Norfolk Alumnae Chapter for many years. She was very passionate about Arts and Letters and devoted countless hours to that committee. She served on var-ious committees lending her creativity and leadership skills to her chapter. She was voted Delta Dear of the Year in 2011 and recently earned the title of “Norfolk Alumnae’s Most Tenderhearted Soror.” Soror Ethel Mc- Lendon, a 70-member of Delta Sigma Theta, transitioned to the Ome-ga Omega Chapter Aug. 1, 2014. Born in Craven County, N.C., Soror McLendon was initiated into the sisterhood through Alpha Lamb-da Chapter at North Carolina Central University in 1945. After graduating with honors from NCCU, she was awarded a master’s degree from Tennessee A & I State University. She pursued further studies at Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. and Columbia University in New York City. In 1963, she joined the Kentucky State facul-ty when her then-spouse, John B. McLendon, Jr., assumed the position of head basketball coach and professor of health and physical education. She was a member of the sociology department faculty who taught upper level courses in social disorganization, juvenile delinquency, urban sociology and marriage. During her tenure at Kentucky State, Soror McLendon actively served as a member of the Athletic Committee, chairperson of the Athletic Committee, and faculty representative to the NCAA. She served on the NCAA Student Academic Affairs Committee for many years, where she was instrumental in obtaining recognition of non-major college athletes for their academic achievements. In addition, Soror McLendon served on the initial Tenure and Promotion Commit-tee at KSU. She retired from Kentucky State in 1986. Soror McLendon was appointed to the Frankfort Housing Commission on July 26, 1976. After only a year and a half on the board, she was elected chair-person and continued in that position until she left the board in 1986. Under her leadership, the housing authority began a rebirth, receiving millions of dollars in grants to upgrade the existing public housing units and adding to the number of Section 8 units which meant more affordable, decent and safe housing for hundreds of Frankfort and Franklin County families. During her tenure, the authority built a state of the art office and maintenance facility, along with converting a Frankfort landmark, into a modern housing facility for the elderly. In honor of her service and dedication to the authority, a newly constructed multipurpose gym facility was named for her in 1986, the Hammons-McLendon Youth Sports Center. Soror McLendon was an active and dedicated member of the Frankfort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She held numerous offices, including chapter president. 34 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Soror Lucille Virginia Olds entered eternal rest on Oct. 3, 2014. She was 99. A native of Nor-folk, Va., Soror Olds attended Norfolk Public Schools. She was a grad-uate of Virginia State University and the University of Michigan. She was initiated into Norfolk Alumnae Chapter in 1965. Soror Olds was a faithful member of St. Paul C.M.E. Church and was tirelessly active in every phase of the church and Sunday school. Her enthusiastic involvement and dedication extended throughout the community in several educational, social and bridge clubs with life memberships in the National Associ-ation for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Teachers Association, the University of Mich-igan Alumni Association, and the Norfolk Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and member-ship in the Norfolk Chapter of Chums, Inc. Soror Olds served faithfully on several committees in Norfolk Alumnae Chapter, often extending her gifts and talents through educational pursuits with a particular passion for May Week and life development activities. She will be remembered for her kind spirit and humanitarianism. She was known for her positive and upbeat mannerism often testifying that she was “Blessed by the Best!” Dr. Renée (Nuckols) Shackelford made her transition into the the Omega Omega Chapter on March 17, 2013. Dr. Shackelford was born April 8, 1950 in Chicago, Ill. After attending junior college for a year, Dr. Shackel-ford relocated to Atlanta and enrolled in Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) where she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through Sigma Chap-ter in 1969. Dr. Shackelford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, a Master of Arts in educational leadership and a doctorate in leadership and policy from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Shackelford, the consummate educator, taught in Lynchburg and Alexandria, Va. and in DeKalb County, Ga. She served as assistant principal of Stoneview Elementary and principal of Flat Shoals and Canby Lane Elementary Schools. Dr. Shack-elford received numerous awards including: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, DeKalb County Principal of the Year-Area III, GAESP Distinguished Principal-District 7, State of Georgia. Dr. Shackelford retired from the DeKalb County School System in 2007. At the time of her transition, Dr. Shackelford was working at Georgia State University as an Educa-tional Supervisor. Dr. Shackelford was active and participated in several associations including the Superintendent’s Professional Development Program, NAACP, Phi Delta Kappa, Georgia Association of Women Voters, Georgia and National Association of Elementary Principals and the National Council of Negro Women. Posthumously, several academic scholarships were awarded to students through Decatur Alumnae Chap-ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Clark Atlanta Alumnae Association in her name. In addition, a street in front of Flat Shoals Elementary School has been renamed Dr. Renée Shackelford Circle in her honor. A Diamond Life member, Soror Shackelford was a faithful member of Decatur Alumnae Chapter where she served as second vice president and first vice presi-dent of the chapter. Soror Shackelford was the Georgia representative to the Regional Heritage and Archives Committee, chapter historian and the former chair-person of the Scholarship and Ritual and Ceremonies Committees. She is the mother of Soror Soror Lenise (Cory) Shackelford-Bostic; sister to Soror Adrienne Hardy; and long-time friend of Soror Francine S. Gadson. Soror Cecelia Wirtz Turner was born October 11, 1949 in Marysville, Calif. to the late Jetta L. Flowers and Herbert Wirtz. She entered into the Omega Omega Chapter after a long illness with pancre-atic cancer on May 28, 2014. She was a cum laude graduate from Howard University in 1971. Her brilliant mind chal-lenged her to further her education, and in 1974, she earned a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Univer-sity. Soror Turner began her career as associate in the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Law Firm, then served for several years (under the Carter and Reagan Adminis-trations) as assistant general counsel in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She was the legal counsel of the DC Public Schools from 1989 to 1998, where she successfully litigated Barry v. Bush, the landmark decision of the DC Court of Appeals that the Board of Education was declared fiscally independent of the executive offices. While in this position, she represented the school system in both federal and state courts, before congressional commit-tees, the Council of the District of Columbia and the DC Control Board. In 1998, she joined the Administrative Office of the US Courts, where she served as manager of the AO Fair Employment Practices System, the position she held until her passing. In this position, she provided legal advice on fair employment practices, EEO law and related matters. She was a certified Federal Work-place Mediator. In addition to lecturing, teaching and participat-ing in public service activities, she was a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Asso-ciation, Administrative Law Section and the Federal Bar Association. Initiated in 1980, she was a member of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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