Kathie Dones-Carson, Esq. makes her transition after her long battle with Sarcoidosis

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson

Kathie Dones-Carson has made her transition after a long battle with Sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that frequently affects African American women. Mrs. Dones-Carson was very active in her University of Michigan, Detroit and Flint communities. She was a well respected public servant who kept the concerns of African Americans close to her heart. She was also a life-long learner who enjoyed taking extension classes at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and wherever her curiosity and thirst for knowledge led her. Our condolences go out to the host of family and friends who love her, with sincere sympathy to her husband Kenneth and a sister, Jenni Dones, formerly of the NEW Center in Ann Arbor. Here is her obituary which from the Flint Journal.

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson, Age 64, passed away on January 3, 2016 at Hurley Medical Center. A Celebration service and dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. George Banquet Center, G-5191 Lennon Rd. Kathie was born May 28, 1951 and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She earned baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Mrs. Dones-Carson worked for nearly two decades in municipal government. She served as Deputy Ombudsman for the City of Flint, the Director of Research and Analysis-Chief Legal Counsel for Detroit City Council, as President and CEO at Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and was founder and Managing Member at Executive Services Group, LLC. Kathie served on boards of directors for numerous community organizations. Mrs. Dones-Carson was preceded in death by her mother, Edwyna Anderson; father, Kenneth Dones; step-father, Andy Anderson; mother-in-law, Alberta Carson; and many beloved relatives. Left to mourn her are her husband, Russell; daughter Kori; son, Russell, Jr.; sister, Jenni; brother-in-law, Robert (Verniece) Williams; nieces, Gene, Lorinda and Micah; nephews, Marc, Dandr, Robert Jr. and, Jovan; grandchildren, Kai, Zaji, Paris, Kamille, Tyler, Kansas, and Charleston; “sister of the heart” Sheila Wilson; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, neighborhood family, and associates throughout the country mourn her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kathie’s name to: Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60614 or at: https://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/. For more information about Kathie and/or her Celebration, please visit http://kathiedones-carson.com.  Obituary published in the Flint Journal.



A Remembrance of Dean Valener L. Perry from the U of M College of Pharmacy

Remembering Dean Valener L. Perry

DECEMBER 21, 2015

A memorial service in Dean Perry’s honor will be held on December 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, 218 Chapin St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Valener L. Perry, a driving force in student recruitment, admissions, and retention at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy for 40 years, died on Dec. 20, 2015 in Almo, KY. She was 66.

The cause was complications from cancer, her family said.

Perry came to the College of Pharmacy in 1972, shortly after earning an MS in counseling from the University of Michigan. She retired from the College of Pharmacy and the University in June 2012.

At the time she joined the College, the University had made a commitment to improve its minority student recruitment. Within two years of her arrival, the College met and exceeded its commitment to have a minimum 10 percent minority student undergraduate enrollment.

Perry’s role grew and she became the principal recruiter and counselor to all pharmacy students, not just minority students. In 1988, Perry was promoted to assistant dean for student services, a position she held until her retirement in fall 2012. She served on multiple University committees and advisory groups in the area of admissions, academic affairs, and minority recruitment. She also served several terms on a University body that reviewed and advised on employee grievance issues.

Her career included many professional accolades, including the most esteemed staff awards that the University confers. In July 2005, Perry received the University’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award, the highest staff honor that the University bestows and the first ever given to a College of Pharmacy employee. Seven months later, Perry received the University’s Woman of the Year Award, presented by the University’s Women of Color Task Force. The award singles out staff and faculty women of color who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership and community service.

Perry was the college’s undisputed champion saleswoman and counselor, and the number one ambassador in all things College related. Hers was the almost always the first voice and face students encountered when they expressed an interest in a Michigan Pharmacy degree, and that same face and voice beamed parental pride when students crossed the stage at each commencement.

She had an extraordinary capacity for remembering not only the names, academic records, and life details of hundreds of current students, she also knew details about each student’s family and the names and health status of students’ parents and siblings. But it didn’t stop there. Perry could recall the single and married names and life details of alumni reaching back to her earliest days at the College.

She was always first in line to comfort and console students in pain; and also first in line to hold them accountable when she felt they were not putting forth their very best.

