The act of giving back

During the Criminal Justice Department’s 40th anniversary celebration on Oct. 17 the department received a financial lift.  Several donations was presented by alumni and friends.
Dr. Joyce Montgomery-Scott presented a plaque to  Elaine Douglas Deberry for her outstanding contribution to the department.
In early October, according to Montgomery-Scott,  she contacted Deberry to see about having something in honor of her husband, the late Dr. Clyde Deberry, a former criminal justice professor.  
“Mrs. Deberry was delighted and said she would donate $10, 000 to the Criminal Justice Department,”   said Montgomery-Scott.
The donation was made to the Grambling University Foundation, to be utilized by the Criminal Justice Department.
Clyde Deberry received his bachelor of science degree in teaching at Winston-Salem Teachers College in Winston Salem, N.C.  He received the master’s degree from the University of Arizona and the doctorate degree from the University of Oregon at Eugene in higher education administration and psychology.
. Deberry was a civil rights leader during the Civil Rights Movement.  He served as a statistician planner for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  
He began his administrative career at the University of Wisconsin as assistant to the president at Oshkosh.  He also served as assistant to the president at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Ind.
After working with the prison system, he decided to return to higher education.  He was hired to work at Grambling State University, retiring with over 15 years of outstanding services.  
Dr. Deberry was a published author and was inducted into the Who’s Who Hall of Fame in the West. Montgomery-Scott and Deberry has started a project challenging all criminal justice alumi and friends to give back to Grambling State University.