In Memoriam

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.

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.