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s94 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Mourns Musical Pioneer and Honorary Member Dr. M. Joyce Brown Dr. M. Joyce Brown, a musical pioneer, direc-tor, conductor and ar-ranger for Broadway, transi-tioned into the Omega Omega Chapter on March 7, 2015. She was 95. Born in New York City, the el-dest daughter of Jamaican immi-grants, James Tim-othy and Julia E. Brown, Dr. Brown was a child prod-igy, excelling at a variety of musi-cal instruments. At the age of six-teen, she graduat-ed from Columbia Dr. M. Joyce Brown University with a bachelor’s de-gree in music. One year later, she received her teacher’s de-gree from Teachers College. Dr. Brown received her Doctorate of Music from Marymount Col-lege in Brooklyn, NY. She also worked as a professor of music at Julliard School of Music. Dr. Brown has been a very important figure in the histo-ry of Black women and the-ater. In a male-dominated pro-fession, she was able to work her way up the ranks as the first Black female music direc-tor of a Broadway show - “Pur-lie.” She was also the first wom-an of color to obtain the title of “Maestro.” For over 60 years, Dr. Brown contributed to the music indus-try, either in the pit as a conduc-tor, musical director or behind the scenes as an accompanist, music arranger, or consultant. She has worked on the produc-tions of: “Everything’s Com-ing up Roses”; “Bye Bye Bird-ie”; “Golden Boy” starring Sammy Davis Jr.; the mov-ie, “Cotton Club”; “Purlie” featur-ing Melba Moore, Sherman Hems-ley, and Cleavon Little; “Gypsy”; “The Wiz” with Stephanie Mills; “Pajama Game”º; The Alvin Ailey Company’s “Rev-elations”; “Hallelujah Baby”; “Black and Blue”; “Sophisticat-ed Lady” with Duke Ellington in Paris; and David Susskind’s “Lovers and Other Strangers” and many more. She was also guest conductor with the Bos-ton Philharmonic. Dr. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, James T. and Julia E. Brown; two sisters, Thelma Whyte (McKinley) and Jeannette Osborne (Alfred); two brothers, George W. Brown and James Carlton Brown and a niece, Marilyn Atkinson (Cur-tis). She leaves to cherish her legacy four nieces, four neph-ews, and a host of other family and friends. s Soror Jones was an academic li-brarian during tenures at Norfolk State University (28 years) and Eliza-beth City State University (13 years). During her tenure at Norfolk State University, she completed her Master of Library Science degree from Syra-cuse University, became president of the Faculty Senate, and served on the State Council of Higher Education Li-brary Advisory Committee. She re-tired from NSU at the rank of assis-tant professor. Soror Jones was lay leader of her church Brighton Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion. Her Christian stewardship was ob-served in many areas. Quick-wit-ted, Soror Jones excelled at repartee and was a wonderful raconteur who loved music and fishing. She was also an intrepid traveler, she explored all parts of the United States and often traveled abroad. More than anything, Soror Jones treasured her family life. She was the daughter of Helen Bow-en Hampton and her late husband, George; mother of Ginger Renee and Jewell W. Jones; sister of George L. and Cheryl Imelda Hampton; grand-mother to Cosco Eric Jones and John-nie Brown, Jr.; aunt to six; cousin of many; and champion to countless others. Her death is also mourned by her surviving aunts and uncles, Dr. Sarah B. Kidd Grant, Bernard Bowen, Connie Bowen, Sally H. Brooks and Lawrence Hampton. Soror Jones will be missed by sorors of Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter. s Margo Elizabeth Walk-er Heath, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, peacefully relocated to Heaven on Monday, No-vember 24, 2014 at the age of 74 to be with her Heavenly Father. Born in Gary, West Virginia, Margo was the youngest of William and Mary Walker’s eight children. Margo grad-uated, with honors, from Gary Dis-trict High School in 1958. After grad-uation, she became employed as an English and Spanish teacher at Pea-body High School in Petersburg, VA. Margo married Marcellus C. Heath, III


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