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Edythe Scott Bagley (1925-2011)

June 16, 2011

Upon learning of the death of longtime Cheyney University faculty member Mrs. Edythe Scott Bagley, Cheyney University President Michelle R. Howard-Vital expressed condolences on behalf of the University.

“Cheyney University grieves at the loss of the talented professor and mentor, Edythe Scott Bagley.   Our condolences are extended to the hundreds of family members, students of Professor Bagley, and the larger theater arts community," President Vital stated.

Edythe Bagley, sister of civil rights legend Coretta Scott King, joined the Cheyney University faculty in 1971 with the assignment of developing a theatre arts major. Largely due to her leadership, Pennsylvania’s Department of Education approved the University’s proposal to offer a theatre arts major in 1980.  The university completed the construction of a modern theatre arts facility in 1996.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Bagley directed the student repertory group, the Cheyney Players, and directed many productions from both classical and modern dramatic literature.

Cheyney University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ivan Banks added that Professor Bagley was a beloved Cheyney University faculty member who will always be remembered.  “She always remembered us,” said Vice President Banks.

Professor Bagley was a member of the Cheyney University faculty for 25 years, retiring in 1996. Her title was Associate Professor of Fine Arts in the department of English.  She was married to Dr. Arthur M. Bagley, a retired professor at Cheyney, for 57 years until his passing on February 24th of this year.