Dr. Laura Dean Head, 64

Dr. Laura Dean Head

Dr. Laura Dean Head

Dr. Laura Dean Head

Dr. Laura Dean Head

Dr. Laura Dean Head, a longtime professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, died on June 19. She was 64.Born on Nov. 3 1948, Dr. Head grew up in Oakland, where she attended K-12 Catholic schools and Holy Names College before transferring to San Francisco State College, where she received her B.A. in psychology in 1971.She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Head returned to SFSU where she taught for 35 years. She also worked as a consultant at the Children and Mothers Parenting Project of the San Francisco Department of Public Health; was a trainer at the Bilingual Teacher Training Institute of the San Francisco Unified School District; and served as an instructor at the Wright Institute of Berkeley and in the Black Studies and Psychology Departments at the University of California Riverside. In addition, she participated in countless presentations, publications, radio and television interviews and numerous community service events. Her professional and volunteer work earned her many commendations. Dr. Head always encouraged the oppressed to challenge authority. One of Dr. Head’s famous quotes was “Education = Knowledge. Knowledge = Power. Power = Freedom.” Like two of her “Sheroes,” scholars and educators Ida B. Wells and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Laura Dean Head fought without compromise against all injustice. Dr. Head was preceded in death by her mother Helaine Dean Head in 1985 and her grandmother Ollie Mildred Springer in 2002. She leaves to mourn her two sisters: Helaine Dean Head and Della Hamlin, niece and nephew Stephanie and Jeffery Jones, extended family, loyal students and a host of colleagues and friends. Dr. Head’s homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home at 3665 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland, California. Repast to follow.
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  8. David

    I have a copy of an interview of her that was played over the airwaves of KFJC-FM, the radio station of Foothills College in California on November 11, 1995. And what she had to say in that interview was far more intelligent than just about anything I have ever herd before and since from other so called black leaders as well as so called white leaders, which does not surprise me, since, as she put it in so many words, there is a need to keep people uneducated, uninformed and stupid so that people do not deal with real issues.

  9. Michelle Campbell-Mateo

    Dr. Head, my heart is broken. I came to SFSU today to take care of some business. When I was done, I came to look for you. I wanted to catch up, share, and just be in your presence. My heart sank to my stomach when I asked Dr. Montero where your office was, and he informed me of your passing.I am in a state of disbelief and extreme grief. The last time I saw you, you gave me a copy of The Black Feminst. I wish I had you write in it for me. I pray you are in peace. When I saw you last, I was really struggling in my life. I came to find you to tell you, I got it all together. I hope you are proud. Stay free! You are always loved.
    Michelle Campbell-Mateo

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