Mildred Rosetta McKinney, 70, social work professor

October 19, 2005

Mildred Rosetta McKinney, a retired associate social work professor who helped run coronations at Morgan State University's homecoming events for many years, died of cancer at her Gwynn Oak home Oct. 12. She was 70.

Born Mildred Rosetta Sensabaugh in Portsmouth, Va., she moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s and studied health and physical education at what was then Morgan State College.

After her 1956 marriage to George Kimbrough McKinney, a U.S. marshal, she traveled with him on military assignments and completed her degree requirements at Morgan in 1968.

She then taught at Mount Washington Elementary School and William S. Baer School in West Baltimore. She earned a master's degree at Coppin State College in 1970 and later joined the Morgan faculty as an instructor in the department of mental health.

In 1995, she earned her doctorate in urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland, College Park.

She was associate professor of social work in Morgan State's school of education and urban studies until she retired in August.

Dr. McKinney spent many years organizing and directing the Morgan State University Coronation, a pageant that ended in the crowning of Mr. and Miss Morgan.

She was also a counselor to the Morgan State Bears football team and was a coach with the Honda Campus All Star Academic Challenge, a national competition for historically black colleges and universities.

She was a member of Heritage United Church of Christ.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Gilliam Concert Hall at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center on Argonne Drive.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Richard Terrance McKinney of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Hiram Keith McKinney of Baltimore; two daughters, Monica Yvette McKinney Lupton of Glen Arm and Marla Sensabaugh McKinney Smiley of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

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