Ada Lomax passed away at 84 in early January, at her home, of natural causes. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Born on August 8, 1936 in Wadesboro, NC, Ada Marie Lomax was a daughter of the late James K. and Mary (Gatewood) Lomax. She lived in Baltimore through her high school years, before earning a B.A. in sociology and psychology from Bennett College in 1959 and continuing her education at Howard University, where she earned an M.S.W. in 1964.
Ada moved to New Haven in 1959 to work for the State of Connecticut Department of Welfare. She returned to New Haven after graduate school to work as a social worker and case supervisor with the state’s Family Centered Services Project.
In 1968 she became an assistant professor in the School and Community Program, a precursor to the Department of Social Work, at Southern Connecticut State College. As a founding member of the department, she primarily taught social welfare policy in the undergraduate program. In 1997, she retired as an associate professor from what is now Southern Connecticut State University. At her retirement she was granted emeritus status.
Ada was a world traveler, visiting Vietnam, Africa, and traveling throughout Europe. An avid reader, she also enjoyed cooking and baking, taking joy in sharing recipes with family and friends.
Although she did not live near her relatives, Ada visited frequently, and particularly relished time spent with her nieces and nephews, taking great pride in their accomplishments. She stayed in close touch with family by phone and, during the 2020 presidential election, texted everyone to be sure that they voted.
Ada was a generous supporter of Bennett College, the New Haven Library, and numerous other organizations dedicated to education, human services, and social justice. She was a longtime member of Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, which honored her during its 195th anniversary luncheon in 2015.
She is survived by two sisters, Edna Grace Allison of Cape May, NJ and Barbara Brooks of Fayetteville, NC; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Everlina Jones, and four brothers, Herbert, James, and Reginald Lomax, and Bland Gatewood.
Plans for a memorial service will be announced after the pandemic.
The family asks that memorial remembrances be made to Bennett College, 900 E. Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.