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Ten inducted into Raleigh Hall of Fame

Posted October 6, 2013
Updated October 9, 2013

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— The Salvation Army of Wake County and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce were among the nearly dozen people and nonprofit organizations honored Monday night for their contributions to the city of Raleigh.

Since 2005, the Raleigh Hall of Fame has recognized more than 100 people and groups – past and present.

This year's honorees are:

  • Katherine B. Boney, a fundraising professional and volunteer who was instrumental in the restoration and development of Historic Yates Mill and Historic Oak View and was a leading advocate for the arts, health care and youth organizations.
  • Rev. David C. Forbes Sr., an advocate for civil rights and social justice who was a founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee at Shaw University – an organization that was a key driver in the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • Betty Debnam Hunt, an educator and journalist who has fostered literacy and learning for millions of school children and provided teaching materials for teachers and parents through her creation of the award-winning Mini Page.
  • Henry L. Kamphoefner, an architect and founding dean of the North Carolina State University School of Design who gave Raleigh one of the nation's largest collections of modernist houses and established a design community at N.C. State that shapes communities across Raleigh and around the world.
  • Claude E. McKinney – a chief contributor to the design of Research Triangle Park, dean of the North Carolina State University School of Design and lead planner and director of N.C. State's Centennial Campus – who helped advance N.C. State, Raleigh and North Carolina as national leaders in the advancement of science, research and technology.
  • James Gregory Poole, Jr., whose contributions in business and civic service have increased the economic and social well-being of Raleigh and enhanced the effectiveness of the community organizations, such as WakeMed and Rex hospitals, The Healing Place and the YMCA.
  • George D. Williams, an educator and track and field coach at St. Augustine's University who was head coach of U.S Men's teams in Spain, Canada, Cuba and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
  • Richard Peyton Woodson III, a business leader and philanthropist who has devoted his time and resources to advance education and the arts throughout the Triangle and beyond.
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1888, which has helped create jobs and enhance the Raleigh community through leadership in bond issues, business recruitment and other elements of city and regional development.
  • The Salvation Army of Wake County, which for more than 125 years has provided programs that deliver shelter, meals, financial assistance, clothing, youth and senior citizen services, anti-human trafficking and prison ministries to Raleigh's most needy citizens.

Previous inductees include the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, former North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow, civil rights leader Ralph Campbell Sr., Willie York, developer of Cameron Village, former WRAL News anchor Charles Gaddy and Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive officer of Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent company of WRAL-TV.

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  • whoodathunk Oct 8, 2013

    So, they include the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for...doing its corporate-welfare lobbying job? Great idea, not only to give the leadership award to a for-profit business lobbying organization but also to a corporation! After all, those poor corporations, despite their unfortunate lack of certain body parts, are people too!

  • Enough is Enough People Oct 8, 2013

    There is a Raleigh Hall of Fame?

  • RonnieR Oct 7, 2013

    Where is the Raleigh Hall of Fame? Only hear about the banquet once a year, but nothing about where it is.

  • tayled Oct 7, 2013

    All of these are worthy, but when is Ms. Sylvia Wiggins going to get nominated? She has done so much for Raleigh and troubled youth with her Helping Hand Mission. She needs to be in the Hall of Fame!

  • sweetlyght Oct 7, 2013

    Rev.Forbes We are so proud of you!