In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Frederick Charles Tillis, 1930-2020

In Memoriam: Frederick Charles Tillis, 1930-2020

Frederick C. Tillis was professor emeritus of music and former director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His more than 100 compositions include works for piano and voice, orchestra and chorus, solo, and chamber music.

In Memoriam: Woodson H. Hopewell Jr., 1954-2020

In Memoriam: Woodson H. Hopewell Jr., 1954-2020

Over a 44-year career at Hampton, Woodson Hopewell served as assistant director of student activities, director of student activities, and dean of men. In 2015, Hopewell was appointed dean of judicial affairs and housing.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Elizabeth McCauley, 1947-2020

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Elizabeth McCauley, 1947-2020

In 1965, Jackie McCauley enrolled at Rice University along with Charles Edwards Freeman. They were the first African American undergraduate students at the university. She was the first black high school student in Texas to be named a National Merit Scholar.

In Memoriam; Robert Lee Williams II, 1930-2020

In Memoriam; Robert Lee Williams II, 1930-2020

Robert Lee Williams II was the founding director of the Black studies program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is credited with creating the term “Ebonics,” a combination of the words ebony and phonics.

In Memoriam: Clara Isabel Adams, 1933-2020

In Memoriam: Clara Isabel Adams, 1933-2020

Clara Adams was a member of the faculty and an administrator at Morgan State University in Baltimore for nearly 60 years. She was also the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: Courtney W. Stevenson 1914-2020

In Memoriam: Courtney W. Stevenson 1914-2020

Courtney Stevenson, a long-time faculty member at Delaware State University died on August 5 at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE.

In Memoriam: Marie Marcelle Buteau Racine, 1934-2020

In Memoriam: Marie Marcelle Buteau Racine, 1934-2020

In 1969, Dr. Racine, a native of Haiti, joined the foreign languages faculty at Federal City College, which later became part of the University of the District of Columbia. She taught there until her retirement n 2013.

In Memoriam: Gus T. Ridgel, 1925-2020

In Memoriam: Gus T. Ridgel, 1925-2020

Dr. Ridgel was a member of Concerned Student 1950, the first group of African-American students admitted to the University of Missouri. He was admitted to the graduate program in economics in 1950 after civil rights groups won a court ruling desegregating the university. He earned a master’s degree a year later.

In Memoriam: Cordy Tindell Vivian, 1924-2020

In Memoriam: Cordy Tindell Vivian, 1924-2020

Cordy T. Vivian was former chaplain and dean of the Divinity School at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a key member of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle during the civil rights movement.

In Memoriam: Elijah Walter Miles, 1934-2020

In Memoriam: Elijah Walter Miles, 1934-2020

Dr. Miles joined the faculty at San Diego State University in 1966. At that time he was the only African American on the university’s faculty. This earned him the nickname “The Godfather of Black Faculty.”

In Memoriam: Frederic D. McKenzie, 1964-2020

In Memoriam: Frederic D. McKenzie, 1964-2020

Dr. McKenzie’s research focused on medical modeling and simulation, human behavior representation, and simulation architectures often focusing on aspects of scientific visualization and virtual reality. He held seven U.S. patents.

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020

Congressman Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders. He chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. In 1965 he was beaten on the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Bloody Sunday.

In Memoriam: Arthur Sanderson Paul, 1950-2020

In Memoriam: Arthur Sanderson Paul, 1950-2020

Beginning in 1981, Dr. Paul served at Howard University as a faculty member in the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science. He remained on the faculty for 38 years. Professor Paul also served as interim associate provost for research at Howard.

In Memoriam: Ronald Eugene Chavers, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: Ronald Eugene Chavers, 1931-2020

A native of Urbana, Ohio, Dr. Chavers had African American and Native American ancestry. He was a professor of cultural and symbolic studies, affiliated with the Intercultural Open University in The Netherlands.

In Memoriam: Lucius Jefferson Barker, 1928-2020

In Memoriam: Lucius Jefferson Barker, 1928-2020

Dr. Barker, a political scientist, began his academic career at the University of Illinois. He taught at the University of Illinois, Southern University in Louisiana, and Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Barker taught at Stanford University from 1990 until retiring in 2006 as the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Emeritus.

In Memoriam: Paul L. Gaines, 1932-2020

In Memoriam: Paul L. Gaines, 1932-2020

In 1958, Gaines earned a master’s degree in counseling at what is now Bridgewater State University and that same year joined the staff at the educational institution as assistant to the president for minority affairs and affirmative action.

In Memoriam: Ken Riley, 1947-2020

In Memoriam: Ken Riley, 1947-2020

Ken Riley was a four-year starting quarterback for Florida A&M University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. After playing in the National Football League for 15 seasons, he returned to his alma mater as head football coach and later as director of athletics.

In Memoriam: Thomas Franklin Freeman, 1919-2020

In Memoriam: Thomas Franklin Freeman, 1919-2020

After a short term as a visiting professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he taught Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Freeman began his career at what is now Texas Southern University in 1949 as a professor of philosophy. He remained affiliated with the university for more than 70 years.

