Dr. Howard Tucker, 1940


2023 Induction Speech

“It is a privilege to be so honored by Cleveland Heights High School. Many memories are generated by this honor. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student at Heights High and I look forward to witnessing the accomplishments of the next generations of Heights High alumni. My participation in the symphony orchestra was a highlight and I had the honor of serving as concert master.”

“Study each day as if you were to live forever. Live each day as if you were to die tomorrow.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch philosopher

Dr. Howard Tucker is a neurologist from Cleveland, Ohio who celebrated his 101st birthday in July 2023. Recently named the “Oldest Practicing Doctor” by Guinness World Records, Dr. Tucker was teaching medical residents and treating patients throughout the pandemic at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Dr. Tucker currently teaches medical students at Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to Case Western Reserve and St. Vincent, Dr. Tucker practiced neurology for many decades at University Hospitals and served as Chief of Neurology at Hillcrest Hospital. Dr. Tucker is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

In addition to practicing medicine for over 75 years, Dr. Tucker was one of the oldest individuals to receive a law degree and pass the Ohio Bar Exam in his late 60s. Having served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Dr. Tucker would later serve as Chief of Neurology for the Atlantic Fleet during the Korean War. Dr. Tucker attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa, and received his M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

When not working, Dr. Tucker enjoys spending time with his wife Sue – she is still practicing psychiatry at 90 years old – his four children and ten grandchildren, snowshoeing, exercising, and watching Cleveland sports.


MD, Ohio State University

JD, Cleveland State University – Marshall College of Law

Current Occupation

Retired Veteran


  • In 1989, Tucker was recognized by Guinness World Records as the current oldest practicing doctor.
  • On his 100th birthday, Tucker received letters of congratulations from five of the six living U.S. presidents and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, plus a personal serenade from country music legend Dolly Parton.
  • After earning he medical degree, Tucker was among the first Jewish members of the medical faculty at Columbia University in New York.
  • Subject of a feature film documentary about his life is in the making.
  • Threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cleveland Guardians game.
  • Proud husband, father and grandfather