Beth Nelson Ausbrooks, Ph.D.

Died: Wed., Jul. 12, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church

Interment Following Funeral Service

Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: Maryland National Memorial Park

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Beth Nelson Ausbrooks, Ph.D., was retired from the University of the District of Columbia where she taught for many years. Dr. Ausbrooks was a graduate of Dunbar High School and of Howard University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Political Science. During her professional career, she taught at Howard University, University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ausbrooks dedicated her life to education and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawna Rogers, M.D. (Walter Evans, Esq.); son, Gregory Rogers, Maryland businessman, (Maria Arias de Rogers); sister, Mary Wilburn (Dr. Adolph Wilburn); brother, Charles David Nelson, Esq; grandchildren, Danielle Evans and Alonzo Rogers. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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LaWanda Miles
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
Dear family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you peace to help you cope during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing our dead loved ones again in the righteous paradise on earth very soon. Acts 24:15

Elnora Lancaster
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
I will miss Beth's beautiful smile and gentle spirit. I enjoyed my visits with her as we held hands. She will be missed greatly. To the family, I pray peace and may the memories of Beth forever remain a part of you. God Bless

   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
Dear Family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. My sincere condolences to you. May you think of the many beautiful memories that you shared with Beth, and cherish those precious moments. May the God of all comfort caress your heart with his living promise to one day reunite you together again in the future paradise mentioned at Revelation 21: 4,5. Our Dear Heavenly Father Jehovah (Psalms 83:18 )knows the many tears you cry and he will sustain you if you let him. I was thinking of you and hoping that you can find comfort during this difficult time.

Anne Hughes
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017
Dear Dawna-
I was so dismayed to learn belatedly of Beth's death. She and I shared an office together at UDC, and we were good friends for many years and also worked on several grants together along with Dr. Daryao Khatri. I treasured her friendship and her sense of humor. And I've often thought of her and missed her companionship very much. The last time I saw her was at a UDC function.
I trust she is in a better place now. And I shall look back fondly at our long friendship.
With love and best regards to you and Gregory.
Anne O. Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Retired

BL Qualls
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
To the family and friends,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.
When Jesus was on earth his friend Lazarus died. He was in the tomb for 4 days already when Jesus arrived. Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters were grieving and Jesus gave way to tears. Jesus compared death to sleep. He called to Lazarus and Lazarus came back to life! You can read this wonderful true account in the Bible at John chapter 11. Jusus demonstrated what he will do for mankind when his kingdom government is ruling over all the earth. Our loved ones will come back to life! At time there will be no more pain or death (Revelation 21:3,4.)

Joseph Drew
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
What a shock to hear this news today.

Dr. Beth Ausbrooks was a close colleague of mine for two decades at the University of the District of Columbia. She was kind, supportive, positive, and beloved by everyone on the faculty and staff; once we nominated her to be the president of the university, and she would have been great at the job. The memory of Beth will abide with me as long as I am alive -- she was a highly achieved, creative, learned scholar and researcher yet simultaneously a caring and thoughtful friend, a real gift to her students and the academic community.

I remember her praise of the strength of the African American church and its great musical history, as we once sat together in pursuit of community and peace; I hope that the wings of that institution bear her to her eternal rest with the beauty, honor, and love that she so richly deserves.

May her family and friends cherish her memory.