Rochelle Kilgore

(1887-1993). Educator. Born on a cotton plantation in Georgia, she began teaching at age 17 for $15 a week. She graduated from Graysville Academy (forerunner of Southern College) in 1904 and received her master’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1924. In 1929 she married Charles Kilgore and moved to South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she worked on her doctorate at Boston University. In 1936 she was hired as a “temporary” teacher by Atlantic Union College, where she stayed for 25 years. She was known as a mentor of students, and more than 90 made their temporary homes with her. During World War II she was deeply committed to helping Seventh-day Adventist servicemembers, and corresponded with hundreds of them, encouraging them to finish college. She attended 25 consecutive r...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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