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Velma Linford - '30 & '35 


Velma Linford graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming in 1930 and continued on to attain her master's degree in 1934.

Linford taught at Laramie High School from 1935 until she was elected state superintendent of Wyoming Schools in 1955. She served as state superintendent and was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee National Education Association until 1963. Also, Linford was a teacher and participant at five White House conferences on education and served as a consultant to the departments of Agriculture and Defense for overseas schools.

In addition to her dedication to education, Linford served as director of recruiting for the Peace Corps and helped organize and direct AmeriCorps VISTA, the Peace Corps' national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.

Linford also received the following awards during her life and career: the Hubert Humphrey Award for International Service by Peace Corps and United Nations, membership in the Atlantic Conference of NATO, Leading Western Women, Gold Key Award for Wyoming Education, Bronze Award for Cancer Control; and an honorary Doctor of Law from UW


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Velma Linford

Velma Linford, photo courtesy of UW Photo Services.
Velma Linford was very active in the world of education after her graduation from UW in 1935. Velma was also very active in government service programs, most notably the Peace Corps.

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