When students at a Nov. 1952 class wept over election results, Professor Mereb Mossman told them: “Now ladies! There will be other times!”
Dot Kendall Kearns ’53, ’74 MEd calls her “my guiding light.”
The first woman to serve on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the first woman chair, Dot fought for the innovative Smart Start for young children, for equitable funding for all public schools and for clean, safe water. She also served as a school board member.
Many professors inspired her. “Being in a climate of daily pursuit of knowledge and truth amidst the admonition toward progress, justice and service, the days and years were so exciting – and motivating for a lifetime.”