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In Memoriam Spring/ Summer '24

Remembering Bison we lost.

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Florence Bush Burden (BM ’42), November 10, 2023, Phoenix, Arizona.
Catherine “Kitty” Darden Horn (BA '45, MSW '47), February 28, 2023, Laurel, Maryland. 
Pearl Powe (BA ’48), February 11, 2024, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Betti J. Streeter (BS ’55, MD ’59), June 6, 2023, Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Allen D. Lester (BA ’58), August 19, 2023, St. Petersburg, Florida.


Shirley Williams
Shirley Williams

Sandra Michael Epps, PhD (BA  ’63), February 26, 2024, New York, NY.
Merwyn P. Reaves (BS ’63), December 21, 2023, Reston, Virginia. 
Patricia Ann Gibson Shannon (BS ’64), April 1, 2024, Bryantown, Maryland.
Carolyn Manning (BA ’65), February 2, 2024, Pasadena, Maryland.
Jackson Lee Davis, III (BS ’66, MD ’70) April 15, 2024, Washington, DC.
Clarice Regina Jollivette Frazier (BPharm ’66), February 16, 2024, Miami, Florida. 
Jane D. Davis Adams (BA ’67, MA ’70), February 11, 2024, Washington, D.C. 
Shirley D. Williams (BA ’68), December 5, 2023, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 
Maxim Koslow (MD ’69), January 24, 2017, New York, NY.


Lowell Blagmon (BS ’70, MS ’74), September 5, 2022, Glenn Dale, Maryland.
Roger Luncheon (MD ’75), August 2, 2023, Brooklyn, New York.
John M. Botts (BA ’73), May 23, 2023, Palm Coast, Georgia. 
Sandra Elaine Lark (BA ’74), February 24, 2024, Marietta, Georgia.
Robert E. Cappell, Jr. (BA 76 JD ’79), April 10, 2020, Bowie, Maryland.
Kevin Toney (BFA 78), March 18, 2024, Chatsworth, California.
Michelle Eugenia Lewis (BS ’79), August 20, 2019, Washington, D.C.
Wayne E. Wood, Sr. (BSP ’79), May 10, 2020, Laurel, Maryland.


Robert Davis Cunningham (MD ’80), March 13, 2024, Orange, New Jersey.
Sheryl Lynne Johnson (JD ’80), February 9, 2024, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sylvester C. Richards (BS ’82), October 30, 2023, Ellenwood, Georgia. His family, including his children, Alikeh Richards (BS ’09), Omari Richards (BA ’11) and Fayolah Richards (PharmD ’20) started a scholarship in his name to support students of St. Andrews Technical High School in Jamaica.
Caesar D. Williams Jr. (BBA ’85), April 6, 2023, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
George Louis West (MDiv ’88), March 13, 2021, Anderson, South Carolina.


Terrant L. Olds (BA ’99), January 21, 2024, Norfolk, Virginia.


Luteunda Selenou-Tema (MDiv ’06), August 23, 2023, Savannah, Georgia.

Richard E. Fields (LLB ’47)

Richard E. Fields was the first Black person to open a law practice and become a litigator in Charleston, South Carolina since the early 1900s. At the time, there was only one other person of color practicing law in the state. Throughout his career, he continued to make more “firsts” – the first Black elected judicial official in the entire southeast when he was appointed City of Charleston Municipal Judge in 1969. He also served as Judge of the Circuit Courts of South Carolina, Ninth Judicial Circuit from 1980 to his retirement in 1992. Among the multitude of awards and honors he received throughout his lifetime, the City of Charleston named the municipal courtroom in his honor, a scholarship was founded by the Charleston County Bar at the College of Charleston for minority students interested in the field of law, and Spring Street in Charleston was renamed in his honor on his 100th birthday.

Art Bacon (MS ’63, PhD ’68)

Both a renowned scientist who discovered a new species of protozoa during his graduate studies in biology at Howard and an artist who studied under David Driskell, Art Bacon was also an educator and civil rights leader. After his doctorate at Howard, he returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Talladega College, as faculty and rose through the ranks to become dean of the natural sciences division and to college provost, where he remained until he retired in 2008. He also contributed extensively to the Ritz Theater arts education program, donating finished paintings and more. 



This story appears in the Spring/ Summer 2024 issue.
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