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Lea Ann AbernathyLea Ann Abernathy, was born on March 21, 1907 in Kirkwood, MO.  Abernathy majored in English Southeast Missouri State Teacher’s College, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in 1935.

While attending Southeast, Abernathy was a reporter for the Sorosis Literary Society, associate editor of the college yearbook, the Sagamore, and president of the Sigma Tau Delta, a professional fraternity that promoted the mastery of written expression. She was also awarded the Collegiate Medal by the chapter membership for best serving the organization.

Many of her literary works were published during her time as a student. These publications include: Independent Woman, Globe-Democrat, Gateway for Girls, The Rectangle, National Parent-Teacher, School and Community, and Kaleidograph. She passed away on September 27, 1981.
Special Collections and Archives houses a bound volume (60p) of poems by Abernathy, member of the Southeast Missouri State Teachers College class of 1935. Poems published in “Our Dumb Animals,” the Capaha Arrow and read on station WEW, St. Louis University, 1948.
 
Click on the links below to read some of Abernathy's works:
 
"A College goes up," a poem written to commemorate Southeast Missouri State Teachers College's 75th Anniversary.
"Consolation," a poem.
"Epitaph for Jennie Ellis Keysor," a poem.
 
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