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Distinguished educators honored

rhododendron_t.jpgBOONE—The newest members of the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University are Bob Deaton, Daisy Adams and Betty Ann Robinson Quinn.

The retired educators were honored during the Appalachian Alumni Association’s annual Black and Gold Reunion held July 28. The award is the highest honor given by the Reich College of Education. It recognizes an individual’s exemplary service to education as a teacher, librarian, human service professional or administrator.


Robert “Bob” Deaton, left, Daisy Adams and Betty Ann Robinson Quinn are the newest members of the Rhododendron Society, established by Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education to recognize outstanding service to the education field. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)

Winston-Salem resident Robert “Bob” Deaton earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian in 1956 and a master’s degree in 1958. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach, and was principal at R.J. Reynolds High School for 25 years.

The Forsyth County Board of Education honored Deaton, along with Homer Thompson, by naming Deaton-Thompson Stadium in their honor. The stadium serves Reynolds and Parkland high schools. He was named Wachovia Principal of the Year in 1991.

Early in her career, 1939 graduate Daisy Adams of Boone taught in two of Watauga County’s small community schools: Appalachian Demonstration School and Howard’s Creek School, where she taught all grades. When five community schools consolidated into Green Valley School, she taught elementary children there until she retired in 1975.

A familiar face in Boone, Adams has been active in local organizations for decades. She also was a Boone Service League “Woman of the Year” award recipient in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.

Atlantic Beach resident Betty Anne Robinson Quinn graduated from Appalachian in 1954. She worked in public education for 32 years as a public school teacher and supervisor, a consultant at East Carolina University, and director of planning and research at Craven Community College. She was district winner of the Terry Sanford Award for Creativity in Teaching, W.H. Robins School Teacher of the Year and Craven Community College Teacher of the Year.