Cherokee Village resident Loretta Taylor Buddhu was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony held May 17 at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Ca.
She was one of five inductees in the Hall of Fame's 2008 class.
Buddhu is a 1944 graduate of Paragould High School, where she was an honor student, second in her class. She also played basketball at Paragould.
After high school, she attended Abilene Christian College and graduated there summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree. She continued her education by earning a masters science degree from San Diego State University.
While working for the FBI in Washington, D.C., she joined the department's basketball team. The squad was invited to play their games before the start of the Washington Senators' games. This was an honor, considering few women participated in sport at this time and were acknowledged for their athleticism.
Hired by Southwestern College in 1965, she worked tirelessly to build a dance program at the college. As a department chairperson, she served on hiring committees that selected the best dance instructors available and assisted in the implementation of budget funds that helped push the dance curriculum to new heights.
As a classroom instructor, she specialized in teaching health science classes and outside the classroom, she served as the first female governor of Lion's International of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She devoted 21 years of service to the club in various offices and received the Melvin Jones Lion's Fellowship 22 times.