Dr. Paula Du Bois was born March 17, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the union of Clyde Patrick Du Bois, Sr. and Vera Mae (Chambers). She was preceded in death by her parents; Vera Mae Du Bois and Clyde Patrick Du Bois, Sr.; and one sister, Roberta Ann Du Bois. Dr. Du Bois accepted Christ at an early age, joining the El Bethel Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Up until her transition, she was an active member of the First AME Church of Los Angeles.
Paula was united in matrimony to the late John A. Stuckey, Sr. in 1981, and from this union one daughter was born. Dr. Du Bois leaves behind one daughter, Shayna Stuckey Coche and son in-law, Cedric Gregoire Coche; five brothers: Terry; Clyde Jr.; Darrell; Mark (Donna); Dwayne; three sisters: Tonda; Claudia (Lawrence); and Ruth. She also leaves five uncles: Donald Du Bois, Robert Douglas, Kenneth, Edward, and Donald Chambers; two aunts, Constance and Bernice Chambers, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews, cousins and friends. She also leaves behind a special friend, Rosalyn Byous who provided exceptional care and support throughout her illness.
Dr. Paula Du Bois graduated from the University of Cincinnati (Raymond Walters College) earning an Associate Degree in Radiology Technology. She was employed as a radiologic technician before relocating to California. She earned a Bachelor’s in Education from La Verne College. Dr. Du Bois taught radiology at the vocational and post-secondary levels and started her own radiology company where she trained staff and placed them in jobs made available by her clients. Dr. Du Bois went on to complete her Masters and Doctorate degrees at Pepperdine University. She worked as an educational administrator in multiple school districts in the Los Angeles area, and she also taught teacher education courses at the collegiate level.
After her retirement she provided consulting services, mentoring new teachers pursuing their educational credentials. She was committed to the field of education inside and outside of the educational setting. Dr. Du Bois was Chair of the Commission on Education and Training at the First AME Church of Los Angeles, where she spearheaded College and Career Fairs, Summer Learning Institutes for youth, Cultural camps, and scholarship awards to students to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. Dr. Du Bois believed that learning is a lifelong process, as demonstrated by her own climb up the educational ladder. She was a dedicated educator that exemplified a high level of professionalism in all of her endeavors.
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