Skip Navigation

Trustee and Alumnus George Debnam to be Inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame

May 14, 2014 – Dr. George C. Debnam ‘47, member of the Shaw University Board of Trustees, will be inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, October 6, 2014 in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Debnam, a math whiz who entered Shaw University at age 15, enjoyed a medical career that spanned just over 50 years. During that time, he delivered 11,500 babies, performed more than 5,000 surgeries and frequently followed the lives of his patients from birth through adulthood. The medical practice he established, and later shared with the daughters who followed in his footsteps as physicians, focuses on providing health-care services to a large segment of the Raleigh metropolitan area that was typically underserved. With his late wife, Marjorie, Debnam founded the Friends of Distinction, which provided mentoring and life skills coaching to over 700 young black men from the 11th grade through college graduation. Shaw would later name a building in his honor.

Additional inductees to the Raleigh Hall of Fame include:

  • Richard “Dick” Daugherty, who oversaw growth of the IBM campus in Research Triangle Park and helped form N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.
  •  L. Merritt Jones, an insurance executive who was involved in several local organizations, including Raleigh Little Theatre, the Lions Club and Hospice of Wake County.
  • Marjorie Menestres, who served as executive director of SAFEchild for more than 20 years.
  • Steve D. Schuster, an architect who has been instrumental in downtown Raleigh’s revitalization through personal effort and the work of his firm, Clearscapes.
  • Cornelia Norris McKimmon Trott, a lawyer who became president of the Lawyers Title Insurance Company of North Carolina.
  • William Thaddeus Woodard, president of the N.C. Bankers Association for 36 years and the face of the “Warmth for Wake” program.
  • William Woods Holden, the state’s first Republican governor who fought to suppress the Ku Klux Klan in the years after the Civil War.
  • Meals on Wheels.
  • The Raleigh Fine Arts Society

This year’s inductees will join 104 other people and 19 other organizations who have been inducted since 2005.