Hall of Fame

Mary Lou Streeter Hindsman, Class of 1938

Induction Class of 2000

Mary Lou Streeter came to Sunflower Junior College from Wilson, Arkansas and promptly made a name for herself in athletics and as well in the classroom. “Street”, as she was nicknamed, excelled in basketball and was voted “Best Girl Athlete” in 1937. She helped the basketball team to successful seasons both years and in 1939 won the singles tennis championship in the Mississippi Delta Division. Although the SJC ladies did not win the State Championship, they did, defeat eventual State Champ Copiah Lincoln Junior College three times that season. Streeter was also a member of the YWCA and the Wilson Society. In order to help pay for college, Streeter waited tables and in her sophomore year convinced President West to make her his secretary.

In 1939 Streeter took flying lessons in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at SJC. She even earned her license, and in fact, was the first woman in Mississippi to fly solo and receive a private pilot’s license.

After getting married, Mrs. Hindsman worked in a number of secretarial and bookkeeping positions in Arkansas and Texas as husband Sam coached and taught. In 1973 she went to work for the Employment Security Division for the State of Arkansas and worked her way from accountant to Business Management Supervisor before retiring.

Mary Lou Streeter Hindsman is married to another former inductee, Mr. Sam Hindsman.

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