Alumnus gift honors longtime CCBC Physician Assistant program professor

Jun 12, 2021

In support of the CCBC Physician Assistant program, retired Army Reserves Maj. Alexander Menkes, PA-C ’94 recently made a $20,000 gift to the CCBC School of Health Professions. Menkes made the donation in honor of Professor Robert Solomon, PA-C and Solomon's 44 years of exemplary service and mentorship to CCBC Essex/Towson University Physician Assistant program students.

A longtime supporter of the CCBC and its alumni, Menkes credits Professor Solomon and other CCBC faculty members for providing the foundation he needed to become a physician assistant.

“The excellent education I received from CCBC, coupled with world-renowned medical institutions, opened many doors for quite a successful career,” he said. “It allowed me to pursue my dream and today I am able to give back to help other CCBC students fulfill their dreams.”

Service and philanthropy have always been an important part of Menkes’ life. A 30-year veteran of the Army Reserves, Alex spent most of his life helping others as a helicopter pilot, flight surgeon and physician assistant.

He brought that same passion to CCBC in 2018 when he established the Alexander Menkes Towson University–CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Veterans Scholarship. This scholarship provides academic support for prior-service military personnel seeking to earn a Physician Assistant degree.

Professor Robert Solomon, a tenured faculty in the Physician Assistant program who plans to retire in August 2021, said he is “grateful for the support Alex has provided to our program over the years and extremely honored that he decided to honor me for my life’s work in the program. He has been a true role model for all future physician assistants.”

Menkes currently resides in Florida and works to provide medical evaluations for disabled veterans worldwide.

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