Angie Brooks-Randolph, a 1952 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School who went on to be elected the first and only African woman president of the United Nations General Assembly, died in Houston on September 9, 2007, at the age of 79.

Brooks-Randolph was born in Liberia in 1928. In addition to presiding over the 24th session of the General Assembly in 1969, she was the first woman Liberian lawyer and served as Assistant Attorney General of Liberia. Her long career of government administration and legal education included service as Liberia’s Assistant Secretary of State and numerous other positions.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commented, "Liberia has indeed lost a woman of unprecedented courage and determination, whose unwavering commitment to excellence in education propelled her to the highest level of service."

In addition to services in Houston on September 22, a state funeral is being planned in Liberia.




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