In Memorim: Leedell Wallace Neyland, 1921-2020

In Memorim: Leedell Wallace Neyland, 1921-2020

Leedell Neyland was the former dean of Arts and Sciences, provost, and professor emeritus of history at Florida A&M University. As a member of the U.S. Navy, he participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In Memoriam: Albert Nathaniel Whiting, 1917-2020

In 1966, Dr. Whiting was named the fourth president of what is now North Carolina Central University in Durham. He served the university for more than 15 years as president and chancellor.

In Memoriam: Conrad Worrill, 1941-2020

In Memoriam: Conrad Worrill, 1941-2020

Dr. Worrill joined the faculty of the department of inner city studies at Northeastern Illinois University in 1976. He also served as the director of the university’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. He retired in 2016 after serving on the faculty for 50 year.

In Memoriam: Alyce Chenault Gullattee, 1928-2020

In Memoriam: Alyce Chenault Gullattee, 1928-2020

Dr. Gullattee was appointed to the Howard University faculty in 1970 as a psychiatrist in the department of neuropsychiatry. Over the next half-century she played a large role in the education and training of literally thousands of physicians, including a significant percentage of the African American physicians practicing in this country.

In Memoriam: Thomas E.H. Conway, 1949-2020

In Memoriam: Thomas E.H. Conway, 1949-2020

Dr. Conway had a 45-year career with the University of North Carolina System. He was named interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in 2016 and the position was made permanent in 2017. Dr. Conway retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

In Memoriam: Pellom McDaniels III, 1968-2020

In Memoriam: Pellom McDaniels III, 1968-2020

After a long career in the National Football League, Pellomm McDaniels III earned master’s and doctoral degrees and taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Emory University. At the time of his death, he was curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory.

In Memoriam: Augustus Leonard Jones Sr. 1946-2020

In Memoriam: Augustus Leonard Jones Sr. 1946-2020

Gus Jones was director of the Success Reading Center at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He also led the college’s alumni association and served on the college’s board of trustees.

In Memoriam: Alicia Lawrence, 1983-2020

In Memoriam: Alicia Lawrence, 1983-2020

Alicia Lawrence was deputy dean and executive director of residential life and housing at Barnard College in New York City. Before joining the staff at Barnard, Lawrence held administrative posts at Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Ohio University.

In Memoriam: Ellis Louis Marsalis, 1934-2020

In Memoriam: Ellis Louis Marsalis, 1934-2020

Ellis Marsalis, a jazz pianist, the patriarch of jazz’s royal family, and a former professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the University of New Orleans, died on April 1 from complications of the COVID-19 virus.

In Memoriam: Lenard Wells, 1950-2020

In Memoriam: Lenard Wells, 1950-2020

Dr. Wells began teaching criminal justice at the University of Memphis in 2013. Before coming to Memphis, he was appointed by the governor to serve as the Parole Board Chief in Wisconsin. He also served as a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years.

In Memoriam: David Clyde Driskell, 1931-2020

In Memoriam: David Clyde Driskell, 1931-2020

In 1977, Driskell joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. He taught there until his retirement in 1998. In 2001, the university established the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

In Memoriam: Cheryl Ann Wall, 1948-2020

In Memoriam: Cheryl Ann Wall, 1948-2020

Professor Cheryl Wall focused on African-American literature, American literature, and feminist criticism. She first joined the faculty at Rutgers University in 1972. and had planned on retiring this year.

In Memoriam: Denise Michelle Chapman Montgomery, 1959-2020

In Memoriam: Denise Michelle Chapman Montgomery, 1959-2020

Dr. Montgomery was the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at Langston University in Oklahoma and Florida A&M University.

In Memoriam: Richard L. Marquess-Barry, 1940-2020

In Memoriam: Richard L. Marquess-Barry, 1940-2020

In 1965 Richard Marquess-Barry entered the Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary. He was the only Black student enrolled at the seminary at that time. He went on to become a priest and educator.

In Memoriam: Ralph C. Gomes, 1937-2020

In Memoriam: Ralph C. Gomes, 1937-2020

Dr. Gomes began his career in 1971 at Howard University as a lecturer in what was then the department of sociology and anthropology. He served on the faculty for 49 years.

In Memoriam: Joseph Echols Lowery, 1921-2020

In Memoriam: Joseph Echols Lowery, 1921-2020

Joseph Lowery, often referred to as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement,” held a doctorate from the Chicago Ecumenical Institute. In 2002, the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights was founded at Clark Atlanta University.

In Memoriam: John F. Merchant, 1933-2020

In Memoriam: John F. Merchant, 1933-2020

John Merchant, an attorney who taught at both Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University, both in Connecticut, was the first Black graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

In Memoriam: Ida Stephens Owens, 1939-2020

In Memoriam: Ida Stephens Owens, 1939-2020

Ida Stephens Owens was one of the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. at Duke University. Dr. Owens was the first scientist to determine genetic defects in children with Crigler-Najjar diseases, a rare disorder often causing brain damage in infants.