Donn F. Bailey, 75, of Chicago, beloved husband of the late June Bess Bailey; loving father of Marta Ann, Donna Lyn and Traja Melissa, passed into eternal life on Dec. 21, 2007. A native of New Castle, Indiana, Dr. Bailey devoted 50 years to encouraging teachers of black children to better utilize the language and culture of African-Americans, specifically how black English/ Ebonics influenced the learning styles of black children. In 1965, he co-founded the Center for Inner City Studies (CICS) of Northeastern Illinois University, where he served as director and professor for 22 years. He also chaired the commission that oversaw the progress of Chicago schools' desegregation efforts from 1986-1990. Dr. Bailey was preceded in death by wife June Bess Bailey, brother Rex H. Bailey of Antioch, CA, and sister Kay P. Bailey Bassett of Peru, Indiana. He is survived by three daughters and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Apostolic Church of God, 6303 S. Dorchester, Chicago; wake at 10:30 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.