FALL 2003

in the NEWS

Georgia Tech Pioneer Shirley Mewborn Dies

Georgia Tech has lost one of its first women graduates, and one of the Institute's most honored and respected alumni. Shirley Clements Mewborn, EE 1956, died last July of colon cancer at her home in Marietta, Georgia.

Mewborn had a long career with Southern Engineering Company of Atlanta, eventually becoming vice president and treasurer before retiring in 1998. She remained active at Tech throughout her life, serving as the first female president of the Alumni Association and a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation. She received the Alumni Association's prestigious Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame.

"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 Tech education."

Mewborn, 68, was married to Francis "Duke" Mewborn, also a member of the class of 1956.

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