Day: September 4, 2012


First deaf graduate of WCU passes away, leaves behind legacy

On Aug. 3, 1946, Jimmie Ray Crawford was born profoundly deaf in the small mountain town of Waynesville. His parents could only guess at the accomplishments their child would achieve. Last month, Crawford passed away, but his legacy as the man who took to court the major players of the […]


Before They Were Educators: Jeanne Dulworth

Jeanne Dulworth began as a journalism major at Western Carolina University. After an interview with her academic adviser, however, she realized her personality did not suit the field. Instead, she chose social work. Born in Brevard, Dulworth was raised by two teachers, who instilled in her a lifelong desire to […]


The Piano Man: Meet Chancellor David Belcher

The son of a Baptist minister and an elementary school teacher, Chancellor David O. Belcher grew up in the small town of Barnwell, S.C., a place where “everybody knew everybody,” according to Belcher. “My father led the largest church in the town, which had a population of just under 1,000 […]