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Tribute To Dr. Gloria Jean Mccutcheon

Rep. James E. Clyburn

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a community leader, university professor, and accomplished scientist, Dr. Gloria Sanders McCutcheon. After a distinguished career spanning over 30 years, Dr. McCutcheon is retiring from Clemson University. Throughout her tenure in academia, she has blazed trails for future generations and has provided steadfast support to her community.

Renowned scientist Dr. George Washington Carver once said, ``When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention ofthe world.'' Dr. McCutcheon has taken this admonition to heart. Born and raised in Denmark, SC, she is a product of its public schools. She is the daughter of Mr. David Sanders, Sr. and the late Mrs. Hattie Mines Sanders, who taught her the value of hard work, a good education, and a close personal relationship with the Almighty. She completed her secondary education at Voorhees High School, and the bachelor and masters degrees at Clemson University, B.S. zoology and M.S. entomology.

With that foundation, Dr. McCutcheon decided to take a different path in her professional life, becoming a pioneer in the field of entomology. In 1987, she received a doctorate from the University of Georgia, becoming the first African American to earn a Ph.D in entomology from that institution. After returning to her native South Carolina, Dr. McCutcheon became an integral part of the Clemson University faculty.

Dr. McCutcheon currently serves as a research scientist and professor emerita in the Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences at Clemson University. Her research has contributed greatly to the decrease in pesticide usage in soybean, cotton, and vegetable production. She has published over 75 papers in scientific journals and extension manuals, as well as two book chapters as Encyclopedia Entries.

She is a Kellogg Fellow and has traveled throughout the U.S. and to South America, Central America, Europe and Africa to study and teach environmental entomology. She has been honored with the Award for Faculty Excellence by the Clemson University Board of Trustees in both 2002 and 2004. She has served as president of the South Carolina Entomological Society and has served on numerous committees with the Entomological Society of America.

Dr. McCutcheon serves as president of Gamma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Charleston, SC. She has participated in several units of United Methodist Women, UMW, and is currently serving as historian for the UMW at Trinity UMC in Orangeburg. She recently completed 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees at Columbia College and participated in a Roundtable with Policy Makers televised from Washington, DC in 1995, ``Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America.'' Dr. McCutcheon was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for Outreach by the Congressional Black Caucus for her contributions to the community.

Married to Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon, she continues to grow and share in their ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church. They have been blessed with two wonderful adult daughters: Priscilla is a political scientist and Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Georgia; Carmen is an attorney specializing in health policy.

Mr. Speaker, I ask you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating Dr. Gloria McCutcheon upon her retirement from Clemson University and for her extraordinary achievements. She has stayed true to the vision of her parents and her community service, and has commanded great attention by her words and deeds.