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July 3, 2014 | News

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Adewale Troutman

“I was hopeless, helpless, hated, abandoned, confused and feeling worthless and poor,” Adewale Troutman told the CUNY School of Public Health’s 2014 graduates. The mean streets of the 1960s Bronx claimed his closest friends: “Ray was shot and killed at a party in Harlem, Rensselaer became a drug dealer and was sent to prison, and my friend Moe’s body was found floating in the East River … [But] My girlfriend heard about a new college, Bronx Community … and they accepted me with a 69 high school average. That single act changed the trajectory of my life.” A graduate of Bronx and Lehman Colleges, Troutman became a physician, a professor and associate dean at the University of South Florida, and head of the American Public Health Association.” Listen here