Expressing Condolences to Family of Dr. Chester Aikensby Representative Corrine Brown
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ms. BROWN of Florida. Mr. Speaker, it is with deep sadness and a
heavy heart, that I wish my condolences to Dr. Chester Aikens' family.
Dr. Aikens was not only my dentist, but my long-time friend and
community activist whom I greatly respected and admired. Aikens
unexpected passing leaves an irreplaceable void throughout the
As a recent recipient of Mayor Alvin Brown's ``Trailblazer Award,'' Dr. Aikens embodied that completely. He was a coveted member of the Jacksonville area, where his input, mentorship, and advice was consistently respected and sought out. It is a telling sign towards his character that Dr. Aikens passed after attending a local meeting with the pension reform task force, an issue he was passionate about.
After receiving a doctorate degree in dentistry from Howard University, for 30 years, Dr. Aikens served the Jacksonville area as a prominent dentist. He was a consistent force, acting as one time president of the National Dental Association, a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, and chairman of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority board to name a few of his accomplishments.
A veteran of the Florida Army Reserve Nation guard, serving 11 years, Dr. Aikens dabbled in just about everything, doing his best to make an impact and improve his community. He was the consummate family man and ultimate professional. I will miss him dearly, but more importantly, the city of Jacksonville and broader Florida community lost an unparalleled leader. That said, he lived a life that should be a blueprint for those to come and an example of great character and unabridged competence.