James E. Cheek, Educator 12/4/32-1/8/10
James E. Cheek, a former president of Howard University, died in a North Carolina hospital. He was 77. Cheek, who served as president from 1968–1989, is credited with several major renovations on campus, and increasing the university's budget by more than $350 million. He was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.