Obituary: Kenneth R. Hale

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Dr. Kenneth Robert Hale passed away peacefully on Friday, February 3 in his beloved village of Harlem at the Harlem Community Hospice. 

Dr. Hale was born on December 11, 1942 and raised in Harlem. He was the adopted son of Clara and Thomas Hale, the youngest boy with two siblings, Nathan and Lorraine. Dr. Hale served as a teacher and administrator in Community School District #5 at various times from 1967 through 2002. He taught on the middle school, high school and college levels and before retiring from the New York City Board of Education, he co-founded the Study Center for Law and Peace, a New Visions school, and was the Academic Coordinator for the Urban Assembly Academy of History and Citizenship for Young Men, a public high school in the South Bronx.  

He graduated with a bachelors in sociology from Delaware State College, earned a masters degree in educational administration from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. His wife Joyce, daughters Zwelinjani and Ariel, son Joshua, brothers Nathan and Ronald, sisters Lorraine, Julie and Robin, lifelong friends Ronald Carlos, Rev. Paul Chandler, Fred and Josie Ellis, and Rev. Reginald Williams survive him along with a host of beloved friends and colleagues in the village of Harlem and beyond. Unity Funeral Chapel will handle funeral arrangements.
Homegoing service will be held on Thursday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place, formerly West 138th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kenneth Hale’s name to: The Children of Mother Hale Coalition, Inc., Oral History Project, 3647 Broadway- Suite 4B, New York, N.Y., 10031.

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