Dr. Versia Lindsay Lacy, 1992
Dr. Versia Lindsay Lacy (1923 - 2010) was the first Black recipient of a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology and Microbiology from Texas Women’s University, in 1973. During her career, she received numerous fellowships and grants to support her ongoing research. Dr. Lacy took on a career in higher education, teaching at Paul Quinn College, Tyler Junior College, Bishop College, Texas Southern University, and Texas Women’s University, as well as the Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas ISD. She received hundreds of requests during her lifetime to speak across the country, from organizations holding national meetings. Her speaking skills, both as keynote and as teacher, helped her inspire her audiences. She served in many science and professional organizations, including Board for the Science Teacher and National Council of Negro Women to name a few.