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OBITUARIESLOCALSTATE A2 The News Leader, Thursday, June 14, 2001 Stuart, pioneer in education, dies The Associated Press RICHMOND Alice Jackson Stuart, whose attempt to integrate the University of Virginia in 1935 helped produce a program making education available for thousands of blacks, died Wednesday in Brookline, after a long illness. She was 88. Stuart, of Richmond, was the first known black person to seek admission into a state graduate or professional school. After her rejection, the General Assembly established a tuition supplement fund for black students to attend graduate school outside Virginia. "I was 23 years old.

I had to get on with my education," Stuart told the Richmond, Va. Times-Dispatch during a 1989 interview. She took the supplement $75 and two round-trip train tickets per semester and enrolled at Columbia University in New York. The tuition supplement pro sity." Other state newspapers suggested black colleges should be expanded to provide graduate instruction. The tuition supplement program, paying the difference in costs blacks would incur by going out of state, was devised by the state's Commission on Interracial Cooperation.

Stuart completed her studies at Columbia in 1937, and later taught at Bethune-Cook-man College in Daytona Beach, Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Rutgers University; Middlesex County (N.J.) Community College; Maggie Walker and Armstrong high schools in Richmond; and Howard University in Washington. Among her students at Howard was David Dinkins, who would become the first black mayor of New York City. Stuart is survived by her son, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Julian T. Houston Jr. of Brookline, and a brother, James E.

Jackson Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y. gram was declared unconstitutional in 1950, leading to the gradual integration of Virginia's public university graduate programs, but the supplements continued in a modified form into the 1 960s. Born June 2, 1913 above her father's drug store in the city's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, Stuart earned an English degree from Virginia Union University. She later was teaching at Virginia Union when she joined an NAACP lawsuit challenging the exclusion of blacks from public university programs they helped support as taxpayers.

After she applied to Virginia, "We got strange telephone calls at night and I got letters some letters typed in red and some written in nervous handwriting," she said. A Times-Dispatch editorial argued that her admission to Virginia "probably would arouse interracial animosities to a considerable pitch of inten C'jpPcIlcy The News Leader accepts full obituaries from funeral homes until 6 p.m. daily and short death notices until 9 p.m. Call 885-7281 to place an obituary, or fax the information to us at 885-1904. Obituaries will be edited to our style and are a free service if they measure 8 inches in length, including picture, if one is included.

Obituaries that are written in a personal style must be paid, and any free obituary exceeding 8 inches will be charged for the excess inches at the classified column rate for the day of publication. The current rate for classified column inches can be requested by calling the News Leader classified advertising department at 885-7387, (800) 79DAILY, 885-7281 or 949-71 13 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Survey: Virginians pessimistic Mabel Persingcr COVIXGTON Mabel (Botkin) Persinger, 93, widow of Lloyd A.

Persinger, of 215 E. Hawthorne St. died Monday (June 11, 2001) at Alleghany Regional HospitaL She was born March 8, 1908, at Palo Alto Mill in Highland County, the daughter of Joseph Peter and Lula (Bowers) Botkin. She graduated from Churchville High Schoolin 1927 and attended State Teachers College, now known as James Madison University. She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1964.

She was a member of the Covington Teachers Associaton, Retired Teachers Association United Daughters of the Confederacy and Ladies Auxiliary of Westva-co Rescue Squad. She was past a president and treasure of Laides Auxiliary ofCurtisASmithVFW Post 1033. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, two brothers. Mason and Clarence Botkin and one sister, Leona C.

Botkin. Survivors include two sisters and one brother-in-law, Patricia (Botkin) Chawkat of Mount Sidney, Phoebe (Botkin) and Virgil Garber of Timberville; one sister-in-law, Susan E. Botkin of Paw Paw, W.Va.; 11 nieces and nephews, Cherilee Botkin, Kathleen (Botkin) Emig, Michael Botkin, Dennis Botkin, Joseph Botkin, Betty Sue (Botkin) Perry, Gerald Botkin, Stephen Garber, Joan (Garber) Graham, Janet (Garber) Loker and Elizabeth Leila Chawkat; three special caregivers, Janice Persinger, Calvin Phillips and Evelyn Bratton of Covington; a number of great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. A service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at the Loving Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev.

William G. Caperton with interment in Alleghany Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from this evening at Loving Funeral Home and at other times at the residence, 215 E. Hawthorne St. Memorials may be made to Covington Rescue Squad, P.O.

