Name: Adeline Irma [Le Duc] Simonton
Given Name: Adeline Irma [Le Duc]
Name: Adeline Irma [Le Duc] Black
Given Name: Adeline Irma [Le Duc]
Change Date: 1 APR 2012 1
_PRIM: Y 6 JUN 1906 in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey
_PRIM: Y 18 JUN 1972 in , New York, New York
Note: From New York Times, 19 Jun 1972: Children's-Book Writer Slain in 'Village' // By Michael T. Kaufman // Irma Simonton Black, a writer and editor of children's books, was found stabbed to death yesterday in the Greenwich Village landmark house she had lived in for more than 30 years. // Mrs. Black, who was 65 years old, was to retire in August as chairman of publications and communications for the Bank Street College of Education. She hadbeen on the faculty of the college for 40 years and had created the Bank Street readers, a series of school books in which the traditional Dick and Jane prototypes were replaced by urban children in city settings. // Mrs. Black's husband, James Hammond Black, a partner in the Wall Street law firm of Sowers, Herrick & Black, was away over the weekend attending the wedding of a niece in Savannah, Ga. He returned home two hours after the murder was discovered at 2 P.M. // At that time two neighbors, whose suspicions had been aroused by a broken basement window, went through the house at 26 Jones Street, off Bleeker Street, in the West Village. // The neighbors, Mrs. Hope Dubell and Tony Buttita, told the police that they had found the door to Mrs. Black's third floor apartment open and that the writer's body, clad in pajamas, lay inside in the kitchen. // The police surmised that the killer was a burglar. They said the murder weapon, found in the kitchen, was a fork from a carving set that had been taken from the Dubell's apartment. They said Mrs. Black, who was stabbed in the left shoulder, had apparently resisted the intruder. // They also reported that closets and desks in two other apartments in the building had been opened and ransacked. On the second-floor landing, the police said, the neighbors found a pair of men's boots that may have belonged to the intruder. // Police theorze that the murderer had fled through the skylight in the Black apartment, which was found unlatched. // Detectives had not yet established a time of Mrs. Black's death, but they said she was murdered some time after 8 P.M. Friday, when she talked by phone with her only daughter, Mrs. Earl Engle, who lives in Tappan, N.Y. // Mrs Engle had invited her mothero spend the weekend with heerm but she said her nother had turned down the invitation, saying that her 12-year-old cat, Princess, was ill and that she wanted to stay and care for it. // A neighbor of the Blacks said that last year there had been several thefts of television sets in the house and that almost all the residents had recently changed their locks. The neighbor described the diminutive Mrs. Black as a careful woman who did not open her door to strangers. // The house on the quiet, tree-shaded street and two others that adjoin it are owned cooperatively by the Blacks and eight other families. The houses were built in 1840 and have been designated as city landmarks. // Mrs. Black had written dozens of children's books, both fiction and nonfiction, and was a frequent reviewer of children's literature. She had just completed work on a new series of school books called "Discoveries," which is being published by Houghton Mifflin. // In addition, she wrote such pedagogical guides as "Off to a Good Start. A Handbook for Parents" and "Everyday Problems of the Pre-School Child." She was a columnist for Redbook and for the former newspaper PM. // A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bernard College, Mrs. Black did graduate work at the Bank Street College and at New York University. She traveled widely in Europe and the Caribbean.
Note: From memorial marker, Speedwell Church, Millett, SC: in memory of / Irma Simonton / Black / Author / June 6, 1906 / June 19, 1972 / Ashes in Ferncliff, Hartsdale, N.Y. [ALSO, from data, same memorial: Irma LeDuc Simonton Black; b. Jun. 6, 1906, Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ; d. Jun. 19, 1972, New York, New York Co., NY; Irma S. Black was an author of children's books and articles about children; also an educator of young children; senior editor of the Bank Street Readers; active participant in the Writers Laboratory of Bank Street College of Education; was stabbed to death in her apartment in New York; no one as been arrested for this crime; wife of James Hammond Black; mother of Constance Kirkland Black; daughter of John Vandervoort Simonton and Lida Marie Duke Simonton.
Reference Number: 1293626
Note: From www.bankstreet.edu: The History of The Irma S. and James H. Black Picture Book Award // Irma Simonton Black at Bank Street // by William H. Hooks // [Note: This essay is an adaptation and update of the Keynote Speech for the 1997 Irma S. and James H. Black Picture Book Award, given by the late William H. Hooks, former Director of the Bank Street Publications Division, 1972-1992, and himself a prolific author of children's books.] // The Bank Street College of Education's 36th Annual Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature took place last Tuesday at the Harvard Club in New York City. Since its inception in 1973, the award has been presented every year in recognition of an innovative and exceptional picture book that integrates both text and illustrations, with "each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole." What makes this award unique is its selection process, which has children serving as the final judges. // ... Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner, president of Bank Street College of Education, who officiated at the early morning ceremony and breakfast, addressed the crowd of authors, publishers, editors, teachers, art directors and librarians packed comfortably into the North and Biddle rooms of the Harvard Club. ... Souza Kappner-who has led the college since 1995 and will leave her post as president of the institution at the end of June-acknowledged Camille Black Engle, daughter of Irma Simonton and James H. Black, following which she introduced the widely acclaimed children's author Jon Scieszka, the event's keynote speaker. ... The popular author spoke of the importance of listening to children and allowing them to make their own book selections. "Let kids make a choice. Let them be a part of the world. That's what I like about this award. It is all about listening to kids and seeing what they like-what they like to read. Give them the space. Let them be the boss of reading." // In effect, this is what pioneers such as Irma S. Black encouraged. A writer/editor of children's books, Black was the founder of the Bank Street Writers Lab, established in 1937. Later, in the early 1960s, Black became chair-person of Bank Street's Publications Division. // It was during this time that the visionary Jack Niemeyer, president of Bank Street College, Black and others developed the "Bank Street Readers," the first books used in the United States to teach children to read that featured multi-ethnic urban children.
James Hammond Black b: 30 JAN 1902 in Millett, Barnwell, South Carolina
31 MAR 1934
in , New York, New York
- Abbrev: Irma Simonton Black: A Biography
Title: Constance Black Engle, Irma Simonton Black: A Biography (http://streetcat.bankstreet.edu/html/biography.html)
- Abbrev: Findagrave.com
Title: "Find A Grave." Database and images. (www.findagrave.com : 2009.)
Page: (www.findagrave.com); Memorial# 43235181, added 18 Oct 2009 by Constance Kirkland Black.