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Full Text of SR0333  96th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Frederick "Freddie" Birth of East St.
4 Louis, who passed away on June 1, 2009; and
5     WHEREAS, Frederick "Freddie" Birth grew up in East St.
6 Louis and confessed Christ at an early age; he was a graduate
7 of Lincoln Senior High School; he obtained a Bachelor of
8 Science degree in Biology and Elementary Education from A.M. &
9 N. College (now, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff); he
10 participated in the Arkansas Band and Orchestra, and the famed
11 AM & N Collegians Choir; and he was a member of Tau Sigma
12 Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and
13     WHEREAS, He earned his Master of Science degree and
14 administrative certificate A and B from Southern Illinois
15 University; and he attended Washington University, Wayne State
16 University, and Ball State University for additional
17 education; and
18     WHEREAS, He served in the United States Army and was
19 stationed in Europe for 19 months; he received chemical,
20 biological, and radiological training and taught C.B. warfare
21 courses while in the Army; and



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1     WHEREAS, He served as a sixth grade teacher at Franklin
2 Elementary School, District 189; he was chairman of the science
3 department and coached softball and basketball; in 1970 he was
4 appointed Science Supervisor for District 189, and became
5 Assistant Principal at Rock Junior High School; he was in
6 charge of the 7th grade annex for 3 years; he served as McHenry
7 Elementary School Principal for 15 years and received one of 17
8 renewable Urban Education Grants from the Illinois State Board
9 of Education; he retired after 38 years of dedicated service as
10 the Director of the Innovative Science Program; and
11     WHEREAS, He was co-chairman of the East St. Louis United
12 Negro College Fund; he was a board member and chairman of the
13 personnel committee for the Madison, St. Clair, and Bond
14 Counties Big Brothers and Big Sisters East St. Louis Mentor
15 Program; he was on the Board of Directors of the Emily Willis
16 Day Care Center; he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa National
17 Association of Elementary School Principals; he was a member of
18 the Illinois Principals Association; he was a member of the
19 Congress on Racial Equality; he was President of the University
20 of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Alumni Association (Illinois and
21 Missouri); he was Director of the Men's Choir; he was Assistant
22 Director of the Westbrooks-Green Community Choir and Chairman
23 of the Board of Trustees; and
24     WHEREAS, He, along with 7 other dedicated fraternity



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1 members, were the founders of the Nu Chi Chapter; he was a life
2 member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and held several offices,
3 including serving as the 10th district representative; and
4     WHEREAS, He was preceded in death by his sisters, Remelle
5 Turner and Irene Oliver; and
6     WHEREAS, Frederick "Freddie" Birth is survived by his wife,
7 Carolyn; his daughters, Pamela, Paula, and Shontisa; his
8 grandson, Xavier; his brother-in-law, Henry (Ruby) Parker; and
9 his nephews, nieces, cousins, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
10 brothers; therefore, be it
12 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
13 his family and friends, the passing of Frederick "Freddie"
14 Birth; and be it further
15     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
16 presented to the family of Frederick "Freddie" Birth as a
17 symbol of our sincere sympathy.