FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 29, 2008
Sue Cobb, 720-865-9016
CITY OF DENVER FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF SUNDAY IN HONOR OF RACHEL B. NOEL
(Denver) City flags will be displayed at half-staff Sunday in honor of Rachel B. Noel and her many contributions to Denver Public Schools (DPS). Ms. Noel died in her sleep in Monday, February 4, 2008, at the age of 90.
“It is an honor to be able to pay public respect to Rachel Noel,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “Those of us who were fortunate enough to spend quality time with her know that she made everyone around her better. She was a courageous woman who had a legendary impact on public education throughout the City and the State.”
In 1965 Noel was elected to the board of DPS, making her the first black woman elected to public office in Colorado. Her “Noel Resolution” was essential to the integration of DPS in the late 1960s. She was appointed by Governor Richard Lamm to the University of Colorado Board of Regents in 1976 and was honored with the formation of the Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Metropolitan State College in 1981 in recognition of her contributions to the school.
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