NBDA Mourns the Loss of Longtime Member: Dr. Nathie Marbury

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Dr. Nathie Marbury, age 69, passed away on April 15, 2013. As a longtime member of National Black Deaf Advocates, we mourn the loss of one of our own.

Dr. Marbury was an alumnus of Gallaudet University, the University of California at Northridge, and Lamar University. She earned her Ph.D. from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.  She exemplified the best of Black Deafness, paving the way as the first of many: The first Black Deaf woman to earn a Ph.D. from Lamar University, the first Black Deaf woman to be admitted to the National Leadership Training Program for the Deaf at California State University-Northridge, and in 1978 she was the first Black Deaf woman to become an instructor at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. Dr. Marbury was focused on embracing Deaf Culture in education and the teaching of ASL and ASL Linguistics. She was a masterful storyteller, artistic performer, and teacher. She made a variety videotapes for several companies over the last 25 years, in addition to teaching Deaf and hearing students throughout the United States at schools for the deaf, universities/colleges, and community colleges.

In recognition of her distinguished career and outstanding service to the Black Deaf community, the American Deaf Community, and the Professional Interpreting Community, the NBDA Board  of Directors voted in March, 2013, to award Dr. Nathie Marbury with the NBDA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th NBDA Conference to be held in New Orleans, LA. The award will be given posthumously in August 2013. We celebrate her many accomplishments, and recognize that we have lost a legend.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends Dr. Marbury leaves behind. We aim to continue and build on her legacy in the coming years.

Funeral information is not available at this time. However, acknowledgements of condolence can be sent to the Family of Dr. Nathie Marbury:

The Family of Dr. Nathie Marbury
3704 Tamil Street
Austin, TX 78749

-NBDA Board of Directors

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