Albert `Butch' Roberts, 58, psychology professor

July 30, 2004

Albert "Butch" Roberts, a Howard University professor and chairman of its psychology department, died of a heart attack July 22 at his Silver Spring home. He was 58.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1963 graduate of City College. He earned his bachelor's degree from what was then Coppin State College, where he was 1967 class valedictorian and a charter member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

He played on the Coppin basketball and baseball teams and belonged to the drama club. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, on a scholarship, to earn his doctorate in 1971.

Dr. Roberts began his career as an assistant professor of psychology at Howard University in Washington and remained on the faculty until his death. He was the department's associate chairman for more than 20 years before becoming its chairman in 1999.

He studied and wrote on identity development in African-American children. He belonged to the National Black Child Development Institute.

Services were held Wednesday in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Joyce Marie Harris; two sons, Amani Harris Roberts and Amiri Albert Roberts, both of Silver Spring; a brother, William Roberts Jr. of Philadelphia; and six sisters, Geraldine Waters, Carolyn Roberts, Veris Lee, Shirley Edwards and Alma Roberts, all of Baltimore, and H. Jane Wood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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