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News Release

For immediate use 

July 1, 2005 -- No. 302

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Memorial program planned in September
for former Campus Y director Anne Queen

CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Y staff, students and alumni are planning a memorial program to honor Anne E. Queen, who served the Campus Y as assistant director and director for nearly 20 years.

Queen died June 12 at her home in Canton; she was 93.

The program is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Cobb Theatre in UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The public is invited to attend.

Queen was beloved by generations of students who found her calm wisdom and warm hospitality indispensable during the turbulent years she served the Y from 1956 to 1975, said Virginia Carson, Campus Y director.

"Anne befriended everyone from student leaders to freshman arriving at freshman camp. She inspired all those she touched to do just a little better, to reach out a little more, to remember what is right in the face of all that is easy to do."

Queen graduated from Bethel High School in the N.C. mountain town of Canton and went to work at Champion Paper Co. for the next nine years. She attended Berea College in Kentucky and Southern Baptist Seminary and received her bachelor of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School.

She was assistant chaplain at the University of Georgia from 1948 to 1951 and then was college secretary of the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro for five years.

Arriving at UNC in 1956, Queen was the assistant director of the Campus Y until 1966 and the director from 1966 until 1975. Her tenure spanned the integration of public accommodations and schools in Chapel Hill, including the university; the Speaker Ban Law and challenge; and the Vietnam War and its protests on college campuses.

In 1984, she was presented with the William R. Davie Award, the highest honor given by the school’s Board of Trustees and named for the Revolutionary War hero considered the father of UNC. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the university or to society. In 1992, she received an honorary doctorate from UNC.

In 1982, a large group of friends and supporters contributed the initial funds for the Anne Queen Endowment, which supports programs and activities of Campus Y students.

Established in 1859, the Campus Y encourages student leadership. Originally associated with the national YMCA and the YWCA, the Campus Y has been unaffiliated with any religious organization since 1978. Today, it is part of the Division of Student Affairs and helps promote student learning outside the classroom while providing opportunities for community service and advocacy on issues of concern to students.

Currently, the Campus Y has 16 or more program committees and special projects involving about 1,500 members.

Carson was active in the program as a UNC undergraduate in 1968 and was inspired by Queen’s work and example.

"Her warmth, kindness, acceptance and moral clarity was critically important for me and many other Carolina students awash in the turbulent currents of the 1960s. I look forward to greeting her many friends and former students at the memorial service on September 11."

Those who have memories and stories they would like to share about Queen are encouraged to send them to the Y for a memory book. For more information on a memorial for Queen, go to the Campus Y Web site,, and click on the top news link at the right side of the page.

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