Starlett Anne Craig, 72, a native and former resident of Asheville, NC, passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Starlett was a daughter of the late Robert Russell, Sr. and Evelyn Williams Russell. She attended the Asheville city schools and was a graduate of Stephens-Lee High School Class of 1965. She was a member of the National Honor Society, famed Stephens-Lee Marching Band, year book publication staff and as a senior voted "Most Likely to Succeed.
Starlett received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA and a Masters of Social Science in Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr, PA. She completed post graduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Clemson University.
Starlett's initial employment was with federal and local government agencies. She began a career in higher education administration for which she is noted. Starlett served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. While at Western Carolina, she was invited to serve as a Congressional Intern in Washington, DC. Starlett later was employed by Clemson University, Clemson, SC as Academic Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and also served as an international student advisor. Starlett was a staunch advocate for minority students and study abroad. She wrote extensively on international study and was associated with the Multicultural Professionals in International Education. Starlett served on the Diversity Scholarship Committee for the American Institute for Foreign Study. She implemented the SAT Boot Camp and Career Workshop. These programs prepared African American high school juniors and seniors for entrance into college and was a great pathway for many participants to matriculate to Clemson University. Starlett retired in 2015 as the Director of Academic Excellence for Clemson's Houston Center. After retirement, she was active with the Clemson Area African American Museum.
Starlett was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Pendelton Elks Lodge 2861 and organized a veterans' services fair and wrote and received an Elks Freedom Grant for which additional veteran services were able to be provided.
Surviving family include her daughters, Karma Craig and Kemi Craig; granddaughter, Aya Behr; brother, Robert Russell, Jr. (Carolyn); sister, Shelia Winfield (Carl); nephews, Albert Winfield; and David Russell; nieces,Joy and Hope Winfield and Charlotte Cox (William); numerous cousins and friends worldwide.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Starlett Craig Memorial Fund under the Donations tab below.
As of August 14, 2020 a memorial service will be held and the date announced.
Clemson University Foundation/Annual Giving Office
110 Daniel Drive, Clemson SC 29631