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Chrystine Ramsey Shack

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1926
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/18/1926
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Educator Chrystine Ramsey Shack was born on November 18, 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended The College of New Jersey where she received her B.A. degree and earned elementary education certification. She continued her education at Rider College in New Jersey where she received her M.A. degree.

In 1952, Shack became a document custodian for Project Matterhorn B, a magnetic fusion research project under the direction of Lyman Spitzer, Jr. at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Shack was in charge of filing and transferring top secret documents at the laboratory. After Project Matterhorn, Shack went back to school to earn her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In the late 1960’s, Shack began working for the New Jersey State Department of Education in Trenton. She then moved to Michigan where she worked in the Department of Vocational Education in Lansing. While in Michigan, Shack contributed a chapter to a publication funded by the Michigan Business Education Association on business curriculum. In 1981, she was named president of Highland Park Community College and was the first woman president of a community college in Michigan.

Shack has served in several capacities as a leader of The Girl Friends, Inc. including as national secretary, parliamentarian, national advisory board chair, president of the Girl Friends’ fund, national budget chair, and national president in 1978. She was profiled in the book They Made It – So Can You, showcasing her career development and was the subject of a senate concurrent resolution praising her academic accomplishments in 1981. She also served on several business associations including the United Business Education Association and chaired their Consumer Economics board.

Chrystine Shack was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 24, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her mother's career
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her maternal family's grocery store
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her backyard
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her parents' strict discipline
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the Florida Street School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her experiences during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her decision to attend Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her admission to Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the campus of Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the tensions between students at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her mentors at Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her social activities at Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the reputation of Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her graduation from Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the split between Wilberforce University and Central State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls obtaining a secretarial position at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers how she came to work for Project Matterhorn, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the physicists at Project Matterhorn
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her responsibilities at Project Matterhorn
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the women at Project Matterhorn
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her decision to leave Project Matterhorn
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack reflects upon her experiences at Project Matterhorn
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her transition to teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers teaching business courses at Hamilton High School West in Hamilton Township, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her graduate education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls earning a Ph.D. degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers moving to Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her experiences as the president of Highland Park Community College in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her work with Shriners International
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls joining The Girl Friends Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her leadership positions in The Girl Friends Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the social activities hosted by The Girl Friends Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack narrates her photographs