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Thankful Thursday – David F. Dunlap

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the contributions of David Dunlap to my life, David will retire tomorrow, May 31, after almost 30 years as director of Webster University in South Carolina. He started at the Charleston campus and guided the development of the state system. The Columbia, SC campus is now the largest campus outside St. Louis.– the home campus. David also directed the Leiden program in the Netherlands.

David is a native of Columbia, SC and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Appalachian State. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Alabama — Roll Tide.

For several summers I taught a special course dealing with the not-for-profit sector of our economy. The class visited many agencies and/or the agency representatives came to the campus to speak. When the course ended, David invited all of those who had contributed their time to the class to a luncheon at the Harbor Club. His generosity created a great community bond with all those who participated. Thank you David for your leadership.

David Dunlap is a dedicated educator, a brilliant administrator, a visionary, a trusted colleague, and a valued friend. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that he brings to my life and I wish him a well deserved fantastic retirement.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

 

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Thankful Thursday – Martha C. Monteith

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts of Martha Monteith to my life. I had the rare privilege of being one of those recommending Martha for the Honors of the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association at its 50th Anniversary Celebration. She was a trail blazer for our profession by serving as the first speech pathologist in the Columbia public schools. She taught at South Carolina State University in the mid fifties. Among her students was the late Dr. Harold Powell. She is also a very gutsy lady. When The American Speech language and Hearing Association sent her to Russia in 1975 while the Soviet Union was still in full bloom, Martha stood on the stage of her Moscow hotel ballroom and sang, “God Bless America,” to thunderous applause. Her husband then quietly suggested that they leave. Martha is a graduate of Allen University and Case Western Reserve. Martha was a leader in the civil rights movement and her family has a tradition of producing educators and church leaders. Martha brings humor, charm, determination, backbone, perseverance, resilience and vision to make the road easier for all who follow. It is an honor and a privilege to know her and have her as a friend. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful that Martha is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize someone who is important to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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