|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1928, Philippines|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2008|
Dr. Julita Castro Awkard, a retired Medical Librarian at Florida A & M University, died Thursday, January 24, 2008, at the age of 79.
She is survived by her three daughters: Jane Marks, Linda Awkard, and Carol Neyland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, January 30, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with burial at Culley's Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 29, at Culley's Meadow Wood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel.
Dr. Awkard was born in Manila, Philippine Islands on November 18, 1928. In 1946, she met and fell in love with American GI, Joseph Awkard, Jr. They married that same year, and she sojourned alone by ship and reunited with him in Harrisonburg, VA, where they started a family. While raising her three young daughters, Dr. Awkard received her Bachelor of Arts degree and M.E. D. from Florida A & M University. Driven to excel academically, she also received her MSLS, AMD and Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dr. Awkard began her professional career at Albany State University in Georgia as an Assistant Librarian. In 1962, she was hired as the Pharmacy Librarian at Florida A & M. Through the years, Dr. Awkard accomplished many milestones. These included the design and implementation of a technologically state-of-the-art library for the School of Allied Health. In addition, Dr. Awkard was especially proud of being a co-founder of the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity for Pharmacy Students. She had an intense interest in all of her students at FAMU, and she wanted to instill in them a sense of direction, drive, and purpose.
Dr. Awkard's professional activities also included serving on such committees as Curriculum, Self-Study, Library Promotion and the Faculty Senate. She also worked tirelessly in the development of the faculty union at FAMU. As a community activist, Dr. Awkard was a founding sponsor of the Jolly Kids Club, a social club for the children of the faculty and staff at FAMU. Her dedication to FAMU was matched by her devotion to the Big Bend Filipino American Association, which she co-founded with Dr. Belen Mills. Dr. Awkard was also an active member of Jack & Jill of America. A devout Catholic, Dr. Awkard was a member of St. Eugene's Parish for many years. Her unwavering faith helped her overcome many physical challenges, including a lifelong struggle with diabetes and surgical removal of three separate brain tumors over the span of twelve years. Her religious discipline included extensive, nightly prayer routines, during which she would pray for the health and well-being of loved ones. Many of these cancer patients were later pronounced cancer-free. In addition to her three daughters, Dr. Awkard is survived by three grandchildren: John Robert Marks, IV, Lindsey Wallis Neyland, and Edward Joseph Awkard Dual; a son-in-law, John Marks, III; a granddaughter-in-law, Cristina Velez de Marks; a brother, Ramon B. Castro, many nieces and nephews in the Philippine Islands, and two loving caregivers, Mary Kinsey and Delores Young-Hayes. Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Record added: Jan 20, 2011
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