Schelysture "Shelli" Gordon McWhorter, 73, a retired Temple University professor, died of a heart attack Tuesday, March 1, at Arbor Terrace in Chestnut Hill.
Dr. McWhorter earned a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville and a master's degree in social work from Atlanta University. In the early 1960s, she was a social worker at the Lutheran Settlement House in Philadelphia. Later, she was an instructor in the School of Social Work at Temple University, and became a full professor after earning a doctorate in early childhood development from Temple.
While on summer break from Temple, she was a psychologist for the public school systems in Lawnside and Camden, assessing the educational and therapeutic requirements of special-needs children.