Ogretta McNeil, associate professor emerita of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross, passed away on Oct. 5. She was 84.
McNeil was the first woman hired on a tenure track to teach in the psychology department and the first African-American woman to serve on the faculty at Holy Cross. In addition to her accomplishments as a faculty member, chair of the psychology department and administrator, she spearheaded various initiatives, including her role as an organizing member of African American studies in 1990 (renamed to Africana studies concentration) and Phi Beta Kappa—the oldest honor society among liberal arts and sciences. She acted as a confidante and mentor to African American, Latino and Asian students through her roles as the advisor of the Black Student Union and the assistant dean for academic services for ALANA students.
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