Upon her retirement in 1977, Lucy D. Medeiros completed a 43-year career in education, 12 of which she devoted to RIJC as associate dean of students and professor of business. After her retirement, she helped establish the CCRI/RIJC Alumni Association and was the first recipient of the association’s recognition award in 1980. She was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame in 1994 and also was a trustee of the CCRI Foundation.
The RIJC class of 1969 dedicated that year’s Primus to Medeiros, who was the faculty advisor of the yearbook. The dedication labels her as a friend to the students: “She has shown us not the answers, but the ways to find the answers. She has helped us, not by doing the job for us, but by arousing the self-confidence to do it ourselves.”
Before joining the RIJC faculty, Medeiros held teaching posts at schools around Rhode Island at Riverside Junior High School, the University of Michigan Hospital School, St. Joseph’s Vocational School, Central Falls High School and Cumberland High School. She also served as a guidance counselor in Cumberland.
Medeiros founded the Rhode Island Business Educators Association and served as a president for three years. She was the first recipient of the Rhode Island Business Educators awards on state, regional and national levels. She was initiated in Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and was cited as one of the leaders in business by Beta Mu Chapter-Delta Pi Epsilon of Central Connecticut State College. She also has been listed among “Who’s Who of American Women.”
Medeiros earned degrees from Rhode Island College and a Sixth Year Professional Diploma from the University of Connecticut.