Jacqueline B. Vaughn, 58, the longtime president of the Chicago Teachers Union, died of cancer late last month.
The first African-American, and the first woman in this century, to head the Chicago union, Ms. Vaughn became the president of the 31,000-member organization in 1984 after serving as vice president since 1972. She also served as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers.
She was known for her tough bargaining style, negotiating raises for Chicago's teachers even when school budgets were tight.
Ms. Vaughn, who was diagnosed as having cancer several years ago, relinquished her union duties only two days before her death.
She attended public schools in Chicago and earned a teaching degree from the Chicago Teachers College in 1956.
Thomas H. Reece, the C.T.U.'s vice president, will serve as the interim president until the union elects officers in May.
Former Council Director Dies: Samuel Berry Husk 3rd, a former executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, died of a brain tumor last month at his home in McLean, Va. He was 56.
Mr. Husk went to work for the council in 1971 and was the executive director from 1974 to 1991.