Legendary Hudson Valley educator Judith Johnson laid to rest in RocklandPosted: Updated:
Legendary Hudson Valley educator Judith Johnson was laid to rest Monday in Rockland County.
Hundreds turned out to pay their respects to Johnson at Rockland Community College, including schoolchildren, prominent politicians, state educators and dozens of family and friends.
The 80-year-old from New Hempstead died unexpectedly last week after fighting for educational equality for six decades around the state and country.
Most notably, Johnson was a regent in state education and worked in the U.S. Education Department under President Bill Clinton. She was also the first African American and first woman to be superintendent of Peekskill schools.
During the services, Johnson's family thanked several dozen school districts in Rockland and Westchester that had sent condolences or proclamations after her passing.