1970's In Memoriam: Alumni

Elizabeth Hyde Thompson, M.S. 1970, died Dec. 23, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Thompson pursued post education in human ecology at Rutgers State University. She dedicated most of her life to education, earning a retirement award from the Camden Education Association. Thompson also received honors and awards from the Four Chaplains Legion, the National Forum for Minority Leaders on Maternal and Infant Health, to name a few. Thompson was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., National Education Association, and a former vice president of Howard University Alumni. She was 95.

Alexander J. Brown, B.M.E. 1971, died March 22, 2016.

Clyde Lee Floyd, B.F.A. 1971, died Dec. 6, 2015. He was 69.

Donald Bass, J.D. 1972, died Feb. 27, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Bass was the assistant chief counsel with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also was a certified mediator and licensed real estate salesperson. A member of the bar in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Bass was admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. and the Ninth Circuit.

Wilbur A. Brown, B.S. 1972, died Aug. 23, 2015. After graduating from Howard, he married his longtime sweetheart, Gladys Biggs. He began his teaching career in Paterson, New Jersey, before moving to Long Island, New York. Brown also was a football coach at William Paterson College. Upon retirement, he continued coaching. In addition, he started a not-for-profit supplemental education program called We Care For Children Inc. Brown also was an active member of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. He was 66.

William E. A. Panton, B.B.A. 1973, MBA 1975, died Nov. 14, 2015. He was 72.

Arlene Imelda Bailey, B.S. 1975, M.S.W. 1977, died Jan. 5, 2016. She was 63.

Gregory J. Howard, B.S. 1976, died April 8, 2015. After graduating from Howard, he was employed as a supervisor for manufacturing at Bristol Myers Squibb. Howard held this position for more than 25 years. He was 62.

Jay McLeod Gordon, B.A. 1978, died July 7, 2015. He was 59.

Winthrop Holder, D.D.S. 1978, died Oct. 21, 2015. Holder served in the West Indies Regiment of the West Indies Federation. After graduating from Howard, he was active in providing quality oral healthcare for all communities. Holder was a former trustee and president of the National Dental Association. He worked closely with Howard’s alumni affairs, the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute and the Morvant Ebonites, to name a few.

Elmer Dean Johnson, D.D.S. 1978, died Nov. 30, 2015. He was 62.

Roby Lewis Radley, D.D.S. 1978, died Aug. 12, 2015. After graduating from Howard, he pursued a graduate degree in oral surgery at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles. For 30 years, he worked alongside his wife at their Pasadena, California, practice. Radley also was a captain in the U.S. Army and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He was 69.

Robert Brown, M.Div. 1978, died Feb. 22, 2015. After graduating from Howard, Brown served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency, before working at the Office of Management and Budget. Later, Brown retired with more than 32 years of federal service. He was later ordained and became the pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He also founded Arm of the Lord Bible College. Brown was an avid reader. He was 73.

William E. Washington, M.D. 1978, died in January 2016.

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