To honor the great life and countless achievements of Perry, students, alumni, colleagues, family, and friends established the Dean V.L. Perry Scholarship Fund in 2012. In lieu of flowers, Dean Perry’s family has requested that alumni and friends make a donation to the Dean V.L. Perry Scholarship Fund at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy: pharmacy.umich.edu/VLPfund. A memorial service in her honor will be held on December 30, at 11 a.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, 218 Chapin St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Surviving Dean Perry are: husband Charles E Oliver, daughter Valener A. Oliver; granddaughter L’Niyah Oliver; sisters: Rosalind W Heningburg (Keith) of Elk Grove, Calif.; Angela O. Perry of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Risa D. Perry of Almo Ky.; brother: Ottie Perry Jr. (Beverly) of Chandler Ariz.; aunt Cora Robinson of Nashville Tenn.; a host of nieces and nephews; many great nieces, nephews, and cousins; and innumerable friends and former students worldwide.

Jon Onye Lockard, Master Artist & Professor Has Died


Jon Lockard

Lockard, Jon 1/25/1932 – 3/25/2015  

Jon Onye Lockard age 83 of Ann Arbor passed away on March 25th surrounded by family and dear friends. He was born January 25, 1932, on Detroit’s east side. The son of the late Cecil E. Lockard, from Marianna, Arkansas, and Lillian Jones, from Port Arthur, Mississippi. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1949, Wayne State University in 1953, and the University of Toronto in 1958. He was a professor emeritus from Washtenaw Community College where he taught life drawing & portraiture for over 40 years and at the University of Michigan Department of African-American & African Studies. He was a past president and life-long member of the National Conference of Artists, having led a contingent of Artists to Goree Island off the coast of Senegal, West Africa. He co-produced and hosted Barden Cable’s Sankofa television program. He was a co-founder and associate director of The Society for the Study of African Culture and Aesthetics and he served as a Senior Art Advisor for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. He was an amazing artist, muralist, master painter and story teller. His works speak with an uncommon eloquence, sophistication, and vibrancy and may be found in many collections nationally and internationally. Professor Lockard’s most notable masterpieces include a series of murals at Wayne State University, entitled, Continuum, and many murals & paintings at the University of Michigan, Central State University, and the Charles Wright Museum of African-American History. His mural work was featured in Walls of Pride by Robin Dunitz. At the time of his passing he was in the process of completing a series of books for students, emerging artists, and art appreciators encompassing over 50 years of insights in the arts. His mottos were “Make them hear you”; and “Think about what you think about.” His life’s philosophy was the West African principle of Sankofa, which means, “You don’t know where you are going, if you don’t know where you’ve been.” He was the beloved husband of Leslie Kamil. He is also survived by his brother Cecil Lockard (Ypsilanti), his X-wife Carolyn Barnett (Detroit), three sons John Lockard (Detroit), Jan Coulter (Detroit), Carlton Lockard (Atlanta), and his three grandchildren, Karla Lockard (DC); and Jade & Chad Lockard (Atlanta). He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and his two “dogs” Samson & Levi. A visitation & viewing will be held in his honor on Sunday March 29th from 3-7 P.M. at Nie Funeral Home 3767 W. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI. Funeral services in celebration of his life and legacy will be held at Christian Love Fellowship Church, 1601 Stamford Rd., Ypsilanti Monday March 30th at 11:00 A.M. Family hour 10:00 A.M. Dr. Debbie Mitchell officiating. Shiva will be held on Monday & Tuesday evenings. The family requests that contributions be made to the Jon Lockard Foundation which seeks to link area youth with community elders for mentorship opportunities. Many thanks to family, friends, clergy, students & the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center team for their expert care, extraordinary attention and loving support.






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Long-time Ann Arbor School Teacher, Janice L. Smith, has died

Janice L. Smith
Ann Arbor News Obituary

Smith, Janice L. Age 69, passed on February 4, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband Roland Smith; two daughters, Rolana Smith and Carrie Smith Long (David), her loving dog, Jet. Janice was a retired teacher from the Ann Arbor Public School system. Public visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 4 pm to 7 pm at C&H Community Home for Funerals, Lucille’s Memorial Chapel, 411 S. Adams St., Ypsilanti, MI. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015 with the family hour at 10 am followed by the service at 11 am at Brown Chapel AME Church, 1043 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI. Burial will take place in United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth, Michigan.

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