Elaine M. Aber was the first white student to graduate from Lincoln University. She later joined Alpha Kappa Alpha, becoming one of the first whites in Jefferson City to join a predominately African American sorority. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from Lincoln University and later a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Aber worked as a counselor for the Missouri State of Employment Services until she retired in 1985. One of her greatest professional accomplishments was being published in the Journal of Educational Sociology February 1959 for her article, “A Reverse Pattern of Integration”. She achieved much success due to her ability to work in a diverse environment.