Stay on, Stranger - 1876—1962
Born in Athol, Massachusetts in 1876, Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd was afforded the luxury of being educated at Chauncey Hall and Radcliffe College. Once she completed her schooling, Alice worked as a journalist in New England, which exposed her to people suffering because they lacked education, proper housing, and medical care. These experiences developed within her a passion for social reform. At the age of 39, health problems forced her to find a home in a milder climate. In 1915, Alice packed up her printing equipment and left her New England home for the mountains of Kentucky. Despite the difficulties Alice faced connecting with and gaining acceptance of the eastern Kentucky mountain people, she remained in the area because she believed in the good that one person can do for others. With the help of her friend and co-worker June Buchanan, Alice established Caney Junior College in 1923. The college sought to provide a liberal arts education while teaching students to think critically and understand complex philosophical issues. Alice had great passion for her students and desperately wanted to provide them with a free education. To accomplish that goal, she worked without salary and was forced to seek outside financial assistance. Despite suffering from partial paralysis on her right side, Alice successfully directed the college for almost 40 years. Upon her death in 1962, the school was renamed Alice Lloyd College.
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