Rev. Dr. Dorothy Strong
Strong, Rev. Dr. Dorothy

Rev. Dr. Dorothy Strong, retired director of Mathematics for the Chicago Public Schools and leader in her church denomination (United Pentecostal Church of the Assemblies of God, Inc.), went home to be with The Lord on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at home in Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Joronda Crawford, retired Chicago Public School Principal; and son-in-law, Dr, Hiram Crawford, retired professor at Olive Harvey College. Arrangements are as follows: The wake will be held Friday, January 7, 2022 6:00 – 8:00PM at Israel Methodist Community Church at 7620 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL 60619; Saturday, January 8, 2022 visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00AM with Life Celebration beginning at 11:00 at Progressive Beulah Pentecostal Church, 1301 W. 87 th Street, Chicago, IL 60620.

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Published by Chicago Sun-Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2022.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
7
Wake
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Israel Methodist Community Church
7620 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL
Jan
8
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Progressive Beulah Pentecostal Church
1301 W. 87 th Street, Chicago, IL
Jan
8
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m.
Progressive Beulah Pentecostal Church
1301 W. 87 th Street, Chicago, IL
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Rev. Dr. Dorothy Strong was an inspiration for so many mathematics teachers and especially those African American teachers who attended NCSM, NCTM, and BBA yearly. As one of our she-roes, her legacy continues with all of us. The ultimate teacher and leaders! Thank you Dr. Strong.
Denise Walston
Other
January 17, 2022
Let God's love and understanding help you in our grief. Dr. Strong gave help and support to a new math teacher, shaping her attitude and direction in mathematics education for Chicago students.
Marilyn Hourston
January 11, 2022
To Dr. Joronda Crawford, Dr. Hiram Crawford and other family and friends of the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Strong: I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I am Charles and Geraldine Harper´s eldest daughter. They always spoke so highly of you, your Mom and your Dad. I just learned today that my Mom met your Mom in Memphis when they both attended LeMoyne-Owen College ! So truly they were lifelong friends. I hope that the wonderful memories of her and God´s love will comfort you at this difficult time. May she rest in heaven.
Deborah Harper-Brown
Family
January 10, 2022
I extend my condolences to you for the loss of your mother Dorothy. I worked with her for many years at NCTM conferences. She was a wonderful person and my children remember her from the conferences. May she rest in peace.
Ramona Goldblatt Choos, Chicago State University
Work
January 9, 2022
Thank God for an educated woman who never allowed it to come between her and God. Thank you for your testimony.
Minister Gwen Wilder
January 8, 2022
Thanks to Dr. Strong and condolences to her family. She was a friend to my mom Loretha Hendrix and helped me get hired at my first teaching job.
Howard Hendrix
Friend
January 8, 2022
My prayers to Dorothy's family. I can still Dorothy in my mind as she has taught about the Bible. Rest in Peace
Barbara Ratliff
Friend
January 8, 2022
Dr. Dorothy S. Strong, my sixth grade Sunday School teacher, mentor, and godmother has entered life eternal. She was the wife of Joseph Strong, who I claimed as my godfather when my dad died; the mother of Dr. Joronda Strong-Crawford, who embraced me as sister when I assumed her father. Dorothy Strong led a an adult Bible Study for years at Commonwealth Community Church. I eavesdropped on those studies which my mother attended. As I sat in my final session for the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion (SBLAAR) in San Antonio TX,I sent a text to Joronda which captures my appreciation of `our´ mother: "As I enjoy the privilege of being with scholars from around the world who study and teach religion and scripture, I am again grateful for the lessons your mom taught me regarding God's truth. I am awed by how important those teachings were then for the current moment. I can only believe this is another glimpse of God's faithfulness to prepare a generation for the time in which they will have influence." Dr. Strong was head of Chicago Public Schools Mathematics (which is why I have a degree in Mathematics). But it was her embodiment of biblical faith that imprinted me most. I am among many whose life has been transformed because of her ministry and witness to Jesus. As we mourn her absence among us in this life, we celebrate the gift of her life as she takes the journey into life eternal.
Joy J Moore
January 8, 2022
I will always remember Dr. Strong and feel very fortunate to have know her. The family grief is shared by many.
James B Wilder
Work
January 7, 2022
Dr. Doreen Stewart
January 7, 2022
Beginning in the 1960's Dorothy and I became professional partners in many mathematics education organizations and projects. Her dedication, strong voice, and leadership influenced the work with students and teachers around the country. It was my good fortune to be with Dorothy and Joseph at conferences at least once a year over the decades. She indeed was devoted to God!
Shirley Frye
Work
January 7, 2022
I continue to give thanks to God for blessing me through the life of Dr. Strong ~ I was 7 years of age... thank you.
Pastor Leon Perry III
Friend
January 7, 2022
Dr. Strong was an outstanding influence in mathematics education and leader in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was a true advocate for equity, mathematics for each and every student. She will be missed but her legacy will live on in our students and teachers.
Trena Wilkerson, NCTM President
January 6, 2022
Margaret Yates Black
January 6, 2022
May you be comforted by my sincere thoughts and prayers. Caring thoughts are with you.
Margaret Yates Black HS classmate/Alum
School
January 6, 2022
My sincere condolences to Dr. Crawford & family
Mary Lark, retired Olive Harvey College
January 6, 2022
Remember you and your at prayer meeting at Tabernacle when my sister's and I attended with our mother Audrey Brown. Condolences to the family.
Debbie Brown
January 5, 2022
Thank you, Dr. Strong, for your inspired leadership of the CPS Mathematics Department. You were responsive, kind and knowledgeable. Rest in peace.
Gary Moriello
January 5, 2022
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Dorothy was a wonderful woman. She is now with her beloved Joseph. RIP
Yolanda Del Rio
Work
January 5, 2022
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