Dr. Lucia Sheila Hawthorne, a retired Morgan State University public speaking professor, died of complications from diabetes at Good Samaritan Hospital on July 5. The Morgan Park resident was 68.
Born in Baltimore and raised on McKean Avenue, she was a 1954 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She earned a degree in language arts from Morgan State University and a master's degree from Washington State University. She received a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1971.
She taught public speaking at Morgan for 37 years. She also taught public speaking classes in the Maryland correctional system. She stopped teaching last year because of health problems.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Speech Communication Association. She was a former president of the Morgan Christian Center and was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
A memorial service is being planned for next month at Union Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years and sang in its choir.
Survivors include a sister, Jean Maria Hawthorne of Baltimore; two nephews; and two nieces.