01.09.2020

First black woman to be a TV meteorologist, June Bacon-Bercey, remembered for being 'fierce advocate'

June Bacon-Bercey broke barriers when she became the first African American woman to receive a degree in meteorology, and later was the nation's first female TV meteorologist. June Bacon-Bercey broke barriers when she became the first African American woman to receive a degree in meteorology, and later was the nation's first female TV meteorologist. Photo Courtesy Dail St. Claire
Dail St. Claire says she grew up being taught "never take no for an answer."

St. Claire is the daughter of groundbreaking African American meteorologist June Bacon-Bercey, who died in July at age 90. St. Claire finally announced her death last week while unveiling a scholarship to honor her legacy and help women pursuing careers in science in math.

"Many have asked why I waited so long to announce my mother’s passing. The truth – I was not ready to grieve," St. Clair said. "I was not ready to let go."

In 1955, Bacon-Bercey became the first African American woman to receive a degree in meteorology. Fifteen years later she became America’s first female TV meteorologist.

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