James L. Curtis Alumni Leadership Award

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET

Join host Milt Barnes, ’79 and Dr. James L Curtis, ’44 on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET to celebrate Dr. Darrell Williams, ’77, the inaugural James L Curtis Alumni Leadership Award recipient.

Dr. Curtis grew up in Albion, received his biology degree from Albion College in 1944 and his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1946. Thus began an incredibly successful career in psychiatry. Mostly based in New York, Dr. Curtis' research and service to students and patients fueled his rise to become Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Associate Dean of Cornell University Medical College, and Director of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center. Additionally, his commitment to many professional organizations established Dr. Curtis as a true leader in his field.

Dr. Williams received his psychology degree from Albion College in 1977 and went on to study dentistry at the University of Detroit. He practices dentistry with Advantage Health Care Centers, providing his services to underserved communities in the Detroit area. He also provides free dental screenings and referrals for elementary schools in marginalized Detroit neighborhoods. Additionally, Dr. Williams works with local youth, volunteers his time, and created with his wife, Yolanda, the Troy and Shirley Williams Scholarship to help minority students at Albion. In 2014, he was ordained as an elder in the Faith Tabernacle Worship Ministries in Southfield. Visit our website to read more about Dr. Williams and the James L. Curtis Alumni Leadership Award here.

Read about Darrell and Yolanda in “His Playbook For Life” article in the Fall/Winter 2017-18 edition of the Io Triumphe!