Shirley Clements Mewborn attended Georgia Tech in the early 1950s, when Georgia Tech only had five women. After attending Western Carolina Teachers College for one year, she came to Tech and pursued a B.S. in electrical engineering. In high school, she enjoyed basketball, fishing, and tennis, and was passionate about athletics. Shirley met her husband, Duke Mewborn, at Georgia Tech, where they both worked in the library. She succeeded in the business world and generously gave back to Georgia Tech; she previously endowed an athletic scholarship. A sample of her affiliations affirms her dedication to Tech: the first woman to serve as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board since 1989; a member of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board; and chairperson of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. In addition, she established the Shirley Mewborn Perseverance Scholarship Fund for female students at Tech and the Francis and Shirley Mewborn Endowment Council Fund. She was inducted into the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame and received the Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguised Services Award, the highest award conffered by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. She died in 2003 after a battle with colon cancer.
"Shirley Mewborn was a pioneer at Georgia Tech. We will miss her fine leadership, her excellent judgement, her tireless energy and her warm smile. She was the embodiment of a Georgia Tech education." - Former Georgia Tech President G. Wayne Clough
- First woman to serve as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association
- Chairperson of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation
- Member of the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame
- Recipient of the Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished Services Award