Harry L. Stiggers '53

Dr. Harry Stiggers has made a lifetime commitment to practicing medicine in the inner city of Cleveland.  He founded the Stiggers Clinic located at 46th and Cedar, in 1960.  A man of few words, his actions and leadership has spotlighted racial injustices in the City of Cleveland and around the world.  He is a role model to hundreds of young men and women, proving that hard work and education do open doors in America.

Dr. Stiggers graduated from Hiram in 1953 with a major in biology.  When he entered as a freshman, he doubled the College's African-American population.  After graduating Hiram, he went to the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was one of seven African-American students admitted in a pilot program.

While his work day at the clinic regularly entailed 12-hour days, Dr. Stiggers made time to volunteer with the National Minority Scholarship Fund, helping many African-American students find funding to attend college or to remain in school, including a long list of Hiram students.  He has worked to enhance civil rights at the local and international level, and called attention to South African abuses when other civil rights leaders were reluctant to do so.

Harry Stiggers was a fine athlete at Hiram College, playing football, track and golf.  He served on the Alumni Executive Board and was an active class reunion committee member.  Dr. Stiggers is a member of the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame and a leadership contributor to the Press Box Project.  Today, while he is friends with many prominent athletes, their families and managers, he avoids the glitz of professional sports, preferring instead to spend Saturday afternoons as he has done for over 30 years -- bowling with long-time friends.

Harry Stiggers brings honor to himself and to his alma mater. He honored Hiram by accepting Hiram College's 1996 Lifelong Leadership Award.

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