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Vernell McCarroll Oliver 1922 - 2012

Vernell McCarroll Oliver
  • 90 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 18, 1922
  • Place of birth:
    Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 16, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    New York, New York, United States
"Step by step, book by book, Verne Oliver has transformed dozens of libraries in underprivileged New York City schools. It's a second career for the 89-year-old educator devoted to youth and literacy" -Susan Kreimer, AARP Bulletin
Vernell Oliver, 90, born on July 18, 1922 and passed away on October 16, 2012. We will remember her forever.

Verne McCarroll Oliver has dedicated her life to education, beginning with an undergraduate degree from New Jersey State University, completion of her doctoral studies at Columbia University and further work at Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, the New School for Social Research, and Bank Street College.

Ms. Oliver spent more than a dozen years as a college instructor and an Assistant Professor at Morgan State College, Central State College of Ohio and Howard University, among others. Academic publications led to high school teaching, History Department Chair, and Chair of College Guidance, all topped off as Head of the New Lincoln School (now part of Trevor Day School).

Ms. Oliver is not the retiring type, so in 1988 she became Associate Director of the Gilder Foundation where she, in her own words, "works to restore, renovated, discover, create, decorate, etc. libraries in all the boroughs with kids and books and teachers and curriculums and automating the catalogs, and having great fun doing it all..." 
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