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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Donald C. Staggers Sr. , educator

Donald C. Staggers Sr. , educator

Donald C. Staggers Sr., a retired Howard County public school educator who was also an accomplished tenor soloist, died of heart failure May 29 at Sinai Hospital. He was 82. The son of William Staggers, a laborer, and Pinkie Marie Staggers, a teacher, Donald Coy Staggers was born and raised in Baltimore. He was a 1950 graduate of Dunbar High School and served in the Army from 1953 to 1956, where as a member of The Ambassadors, a quartet, he entertained troops in Europe. While serving in Austria, he began formal vocal training. After being discharged, he enrolled at what is now Morgan State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 in French, German and Spanish. Dr....