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Hazel Mae Williams Ward

February 17, 1943July 21, 2020

Our friend Hazel Ward passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. She leaves behind a loving family and many friends who will miss her laughter and willingness to search for a good fried shrimp meal. Dr. Hazel Ward was the ultimate educator, poet, writer, and humanist. Born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, on February 17, 1943, Dr. Ward studied at Southern University, Atlanta University, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she received numerous awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Ford Foundation Grant. She taught at colleges and universities throughout the Austin and Houston areas where her career journey included several academic roles: scholar, professor, and finally Austin Community College Dean of Communications. When Dr. Ward retired, she devoted herself to reading, writing, sharing her insights, and being the wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and community member we admire and love.

A memorial service will be held sometime when her friends can gather safely. In the meantime, read a good book; love and be kind to one other, while remembering Hazel.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Dr. Hazel Ward Memorial Scholarship through the Austin Community College Foundation.


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Sandra Hamilton

August 9, 2020

As Hazel was, I was a teacher at ACC for many years. She was part of my “ACC family “ We both loved ACC, enjoyed our students, and shared interests in books, travel, cultures, and being from Louisiana. As friends have written, she was a bright star in our lives, a kind and humorous woman who gave much to her friends and family. I respected and appreciated Hazel, and will miss her. Anthony and Sienna, I don’t want to lose touch with y’all. I’m available for support, comfort, fun or help. Love y’all. Sandra

Dr. Yvonne Estes

August 9, 2020

I was fortunate to work with Hazel at ACC for a number of years. She was beloved by all-students, staff, and fellow professors. She greeted everyone with her cheerful, beautiful smile, always a beacon of positive energy. She was a positive influence on the lives of many generations of students, and she will be remembered with love by all.
Yvonne Baron Estes, Ph.D.

Kerry McDow

August 6, 2020

Hazel, you are a star shining in the Heavens brighter than any Earthly star. You have left an amazing legacy and you are missed deeply.

Kenneth Vitucci

July 29, 2020

An honored friend for more than fifty years is gone. Rest quietly now, Hazel, those you have taught, cared for and encouraged will carry on as well as we can and much, much better for knowing you.


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