CALVIN COVINGTON. Ref:24410. Born: around 1848 at North Carolina NC
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CALVIN COVINGTON. Ref: 24410. Born: around 1848 in North Carolina NC. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother
Ref: 0. Mar: 8 Dec 1870 in Cleveland, Rowan Co NC to Welman, Sarah 24411. (Last updated: 17/11/2020 16:58:54)
WESTLEY C COVINGTON. Ref: 5530. Born 14 Apr 1871 in North Carolina NC. Mother: Welman, Sarah, Ref: 24411
MARY MAGDELENE COVINGTON. Ref: 24412. Born 12 Oct 1883 in North Carolina NC. Mother: Welman, Sarah, Ref: 24411
WESTLEY C COVINGTON. Ref: 5530. Born: 14 Apr 1871 in North Carolina NC. Father: Covington, Calvin, Father Ref: 24410. Mother:
Welman, Sarah, Mother Ref: 24411. Mar: 12 Jan 1895 in Catawba Co NC to Abernathy, Fannie 24402. Died: 12 Jun 1940 in Catawba Co
NC aged 69. In 1910 Census shown as living in Catawba NC. Buried at Smyrna Cemetery, Catawba, Catawba Co NC. (Last updated:
ALBERT COVINGTON. Ref: 24403. Born Mar 1895 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
PRESTON COVINGTON. Ref: 24404. Born Dec 1897 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
MACY COVINGTON. Ref: 24405. Born 2 Mar 1900 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
DARIE COVINGTON. Ref: 24408. Born 1902- 1903 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
ELLA RAE COVINGTON. Ref: 24406. Born 2 Jul 1905 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
HELON HENRY COVINGTON. Ref: 6690. Born 18 Jul 1908 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
WEBSTER COVINGTON. Ref: 24407. Born 1911- 1912 in Catawba Co NC. Mother: Abernathy, Fannie, Ref: 24402
MARY MAGDELENE COVINGTON. Ref: 24412. Born: 12 Oct 1883 in North Carolina NC. Father: Covington, Calvin, Father Ref: 24410.
Mother: Welman, Sarah, Mother Ref: 24411. Mar: 13 Feb 1904 in Mountain Creek NC to Cornelius, Silonia . Died: 30 Oct 1968 in Hickory,
Catawba Co NC aged 85. (Last updated: 17/11/2020 16:58:54)
ALBERT COVINGTON. Ref: 24403. Born: Mar 1895 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. (Last updated: 05/12/2020 12:23:11)
PRESTON COVINGTON. Ref: 24404. Born: Dec 1897 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. (Last updated: 17/11/2020 16:58:54)
MACY COVINGTON. Ref: 24405. Born: 2 Mar 1900 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. Mar: around 1922 in Catawba Co NC to Cline, Walter Dermont . Died: 19 Dec 1947 in Catawba
Co NC aged 47. Buried at Waashington Park Cemetery, Canover, Catawba Co NC. (Last updated: 21/06/2021 19:53:58)
DARIE COVINGTON. Ref: 24408. Born: 1902- 1903 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. (Last updated: 17/11/2020 16:58:54)
ELLA RAE COVINGTON. Ref: 24406. Born: 2 Jul 1905 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. Mar: 4 Apr 1926 in Catawba Co NC to Bly, Garfield . Died: 13 Jul 1992 in Hickory, Caldwell Co NC
aged 87. Buried at Smyrna Cemetery, Catawba, Catawba Co NC. (Last updated: 05/12/2020 12:23:11)
HELON HENRY COVINGTON. Ref: 6690. Born: 18 Jul 1908 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. Mar: 17 Dec 1934 in Forsyth Co NC to Davidson, Fannie Olivia 4570. Died: 7 Feb 1998 in
Salisbury, Rowan Co NC aged 89. Known as Henry. Buried at Rock Hill Church of Christ Cemetery, Cleveland, Rowan Co NC. (Last
updated: 21/06/2021 19:53:58)
HAROLD DOUGLAS COVINGTON. Ref: 5529. Born 7 Mar 1935 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co NC. Mother: Davidson, Fannie Olivia, Ref: 4570
WEBSTER COVINGTON. Ref: 24407. Born: 1911- 1912 in Catawba Co NC. Father: Covington, Westley C, Father Ref: 5530. Mother:
Abernathy, Fannie, Mother Ref: 24402. (Last updated: 05/12/2020 13:29:15)
HAROLD DOUGLAS COVINGTON. Ref: 5529. Born: 7 Mar 1935 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co NC. Father: Covington, Helon Henry,
Father Ref: 6690. Mother: Davidson, Fannie Olivia, Mother Ref: 4570. Mar: 14 Jun 1958 in Ohio OH to Mitchell, Beatrice 4738. Died: 27
Jun 2012 in Radford City VA aged 77. Academic Administrator. Bachelor of Science, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio 1957;
Master of Science, Ohio State University 1958, Ph D, 1966.
