Eliza Pearl Shippen, 93, a retired English Professor at the old D.C. Teachers College and a founder of Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Howard University in 1913, died of pneumonia Sunday at the Manor Care nursing home in Hyattsville.
Dr. Shippen was born in Washington and graduated from the old M Street High School in 1904. Two years later, she graduated from the old Miner Normal School, which later became Miner Teachers College, and began a career in education as a teacher in the D.C. public schools.
In 1912, Dr. Shippen earned a bachelor's degree at Howard. A year later, she helped found Delta Sigma Theta, a service organization whose aims include education and community development, and which now has more than 700 chapters in the United States and abroad.
In 1928, Dr. Shippen took a master's degree in education at Teachers College of Columbia University. In 1944, she earned a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, she had moved on from the D.C. public schools to Miner Teachers College, where she was dean of women. When Miner became part of D.C. Teachers College, she taught English there until her retirement in 1954. D.C. Teachers College later was merged into the University of the District of Columbia.
Dr. Shippen, who lived in Washington until moving to the Manor Care home in the late 1970s, leaves no immediate survivors.