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Services for Carolyn B. Daughtry of Richmond, Va., the first woman to serve as Erie County's first deputy social services commissioner, were held Aug. 18 at Virginia Union University, Richmond.

She died Aug. 14, 2000, in Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, after a brief illness. She was 77.

Born Carolyn Betty Woods in Lynchburg, Va., she was graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University in 1943. She married Robert Daughtry, an outstanding student-athlete at Virginia Union, and moved to Buffalo.

She earned a master's degree in social work at the top of her class at the University of Buffalo, where she later served for nine years as an assistant professor. She also was an assistant professor in Buffalo State College's department of human development. She was author and co-author of books and articles.

She joined the county Social Services Department as a caseworker in 1952 and alternated through the years between the county and state social services departments.

In 1972, she was named director of manpower development and training in the county Mental Health Department. She became deputy commissioner in 1976. She often was called upon as an adviser and consultant.

She and her husband, assistant director of UB's Educational Opportunity Center, retired in 1979 and moved to Richmond, where they renewed their association with Virginia Union University.

He served as associate dean of men until his death in 1986. She taught there, then became dean of students, acting president and later was provost. The university awarded her its doctor of humane letters degree in 1989.

She was a bridge player and achieved the rank of life master. She frequently traveled to regional and national tournaments and taught several bridge classes.

Surviving are two sons, Robert of Washington, D.C., and Dexter of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, LaNelle Johnson of Washington, D.C., and Lauren Graham of Newark, N.J.; a brother, Reginald Woods of Yeadon, Pa.; a sister, Alicia Woods Williams of Richmond; and 10 grandchildren.

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