12 to enter Richmond Academy hall of fame

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Twelve persons associated with the Aca­demy of Richm­ond County will be inducted in October as the inaugural class of its hall of fame.

The 12, chosen from about 50 nominees, range from a Civil War general to an Olympic track star.

Bennie Ward, a physics professor at Baylor Univer­sity in Texas, said he was honored to be included in the initial hall of fame class, drawn from a group of alumni that dates back to the late 1700s.

“It shows the tremendous contribution that the academy has made to the community and the world in a more general context,” he said.
Ward, originally of Millen, was one of
the first black students allowed to attend the desegregated academy in 1966. He said the prejudice he encountered there steeled him for the resistance he would encounter throughout his career in physics.

Near-perfect grades and a strong letter of recommendation from his advanced chemistry teacher landed him at the Massa­chusetts Insti­tute of Technology, where he earned two degrees in mathematics and physics. He later earned a doctorate at Princeton and began teaching at the University of Tennessee.

Ward said he met resistance throughout his career because he was often the first black man to hold his positions. But he had already learned at Richmond Aca­de­my how to prove his worth through diligence and hard work.

“It was an incredibly lucky event that allowed me to participate (at Richmond Academy),” Ward said.

Three coaches will go into in the hall of fame: former Geor­gia football player and Au­burn coach Pat Dye, who is in the NCAA Col­lege Hall of Fame; Frank Inman, a former Ma­rine who held several positions at the University of Georgia; and A.L. Williams, who won seven straight state baseball championships for Richmond Aca­de­my.

Also in the athletics division is track legend Forrest “Spec” Towns, who took Olym­pic gold in Berlin in 1936 for the 110-meter high hurdles, the first Georgian to win a gold medal.

Two war heroes are on the list: Lt. Col. Jimmie Dyess, a Marine who received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions in the South Paci­fic during World War II, and Con­federate Gen. James Long­street, the principal subordinate to Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Also being inducted is Joseph R. Lamar, who wrote more than 200 opinions for the Georgia Supreme Court from 1901-05 and later was an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The remaining living honorees are Judy Woodruff, a TV news reporter currently on PBS’ NewsHour; former Geor­gia Gov. Carl Sanders; and 11th Circuit Court of Ap­peals Judge Frank Hull.

Also being inducted is the late Jacqueline Marshall, a longtime English teacher at the academy whose “knowledge and compassion for her students mixed with the academic rigor made her a great and unforgettable teacher,” according to a biography provided by the school.

Portraits of the inductees will be unveiled at a banquet Oct. 4 at Enterprise Mill. They will later hang in the school’s media center.

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Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 07/01/12 - 10:23 pm
Ken Whisenhunt

Coach Whiz should have made that list.

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 07/02/12 - 02:06 am
Excellent idea.

Why shouldn't the oldest public academy in The South be one of the best- again?

grinder48 07/02/12 - 09:50 am

This AC article caused me to go to Wikipedia to read about Lt. Col. Dyess. Wish someone with access to wiki would update the wiki article to include his education at ARC and provide details of his having been awarded the Carnegie Medal. While the article shows he's honored here (e.g., Dyess Parkway) and buried here (Westover), provides no details on why or how he's associated with Augusta (not born here, went to Clemson, etc.) Augusta claims Lt. Col. Dyess as it's hero, it would be good for the wiki article to show how he's associated with Augusta.

rmwhitley 07/02/12 - 10:17 am
On a personal

note, I would like to see Bo Pounds (owner of Gold Cross and Air Med) along side with his friend Ret. Air Force Col. Derwent Langley honored at A.R.C.

augos 07/02/12 - 11:42 am

Congratulations to the Inaugural HOF Class.

scorehouse 07/02/12 - 03:58 pm
why not woody merry?

billy payne, catherine lucky, judge william fleming , jim hull, and many more. my vote is for pat wiley!

ironpurps 07/02/12 - 04:22 pm

Thanks to former principal Mr. Spivey for spearheading this effort!

Fiat_Lux 07/02/12 - 07:18 pm
Augustin Smith Clayton

definitely should have been included in this group. At age 7, he won the ARC oratorical contest judged by George Washington on his visit to Augusta. He went on to be a member of Congress and a judge of Georgia's western circuit. Clayton County is named for him. He was quite a prominent Augustan in the first half of the 19th century even though he lived much of his adult life in Athens.

floridasun 07/02/12 - 07:39 pm

I had Miss Miss Marshall for 12th grade English Literature.
An amazing teacher that I probably didn't appreciate as much as I should have.
So glad to see that she is being inducted into the ARC hall of fame

ARC fan
ARC fan 07/02/12 - 08:36 pm
Nominations for 2013

Fiat-lux - contact the school and get a copy of the nomination form and nominate Mr Clayton for 2013. There are many many deserving of induction - how many realize that when the Boston Braves won the World Series in 1914 that the manager, George Stallings, was an ARC grad.

But guys - surely you could have come up with better photos for the slide show.

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