Izona Fripp, grandmother became lab supervisor at state agency
As she watched those she trained get promoted at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Izona Fripp wondered what kept her from climbing the ladder. Already a grandmother, she asked around and heard a straightforward answer. The others had one thing she lacked: a college education. So she returned to school, graduated with a bachelor’s degree, and returned to the department, diploma in hand. “She was more a doer than a talker,” said her son, the Rev. James N. Fripp.