The Summa Health Stow-Kent Medical Center is proud to honor the Farris, McNeil and Riddle families, the first Black families to purchase property in the city of Stow.
NAACP Luncheon to Honor Fathers
Dr. Farris Honored
Kranker King Otho Wrap Unveiled
AKAK’s Celebrate Scholarships
Schumaacher Academy Students Learn about WWII Paratrooper Heroes
Frontiers Install Officers
Dr. Riddle Honored
Pictorial Review of Black Applause
Akron Frontiers Install Officers
Local Physician Succumbs
Leona Farris Celebrates 90th Birthday
Educator Leona Farris, a Black pioneer in Stow, dies at 104
Mrs. Leona Farris and her husband, Dr. Melvin Farris, were among the first African Americans to live in Stow, OH. Mrs. Farris was an assistant professor at The University of Akron, while Dr. Farris served as a family physician. In 1954, the couple purchased the site where the Summa Health Stow-Kent Medical Center stands today. Summa Health had the privilege of honoring Mrs. Farris for her family’s legacy at the Stow-Kent Open House on June 26, 2021. Mrs. Leona Farris recently passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 104.