Maude Irene Dolores Parker was born in Harlem, New York on September 14, 1928, to Octavia Jackson and Leonard Parker, who were both immigrants from Antigua. She was a joyful, friendly child who excelled in school. She enjoyed writing and became Editor-In-Chief of the Morris High School Magazine. When she was not focused on her studies, Maude attended movies and theater with a passion, a hobby she would continue throughout her life.
After graduating from Morris High School, Maude attended Brooklyn College. She eventually enrolled at Fordham Hospital School of Nursing where she received her B. S. in nursing. She later continued her education by earning her M.A. in College Teaching of Nursing from New York University. Following her tenure as a nurse, Maude brought her gift of helping others to the New York City Board of Education's high school nursing program.
Maude pioneered the teaching of sex education in public schools, becoming the first Supervisor of Family Living and Sex Education. Her expertise training high school students took her all over the United States, Canada and Europe.
Maude’s passions and talents were endless. She was an avid writer and prolific reader. Her poems and short stories were published in various anthologies, journals and literary magazines.
After retirement, Maude traveled globally, including multiple countries in Africa and South America. You could always count on Maude to think of family and friends and bring back a special momento or story from one of her many adventures . In her spare time, Maude also pursued genealogy history which included researching her family lineage and contributing to the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
Maude was unapologetically herself and truly one of a kind. She was a teacher and a giver in a way that we all admired. She influenced many, and her legacy is alive in her family, friends, former colleagues and all of those that she came across.
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