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In Memoriam Fall ’23

Remembering the Bison we lost.

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Norma Whitby Hill (BS ’49), January 15, 2023, Detroit, Michigan


Charles Rosco Bridges, DO (BS ’50), July 19, 2023, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

M. Beverly Hosten Dorsey (MD ’54), May 9, 2023, Binghampton, New York

Shirley H. Simmons (BA ’54), May 16, 2022, St. Louis, Missouri

John Willis Randall Anderson (DDS ’59), June 7, 2023, Washington, D.C.


Betty Ann Ottinger (MSW ’62), January 25, 2023, Washington, D.C.

Rafeal Aarndel (BSEE ’63), December 8, 2020, Brooklyn, New York

Catherine Jerry Barbour (BA ’64), June 1, 2022, Alpharetta, Georgia

Andrea Marcel Case (BA ’65), April 28, 2023, Cape Coral, Florida

Clyde McDaniel Jr. (BA ’66), December 8, 2021, Dix Hills, New York

Ulysses “Senior Steward” Samuel Little Sr. (BARCH ’67), June 4, 2022, Washington, D.C.

Alton Maddox Jr (BA ’67), April 23, 2023, Bronx, New York

Richard Hare Fitzhugh (BARCH ’68), February 8, 2023, Washington, D.C.

Amos T. Mills, III (BA ’69), July 1, 2023, Apex, North Carolina


Osby McMillan Jr. (BA ’71), August 5, 2022, Stamford, Connecticut

Keith Arthur Bibbins (BS ’79), May 15, 2023, Lombard, Illinois


Emmanuel “Effiong” Damascus Akpan (JD ’80), May 11, 2020, Hyattsville, Maryland

Keysha Worrell-King (BBA ’86), May 27, 2023, Westbury, New York


Clayton Sinclair (BBA ’92), April 26, 2023, Atlanta, Georgia


Delila Pinckney (BA ’03), February 11, 2023, Columbus, Ohio


Jason Isaac Wadley (BBA ’11), July 7, 2023, Suffolk, Virginia


Bernard Ashe
Bernard Ashe

Bernard Ashe (BA ’56, LW ’61) was the first African American chair of the labor and employment section of the American Bar Association (ABA). A labor lawyer, he was an active member of the ABA. In 2017, he received the Arvid Anderson Public Employment Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes lawyers who contributed to the development of public sector labor law.

Mit Joyner
Mit Joyner

Mildred “Mit" Carter Joyner (MSW ’74) led social workers with passion and zeal in fighting for bettering their work and those they served. She served as president of the National Association of Social Workers until June, when she handed her reins to another Howard alumna, Yvonne Chase (MSW ’73). Prior to that, she served as president of the Council on Social Work Education and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. She taught at West Chester University for over 32 years as chair of the department social work as well.

Kimberly Gagnier
Kimberly Gagnier

Kimberly Rachelle Willis Gagnier (BA ’93, JD ’96) dedicated her life to public service for nearly four decades. After graduating from Howard Law School, she returned to her hometown of Los Angeles and advocated for the African American community through her work. She devoted her time to many organizations, including the Los Angeles Chapter of Links Inc., Black Women Lawyers, Black Women’s Forum, Langston Bar Association, and the League of Women Voters.


This story appears in the Fall 2023 issue.
Article ID: 1621

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