Box 588, Covington, VA 24426. Qbitunrics Donald G. Farnsworth FALLBROOK, CALIF. Donald Coursey Farnsworth, 86, formerly of Bath County, died Nov. 13, 2000 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 6, 1914, at Williamsville, a son of the late Hugh Blaine and Armi-ta (Phillips) Farnsworth. Mr. Farnsworth was a retired president of the United Eastern Coal Sales Co. in New York, N.Y.

He served as a medic during World War II. He was a member of the Fallbrook Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Hevenor Farnsworth Survivors include three children, Donald Coursey Farnsworth Jr. of Fallbrook, Carole (Farnsworth) Ryan of Belle Mead, N.J. and Pamela Farnsworth (MacMannis) of Darien, two sisters, Rosemary Turner of Ocean City, N.J.

and Madoline Ward of Ashwood, one brother, Frederick Farnsworth of Indian Lakes, six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday graveside at Union Chapel Cemetery, Healing Springs, by the Rev. Bass Mitchell. Memorials may be made to Fallbrook Hospital Hospice, 624 E.

Elder, Fallbrook, Calif. 92028. Terry L.Garland STAUNTON Terry Lavelle Garland, 38, 186 Woodlee Terrace died Tuesday (June 12, 2001) at her residence. Friends will be received at the residence of her sister, Olivia Smith, 141 Park Staunton. Lewis Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth L. Cummins FAIRFIELD Elizabeth L. Cummins, 85, died Wednesday (June 13, 2001). Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington, is handling arrangements. Cinderella Simms RICHMOND Cinderella Simms, 78, died Wednesday morning (June 13, 2001) at Health South Hospital.

Friends will be received at the residence of Howard and On tlss Nst: filebox.vt.educenterssurveyqol index.html The margin of error was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. Overall, there were few marked shifts in attitude from last year or from the past decade. The survey did reveal differences between how residents of different regions view Virginia's job market, economy and environmental quality of life. Seventy-seven percent of those living within the "urban crescent" the area stretching from northern Virginia to Richmond and south to Hampton Roads rated Virginia as having "excellent" or "good" job opportunities, compared with 62 percent of the residents from the rest of the state. On the environment, 65 percent of the urban crescent residents described Virginia's water quality as "excellent" or "good," compared with 74 percent of the rest of the state.

Similarly, 70 percent of the urban crescent residents rated the state's air quality as "excellent" The accident occurred in the northbound lane of 1-81 about two-tenths of a mile from Va. 275, said police. According to police reports, Gebre-Egziabher fell asleep The Associated Press BLACKSBURG Virginians are more pessimistic about the health of the economy than they were last year but remain satisfied with their personal financial situation, according to the annual Virginia Tech Quality of Life survey. Last year, more than 80 percent of state residents surveyed said they believed that both the national and state economies were improving. But that confidence has since slipped to 60 percent for the U.S.

economy and 72 percent for Virginia's. The survey's authors said the results indicate Virginians are aware of the large-scale layoffs and the crash of the dot-com industry. However, residents don't appear to have personally felt the pinch. "People just don't see the economic downturn impacting their bank accounts just yet," said Susan Willis-Walton, associate director of Virginia Tech's Center for Survey Research. The center polled 686 randomly selected residents from throughout the state for its 10th annual quality of life survey, which was released Tuesday.

Police Briefs West Virginia woman injured in auto crash STAUNTON Tekle Gebre-Egziabher, 52, of Huntington, W. was injured and charged with reckless driving following an accident Wednesday, according to Virginia State Police. about economy or "good" compared with 77 percent of the other Virginians polled. Virginians also appear to be shifting slightly on their opinions toward handguns. Half of the women polled and 30 percent of the men polled this year said they "strongly" or "somewhat agree" that handguns should be made illegal, compared with 55 percent of women and 38 percent of men two years ago.

During the same time period, respondents' confidence in their local law enforcement rose 10 percent. Support for the death penalty declined from 75 percent last year to 70 percent this year, while support for legalized abortjon declined from 73 percent last year to 69 percent in 2001. Gov. Jim Gilmore's approval rating was still relatively strong during the polling period from mid-February to mid-March, although it was down from 2000. Nearly 72 percent of those polled "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" that Gilmore was doing an overall good job for the state this year, compared with 81 percent last year.

while driving, ran off the road and struck several embankments. Police estimated the damage to Gebre-Egziabher's 1997 Mazda four-door at $7,000. 11 Lifetime Warranty 505050 Complete Remodeling LicensedInsured VISA Getting it Right The News Leader strives to be accurate in its news columns. If you believe we have made an error of fact, please call Managing Editor David Fritz at 885-7281 or (800) 793-2459. Corrections will appear on this page.

