William Lockridge Remembered

Funeral held for longtime education activist

By Samantha Loss
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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William Lockridge Remembered

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Friends, family and supporters gathered in the District today to honor and remember a longtime education activist.

Funeral services for William Lockridge were held this morning at the Temple of Praise in Southeast.
Lockridge was a longtime member of the Washington Board of Education. The Chicago native was well known throughout the District and was credited with helping to lead the effort for the modernization of public school buildings. He also spent more than 25 years in public and community service in wards 7 and 8.

The service was attended by several council members along with Mayor Vincent Gray. Speakers on the program included Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D), former mayor and Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Lockridge died on Jan. 12 of respiratory failure at George Washington University Hospital. He was 63 years old.

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