1940'S In Memoriam: Alumni

Marjorie M. Baker, B.A. 1948, died Jan. 7, 2015. Following her Howard graduation, she earned a master’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College. She taught fifth and sixth grade at P.S. 15 in Springfield Gardens, N.Y., for more than 25 years until she retired in 1984. She was 88.

Phyllis Harper-Bardach, B.A. 1948, died Sept. 24, 2015. After graduating from Howard, she lectured on parent education in guidance and counseling at the Summer Institute for Parents of Preschool Deaf Children in Illinois. She later supervised the Parent-Pupil Tutor Program at the Illinois School for the Deaf and gained national recognition for the article “A Visible Speech Aid” in the Volta Review. Harper-Bardach earned a doctorate in educational administration at the University of Iowa and served as lecturer, supervisor of student teachers, teacher and consultant until she retired in 1990. She was 87.

Wilma Burton Campbell, B.A. 1942, died Feb. 3, 2015. After graduating from Howard, she joined the American Red Cross and served stateside and abroad for three years. She married and traveled for 27 years extensively with her husband and family, residing in Alabama, New Mexico, Turkey, Washington, D.C., Colorado and California. Burton Campbell’s passions included photography, reading, attending Tuskegee Airmen conventions with her husband, mahjong and enjoying life with her sorority sisters and friends. She was 93.

Virginia J. Edwards, B.S. 1947, died July 16, 2015. After graduation from Howard, she began a career in recreation with the YMCA. She then became a civilian recreation director and supervisor with the U.S. Army Special Services, where she worked in Germany before returning to the U.S. as a recruiter for the program, and later as an Equal Employee Opportunity investigator in Columbia, Maryland. Edwards later retired.

Marion Thompkins Ross, B.Mus. Ed. 1948, died Dec. 12, 2015. Following her time at Howard, she obtained her Master of Arts in Music from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She taught at Howard, in elementary schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, and in the District of Columbia. She was appointed principal of Mott Elementary School in 1973, and then LaSalle Elementary School until she retired in 1988. She was 88.

Marguerite Waddell Lucas, B.A. 1948, died Dec. 9, 2015. After graduating from Howard, she became an educator in D.C. Public Schools. She was 89. 

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