Our classmate Karen transitioned on Dec 24, 2019.

A participant of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholars Program at Spelman College, Karen went on to become a recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship and earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education in 1997.

Karen was very proud of the opportunities to prepare graduate students at three universities for careers in mathematics education.  She was a mentor to many in the STEM and STEM education disciplines and will be remembered for her incredible intellect, straightforwardness, enthusiasm, and her warm sense of humor.

King adored her only sibling Kimberly, an older sister with intellectual and developmental disabilities and she often thanked her parents for rearing her by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She also put into practice her grandmother’s frequent advice to “live to make friends.”

Karen was an incredible friend, member of Delta Sigma Theta and of many mathematics education professional organizations. She was also widely recognized for her intellectual and policy contributions in mathematics and computer science education. Please help continue her legacy of mentoring in STEM by giving in her name.

When you give, please consider giving In Memory of Karen Denise King, C'91.


Taking this extra step will ensure that she is represented in the Spring Spelman Messenger along with our other Eternal Sisters.