Memorial Lectures

The Agnes O’Connell Buckley Memorial Lecture

The Buckley Lecture is named in honor of Agnes O’Connell Buckley, an active Ruth Pauley Board member from 2009 until her passing on June 20, 2013. Agnes’ involvement and active interest in the communities in which she lived was wide and deep.

A native of Wisconsin, Agnes graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Oshkosh, WI and completed her BSN at Marquette University where she met her husband, William G Buckley. After marrying, Agnes and Bill settled in Racine, WI, where they raised their two daughters. During that time she was elected as the first female president of the Village of North Bay, and served as a leader in numerous volunteer organizations including the Junior League of Racine, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Racine Dental Auxiliary. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Racine Art Association, the Racine County Girl Scouts, and the YWCA .

While her girls were in high school, Agnes continued her nursing education, obtaining a Masters Degree in Public Health, and later, her certification as a Diabetes Nurse Educator. She worked as a nursing instructor at Alverno College in Milwaukee and as a Diabetes Educator at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and at Moore County Regional Hospital in Southern Pines

A life long learner, educator, and patriot, Agnes studied and promoted genealogy by serving as Registrar for both the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution, a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s organization dedicated to “ promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children”.

In 1992, Moore County became a beneficiary of her vast experience when she and her late husband Bill moved to Whispering Pines. Agnes donated her time and expertise to organizations committed to improving the quality of life and environment for those in and around the community including Keep Moore County Beautiful, the Master Gardeners Club, the Senior’s Health Information Program and the Garden Club of Whispering Pines. She also served on the Whispering Pines Planning and Zoning Board until her death.

To those who knew her, Agnes was a Master Gardener in more ways than one. Not only was she a life long learner, Agnes was a life-long giver. We will miss her, and the RPLS series will honor her memory and her legacy with a lecture in her name.

Sam Ragan Lecture

The Sam Ragan Lecture is named in honor of Samuel Talmadge Ragan (1915-1996). He and his wife, Marjorie, were honorary chairmen of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series from its inception. Sam helped the board secure many of its speakers.

He was editor and owner of The Pilot from 1968 until his death. Prior to coming here he was executive and managing editor of the Raleigh News and Observer.

Sam Ragan was one of North Carolina’s leading men of letters for more than fifty years. He was North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, first secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources, and first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council. He helped make the arts and other programs accessible to a wide and varied audience in the state, in addition to many other services.

Carl Munro Lecture

The Carl B. Munro Lecture is named in honor of Carl Bruce Munro (1936-2009). He and his wife, Helen, retired to Foxfire Village in 1992 because of a “feeling of community,” opportunities to be of service and, of course, golf.

Before retiring from DuPont, Carl was involved with Total Quality Management, a program that creates a Strategic Plan to turn negative attitudes to positive actions. Carl used this training in his work with the Moore County Schools, Moore County Board of Education, Friend to Friend, Foxfire Village and the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series. Carl received the Moore County Board of Education’s Crystal Apple award (1999) that recognized his contributions to the Moore County Schools through the Educational Advisory Committee.

Carl’s recommendation to the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series was to develop endowment funds, the interest from which could support the cost of yearly lectures. A fund in his memory has been created by donations.

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