Former North Carolina state Sen. Marvin Ward, known for his work with public education, has died. He was 94.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday that Ward died Monday at a hospital in Greensboro. Funeral services will be held Nov. 18 in Winston-Salem.
Ward worked in the city's schools for 29 years before he was named superintendent in 1963. He led the Winston-Salem-Forsyth County school district for 13 years before retiring in 1976, then successfully ran for the state Senate in 1978.
He was named chairman of the Senate Education Appropriations Committee.
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The Democrat served until 1994, when he lost the election to Republican Ham Horton.
Ward held degrees from Appalachian State University and UNC Chapel Hill.