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Dr. Donald B. Cleveland, husband of DCHC board member, Dr. Ana D. Cleveland, died on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Born on December 16, 1935 in Rotan, Texas, he is remembered for his various accomplishments. He retired with the honored title of Emeritus Professor in the Department of Information Science, College of Information at UNT, where he was the architect of the internationally recognized interdisciplinary doctoral program in information science. He was a prolific writer and consultant to many health and information technology agencies. For many former UNT students, his teaching and work in developing the doctoral program was inspiring.
For many years, the Cleveland’s enthusiasm for our clinic can be measured both financially and with boundless benevolence in supporting projects promoting the goals of the clinic. They were recently honored when the Board of Directors of DCHC renamed an annual award recognizing outstanding contributions to community health, the Don and Ana Cleveland Community Health Champions Award.
Prior to his passing, Dr. Don learned that his name will be used in the future as an example of citizens who work toward the goals of community health. When told, he said: “We are touched to have Denton Community Health Clinic name an award in our honor. Our relationship with DCHC in improving the health of the underserved population in the Denton area has been an especially meaningful aspect of our lives.” He requested that contributions be given in his memory to the Denton Community Health Clinic in lieu of flowers.
We will remember Don’s life with admiration and gratitude, joyful, to have known such a remarkable man. We will miss him!