At Athens State University’s summer commencement ceremony, alumna Louise Strange Steele of the Class of 1941 received a very special honor. Steele, who was attending the ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of her Athens College commencement, was bestowed the President’s Medal from Athens State President Bob Glenn. The ceremony was held on August 6 on the commencement stage in front of Founders Hall.
“Louise Steele epitomizes the legacy of our campus,” said Glenn. “Her 40 year tenure on our Alumni Association Board, her generosity in endowing scholarships for our present-day students, and her support of University events are unmatched. She truly is our greatest champion.”
Steele earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the then Athens College in 1941 and continued her studies at Columbia Medical School. Upon her return to Athens, she taught school at Tanner Junior High School and Athens High School before working as an analytical chemist at Redstone Arsenal. She is a great proponent of the local arts community and has been involved with such organizations as CASA, Limestone Democratic Association, Hospital Auxiliary, Beautification Board, and DAR.
The President’s Medal was first awarded in 2010 and is presented at special events by the Athens State University President. It recognizes service, honor, and loyalty in furthering the mission of the Institution.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]