Babette Lucia Fleming
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Babette Lucia Fleming, Founder and teacher of the Pensacola Academy for Talented Students, and an originator and the donor of Fleming Fountain in Fountain Park at Seville Square, passed away quietly on February 1st, 2013 after a brief illness. Her life was a blessing to her family, her many friends, her church, to the field of education and her many students who always greeted her through the years, "Service, Ms. Fleming, Service!" She was a dedicated and inspiring teacher and academician. She inculcated in her students their need to continue to learn and to grow, and to give back to the community.
Babette (Bab) was the daughter of Ernestine Smith Fleming and James Monroe Fleming, Sr., long-time contributing members of the Pensacola community. She attended Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee in 1936. She received a Bachelor of Education degree from the National University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Masters Degree in Education at New York University, New York City, New York., teaching at Hunter College (Hunter College School for Gifted Children).Later she had academic training for social work with psychiatric and paraplegic patients, in Memphis hospitals, with further training conducted in Washington, D.C. ( National Cathedral School, where she was on the faculty).She was the co-author of a textbook, Elementary School Curriculum, Better Teaching, Now. In her distinguished career, she received many awards and honors.
Her siblings included: Dr. Richard Marion Fleming, a surgeon in Miami, Florida, now deceased; James M. Fleming, Jr., a teacher in New Harmony, IN, now deceased;
William T. Fleming, Sr., insurance executive, now deceased; Mrs. Willliam Jack Butler (Patricia), artist and business woman, of Carpentiera, CA; Dr. Jack W. Fleming, retired cardiologist, of Pensacola; Mrs. Clifton Duncan (Rosemary), career Navy wife and mother, of Pasadena, CA; Her esteemed first cousin, William G. Champlin, retired bank president, of Pensacola. Babette had six nieces and ten nephews, each with special bonds to "Bab!"; they were inspired by their unforgettable and vivacious aunt and considered Bab their contemporary! Mrs.Judith Bell Perry was her best friend since Kindergarten.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Church, Pensacola , Tuesday, Februrary 5th, 2013 at 11:00a.m.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2013