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Harold Leslie Gaines, Sr.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 8:30-10:30A.M.

Visitation Location:
Pitman Funeral Home 1545 Wentzville Pkwy Wentzville, MO 63385

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 10:30A.M.

Service Location:
Pitman Funeral Home 1545 Wentzville Pkwy Wentzville, MO 63385

Will be held at a later date

St. Louis Botanical Gardens in care of Pitman Funeral Home P.O. Box 248 Wentzville, MO 63385

Harold L. Gaines, Sr. age 93 died in St. Peters, Missouri on June 2, 2018 of natural causes.

Harold was born May 24, 1925 to Harold and Opal (Thomas) Gaines of Oberlin, Ohio. He excelled as a running back for the Oberlin High School football team.

Harold was inducted in to the United States Army in 1943. He spent most of his enlistment in Italy as an interpreter. He served 3 years, earning the American Theatre Ribbon, the European Theatre Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory medal.

Harold attended Kent State University where he earned a Bachelorís of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Sociology. He was a member of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society for Social Sciences. In 1963, he became the first fulltime black faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, where he developed the curriculum of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He also founded and advised the Black Student Union. He achieved the position of chairman of the Social and Behavioral Science Division.

In 1974, Harold accepted the position of professor and chairman of the Sociology Department at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the first black faculty member there also, and wrote the universityís original Black Studies curriculum and their Affirmative Action policy. Harold was awarded the title Professor Emeritus upon retirement.

Harold served on various committees and boards, most notably serving 2 terms as a member of the East Cleveland Board of Education. He has served on special assignments to the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education as a consultant on minority relations. He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist church and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 10350.

Harold is survived by his wife Shirley. Harold is also survived by his five children. Linda Hailey, Harold, Jr. (Dawn), Kris Strahorn, David (Dara), and Donald. Harold has 21 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren.

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