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Three Former Trustees and Distinguished Alumni Die

Joseph Coleman Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. '48
Honorary Trustee Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. '48, died December 31, 2000. Coleman, for whom The Joseph E. Coleman Scholarship is named, was the first African-American to graduate from Albright College. He served on the Albright Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1998.

Joseph E. Coleman Awards in amounts of $2,000 to $3,000 are offered to students of color who exhibit a combination of high academic achievement, strong extra-curricular involvement, and a commitment to community service.

Coleman began his career as a research chemist with the Eastern Regional Laboratory in Phila-delphia. He wrote numerous articles and papers about his research and patents, and was awarded the "Gold Bond Award," the highest honor bestowed by the American Oil Chemist Society.

In 1959, Coleman went back to school to study law at Temple University. Upon graduation, he began work as a patent attorney for the Celanese Corporation in its New York headquarters. Two years later, he joined a law firm in Philadelphia and, soon after, opened his own law offices.

In 1971, Coleman entered politics and was elected to the City Council of Philadelphia. He served as City Council President from 1980 to 1992.
Coleman was also an authoritative scholar on African-American history and life. He is the author and publisher of a book on African-American history entitled, Another Chosen People - American Negroes.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie, a daughter, a son and grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter.

William Maier

William E. Maier '31
William E. Maier '31, former Albright Trustee and retired president of Maier's Bakery, Reading, died November 26, 2000.

Maier graduated from Albright with a degree in economics. In 1965, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities from the College, and in 1970, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1983.

Born in Blandon, Maier was employed for 49 years by Maier's Bakery, becoming company president in 1957. He held this position until his retirement in 1975.
Maier was known throughout Berks County for his commitment to community service organizations such as the YMCA. He was a generous and long-time supporter of Albright College, where his philanthropy included the purchase, installation and maintenence of the Maier Organ in the Chapel. He was also known for his musical talents, appearing in performances with the Reading Choral Society, Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Reading Civic Opera Society.

He is survived by a son, Trustee Andrew Maier II; a daughter, Ruth A. (Maier) Bengston; a daughter-in-law, June (Taylor) Maier '76; and four grandchildren.

Nancy Shuman Nancy R. Shuman, M.D. '60
Nancy Ratajczak Shuman, M.D. '60, Albright former Trustee, Alumni Association Board member and Reading area doctor of internal medicine, died Friday, December 29, 2000. Shuman, an active participant in the life
of the college, was awarded the Jacob Albright Award for outstanding contributions to the Albright community, her profession and society-at-large in 1999.

Shuman received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. She served as the senior assistant surgeon of the United States Public Health System in Norfolk, Va. from 1965 until 1967, when she began her residency in internal medicine at Reading Hospital.
Since 1970, Shuman served as an internist in private practice in West Reading, Pa. an attending physician for Employees of the Reading Hospital and a staff physician for Berks Heim in Leesport, Pa.

She was active with the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross and with the Berks County Mental Health Association.

She is survived by her husband, John F. Shuman, M.D., and a daughter.

Friends and classmates have established the Nancy Ratajczak Shuman Memorial Fund. Dr. P. Kenneth Nase '55, honorary chair, and Nancy Dettra '53, chair, will head up the committee to create an endowed scholarship in Shuman's name. The scholarship will provide $5,000 per year to a senior female, pre-med major.

Contributions may be sent to Donald P. Kirkwood, vice president for advancement. Please make checks payable to Albright College.

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