In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Jean Fairfax, 1920-2019

In Memoriam: Jean Fairfax, 1920-2019

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fairfax served as dean of women at what is now Kentucky State University in Frankfort and at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

In Memoriam: Oswald Perry Bronson, Sr., 1927-2019

In Memoriam: Oswald Perry Bronson, Sr., 1927-2019

Dr. Bronson served as the fourth president of what is now Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, from 1975 until his retirement as president emeritus in 2004. Major fields of study at Bethune-Cookman increased from 12 to 37 during Dr. Bronson’s 29-year tenure as president.

In Memoriam: Josephus Olufemi Richards, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Josephus Olufemi Richards, 1942-2019

In 1971, Dr. Richards began his career at the University of Massachusetts as an associate professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. He retired in 2002.

In Memoriam: Manderline W. Scales, 1927-2019

In Memoriam: Manderline W. Scales, 1927-2019

After 20 years in the public schools of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Scales joined the staff at historically Black Winston-Salem State University. She served as dean of women, director of student affairs and assistant vice chancellor of student affairs and development.

In Memoriam: Faye Elizabeth Coleman, 1940-2019

In Memoriam: Faye Elizabeth Coleman, 1940-2019

Faye Elizabeth Coleman joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1978 as an assistant professor. In 1980, she became director for the graduate program in medical laboratory sciences for students in several diagnostic professions. She retired in 2016.

In Memoriam: Feleta Wilson, 1945-2019

In Memoriam: Feleta Wilson, 1945-2019

Dr. Wilson, an associate professor of nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, focused her academic research on patient education and patient health literacy to reduce health disparities and inequities in vulnerable populations.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Young Clark, 1929-2019

In Memoriam: Yvonne Young Clark, 1929-2019

In 1956, Professor Clark joined the faculty at what was then Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University in Nashville. Clark retired as a professor emerita in 2011 at what is now Tennessee State University after serving on the faculty for 55 years.

In Memoriam: T. Vaughn Walker, 1950-2018

In Memoriam: T. Vaughn Walker, 1950-2018

Dr. Walker was senior professor of Black church studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the first tenured African American faculty member in the 150-year history of the seminary. He was also the first African American full professor.

In Memoriam: Rodney Kelvin Sisco, 1964-2018

In Memoriam: Rodney Kelvin Sisco, 1964-2018

Sisco was a 1984 graduate of Wheaton College, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Christian education. He joined the staff at the college after graduation and remained a member of the Wheaton community for the rest of his life.

In Memoriam: Irene Leota Moore Wright, 1927-2019

In Memoriam: Irene Leota Moore Wright, 1927-2019

Throughout her career, Dr. Wright held faculty positions as Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College, and Saint Louis University.

In Memoriam: Richard Payne, 1951-2019

In Memoriam: Richard Payne, 1951-2019

Richard Payne was the Esther Colliflower Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School. Earlier in his career, he taught at the University of Texas and held the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

In Memoriam: Lamin Sanneh, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Lamin Sanneh, 1942-2019

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, passed away on January 6 from a stroke.

In Memoriam: Tasia Smith, 1986-2018

In Memoriam: Tasia Smith, 1986-2018

Tasia Smith was the Evergreen Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the University of Oregon. Only 32 years old at the time of her death, Dr. Smith had joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2016.

In Memoriam: Henry J. Durand Jr., 1948-2018

In Memoriam: Henry J. Durand Jr., 1948-2018

Dr. Durand began his career at the University at Buffalo in 1990. He held many positions throughout his tenure, ultimately becoming senior associate vice provost of academic affairs and executive director of Cora P. Maloney College.

In Memoriam: Leon J. "Stan" Lomax, 1923-2018

In Memoriam: Leon J. “Stan” Lomax, 1923-2018

Throughout his 14 years as head coach, he led Fort Valley State University to four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. In addition to his football tenure, Lomax served as assistant to the president of the university.

In Memoriam: Rita Smith-Wade-El, 1948-2018

In Memoriam: Rita Smith-Wade-El, 1948-2018

Dr. Smith-Wade-El served as a professor of psychology and the director of the African Americans studies minor program at Millersville University in Pnnsylvania. She was also co-director of the Ethnic Studies Learning Community Freshman Experience at the university.

In Memoriam: Nadia Dominque Morgan, 1983-2018

In Memoriam: Nadia Dominque Morgan, 1983-2018

Nadia Dominique Morgan, a rheumatologist and an instructor in medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, died in a hit-and-run automobile accident in Baltimore County on December 15. She was 35 years old.

In Memoriam: Jerry M. Adams, 1959-2018

In Memoriam: Jerry M. Adams, 1959-2018

Jerry M. Adams was a former classroom technology instructor in university media services at the University of Delaware. He served on the satff at the university for five years.

In Memoriam: Olivia Juliette Hooker, 1915-2018

In Memoriam: Olivia Juliette Hooker, 1915-2018

During World War II, Dr. Hooker became the first Black woman to serve on active duty with the United States Coast Guard. She used her G.I. benefits to fund her graduate education at Columbia University and the University of Rochester. Professor Hooker served on the faculty at Fordham University in New York from 1963 to 1985.

In Memoriam: Gladys Hope Franklin White, 1916-2018

In Memoriam: Gladys Hope Franklin White, 1916-2018

After a long career in education, Dr. White retired from North Carolina A&T State University and founded Project CARE, an SAT/ACT Prep project in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Ulysses S. Washington, 1920-2018

In Memoriam: Ulysses S. Washington, 1920-2018

Washington began his career at then-Delaware State College in 1949 as an assistant professor of agriculture education and farm mechanics. He retired from his position as chair of the department of agriculture at Delaware State University in 1991.

In Memoriam: George Taliaferro, 1927-2018

In Memoriam: George Taliaferro, 1927-2018

George Taliaferro was the first African-American ever drafted by a National Football League team. After his football career was over, he served in many roles in higher education in Indiana and at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

In Memoriam: Ntozake Shange, 1948-2018

In Memoriam: Ntozake Shange, 1948-2018

Shange was a professor of women’s studies at the University of Florida from 2002 to 2006. She was the author of the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

In Memoriam: Sharon Tolbert-Glover, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Sharon Tolbert-Glover, 1940-2018

When Sharon Tolbert-Glover was only 15 years old, she became a nun at the convent of the Servites of Mary in Illinois. When she was assigned to a parish in suburban Chicago, the all-White congregants refused to accept her, causing her to resign from the order. She later had a long career in higher education.

In Memoriam: Janette Hoston Harris, 1939-2018

In Memoriam: Janette Hoston Harris, 1939-2018

In 1960, Janette Hoston Harris was one of six Southern University students arrested for attempting to desegregate an all-White lunch counter. As a result of this, the governor of Louisiana ordered the expulsion of all six students from the university and prohibited them from attending any college in the state.

In Memoriam: Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., 1932-2018

In Memoriam: Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., 1932-2018

Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. was the founding dean of Alabama State University’s College of Business Administration. He joined the faculty at the university in 1975 and served as a professor of marketing until his retirement 35 years later in 2010.

In Memoriam: Roosevelt Wilson, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Roosevelt Wilson, 1940-2018

Wilson joined the staff at Florida A&M University in 1969 as the director of sports information. He held various roles during his tenure at the university including director of university publications, director of athletics, and professor in what is now the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

In Memoriam: Mildred Ollee, 1934-2018

In Memoriam: Mildred Ollee, 1934-2018

Mildred Ollee served as president of Seattle Central Community College in Washington State from 2003 to 2010. She worked in higher education for over 40 years.

In Memoriam: Constance Bland, 1958-2018

In Memoriam: Constance Bland, 1958-2018

Dr. Bland joined the faculty at Mississippi Valley State University in 1991 and was promoted to chair of the mathematics, computer, and information sciences department in 1999. She was named vice president of academic affairs in 2014.

In Memoriam: Brenda Armstrong, 1949-2018

In Memoriam: Brenda Armstrong, 1949-2018

Brenda Armstrong was a professor and the senior associate dean for student diversity, recruitment, and retention at Duke University School of Medicine. She was the second Black woman in the United Stated to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist.

In Memoriam: Melvin Curtis Tyler (1956-2018)

In Memoriam: Melvin Curtis Tyler (1956-2018)

Melvin Curtis Tyler served as vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City until just 10 days before his death.

In Memoriam: Robert Judson (1941-2018)

In Memoriam: Robert Judson (1941-2018)

Dr. Judson began his career at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida in 1972. He became the school’s first instructor, first recruiter, and first financial aid coordinator. In 1976, he was promoted to dean of East Campus and in 1994 he became the school’s second president.

In Memoriam: Linda Rae Daniels, 1953-2018

In Memoriam: Linda Rae Daniels, 1953-2018

Linda R. Daniels worked for Ohio University for 18 years, most recently as director of multicultural programs. Earlier, she was on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for 14 years.

In Memoriam: Paul J. Burgett, 1946-2018

In Memoriam: Paul J. Burgett, 1946-2018

Dr. Burgett held many different positions over his 54 years at the University of Rochester. He became dean of students at the Eastman School of Music in 1981 and dean of students for the entire university seven years later.

In Memoriam: Michelle R. Howard-Vital, 1953-2018

In Memoriam: Michelle R. Howard-Vital, 1953-2018

Dr. Howard-Vital became Cheyney University’s eleventh and first woman president in 2007. She served in that role until 2014.

In Memoriam: P. Sterling Stuckey, 1932-2018

In Memoriam: P. Sterling Stuckey, 1932-2018

Professor Stuckey was an expert on American slavery and African American history. He taught at Northwestern University before joining the faculty at the University of California, Riverside in 1989.