Lunch & Learn With Shelia Harkleroad

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Polio – A Journey! Life Long Decatur/DeKalb Resident Shares Her Personal Story of Living with Polio

The next DeKalb History Center bi-monthly Lunch and Learn will be presented by Shelia Wilkins Harkleroad a DeKalb History Center Board of Directors member and Olen M. Kew, PhD., Retired Senior Science Advisor of CDC’s Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch. Dr. Kew will share information on the history of polio and eradication efforts and Mrs. Harkleroad will share her life journey growing up with polio in Decatur and DeKalb County during the second half of the 20th century. This included her recruitment as the face for Shelia Clubs. These clubs were created as Decatur and DeKalb County’s local March of Dimes fundraiser efforts to engage children in collecting funds for the fight against polio.

Shelia Wilkins Harkleroad was born at Emory Hospital in 1946 and returned there in 1954 as a polio patient. She attended Decatur City Schools graduating from Decatur High School in 1965 and Agnes Scott College in 1969 with a degree in English. Her career started at Agnes Scott College serving as the Alumnae Secretary and Class News Editor for the Agnes Scott Alumnae Quarterly. Shelia moved on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1980 until her retirement in 2005. Her service included positions in the National Center for Infectious Diseases and CDC University, the CDC’s training component.

Retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Olen M. Kew, held positions that included Senior Science Advisor of the Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch, Chief of the Molecular Virology Section, Division of Viral Diseases and Associate Director for Global Laboratory Science at CDC.

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By: DeKalb History Center

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