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Emeritus Professor Mamie Darlington

The late Mamie Darlington, emeritus professor of sociology and former director of the black studies program, will be remembered for her life and contributions at a service in Morris Chapel on Aug. 6.

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Pacific community to remember former sociology professor Mamie Darlington at service Aug. 6

Jul 29, 2016

Beloved former sociology professor Mamie Darlington passed away Saturday, June 18, in Atlanta at the age of 80.

The Pacific community will hold a service to honor her memory and contributions at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 in Morris Chapel.  All Pacific and Stockton community members are invited to attend.

Mamie Darlington joined the faculty of the College of the Pacific Department of Sociology in 1992 as director of the Black Studies Program. During her time at Pacific, she developed the social services emphasis in the Department of Sociology and was instrumental in evolving the Black Btudies Program toward what is now the Ethnic Studies Program. A committed mentor and role model, she worked to support many diverse students across the campus, including serving as advisor for Pacific's Black Student Union for many years and for the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  

Darlington was often heard to say, "I teach students, not subjects."  

She is also remembered as a role model for staff and faculty in her community engagement and work for social justice. She immediately became active in the Stockton community and made a great effort in connecting the university community with the Stockton community — something she called "communiversity."   

A key focus of her work and her numerous outreach activities was to help to provide access to education for members of Stockton's African-American community. In addition to being an active member of the Stockton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., she was very active with the NAACP, serving as first vice president, and became a link between the university and the African American leadership locally. She was the keynote speaker for Stockton's 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, served as the community representative of the Black Employees Association of the Stockton Unified School District and chair of the academic review board for Bear Creek High School, among other activities.  

Before coming to Pacific, she taught for 20 years at the School of Social Work at Clark-Atlanta University and served two years as acting dean. She held a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, a Master of Social Work from Atlanta University and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration and supervision from Georgia State University.  

Darlington left Pacific in 2005 after 13 years of service to return to Atlanta to be close to family and the town where she had attended college. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a brother and sister and numerous extended family members and friends.  

The Pacific service remembrance is being organized by the Pacific Black Alumni Club and the Stockton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.    

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Stockton Alumnae Chapter's Scholarship Fund, addressed to"DREF" (Delta Research and Educational Foundation) at PO Box 4582, Stockton, CA 95204.  

Please contact Marshea Pratt at or 209.946.2899 for more information.    

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