Laurel Wreath Awardees

Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FACS

Dr. Alvin Crawford will receive the Laurel Wreath at the 2013 Conclave in Houston Texas. Alvin H. Crawford, MD, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and neurofibromatosis, is the Co-Director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Since joining the staff of Cincinnati Children’s in 1977, Dr. Crawford has completed a teaching module in Pediatric Orthopaedics, which includes a 1000-slide and syllabus packet widely used as a teaching instrument in U.S. residency programs, as well as in 33 other countries.

Dr. Crawford has also co-authored a handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics for pediatric house officers and primary care physicians, as well as assisted in the development and publication of an atlas on Pediatric Orthopaedic radiology.

Dr. Crawford has authored a monograph on neurofibromatosis in children, a field in which he is considered the leading expert, achieving internationally renowned status. His publications include more than 200 articles and abstracts, six books, and 52 chapters.

Dr. Crawford’s multiple visiting professorships, in addition to the United States, include Canada, West Africa, the Middle East (Jordan and Saudi Arabia), Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Brazil, Colombia, England, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Argentina and Ireland. He has trained 25 fellows in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Crawford earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Tennessee A and I University in 1960, with a minor in Music. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1964.


Judge Nathaniel Jones

Judge Jones received the Laurel Wreath at the 2009 Conclave in Washington DC. The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones has distinguished himself as a lawyer, jurist, academic, and public servant. He was born on May 12, 1926, in Youngstown, Ohio, and served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After the war, he pursued his education at Youngstown State University, receiving his A.B. in 1951 and his LL.B. in 1956. Judge Jones was admitted to the bar in 1957.

After four years in private practice, Judge Jones served as Executive Director of the Fair Employment Practices Commission and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland. He held that position until his 1967 appointment as Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission). Following his term with the Kerner Commission, Judge Jones returned to private practice with the firm of Goldberg and Jones in Youngstown.

In 1969, he was asked to serve as general counsel of the NAACP by executive director Roy Wilkins. For the next ten years, Judge Jones directed all NAACP litigation; in addition to personally arguing several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, he coordinated national efforts to end northern school segregation, to defend affirmative action, to inquire into discrimination against black servicemen in the U.S. military, and successfully coordinated the NAACP’s defense on First Amendment grounds in the Mississippi Boycott case.

On May 17, 1979, President Carter nominated Judge Jones to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Jones took his oath of office on October 15 of that year, and currently serves as a Senior Judge of that court.

Judge Jones’ distinguished record of community and academic service includes teaching at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, North Carolina Central University College of Law, and Harvard Law School. His efforts in civil and human rights have taken him to countries around the globe, and in 1993 he served on the team of observers for the first democratic elections in South Africa. Judge Jones is also a member of the advisory board of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.