In Memoriam

Theodore Douglas Taylor (1929-2008)

Theodore D. Taylor, the first African American to serve as an administrator at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died in his sleep at home late last month. He was 79 years old.

Dr. Taylor was a high school valedictorian from Ocala. He was a graduate of Florida A&M University. Taylor held master’s degrees from Florida A&M University and Atlanta University. He earned a doctorate in community college administration from Nova Southeastern University.

He served in the administration at Broward Community College for more than a quarter of a century.

Yvonne Cummings (1947-2008)

Yvonne Cummings, a former associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, died late last month from complications of diabetes. She was 61 years old.

Dr. Cummings was a graduate of the Howard University medical school. She specialized in nephrology. Later in life she completed training to become a psychiatrist and established a private practice for 12 years before retirement in 2000.

Joseph Gore (1922-2008)

Joseph Gore, longtime college administrator who served as president of Mary Holmes College in West Point, Mississippi, has died at the age of 86.

Dr. Gore attended racially segregated schools in North Carolina and then went on to Yale University. He earned a master’s degree in public health administration at Yale and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Gore was a vice president at Stillman College in Alabama and served in many positions at Mary Holmes College before assuming the presidency. The historically black college, which was founded in 1892, closed in 2005 due to financial problems.