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Gussie Williams Mallory, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) oldest alumna has passed away after recently celebrating her 107th birthday.
Mallory, a native of Jefferson County Fla. and retired educator, began her teaching career in the 1920’s at Howard Academy High School. President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. expressed her sadness regarding the loss to the University family.
“When I visited with Mrs. Mallory two weeks ago, she was frail, but I could tell that her spirit was indomitable and that a serene peace had surrounded her. Mrs. Mallory’s impact and resilience were truly inspiring, and we join her family and friends in saluting the life and legacy of this fallen Rattler,” Mangum said.
Mallory transferred to the Leon County School System in the 1960’s, and remained there until her retirement in the 1970’s. A member of FAMU’s class of 1943, Mallory spent decades teaching and shaping the lives of children in Jefferson and Leon Counties.
“While we mourn her passing, we will celebrate her contributions to Florida A&M University and to the broader community,” Mangum said.
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