PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - Marcia Reback, a renowned education activist in Rhode Island passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer.

Reback was known for being a champion of students’ rights and advocating for children on several national committees.

She’s also remembered for her fierce representation of teachers garnering her the nicknames of “Bulldog”, “Sphinx”, and “Mother Teresa with an attitude.”

“Marcia was a devoted champion of working Rhode Islanders, especially our teachers,” Congressman David N. Cicilline said. “She knew the importance of a strong middle class and of making sure that hard work is honored with a decent wage.”

Just a few of the many positions Reback held throughout her life include being the President of the Providence Teachers Union, the President of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, and the Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers.

“The entire state owes her a debt of gratitude for her advocacy on behalf of teachers and her tireless efforts to improve education for Rhode Island students,” President of the RI Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio said in a statement Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence.

Reback was 74-years-old.

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