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Stewart, Loretta Reeves

(born: 1941) Loretta Reeves Stewart is an exceptional student and educator. She attended the segregated schools in Paducah, KY, beginning at Woodland, a one-room school, then graduated at the age of 15 from Lincoln High School. In later years, Stewart was inducted into the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame [the school closed in the 1960s]. Her picture now hangs in Paducah Tilghman High School.

Stewart completed her bachelor's degree at Kentucky State University at the age of 19 and began teaching at Murray Douglass High School in Murray, KY. She was teaching at Lincoln High School when she earned her master's degree from Murray State University in 1964. She earned her Rank I at the University of Louisville in 1975.

Loretta Reeves Stewart taught school for 37 years before retiring in 1998. Her last post was that of assistant principal at Central High School in Louisville, KY. She had also been employed at the Black Affairs Program at the University of Louisville and taught part-time in the School of Business.

In 1983, she was selected by the Zonta Club of Louisville to serve as a delegate to the International Convention held in Sydney, Australia. Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals who work together to advance the status of women worldwide. [The Zonta Club of Louisville was chartered in 1960.]

From 1990-2005, Loretta Reeves Stewart was the owner of Madeline's Flowers and Things. During the same period, she was also senior program specialist with The Lincoln Foundation. She left that position in 2007 and became a specialist with the "School to Career" program at the Jefferson County Public Schools. Stewart was named one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni of Kentucky State University. She has also been named a Courier-Journal Forum Fellow. She has served on the board of the Louisville Ballet, Broadway Series, and the Heritage Weekends Committee.

Loretta Reeves Stewart is the daughter of George and Birdie Reeves, the wife of retired teacher George Stewart, and sister to Bobbie Reeves Wiggins.

This information was taken, with permission, from the Loretta Reeves Stewart resume and biography.

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