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Mourns Celebrated Artist and Museum Curator Laurel Tucker Duplessis s Soror Connor led the charge for integration of her local Girl Scout Council. In 1965, she took the first integrated Girl Scout troop from Texas to “Our Cabana,” an international meeting place for Girl Scouts, in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was honored as one of 85 Top Girl Scout Leaders in Texas in 1996. A scholarship named in her honor, The Walter & Alpearl Sadberry Connor Scholarship Fund, is established with The Delta Foundation. Soror Connor was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta in 1942 at Tillotson College in Austin. Soror Connor leaves two daughters, Dolores Connor and Carolyn Connor, whom are both members of the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Willye F. Clayton Dennis, a past president of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter, entered the Omega Omega chapter on March 9, 2012 at the age of 86. She was born on March 14, 1926 in Jacksonville, Fla. After graduating from local grade schools, Soror Dennis attended Walker Business College and later Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) in the 1950s. She was initiated into the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority while attending Clark Atlanta University. Soror Dennis received her master’s degree in library science and became a professional librarian. She taught as an adjunct professor at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, served as president of the Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP, and was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives for seven years. Although she completed work toward a doctoral degree at Nova Southeastern University, she received her doctorate in Christian Education from World Bible College. Soror Dennis was an active member of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter and served as chapter presi- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Laurel Tucker Duplessis, an artist, teacher, museum curator, and commissioner on the National Commission on Arts and Letters of Delta Sigma Theta transitioned into the Omega Omega Chapter on Feb. 8, 2013. She was born on July 19, 1939 in the Bronx, N.Y. A student of painter, sculptor, illustrator, and muralist, Charles Alston, at City University of New York, Soror Duplessis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art, and a Master of Arts degree in museum studies from Hampton Laurel Tucker Duplessis University. Soror Duplessis was initiated into the Sorority through the Hampton Alumnae Chapter in 1988. Soror Duplessis' art reflects her travels to Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. She has exhibited in many national and international venues, including the New Orleans World’s Fair, the Hampton University Museum, the Schomburg Center (Black New York Artists of the 20th Century), Kirby Gallery, Barbados, Baltimore Washington International Airport, and Stella Jones Gallery to name a few. In 1992, she was commissioned by the Sorority to create a painting reflecting its Summit III theme, “Preparing Our Sons for Manhood.” Soror Duplessis served on the Sorority's National Commission on Arts and Letters under the administrations of 20th National President, Bertha M. Roddey (1992 – 1996) and 23th National President, Dr. Louise Rice (2004 – 2008). She also curated the Visual Arts portion of the Artist Pavilion at the 2000 National Convention Convention in Chicago. In 2006, she authored a booklet titled, “Basic Ideas for Collecting African American Art.” She received the prestigious Keeper of the Flame Award from the Sorority in 2008. While creating, she taught college courses in art, art history, and humanities; served as the Curator of Art at the Hampton University Museum; and retired as Curator of the Art and Artifacts Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. While working at the Schomburg Center, she was invited by MacMillan Publishing Company to write an essay on African-American artist Norman Lewis for the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Soror Duplessis is survived by her husband, Errol Duplessis of Hampton, Va.; daughter, Lauren Chachere; son, Arem Duplessis and a host of grandchildren, siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and one great-grandniece. s JOURNAL Summer 2013 67


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