SU mourns passing of educator Jewel L. Prestage
- 8/1/2014 -
The Southern University family mourns the death Jewel L. Prestage, the
first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D from a department of
political science at an American university. Prestage was 82 years old
when she died Friday, August 1, 2014, in Houston.
Prestage served as chair of SUBR's Political Science Department for 18 years. During her tenure, the department became the nation's leading catalyst for the development of African-American Ph.Ds in political science.
Her husband of 60 years, James L. Prestage, was chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus from 1982-1985.
Baton Rouge campus acting chancellor Flandus McClinton said, "Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage devoted many years of her life to Southern University. She was a loyal and devoted graduate of Southern University. In her capacity as faculty member, department chair and dean, she directly influenced the lives of countless students and left a remarkable legacy which we are proud and privileged to witness, remember and appreciate."
SU System President Ronald Mason Jr., said, "The Jaguar Nation mourns the loss of Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, a trailblazer who was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in political science in the United States."