The Danford Dial family history runs deep at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The senior Dial graduated from Pembroke State College for Indians in 1947, and his wife, Reece, graduated in 1941.
The family recently honored the memory of their parents by establishing an endowed scholarship in their honor. They also contributed to the Chancellor's Library five framed family diplomas that reflect the many name changes of the university.
"We are still searching for the family diploma that dates back to the very first Indian Normal School," said Maureen Dial, daughter of Dan and Reece. "This university is very important to our family."
Barbara Meadors, wife of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, accepted the historic artifacts on behalf of the library, which is located in the Chancellor's Residence.
"This is a very special moment," Mrs. Meadors said. My husband and I are the curators of this library, which belongs to the larger university community."
Miss Dial, a 1965 graduate, and her brothers, Harold Glynn, Danford Jr., a 1969 graduate, and Maurice Dial made the presentation during an afternoon reception on May 11, 2001 at the Chancellor's Residence. Also present were nieces: Amber Dial, a 1997 graduate and Ja Dell Dial, who graduated the next day with the Class of 2001.
"This university has made this community what it is today, Miss Dial said. "Our grandparents were on the Board of Trustees in the very beginning, and their message to our family was to 'get an education.'"
The family did just that, and today they are able to give back to the university in the form of a scholarship.
"This is an unrestricted scholarship that we would like to encourage that the university to use for an international student," Miss Dial said. "But the primary purpose of establishing a scholarship is to honor our parents and to continue their legacy.
"Danford and Reece Dial were public school teachers in Robeson County who encouraged all children to get an education," she said.
Mrs. Meadors said the gift is a perfect fit for the new mission of the Chancellor's Library. The diplomas are permanently displayed in the library.
"This is truly a great family in the history of this university and this community," Mrs. Meadors said. "Our mission with the Chancellor's Library is to preserve and protect the heritage of the university. This is a wonderful contribution for which we are extremely grateful."