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In memoriam: Gladys Strawn Bullard

“Service” is UNCG’s motto. Distinguished alumna Gladys Strawn Bullard, who died last week at age 96 in Wake County, lived that motto for nearly a century.

She served two terms on the UNCG Board of Trustees, from Fall 1977 to 1985. During the second term, she was vice chair of the board.

She graduated in 1939 from Woman’s College (UNCG) with a bachelor’s in home economics. The Pine Needles yearbook notes she was a member of the Cornelian Literary Society. She was also a four-year member of the YWCA and the Home Economics Club, the latter of which she was president her senior year.

She received her master’s in public health nutrition from Simmons College.

Her obituary notes she was a leader and board member of many organizations over the years in Wake County, such as the YWCA, Wake County Red Cross, United Nation’s Association and N.C. Conference for Social Service. More than a dozen other groups and initiatives are cited as beneficiaries of her dedicated service.

Many at UNCG today know her as the namesake of the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. It was created to recognize members of the UNCG faculty, staff and student body for outstanding leadership and service to the university. The award recipients are individuals who have not only demonstrated these qualities, but have shown commendable initiative and perseverance in the process. In addition, their leadership has not only enabled them to get the job done, but inspired others to serve and lead.