Victoria Cousins Obituary, Death – In Columbia, South Carolina, on June 28, 2005, Victoria Cherry Cousins, class of 1979, passed away. She was born in Bangor on February 25, 1957, and she attended Bangor High School to prepare for college. During her junior year at Bowdoin, she spent a semester studying abroad at Warnborough College in Oxford, England. After she graduated in 1979, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and began working as an advertising sales representative for the local publication Missouri Life.
She began her career in the sales industry in 1981 when she joined the St. Louis Business Journal as a sales representative. In 1989, she moved on to become the director of sales for Design Network, Inc., also located in St. Louis. After some time, she relocated to Columbia, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the first Director of Consumer Affairs for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.
She was very involved in a number of national mental health organizations and participated to a variety of federal programs and research projects that were related to mental health. She was the originator of the South Carolina Mental Health Department’s Trauma Initiative Task Force as well as the co-chair of the group. Additionally, she was the co-director of the Palmetto Pride Consumer Recovery Leadership Retreat.
She was also the originator of the Consumer-to-Consumer Evaluation Team inside the department. This team was established so that people who had received mental health treatments could review health services. Her mother, Harriette Cousins, who lives in Bangor, and her brother, Douglas Cousins, who lives in Brewer, are the only ones who have survived.