon—who was also well-known as a civil rights activist and for his behind-the-scenes work in politics—died on April 11 in the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 70.

Speaking at the service will be Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System; Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University; William A. Baumgartner, professor and vice dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine; Roy A. Ziegelstein, vice dean for education at the SOM; Robert S.D. Higgins, director of the Department of Surgery at the SOM; Duke E. Cameron, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the SOM; Kenneth Grant, vice president of general services at JHH; Malcolm Brock, medical director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Sweat Disorders and a mentee of Watkins'; Rory Goodwin, an assistant resident in Surgery and a mentee of Watkins'; and Isla Garraway, Watkins' niece.

The United Voices will perform during the event, and a reception in Turner Concourse will follow.