Seven people will be inducted into Richland 1’s Hall of Fame in January, district officials announced this week.
The Hall of Fame was created to recognize district graduates and others who have made significant contributions to Richland 1 and the community. Fifty-seven people have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004.
The seven members of the 2014 Hall of Fame induction class are:
• Eleanor Beardsley, a 1982 graduate of W.J. Keenan High School and a Peabody Award-winning journalist who is a correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) in Paris.
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• Joe E. Brown, a retired educator and businessman who served in the S.C. House of Representatives (District 73) for 21 years and whose leadership roles included serving as chairman of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus.
• Charles E. “Charlie” Farrell, a 1962 graduate of A.C. Flora High School, a former fighter pilot and owner of The Farrell Group, a Columbia-based firm that specializes in training programs to develop clients’ skills in leadership, teamwork and productivity.
• The late Ethel J. Finley, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and a longtime Richland 1 teacher who played a pivotal role in desegregating the Columbia YWCAs.
• Wilbur E. Johnson, a 1972 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School who is managing partner of Young Clement Rivers law firm in Charleston and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s board of directors.
• The late Harry M. Lightsey Jr., a 1948 graduate of Dreher High School, an attorney and a longtime USC law professor and dean whose career also included serving as president of the College of Charleston.
• The late Isaac E. “Ike” McGraw Sr., a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School who was an educator, an agricultural agent and one of the first African-Americans elected to the Richland 1 school board.
A gala is planned Jan. 31 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to recognize this year’s inductees.