WATERLOO — Scharron Ann Clayton, 70, of Waterloo, died Sunday, June 11.
She was born March 22, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Thelma and Lester Shy. She married Webster N. Clayton III in October of 1986.
She attended John Adams High School in Cleveland. She completed her undergraduate degree at Central State University in Wilborforce, Ohio. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She later received her doctorate from the University of Iowa in Counseling and Human Development.
Scharron began her career as an educator at Alabama State and later the University of Iowa. While at the University of Iowa she taught courses in the Medical School and the School of Education and also served as the coordinator and director of health care opportunities. In 1991 she became the assistant dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and an associate professor of the Afro-American Culture and Civilization at the University of Northern Iowa. She served as assistant dean and later associate dean until 1997.
During her career, she served as acting head for several departments. Scharron also hosted a weekly radio show on KGGB. She later served as a member, chair, and most recently as president of KGGB. Scharron served the Waterloo community on the Equity Advisory Board of the Waterloo School District and the Black Leadership Committee in Waterloo. Additionally she served on the Governor’s Commissions on the Status of Women and the Status of African-Americans.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Webster N. Clayton IV; her siblings, Twila Shy and Vincent Shy; and nieces and nephews, Tracey White, Jasmine White, Dorian Shy, Charonda Caver-Foster and September Shy.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. June 24 at Antioch Baptist Church in Waterloo. An additional service will be held in her hometown of Cleveland at a later date to be determined. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, assisted the family.
While Scharron was successful professionally, those who knew her best knew she was most proud of her family. Scharron’s love and compassion for people served as light wherever she went, impacting everyone around her. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Waterloo Courier, June 18, 2017