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8 individuals, 2 organizations named to Raleigh Hall of Fame

Posted April 15, 2014

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— Eight individuals and two organizations will be recognized for contributions to North Carolina's capital city with induction into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. 

The Class of 2014 is:

Richard “Dick” Daugherty – known for development and growth of IBM, Research Triangle Park and the more recent expansion of Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University.

Dr. George C. Debnam – known as the “dean” of African American physicians in Raleigh, Debnam founded the well-respected Debnam Clinic and is a trustee at Shaw University. In 50 years of practice he delivered over 10,000 babies. 

L. Merritt Jones – a president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Raleigh and a member the Governor’s Insurance Advisory Committee and the City of Raleigh Insurance Advisory Council. Jones is also a supporter of Raleigh Little Theatre, Hospice of Wake County, the Lions Club and the Community Music School.

Marjorie Menestres – executive director of SAFEchild, the first agency devoted to providing direct child abuse prevention services to area families. Menestres grew the organization from one person to a 14-member staff with a budget of more than $1.2 million.

Steven D. Schuster – his many architectural contributions to Raleigh include the Marbles Kids Museum, Artspace, the North Regional Library, Glenwood South’s Pine State Creamery and the city’s convention center.

Cornelia Norris McKimmon Trott  – the first female lawyer to work in the Attorney General’s Office. Trott is credited with building the title insurance industry in this state.

William Thaddeus Woodard – During his 36 years as president of the North Carolina Bankers Association, Woodard served as the face of the "Warmth for Wake" campaign to provide heating assistance to those in need.

William Woods Holden – a post-Civil War governor impeached for his efforts to reunite North Carolina with the United States and promote equality for newly emancipated North Carolinians. 

Meals on Wheels – the organization will mark 40 years and more than 8 million meals served to Wake County senior citizens. 

Raleigh Fine Arts Society – organizer of the North Carolina Artists Exhibition and the RFAS Literary Contest and the RFAS Choral Celebration. 

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