Dr. Gus Gill of Drew University laid to rest
At the time of his death, Gill had recently retired from his position as senior advisor to the president of Drew University
Dr. Gus Gill helped train an estimated one-third of all minority physicians practicing in Los Angeles County
LOS ANGELES – Dr. Gus Gill, the board certified head and neck surgeon (otolaryngologist), who served South Los Angeles’ Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in various capacities for 40 years, was laid to rest on May 5. He died in his home on April 7 at age 75.
Gill earned the reputation of being one of the most beloved members in the community and one of the most influential Black men in the world.
He was eulogized profusely by the people, the politicians, and fellow physicians during his funeral service. Angelenos did not wait until his death to heap accolades upon him, as he was honored for his supreme services during the 2014 Legacy Leaders Spring Gala and the 2015 Spring Gala, which was dedicated to his memory.
According to the California Wellness Foundation, in the 28 years of Gill’s tenure as chair of Drew University’s otolaryngology program, he helped train an estimated one-third of all minority physicians practicing in Los Angeles County. During that same period, Gill served as president of Drew’s Faculty Council, president of the university’s Academic Senate and director of its International Health Institute, which is now known as Drew Cares International.
Gill served as chairman of NCCJ’s board of directors for two years, was an active participant with the Interfaith Council in Los Angeles, and served with various peace and justice oriented organizations — including involvement in community negotiations between the Bloods and Crips street gangs.
At the time of his death, Gill had recently retired from his position as senior advisor to the president of Drew University upon which the university appointed him “Professor Emeritus” in the Department of Otolaryngology.