University Mourns Passing of Earl Ingram Sr.

Posted: December 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Funeral arrangements for Earl Ingram Sr., former vice president and university equity officer who passed away on Dec. 18, have been announced.

Earl Ingram
Earl Ingram
Photo by Eric Goodman

In his 15 years at the helm of Mason’s Equity Office, Ingram was credited with steering the office steadily toward its goal: to create and maintain a nondiscriminatory environment in which faculty, staff, and students can thrive. Among his achievements was designing and instituting a five-stage procedure to eliminate barriers to equity in hiring policy.

In addition, Ingram was well-liked and respected throughout the university.

“Earl Ingram was a wonderful person and a dear friend. Sally and I will always remember the warm welcome that Earl gave us when we came to George Mason. In his years at Mason, he constantly demonstrated his devotion to the university and his commitment to each person who entered his office,” says Mason President Alan Merten.

“Earl was a warm, decent and honorable man who made a great contribution during his time at Mason. I feel lucky to have been his friend,” says Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, who was one of many who attended Ingram’s retirement reception in 2003.

In 2004, Mason’s Diversity Advisory Board established the Ingram Awards as a lasting tribute to Earl Ingram. The awards honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to promoting diversity both locally and abroad.

Funeral arrangements follow.

Viewing: Friday, Dec. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., at Borgwardt Funeral Home, 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, Md. (phone 301-937-1707).

Service: Saturday, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m., at Riderwood Chapel (connected to Village Square Center), 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Md. (phone 301-572-8303).

Interment: Saturday, Dec. 22, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. (phone 301-871-6500).

Ingram is survived by his four children, Cheryl, Earl Jr., Kevin and Keith, as well as four grandchildren. The Ingram family asks that memorial contributions in his name go to the National Parkinson Foundation.

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