In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam: Katherine Williams Phillips, 1972-2020

In Memoriam: Katherine Williams Phillips, 1972-2020

Katherine W. Phillips was the Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character and the director of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at the business school at Columbia University in New York City.

In Memoriam: Roger Pulliam, 1942-2020

In Memoriam: Roger Pulliam, 1942-2020

Dr. Pulliam joined the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1989. During his tenure, he served as assistant vice chancellor of academic support services, director of advancement and interim chief diversity officer.

In Memoriam: Josephine McCann Posey

In Memoriam: Josephine McCann Posey

In 1984 Dr. Posey became the first woman to serve as the dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University. In addition to her duties as university historian, she also served as interim vice president for academic affairs, special assistant to the president at Alcorn, and department chair.

In Memoriam: Ivery Dwight Clifton, 1943-2020

In Memoriam: Ivery Dwight Clifton, 1943-2020

Ivery Clifton was a professor emeritus in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. In 1994, he was the first African American in the university’s history to serve in the role of dean.

In Memoriam: Bill Wilson, 1940-2019

In Memoriam: Bill Wilson, 1940-2019

Bill Wilson was the first African American elected to the city council in St. Paul, Minnesota, founder of the Higher Ground Academy, and former administrator at the University of Minnesota.

In Memoriam: Joe. A. Hairston, 1948-2019

In Memoriam: Joe. A. Hairston, 1948-2019

Dr. Hairston was the first African American to lead the Baltimore County school system. After 12 years as superintendent, Dr. Hairston taught educational leadership and policy at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

In Memoriam: Paul Elritt Meacham, 1936-2019

In Memoriam: Paul Elritt Meacham, 1936-2019

Dr. Meacham was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in education at the University of Texas and the first African American to serve as president of a college or university in the state of Nevada.

In Memoriam: Tejumola Olaniyan, 1959-2019

In Memoriam: Tejumola Olaniyan, 1959-2019

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Olaniyan was the Louise Durham Mead Professor of English and the Wole Soyinka Professor of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In Memoriam: Shirley Walker Dixon, 1946-2019

In Memoriam: Shirley Walker Dixon, 1946-2019

Dr. Dixon was a pioneer in many ways at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania. In 1990, she was the first African American to be appointed to the university’s board of trustees. In 2018, she was the first person to be awarded a doctorate at the university and also became the first person to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Cabrini.

In Memoriam: Mary T. Christian, 1924-2019

In Memoriam: Mary T. Christian, 1924-2019

Dr. Christian served as chair of the department of elementary education and was dean of the School of Education at Hampton University in Virginia. She also was elected to nine consecutive terms as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

In Memoriam: Ernest James Gaines, 1933-2019

In Memoriam: Ernest James Gaines, 1933-2019

Ernest J. Gaines, the celebrated author and long-time educator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, died earlier this month at his home in Oscar, Louisiana. He was 86 years old.

In Memoriam: Wilhelmina Matilda Reuben-Cooke, 1946-2019

In Memoriam: Wilhelmina Matilda Reuben-Cooke, 1946-2019

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was a professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia, professor emerita of law at Syracuse University in New York, and one of the first African American students to enroll at Duke University in North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Clifford Cornell Baker, 1929-2019

In Memoriam: Clifford Cornell Baker, 1929-2019

In 1976, Dr. Baker was named assistant state superintendent of education in Alabama. This was the highest position ever held at that time by an African-American in the state’s Department of Education. He came out of retirement in 1991 to become the ninth president of Alabama State University.

In Memoriam: Alfred Lee Bright, 1940-2019

In Memoriam: Alfred Lee Bright, 1940-2019

Professor bright joined the faculty at Youngstown State University in Ohio in 1965. He was the university’s first Black faculty member. He served as the founding director of the Black studies program at the university from 1970 to 1987.