In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Lancelot C. A. Thompson, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: Lancelot C. A. Thompson, 1925-2016

Dr. Thompson joined the faculty at the University of Toledo in 1958. For four years, he was the only Black faculty member at the university. In 1968, Dr. Thompson was appointed vice president of student affairs, a post he held for 20 years.

In Memoriam: Samuel A. Floyd Jr., 1937-2016

In Memoriam: Samuel A. Floyd Jr., 1937-2016

Samuel Floyd Jr. was the founder of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago and the founder of the Black Music Research Journal.

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

Joyce O. Jenkins was the director of the Center for Teaching and e-Learning at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas Baptist College in 2012, Dr. Jenkins had a 26-year career at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

Robert Colbert was an associate professor and director of the counseling program in the department of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

In Memoriam: Joyce Carol Thomas, 1938-2016

In Memoriam: Joyce Carol Thomas, 1938-2016

Joyce Carol Thomas, the author of more than 30 children’s books and a former college professor, won the National Book Award and the American Book Award in 1983. She taught at several higher educational institutions including Purdue University and the University of Tennessee.

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

Edwin Smith was the Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations, and Political Science at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern, California. He was the first African American tenured faculty member at the law school.

In Memoriam: Stella Mason Parson, 1929-2016

In Memoriam: Stella Mason Parson, 1929-2016

Stella Mason Parson, a long-time educator, was the first Black woman to earn a college degree in the state of Nevada. She taught in Las Vegas public schools for 33 years.

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In 1978, Professor McPherson was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

Dr. Tucker served as president of Virginia State from 1968 to 1970 and then served on the economics faculty and was the director of the Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech from 1970 to 1974.

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Williams, 1952-2016

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Williams, 1952-2016

Dr. Michael Williams joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 1985 as an assistant professor of social work. In 2004, he was named director of the Black studies program at the university and remained in that post until his death.

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Harris, 1960-2016

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Harris, 1960-2016

At Chicago State, Harris founded the Teaching and Educating Men of Black Origin program and the Continuing the Journey Conference for Black male high school students. He was the director of the African American Male Resource Center.

In Memoriam: Roscoe Conkling Brown Jr., 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Roscoe Conkling Brown Jr., 1922-2016

Roscoe C. Brown Jr. was a Tuskegee Airman who was former president of Bronx Community College in New York and a former professor at New York University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

In Memoriam: Joseph Pree Ramsey Jr., 1951-2016

In Memoriam: Joseph Pree Ramsey Jr., 1951-2016

Joseph Ramsey Jr. was former director of athletics and former chair of the Sports Hall of Fame at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

In Memoriam: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

Clarke was a native of Barbados. He came to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. The author of 11 novels, he taught at Yale University, Duke University, and the University of Texas.

In Memoriam: Cedric James Robinson, 1940-2016

In Memoriam: Cedric James Robinson, 1940-2016

Professor Cedric James Robinson joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1978. He chaired both the department of Black studies and the department of political science.

In Memoriam: Verna B. Dauterive, 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Verna B. Dauterive, 1922-2016

Verna Dauterive was a former trustee, benefactor, and adjunct professor of education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She spent 60 years as a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In Memorian: Charles Warfield, 1939-2016

In Memorian: Charles Warfield, 1939-2016

Dr. Warfield joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1972 and retired in 2013. Upon his retirement, he was named associate professor emeritus of educational leadership, research and technology. He was also president of the Kalamazoo chapter of the NAACP.

In Memoriam: Herman Jones Jr., 1962-2016

In Memoriam: Herman Jones Jr., 1962-2016

Herman Jones Jr., a retired major in the U.S. Army, was the director of bands and professor of woodwinds at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

In Memoriam: Mamie Rallins, 1941-2016

In Memoriam: Mamie Rallins, 1941-2016

A two-time Olympian, Rallins was the first African American woman to hold a head coaching job at Ohio State University, where she also served as assistant athletics director.

In Memoriam: Warren George Palmer, 1921-2016

In Memoriam: Warren George Palmer, 1921-2016

Warren G. Palmer was an associate professor emeritus in the School of Education and an associate professor emeritus of library science at the University of Michigan.

