E. Veronica Scott-Pace, former executive director of the D.C. Office of Aging and one of the city’s most ardent advocates for the rights and interests of senior citizens, died April 8. She was 78.
Funeral services were held at the Canaan Baptist Church in Northeast on April 24. Pace was buried at the Maryland National Memorial Park in Laurel, Md.
Born in the District on May 17, 1940, Pace attended Parkview Elementary School, Banneker Junior High School and Dunbar Senior High School and then proceeded to Howard University.
At Howard, Pace studied under the nation’s leading Black scholars such as sociologist E. Franklin Frazer. She graduated with honors, earning the highest score in her senior class, and eventually received a master’s degree in social work from Howard as well. She also pledged to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was inducted into the Phi Delta Honor.
At the funeral, she was honored by The Links Incorporated and received Alpha Kappa Alpha’s special memorial services.
Pace was an advocate for women receiving senior-level positions in the District government. In her work with seniors, she saved the Washington Center for Aging Services from closure and served as the point person for the country’s first senior wellness facility, The Washington Senior Wellness Center.
She played a role in the D.C. Office of Aging and the Hayes Senior Wellness Center being in separate buildings.
Pace worked under D.C. Mayors Marion S. Barry and Anthony Williams and credited Elijah Rogers and Robert Bobb for their support while she worked for various administrations.
She and her husband, Walter Pace, had a daughter, Leah Veronica Pace.
Pace had lifetime memberships in organizations such as African American and Genealogical Society and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Pace is survived by her daughter, Leah, as well as numerous family members and friends.