In Memoriam

Carolyn D. Yancey (1921-2010)

Carolyn D. Yancey, who served for 27 years on the board of trustees of Spelman College, has died at her home in Atlanta. She was 89 years old.

A native of Detroit, Yancey earned a bachelor’s degree in education and social work from Wayne State University. Her husband, Asa G. Yancey Sr., was the first African American on the faculty of the Emory University medical school. Mrs. Yancey simultaneously served on the Spelman board, the Atlanta Board of Education, and the state Board of Regents. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the state board.