Dearly Departed
If you are aware of any omissions or would like to submit an obituary please email alumni@fisk.edu.  

2016
The Fisk University Family celebrates the lives of the following alumni, former faculty and friends who made their transitions in 2016.

1946
Catherine A. McKenzie - March 20, 2016
1948
Zanobia Bracy Jefferson, mother of Robyn Jefferson Sims, class of 1976 - January 2, 2016
1949
Dr. J. Deotha Malone  - January 7, 2016
Frances Dancy Hooks  -  January 14, 2016
1955
Shirley Lee Jackson 1955 - September 2, 2016
1951
Robert J. Sellers - February 20, 2016 
1957
John L. Fair, Sr. - March 11, 2016
1958
Joyce Shokes Murray - April 7, 2016
1959
Phyllis Hannah Ellis, MSW - March 11, 2016
Mary Harrison Whaley, Ph.D. - February 2016
1961
Alma Arrington Brown - April 3, 2016
1967
John F. Kilby - March 18, 2016
1969
Judith Gibbs Carol - January 7, 2016
1975
Eddie James Boatwright (husband of Angela Boatwright ’74 and father of Alyce Boatwright ‘11) - January 18, 2016. 
1977
Robert A. Copeland, Jr., M.D. - April 11, 2016
1985
Renee Lewis - March 12, 2016
2003
Marcellus V. Brooks - February 12, 2016

2015
The Fisk University Family celebrates the lives of the following alumni, former faculty and friends who made their transitions in 2015.

1935
Mary Lee Dyson Martin - August 20, 2015
1936
William J. Arnold - September 5, 2015
1938
Samuel Washington Allen (aka Paul Vesey) - June 27, 2015
1939
Emalena J. Davis North – January 11, 2015
1943
John E. Hall, Sr., M.D. - March 1, 2015
1946
Frank Bernard Cox, D.D.S. - September 19, 2015
Jewel Freeman Graham - November 30, 2015
Charles U. Smith, Ph.D. – April 20, 2015
Susie Ware Thomas – June 14, 2015
1948
Leon Fraser, M.D. - September 29, 2015
Arganey L. Lucas, M.D. - November 18, 2015
1950
John William Garner  –  October 9, 2015
1951
Charles W. Johnson (Interim President of Fisk University, 1998-1999 and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees) – February 20, 2015
1952
Georgie M. Silas Dowdell – April 19, 2015
1953
L. Morris "Mo" Jones, MD (husband of Adrienne Lash Jones, Ph.D. '56) - August 19, 2015
Lois Jackson Gordon ’53 (mother of Joan Gordon ’77 and Catherine Gordon ’78) -December 30, 2015
1954
Dolores Creswell Allen – May 16, 2015
Joyce Howell Young, M.D. - September 17, 2015
1955
Harold J. Crosthwaite, D.D.S. (husband of Sarah Short Austin-Crosthwaite, class of 1954) – February 22, 2015
Roberta C. Tyson, Ed.D. - June 25, 2014
1956
Gloria Reeves Poe - July 20, 2015
Frances Wilson Sears – April 17, 2015 
Dr. John S. Stone (husband of Gertrudejane Holiday Stone, class of 1956) - December 2015
Marcus O. Tucker - August 8, 2015
1958
Martha A. Smith Miller – January 24, 2015
1960 
Harold O. Bernard, M.D. - November 19, 2015
Phyllis Lett Sherrill - August 3, 2015
Joyce A. Murray-Urquhart - October 2015
1961
Marie F. Smith – April 2015 
1962
Milton L. Randolph, Jr. – June 16, 2015
Orin William Rucker - July 30, 2015
1963
Lynn Jones Huntley - August, 30, 2015
1964
Cola Earl Ashe - August 30, 2015
Harriette Bias Insignares, Ph.D.- May 10, 2015
Jerold O. Lawson, M.D. - November 19, 2015
Julyette Matthews Marshall - November 3, 2015
Marlaina Kiner McIver – February 9, 2015
Leon W. Shannon – Mary 27, 2015
1965
Thomas B. McKeel, N.D. - October 29, 2015
1966
Joan Wilson-Epps, Ph.D. – January 11, 2015
Bernard A. Wiggins, J.D. - February 3, 2015
1970
Lee M. Thomas, Jr. (husband of Sheryl Benning Thomas, Ph.D., class of 1969) – May 26, 2015
Dr. Charles E. White - July 2015
1972
Rudolph V. McCully, M.Ed. - September 13, 2015
Lynne Harris Ware – June 13, 2015
1974
Rev. Dr. Valentino Lassiter - June 12, 2015
1976
Linda Briggs - March 20, 2015
Ricky E. Mitchell – April 2015
1977
Thomas F. Adams, M.D. – March 25, 2015
Gwen Booker Jones – March 16, 2015
Eric K. Wood, Sr., D.D.S. (husband of Thomasena Myers Wood, class of 1976) – January 21, 2015
1980
Westley J. F. Kershaw
Sheila Vaden Williams (wife of James M. Williams, Jr.. class of 1982) – April 19, 2015
Aaron E. Johns, M.D. - August 1, 2015
Karen W. Roper - September 14, 2015
1981
Aaron E. Johns, M.S. - August 1, 2015
Sheila Vaden Williams - April 19, 2015
1985
Enid Harris Smith, wife of Eric Smith, class of 1985 - December 10, 2015
1994
Clarence Martin Pope III - November 10, 2015

Former Faculty, Trustees and Friends

Julian Bond (son of Julia Washington Bond '29 and Horace Mann Bond who taught at Fisk, grandson of Fisk graduates George and Daisy Washington)

Monte Irvin, father of Pamela Irvin Fields ’64 and Patricia Irvin Gordon ’70 - January 11, 2016 

Robert Banks, father of Kevin Banks, class of 1980

Carroll J. Bourg, Ph.D. (former faculty) – April 12, 2015

Lula Vaughn Brooks (long-time volunteer in the Fisk Library and widow of former instructor and Fisk faculty member, Marcellus Brooks) - June 2, 2015

Warren I. Cassidy, Jr. - May 20, 2015

Dr. Carrie Filer Davis (mother of Helen Davis Gardner, M.D. 1980 and Gina R. Davis, Esq. 1982) - October 10, 2015

Jerald Doochin (longtime supporter of Fisk University) – February 23, 2015

Elnora B. Hansen (wife of Axel C. Hansen, M.D., class of 1941, deceased) – January 14, 2015

Walter Leonard, former Fisk University President - December 8, 2015

David A. Payne – July 4, 2015

Darius Louis Thieme, Ph.D. (former faculty) – February 9, 2015

Riad Nassib Yammine (Former Trustee) – June 22, 2015

 

If you are aware of any omissions or would like to submit an obituary please email alumni@fisk.edu.


 

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