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George M. Vincent

 

   

Visitation with the Family:
09:00 on 2015-05-28
Lynch Street CME Church, Jackson, MS

Celebration of Life:
10:00 on 2015-05-28
Lynch Street CME Church, Jackson, MS

Obituary:
George Monroe Vincent is the last of four children (Mamie, Louis and Rachel) born on Cox Street in Jackson, MS, on October 20, 1930. His daddy, Rev. Louis Vincent, a theologian, taught preachers at Campbell College, now Jackson State University. His mother, Nancy Thompson Vincent, was a secretary to Edwin Mullen, Principle of Jim Hill High School. He attended Sallie Reynolds Elementary School and Lanier High School. After his freshman year at Tougaloo College, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and travelled the world playing clarinet in the US Air Force Band while he served in the Korean Conflict. Post war, he returned to Tougaloo College, pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Rho Chapterand completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, cum laude.

Since at that time there were no universities within the State of Mississippi where African Americans could matriculate in pursuit of an advanced degree, he earned his Master's Degree in Chemistry and Biology outside of Mississippiat Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He completed post-graduate work in Chemistry and Biology at Boston University, MA.
He returned to Mississippi and taught Chemistry in a Kosciusko Public High School, Chemistry and Physics in a Clinton Public High School, and Chemistry and Physics at Brinkley High School in Jackson. In 1973, he earned a Ph. D. in Educational Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, where he was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Society for his high grades. The title of the Dissertation for his Ph.D.is"A Study of Black School Board Members in Mississippi School Districts 1969-1973".

He returned to Jackson as Assistant Principal of Wingfield High School, became the first Black Principal of Provine High School, and later became Assistant Superintendent of the Madison County Public School System from where he retired; whereupon, he was invited to be Chairman of the Department of Education at Jackson State University where he served for ten years. His tenure was marked by fulfilling a personal goal to dramatically increase the numbers of Black men earning Ph.D.s.

In 2002, he retired at the death of his wife, Pearl Meeks Vincent, Associate Professor of Child Psychology, Jackson State University, deceased. George and Pearl had 5 sons, two of whom predeceased him: George Monroe Jr., Vice President of First City Bank in Dallas and Michael de Montaigne, an auto mechanic. His son, Pierre Louis (Doreen), is an Attorney and Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University; his son, Edwin Tyrone (Luuk), a former member of the New York Metropolitan Opera Co., Lincoln Center, NYC, is a Finance Data Analyst, Amsterdam Stock Exchange at Euronext; and Founder MMNA International- APEC, (site launch Dec 2015)The MeetingPlace for Shareholders/Board of Directors.Leiden, The Netherlands. His youngest son, Anton van Leuwenhoek (Lindy),is President of the General Mills Snacks Division headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. He is responsible for the growth of some of the world's favorite snack brands including Nature Valley granola bars, Betty Crocker fruit-flavored snacks and Chex Mix.

George was Grand Papa to seven grandchildren: GeorgeIII, Ariel, Robert, Chase, Dylan, Donovan, and Peyton; and three great grandchildren.He later married Janice Neal Vincent, Ph.D. He was a peaceful, kind, strong, insightful and helpful father and grandfather who was warm and laughed easily. He was born into Lynch Street CME Church,served as Steward and ended as Chairman of the Trustee Board for decades.

"The Lord grant him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day, and in how many things he ministered unto us quite well."2 Timothy 1: 18

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