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Mary Ellen (Samuelson) Drickey
Class of 1941 - Inducted in 2010
Mary Ellen was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2010.
Mary Ellen (Samuelson) Drickey has been an Omaha Public School Board member for 13 years and is currently a YMCA Board member. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for Psychology and Political Science course work and has attended numerous training classes.
She retired as Chief of Operations/Civilian Payroll Office from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she received many honors and awards. She also earned a letter sweater from the Trailer Club (a 75-mile hiking group), and was a community activist for Women's Equality. A major achievement in this capacity was suing the Nebraska University system to ensure women athletes received scholarships in accordance with the then new Title 9 laws. Her actions resulted in scholarship awards for female athletes at UNO, UNL and Kearney State.
She was Past Chair of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, and a political activist. She served as the Nebraska Women's Political Caucus Chair, Women's Federal Program Chair; and Douglas County and State of Nebraska Democratic Central Committee member. Ms. Drickey planned and convened Douglas County Democratic luncheons once a month for 10 years.