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Marcella PETERSON

PETERSON, Marcella

(August 05, 1916 to April 11, 2014) Dr. Marcella Tandy Peterson, renowned educator and long time West Palm Beach resident died early this month. She was 97. She began her professional career as a teacher in the Detroit public school system and was the first black woman administrator of a secondary school. She later became a Regent Assistant Superintendent for the Detroit public schools. In addition to her professional duties she also served as a wedding planner, professional shopper, caterer and travel coordinator to a host of clients around the country. Born to Corinne and Howard Tandy in Detroit, Michigan, she was the second of six siblings. Siblings Genevieve, Christine, Howard and Robert preceded her in death. She married Detroit local business man Harvey Hughes Peterson on June 30, 1937. He preceded her in death in 1995. Dr. Peterson received her Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University, Master's Degree from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University. In 1977 Dr. Peterson accepted a post in the Carter Administration as Assistant to the Director of the Office of Revenue Sharing in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, moving to Washington DC. In 1986 Dr. Peterson was named National Executive Director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was an active member of the Northeasterners and the Black Women's Agenda. In 1988 the couple moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. They had many friends and were active members of Grace Episcopal Church. Dr. Peterson is survived by her sister Valeria McCray; sister-in-law Helen Tandy; nieces Mary Esther Stepp, Vivienne Jackson, Diane Green, Gayle Smallwood and Lisa Smallwood; nephews Stephen McCray and David Smallwood; and a host of grand nieces and nephews. A sorority service will be held at a future date in Los Angeles, where she resided in her last years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the in her name.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2014
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