1940's In Memoriam: Alumni

Horace A. Davenport, B.A. 1946, died March 21, 2017. Davenport was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an engineer in WWII. After graduating from Howard, he received his M.S. and a bachelor of laws from the University of Pennsylvania. Davenport opened his own private practice. He was a renowned attorney. Some of his most signifi cant accomplishments include being a founding partner of the law fi rm Gerber Davenport and Wilzenik; becoming the fi rst African-American judge to sit on the Common Pleas Court in Montgomery County, Maryland; and being a trustee of the Florida Sunburst Scholarship Foundation. Davenport was heavily involved in his local and law communities. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was 98.

Rosalie Wilson Washington, F.H. Nursing Diploma 1946, died March 6, 2017. After graduating from Howard, Washington married her husband and had two children. She then worked as a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she specialized in working with former surgeon-in-chief Dr. C. Everett Koop’s patients. Later, Washington became a school nurse for the School District of Philadelphia. She earned her B.S. in education and a master’s degree in administered. She also served as president of the Philadelphia Public School Nurses Association, which became the fi rst union of registered nurses in the U.S. in 1972, for 14 years until her retirement in 1986. She was 93.

Kenneth W. Mahan, B.A. 1948; M.D. 1952, died Aug. 21, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Mahan was a practicing physician and surgeon in Jersey City for over 50 years. He was 91.

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