Formerly psychologist Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools; Supervisor, testing and research Gary, Indiana Public Schools; Assistant Supervisor
for curriculum Public Schools, Saginaw, Michigan; Deputy Superintendent Schools & Public Schools, Montclair, New Jersey; Vice
President Development Affairs Tuskegee Institute; Chancellor Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University, 1977-84; President Alabama A&m
University, from 1985; Assistant to Chancellor Tennessee State Board of regents, Nashville; Interim President, Shelby State Community
College, Memphis from 1989; Adjudicating Professor & Lecturer at various Universities & Colleges; Board of Directors ARC, North
Carolina Theatre Arts; Trustee National Council Economic Education; Member N.Carolina Medical Care Commissioners; Advisory Board
Office for Advancement of Public Negro Colleges; Member of Advisory Committee Department of Training & Development United Negro
College Fund; Vice Chairman Public Services Area United Way Campaign. Recipient of awards from various orgaisations, including
NAACP, National Council Negro Women, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, National Council Exceptional Children, & Saginaw Model
Cities Policies Board, plus others. Member of Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce (Director), Ammerican Association State Colleges
& Universities (Board of Directors) and of the Rotary Club (Winston-Salem). Office at Shelby State Community College, Office of President,
P.O. Box 40568, Memphis, Tennessee 38174.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Dr. Douglas Covington is a graduate of Central State University and holds both Master's and Ph.D.
degrees from Ohio State University. He was previously president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, the nation's first historically Black
educational institution. Covington also served as chancellor at Winston-Salem State University and president of Alabama A&M University.
Before he was appointed by a unanimous Board of Visitors vote, Dr. Covington gained widespread support from all university
constituencies during a series of interviews and open forums on campus. Dr. Covington also was awarded tenure jointly in the departments
of psychology and special education and the faculty rank of professor of psychology and education. He favors a student-centered approach
to administration. His wife, Beatrice, is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and enjoys an active career as an educator, mentor to students and
supporter of the arts. They are the parents of two adult sons, Anthony Douglas and Jeffrey Steven.
Inaugural Address by Dr. Douglas Covington, Radford University, September 29, 1995
Rector Waldron and other members of the Board of Visitors; Secretary Sgro, and other outstanding elected officials; President Dedmon;
distinguished clergy and other platform associates; dedicated colleagues on the faculty and staff; loyal students and alumni; honored
guests; ladies and gentlemen:
I wish to impress on each of you my sincere gratitude for your warm words of welcome and encouragement. Because we share a common
commitment to the development of potential for leadership and service, I am heartened by your presence, as well as your expression of
support on this occasion. I am particularly pleased to see so many of our students in attendance today. Thank you for coming! And to our
University choir and our other talented musicians, I applaud you for your marvelous gift of song! And I commend the several gifted artists
who composed musical selections to commemorate this inauguration. I also salute the ROTC color guard for presenting the colors with such
I come before you now to accept the charge, the enormous challenge, and the distinct privilege of leading Radford University into the future. I
have sworn before this assembly, the Almighty God, the same solemn oath taken by each of my four predecessors. But the significance of
this inaugural event extends beyond the installation of a fifth president. It is time of celebration and dedication. In celebrating the anniversary
of Radford University's founding, its proud history will be observed henceforth through an Annual Founder's Day Convention on the eve of
Homecoming Weekend. And so it is a time for reunion and remembrance … an appropriate time for some reflection upon our university …
what a past, and present, and to come.
Naturally, what is to come cannot be anticipated wholly apart from what has been. Nor would we have it so. In order to understand the
present and plan for the future, we must recall our history. Traditions built over time will not be forgotten as we approach a new millennium. In
1910, legislation was enacted by Virginia's General Assembly which established the State Normal and Industrial School at Radford,
presently Radford University. In the course of the past 85 years, its emergence as a vibrant, full-service university of superior quality has far
exceeded anyone's dreams.
