Collection 2515959 - Dr. Gwendoline Y. Fortune Papers

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US TxAM-C 2515959

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Dr. Gwendoline Y. Fortune Papers

Date(s)

  • 1983-2014 (Creation)

Extent

7 boxes (7 linear feet)

Name of creator

(1926-2014)

Biographical history

Dr. Gwendoline Alpha Young Fortune, 87, of Gainesville, FL died on July 27, 2014, peacefully in her home with friends and family. Born September 27, 1926, in Houston, TX to the late Georgia Mitti McCain pharmacist and William Hermon Young physician and son of Harbison president Rev. Calvin Monroe Young. Gwendoline moved from Texas and lived in the Carolinas, Illinois, and Florida; additionally, she traveled extensively over five continents. She was a life long educator, classically trained soprano, writer, and winner of many awards. Gwendoline held a Doctor of Education, Masters of Philosophy and Science, and Bachelors of Science. She studied voice, clarinet, and piano at Juilliard at age 14. She went on to be a beloved teacher at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Since retiring, she published three novels Growing Up Nigger Rich, Family Lines, and Noni and the Great Grands with an additional memoir Outsider in the Promised Land to be published posthumously. She is survived by three sons, Roger, Phillip, and Fredrick as well as three granddaughters, Marlow, Cooper, and Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to Bennett College in the name of Gwendoline Fortune.

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This collection consists of volumes of correspondence (bulk 2005-2014), video and audiotapes of Dr. Fortune's classical music performances, writings, business ventures, and research material for her published books.

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This was an ongoing collection with deposits made to the correspondence daily until Fortune's death on July 17, 2014.

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These materials are housed at an off-site facility and can take a minimum of 7 business days for retrieval.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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Finding Aid Authors: Rebecca Hankins.

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