Dr. and Mrs. Leffall in 1994,
when Dr. Leffall was elected
example to ACS Fellows. He
served on the Committee on
to the ACS Foundation—
and as Chair of the Fellows
Leadership Society, the ACS
Foundation’s major gift society.
Dr. and Mrs. Leffall have
established a significant planned
gift through the ACS Foundation
as members of the MHS.
Dr. Leffall has been an advocate
for the ACS Foundation, resulting
in generous contributions from
a charitable private foundation
to fund ACS education
programs. For their leadership in
philanthropy and service to the
medical community, the couple
was named the ACS Distinguished
Philanthropist of the Year in 1998.
As loyal donors to the
College and many other worthy
causes, Dr. and Mrs. Leffall
will continue to inspire the
next generation of students.
Together with Dr. Leffall’s sister,
in honor of their parents they
established the Martha J. and
LaSalle D. Leffall, Sr., Endowed
Scholarship Fund and Endowed
Professorship in Science at
Florida A&M University.
Dr. and Mrs. Leffall’s MHS
commitment will support
ACS scholarships. In his ACS
Presidential Address, Dr. Leffall
implored Fellows to contribute
to the ACS Foundation. “Support
for funding scholarships,
fellowships, and research career
development awards can pay
handsome dividends that may
have enormous benefits for
improved patient care,” he said. 2
In an e-mail communication
on January 12, 2016, with the
author, Dr. Leffall commented,
“My wife and I are pleased to
support an organization that
has meant so much to the
surgical profession and patients.
I have been a Fellow for more
than 50 years and have seen
such marvelous ACS initiatives
established, such as the nationally
recognized National Cancer Data
Base. Supporting the College
and my beloved profession is
important to us…we want to
help those who will become
future leaders, just as those
who came before me helped
set me on a successful path.”
If you are interested in learning
about how you can join Dr. and
Mrs. Leffall in planning a future
gift to the College, contact Shane
Hollett, Executive Director, ACS
Foundation, at 312-202-5506. ♦
1. Harris HR. Howard’s legendary
LaSalle Leffall still going strong at
85. The Washington Post. May 19, 2015.
Available at: www.washingtonpost.
January 22, 2016.
2. Leffall L. Reaffirmation of fealty—
to serve all. Bull Am Coll Surg.
1995;80( 12): 11-21. Available at:
leffall1995.ashx. Accessed January 8,
3. American College of Surgeons. Oral
history interview with Dr. LaSalle
Leffall [video]. You Tube.com. October
8, 2013. Available at: www.youtube.
Accessed January 4, 2016.
4. Howard University. Press release. May
20, 2015. Available at: www2.howard.
Accessed February 1, 2016.