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|By STEPHANIE TAYLOE
The field of education, which was the purpose of founding the Grove High School, includes three former students who went on to become college presidents, Sonny Humphreys, Suzanne Looney Ritcher and Larry McGehee.
Henry County teachers who got their entire teaching careers in Henry County include the late Diana Rhodes, who also spent many years as a Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church; the late Edith Dreiss, Atkins-Porter School principal; the late Earl Routon, Grove principal and state legislator; and the late Mary Beth Morris Fish, English teacher at Grove.
The teacher who possibly holds the record of number of years and number of children and adults reached in the field of Henry County education is speech teacher Ruby Krider, now deceased.
There is no way to measure the contribution she made as she uncovered and polished the skills of those she taught, nor to measure the impact she made in their personal lives and their chosen professions in the fields of the arts, religion, government, law, medicine and education.
Cherry Jones, a two-time Tony Award winner, and Jayne Ann Owens Wood, attorney and former state commissioner of finance, are two examples.
In the field of medicine there were the late George McSwain, longtime surgeon and co-founder of McSwain Clinic, formerly of Paris; the late Arthur Dunlap, physician at Nobles Clinic, formerly of Paris; ophthalmologist John Van Dyck, founder of Van Dyck Eye Clinic, now doing medical missionary work around the world; and physicians Thomas Minor, who retired from HCMC and Mickey Norman, who retired from East Wood Clinic.
Surgeon Barton McSwain spent several years here before joining Vanderbilt Hospital.
Two Grove High School valedictorians who have chosen to remain and serve Henry County are Charles Orr in the field of religion and Beveriy Meals Wood, a retired pharmacist who continues contributions through church and civic organization.
Not to be overlooked is a 92-year-old, 1932 graduate of Grove who has contributed much for many years through the newspaper media.
Bryant Williams is a World War II veteran and church and civic leader. As a member of his family's newspaper business, the former editor and publisher has dedicated himself to educating his newspaper readers to up-to-date news of the country and world.
It is impossible to mention all who might deserve recognition. These are but a few of those who have had the opportunity to give back to the community whether directly or indirectly.
LINKS TO THE TWO
TENNESSEE TRAILINGS ARTICLES ON GROVE'S FIRST
CENTURY OF STUDENTS:
ARTICLE I ARTICLE II
Reprinted from the Paris
Friday, June 17, 2006 Edition
Used by permission
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