The university's evolution supports the view that great accomplishments often have humble beginnings. Who in 1910 could have envisioned
what surrounds us this afternoon? Some 8,700 students are here. A careful blend of historic and modern structures grace this scenic
campus of 177 acres in the heart of out progressive city … a city known for its civic pride and friendly people. Selu, the University's
conservancy, offers an additional 376 acres located five miles from the main campus. It is an invaluable outdoor educational resource which
accommodates recreational activities, field studies in the environmental sciences, and a retreat for the creative arts. We stand at the
entrance of a recently expanded library with holdings of more than 400,000 volumes, and adjacent to a newly completed facility which
houses many of the university's administrative, financial and enrollment management services.
While the details of this picture were not foreseen in the institution's formative years, neither is it accidental. It represents the aspirations,
talent and perseverance of earlier leadership. It is they and their associates who made it all possible. So, I take this opportunity to pay
tribute to those whom I am privileged to follow: Dr. John Preston McConnell, Dr. David W. Peters, Dr. Charles K. Martin Jr., and most
recently, Dr. Donald N. Dedmon who, along with Mrs. Dedmon, honors us with his presence here today. The long successful tenure of each,
distinguished by effective and dedicated presidential leadership, has elevated our university to successively higher levels of attainment and
prominence. There is at least one other whose name should not be omitted from the list of notables … one who gave much of her life to this
institution. Let us not forget Dr. M'Ledge Moffett. The consummate Dean of Women, she served Radford College with steadfast loyalty and
uncommon devotion from 1913 until her death in 1969. No one served the college longer, knew its students better, or loved them more than
I am fully aware of the noble, relentless quest for excellence by these outstanding educators … dreamers, torch bearers, courageous
leaders whose distinct personalities and contributions have left such a profound and lasting imprint on Radford University. My primary
objective is to uphold the high standards of my predecessors, and to build upon their accomplishments. Therefore, I commence my tenure
with a keen sense of anticipation and enthusiasm … but also with humility, because I have an appreciation for the precedents set by others
who have led this institution. And I have a healthy respect for the expectations, the demands and the challenges immediately and in the
coming years. In a real sense, this gathering marks the dawn of a new era for Radford University, and we can add another chapter in the
writing of its history. Let the record show that an alliance is formed between the best of those who represent its past, present, and future,
and who now come together as partners in progress.
If, today, I were granted one inaugural wish for you and me, I would be tempted to wish that it could always be Homecoming in 1995 at
Radford, and that we could be here together. Yet, this University is not a static entity, but a robust, dynamic enterprise. Its change is not only
inevitable, but desirable as well; for without change, there can be no progress. So let us not merely expect it and accept it as a
consequence, let us also create it and manage it … Manage it in ways that move the university in positive directions.
When an institution is motivated by excellence, success follows … Any progressive organization must make a bold decision (and reaffirm it
daily) to strive for excellence rather than tolerate mediocrity. A decision to pursue excellence is to follow a hard, demanding master; and, to
believe otherwise is to be deceived. Matthew Arnold cautions us that "excellence dwells among rocks hardly accessible, and it would
almost wear out the heart of a man to reach her." These words convey truth and meaning for this institution, and for those who support and
care for it. Yet, Radford University's commitment to the pursuit of excellence is clearly evidenced in a number of eminently successful
academic programs … some of which can and should become pre-eminent. In that regard, our university must establish undisputed centers
of excellence in the health sciences (with emphasis on fitness and wellness); the visual and performing arts (offering independent study and
enrichment programs for artistically talented students); international education (an interdisciplinary program which promotes cultural
exchange and international trade); economic development, specializing primarily in serving small and medium-size businesses; and of
course teacher preparation, one of this institution's historic strengths, yet one which presents new challenges in contemporary and future
Though Radford University cannot be all things to all people, because of its impressive record of accomplishment and vast potential for
continued significant progress, it can be many things to many people. We need to accept the fact that we can be an exemplary model for the
nation, if we genuinely choose to be. Radford University is determined to assume a major, distinctive role in providing its constituents,
particularly those of the Commonwealth's southwestern region, with educational opportunities that enrich their lives intellectually, culturally
and economically. And I say to you today, with an abiding faith and fervent conviction, Radford University will take its place as one of the
nation's premiere comprehensive universities. In accomplishing this goal, academic programs and services must be our highest priority. In
order to succeed, it is imperative that Radford offer strong, attractive courses of study. To that end, our efforts will be aimed at bringing
together the best minds working with the best resources in the best environment we can create. I would extend that list to include having
such vital and necessary qualities as optimism and humor, qualities that Radford people are known to possess in abundance. In Samuel
Johnson's words, "I started out in life to be a philosopher, but failed … because cheerfulness kept breaking in." We at Radford University
make no attempt to conceal our cheerful disposition nor do we deny our positive, "can-do" attitude!
