Though many people see Marie Jean Sloan’s most impressive achievement as earning two degrees within one week of each other-a doctorate from Wayne State University on June 9, 1966, and a Juris Doctor degree from Detroit College of Law on June 13 — she says that isn’t necessarily the accomplishment of which she is most proud.
“To live life every day in a way that is pleasing to God, and the contributions I have made in the lives of young people, that is what I am most proud of,” she said.
After graduating from Marygrove College in 1954, Sloan taught in the Detroit public school system for three years while pursuing a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Wayne State University. Then she took a leave of absence from Detroit to teach elementary school in Aschaffenburg, Germany, for one year. During this time Sloan traveled extensively in Europe and in the Near and Middle East.