Educators Hall of Fame 2004 Inductees

East Carolina University’s College of Education is pleased to have had this opportunity to recognize twenty-seven 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 Saturday, October 30, 2004.

We were also honored to receive an address at this year’s ceremony by Dr. Willie Gilchrist. Dr. Gilchrist is the Superintendent of Halifax County Schools and currently serves on the UNC System Board of Governors. He has been recognized twice in the Educators Hall of Fame.

The 2004 Hall of Fame Honorees are listed below. 

NameInduction YearECU Alumni?Plaque Inscription
Betty Sanders Abernathy2004yesOutstanding Chemistry and Physics Teacher
at Fike High School for 30 Years.
Former President and Active Member of the N.C. Science
Teachers Association. Member, Board of Directors,
National Science Teachers Association.
Dr. Donald E. Bailey2004An Educator, an Administrator, and a Dean
East Carolina University 1961-1994
He can Never tell Where his Influence Stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
Jeanne Grogan Batten2004yesHigh School Chemistry and Biology
Teacher for 38 Years. She has Been a Positive
Factor in the of Administrators, Colleagues,
and Students Throughout her Career
Sharon Horn Browne2004yesLoving Daughter 1955-2003
BS in Library Studies 1978 ECU
MS in Library Sciences 1991 ECU
25 Years of Service in N.C. Library Education
Anna H. Cartner2004An Outstanding Educator who Taught in the Public Schools for
41 Years and Developed Innovative Techniques for Teaching
Reading to Middle School Students With Learning Disabilities.
Gail Sykes Clayton2004yesHelping Students Reach Their Potential
Both in the Classroom and on the Athletic Field
N. Rene Corders2004Any Good, Therefore, That I can do, let me do it now.
2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year.
Pamela Jo Davis2004yesPursued a Career in Education Serving Nash and Wilson
Counties. 2003-2004 Southern Nash High School Teacher of
the Year. "The real purpose of our existence is not to make a
living, but to make a worthy, well-rounded, and useful life."
Forever our Friend
Dr. Jimmie R. Grimsley2004yesTeacher of Teachers
Compassionate Educator, Advisor, Coach
Mentor and Friend to Students
Dedicated Husband, Father, and "Pop"
Linda Blair Hardy2004yesElementary School Educator 1969-2001
Teacher, Motivator, Leader, Mentor, and Friend
Progressive Innovator of Enriched Curriculum
Believer in Potential of all Children
Continuous Lifetime Learner
Gladys D. Howell2004Tenured Professor; Chairman, Political Science Department
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Chancellor, East Carolina University
Leadership That Reached the top by Rising up Through the Ranks
Gladys D. Howell2004Her Passion for Learning and her Love of Teaching Have Made
her Mentor and Friend to any Willing to Learn
Always, and in Every one of her Many Spheres of Service,
she has Placed High Value on High Achievement.
Catherine Spearman McKim2004yesMother, Educator
Community Advocate
ECTC 1950
Marian N. McLawhorn2004yesProgressive North Carolina Legislator
Former Librarian
Advocate for Education
Champion for Eastern North Carolina
Valerie H. Neal2004yesA Dedicated Teacher who Instills a Sense of Self-Worth in
Children Believing all the While They are Capable of the
Impossible. She Plants This Belief Firmly Within Them, and
Watches as They Soar Above any Hurdle They may Face,
Achieving Greatness Never Expected.
Jo Ann Norris2004N.C. Teacher of the Year 1979-1980
Associate Executive Director, Public School Forum of N.C.
Committed to Quality Education for all Children
Political Affairs Specialist, Lobbyist, Advocate for Women
Virgie Cowand Northcott2004yesA well-loved Educator who Taught Grades 5-7 for
34 years; her Teaching Philosophy was
She was a Champion for Children With Special Needs.
Dr. David A. Powers2004yesOutstanding Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Exemplary Leader in Distance Education and the use of Technology
Scholar, Educator, Mentor, Friend and Creator of Opportunities
Given by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction Colleagues
Tracy Kennington Price2004yesOutstanding Senior ECU School of Art - 1988
N.C. Character Educator of the Year Award
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education Award
VSA Arts Director Union County, N.C.
Dr. Donald L. Spence2004Director of Japan Center East
Associate Director of International Affairs
ECU Associate Professor of Education
Mentor and Friend to Students
Dedicated Family Member and Friend - Sensei
Emma Strange Stallings2004yesHer Career in Education Took Place Where it Really Matters,
In the Classroom. She was a Competent and Devoted Teacher
Who Instilled a Love of Learning in all of her Students.
Joan Morrison Tolley2004 yesWife, Mother, Teacher, Mentor, Administrator
Principal 1966-2000
ECU Outstanding Educator 1987
Order of the Long Leaf Pine 1998
Patricia Hines Turner2004yesTeacher's Assistant, Teacher, Assistant Principal
Ambitious, Enthusiastic, Dedicated
An Inspiration for Future Teachers
Robert A. Ward2004 yesBS Business 1962
Chair, ECU Board of Trustees 1995-1997
He and Wife Margaret are Active Supporters of Both
Academics and Athletics
Honored with Naming of the Ward Sports Medicine Building 1992
Dr. William H. Warren2004yesTeacher and Administrator
B.S. Campbell College 1978
MAEd Fayetteville State University 1988
EdD East Carolina University 1998
Dedicated to his Family
Lurline B. Wheless2004She Instilled in her Students a Desire to Learn
and Made Learning fun.
Science Teacher 1944-1975
FCHS Alumni
Walter L. Williams2004A Visionary, Advocate, and
True Believer in East Carolina University
and Eastern North Carolina