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DR. MARION BONAPARTE peacefully, transitioned this life on
Tuesday, May 31, 2022. He was the third of four children
born Mary Stanton. He is survived by à brother Albert Bonaparte
His brother Frank Bonaparte and a sister, Sylvia Odom, both preceded him
in death. He was raised in St. Matthews, South Carolina, and cared for
by his maternal grandmother, Sylvia Son As a child he attended Bethel AME Church, located in St. Matthews,
South Carolina. Dr. Bonaparte completed his high school education at
the John Ford High School, in 1957 where he received many scholastic
awards and participated in sports. After graduation from high school,
he moved to New York City, where he reunited and lived with his
mother before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1962.
While stationed in Fort Monroe, Virginia, he met and married his wife
Barbara Ann Johnson. From that union, three children were born,
Andre, Nicole, and Jacques. Following his discharge from the Army
in 1965, he returned to New York with his family where he served as a
police officer for the New York Transit Authority for two years before
beginning his career in education as a Clerical Aide to the Dean of
Administration at City University of New York.
During this time he also began to further his education. He carried a
Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens College, City University of New
York, and went on to obtain a Master of Science degree from City
College, in New York, and a doctoral degree in education from Temple
University, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Bonaparte was a lifelong learner
and enjoyed a successful career in academia, both as an administrative
leader and a professor at colleges and universities in New York City
and Baltimore, MD.
Marion Bonaparte had many diverse talents and interests. He trained
as an actor with the Harlem YMCA and with the Stephen Zacharias
workshop. He performed in several off Broadway plays, which included
leading roles in "Toys in the Attic" and "À Streetcar Named Desire."
After moving to Baltimore, MD in the late 1970s, he joined the Arena
players and continued to hone his theatrical skills. He was also an editor of the short novel "Hey Cabbie", and the author of several
books, including a collection of poems, entitled "Apple Tree."
Community outreach and politics were other areas of interest. His
work in the community was recognized with numerous citations and
awards. He was so committed to making a difference that he ran for
political offices in both New York City and Baltimore, MD. Last and
certainly not least, he was an entrepreneur. Many children in East
Baltimore enjoyed skating and dancing at Plato's Wheel Skating Rink,
which he owned and operated. There is no question, that Dr. Marion
Bonaparte was a true renaissance man.
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Bonaparte; three children, Andre',
Nicole and Jacques'; a daughter-in-law, Nina Bonaparte; a brother,
Albert Bonaparte; his grandchildren, JorDan, Julian, Taj, Nicholas,
Madison Bonaparte-Logan, Kamran, Tiffany and Joshua; two step
grandchildren John and Wayne; two granddaughters-in-law, Courtney
Bonaparte, and Tyra Bonaparte; one grandson-in-law, Michael Logan;
three great-grandchildren Dillion, Daniel, Kai and a new bundle of joy
is on the way in November; five step-granddaughters, London, Kailee,
Nylah, Laila, Kelsey, and a host of nieces and nephews.