Dr. Elinor DesVerney Sinnette

Dr. Elinor DesVerney Sinnette, October 8, 1925 – January 3, 2020.  Loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Devoted librarian, teacher, scholar and oral historian.  She traveled extensively and worked in Nigeria, Kenya, and in Washington DC at Howard University’s Moorland Spingarn Research Center.  She was a graduate of Hunter College and shortly thereafter received her master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.  Years later, she obtained a doctoral degree in Library Science from Columbia University.  She will be remembered for her important study of the life of black bibliophile Arthur Schomburg.  She possessed a remarkable memory for remote and recent events that, coupled with her keen intelligence, kindness, and joyful spirit made this world a brighter place. Her contributions also include the work in progress on the oral histories of Tuskegee Airmen wives.  A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020 (snow date: Saturday, March 21, 2020), at The Jefferson, 900 N. Taylor Street, Arlington, VA 22203.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (ECCTAI).  If by check, with notation on memo line: “For TAWAS book project”. Send payment to ECCTAI, c/o Dr. Rosemary Crockett, P.O. Box 6831, Washington, DC, 20020.


3 Responses to Dr. Elinor DesVerney Sinnette

  1. Gloria and Simon Michau says:

    What a remarkable person! So much ahead of her time. She sounds like someone we very much would have enjoyed knowing. How wonderful that you, Darryle, and your sister got to call her Mother/Mom!

  2. Joyce Ladner says:

    My condolences to the family of Elinor Sinnette. Although I lost contact with Elinor over the years, I will always remember and treasure the years we worked together at Howard University. She was a wonderful and brilliant woman.

  3. Monica Beckles says:

    My condolences to Dr. Calvin Sinnette and the family. I worked with her at Howard University she was a very nice person.
    Monica Beckles

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