Dr. Elizabeth A. Semko


Dr. Elizabeth A. Semko


Dr. Elizabeth A. Semko, 59, passed away May 8, 2006 at her home in Jackson.

Services were held May 9 at at Briarwood United Methodist Church in Jackson. She was buried in her hometown of Tamaqua, Pa.

She was known to her many friends as Betsy, and was involved in many organizations and groups in the Jackson area.

Dr. Semko was a faithful and active member of Briarwood United Methodist Church and served as lay leader. She recently substituted for the pastor and gave the sermon on “My Own Personal Katrina” in which she revealed some of the lessons of her illness which she summarized by saying don’t tell your God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is. Additionally, she was a Sunday school teacher, teaching the Young Adult class. She was certified by the United Methodist Church as a lay speaker which qualified her to teach and preach at other churches. She served on the boards of the Methodist Children’s Home and also the Girl Scouts of America.

She received her doctorate degree from Wayne State University in industrial/organizational psychology. She held a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. Dr. Semko worked at Jackson State University for more than 20 years. She was a professor in both the School of Business and the School of Allied Health. During her tenure, she won numerous faculty awards, including the Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Semko was the first woman to be licensed to practice industrial/organizational psychology in Mississippi. She was president and founder of Semko and Associates, a consulting firm to business and industry.

Survivors include: sons, W. Michael Semko of Lorton, Va., and Matthew R.A. Semko of Memphis; parents, Dr. Richard E. Miller and Ruth S. Miller of Hometown, Pa.; brother, Richard G. Miller of Tamaqua; and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Jackson State University/School of Allied Health Sciences or Girl Scouts of America.