BERKELEY -- A public memorial for former judge and law school dean Henry Ramsey Jr. is scheduled for May 3 in Wheeler Auditorium at UC Berkeley, and is expected to include remarks by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium, and a reception for reflections will be held at Memorial Stadium immediately following the ceremony.

Ramsey, a politician, lawyer, judge, professor and law school dean, died last month after suffering a massive stroke five days earlier at his Berkeley home, his son Charles Ramsey said. He was 80.

Charles Ramsey said his father was one of two African-Americans, along with Eugene Swann, to integrate the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office in the 1960s.

He was a member of the law faculty at Boalt Hall from 1971 to 1980 and served on the Berkeley City Council from 1973 to 1977. Later, Ramsey became a Superior Court of California judge and then dean of Howard University School of Law from 1991 until 1996, according to his online biography.

Harris and Brown were friends of Ramsey, and are expected to deliver remarks about his contribution to the area and civil rights. Former Richmond Councilman Jim McMillan is also expected to speak.


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