Trustee and Alumnus George Debnam to be
Inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame
14, 2014 – Dr. George C. Debnam ‘47, member of the
Shaw University Board of Trustees, will be inducted into the Raleigh Hall of
Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, October 6, 2014 in the
Raleigh Convention Center.
Debnam, a math whiz who entered Shaw University at age
15, enjoyed a medical career that spanned just over 50 years. During that time,
he delivered 11,500 babies, performed more than 5,000 surgeries and frequently
followed the lives of his patients from birth through adulthood. The medical
practice he established, and later shared with the daughters who followed in
his footsteps as physicians, focuses on providing health-care services to a
large segment of the Raleigh metropolitan area that was typically underserved.
With his late wife, Marjorie, Debnam founded the Friends of Distinction, which
provided mentoring and life skills coaching to over 700 young black men from
the 11th grade through college graduation. Shaw would later name a building in
Additional inductees to the Raleigh Hall of Fame
- Richard “Dick” Daugherty,
who oversaw growth of the IBM campus in Research Triangle Park and helped
form N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.
- L. Merritt Jones, an
insurance executive who was involved in several local organizations,
including Raleigh Little Theatre, the Lions Club and Hospice of Wake
- Marjorie Menestres, who
served as executive director of SAFEchild for more than 20 years.
- Steve D. Schuster, an
architect who has been instrumental in downtown Raleigh’s revitalization
through personal effort and the work of his firm, Clearscapes.
- Cornelia Norris McKimmon
Trott, a lawyer who became president of the Lawyers Title Insurance
Company of North Carolina.
- William Thaddeus Woodard,
president of the N.C. Bankers Association for 36 years and the face of the
“Warmth for Wake” program.
- William Woods Holden, the
state’s first Republican governor who fought to suppress the Ku Klux Klan
in the years after the Civil War.
- Meals on Wheels.
- The Raleigh Fine Arts
year’s inductees will join 104 other people and 19 other organizations who have
been inducted since 2005.