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Family of Alumna Karen O'Neal Makes Donation in Her Honor

O'Neal Family

June 2, 2014 – Family members of alumna Karen O’Neal visited the University last month to present a $5,000 donation in her memory. O’Neal, a 1989 Shaw graduate, passed away on January 25, 2014 after a courageous battle against lupus.

Following graduation, O’Neal moved to New York to begin a career in social work. After two years in New York, she relocated to Washington, D.C., then later to Maryland. She worked at Lorton Prison in Lorton, VA as a correctional officer until 2000. In 2001, she began working for the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. In 2008, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant, working as the ETS administrator for security operations.

Members of the O’Neal family pictured with President Faulcon during the check presentation, from left to right:

Portia O’Neal, Beverly O’Neal, LaKrystal O’Neal, Avery O’Neal, Cheryl O’Neal, Michael O’Neal and Justin O’Neal.