3 ERIE, WARNER J.D. Powers ERIE the Auto Insurer Faye Spears, 176 Oak Grove Church Road, Waynesboro. Lewis Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling arrangements. Joseph F. Miller BROADWAY Joseph Fred Miller, 90, died Tuesday (June 12, 2001) at Bridgewater Home where he was a resident for four years.

He was born Oct. 17, 1910, at Augusta County, a son of Robert K. and Maggie (Landis) Miller. He retired from the maintenance department of Ethan Allen in Bridgewater. On Sept.

29, 1940, he married the former Blanch Turner, who survives. Survivors also include three daughters, Faye E. Campbell of Cumming, Beverly M. Loomis of Harrisonburg, Lois M. Moomaw of Broadway; three sons, Joseph F.

Miller Jr. of Timberville, Keith E. Miller of Bridgewater and Richard L. Miller of Dayton; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one step-greatgrandchild. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m.

Saturday at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg by the Rev. Michael Shenk Jr. The casket will be closed. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway and may call anytime at Mrs.

Miller's residence, 389 Mount Crawford Bridgewater. Ik Candle Gift Shop Augusta Plaza i Shopping Center Verona, VA 24482 248-4759 Mon. Sat. 10-5 Flags Flags Flags Moa-Sat 156 Sua 126 12rnjlesN.ofHairisonburg 1-81, Exit 257, Go Rt 11 South through traffic light on right 540-896-9867 i FREE GOLF Buy the 18th Annual Golf Privilege Card and golf for FREE or at reduced greens fees at over 300 courses, ranges and resorts in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. All for Just 40 To order your Golf Privilege Card call 1-600-586-4872 or stop by the American Lung Association of Virginia.

39 South Gate Court, Suite 102 Harrisonburg. Also available at: BwwWttw Athlatie Annm luimrin Colonial Mall T. iuNo Shields World of WaVI ICOUUIU www runguw. orpMrglrMs "WJCN I tfrL i rsj INSURANCE AGENCY and Associates ranks 1 Agency Represented for Customer Satisfaction 1110 Churchville Ave. 885-1950 Vinyl Replacement Windows 943-7563 888-3554122 Serving Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County The Daily News Leader (ISSN 0747-2501), a Gannett newspaper, Is published mornings except Sunday by The Leader Publishing 11 N.

Central Staunton, VA 24401 Periodic postage paid at Staunton, VA. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to The Daily News Leader, PO. Box 59, Staunton, VA 24402. Member of The Associated Press, Newspaper Association of America, Virginia Press Association and Southern Newspapers Publisher's Contacting Us Staunton: 885-7281 Waynesboro: (540) 949-7113 Elsewhere, toll-free: (800) 793-2459 Fax: Mailing address: P.O. Box 59 Staunton, VA, 24402-0059 Operating Committee Gary Stout, president and publisher 213-9105 Danny Allen, circulation director 213-9141 dallennewsleader.corn Mary Ann Brooks, controller 213-9110 Jim Clark, advertising director 213-9151 David Fritz, managing editor 213-9118 Macon Rich, production director 213-9115 News Department If you have news, an obituary, questions about a story or think a correction Is needed, please contact the newsroom.

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to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. C2001 The Dally Newt Leader AUGUSTA EYE ASSOCIATES P.L, C. CITY OF STAUNTON Notice of Public Hearing lames E. Gillespie, M.D.

Rachna D. Patel, M.D. Peter B. Richardson, M.D. David M.

Barnes, M.D. The Staunton City Council will hold public hearings on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 7:30 p.m., to consider the items listed below. The hearings will be held in City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall, 116 West Beverley Street, Staunton, Virginia. 1. To consider a request by John N.

Jackson, 1840 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA for a Special Use Permit to construct an auto service center on 2.39 acres, shown as Lot 3, Tax Map 175 on Churchville Avenue. This property is zoned B-l Conditional, and all current B-l business uses are permitted by Special Use Permit. All interested persons are invited to attend and express their views. Additional information on these requests can be obtained at the Department of Planning and Inspection, 116 West Beverley Street, 3rd floor. Hearing impaired persons desiring to attend the public hearing should call the TDD at 332-3968 to request an interpreter.

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