Dr. William V. Lockwood, 79, college administrator

November 23, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

William V. Lockwood, the first African-American to be named to a high-ranking post at Baltimore City Community College, died of a heart attack Nov. 15 at his Northwest Baltimore residence. He was 79.

Dr. Lockwood began work at the old Community College of Baltimore in 1964 as coordinator of the Junior College Study Project and head of the evening division. He also directed the evening division of Morgan State University.

He became dean of faculty for the two-year school's Harbor Campus in 1968 and, in 1970, vice president. He retired for health reasons in 1975.

"He was a brilliant man and educator," said Barbara Faw, the college's community relations director and the first black professor in its economics and business department. "He faced many obstacles as a black man at the institution, but he never gave up."

Dr. Lockwood oversaw and managed the construction of the college's $14.5 million Inner Harbor campus, which opened in 1976. In 1977, the college dedicated the south building in his name and honored him with the title of vice president emeritus.

"He worked many long hours to make that facility a reality and he was one of the very few living Afro-American men that had a building in downtown Baltimore named after him," Mrs. Faw said.

Before joining the college, Dr. Lockwood worked as a teacher, counselor and principal for 20 years in city schools.

Born in Alexandria, La., Dr. Lockwood moved with his family to Waukegan, Ill., where he attended local schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from then-Morgan State College in 1938.

With World War II in progress, he was inducted into the Army in 1940. Attached to the Army Corps of Engineers, he served as commander of a large marshaling camp near Dorchester, England, after the D-Day invasion in 1944.

Said retired District Judge William H. Murphy Sr., a friend for 50 years: "He was a remarkable man. He entered the Army as a buck private and was discharged with the rank of major. That was a most remarkable achievement in itself for either a black or white man."

After being discharged, he earned a master's degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 1947 and came to Baltimore, where he began teaching.

In 1956, Dr. Lockwood earned his doctorate in administration and guidance from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1965, he was appointed deputy regional director of the Department of Labor's Neighborhood Youth Corps, which was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

Dr. Lockwood was a member of many professional organizations, including serving as executive director of the Advisory Council on Higher Education, the Committee on School-College Relations, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Dr. Lockwood was an active member for more than 50 years of Douglass Memorial Community Church, where services were held Monday.

He and his wife of 53 years, the former Eva Frances Brown, met in a Sunday school class there.

Other survivors include two daughters, Deborah L. Stokes of Columbia and LaVerne Brooks of Randallstown; two grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

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