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One of ASU’s Oldest Graduates Has Passed

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Release Date: Jul 19, 2017

Alabama State University sadly announces the passing of one of its oldest graduates.

Clarissa Black Lee, one of Alabama State University’s oldest graduates, has passed at the age of 108.

Lee earned three degrees from the University: an associate’s degree (’31), and both her bachelor’s (’50) and master’s (’57) in elementary education. She used those degrees to touch the lives of countless young people as an educator in the Elmore County school system for 41 years.

Lee's association with ASU actually began long before her enrollment in the Alabama State Teachers College. As a young person, she was a student at the Lincoln Normal School in Marion, Ala., which was the founding school of Alabama State University.

Lee last visited the ASU campus on July 27, 2016 and was welcomed by students, faculty, staff and administrators. She spoke of her love for Alabama State University and about her excitement to be able to return to campus. 

Lee was a lifelong member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Macon County and the Macon County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at noon at her home church in Tuskegee, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Clarissa B. Lee Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to:

ASU Foundation

Alabama State University

P.O. Box 241

Montgomery AL 36101


Make checks payable to:

ASU Foundation

Memo line: Clarissa B. Lee


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