In Memoriam: Raymond Gavins, 1942-2016

In Memoriam: Raymond Gavins, 1942-2016

Dr. Gavins joined the faculty at Duke in 1970. He was the first African American to join the faculty of Duke’s history department. Dr. Gavins was promoted to associate professor in 1977 and to full professor in 1992.

In Memoriam: Thelma Vernelle Cook, 1939-2016

In Memoriam: Thelma Vernelle Cook, 1939-2016

Cook was an administrator at Oklahoma State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She served as chair of the board of regents of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

In Memorian: Michael Steven Harper, 1938-2016

In Memorian: Michael Steven Harper, 1938-2016

Michael S. Harper, who taught at Brown University in Providence for 43 years, was the first poet laureate of the state of Rhode Island.

In Memoriam: Jesse Edward Nash Jr., 1926-2016

In Memoriam: Jesse Edward Nash Jr., 1926-2016

A native of Buffalo, Nash joined the faculty at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, in 1965 and taught sociology and anthropology there for 33 years before his retirement in 1998. He also lectured in the School of Graduate Education of the University at Buffafo.

In Memoriam: James Bell, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: James Bell, 1925-2016

After teaching at several HBCUs, James Bell joined the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in 1968. Four years later, he was the first African American to be appointed a vice president in the California State University System.

In Memoriam: Horace Taliaferro Ward, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: Horace Taliaferro Ward, 1927-2016

Horace Ward was a long-time federal judge who was the first African American to apply to the University of Georgia. His application for admission to the university’s law school was reject due to his race.

In Memoriam: Crawford Joseph Mims, 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Crawford Joseph Mims, 1922-2016

During his long career in higher education, Dr. Sims taught at Rust College, Shorter College, and Philander Smith College. He was provost at Philander Smith College and on three occasions served as interim president of the historically Black educational institution.

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

Dr. Cone was a theologian, educator, author, and the former president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He became a minister at the age of 13 and was named pastor of an African Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16.

In Memoriam: Ulysses Van Spiva, 1931-2016

In Memoriam: Ulysses Van Spiva, 1931-2016

In 1979, Dr. Spiva was named dean of the College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the first African American dean in the university’s history.

In Memoriam: David Nathaniel Baker Jr., 1931-2016

In Memoriam: David Nathaniel Baker Jr., 1931-2016

Professor Baker joined the faculty at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music in 1966. There he founded the jazz program and served as its director for 45 years from 1968 to 2013.

In Memoriam: S. Rudolph Martin Jr., 1935-2016

In Memoriam: S. Rudolph Martin Jr., 1935-2016

In 1970, Martin was one of 18 founding faculty members at Evergreen State College. During a 27-year career at Evergreen State, Dr. Martin served as academic dean and taught classes in the humanities and the arts. He retired in 1997.

In Memoriam: Russell G. Hamilton, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Russell G. Hamilton, 1934-2016

Dr. Hamilton, professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, joined the faculty at the university in 1984 as dean for graduate studies and research. He was the first African American to serve as a dean of a Vanderbilt school or college.

In Memoriam: Bettye Lois Grigsby, 1966-2016

In Memoriam: Bettye Lois Grigsby, 1966-2016

Dr. Grigsby was an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She also served as chair of the department of leadership and policy analysis and was chair of the doctorate of education in educational leadership program at the university.

In Memoriam: Booker Taliaferro Felder, 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Booker Taliaferro Felder, 1922-2016

Booker Taliaferro Felder taught in the clothing and related arts department at Tuskegee University in Alabama for 40 years. After retiring from teaching he operated a gift shop across the street from the university’s campus.

In Memoriam: Chester Davis, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: Chester Davis, 1927-2016

Dr. Chester Davis joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He chaired the Afro-American studies department there from 1985 to 1988.

In Memoriam: Harold M. Rose, 1930-2016

In Memoriam: Harold M. Rose, 1930-2016

Dr. Rose was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He joined the faculty at the university in 1962 and taught there for 33 years.