Dr. Levi Watkins
Dr. Levi Watkins, president of Alabama State University in Montgomery from 1962 until he retired in 1981 and a civil rights leader in that area, died Thursday of kidney failure at a Montgomery hospital. He was 83.
He was the father of Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., associate dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and professor of cardiac surgery. The elder Dr. Watkins had been scheduled to introduce his son at a Feb. 24 Baltimore Urban League dinner at which the son was presented the group's Equal Opportunity Award, but his illness prevented him from doing so.
The younger Dr. Watkins ranked his father with the nation's civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He said they were his role models in his youth, and he dedicated the evening to his father.
Services for Dr. Watkins, who is also survived by his wife, two other sons and three daughters, were to be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Beulah Baptist Church in Montgomery.
Arthur R. Creigler
Arthur R. Creigler, a retired printer at The Baltimore Sun who was active in community and church affairs, died Monday of cancer at his home on Allendale Street. He was 77.
He retired in 1981 after 19 years at The Baltimore Sun. He earlier worked for 20 years at the Afro-American Newspapers.
The Washington native graduated in 1938 from Douglass High School in Baltimore. He was an infantryman in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.
He was a former president of the Allendale Improvement Association in West Baltimore and was instrumental in having the Allendale Apartments, the Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center and other improvements built in the community.
He had been an acolyte at St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church and later became a fund-raiser who helped raise money for a church roof, offices and community and day care centers.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the church at 2001 Division St., Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Patterson; a daughter, Joyceann Creigler Leonard of Baltimore; two stepsons, Clarence E. Daly and Columbus L. Randolph Jr., both of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.