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In memoriam: Alfred Joseph


Alfred Joseph, associate professor of social work and family studies at Miami University, died Sunday, April 1, at his home in Oxford. He was 56.

Joseph, also an affiliate in black world studies, joined Miami in 1994 as a visiting assistant professor, and became an assistant professor in 1995.

His research focused on educational policy and African-American students, and the impact of tracking (ability grouping) on the lives of disadvantaged children, as well as poverty, class and multicultural issues. He was an editor of the Journal of Poverty and member of the National Association of Social Work and other professional organizations.

He received his doctorate in 1995 at Ohio State University, where he also earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; sons Shane, Paul and Jonathan; mother Elise Chatters; brother Jonathan Stephen Joseph and sister Sybil Mair; and many other close relatives.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Kumler Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bone Marrow Foundation, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, or Musekamp Family Hope Lodge.

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