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Lawson State Family Shares Loss of Miriam Witherspoon

4/4/2009

LAWSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3060 Wilson Road
Birmingham, AL 35221

NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Geri Albright
Director of Public Relations
(205) 929-6315
galbright@lawsonstate.edu

Lawson State Family Shares Loss of Miriam Witherspoon



BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 21, 2009) - Birmingham President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon leaves a tremendous void to be filled. Her untimely passing is a tremendous loss not only for family and friends, but for her district and Lawson State Community College.

“Our college family is deeply saddened by the passing of Councilor Witherspoon,” said Dr. Perry W. Ward, president of Lawson State. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they mourn her passing and that of her aunt.”

Dr. Ward and Councilor Witherspoon worked together on numerous projects affecting the college and the neighborhoods in District 7. “She and I had a mutual devotion for our district and its impact on the greater city of Birmingham,” said Ward. “She was an outstanding individual and one of our biggest supporters. She was an advocate for every friend that she had.”

Throughout the years, Councilor Witherspoon specifically supported or contributed to the college’s academic and technology advancements, community and cultural affairs activities, and the beautification and capital improvements. “A true public servant, she was at the college often and we never regarded her as a guest, but as one of the family,” said Dr. Bruce Crawford, vice president of instruction at Lawson State.

Witherspoon was no stranger to Lawson State. She held many several town hall meetings and informational sessions at the college. On other occasions, she was present to participate or support another activity. “She wore the biggest smile and was always pleasant, said Geri Albright, director of public relations and community affairs. “Her concern was always for the other person – never seeking attention for herself.”

The contributions that Councilor Witherspoon rendered to District 7 and Lawson State will be longstanding. “She will forever be remembered for her service and dedication,” said Dr. Ward. “Tonight we will host the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, an event that the pro tem was instrumental in arranging. The program will be dedicated in memory of our servant and friend – Councilor Miriam Witherspoon.”

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