A graduate of Howard University’s medical program, Dr. Ludlow Creary spent more than 50 years involved in health care, leadership, and education. Dr. Ludlow Creary and his wife, Dr. Ruth Creary, spent numerous years of service in South Los Angeles, where they helped the African American community, including educators, elected officials, and doctors.
In 1971, Dr. Creary and fellow physician Dr. George Jackson Sr. helped to open the West Adams Hospital in Los Angeles. In 2017, Drs. Ludlow and Ruth Creary received the inaugural Special Needs Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 12th annual Evening Under the Stars Autism Gala occurred on October 21, 2017, at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park. In addition to the Crearys, the event honored construction builder Walsh Shea, actress Anna Maria Horsford, and L.A. City Council Board Chair Herb Wesson. More than 500 corporate executives, community leaders, and entertainers attended the event. The Crearys spoke at the event, expressing gratitude for the honor and then presenting the Special Needs Network with a check for $25,000.