For Immediate Release


Oct. 08, 2012  

Dr. David M. Carlisle Issues Statement on the Death of the Honorable Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally

Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) made the following statement on the passing of the Honorable Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally:  

Mervyn M. Dymally

“Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is deeply saddened over the loss of a wonderful ambassador, friend, and colleague, Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally.  It was just over 46 years ago that Dr. Dymally’s unwavering commitment to increase health care access and medical education opportunities in South Los Angeles led to the incorporation of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a University which today stands as the only dually-designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution in the country. Dr. Dymally represented the epitome of leadership for this University, the State of California and our nation for recognizing the need for advocates for those who are underserved. We will sincerely miss him, but his legacy will not be forgotten.”

Dr. Dymally was a legendary leader and emissary for the University having written legislation at the State and Congressional level that benefits the University today. Dr. Dymally has served in State Senate, as Lieutenant Governor, as Congressman, and the California Assembly. On October 2, 1973, Senate Bill 1026, also known as “the Dymally Bill,” was enacted to allocate state support for CDU. The newest arrival to CDU’s campus, the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, bears his name. Dr. Dymally also served as CDU’s first Director of the University’s Urban Health Institute and was named Professor Emeritus in the Life Sciences Institute, College of Medicine at CDU in April 2012. 

Today and all week, our flags will fly at half-staff in his honor.


Information on Services for Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of a Legend

Memorial and Tribute



For more information, please contact:
Jessica Gelzer
323.892.2080 or 818.399.4088


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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