UNCP Professor Dr. Harold Teague Honors his Daughter with an Endowed Scholarship

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Dr. Harold Teague Establishes Scholarship in Honor of his Daughter

When Dr. Harold Teague reflects on his years of teaching at UNC Pembroke, there are many highlights. Dr. Teague won the UNC Board of Governors top award for teaching in 1997. He earned the rank of full professor, the university’s highest. And, he was awarded “emeritus” status, the highest tribute for a retired faculty member. 

However, Dr. Teague insists that the best thing about teaching chemistry at UNC Pembroke for 40 years was the privilege of teaching so many great students – many of whom returned to Pembroke as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other health care professionals.

Dr. Teague was on campus last fall to fill in as a lab instructor and to establish an endowed scholarship honoring his late daughter, Anne Marie. He has pledged $20,000 to create the Anne Marie Teague Memorial Endowed Scholarship to benefit an upper level chemistry major who is preparing for a career in health care.

The list of doctors and other health care professionals who are UNCP alumni is long. By the time Dr. Teague won the UNC teaching award, he had taught approximately several dozen future doctors.

The university - and particularly the science departments - take great pride in training future health care professionals. It was a momentous and intentional effort that has raised the level of health care for an entire community. As Dr. Teague noted: “When I arrived at the university, there was one doctor and one pharmacist that were local.”

Dr. Teague gives credit to the university’s focus on teaching and to the great students he taught in his classrooms and labs. “There are great teachers here; when students leave here, they know the material,” he said. “I’ve had some good students too.”

Growing up in Massey Hill, one of Fayetteville’s mill villages, it took a few turns of fate to connect the dots between the time the Teague family home burned to the ground, and Dr. Teague’s arrival at Pembroke State University with a Ph.D. from NC State University.

One very special teacher got him through the 5th grade and another special teacher helped him get into a graduate chemistry program. None of it was easy, he said: “Everywhere I’ve been and everything I’ve done, I was pushed.”

Dr. Teague has returned the favor many times over for UNCP students, pushing and encouraging them. Students like optometrist Jonathan Jackson remember a great teacher.

“I just wanted to thank you for being such a good teacher,” Jackson wrote in a 2007 email. “You are tops when I think back to instructors at UNC-Chapel Hill and optometry school.”

Dr. Teague savors the success of his students. “I tell my students that if I was born or anything, it was to teach at Pembroke,” he said. “When our students go somewhere else, they realize what we have here. We were able to spend time teaching.”

A man who gave 40 years to his profession, his school and his students is making another gift with the Anne Marie Teague Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is perpetual and will continue Dr. Teague’s legacy of helping students achieve their dreams.

“When Anne Marie was little, she used to come with me to school,” Dr. Teague said. “I wanted to do a scholarship to honor Anne Marie,” he said. “And I wanted to do it for the school.”

Anne Marie, who grew up in Lumberton, died tragically after being struck by an automobile in Los Angeles.

Gifts to support the Anne Marie Teague Endowed Scholarship can be sent to: Advancement; P.O. Box 1510; Pembroke, N.C.  For more information about giving at UNCP, contact the Advancement Office at (910) 521-6252.

 

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Ronald Hammonds Honors Education Pioneer Stephen A. Hammond

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Stephen A. Hammond: Education Pioneer Left a Remarkable Legacy 

In his determined pursuit of education, Stephen A. Hammond rode a bicycle from the Saddletree community north of Lumberton to Pembroke daily to attend the little school that is now The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Croatan Normal School had just opened in 1887, and the school began training American Indian teachers like Hammond, who would spark a local revolution in education. Before attending school in Pembroke, Hammond attended Magnolia School and the Thompson Institute, an African American subscription school in Lumberton. He completed his studies in Pembroke in 1896, and at the age of 21, he began a long teaching career. 

Stephen Hammond’s legacy as a teacher, farmer, preacher and founder of one of the area’s great families is huge in this community and far beyond. To honor his grandfather’s legacy, Ronald Hammonds has endowed a scholarship in his name. 

“The endowed scholarship represents the legacy of Stephen Andrew Hammond and his pursuit of education, commitment to his family and community and his dedication to faith,” said his grandson, Ronald Hammonds. A farmer and agri-businessman, Ronald Hammonds continues the family legacy in the Saddletree community. 

The endowed a scholarship was established with a gift of $10,000 to the UNCP Foundation, Inc. The Stephen A. Hammond Endowed Scholarship Fund is a perpetual gift that will provide the resources needed for UNCP students to obtain a college degree. The recipient must be a resident of Robeson County with demonstrated financial need. 

Before Stephen A. Hammond’s death on April 3, 1951, he had accumulated and managed 700 acres of farmland. He had seven children from two marriages, who by the time his second wife, Sarah, died at age 82, had produced 35 grandchildren, 80 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren. His descendants became successful farmers, educators, brick masons, lawyers, nurses, welders, doctors, a CPA, an aviator, a West Point graduate and Superior Court Judge Dexter Brooks.

A community leader, Hammond was High Chief of his community’s Red Man’s Lodge, which was the tribal leadership of this period. At the June 4, 1937, celebration of UNCP’s 50th anniversary, he and the Rev. D.F. Lowry were called on to talk about the early days at the school. As a preacher, Hammond gave 20 years of service to several area churches and served as moderator of the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association. As a teacher, he gave 35 years of service to the public schools. At the time of his death, The Robesonian newspaper wrote that “one of the most prominent members of the Indian race” had passed. Hammond was eulogized by Rev. Lonnie Jacobs: “The Christian influence of Rev. Hammond will continue to exert itself in the lives of hundreds of persons who have know him as a teacher, preacher, farmer or just as a friend.”

Humble does not adequately describe Hammond’s beginnings in life. He came from a single-parent family that was very poor. He “beat the odds” that were heavily weighted against American Indians during the Jim Crow era, when segregation was the law. 

Hammond was born to George Washington and Carolina Hammond on June 30, 1874. With first wife, Florence Revels, he had three children, Dennis, Henry and Docia. In 1903, he married Sarah Margaret Bell, with whom he had four children, Lelia, Stephen Jr., Eunice and Mary and raised a grandson, Lloyd.

The recipients of the Stephen A. Hammond Endowed Scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in science, math, education, or an agriculture related program. The recipients must maintain the university’s minimum GPA standards. The award is renewable.

For more information about the Stephen A. Hammond Endowed Scholarship or other giving programs at the university, please contact the Office of Advancement at (910) 521-6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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