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Modestine Smith, ’51


A native of Renova, Mississippi in Bolivar County, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education from Alcorn State University in 1951, and Master of Science in Home Economics Education from Alcorn State University in 1959.

Ms. Smith’s professional career expanded 41 years beginning at Jones County Training School in Summerland, MS in 1951 as a Vocational Teacher. Then she taught at Arcola Consolidated School in Arcola, MS, Coleman and T. L. Wesson Jr. and Sr. High Schools in Greenville, MS. In 1965, she returned to her alma mater as an Instructor/Practicum Coordinator, Assistant Professor and Chairperson. She retired from Alcorn State University in 1993.

As a family and consumer sciences professional, she chaired or co-chaired various activities related to student teaching and the field of home economics/family and consumer sciences. Throughout her career, she published numerous research articles, and presented at national and international conferences. She mentored many students and assisted them with securing careers in the field.

In addition, she received numerous awards, and special recognitions for his work in Home Economics and the community including: Service Awards from Home Economics Association, Utica Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Mississippi Chapter of the Future Homemakers of America and Upward Bound; Star Teacher Plaque; and Silver Certificate for 30 years of service from Alcorn National Alumni Association. She was commissioned by the former Governor of Mississippi, Cliff Finch to serve on the State manpower Services Council for CETA.

Ms. Smith was actively involved in social and civic organizations including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she was a charter member for Gamma Phi Chapter at Alcorn State University and Eta Theta Omega Chapter in Greenville, MS; Girl Scouts; and religious groups.

Ms. Smith died on May 17, 2012.