Sullivan awarded scholarships at SDSU

Thomas Carson Sullivan of Vermillion was awarded the K. Lorette Lackey Scholarship and the Richard A. and Marcella Olson Scholarship at South Dakota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sullivan is a junior majoring in athletic training at SDSU, the son of TR and Patsy Sullivan and is a 2011 graduate of the Vermillion High School.

Lackey and her husband, Harold, established the K. Lorette Lackey Scholarship.

Lackey is a 1927 home economics graduate of SDSU who has been involved in home economics all her life. Following graduation, she taught high school home economics at Beresford and Lemmon, spent a year managing a food service in a college in Illinois, and then spent about ten years with the Cooperative Extension Service. She served as the home extension agent in Roberts and Grant counties and then Brookings and Deuel counties. She later became a home management specialist with the state extension office at SDSU.

In 1946, she married Harold Lackey and the couple farmed near Sioux Falls until his retirement. She was a long-time member of the Hillview Extension Club. She was also a member of the Home Economists in Homemaking and a book roundtable of the America Association of University Women. She was a 4-H club leader for 37 years. She passed away in 1996.

Richard A. Olson was born in 1914 in Flandreau. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy at SDSU in 1937. He managed drug stores in Cleveland, OH; Volga, Watertown, and Sioux Falls before purchasing the Rexall Drug Store in Canby, MN, where he lived for 30 years. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was very active in many organizations. He passed away in 1977.

Marcella C. Olson was born in 1910 at Ft. Pierre. She was educated in public schools in Murdo, attended SDSU and the University of St. Louis. She taught home economics at Balaton, MN. The Olsons were married in 1939. She was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a supervisor for farm loans in Redwood and Lyon counties in Minnesota. In 1942, she transferred to the U.S. Department of War, Air Force Division and was a lecturer in the Air Force Technical School for Radio Operators. She was very active in many organizations. She passed away in 1997.

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