Née Hazel Jeanne Garrison on October 8, 1928, she was the firstborn to Arthur and Effie Garrison in Washington, D.C. She is named after the physician who delivered her, Dr. Hazel. Always an honor student, Hazel matriculated through the public schools of Washington, D.C. with commendation. She was the valedictorian of her class at Terrell Junior High School and salutatorian at the famed Dunbar High School. Hazel continued her scholarly pursuits at Howard University with a B.S. in Botany (graduating magna cum laude) followed by a master's degree in Botany from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She gained teaching experience in Biology and Botany at Howard, Southern and Grambling Universities. She later returned to her educational objectives, which culminated in a Ph.D. with a major in Botany and a minor in Plant Pathology at The Pennsylvania State University in 1957.While at Howard University, she met her future husband, Robert DuBois Bonner. After graduate school, they began their married life in Houston, Texas, where they had three daughters and moved to Hampton, Virginia in 1963, where they continue to reside. Dr. Bonner had a long and distinguished career at Hampton University. She advanced to full Professor of Biology and was the Dean of Graduate Studies at the time of her retirement. She enjoys Professor Emeritus status at Hampton University.
She is a proud grandmother, world traveler and has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for 46 years!
With love, husband Robert, daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannette, David, Jocelyn, James, Marian, Brian and grandson Ernest send happy birthday greetings. Along with your brother, Arthur, Jr. and extended family, and a rich array of friends, we wish you many happy returns!
Published in the Daily Press on October 6, 2013