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16 Inducted Into Raleigh Hall of Fame

Posted September 13, 2007
Updated September 14, 2007

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— Sixteen new names were inducted Thursday into Raleigh's Hall of Fame.

The honorees were chosen for their lasting impact on the city's history. The honorees include:

  • John Baker Sr. and John Baker Jr. for their combined 60 years of law enforcement and community service to Raleigh and Wake County.
  • Dr. Frederick Burroughs the first black pediatrician in Raleigh, for mentoring three generations of medical students and serving as a role model for young black men.
  • Fred Fletcher Sr. for 50 years of service to the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation system.
  • Seby Jones for his leadership in business, public service and philanthropy that helped to move Raleigh into the nationally recognized economic powerhouse that it is today.
  • LeRoy Martin Sr. for his role in shaping both Raleigh’s and North Carolina’s public school systems.
  • Nancy Olson for her advocacy of locally owned businesses, her commitment to literacy programs and for putting Raleigh on the nation’s literary map.
  • George and Beth Paschal for his groundbreaking work in integrating the hospital system and her work in establishing the North Carolina Museum of Art.
  • Susie Perry for a lifetime of volunteerism and her career as a teacher, mentor and role model.
  • Sarah Williamson for almost 50 years of working to preserve Raleigh’s history and its historic sites.
  • John Winters, the first African American elected to the Raleigh City Council, for his trailblazing efforts to build affordable homes in east Raleigh and for being one of the best bridge-builders between races.
  • Smedes York for his visionary leadership in business, public service and charitable fundraising; and for his continued dedication to improving the quality of life for everyone in Raleigh.
  • Kay Yow, a pioneer in the sport of women’s basketball, for her accomplishments, both locally and internationally, and for being a vital beacon for those suffering from cancer.
  • The Raleigh Little Theater, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, for providing a thriving cultural environment for over 80 years.
  • The Wake County Medical Alliance for over 80 years of dedicated health education, most notably the establishment of the Alice Aycock Poe Center, which offers quality health education programs to students and teachers from all over the state.

The Raleigh Hall of Fame reviewed 54 nominations that were considered based on their contributions to the city, effectiveness, leadership and length of service. The induction ceremony was held Thursday at the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.


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  • grammy1 Sep 13, 2007

    A very impressive list. Congrats to all

  • DarnYouu Sep 13, 2007


  • garnertoy Sep 13, 2007

    well that leaves me out I dont know nobody lol

  • penny for your thoughts Sep 13, 2007

    Some of these folks are very deserving, others show that popularity contests still thrive. Again - it's not what you know or do, it's who you know.

  • DarnYouu Sep 13, 2007

    Oh, the Raleigh popularity contest names. Thanks.

  • raptor101 Sep 13, 2007

    are you kidding me? don't they have more important issues?