1970's In Memoriam: Alumni

Shirley Itensil Wilson, M.A. 1972, D.S.W. 1996, died October 19, 2017. After graduating from Howard, she became a professor emeritus of Delaware State University, adjunct professor at Howard University and worked for the Department of Social Services in Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen., USA (retired) John R. Hawkins, III “Hawk,” B.A. 1971, died Feb. 3, 2017. After graduating from Howard, he earned a master’s degree in public administration and a juris doctor degree from American University, with study in international law at the University of London in England. He is a graduate of the National Security Fellowship Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He was a national issue commentator on TV and radio and an editorial commentator for The Afro newspaper. Hawkins was professor of communications and public relations at Prince George’s Community College. He served as deputy chief of public affairs and marketing for the U.S. Army worldwide. He also was one of the first U.S. Army generals into Pakistan and Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.

Doris E. Piggott Laure, F.H. D.I.P. N 1973, died April 30, 2016. After graduating from Howard, she served for 44 years as an ICU/CCU Nurse. Laure was also a member of Freedmen’s Hospital Alumni Association, Class of 1973. She was 73.

Dr. William V. McCoy, D.D.S. 1970, died June 27, 2017. After graduating from Howard, he operated a private dental practice for more than 45 years. He provided orthodontic care to many children who could not afford the service and taught dentistry and orthodontics at home and in the Netherlands. At the time of death, McCoy had been teaching at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in the School of Dentistry and Fortis’ Institute in the dental hygiene program. He was active in his community, including being a member of a Masonic Lodge and Harry T. Burleigh Society, and on the boards of Penn State Behrend and Good Fellows at Mercyhurst University. He loved to golf and travel the world. He was 75.

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