1970's In Memoriam: Alumni

Nancy Rutledge Simpson, F.H. Nursing Diploma 1970, died May 18, 2016.

John R. Hawkins III, L.A. B.A. 1971, died Feb. 3, 2017. Hawkins was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and attended several of the Howard Men of the 50s/60s luncheons in the past.

Deborah Alexander Dade, M.S. 1972, died Dec. 7, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Dade served as a pharmaceutical representative of Abbott Laboratories for 39 years. In retirement, she worked with the Light of Life Foundation, which focused on thyroid cancer awareness and education. She also endowed a scholarship at the Greater Apostolic Church Temple in Cincinnati. Dade was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was 69.

Emma Luvenia Stephens, M.A. 1972, died Aug. 14, 2016. She was 72. Doris E. Piggott Laurey, F.H. Nursing Diploma 1973, died April 30, 2016. After graduating from Howard, she served 44 years as an ICU/CCU Nurse. Laurey was also a member of Freedmen’s Hospital Alumni Association, Class of 1973. She was 73.

Roger Desales Dent, B.B.A. 1974, died Sept. 27, 2014. After graduating from Howard, Dent earned his M.B.A. in Finance from Southeastern University. He went on to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Maryland and Washington, D.C., also earning the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dent retired after 21 years with the CPA firm of Gardiner Kamya & Associates, P.C., as vice president/principal. In addition to his academic and professional accomplishments, Dent was an accomplished and talented musician, serving as the bass guitarist for the D.C. Federation of Musicians and his church, Maple Springs Baptist Church. He was 63.

Delores Robinson Dudley, M.Ed. 1974, died June 5, 2016. After graduating from Howard, Dudley began her career as an English teacher in Beaufort Public Schools in Louisiana. She later returned to Washington, D.C., where she continued her teaching career in D.C. Public Schools. After retiring, Dudley served the public school system in many roles, dedicated to improving the reading and writing skills of at-risk children. She was also an active churchgoer, who loved hearing her husband sing in the church choir. She was 73.

Leon E. Butler, B.S. 1975, died April 4, 2017. Butler served in the U.S. Air Force before being accepting to Howard. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Rand Scholar Award recipient. After graduating from Howard, Butler earned his Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Management. In Buffalo, he was assistant director at Model Cities and Vice President of Erie Community College City Campus. He has a library named in his honor. Butler held a director position at the University of Maryland, Downtown Baltimore Campus. In addition, he was the founder and president of the Delphi Network, Inc. in Columbia, Maryland. Butler enjoyed classical music, playing piano, and painting on oil and canvas. He was 80.

Bertrand Shipley Thomas, B.A. 1976; J.D. 1979, died Jan. 8, 2017.

Michele Marie Lapeyrolerie- Torian, B.A. 1976; D.D.S. 1980, died April 5, 2016. After graduating Lapeyrolerie-Torian, she entered into a general practice residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. She went on to complete her postgraduate studies in endodontics at UMDNJ presently known as the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She also joined the Lapeyrolerie Group in private practice with her father and brother in East Orange, New Jersey. While in private practice, Michele was also employed at UMDNJ in the Department of Endodontics. Lapeyrolerie-Torian also served for two years as the President of the Commonwealth Dental Society of New Jersey, which is a component of the National Dental Association. She was 62.

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