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In Memoriam

We Will Always Remember...

We endeavor to honor and celebrate the lives of the members of the Spelman Community. While this list may not feature all we have lost, we stand together to cherish their memories and celebrate the legacies of everyone who has called Spelman home at one time or another. 
  • Spelman Pays Tribute to Robert Danny Flanigan

    Spelman College Honors Robert Danny Flanigan
    March 2021

    Recently, Spelman College suffered the unexpected loss of one of the most cherished members of the Spelman community, Robert “Danny” Flanigan Jr. Few epitomized the spirit of Spelman the way that Danny did. Few did as much to transform Spelman into a leading liberal arts college. Few will leave a vacancy as big as the one Danny leaves behind. A virtual tribute will be held in Flanigan's honor on Wednesday, March 24, at 11 a.m.

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  • Spelman Salutes Dr. Jane E. Smith, C'68

    Spelman Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Jane Smith
    December 2020

    Spelman College ran like a river through the life of Dr. Smith. She was a life-long member of Friendship Baptist Church, whose founding pastor, Father Quarles, in 1881, provided the basement of Friendship to the Atlanta Baptist Seminary, which would become Spelman College.

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  • The Spelman Community Honors Bishop Barbara L. King

    Spelman Remebers Dr. Barbara L. King
    December 2020

    Spelman honors the life and mourns the loss of Dr. Barbara King, Hillside International Truth Center founding minister. King was 90 years old and was a towering presence in Atlanta and in the faith community with her ministry reaching audiences in several nations including Ghana.

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  • Spelman Salutes Anita Estell for Being a Spark of Light

    Spelman Salutes Anita Estell
    November 2020

    The Spelman community celebrates the life and legacy of Anita R. Estell, a valued member of the Spelman community and a leader in her field who served as the College’s lobbyist from 1998 until fall 2020. ​ With more than 25 years of experience working in Washington, D.C., Estell’s achievements at the national level are unparalleled.

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  • In Memory of Kennedy Preval, C'2023

    Spelman Remembers Kennedy Preval
    September 2020

    Spelman College grieves the loss of one of our young Spelman sisters, Kennedy Noelle Preval, C’2023. We extend our condolences to her mother, Erica Ford Preval, C’98, father, John Preval, her sister, Alana, C’2021, and to all of her family, friends and loved ones.

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  • Spelman Remembers Dr. Claudette C. Cureton

    Spelman Remembers Alumna Claudette Chapman
    September 2020

    The Spelman community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Claudette Hazel Chapman Cureton, C'51, a long-time educator, community leader, and religious leader who passed on August 16, 2020, in South Carolina.

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  • Spelman Honors the Life and Legacy of Social Justice Warrior John Lewis

    Spelman College Celebrates the Life of Congressman John Lewis
    July 2020

    John Lewis loved Black people unconditionally. And he loved justice just as much. With the death of the Georgia Congressman, the world has lost a valiant social justice warrior.

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  • Spelman Lovingly Remembers Patricia "Pat" Cabell-Lee, C'74

    Spelman Alumna Patricia Cabell
    April 2020

    The Spelman community honors the life and legacy of New York native Patricia Catherine Cabell-Lee, C'74. She will always be remembered as a True Blue Spelman sister.

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  • Retired Educator Ernestine Miles Mann Leaves a Lasting Legacy

    Spelman Celebrates the Life of Ernestine Miles Mann
    April 2020

    Spelman alumna Ernestine Miles Mann, C’57, was well respected inside and beyond the Spelman gates. The longtime educator who spent nearly 30 years teaching in the Atlanta public school system, devoted her life to training young minds and serving her community.

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  • Spelman Remembers Arts Icon and Distinguished Professor David C. Driskell, Ph.D.

    Spelman Celebrates the Life and Legacy of David Driskell
    April 2020

    The Spelman Community in solidarity with scores of individuals around the globe, celebrates the life and indelible legacy of David C. Driskell, Ph.D., (1931-2020). The legendary artist and distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) who is recognized worldwide for his scholarship and expertise in African American art, passed away at the age of 88, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from complications of COVID-19.

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