Pauline Oberdorfer Minor Composer

Pauline Oberdorfer Minor (c.1889–1963) was one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Pauline Oberdorfer was born around 1889 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Raised by an aunt and uncle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she did not know her parents nor her exact date of birth. In 1910, she graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Through the financial assistance of her church, Oberdorfer was able to attend the Teachers College at Howard University. At Howard, Oberdorfer co-founded the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and served as the first treasurer of the Alpha Chapter. After graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1914, she pursued a teaching career in Pennsylvania, Alabama and South Carolina. Oberdorfer also embarked on a career as a mezzo-soprano recitalist and composer of spirituals. Her book, Soul Echoes featured forty of her compositions including "Get Off the Judgment Seat" and "My Lord Is a Refuge. She married a Mr. Minor and died in 1963, presumably in her mid-70s.

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1. Howard University Colleges/University

Howard University is a federally chartered, private, coeducational, nonsectarian, historically black university located in Washington, D.C., United States. It has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity).

Type Private university
2013. 514 mil. $
2010. 400 mil. $
Institution colors
March 2nd, 1867
2400 Sixth St NW, 20059 - Washington, D.C., United States of America
2012. 6,688
2010. 6,932
2009. 6,952
2012. 3,314
2010. 3,447
Acceptance rate
2014. 35.0 %
2012. 49.3 %
2010. 54.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 21.5 K $
2010. 17.1 K $
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b. 1880., Composer
b. 1887., Educator
b. 1891., Novelist
b. 1884., Teacher
b. 1885., Teacher
b. 1891., Painting Artist
b. 1888., Organization member
b. 1890., Actor


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