A memory submitted by Sheryl (Sherry) Black, Class of 1980

Dr. Mary Alice Gordon (retired emerita 1997) helped me discover an interest in the psychology of human/group interaction, leading me to Organizational Development. We discovered a connection through a related family of mine (Including the Dean of Dedman at the time) who were close friends of hers, and we became friends as she took my little family under her wing. She encouraged me to challenge myself with graduate courses, almost three full semesters worth, as an undergraduate. My success at SMU is uniquely and distinctively entwined with her and significantly affected by having her as a mentor and a professor.