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Official Obituary of

Geraldine D. Brownlee Ph.D.

April 13, 1925 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Geraldine Brownlee Ph.D. Obituary

Geraldine Brownlee has spent most of her life as an educator. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Brownlee's father was a skilled worker for Inland Steel and both her mother and stepmother were homemakers. Brownlee attended West Virginia State College, where she graduated cum laude in 1947 with degrees in biology and Spanish. Brownlee earned an M.S.T. in urban education from the University of Chicago in 1967, and completed her Ph.D. there in 1975. She also spent time at both the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan graduate schools of social work.

In 1947, Brownlee took a job with the Cook County Department of Public Welfare, where she worked as a caseworker from 1948 until 1955 when she began a career in teaching. She taught elementary school for eleven years in the Chicago public schools. From 1967 until 1970, Brownlee worked with the University of Chicago graduate school of education as a staff associate, becoming assistant director of teacher training in 1970. The following year, Brownlee was made an assistant professor and assistant dean of student services in the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) College of Education. During 1975-1976, Brownlee served as director of Title VII desegregation projects for Illinois School District 163. She continued as an assistant professor with UIC until her retirement in 1990, teaching curriculum and instruction within the school of education to both undergraduate and graduate students. During that time, she worked as a visiting professor to Indiana University Northwest and was active evaluating programs within the Chicago public school system. In 1995, Brownlee became a consultant to the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University in Chicago, where she remained for a year.

Brownlee has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. She has also been active both in professional and civic organizations. Some of her honors include the 1990 YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Outstanding Achievement Award in the field of education; selection as a member of the Chicago Presbyterian Delegation to Cuba in 1998; and election as a commissioner to the 2000 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America. She has served on the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors, the Chicago Urban League Education Advisory Committee and Links, Inc. 

Dr. Brownlee leaves to cherish her legacy: three beloved sisters, Julia Daniels Gooden, Nellie Daniels Smith, and Warries Daniels Buggs; nephew, Carlton Gooden, I; niece, Bernadette (Clyde) Smith; two great-nephews, Carlton Gooden, II, and Kendrick Gooden; great-niece, Judy (Brian) Jefferies, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; two dedicated and faithful god daughters, Kai Bunch, and Melva Joy Mosley; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday February 28, 2024, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. from Ridgelawn Funeral Home 4201 West Ridge Road Gary, Indiana 46408.


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February 28, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ridgelawn Funeral Home
4201 West Ridge Road
Gary, IN 46408


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