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The memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00am at the Howard University Dunbarton Chapel, located at Howard University School of Divinity – Dunbarton Chapel – 2900 Van Ness St. NW Washington, DC 20008.  For those unable to attend the service in-person, you can participate by viewing the live stream of the the service (please scroll up to see the video).

The repast will take place following the memorial service on at the School of Divinity Houston Dining Hall.


Roberta McGuinn Polk transitioned on Monday April 18, 2022 at the age of 90. Roberta was born on July 24, 1931 in Baltimore Maryland. She graduated from Bennett College in 1953, with a BS in Sociology, and Boston University in 1955 with an MS in Social Work, after which she worked as a psychiatric social worker. Roberta married Leslie Polk in 1958, who was a Diplomat for the Department of State. They were stationed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where Patricia Mae Polk was born; two years later, while stationed in Damascus Syria, Robert Manley Polk was born. The Polk ‘s traveled the world, living in Belgium and France before settling in Silver Spring, MD in 1971. Roberta worked at Family and Child Services until retirement as Program Director of Daycare in 1995. She became granny nanny to her grandchildren until her enrollment at Wesley Theological Seminary at the age of 70 due to her unceasing quest for knowledge. She continued to travel, taking her last overseas trip to Paris at the age of 87. Roberta remained active as a Bennett Belle and as a devoted member of Friends of the Chapel at Howard University. She continued to make new friends throughout her life. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Patricia Polk Jett, six grandchildren, a plethora of nieces and nephews and countless friends and loved ones.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 28, at 11 a.m. Howard University, Dunbarton Chapel, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW Washington, DC.

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