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Green and Tandy honor educator Abby Hughes Fife

Friday August 27, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

On Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council took a moment to remember the work of the late Abby Hughes Fife, who was an educator in the Jefferson County Public School System for 39 years.

“Abby Hughes Fife not only touched the lives of students she come in contact with but also hundreds of others in our community through her tutoring and dedication to helping those who were disadvantaged to learn,” said Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1), who was a friend of Mrs. Hughes.

A Proclamation on behalf of Mrs. Fife was formally read at Thursday’s Metro Council Meeting. The Proclamation was sponsored by Green and Councilman David Tandy (D-4).

Mrs. Fife was born in 1922 and later graduated from Central High School and was among the first African Americans to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics and science from the University of Louisville and a Master Degree in special education and Principal Preparation/Rank I from the University of Louisville.

During her 39 years at JCPS, she served as a teacher at Madison Junior High and Western High School and retired as an Assistant Principal at Eastern High School in 1982.

“Rather than sit back and take it easy in retirement, Mrs. Fife saw a greater need to help the community and disadvantaged young people,” said Tandy. “But as we lose a strong educator, we hope that others will follow by her example.”

Ms. Fife first began a tutoring program at Plymouth Community Renewal Center. That was followed by a remediation tutorial program for children with dyslexic characteristics for which she received continued funding from WHAS Crusade for Children. She volunteered as the Director of Education at Plymouth Community Renewal Center, where she dedicated not only her time, but money to ensure that all children in Metro Louisville had access to free year round tutoring.

The Plymouth Community Renewal Center is located in Councilman Tandy’s district

Formal recognition of the Mrs. Fife Accomplishments was presented to the Fife family but also to the Plymouth Community Center’s Executive Director, Mr. Markham French.

“Abby Hughes Fife dedicated and committed her entire life to educating and helping young disadvantage people to be successful,” said Green. “She will be missed, but because of her legacy, her memories will remain in our hearts forever.”

Judith Green (D) 1
David Tandy (D) 4