Thursday, October 14, 2004

UC alumna turns 101, is honored


Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

After 101 years, Georgia E. Beasley is probably everybody's queen mother, especially on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The African-American Cultural and Research Center and the African-American Alumni Association and UC gave her that title Wednesday as they honored her as the university's oldest living African-American alum.

The ceremony took place at the African-American Cultural and Research Center in Sander Hall.

She came into the center in a wheelchair to a standing ovation from 150 students as Eric Abercrumbie, director of the center, called out: "Welcome to the Queen Mother.''

[photo]
Georgia Beasley at a Living Legends ceremony at University of Cincinnati when she was 96. Beasley has since turned 101.
Enquirer file

Beasley, who graduated from UC in 1925 with a bachelor's degree in home economics, turned 101 on Sept. 13.

To the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Omega Chapter, Beasley epitomizes the profile of an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman: knowledgeable, experienced, responsible, committed and trustworthy, said Iva Brown, president of the sorority.

Beasley was the first African-American to graduate from Withrow High School. She was awarded a scholarship from the Omicron chapter of the sorority and was one of five African-American students attending UC in the early 1920s.

"Things were a lot different when I entered the university in the 1920s,'' she said . "But prejudice never bothered me because I knew what I wanted to do and I did it.''

Healthy smiles

Nolaune Davis, 11, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, was among the thousands of kids who learned about dental care during the Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 to Promote Good Oral Health.

Nolaune is the son of Latonda Carter of Avondale.

The club joined with Crest to promote the festival-like Smile for Life Day at the U.S. Bank Boys and Girls Club, Avondale, last Wednesday.

"We have a dental clinic in the building, which offered an opportunity for the children to see what goes on in a clinic,'' said Amy Leroux, director of community affairs for the clubs. "We showed X-rays of good and bad teeth. ... The idea was to inject the fear factor and encourage them to brush more.

"We also showed them what could happen if they ate too much candy."

Acts of Kindness

Six local Masons were elevated to the 33rd degree, the highest honor of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, during the annual meeting of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council Sept. 21 in Milwaukee.

The degree is awarded for outstanding service to Freemasonry or for significant contributions to humanity that reflect credit upon the organization.

Locals who were among 129 selected for the degree were: Jerome R. Clark, Batavia; Robert G. Graham, Springfield Township, Hamilton County; Lloyd R. Naylor II, Winchester; Timothy O. Ralston, Georgetown; Thomas R. Schuck, downtown Cincinnati; and Joseph I. Sykes Jr., North Bend.

"I feel extremely proud to receive this honor,'' said Graham, a retired vice president of customer relations for Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. "I am particularly proud to be involved in Freemasonry because of the charitable work we are able to do."

Graham said he was particularly proud of the learning centers for dyslexic students that the organization supports. The organization has 40 such centers across the country, Graham said.

"We offer one-on-one tutoring to people suffering from dyslexia,'' Graham said. "I have also been involved with our program with the Burns Institute. To see some of the cases of burned children and be able to help means a lot to me."




TOP STORIES
Bishop Woods in peril?
Seton High School details expansion plan
Officer graduates, loses job
County settles on stadium

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Gay-rights sides target black vote
Bush, Kerry spar on domestic issues
Noonan: Kerry 'worst of party'
Kerry's plan, Bush's past declarations scrutinized
Xavier students gather, let own voices be heard
Transcript of Bush, Kerry debate

ELECTION 2004
Taft: 'No' on same-sex issue
Insults fly in Senate race
Vote monitor optimistic
Lawyers rate candidates
Westwood and Groob square off tonight
Lawyer sues over lost form to vote
Middletown streets on ballot
Election 2004 page

IN THE TRISTATE
EPA, trash firm debate leak from closed landfill
Council rejects police plans
Fire union disputes cost-saving plan
Museum faces cutbacks
Frist: Doctors leaving Ohio
Two teenagers arrested in Royal Crown hotel fire
Witness: Mom not hysterical, though fire trapped her infant
Local news briefs
Mayor of Madeira retires, is moving to Warren County
Man ruled insane in murder of activist
Milford police chief resigns, halting property misuse case
State audit faults Morrow
Neighbors briefs
Killer who blamed his victim is executed at Lucasville prison
Public safety briefs
Northwest Local Schools loses board president
Sierra Club pushes renewable energy
New drivers get look at real-life tragedies
OT for Bush rally covered

THEATER REVIEWS
'Thirty Ghosts' uneven
Dancers make impact

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Council deaf to pleas for crime control
Good Things Happening

LIVES REMEMBERED
Alex C. Papas, 84, made candy

KENTUCKY STORIES
Towne Center should proceed with latest OK
River view the draw for condos
Losing weight inspired teacher to help others
State insurance plan outlined
N. Ky. news briefs
Dad, lawyer run from SUV after custody case; mom held
Most N.Ky. schools meeting state goals
House fire victim loses Fla. home, too
Fletcher blamed for flap