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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Mourns Former Executive Director, Soror Lynnette Dobbins Taylor BY ASHLEY CHANEY Dmer executive director, So- sculpture, which is located on the ma Theta Sorority.“I became a member of the Na-as executive director of Delta Sig-done by James E. King, who alsocreated the Sorority’s “Fortitude”elta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc. mourns the loss of for- ror Lynnette Dobbins Taylor. campus of Howard University. tional Headquarters staff during Soror Taylor served as the fi “It has been a pleasure to have Mrs. Taylor’s tenure and appreci- fth executive director of Delta Sigma served Delta Sigma Theta for the ated the opportunity to work with Theta Sorority, the single largest past 14 years,” expressed Soror her,” said Soror McKinney. “She African-American women’s organi- shared a wealth of knowledge zation in the country, from 1966 to about the Sorority and through 1980. She died on March 22 in Cali- her advocacy of a strong team fornia. She was 94 years old. concept, I have received a foun- “The members of Delta Sigma dation that has been effective in Theta are deeply saddened by the managing the National Headquar- loss of our dear soror, Lynnette ters operations.” Dobbins Taylor,” said Cynthia Prior to coming to Delta Sigma M. A. Butler-McIntyre, National Theta, Soror Taylor served with President of Delta Sigma Theta. the Offi ce of Economic Opportu- “Soror Taylor demonstrated her nity as a program analyst and fi eld commitment to the ideals of our representative for the Community sisterhood on the local, regional Action Program to combat pover- and national levels. As executive ty in the metropolitan Washington, director for 14 years, Soror Taylor D.C. area. Formerly a resident of was revered by the Sorority’s Na- Detroit, Soror Taylor served as an tional Headquarters staff, execu- administrator in the Detroit Public tive leadership and membership Schools for 14 years. She received for her charming spirit and excep- her undergraduate degree from tional leadership.” Alabama State Teacher’s College Upon her retirement from Soror Lynnette Dobbins Taylor and her graduate degree from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Soror Wayne State University with a fo- Taylor was honored by the Grand cus on school administration and Chapter and National Executive Taylor. “I have met many wonder- school-community relations. Board with a dinner tribute at ful women and have enjoyed work- After her retirement, Soror the Washington Hilton Hotel in ing with them and helping them to Taylor went on to serve on the So- Washington, D.C. The keynote meet the challenges and opportu- rority’s National Executive Board tribute speech was delivered by nities inherent in the relationships. as chair of the National Program Soror Patricia Roberts Harris, the I have been privileged to be a part Planning and Development Com- Sorority’s fi of the growth of this dynamic and mittee from 1983 to 1988. From rst executive director. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, 10th Na- effective organization.” 1988 to 1995, Soror Taylor served tional President of the Sorority, Some members of the cur- as president of the Delta Research was the mistress of ceremonies. rent National Headquarters staff and Educational Foundation. Soror Taylor was presented with worked under Soror Taylor’s lead- Soror Taylor was initiated into a sculpture commissioned by ership and share fond memories Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Grand Chapter entitled “Woman: of her, including Soror Roseline in 1944 through Alpha Pi Sigma The Time Walker.” The piece was McKinney, who currently serves CONTINUED ON PAGE 108 106 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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