Faye Abrell, a member of Alpha Chapter, was installed as state president at the 1961 state convention in West Lafayette. Already she had served as state 1st vice-president and as scholarship chairman. Previously she had been elected president of Alpha Chapter in 1945.
Faye is remembered as a dedicated leader who firmly believed and reminded members that “much will depend on your individual efforts….” to achieve the purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma. “One does not have a real vision of what Delta Kappa Gamma means until she has attended meetings on the state and international level.”
Near the completion of her term in office, a fourth state scholarship -- the Mabel Holland Scholarship -- was offered as part of the 25th Anniversary of Delta Kappa Gamma’s presence in Indiana. At this time the state organization’s history, 25 Years of Alpha Epsilon State 1938-1963, was compiled. Beta Epsilon and Beta Zeta Chapters were installed.
Faye Abrell’s teaching career began at Hunter School in Monroe County. She was among the first group of American educators to teach in the US Army Dependent Schools in Frankfort, Germany, 1946-1947. Faye returned to Monroe County’s Rogers Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher and later was a supervising teacher for Indiana University student teachers. She was recognized by the Monroe County Education Association as the 1985 Friend in Education.
Miss Abrell devoted time and efforts to professional organizations such as NEA, Indiana Classroom Teachers Association, and ISTA. She was a member of the Midwest program on Airborne Television, a member of the Bloomington mayor’s commission on human relations, and various local organizations. During her lifetime she frequently quoted poetry, was a published poet, and was honored by the National Library of Poetry.