|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2007|
CROUCH, MILDRED SHIPP, 92, of Nashville, TN, and St. Petersburg, FL, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007 in Louisville. She was born in Austel, GA, but spent most of her formative years in Ames, IA, where the extended Martin family had migrated at the beginning of the 20th century seeking greater educational and employment opportunities. In 2004, Iowa Sate University dedicated the 26 million dollar "Archie and Nancy Martin Residence Hall" in honor of the Martins for their aid and assistance to African American students who were enrolled at the university but could not be housed there. Mildred Shipp married one of those students, Hubert B. Crouch, who received his doctorate from Iowa State University in 1936. Mrs. Crouch was preceded in death by her grandparents, Archie and Nancy Martin; her parents, John David Shipp and Nellie Martin Shipp; her husband, Dr. Hubert Crouch Sr.; her son, Hubert Crouch Jr.; and her grandson, William M. Moses Jr. Mrs. Crouch was an educator and very effective community volunteer. She was educated at Kentucky State College (B.S.) and Tennessee State University, where she earned an M.S. in guidance and counseling and an M.S. in educational psychology. She had wanted to pursue a doctorate at Peabody College in Nashville but that college did not offer a doctoral program to African American students at that time. However, Mrs. Crouch did additional graduate work at the University of Michigan. As a community volunteer, Mrs. Crouch was the first female and first African American appointee to the Nashville Civil Service Commission. She was able to foster and support many hiring changes that made employment opportunities more available to African American and female applicants. Mrs. Crouch received many accolades for her service to the community. During the 50 years she and Dr. Crouch were married, she was very supportive of her husband's activities, whether as he did research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Staten Island Hospital, et al, or as he served as Dean of the graduate school at Tennessee State University, chairman of the Nashville Housing Authority and cofounder of the Nashville Urban League and many other organizations. Mrs. Crouch proudly stood by her husband's side as the graduate school building at Tennessee State University was named Crouch Hall in his honor and as Crouch Drive and Shipp Drive, in her honor, were designated in Davidson County, TN. Mrs. Crouch was a member of many professional organizations as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society. She was an archousa of Chi Boule' in Nashville. She was also a member of the Nashville and Orlando chapters of The Girl Friends Inc. and cofounder of the Memphis Chapter of The Girl Friends. Mrs. Crouch is survived by her daughter, Marinelle Moses Biggerstaff (Robert); her grandchildren, Valerie Cobbs (Winston), Millicent Moses Gompertz (Michael), Melanie Crouch and W. Christopher Moses (Laura); and her great-grandchildren, Noelle Cobbs and Paige Cobbs and their grandmother, Josephine Crouch. She is also survived by her brother, Col. Grantland Shipp (Ann); and her sisters, Julia Nell Simms (Leo) and Thelma Osborne (Edward). She leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews and family members who lovingly referred to her as "Bamommy" or "Aunt Milly." A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Crouch's is 11 a.m. April 14, 2007 at Clark Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St., in charge of arrangements. Condolences may take the form of contributions to the Crouch Memorial Scholarship Fund, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.
Published in The Courier-Journal from 4/1/2007 - 4/2/2007.
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Mrs. Crouch was an educator and very effective community volunteer. As a community volunteer, Mrs. Crouch was the first female and first African American appointee to the Nashville Civil Service Commission. She was able to foster and support many hiring c...(Read more)|
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