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.
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.