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Napoleon Dobson, widow of civil rights advocate Rev. Vernon Dobson, passed away on Jan. 27, at the age of 87. (Courtesy photo)

Napoleon Bonaparte Dobson, widow of civil rights legend, the late Rev. Vernon Dobson, died Jan. 27 at the age of 87. A teacher who stressed the importance of education in her children’s lives, Dobson is remembered by her children as the rock that made her late husband’s work possible.

Dobson was born in Cuero, Texas, on May 14, 1927, and those Texas roots would stay with her throughout her life, much of which she spent in the Baltimore region with her husband and seven children, plus a much younger sister whom she raised after her own mother’s passing.

“My mother remained a Texan,” said daughter Sandra Dobson, adding later, “She made sure that we (children) knew her side of the family, and our Texas roots, and our heritage.”

Those roots were not the only thing Napoleon Dobson made sure her children knew, however. A teacher by vocation, Dobson made sure all of her children had learned to read before they entered school.

“She had a very simple, easy way of teaching you things,” said son Kevin Dobson. “I knew math before I went to kindergarten, and I could read before I went to kindergarten, and I didn’t even know I was learning how to read.”