Dr. Sue Stringer Coates, 86 of Columbia passed away Friday, June 14, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 10 am, Monday, June 17, 2013 at Columbia Cemetery with Reverend John Fussner officiating.
Dr. Coates was born June 15, 1926 in Huntsville, MO to Attorney William M and Charity Rogers Stringer and grew up in Moberly, MO where she commenced her higher education academic studies at Moberly Junior College and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honorary, before continuing her formal education at Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated with a B.S. Degree, followed some years later with a Master’s Degree and Doctorate at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Coates joined Stephens College Retailing/Merchandising faculty in 1949 where she later assumed Department Head responsibilities of the newly developed Department of Business Administration until 1975. She continued her administrative career in 1975-1990 as Chairman, Department of Consumer Resources & Technology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. After one year of retirement Dr. Coates accepted the position of Head of the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, the first public institution of higher education for women in the nation, serving from 1991-2005 when she retired for the second time and returned to Columbia where she spends the summers and the winters in her home in Scottsdale, AZ.
Dr. Coates received a number of professional recognitions during her academic career, including having her biography published in the 8th Edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, her nomination to be included in the 9th Edition of International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women, her selection for membership in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., her nomination to be included in Who’s Who for Women in Education, and her nomination for “Woman of the Year” by the American Biographical Institute Board of International Research.
Dr. Coates’ vocational expertise included that of designer, builder and decorator of residential structures. She is a specialist in space planning.
Wife of James Russell Coates of Columbia and Mother of two sons, Gregory Lee of San Antonio, TX and Jeffrey Russell of Pasadena, CA.