Press Release


September 29, 2014



The Cartha D. (Deke) DeLoach Forensic Science Award

     The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, along with the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, are proud to announce the recipient of the 2014 Cartha (Deke) DeLoach fellowship in the amount of $10,000. The recipient of the fellowship for 2014 is Barbara L. Fallon and Michigan State University. In August 2014, Ms. Fallon received her M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Michigan State University. By December 2015, she anticipates earning an M.S. degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Chemistry also from Michigan State University.    

     The FBI Foundation is the charitable arm of the Society of the Former Special Agents of the FBI (SFSAFBI), which is comprised of over 8,500 current and former FBI Agents. The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation (JEHF) is committed to safeguarding the heritage and freedom of the United States of America, to promoting good citizenship through the appreciation of its form of government and to perpetuating the ideals and purposes to which the Honorable J. Edgar Hoover dedicated his life. This is the first time these separate charitable organizations with similar purpose have joined forces to honor both a recipient and Mr. DeLoach.  

     Cartha D. (Deke) DeLoach served for over 28 years as an FBI Special Agent completing his government career as Assistant to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. At that time, Mr. DeLoach was third in line of command at the FBI. Mr. DeLoach was active in both organizations serving as Chairman of the JEHF for many years and as a contributing member of the SFSAFBI. His service in both organizations mirrored his active duty in the FBI culminating in his leadership position close to Mr. Hoover. He passed away in 2013 leaving a legacy for the FBI family.  

     Current JEHF Chairman Bill Branon joins with FBI Foundation Chair John Mencer in announcing this prestigious scholarship. Mencer said, “We are pleased to join the JEHF in this effort to recognize Deke’s place in the FBI and American history. It is our mission to further the education of our youth and to support worthy efforts related to law enforcement. We can think of no better way to honor Deke’s memory than to partner with the JEHF in awarding the 2014 forensic science fellowship named for him.” Branon said, “Deke was the personification of the FBI’s standards of fidelity, bravery and integrity. This award is a fitting tribute to a dedicated public servant committed to philanthropy and charitable work.”  

To learn more about the JEHF go to: Over the years, the JEHF has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving students seeking a career in law enforcement.


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Ellen Glasser, President
Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
(904) 472-6262


William D. Branon

J. Edgar Hoover Foundation
(440) 463-1648

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