Towles, Jeff Herman(born: 1929 - died: 2004)
According to his death notice by the Associated Press and newspaper sources, Jeff Herman Towles was born and raised in Kentucky. He was the surgeon who helped save the life of Vernon Jordan in 1980. Jordan, then president of the Urban League, was standing in a hotel parking lot in Fort Wayne, IN, when he was shot by a sniper. Towles led the surgery team that operated on Jordan. Towles was also active in the Fort Wayne community and served on the school board before becoming the first African American president of the school board in 1987. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of West Virginia State College [now West Virginia State University] and the University of Louisville Medical School According to his death certificate, Jeff Herman Towles was born in Huddy, KY, the son of Linda Hairston and John Finn Towles. For more see "Towles, surgeon and Fort Wayne community leader, dies at age 74," The Associated Press; J. Creek, "Black leader, surgeon for Vernon Jordan dies," The Journal Gazette, 01/26/2004, p. 1A; and Jeff Herman Towles' Indiana Death Certificate, State No. 002585.