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Ione Teresa Vargus

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Clams (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1930
Birth Location:
Medford, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Clams (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1930
Birth Location:
Medford
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Biography

Educator Ione Teresa Dugger Vargus was born on July 19, 1930 in Medford, Massachusetts. The daughter of the late Lt. Col. Edward Dugger and Madeline Dugger, the 1952 Massachusetts Mother of the Year, Vargus has continued her family’s dedication to education, family and public service. In 1952, she received her B.A. degree in sociology from Jackson College at Tufts University, and in 1954, she received her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. That same year, Vargus began working professionally with families for non-profit organizations. In 1969, she extended her work to include the academic world of higher education. Completing her studies in 1971 at the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University, Vargus received her Ph.D.

At Brandeis University, Vargus served as assistant professor in the newly formed Black Studies Department from 1969 to 1971, as well as in the Heller School. Afterwards, she held the position of assistant professor at the University of Illinois where she served as the Director of the School Community Pupils Project. In 1977, Vargus published a book entitled, Revival of Ideology: The Afro-American Society Movement and in 1978, she became the first academic African American dean at Temple University.

In 1986, Vargus began researching African American family reunions. She interviewed families from the eastern, northern and southern parts of the United States in order to determine the reasons and benefits of family reunions. In addition, she produced a radio documentary on family reunions for station WRTI; as well as organized the Conference on African American Family Reunions. In 1990, Vargus founded the Family Reunion Institute at Temple University, an organization which boasts being the only one of its kind in America to focus exclusively on strengthening extended families. A recognized authority on family reunions, Vargus has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and on radio and television shows across the country.

From 1991 to 1993, Vargus served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Temple University. In 2005, Vargus was the keynote speaker at the inauguration of the 2015 Procter & Gamble Black Family Reunion Time Capsule, which collected artifacts donated by leading Philadelphia businesses, academic institutions and civic groups.

Vargus resides in the Philadelphia area where her daughter, Suzanne Holloman, is the Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at a community college, and her son is Billy Vargus, the weekend sports anchor for Philadelphia’s Fox 29-TV. Vargus also has three granddaughters.

Vargus was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 19, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her mother's civic engagement, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her father
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her community in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes Hervey Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls her African American history education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about her brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about her uncle
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers Hobbs Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls her family's experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers matriculating at Tufts College in Medford
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls her experience at Tufts College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers her decision to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls singing in Chicago and her musical idols
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls demanding black teachers be hired in Medford schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers the West Medford Civic Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers her early career as a social worker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls discrimination she and her white husband faced
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls being hired by the City of Boston
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls what she learned as a social worker in Boston
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers attending Brandeis University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls becoming an assistant professor at Brandeis University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers the Brandeis student occupation of Ford Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls teaching black studies at Brandeis University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls her work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls her sister's election to the Medford School Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about Dugger Park in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes memorials to her family in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls working at Temple University in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls the publication of her dissertation as a book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ione Teresa Vargus explains her racial politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about her research on family reunions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls consulting for the African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes the history of African American family reunions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes the Temple University Family Reunion Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ione Teresa Vargus remembers serving as vice provost at Temple University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about discrimination against other ethnic groups
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ione Teresa Vargus recalls directing the Temple University Family Reunion Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Ione Teresa Vargus reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her proudest accomplishment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her most memorable awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ione Teresa Vargus describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ione Teresa Vargus talks about preserving her family's papers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ione Teresa Vargus narrates her photographs