Educators Hall of Fame 2001 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations from around the state for their extensive contributions to the field of education. The Educators Hall of Fame was initiated in 1999 to permanently acknowledge education professionals and associations who have made distinguished contributions to the field of education through service and mission. Nominations were secured with a minimum $1000 gift to the College for the establishment of the Educators Hall of Fame Endowment Scholarship. Scholarships will be given to outstanding education majors. The awards ceremony was held in the Fall of 2001.

The 2001 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below.

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Iris Smith Aldridge 2001yes"Love All of the Children, All of the Time,
Even Under Difficult Circumstances"
George Raz Autry Jr.2001yes"A Friend to Man"
Hoke County Principal, Superintendent
and Lay Leader
Lou Bradley Batton2001yesElementary School Educator
Mentor and Community Leader
A True Inspiration to Students and Peers
Bob Beasley2001yesTwenty-Nine Years of Dedicated Service
As a Teacher, Principal, Superintendent,
and Valued Friend
In Harnett County Schools
Miss Saxon Bray 2001yesMentor and Friend
Outstanding High School
Social Studies Teacher
Jack Britt, Ed.D2001yesSuperintendent Cumberland Schools 1980-1989
Outstanding Service Recognized by Naming of Jack Britt High School
Driven by Integrity, Devoted to Excellence
Campbell University Advancement Leader
Rose Holland Brown 2001Guidance Counselor with Johnston County Schools
for 40 Years
Her Belief In and Knowledge Of Her Students
Enabled Each Student to Reach Their Greatest Potential
Rep. Howard B. Chapin 2001yesFifty-Five Years of Community Service
To State of N.C. as Teacher, Coach and Legislator
Principal Sponsor of and Introduced Legislation for
"Legislators' School for Youth Leadership Development"
Mary Alice Chapin 2001yesForty-Five Years of Devoted Service
To Beaufort County's Education Community
Teacher, Leader, and Mentor of Education
Ron Clark 2001yesDisney American Teacher of the Year 2000
"Mr. Clark Took Us on Trips to Los Angeles, Washington DC, and NC,
But Through His Stories He Had Already Taken Us Around the World,
Without Ever Leaving the Classroom." Julius Coles, Harlem, NY
Dr. Charles R. Coble 2001An Exceptional Leader, Dedicated to Excellence in Education
Who Envisions Possibilities and
Inspires Within Others
A Deep Sense of Purpose
Candice (Mamie) Dixon2001yesViolinist, Loving Wife and Mother
Suzuki Music Teacher, Orchestra Director
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Past President
Friends School of Music
Clara Woolard Dixon2001Educator and Devoted Mother
Who Served Her Community Through
the Public Schools and Church
A Loving Influence on Family and Friends
Jerold H. Dixon 2001yesAn Educator Who Has Served His Community
Through the Military, Public Schools, and County Government
Loved and Admired By His Family
Ocey Lee Draughon2001yesTeacher of Elementary and
Special Education Students for Thirty-Three Years
Retired 1976
Lifelong Educator and Wonderful Mother
Dr. William C. Friday2001Educational Luminary Offering Great Care and Detail
In Shaping the North Carolina System of Higher Education
His Leadership Has Widely Changed Many Lives
Dr. Frank Fuller 2001Chair, Professor, Teacher, Psychometrist
State President of N.C.E.A.
American Personnel and Guidance Association
Greenville City Council
Norfleet Gardner 2001"We Recognize Your Outstanding Dedication to Education,
Excellence as a Teacher and
Inspiration by Leadership."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Dr. Willie Gilchrist2001Superintendent of Halifax County Schools
Outstanding Educator and Leader
Family: Wife, Jacqueline
Children: Wyvondalyn, Steven, and Willie II
R. Marshall Helms2001Prof. of Physics: Goldsboro High School, NCSU, and ECU
PreArmy for War Electronics Educators, Director of Visiting
Scientists for NC High Schools, Supporter of Anajao, Phillipines Elem. Sch.
Husband to: MSH MCH CWH Loved Husband
Dr. H. C. Hudgins Jr.2001AB, High Point College; MEd, UNC-Chapel Hill; EdD, Duke University
Teacher and Principal; Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership, ECU
Over 40 years of Dedicated Service - Retired 1997
Outstanding Educator, Author, Scholar, Mentor, and Friend
Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.2001"I Challenge North Carolinians to Raise Out Sights & Raise Our Schools
To An Even Higher Level. By the Year 2010, North Carolina
Will Build the Best System of Public Schools of Any State in America.
By the End of the First Decade of the 21st Century, We Will Be First in Education."
