2014 Raleigh Hall of Fame
Since 2005, the Raleigh Hall of Fame has honored a select group of individuals and non-profit organizations each year who have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the City of Raleigh.
More than 140 individuals and organizations have been recognized since the RHOF’s inception. Find out more about the 2014 inductees below.
Do you know an individual or non-profit organization whose contributions to our city have enduring value and lasting importance? If so, please submit a nomination by March 16, 2015 by visiting RaleighHallofFame.org and selecting "Make a Nomination" or use the nomination forms below:
Richard "Dick" Daugherty
Through his leadership at IBM, N.C. State and throughout the community, Dick Daugherty has positively impacted Raleigh for more than 40 years. Under his direction, the IBM campus in Research Triangle Park grew to more than 12,000 employees and he helped shape Research Triangle Park into the world-class business and research community it is today.
Dr. George Debnam
George Debnam has the distinction of being known as the "Dean" of African American physicians in Raleigh. After receiving encouragement from his professors at Shaw University, he decided to become a doctor. In the early 60s he founded the well-respected Debnam Clinic still in operation today, and by the time he retired after 50 years of practice he had delivered more than 10,000 babies.
L. Merritt Jones
L. Merritt Jones, a Raleigh native, has not only made a difference in the insurance industry but his community as well. He is well regarded for advancing the insurance industry and improving many Raleigh institutions. During his insurance career, he devoted countless hours to the industry outside of his nine to five job.
Marjorie Menestres has served the Raleigh community for more than 20 years as the executive director of SAFEchild, the first agency devoted to providing direct child abuse prevention services to area families.
Referred to by many as "Raleigh's architect", Steven D. Schuster has spent three decades enriching Raleigh through architecture and design. He has been instrumental in downtown Raleigh's revitalization through his personal efforts and his company, Clearscapes.
Cornelia Norris McKimmon Trott
In 1938, Cornelia Trott passed the bar and was one of only a handful of female lawyers in the state. She became the first woman lawyer to work in the Attorney General's Office. In 1948, she became president of what would become Lawyers Title Insurance Company of North Carolina Inc.
William Thaddeus Woodard
Many people know Thad Woodard as the face of "Warmth for Wake." During his 36 years as president of the North Carolina Bankers Association, the association partnered with Wake County to provide heating assistance to those in need in Raleigh and Wake County.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels has been providing warm meals to Raleigh's senior citizens for 40 years. In addition to fighting hunger, Meals on Wheels also reduces social isolation among the elderly by providing a daily check-in when the meals are delivered.
Raleigh Fine Arts Society
In 1964, the Raleigh Fine Arts Society began coordinating exhibits of local artists in the basement of an area library. From that point forward, the society has enriched the lives of Raleigh's citizens through art, music and the written word.
Centennial Inductee William Woods Holden
Gov. William Woods Holden is credited with helping to unite North Carolina with the U.S. after the Civil War and attempting to promote equality for newly emancipated North Carolinians. This proved to be unpopular and would lead to him being the first governor in the country to be impeached, convicted and removed from office.