Alumna And Trustee Receive Awards During Reinhardt’s Celebration Dinner
Two beloved, long-time supporters of Reinhardt were honored during the College's seventh annual Celebration Dinner February 20, 2001, at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, Ga.: Mrs. Elizabeth Moss Bailey and Mr. William O. Riley.
Alumna Elizabeth Moss Bailey (Class of 1928) became the first woman to receive Reinhardt's John Wesley Laity Award. Presented each year to one minister and one lay person, John Wesley Awards recognize outstanding service to the United Methodist faith.
Reinhardt President William A. Nevious called Bailey one of the "two most important women in the history of Reinhardt College," and said, "I can think of no better way to show our respect for the rich heritage of Reinhardt College than to honor tonight's recipient."
Bailey thanked Nevious and Ministerial Association President the Rev. R. Allen Stewart as she accepted the award, and said to the audience "My message to you is: thank you, I love you and I want you to remember what John Wesley said:' Do all the good you can.'" The audience, many with tears in their eyes, responded with a standing ovation.
Bailey had a lifelong affiliation with Reinhardt, attending grammar school, high school and junior college there, and later returning to become a member of the faculty and staff.
In addition to serving as dean of women from 1962 until 1975, Bailey served as a member of the English faculty, academic dean, a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and president of the Alumni Association. After retiring as dean of women and registrar in 1975, she was named dean emeritus in 1977.
Mr. William (Bill) O. Riley of Atlanta, Ga., received the Norman W. Paschall Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to serve and support the College.
Riley has served as a member of the Board of Trustees' Executive, Institutional Advancement and Investment Committees; scholarship golf tournament committee; and Long-Range Strategic Planning and Christian Outreach Task Force Committees.
"He also helped lead efforts to create a College history book entitled, 'More Valuable Than Gold,' a title that is an equally fitting description of this gentleman's value to Reinhardt College," Nevious said.
Upon accepting the Award, Riley said, "I love Reinhardt for what it does, what it has done and what it will do in the future."
A Reinhardt trustee since 1995, Riley serves on the Board of Directors and as a consultant for, and is retired president and CEO of, Atlantic Steel Industries, Inc., in Atlanta.
Hosted each year by the Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Alumni Board of Governors and Ministerial Association officers, the Celebration Dinner highlights recent accomplishments and future plans of the College. This year's event, which revisited the vision for the College's F. James and Florrie G. Funk Heritage Center, boasted an attendance of more than 270 people.
Made up of the John H. Bennett Sr. and Ethel C. Bennett History Museum, the Appalachian Settlers Village and the Lou Reeta Barton Northcutt Discovery Trail, the Funk Heritage Center opened in 1999. It supports a showcase of Native American art, crafts, dance and living skills. The staff and volunteers of the Funk Heritage Center have embarked on a journey to recover and preserve examples of Native American and Georgia pioneer history.
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