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Veteran Of D.C.'s Board Of Education Dies

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William Lockridge was longtime D.C. resident and political activist known for his public service. Lockridge died Wednesday of respiratory failure. He was 63 years old.

Lockridge grew up in Chicago but moved to the District in 1979 and was elected to the city's board of education in 1998. During his time on the board, he represented Wards 7 and 8 in Northeast and Southeast Washington.

He stayed on the panel after many of its powers were removed in 2007 and a chancellor position was created to oversee the city's schools. Lockridge was serving as Ward 8's representative at the time of his death.

He also was involved with the Ward 8 Democrats and the D.C. Democratic State Committee.

Lockridge had been at George Washington University Hospital since last week after suffering a stroke at his home in Southeast Washington. Lockridge had been on life support since Friday.

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