mon University. She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late George T. Hedgespeth Sr. on May 8, 1948 and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from this union they had two sons. Mourns Honorary Member and A lifelong social worker, she spent First African-American Female Army General, more than 30 years creating and then overseeing the Child Protective Ser- Hazel W. Johnson-Brown vices Program for the Portsmouth Department of Public Welfare. She was a faithful member of Grace Epis- BY ASHLEY CHANEY copal Church. Among her most cher- in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as DInc. mourns the loss of hon- Hospital in Seoul, Korea. In 1979,U.S. Army Hospital/121 Evacuationelta Sigma Theta Sorority, ished activities were her membership well as the Chums, Pinochle Bugs, orary member, Gen. Hazel she was appointed as chief of the Drifters and 100 Black Women. W. Johnson-Brown. Gen. John- Army Nurse Corps, with the rank of Soror Hedgespth was soft-spo- son-Brown, a nurse who became brigadier general. She retired from ken, kind, gentle and compassionate. the fi the Army in 1983. rst African-American female Her family, church and doing for oth- to obtain the rank of general in the While in the Army, Gen. John- ers were her constant care and con- military, died of complications with son-Brown continued her formal cern. ▲ Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 5, 2011 education. She earned a bachelor’s at her home in Wilm- degree in nursing Soror Camilla Da- ington, Del. She was from Villanova Uni- vis Jenkins, a past 83. versity, a master’s president of the “The members degree in nursing ed- Sumter (SC) Alum- of Delta Sigma The- ucation from Colum- nae Chapter of Delta ta are deeply sad- bia University, and Sigma Theta Soror- dened by the loss of a Ph.D. in education ity, Inc., entered the our beloved soror, administration from Omega Omega Chap- Hazel W. Johnson- Catholic University. ter on October 21, 2010 at the age of Brown,” said Soror Upon her retire- 98. She was born in Sumter, S.C. and Cynthia M. A. Butler- ment, Gen. Johnson- later moved with her family to Tuske- McIntyre, National Brown became a gee, Ala., where she completed high President of Delta professor of nursing school. Sigma Theta Soror- at Georgetown Uni- Soror Jenkins was initiated into ity. “She was an ex- Gen. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown versity in Washing- the Sorority through Alpha Beta ceptional leader and ton, D.C. and later at Chapter at Fisk University in 1932. Af- a woman of tremen- George Mason Uni- ter receiving her Bachelor of Arts at dous strength and perseverance. versity in Virginia. While at George Fisk, she matriculated fi Delta Sigma Theta joins her family, Mason University, she was a found- rst at the Uni- versity of Chicago then the University friends and colleagues in mourning er of the Center for Health Policy, of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University the loss of such an exceptional and designed to educate and involve and the University of Pittsburgh. talented woman.” nurses in health policy and policy Soror Jenkins’ professional expe- Gen. Johnson-Brown graduated design. Gen. Johnson-Brown retired rience included teaching in Chicago, from Harlem Hospital School of from teaching in 1997. Sumter, and Philadelphia. She did Nursing in New York and went on to Gen. Johnson-Brown was in- case work services with the Com- work at the Philadelphia Veteran’s ducted into Delta Sigma Theta So- monwealth of Pennsylvania and pri- Hospital in 1953. She began serving rority, Inc. as an honorary member vate social agencies in the Philadel- in the Army Nurse Corps in 1955 in 1981. She is survived by her sis- phia area. In 1974 she retired from and held positions throughout the ter, Gloria Smith; and two brothers, the Opportunities Industrialization U.S. and in Japan and Korea. Gen. John W. Johnson and Clarence L. Center of America as director of fi Johnson-Brown served as proj- Johnson, Jr. eld support in the national offi ect director of the Army Medical “Gen. Johnson-Brown leaves ce. During Soror Jenkins’ tenure as Research and Development Com- behind an extraordinary legacy president of Sumter Alumnae Chap- mand in Washington; director of for women in the military and all ter, the Delta Alumnae Center was the Walter Reed Army Institute for walks of life,” said Soror Butler-Mc- acquired and the chapter was active Nursing; and chief of nursing at the Intyre. ▲ in many community service projects. 104 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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