Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Updated Obituary- Dr. Julia E. Berry


Dr. Julia E. Berry 
Dr. Elizabeth Berry, former college counselor and Director of Pre-education at the Junior College of Kansas City and the Metropolitan Community College died November 22, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The daughter of the late Charles Picton Berry and Sarah Annie (Ousley) Berry. Dr. Berry was born in Alabama, but came to Missouri at the age of 3, and was reared in Cass County. A graduate of Central Missouri State University, Dr. Berry earned the A.M. degree from the University of Michigan , and the Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. She began her teaching career in the schools of Cass County, was teacher and Chairman of the Social Science Department, Independence, Missouri Junior High School, then taught English and was Assistant Guidance Director in Albuquerque, New Mexico Public Schools. Following completion of the doctor's degree, Dr. Berry was Guidance Director in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida schools and then returned to Missouri where she taught 12 years as college counselor and Director of Teacher Education at the Junior College of Kansas City and the Metropolitan Community College.

Dr. Berry spent the next two years in research and study in Europe, where she lectured at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and Cambridge University in England. This experience was followed by professorships at the University of Maryland, the City University of New York, and Louisiana State University. The author of several research based books and numerous articles in professional journals, Dr. Berry was active in the American Counseling Association, The National Council of Teachers of English, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She was especially active during the 1970's and 1980's in efforts to secure equal employment opportunities for women instructors and professors in higher education. She was a nationally recognized scholar in her career field. Following retirement in 1987, Dr. Berry spent time on research and public services in the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

Dr. Berry was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Curtis Neil Berry of Harrisonville, Missouri and Charles Picton Berry, Jr. of Springfield, Missouri; four sisters, Monnie Berry, Lois Clement, Nonnie Dunkin and Louise McGee all of Harrisonville, Missouri. She is survived by one remaining sister, Gladys Russell of Los Altos, California; several nieces and nephews including Richard Berry who lives in Kansas City.

Funeral service will be 1 pm, Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City, Missouri.