John A. Akinyemi, PHD, MPH

Title: Civilian Industrial Hygiene Program Manager (Retired)
Company: United States Marine Corps
Location: Rosedale, Maryland, United States

John A. Akinyemi, PHD, MPH, Civilian Industrial Hygiene Program Manager (Retired) at United States Marine Corps, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational health.

A distinguished veteran and health expert, Dr. Akinyemi excelled as a civilian industrial hygiene program manager for the United States Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia for 13 years. In this post, he focused on evaluating the health and safety of marines and soldiers, building off his earlier occupational health expertise as with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where he served as an environmental and physical scientist, as well as an industrial hygienist, for 13 years. He had also taught as an assistant professor of biology at Towson University for four years and worked at IBM in New York. Notably, Dr. Akinyemi was the recipient of an awards from National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 1972 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1971. He simply attributes his success to the grace of God.

At the start of his professional journey, Dr. Akinyemi earned a bachelor’s degree from Aurora College in 1967 and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1969. He went on to achieve a Doctor of Philosophy from Howard University in 1972 and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1981. A former member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Public Health Association, Dr. Akinyemi spends his retirement writing and visiting family. He recently finished writing the biography of his late wife, “Coming 2 America.” His wife left Kenya at the age of 15 when she immigrated to the United States alone, later rising to work at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Akinyemi hopes that people will truly believe that nothing is impossible, only your doubts are your enemy. Dr. Akinyemi’s goal in the next five years is to build a library in Kangundo, Kenya, which is his wife’s homeland, and solicit donations from the United States.

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