Sylvia S. Kerckhoff

Title: Mayor (Retired)

Location: Durham, NC, United States


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian (2018)
  • Recipient, Civic Honor Award, Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham, NC (2015)
  • Recipient, Joe Becton Human Relations Award (2015)
  • Recipient, Legacy Award, Durham Center for Senior Life (2011)
  • Political Leadership Scholar, Lillian’s List Action Fund (2008)
  • Honoree, Who’s Who in the Millennium (2000-2001)
  • Honoree, Who’s Who in Politics (1997-1998)
  • Honoree, DeVilbiss High School Hall of Fame Inductee, Toledo, OH (1998)
  • Honoree, “Twenty Most Powerful Women in the Triangle,” Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (1996)
  • Recipient, #1 Ambassador Award, City of Medicine, USA (1995)
  • Recipient, Leadership Award, School of Medicine, Duke University (1995)
  • Honoree, “Effective Business Leader,” Business Leaders Magazine (1994)
  • Recipient, Service Award, Women’s Commission, Durham County, NC (1993)
  • Recipient, Community Leadership in Arts Award, Durham Arts Council (1991)
  • Honoree, Who’s Who in Government Services (1989)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis Who’s Who (1999-2011)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (2000-2004, 2009)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who (2000)


  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Coursework, Oberlin College

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