Malawi loses a fine scientist in Ethiopia: Simutowe dies of cardiac arrest | Malawi Nyasa Times

A well known Malawian scientist Franklin Peter Simtowe has passed away  in Ethiopia, it has been learnt.

Dr. Franklin Peter Simtowe

Born in Chitipa District in 1971, Simtowe held a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn and Hohenheim in Germany.

His professional career spans over 25 years of socio-economics research in many international research institutes and organizations including most recently as Africa Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sasakawa Global 2000 based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;.

He also had a stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) based in Cotonou, Benin.

Narrating Simtowe’s death, Malawi’s Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Sagawa said that Simtowe collapsed in his office at Sasakawa Global 2000 in the afternoon of Friday, 9th October 2020 and is believed to have died on the spot.

He was rushed to Yared hospital in Addis Ababa where

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Phyllis Landrieu, tireless advocate for education and children’s rights, dies at 86 | News

Phyllis Landrieu, a businesswoman and activist whose causes included health care, education and the rights of children — along with a healthy dose of politics — died Saturday at Touro Infirmary. She was 86.

The cause of death has not been determined, her daughter Judy Landrieu Klein said.

Landrieu was “a woman of steel,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement, describing Landrieu as “a passionate champion for our children and for early childhood education.”

The mother of 10 children, Landrieu was an unstinting advocate of early childhood education and children’s health. She also founded her own public-relations agency and was active in politics, serving as the first woman leader of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She was a friend of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

“She was just an amazing bundle of joy and had

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Phyllis Landrieu, former Orleans School Board president dies

Landrieu was the aunt of the former mayor and U.S. Senator and well-known as an advocate for early childhood education.

NEW ORLEANS — Phyllis Landrieu, a former Orleans Parish School Board president and passionate advocate for early childhood education, died Saturday. She was 86.

Mrs. Landrieu’s late husband Joseph was the brother of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu. The mother of ten children, her nieces and nephews include former Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and former Orleans Civil Court Judge Madeleine Landrieu.

Mrs. Landrieu served just one term on the Orleans Parish School Board, from 2004 until 2008. Her election came one year before Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures, which decimated the public school system and prompted a state takeover of the city’s failing schools. Despite challenging and often contentious times, when Mrs. Landrieu left office in 2008, she touted the board’s accomplishments.


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New Mexico Special Ed Teacher Dies Of COVID-19

His 91-year-old mother also tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Kind. Caring. Enthusiastic.

These are just a few ways friends, family, and faculty describe beloved New Mexico special education teacher Leo Lugo, who died at 57 on Sunday of COVID-19, ABC affiliate KVIA reports. Lugo is one of many teachers and school staff who returned to school only to contract the novel coronavirus and die — one of the more recent being Margie Kidd, a South Carolina first-grade teacher who died of COVID-19 on Sept. 28.

According to Gadsden Independent School District (GISD), Lugo developed symptoms last week while preparing his classroom during fall break. The Chaparral High School special education teacher later went to the hospital for treatment and was placed in a medically induced coma. Lugo was, devastatingly, among a half-dozen family members — including his 91-year-old mother — who tested positive for COVID-19.

“He was a very

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Charles Fancher, leader in Tennessee higher education, dies at 99


Charles B. Fancher Sr., a leader in Tennessee higher education, has died. He was 99. 

Fancher, who had a career in higher education that spanned nearly 30 years and two states, died Monday after dealing with an abdominal condition. He was two weeks away from his 100th birthday. 

Throughout his career, Fancher served in various higher education roles in Tennessee, including as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Tennessee Board of Regents, a position he retired from in 1985. While there, he oversaw the court-ordered merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville.

While working at TSU, Fancher was tapped to serve as interim president of the university, where he held other positions during his tenure, such as dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs. 

He also worked in education in Alabama. During his

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Joseph M. Cronin, first Massachusetts secretary of education, dies at 85

“In order to really give poor people in the inner city a chance to compete,” he told the Globe, “we will have to spend more on their education than on the average child in other communities.”

Dr. Cronin, who in his long, multifaceted career as an educator had also served as president of what is now Bentley University, died Saturday in the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham of progressive supranuclear palsy. He was 85 and had lived in Milton for many years.

As he prepared to retire in 1997 from leading what was then Bentley College, he received a letter from nearly 20 colleagues who signed themselves as “the faculty and staff of color.”

“Under your leadership diversity has become a business imperative for the college,” they wrote. “Your leadership in diversity has resulted in many of us joining the Bentley community.”

When Dr. Cronin first arrived in 1991

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West Des Moines school employee dies of coronavirus


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds laid out guidance for how public health officials will respond when students or school staff suspect they might have the coronavirus.

Des Moines Register

A special-education assistant at Indian Hills Junior High School in West Des Moines has died from complications of COVID-19.

The district announced Jennifer Crawford’s death in an email Monday. She was 53. 

“I am deeply saddened to share with you that our friend and classroom assistant, Jennifer Crawford, died today from complications of COVID-19,” Indian Hills Junior High School Principal Dr. Shane Christensen wrote.

West Des Moines Community School District spokesperson Laine Mendenhall-Buck said it was unclear when or how Crawford contracted the virus. She said Crawford had not been at work for several weeks.

“Due to community spread we cannot confirm how it was contracted,” Mendenhall-Buck said via email Monday night. “She was out of state when she fell ill.”

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Battlefield High School Teaching Assistant Dies In Car Accident

HAYMARKET, VA — A teaching assistant at Battlefield High School in Haymarket died in a car accident Friday night. Drew Roadarmel, a 2015 Battlefield High School graduate, was studying to become a teacher, following in her parents’ footsteps.

“She has been an outstanding teaching assistant and was wonderful for our staff and students,” Battlefield High School principal Ryan Ferrera said in an email Saturday to the high school community.

Roadarmel received her master’s degree in special education and teaching from George Mason University this year, according to her LinkedIn page.

One of Roadarmel’s younger brothers is also a Battlefield High School graduate and the other is a senior at the school. Her cousin is a first-year teacher in the school’s science department. Her father is an assistant principal at Battlefield and her mother is a teacher at Bull Run Middle School.

“We will have a difficult time as we grieve

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Former La. Gov. Mike Foster dies at 90

Foster, a balding, bearded bear of a man, had a blunt speaking style and conservative, pro-business philosophy which endeared him to many Louisiana voters.

NEW ORLEANS — Mike Foster, who rode a wave of popularity as a plain-speaking conservative businessman into two terms as Louisiana governor, has died. He was 90.

His former spokeswoman, Marsanne Golsby, confirmed the news to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.

When Foster entered hospice care for undisclosed health problems last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked for prayers for him and his family. In a statement Sunday, Edwards called Foster “a true Louisianan who served his country, his state and his community with honor throughout his life.”

The former governor and his wife Alice had stayed largely out of the spotlight since he left office 15 years earlier.

His absence did not come as much of a surprise for those who observed Foster during his two

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Bob Woodrick, West Michigan leader in diversity education, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man who dedicated much of his life in West Michigan to combating what he called “the disease of racism” has died.

Bob Woodrick died Friday, Oct. 2 at the age of 88, according to a news release from Grand Rapids Community College. He leaves behind a legacy of promoting community conversations and education surrounding the topic of racism, the release states.

GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center, founded in 2006, was renamed the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in 2016 to celebrate the couple’s work both on and off campus.

As a professional, Woodrick began his career in the family business, D&W Food Centers in Grand Rapids, and worked there his entire life, leaving only for college and the military, the release states.

Woodrick, according to a 1993 Grand Rapids Press story, started working for his father at the age of 14 —

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