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Claflin University, students, alumni mourn the passing of former first lady Alice Carson Tisdale

She served as first lady of the university for 25 years and her name adorns the honors college.

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Former first lady of Claflin University Alice Carson Tisdale, whose name is on the school's honor college, passed away Saturday.    

She was the wife of Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, who served for 25 years as Claflin's eighth president. “We came as a team,” Dr. Tisdale often said. 

Their combined efforts figured prominently in Claflin’s emergence as one of the region’s premier liberal arts universities according to the university. 

“Mrs. Tisdale played a pivotal role and joined her husband, President Emeritus Dr. Henry N. Tisdale in shaping the 25-year success story of Claflin University,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin University. “Not only did Mrs. Tisdale help strengthen the academic profile of the University through the Honors College, but she also displayed compassion, guidance, and kindness to hundreds of students who passed through the halls of Claflin. We are forever grateful for her visionary leadership.”

In 1996, Mrs. Tisdale was honored by the Claflin University Board of Trustees by the naming of the University’s honors college as “The Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College.” During her tenure, according to the university, the graduation and retention rate of ACT Honors College students surpassed 80% and produced the University’s first-ever Truman Scholar.

Mrs. Tisdale was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, S.C. She also was a member of the Beta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Orangeburg Chapter of the Links, Inc., and The Girl Friends, Inc. (Columbia S.C. Chapter).

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale; daughter, Dr. Danica Camille Tisdale Fisher and son-in-law, Dr. Damany Fisher; son, Brandon Keith Tisdale; and two grandchildren, Asa Toure and Anansa Theodora Fisher.

No funeral arrangements have been made public yet.  

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