Dr. Valarie Green King
Dr. Valarie Green King

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Dr. Valarie Green King
Dr. Valarie

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3:00 PM
Memorial Service
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
2021 W State Rd 426
Oviedo, FL


On Sunday, February 26, at the age of 70, Dr. Valarie Greene King was taken “home” after waging a hard-fought battle with Cancer.

Dr. King was a diversity practitioner who held a BA degree in psychology from Spelman College, a M.Ed. in counselor education from North Carolina Central University, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the American University. She had over 35 years of experience as an administrator, counselor and psychologist at Bethune-Cookman University and Southern Methodist University. She served as a Captain in the US Army as a clinical psychologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas; and DeWitt Army Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia where she was Executive Officer and Chief of Clinical Psychology Services. She was also a member of the US Army Drug and Alcohol Activity (Pentagon) with responsibilities for working with the Air Force and Navy in developing and implementing certification criteria and procedures for military and civilian counselors.

Dr. King was the founding Director of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of Diversity Initiatives, serving with distinction in that role for more than 24 years. Dr. King was an acclaimed leader in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, and her leadership led UCF to be nationally renowned as a champion for promoting and sustaining innovative diversity efforts. One of Dr. King’s final projects before retiring from the university was a partnership with the Library of Congress and UCF to establish the UCF Community Veterans History Project, which began operations during the 2010-2011 academic year.

After her retirement from UCF, she launched a consulting firm, “” —continuing her work on inclusion, strategic diversity planning, stress management, career development and culturally competent leadership.

Dr. Valarie King was widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of Diversity and Inclusion and was cited as one of 25 Outstanding Women Leaders Making a Difference in the March 2012 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2013, Dr. King was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Pharos Award given by the Commission on Diversity, and Excellence (CADE) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states.

Dr. King took great pleasure in traveling and learning to understand people from varied cultures. She walked the halls of life as Homecoming Queen and later as Miss Monroe High, in Cocoa, FL. Additionally, she was a captain in the US Army, an educator and a beacon for diversity and inclusiveness. Most importantly, she was a standard-bearer in her family--a model daughter, a faithful sister, a mentoring aunt and the role she cherished most—a strong and devoted mother.

Dr. King was a member of many professional, community and service organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

Dr. King is preceded in death by her parents, James R. Greene, President of Carver Junior College during segregation (now Eastern Florida State College) in Cocoa, Florida and Mildred B. Greene, a world-traveled Librarian and English Professor at Bethune-Cookman College (Now BCU). Dr. King is also preceded by her sister, Janet D. Greene, the former Head Speech Pathologist of the State of Connecticut and an educator.

She is survived by her only and cherished son, Steven Randolph King. Her Sister, former Daytona Beach City Commissioner-Zone 6, Cassandra G. Reynolds; niece and nephew, Stacey Y. Reynolds-Carruth (Spouse, Robert C. Carruth, Jr.) and Michael James Greene McLaughlin, Sr. (Spouse, Kezia McLaughlin); grandnephews and grandniece: Robert C. Carruth, III, Gabriel Clinton Carruth, Cassandra Diane Carruth; Michael James Greene McLaughlin, Jr. and Charles McLaughlin. She is also survived by a host of cousins, including Barlows, Cherrys, Greenes, Langs, Taylors, as well as many friends and colleagues.

Memorial services for Dr. King will be held on Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2021 W State Rd 426, and Oviedo, FL 32765.
In lieu of flowers:
The family asks that donations be made to the Dr. Valarie Greene King Memorial Fund at the UCF Foundation in support of the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP)—sponsored annually by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion—benefitting UCF faculty and staff seeking professional development.

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Attn: Dr. Valarie King Fund
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32826

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Created On: 08/21/2017 09:55:43

John 5:28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out

K. Hope
Created On: 03/20/2017 16:22:17

Sincere condolences to the family on Dr. Valerie King's passing. May God grant you comfort as you reflect on the hope he's given us. "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come a resurrection of life." John 5:28,29. Wishing you loving memories to hold forever in your hearts.

Barba Pittman
Created On: 03/16/2017 10:18:25

My pray go out to the family. My classmate.

Charlie smith
Created On: 03/13/2017 05:45:46

Only time and pray can heal our broken hearts at this time of lost acts 24:15 brings hope and peace.

Nancy and Mike Hightower
Created On: 03/11/2017 18:07:56

We did our Psychology internship with Valerie in El Paso in 1981. So many wonderful, happy, and funny memories. I still tell a story of Valerie protecting me - I was pregnant and other officers were mad that I didn\\\\\\\'t have to pull 24 hour shifts. She grabbed me from an officer\\\\\\\'s meeting and told them what she thought of them. My husband and I loved her and are so proud to have called her friend.

Sincere sympathy to her son and family.

Martha Lue Stewart
Created On: 03/10/2017 21:10:28

Dear colleague, friend, soror

In helping us to define the term, \"diversity,\" you helped us to find ourselves. Just to know that YOU were there made the difference.

NinaD. White Frazier
Created On: 03/08/2017 03:15:00

A note to Dr. Valarie: Valarie G. King and I met in the 90's at UCF. She wanted to make a difference and she did. My heart broke as I was flying home Wednesday night and encountered the news through a FB post. There are so many conversations we didn't have Valarie. You were on my mind and I was going to call you upon return but the father called you home instead. Sigh. We were kindred spirits and sisters, DST and our love for black art and the fight for inclusion. We fought battles together for equality in areas at UCF. I know you have joined Dr. Cheryl Green who was another sister in love and hard fighter for African American leveling of the playing field. You open your family to me with Mother Mildred, your brother, sister and niece. Wow, my heart longs to have been with you. The peace is that I will see you again and will continue the legacy you left for us through some platform. I was able to get my doctorate because of your commitment to helping me. Gone, but not forgotten and loved. Your Soror friend! HOTEP! Selah...

melvin rogers
Created On: 03/07/2017 15:37:05



Melvin Rogers

Melvin Rogers I will always remember how much you gave helping others here at UCF ,sometimes I felt you gave too much to others and very little to yourself. I have always admired you for fighting so many battles for others to be treated fairly. The vision you gave not just to The Office of Diversity but the the entire University of Central Florida. I hope we can finish the job you started with the same compassion you had for all of us.

Created On: 03/06/2017 15:55:58

I knew Valarie for many many years, working with her at UCF, on our shared interests in diversity and inclusivity on campus. She was a giving, honorable, wise, and thoughtful woman who always always always came into the room with a big smile, in spite of some of the true shenanigans she had to deal with on a daily basis. God bless you, Dr. Valarie King. You are among the blessed, so I know you'll find your home in the kingdom you believed in by following the very path you walked your whole life. With love and respect, Amy