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Karen Marguerite Yarbrough

university official , genetics educator

Karen Marguerite Yarbrough, American genetics educator, university official. Named to Hall of Fame, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Alumni Association, 1987, Mississippi Outstanding Woman President Commission on Status Woman, 1993.


Yarbrough, Karen Marguerite was born on March 4, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of David Williamson and Cleo Marguerite (Hartsfield) Yarbrough.


Bachelor of Science, Mississippi State University, 1961. Master of Science, Mississippi State University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University, 1967.


Graduate assistant Mississippi State University, Starkville, 1961-1963. Research assistant North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1963-1967. Assistant professor, associate professor biological science department University Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 1967, professor biological science department, 1976, founder, director Institute Genetics, 1971-1982, assistant dean, research coordinator College of Science and Technology, 1976-1981, acting vice president academy affairs, 1981-1982, vice president research and planning, since 1982, vice president for academy affairs, since 1997.

Board directors Mississippi Research Consortium, since 1987, president, 1987-1988. Board directors Mississippi University Research Authority, since 1992, president, since 1992. Board directors Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, since 1990, secretary, since 1992, president, 1994-1995.

Board directors Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, National Science Foundation, since 1988, Trustmark National Bank, Hattiesburg. Councillor Oak Ridge Associated Universities, since 1993.


  • Contributor articles to American Journal Mental Deficiency, Clinical Genetics, American Journal Physical Anthropology, Journal American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal Human Genetics.


Member Mississippi Economic Council, Hattiesburg, since 1990. Board directors Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce, 1990-1991. Member American Society Human Genetics, Society Research Administrators, Mississippi Genetics Association, National Council University Research Administrators, Dermatoglyphics Association (board directors 1986-1989), Mississippi Academy of Sciences (president 1983-1984), Hattiesburg Area Chamber of Chamber (board directors 1987-1991), Sigma Xi, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


David Williamson Yarbrough

Cleo Marguerite (Hartsfield) Yarbrough