J. Percy Bond, retired Morgan official, dies at 80

J. Percy Bond, retired director of financial aid and admissions at what was then Morgan State College, died Sunday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Bond, who lived on Park Avenue, was born in Alabama and grew up in Washington. He was a graduate of Howard University and held a master's degree from Cornell University.


Mr. Bond was an instructor at North Carolina A&T; College and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania before being assigned as educational adviser to the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He later was made state director of Negro affairs of the National Youth Administration for North Carolina. His work in education led to his becoming head of the National Youth Administration in Washington.


For two years during World War II, Mr. Bond served as club director of the American Red Cross in Australia, and in 1944 went to Italy with the United National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He served as a civilian director of refugee camps and later as director of repatriation and resettlement in Rome until 1948.

His work in Australia was documented in "Yanks Down Under, 1941-1945, The American Impact on Australia," by Daniel and Annette Potts.

Mr. Bond began work at Morgan in 1948 as an assistant professor of English and retired in 1969 after 21 years.

In 1962, he became the first black on the Baltimore board of education, where he served until 1968, when health problems caused him to step down.

He had been active in numerous civic organizations, including the Baltimore Urban League, of which he had been president, the Community Action Commission and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He was the first president of the Maryland Committee on Human Rights and served on the board of the NAACP.

Mr. Bond was a past vice president of the Big Brothers of Baltimore and a member of the national board of the Americans for Democratic Action.

He was past Worshipful Master of King David Lodge, No. 18, F.& A.M., Prince Hall.


Mr. Bond is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Ruth Broom; a son, John P. Bond III of Washington; a daughter, Jowill Maddox of Washington; a sister, Wenonah Logan of Alexandria; three stepsons, Kenneth Broom of Hilo, Hawaii, Michael Broom of Columbia and Christopher Broom of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Maria Broom of Baltimore; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The family suggested contributions to the American Heart Association.