African-American Woman Highlights Six Decades of Service with Historic Sorority

Kathryn Cobbs, a resident at Rydal Park, a Presby’s Inspired Life community located in Jenkintown, has dedicated her life to helping others. When she’s not attending various events in the community, most likely she’s attending a meeting for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the sorority she’s been part of for 67 years.

Kathryn joined the traditionally African-American sorority when she was a student at Morgan State University, in Baltimore. From there, she went on to the Pennsylvania State University, Cheyney University and Temple University. Education was always important to her, and Kathryn’s career included being an elementary school teacher and eventually an administrative assistant. That desire to give back has always been there, and continues to this day following her retirement.

As a decades-long member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kathryn attends the meetings, serves as a proof-reader for various correspondence pieces and, most recently, helped to make dresses out of pillowcases for children in underdeveloped countries. She has dedicated herself to the principles of Alpha Kappa Alpha, such as unity, friendship, ethical standards, and being “of Service to All Mankind.”

While the collegiate fraternal system has been placed under scrutiny in recent months, Kathryn remains confident that her sorority experience that started nearly seven decades ago has contributed significantly to her lifelong success.