In Memoriam

Ruth Mitchell Laws (1912-2010)

Ruth Mitchell Laws, the first woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in administration and supervision, died recently in Dover, Delaware. She was 97 years old.

Dr. Laws was a graduate of Hampton University. She held a master’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate from New York University. She chaired the department of home economics at Delaware State University and later was vice president for research and development at Delaware Technical and Community College.

Dr. Laws was the first African-American woman to hold a professional position in the Delaware Department of Education.

Emmanuel I. Osagie (1952-2010)

Emmanuel I. Osagie, chancellor of the Fayette campus of Pennsylvania State University, died from complications of an illness at a hospital in Uniontown. He was 58 years old.

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Osagie had been chancellor at the Fayette campus for the past three years. He was a graduate of Southern University and held master’s and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to Penn State, he was an administrator at Southern University and The College of New Jersey.