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School Notes: Yale College
November/December 2021

Alumnus wins scholarship for aspiring civil rights attorneys

Markus Reneau ’19 is among ten individuals who have been named inaugural Marshall-Motley Scholars by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. The scholarship covers the cost of law school to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers across the US South. Reneau will attend Howard University School of Law.

Reneau’s interest in civil rights litigation began on the day that Trayvon Martin was murdered, February 26, 2012, which was Reneau’s 15th birthday. At Yale, Reneau joined the Urban Improvement Corps to provide tutoring to local children aspiring to attend college, and he worked with the tutoring program Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). After he graduated, Reneau was a Yale Fellow at the Oakham School in England, where he was the only Black teacher and one of the only Black people in the town of Oakham. He is currently an investigator for the Orleans Public Defenders.

College mourns loss of former admissions dean

Worth David ’56, dean of undergraduate admissions from 1972 to 1992, master of Branford College from 1991 to 1996, and a central figure in the Yale administration for two decades, died at Yale New Haven Hospital on June 1 of heart failure. He was 87.

David succeeded Inslee (Inky) Clark ’57, whom President Brewster had asked to bring to Yale a more diverse cohort: students with strong academic credentials from a greater range of schools and a wider range of family income. David devoted himself to this mission, including expanding the admissions process to admit more applicants from underrepresented groups.

Worth David graduated from Yale College in 1956, received an MS in mathematics from Wesleyan in 1965, and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Harvard in 1968. He was a teacher and director of studies at Suffield Academy for a decade and a highly regarded principal at Clayton High School, a public school in Missouri, from 1968 to 1972, before becoming Yale’s dean of undergraduate admissions.

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