Jan. 29, 1938 – Jan. 15, 2018
Jacqueline Hargrave Braswell, of Amherst, a teacher and school administrator, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 79.
Born in Buffalo, the ninth of 11 children, Jacqueline Hargrave attended School 74 and was a 1955 graduate of Bennett High School. She married Milton C. Braswell Jr. and became the mother of five children.
She then enrolled at Buffalo State College, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.
Mrs. Braswell began her career at Harbor Heights Elementary School 4 in 1967, teaching fourth grade. She filled several supervisory positions before she was appointed principal in 1985. She retired in 1997.
She then worked for the University at Buffalo, where she inaugurated the America Reads literacy program. Later she was co-administrator of the St. John Christian Academy and Aloma D. Johnson Charter School.
She was a member of the American Federation of School Administration, the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She also served on the board of directors of the YMCA.
Survivors include three sons, Milton C. III, Rudolph K. and Herbert E.; a daughter, Sandra R.; two sisters, Joyce H. Shelton and Florence H. Curtis; two brothers, Lloyd J. Hargrave and Joseph Hargrave; her longtime companion, Elmore Ingram; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion Church, 610 E. Eagle St.