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Dr. Lorraine E. Hale, pioneering child development expert and co-founder of Hale House Center, inc., dies in NYC

4/24/2013, 3:05 p.m.
Dr. Lorraine E. Hale, pioneering child development expert and co-founder of Hale House Center, inc., dies in NYC

Dr. Hale received a B.A. from Long Island University and an M.S. from City College of New York, her father's alma mater. She completed post-secondary work at The Bank Street College of Education and earned a certificate in African history from The University of Ghana. She later earned a Ph.D. from Western University and an Ed.D. from New York University. She began her career as an assistant teacher at the Church of All Nations School. She later joined the New York City Public School System as a teacher, guidance counselor, and school psychologist. In 1969 she co-founded Hale House Center for the Promotion of Human Potential, Inc., and served as executive director until 1989, when she was named president and chief executive officer.

Throughout her academic career Dr. Hale also served as an adjunct professor at City University of New York, Bronx Community College, The College of New Rochelle, and The College for Human Services. She was also a member of the advisory council of the New York Division of Substance Abuse Services, and of the board of directors of both the Harlem Urban Development Corporation and the Joint Institutional Review Board.

"Rae," as she was known affectionately by her family, along with her Mother, is remembered a beacon of class, grace, dignity and love. "These two women blazed a swath through Harlem, New York, the United States and the world, placing them in the company of many great women of our time," the family noted.

Dr. Hale is survived by her loving family of sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews and numerous foster children, adoptive families and children, and a host of friends and extended family. She will be mourned by the many generations of Harlem residents whose lives she touched as well as millions of New Yorkers, Americans and the citizens of the world who care about the welfare of children. A memorial service will be held at a later date.