July 14, 2017 — Sharon Nellums-Goosby, who helped University of Houston Law Center students for 18 years in a variety of ways beyond the scope of her job description as academic records coordinator, died Tuesday, July 11, at the age of 53 after a lengthy bout with cancer.
She coordinated tutoring services, oversaw accommodations for students with disabilities, performed audits for graduating students, and assisted them with registration and pre-graduation paperwork.
"Sharon was a very well respected member of the Law Center community," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "She was beloved by faculty, her colleagues and students for her unwavering attention to their needs. Most importantly, she taught us all a lesson on how to live with dignity, grace, and confidence when facing life's adversity."
"Sharon's passion for working with people was a key characteristic that made her successful at her job," said Associate Dean for Student Affairs Sondra R. Tennessee. "Over the years she established strong relationships with students and colleagues in the Law Center and across campus. She truly made a positive difference with each individual who crossed her path. Her passing will leave a huge void on our team."
"Sharon always had a kind word and big smile for everyone she met," said a close colleague, Derrick Gabriel, director of Student Affairs. "She cared deeply about the people she worked with and the students she helped. It was never more evident than with her work with students with disabilities. She made sure they received their accommodations that required her to work long hours, and make many personal sacrifices."
Clinical Assistant Professor Tobi Tabor, expressed the sentiments of many Law Center faculty and staff members: "She was always so helpful, gracious, efficient, and kind. I was heartened whenever I saw her, and I know she affected others that same way."
A native Houstonian, Nellums-Goosby received a BBA degree from Sam Houston State University. Prior to joining the Law Center staff, she worked in the social services industry providing assistance to needy families.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph, and son, Jarvis. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2603 Anita St., Houston, TX, 77004. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.