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Shirley Mewborn, one of Tech’s
first female graduates, dies
Clements Mewborn, one of the first two women to graduate with a Tech degree,
died on July 10, 2003, after a battle with colon cancer. She was 68.
Transferring to Georgia Tech in 1953, Shirley earned a degree in electrical
engineering in three years.
“Tech offered a wonderful opportunity for education at an affordable
price,” she said during a recent radio interview.
A sample of her affiliations affirms her dedication to Tech: the first
woman to serve as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; a
member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board since 1989; a member of the
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board; and chairperson
of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Georgia Tech Advisory
Board. In addition, she established the Shirley Mewborn Perseverance Scholarship
Fund for female students at Tech and the Francis and Shirley Mewborn Endowment
Shirley was inducted into the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame and
was a recipient of the 1994 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
Award. In March, she received the Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished
Services Award, the highest award conferred by the Georgia Tech Alumni
Earlier this month, Shirley was unanimously elected to the Georgia Technology
Hall of Fame, a prestigious award for leaders who have shaped the growth
of technology in Georgia.
“Shirley Mewborn was a pioneer at Georgia Tech,” said President
Wayne Clough. “We will miss her fine leadership, her excellent judgment,
her tireless energy and her warm smile. She was the embodiment of a Georgia
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