2017 Raleigh Hall of Fame Inductees
Since 2005, the Raleigh Hall of Fame recognizes a small group of individuals and non-profit organizations for their contributions to the City of Raleigh each fall. This year’s class has led in the growth, development and preservation of our city and its people.
Charles Clifford Cameron, President and CEO of Cameron Mortgage Company, moved to Raleigh in 1949, marking the beginning of a career that would last more than 60 years. Cameron encouraged IBM to make its home here in Raleigh and convinced several northeastern banks and financial institutions to invest in our state. Cameron served on the Raleigh City School Board in the 1960s and supported the successful $20 million schools bond campaign. Cameron worked continually to grow our economy and helped Raleigh secure its place as a thriving, vibrant city.
Frank E. Evans was the first director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Center and there’s a reason the Parks and Recreation Office building bears his name: the City of Raleigh wanted a more active parks system and Evans delivered. Evans pursued a master plan fittingly titled “Raleigh – The Park With a City In It.” Under Evans’s leadership, the city added 1,170 acres of land for public use and enjoyment and Raleigh launched the earliest local greenway system in the country. By the time Evans retired, the city’s greenway system had grown to 900 acres of land and dozens of miles of trails.
Dr. Dudley E. Flood is a lifelong educator who is well-known for shaping North Carolina’s and Raleigh’s history, particularly in education, as a champion of desegregation. In 1969, most public schools in North Carolina were still segregated. When Flood was charged with desegregating every school in the state, he was overwhelmed—but he was not skeptical. Dr. Flood is regarded as the most significant personality in the state and nation in pushing forward with desegregation and his philosophy still remains that education is the great equalizer.
John Kane is the founder and CEO of Kane Realty and a resident of Raleigh of more than four decades. Kane is best known for his work on North Hills, which began in 1999. The billion dollar redevelopment that now encompasses more than 165 acres is known today as Raleigh’s Midtown. Outside of North Hills, Kane has helped revitalize downtown’s Warehouse District with The Dillon and he opened Stanhope Apartments beside NC State’s campus.
Dr. Tift Mann, III is the founding partner of Wake Heart and Vascular, a practice that has grown into one of the state’s largest cardiology groups. During his time with the practice, Mann conducted more than 17,000 catheterization procedures at WakeMed. In the 1980s, he pioneered the balloon angioplasty procedure and became one of the first cardiologists in the U.S. to perform a cardiac catheterization using the radial artery in the wrist. Dr. Mann is a lifelong resident of Raleigh who attended Broughton High School before enrolling at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill for his medical degree.
Lou Willett Mitchell has devoted time and resources to serving on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Mental Health Board and Wake County Human Services. Her tenacity and passion brought about the Food Runner’s Collaborative, which houses Meals on Wheels and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Mitchell helped found The Healing Place, providing addicts with hope for a better life and she supported Project INTERACT’s mission to develop shelters for victims of domestic violence. Mitchell’s advocacy at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine resulted in doubling the Turtle Rescue Team’s hospital space and she is unique in her ability to perceive civic needs and find innovative solutions.
Elizabeth Reid Murray committed her life’s work to chronicling Raleigh’s and Wake County’s history and almost any aspect of Raleigh’s past can be better understood through her books. In 2006, Murray donated her entire collection of manuscripts, slides, postcards and photographs to the Olivia Rainey Local History Library. The collections are the largest archives that the Wake County Public Libraries system owns.
Betty Lou Ward is one of North Carolina’s longest-serving county commissioners. Ward was first elected to the Wake County Commission in 1988 and served through 2016. In 2011, the N.C. Association of County Commissions inducted her into its Hall of Fame. During her time as a county commissioner, Ward championed local schools, park systems and the arts.
Dr. Lawrence Wheeler’s vision was to develop a 165-acre site that was formerly a youth prison into a world-class park and he achieved that vision with the North Carolina Art Museum and Park in 2016. Yearly, the museum hosts 350,000 visitors; 120,000 use the park for recreation and 123,000 participate in educational activities. Wheeler has secured a $50 million capital campaign for endowment and program growth at the NC Museum of Art and the museum has received national and international recognition under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership.