In Memoriam

In Memoriam: William A. Butts, 1933-2017

In Memoriam: William A. Butts, 1933-2017

Dr. Butts taught at Mississippi Valley State University and Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. In 1975, he was named the eleventh president of Kentucky State University.

In Memoriam: Anna Louise Cherrie Epps, 1930-2017

In Memoriam: Anna Louise Cherrie Epps, 1930-2017

In 1997 Dr. Epps was named dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College, making her not only Meharry’s first female dean of the medical school, but also the only African-American woman with a Ph.D. to become dean of a U.S. medical school.

In Memoriam: Samuel DuBois Cook, 1928-2017

In Memoriam: Samuel DuBois Cook, 1928-2017

Samuel DuBois Cook was the first African American faculty member at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the long-time president of Dillard University in New Orleans.

In Memoriam: Gloria P. Hill, 1947-2017

In Memoriam: Gloria P. Hill, 1947-2017

Dr. Hill joined the staff at Carnegie Mellon University in 1972 as an academic adviser. Later, she served as assistant vice provost for education and assistant dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In Memoriam: Charles Rudolph Davis, 1937-2017

In Memoriam: Charles Rudolph Davis, 1937-2017

Chuck Davis was one of the nation’s foremost authorities on African and African American dance. In 1983, he founded the African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, North Carolina, and taught classes at Duke University and North Carolina Central University.

In Memoriam: William R. Scott, 1940-2017

In Memoriam: William R. Scott, 1940-2017

William R. Scott was a professor emeritus of history at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at Lehigh University as a full professor in 1992 and served as the first director of the university’s African American studies program.

In Memoriam: Eddie Nathan Williams, 1932-2017

In Memoriam: Eddie Nathan Williams, 1932-2017

Eddie N. Williams was the long-time president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington and former administrator at the University of Chicago.

In Memoriam: Adam S. Arnold Jr., 1922-2017

In Memoriam: Adam S. Arnold Jr., 1922-2017

In 1957, Dr. Arnold was hired to the faculty in the department of finance at the University of Notre Dame. He was the first African American faculty member at the university and was the first to be granted tenure. Dr. Arnold taught at Notre Dame for 30 years.

In Memoriam: Milton A. Gordon, 1935-2017

In Memoriam: Milton A. Gordon, 1935-2017

Dr. Gordon was named president of California State University in 1990. During his 22-year tenure, enrollments increased from 25,600 to more than 36,000. Thirteen new academic programs were established and 22 building were constructed on campus.

In Memoriam: Mark Q. Sawyer, 1972-2017

In Memoriam: Mark Q. Sawyer, 1972-2017

Dr. Sawyer joined the faculty at UCLA in 1999 as an assistant professor. He was instrumental in transforming the African American studies program into an academic department at the university.

In Memoriam: Lenny Knight, 1970-2017

In Memoriam: Lenny Knight, 1970-2017

Lenny Knight was the assistant director of the Approaching Storm Band at Delaware State University. Knight joined the staff at Delaware State University in 2007 after serving as band director at Dover High School in Delaware for 15 years.

In Memoriam: Howard Clifton Blue, 1957-2017

In Memoriam: Howard Clifton Blue, 1957-2017

Dr. Howard Blue was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School and the deputy director of mental health and counseling at Yale Health.

In Memoriam: Pamela Denise Anthony, 1971-2017

In Memoriam: Pamela Denise Anthony, 1971-2017

Pamela D. Anthony, vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 2012 to 2016, she was dean of students at Iowa State University.

In Memoriam: Courtney Salters Henderson, 1975-2017

In Memoriam: Courtney Salters Henderson, 1975-2017

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Salters Henderson joined the staff at Vanderbilt University in 1998 as an admissions counselor. In 2005 she was appointed director of student organizations and served in that post at the time of her death.

In Memoriam: John Albert Davis, 1934-2017

In Memoriam: John Albert Davis, 1934-2017

John Davis was a former assistant clinical professor of medical education at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In Memoriam: Roy Emile Alfredo Innis, 1934-2017

In Memoriam: Roy Emile Alfredo Innis, 1934-2017

Roy Innis was an outspoken Black nationalist, civil rights icon, and national director of the Congress of Racial Equality.

In Memoriam: Willie Roy Evans, 1937-2017

In Memoriam: Willie Roy Evans, 1937-2017

When the University at Buffalo was invited to play in the 1958 Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, it was told it would have to leave its star African American running back home. The team unanimously voted to decline the invitation.

In Memoriam: Charles Dwight Lahr

In Memoriam: Charles Dwight Lahr

C. Dwight Lahr was a professor of mathematics emeritus at Dartmouth College. Dr. Lahr was the first African American to be named a tenured professor of mathematics in the Ivy League.

In Memoriam: Jewell Plummer Cobb, 1924-2017

In Memoriam: Jewell Plummer Cobb, 1924-2017

In 1981, Professor Cobb was appointed president of California State University, Fullerton. She was the first African American women to lead a major university west of the Mississippi River.

In Memoriam: Margaret W. Lewis, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Margaret W. Lewis, 1932-2016

Dr. Margaret Lewis began her career in 1958 as a staff nurse at the former Florida A&M University Hospital. She joined the faculty at the university in 1959. She later served as dean of the university’s School of Nursing.

In Memoriam: Dovi J. Afesi, 1945-2016

In Memoriam: Dovi J. Afesi, 1945-2016

A native of Ghana, Dr. Afesi was a professor of history at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

Hope Lewis was a professor at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, where she had served on the faculty for a quarter century. Earlier, she was an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In Memoriam: Madelon Delany Stent

In Memoriam: Madelon Delany Stent

Madelon Delany Stent served as vice president for academic affairs at the University of the District of Columbia and was a professor emerita of education at the City College of New York.

In Memoriam: Harold R. Benson, 1944-2016

In Memoriam: Harold R. Benson, 1944-2016

Dr. Benson directed the land grant program at Kentucky State University for 36 years. He directed the university’s extension program during that period and from 1985 to his retirement in 2011 he also directed the research program.

In Memoriam: Wayne Everett Crumwell

In Memoriam: Wayne Everett Crumwell

In 1968, Wayne Crumwell became the first African American to graduate from Davidson College in North Carolina. He later earned a law degree at Duke, opened a private law practice, and served as a faculty member at North Carolina Central University.

In Memoriam: Debra Saunders-White, 1957-2016

In Memoriam: Debra Saunders-White, 1957-2016

Debra Saunders-White, the 11th chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, died on November 26. Dr. Saunders-White was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015 and took a medical leave of absence in August 2016.

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Ifill, 1955-2016

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Ifill, 1955-2016

Gwen Ifill was a celebrated newspaper reporter and pioneering PBS television anchor who moderated two vice presidential debates. A graduate of Simmons College, Ifill held honorary degrees from 20 institutions of higher learning.

In Memoriam: David Nganga Mburu, 1965-2016

In Memoriam: David Nganga Mburu, 1965-2016

A native of Kenya, Dr. Mburu taught courses in the language of Kiswahili and popular culture in East Africa at the University of Kansas. Earlier, he taught at California State University, Sacramento.

In Memoriam: Lennette Johnson Ivy, 1953-2016

In Memoriam: Lennette Johnson Ivy, 1953-2016

Professor Ivy joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 1990. She served as clinical supervisor in speech pathology, an assistant and associate professor, and chair of the department of communication sciences and disorders.

In Memoriam: Herbert Rogers Kent, 1928-2016

In Memoriam: Herbert Rogers Kent, 1928-2016

Herb Kent was a radio personality in Chicago for more than 70 years and taught at Chicago State University for more than a decade. He made his last radio broadcast on the morning of his death.

In Memoriam: Ogretta Ann Humphries Vaughn McNeil, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Ogretta Ann Humphries Vaughn McNeil, 1932-2016

Dr. McNeil was was the first African American woman to serve on the faculty at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She also was the first woman tenure-track faculty member in the psychology department at the college.

In Memoriam: Edgar L. Berry

In Memoriam: Edgar L. Berry

Edgar L. Berry was interim vice president for student affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Earlier he served as vice president for student affairs at Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

In Memoriam: Velma L. Blackwell

In Memoriam: Velma L. Blackwell

Dr. Blackwell joined the staff at Tuskegee University in 1969 and remained employed by the university until her retirement in 2008. She held many positions at the university including associate provost, director of student relations, vice president for development, and director of the Center for Continuing Education.

In Memoriam: June Brown, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: June Brown, 1927-2016

Dr. Brown joined the faculty at the University of Southern California in 1969. She taught in the School of Social Work’s master’s and doctoral degree programs and served as chair of what is now the department of children, youth and families. In 1987, Dr. Brown was named assistant dean for academic affairs.

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several universities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

In Memoriam: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1947-2016

In Memoriam: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1947-2016

Daniel O. Bernstine was president of the Law School Admission Council. Earlier in his career, he served for 10 years as president of Portland State University in Oregon.