Doris Bruce Kelly
An honorary right of way street sign is being proposed for the late Mrs. Doris Bruce Kelly, who was a life-long resident of the Historic St. Elmo District. She lived there for over 103 years.
Tekelia Kelly said, "Doris was a phenomenal woman, award-winning educator, prominent leader, and faithful servant of God. She lived by the mantra 'If I can help somebody as I walk along, then my living shall not be in vain.' "
After graduating from Howard High School, she attended Tennessee A&I State University where she received BS and MS degrees. While at Tennessee State, she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in which she was an active member for more than 80 years.
Kelly said, "Doris made a positive impact on so many lives while also making profound history throughout Chattanooga, across Tennessee, and beyond. She returned to her alma mater, Howard High School where she later taught business classes and collaborated with corporate partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee to create school-to-work transition internships for her students.
"After leaving the classroom, she took an assignment as Universe Representative for the Tennessee Education Association. She held life membership with the National Education Association and was the first Black woman President of the Chattanooga Education Association. In her role as educator, she received many accolades and awards for her service. She continued to serve in the Retired Teachers Association for many years after her retirement. In addition, Doris served on the board of directors of the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library."
The business of Mrs. Doris Bruce Kelly's honorary right of way street sign is on the City Council agenda for next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga City Council Building at 1000 Lindsay St.
The proposed sign entitled “Commemorative Doris Bruce Kelly Way” is planned to be located at the intersection on Eastbound West 46th Street, near Doris's former home.