Longtime Teacher Louise Bass Serves As Mentor For Ypsilanti Youth, April 1989 Photographer: Colleen Fitzgerald
Ann Arbor News, April 23, 1989
Louise 'Ma' Bass, 70, retired from East Middle School in 1985. Now, pupils go to her west side home to partake of her knowledge. And reading and math aren't the only subjects. 'We get around to talking about such things as how long to stay on the telephone without riling your parents, disagreements with mom or dad, boy-girl relationships,' Bass says.
Ypsilanti Hosts Appreciation Banquet For Thomas and Louise Bass, December 1979 Photographer: Larry E. Wright
Ann Arbor News, December 9, 1979
Dr. and Mrs. Bass are honored by community
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Michael Thomas Bass was born in 1945 to Thomas and Louise Bass. His parents–a doctor and a teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. Bass excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was senior class president of Ypsilanti High School in 1963. He received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Bass is best known for playing in the National Football League for the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from the NFL, Bass ran a resort in the Bahamas. He and his wife Rosita now reside in Florida and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Louise.
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Leah Bass-Baylis was born in 1954 in Ypsilanti. Her parents Thomas and Louise Bass–a doctor and teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. She studied dance at Ypsilanti’s Randazzo Dance Theater and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1976. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Southern California. Bass-Baylis was a dancer and choreographer for many Broadway shows, including performing in The Tap Dance Kid. In her later career as an administrator, she developed arts education programs in Los Angeles. She and her husband Doug Baylis have four children.
Ann Arbor News, November 29, 1956
The newly named, Lawrence C. Perry School on Harriet St., was dedicated Wednesday night in the new gymnasium before a large crowd. School officials and special guests front row from left are, Rev. William P. Mooney, who lead benediction, Amos Washington, Mrs Mildred Harris, board trustees, Mrs Louise Bass, president of the school P.T.A., Dr. Arnold W. Brown, president of the school board, Rev. Thomas Smith leading invocation, Lawrence C. Perry Jr., the son of the late Lawrence Perry for whom the school was named, Dr. Clair L. Taylor, superintendent of public instruction, Charles E. Beatty, principal, Mrs Beth Milford, board member. Back row, from left, are Donald H. Porter, school business manager, Hugh Adams, trustee, Edward Kurtz, contractor, R. S. Gerganoff, architect, Judge James R. Breakey Jr., in memoriam speaker, Evart W. Ardis, superintendent of schools, Michael Bass, student council, Clyde Budd, school board and Edward Cuthbert. An open house and special music preceded the formal program.