Letter to the Editor
Farewell Our Brother
We mourn the loss of our fallen brother, you called him Alphonso Studesville.
Not only was he was an original founding member of the 100Black Men of Madison, but he was so much
more to us and to his community.
He helped develop the organizational structure of 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. as it exists today, using
his wealth of knowledge and calm demeanor. He was an involved and committed part of the organization’s
core, since its inception 19 years ago.
While we are all leaders in our own right, he was comfortable leading or being a soldier for the cause,
because our cause was his cause, a cause we all believe in.
He served in many capacities and supported all 100 Black Men of Madison programs and activities.
Everyone enjoyed working with him and he enjoyed working with everyone.
For the last 15 years, he has served the organization as chief cook and coordinator for the Back Packs for
Success picnic, a task he enjoyed.
But most important of all, he was a mentor to some, confidant to several and advisor to all members of our
He and his lovely wife Jan were the very definition of selfless servants to the community, their family and
We mourn the loss of our fallen brother, you called him Alphonso Studesville. We called him our friend.
100 Black Men of Madison, Inc