Ruth B. Crawford, '39 to be inducted National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by ncarter | 06/2/2011 10:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Dr. Ruth B. Crawford, '39 was selected for induction into the 2011 class for exceptional achievements in the field of community service. The Paine College community nominated Crawford. She will also be recognized for her outstanding support of her community and her alma mater.

Crawford joins the ranks of over 250 distinguished Hall of Famers and other influential inductees like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was inducted on behalf of Morehouse College. The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the growth and development of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is committed to securing supplemental scholarships for students attending HBCUs, as well as, highlighting the tremendous accomplishments of distinguished alumni of these institutions.

The 26th Annual Hall of Fame Signature Induction Ceremony will take place Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

About Dr. Ruth B. Crawford:

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Paine College, Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letter from Paine College.

Crawford was employed as a teacher with the Richmond County Board of Education soon after her matriculation at Paine College. During her 38-year tenure, she provided opportunities for thousands of students to achieve academic excellence in a variety of academic areas.

In 1977, Crawford retired from the Richmond County School System and founded Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center where she served 30 years as its Founding Executive Administrator on a volunteer basis. During this time, she devoted her life community service, assisting the elderly, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in need. She also worked hard to continue educating youth and working with the court system to rehabilitate first time criminal offenders.

Many have recognized Crawford for her outstanding achievements and generous contributions. She has been a lifetime supporter of Paine College, where she is a charter member of the Presidents Club and has been selected as one of Paine College's Distinguished Alumni. She also was commissioned to design the Paine College Flag. Continuing her pursuit to provide education and access to students, The Ruth B. Crawford Endowed Chair in Education was established in her honor.

She has received honors and awards including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service from WJBF-TV, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from University Hospital, The Governor's Award from two different Georgia Governors, The Good Samaritan Award presented by the St. Joseph Foundation, the Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the J.C. Penny Gold Rule Award and many more.

Today, Crawford continues to service her community. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Paine College National Alumni Association and Georgia Retired Teachers. She is the founder of and a present member of the National Association of University Women, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a member and Trustee Emeritus of William Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She has written and published three books, Woods Afire, The Greatest Story Never Told and Peace, Power and Purpose of Volunteering.

Ms. Crawford resides in Augusta, Georgia and her family includes children: Dr. George I. (Dee) Crawford, Dr. Christine Ruth Crawford, Drs. George I. (Monica) Crawford, Jr. and Drs. Marcus H. (Kristina) Crawford.

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