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Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie Memorial Fund

Team Fundraising Goal: $25,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 28
Total Value of Gifts: $4,955.00

Recent Donors


Joe Harris and Cindy Uleman

Maree Sneed

Ms. Conchita Marlow Baylor

Gwendolyn D. Skillern


Lauren Banks Amos

American Institutes for Research

Mark and Anna Fanning

Robert Kahn

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Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie Memorial Fund


20 percent of goal achieved.

The Family of Floretta Dukes McKenzie has established this fund in honor of our Beloved who passed on March 23, 2015 from complications of Parkinson's disease at the age of 79. While this insidious disease limited our Beloved physically, it never diminished her love of life and sense of humor. With your contributions to this fund, it is our sincere hope that we can advance a cure.

While the world knew our Beloved as "Dr. McKenzie," she was fondly and affectionately known as "Flo" to friends, of whom she had many. She was a thoughtful counselor and mentored hundreds with sage advice and keen insights. She lived a distinguished and ethical life and will be missed by all who knew her.

Education was a pillar of Flo's life and she instilled the passion for education in each of us, as her parents had instilled in her. She is a 1952 graduate of the legendary Dunbar High School in Washington, DC where she once received a music prize for her cello playing. Flo went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the former DC Teachers College, M.A. degree from Howard University and an Ed.D. degree from The George Washington University.

Flo distinguished herself as an educator and leader. Before she was named superintendent and chief school officer for Washington, DC Public Schools in 1981, she had served as regional deputy commissioner in the U.S. Office of Education; deputy superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland; and assistant deputy superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education. She was second longest serving superintendent of DC Public Schools. After a successful career, she resigned and started an education-consulting business in 1988 that focused on urban schools.

Flo also had a passion for Howard University and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. For twenty-one years, she served on Howard's Board of Trustees in various roles including as chairwoman. Upon her retirement in 2014, she was voted by her peers to receive the honorific title of chairwoman emerita. While at DC Teachers College, Flo was inducted into Delta and formed lifelong bonds with her beloved sorority and Line Sisters. She was an icon on Howard's campus, Delta's birthplace, and an avid participant in events sponsored by her Howard University sorors.

Flo's commitment to building stronger communities was evidenced in her active participation in the Capital City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and her service on the boards of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; National Geographic Society Education Foundation; Acacia Mutual Life; Potomac Electric Power Company; and the White House Historical Association.

We dearly miss our beloved Mother, Sister, Niece, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, but her spirit will live on through sustaining contributions to the National Parkinson Foundation. Thank you.

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