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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 – Thomas Walpool

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Tom Walpool brings to my life. For many years Tom was the innovative director of the Greenville, SC Hearing, Speech and Learning Center. He started a thriving program for learning disabled children and had the first industrial hearing testing mobile unit in the state. He was the driving force behind a huge Appalachian Area Grant that made a great difference to the lives of people of that area of the state. He also started a program to train Hearing Ear Dogs. Perhaps most important is his willingness to share what he knew with others. Tom grew up in Tennessee. He graduated from East Tennessee State and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. Tom is a past president of the South Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association and received the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award. He moved to Aiken, SC to retire, but couldn’t stay out of the traces. He is working with the school system as a consultant doing diagnostic and clinical services. Tom is like the Energizer Bunny.  He is a great example of, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Tom made working together fun. A great friendship developed among the directors of community speech and hearing centers in the state and much of that was due to Tom’s leadership. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Tom Walpool.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone special 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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