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Evelyn S. Field

Evelyn S. Field passed away December 3, 2015 at the Center for Hope Hospice. A native of Somerville, she was a graduate of its public schools where she later served as a teacher and educational media specialist. She earned a bachelor's degree from Douglass College, and was one of the first two African American women to live in the dormitories. She held two master's degrees in education and in library service from Rutgers-the State University. She had five decades of organizational experience with women's groups, holding many offices with the Associate Alumane of Douglass College, including that of President, and was the founding coordinator of the Black Alumnae Network. The college honored her with the Corwin Award, the Vanguard 50 service award and induction into the Douglass Society for Distinguished Achievement. She was also active with the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women and the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council, which presented her its Five Worlds of Girl Scouting Women of Achievement Award. Evelyn marched, protested and raised funds during the Civil Rights movement as a member of the Somerville Negro Civic Council. She held many positions locally with the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) and initiated educational, cultural enrichment, youth recognition and career development programs for young people.The Raritan Valley Section recognized her service and dedication in 2012. From 1980 to 2012, she served as New Jersey State Convener and coordinated the work of NCNW within the state, concentrating on leadership and program development. At the national level, she served on the National Nominating Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the National Recertification Committee. Since the founding of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention in 1983, she represented NCNW on the Board of Directors. In 2011, NJ BIC honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A devotion to community college education she served a two-year term on the Board of Trustees of Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Since 1966, Evelyn was a member of the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Community College, which named its library in her honor. Under her leadership, the college established The Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice. She also received two community college trustee awards: the Northeast Region Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees in 2010 and the inaugural Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in 2012. A faithful alumna of Rutgers, she was elected as a Loyal Daughter of Rutgers by the Board in 2014; honored by the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance in 2011 and served as a Trustee Emerita at Rutgers-the State University. Evelyn Field was cited numerous times for her contributions to the community: placement on the Somerset Medical Center (now RWJ) Wall of Fame in recognItion of thirty years of service on the Board of Trustees; named 1996 Citizen of the Year by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce; recognition by the Somerset County Commission on Women and the NOW-NJ Foundation; receipt of the Jean Harris Award from Rotary International; and, presentation of the Drum Major for Community Service Award by the New Jersey Martin Luther King Commission in 2007. Evelyn leaves her legacy with her two children Glenn W. Field and Nancy J. Field; ten grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her parents, William and Mattie Sermons; five siblings - Willa Mae Hicks, Dolores S. Nehemiah, Marjorie L. Sermons, James Charles Sermons and Clara Bell Sermons. She is survived by three sister-in-laws: Barbara Sermons, Beatrice and Ida Field; and a host of relatives.

Visitation is Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 12noon- 2pm and 4pm to 6pm at the First Baptist Church, 132 W. High Street Somerville. The Homegoing Serving is Friday, December 11, 2015, 11am at the church. All arrangements are coordinated by Anderson Funeral Service in New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: RVCC Foundation/Paul Robeson Institute, PO Box 3300, Somerville, NJ or First Baptist Church, Somerville.

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Published in Courier News on Dec. 7, 2015.
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December 8, 2015
To the Mrs. E. Field Family; sad to hear of your loss. She'll always be in your heart. God Bless you all.
Phyllis Jackson
December 8, 2015
May you rest in peace Mrs. Field. You were a valiant pioneer and beacon for African American women at Douglass College who came behind you.
Rosa Lane, Class of 1975
December 8, 2015

Evelyn will be missed. She was a very giving person and accomplished so much.
I had the opportunity of being one of her classmates all through the Somerville school system, and she was a pleasure to know.
Words seem rather inadequate at a time like this, but perhaps knowing your friends are thinking of you will be a comfort. My many thoughts and prayers go to you in your great loss.

Love and God bless always!

Dot Devlin Kotalic
Dorothy Devlin Kotalic
December 8, 2015
You were a great teacher, Ms. Field!
December 8, 2015
With deepest sympathy to the Field family. What a powerhouse of a woman your mom was. It's an honor to have known her. May the Lord comfort you.
With love,
Elana Dorsey
December 7, 2015
Thank you to Nancy and the family for sharing such an extraordinary women with the world. We will miss her dearly and will strive to continue her work in the community.
Thank you, Ms.Field
Beverly Spruill
December 7, 2015
Ms. Field was a remarkable woman. Her background and vision, showed, she gave much of herself toward the betterment of society as a whole. She was a role model, leader and teacher, especially for women of color. She will be missed
Marilyn Hundley
December 7, 2015
Deepest sympathy for this great loss to the family. There is a depth of compassion felt for you. The loving-kindness of GOD can sustain you now and in the days ahead. May you find a measure of comfort in the loving support of each other and friends.
December 7, 2015
An extraordinary woman and great role model who will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace, Evelyn!
Pamela Hundley
December 7, 2015
What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Leah Rogers
December 7, 2015
What an impressive life well lived, and a woman with a remarkable legacy. Although I did not know Mrs. Field, I work with her granddaughter, Stephanie Penny, who is one of the sweetest, young women I've had the privilege to call "friend". Stephanie has such a kind heart and caring nature that I'm sure she is a living tribute to this grandmother who impacted her life. I know they were close and she will greatly miss her. My sympathies and prayers to Stephanie and her entire family.
Deenie Sears
December 7, 2015
Rest in peace Miss Fields.
Sallie Hagens (Doman)
Sallie Hagens
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