[In Memorian] Thelma Payton TSU Alum and Former Tuskegee University first lady dies

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (May 23, 2013) — Thelma P. Payton, the wife of Tuskegee University’s fifth president, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, died today. She served as first lady at the university from 1981-2010. Formerly Thelma Plane of Evanston, Ill., she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University and a master’s in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work.




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