In Memoriam

Bebe Moore Campbell (1950-2006)

Bebe Moore Campbell, a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh who the Washington Post called one of the most important African-American writers of the twentieth century, has died in Los Angeles from brain cancer. She was 56 years old.

Campbell was the author of nine books, many of them best sellers. Two of her books — Brothers and Sisters and Sweet Summer — were made into feature films. She was a frequent contributor to Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise and was a commentator on National Public Radio.

A 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in education, Campbell worked as an elementary school teacher for three years before embarking on her writing career. She was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh’s board of trustees in June 2005.

William Jimmerson Holloway (1917-2006)

William Jimmerson Holloway, author, editor, and educator, died late last month from heart failure at a nursing home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Holloway taught at Savannah State University, North Carolina Central University, and finally at Ohio State University. At Ohio State he also served as vice provost for minority affairs. There he founded the Nigerian Education Program, which during his tenure awarded 181 degrees to Nigerians who returned to Africa to serve as teachers. He retired from Ohio State in 1978 and at that time was named professor emeritus.

Professor Holloway also served as editor in chief of the Negro Educational Review. He authored two books: The Education of Blacks in Virginia Before the Civil War, 1619-1960, and his 2001 autobiography, The Odyssey of a North American Educator.

A native of Smithfield, Virginia, Holloway was a 1940 graduate of Hampton University. He held a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Illinois.