UAPB to honor Hot Springs native Della Phipps | People
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As part of the 139th Founders’ Celebration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Caldwell Hall auditorium will be named the Cross-Phipps Lecture Hall in honor of Harry Cross and Della Phipps. The free, public event will take place Friday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall.
Harry L. Cross was born and reared in Camden, Arkansas where he attended the Camden Colored School from elementary through high school. Having developed an appreciation for education early in life, Cross graduated as co-valedictorian of his high school class before moving to Pine Bluff to attend Arkansas Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N College). While on campus, Cross was an active member of numerous campus organizations including the Vesper Choir and the Marching Band and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Upon graduation, Harry Cross spent four years serving his country during World War II where he served in the Quartermaster Corps in the European and in the Pacific Theaters Operation. After being honorably discharged with the rank of Captain, Cross established a career in education administration and finance administration at his alma mater where he remained for nearly forty years in the capacities of accounts receivable clerk, internal auditor, chief accountant, and instructor of accounting.
An active member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Pine Bluff, Cross has offered his service in many capacities including class leader, steward, finance committee member, and church treasurer. He is married to Mildred Cross, a retired Associate Professor of English and former Head of the Department of English, Speech and Drama at UAPB.
The late Mrs. Della Gardner Phipps grew up in Hot Springs Arkansas attending Langston High School and later AM&N College. She obtained her bachelor degree from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas and did post-baccalaureate study at Howard University in Washington, DC and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her professional career as an elementary and high school teacher in both Rison and Wilmar, Arkansas before assuming the Registrar's position at AM&N College in 1962.
Phipps’ dedication and enthusiasm for work extended well beyond the boundaries of the campus. She was an active citizen of Pine Bluff participating in a gamut of professional associations including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, and the National Association of Deans, Registrars and Admissions Officers. She was a charter member of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the Links, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and was affiliated with the Old Timers Auxiliary of UAPB/AM&N Alumni Association. Mrs. Phipps was also an active member of St. John A.M.E. Church. There she served on the Stewardess Board #2, was a member of Collegiate Club, Ladye B. O'Bryant Women's Missionary Society, and Sunflower Club among other committees.
Upon her retirement from UAPB in 1983, Mrs. Phipps continued serve the community by working with young people and was serving as a board member for the Arkansas Cancer Society and the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center. Mrs. Phipps was a very personable woman whose kindness and concern for others began at home with her husband, Dr. Harlod Phipps, Jr. and their three children: Dr. Evelyn Boyer, Willeta Phipps, and Harold Phipps, III and extended to her wide circle of family and friends including that of the AM&N/UAPB community.
For more information concerning the event, call (870) 575-8969.