1940's In Memoriam: Alumni

Mary M. Cannady, B.A. 1943, died on Nov. 1, 2018. After she graduated from Howard, Cannady was offered a job as social worker in Milwaukee, where she was hired to explicitly work with the city’s growing black population.

She went on to obtain a master’s degree from Smith College and was an active participant in the Alabama civil rights movement. She was 103 years old.

Juanita Winchester Howard, Nursing Diploma 1944, died on Oct. 24, 2018. She was 95.

Velmaree N. Smith, Nursing Diploma, 1944, died on Oct. 21, 2018. After getting her nursing diploma, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland state University.

She retired from University Hospitals in Cleveland in December 1988 and remained actively licensed as a registered nurse for several years after her retirement.

Edith Roberts, Nursing Diploma 1946, died on Jan. 23, 2019. She was 94.

Martha Lewis Smith, R.N., Ed.D., Nursing Diploma 1945, died on Oct. 20, 2018. After obtaining her Diploma in Nursing, she went on to obtain degrees from The Catholic University of America. While at CUA, she was a true pioneer as the only African American nurse in her class.

In the 80s, she helped to establish at the University of the District of Columbia a two-year Associate Degree of Nursing followed by a Baccalaureate of Nursing program.

Dr. Lloyd A. Watts, B.S. ’48, died in December 2018. He was 96.

Catharine Brown, B.A. 1949, died on June 24, 2018.




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