Courtney Stevenson, a long-time faculty member at Delaware State University died on August 5 at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, where she spent the last two months of her life. She was 106 years old.
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Stevenson was a 1944 graduate of what is now Delaware State University, where she majored in home economics. She had been the university’s oldest living alumna.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Stevenson taught at the Garrett Preschool Program in Wilmington, Delaware State College High School, Thomas Clayton Elementary School in Smyrna, and the Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School in Middletown. She joined the home economics faculty at Delaware State in 1961. She taught there for 30 years. After retiring Stevenson was called back to the university to serve as interim chair of the home economics department until 1994, when she was 80 years old.
During her career, Stevenson earned a master’s degree in higher education from New York University and did further graduate studies at the University of Delaware, Iowa State University, and the Philadelphia College of Arts and Science.