Dr. Douglas James 2001"Visionary, Practical, Persistent Educational Leadership
Is Critical to the Preparation of Students for Success In
An Ever Changing World."
Dr. Robert N. Joyner2001yes"His Unyielding Dedication to Students and the Teaching Profession
Is Personified by Demanding of Himself and Others
Professionalism, Leadership, and Excellence In the
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics."
Robert Brown "Bob" Lee2001yesTeacher, Principal, Coach, Mentor
Touched Many Lives In His Community
Devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather
ECTC Class of 1950
Ada Powell Leonard2001Teacher: Home
Community College
Carrie Roberson Martin2001yesA Teacher Who Loved What She Did
Everyday for Forty Years
Educating Children
Charles Brantley Martin 2001Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, Community Leader
A Lifetime Dedicated to Children, Education, and
Public Service
"Education is the Best Insurance Policy One Can Have"
Dr. Raymond H. Martinez 2001"An Esteemed Visionary, Scholar, Scientist,
College Administrator, Mentor, Friend; and
A Determined, yet Gracious Winning Swim Coach."
ECU: 1954-1986
Marsha McLawhorn 2001yesInnovative Educator
Who Enriched the Lives of Children
A True Role Model, Teacher, Supervisor, and Principal
Beatrice "Bea" Stalls Mullen2001yesSchool Teacher, Librarian, 1933-1972
Dedicated to Her Job and Students
Delta Kappa Gamma, Senior Class Sponsor
Thomas H. Ragland2001yesDedicated Teacher, Administrator, Mentor
Forty-Two Years of "Commitment to Excellence in Education"
Craven County Schools and East Carolina University
Devoted Husband, Father, and Grandfather
John Lanier Roberson2001yesTeacher - Principal - Mentor
He Challenged his Students to Excel
In the Study of Mathematics and Science.
Robersonville High School2001The Dedicated Faculties and the High Expectations
of this "School of Excellence"
Prepared Her Students to Become Successful and
Contributing Members of Society
Margaret E. Rogerson2001Dedicated Wife, Mother, and Educator
"Forever Learning and Forever Sharing"
Mrs. Marie Bryant Salmon 2001yes"You Broadened Horizons and Showed Your
Students A Path Less Traveled,
Which Truly Made a Difference."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Mary Schmidt, Ph.D.2001The Pennsylvania State University
Dedicated Educator, Administrator, Scholar,
Teacher and Mentor
Her Mind Knows No Boundaries
Rodney Schmidt, DMA 2001The University of Colorado
Musician, Educator, Administrator,
Mentor, Explorer of Technology
Thinks Differently
Joan Shappley2001Teacher
Marilyn Sheerer, Ph.D.2001Teacher and Professor; Dean, School of Education, ECU
Respected Scholar, Exemplary Educator,
Outstanding Communicator, and Skillful Problem-Solver
A Visionary Leader Whose Expertise, Dedication, and Enthusiasm Inspire Us All
Patricia Williams Sheppard2001yesEducator Whose Gift of Teaching
Will Always Be Reflected
In the Achievements and Lives of Her Students
Dr. Beatrice Seal Simmons2001PhD In Sacred Theology
Religious Educator, Ordained Minister
Social Worker, Church Leader, Community Leader
Guardian Ad Litem
Dr. Harold C. Simmons 2001PhD In Art Education
Art Historian, Author, Illustrator,
Artist, Photographer, Archaeologist,
Church Elder, Scout Leader
Mr. H.L. Sorrell Jr.2001yes"Your Lifelong Example of Honor and Integrity
Will Be An Ongoing Legacy for
Your Profession and Community."
Coats High School, Class of 1965
Mrs. Pauline Hooks Spain2001yesPrimary School Educator
Promoted and Inspired High Standards of Education
Strong Dedication to School and Community
Kenneth L. Stalls2001yes"An Advocate of Technical and
Vocational Education"
Erma Benson Taylor2001yesElementary School Educator
With Lifelong Commitment of
Sharing the Power of Knowledge
Dr. Richard C. Todd 2001East Carolina University Department of History 1950-1977
Phi Sigma Pi Faculty Advisor 1950-1977
Devoted Husband of "Sweetheart" Todd
"A Scholar, Leader, and Great Fellow"
Mrs. Eleanor Toll2001East Carolina University
School of Music Faculty Member
For 31 Years
Sandra Rivenbark Wait 2001MSA, UNC-Wilmington, 1997: BA in Biology, UNC-Wilmington, 1989
"I Get A Sense of Accomplishment and Enjoyment in Contributing
To the Professional Development of Staff and
Watching the Effect Manifested in the Success of Children."