Statement: Passing of Major Owens

News of the death of the Honorable Major Owens has left the Medgar Evers College community with a heavy heart.  He was a beloved friend and teacher and one of the founders of this institution.  As a prominent member of the Democratic Party, Major Owens served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007, retiring at the end of his term.  He joined the faculty at his beloved Medgar Evers College in 2008 in the Department of Public Administration and proudly taught here until his passing.

He began his political career in the 1960s working on anti-poverty programs in the administration of New York City Mayor John Lindsay, and was elected to the state Senate in 1974.

Congressman Owens dutifully served his country, his community, and our College with enormous distinction.  He was committed, in the words of his son, “to the empowerment of those with less power.”  We were honored to have Major Owens serve on the faculty at Medgar Evers College. He brought a special knowledge and wisdom to the classroom, making a positive, lasting impact on thousands of students during his time at Medgar Evers College.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.  We are all saddened by the loss of this phenomenal human being.

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit