In Memoriam

Andre D. Hammonds (1936-2009)

Andre D. Hammonds, a longtime professor of sociology at Indiana State University, died last month in Indianapolis at the age of 73.

Hammonds was a graduate of Morehouse College. After studying French at the University of Grenoble, he enrolled in the graduate school of the University of Tennessee. He was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in sociology at Tennessee’s flagship state university.

Hammonds joined the faculty of Winston-Salem State University. In 1964 he was one of the first African-American faculty members at Indiana State University. He remained on the faculty there until his retirement in 1997.

An award in Hammonds’ name is given to a graduating senior each year at Indiana State University.

Roy Rudolph DeCarava (1919-2009)

Roy DeCarava, a celebrated photographer and a Distinguished Professor of Art at Hunter College in New York City, died in late October after a brief illness. He was 89 years old.

DeCarava was born in New York City and attended racially segregated schools. After completing high school he won admission to Cooper Union but dropped out after two years to pursue his love of photography. In 1952 he became the first African-American photographer to win a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1955 he published The Sweet Flypaper of Life, a book of his photographs accompanied by a fictional account of a Harlem family written by Langston Hughes.

DeCarava joined the faculty at Hunter College in 1975 and remained there until his death. In 2006 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.