In Memory – Colonel Ethel S. Underwood

In Memory – Colonel Ethel S. Underwood

Colonel Ethel S. Underwood

We’re sorry to report the passing of 2017 Living Legend, Col. Ethel Underwood, on July 19, at the age of 93. After a groundbreaking career in the US Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps, becoming the first African American woman to achieve the rank of Colonel, she spent decades during her retirement as a volunteer and a leader in Alexandria.

She worked with a number of organizations, and received special recognition and honors from many, including the Virginia legislature, NAACP, AARP, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alfred Street Baptist Church, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Alexandria Commission on Aging, and the Alexandria Commission for Women, and the Living Legends of Alexandria.

More detailed information about her inspiring career can be found at

Legends in the News by Linda Hafer