With the presentation of the Presidential Medallion, Dr. Dedmon has, symbolically, conferred upon me the mantle of the presidency, and
entrusted me (in a way) with the "keys" to the university. So, in keeping with the tradition and the definition, I am reminded that keys have a
dual function … they can be used to lock the door and keep something out, or to open the door and let something in. Today, I am charged
with the task of using the keys properly. I accept them to lock the doors against pessimism, jealousy, prejudice and hostility. I accept the
keys, and I gladly share them with you, so that, together, we will open the doors of cooperation, opportunity, and knowledge … open them to
all who might in turn, open their hearts and minds to the unique and remarkable experience that Radford University has to offer! And,
together, let us work toward building a university as broad as human endeavor, and as high as human aspiration.
I would like to close with this quote from the writer, Alan Ashley Pitt:
"The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one
has ever been before.
You have two choices in life. You can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be
different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be. "
Yes, we are all different; but our differences can complement each other…and the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.
To the student body, faculty, Board of Visitors, alumni and friends …I thank you for this rare and wondrous opportunity to serve. It gives my
life a special meaning … a special purpose. I solemnly pledge to you the very best of my efforts. In so doing, I hasten to add that I need your
support…I need your talents, but most of all, in these critical times, I need your spirit of mutual helpfulness … and your prayers.
Thank you and God Bless You.
His Obituary reads: "Dr. H. Douglas Covington, Ph.D., a beloved Radford icon, departed this life on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, to be
reunited with his dear wife, Bea Covington, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2005.
Dr. Covington, President Emeritus of Radford University, (1995- 2005) is survived by two sons, Anthony Covington and Jeffrey Covington;
and two grandchildren, Christopher Slade Covington and Olivia Marie Covington; his brother-in-law Arthur Mitchell; and his sister-in-law
Ozzie Topps. His extensive family includes nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; his Master
of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Covington devoted 50 years of his career as an
educational leader. His optimistic spirit and leadership abilities inspired others to reach higher to achieve a "shared commitment to
excellence." Prior to his appointment as the first African-American President of Radford University, he served as Chancellor of Winston-
Salem State University in N.C.; President of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala.; President of Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pa.;
and Vice President of Development at Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala.
ANTHONY DOUGLAS COVINGTON. Ref: 5531. Born around 1959 in Ohio OH. Mother: Mitchell, Beatrice, Ref: 4738
JEFFREY STEVEN COVINGTON. Ref: 5532. Born around 1962 in Ohio OH. Mother: Mitchell, Beatrice, Ref: 4738
ANTHONY DOUGLAS COVINGTON. Ref: 5531. Born: around 1959 in Ohio OH. Father: Covington, Harold Douglas, Father Ref: 5529.
Mother: Mitchell, Beatrice, Mother Ref: 4738. (Last updated: 24/08/2001 18:05:38)
JEFFREY STEVEN COVINGTON. Ref: 5532. Born: around 1962 in Ohio OH. Father: Covington, Harold Douglas, Father Ref: 5529.
Mother: Mitchell, Beatrice, Mother Ref: 4738. (Last updated: 24/08/2001 18:05:38)
GENERATION Spouses, etc
Sarah COVINGTON. Ref: 24411. Born: around 1848 in North Carolina NC. Father: Welman, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref:
0. Mar: 8 Dec 1870 in Cleveland, Rowan Co NC to Covington, Calvin 24410. (Last updated: 17/11/2020 16:58:54)
Fannie COVINGTON. Ref: 24402. Born: 18 Dec 1871 in North Carolina NC. Father: Abernathy, Henry, Father Ref: 0. Mother: Vira, Mother
Ref: 0. Mar: 12 Jan 1895 in Catawba Co NC to Covington, Westley C 5530. Died: 16 Nov 1972 in Statesville, Iredell Co NC aged 100.
Buried at Smyrna Cemetery, Catawba, Catawba Co NC. (Last updated: 21/06/2021 19:53:58)
Fannie Olivia COVINGTON. Ref: 4570. Born: 28 Mar 1913 in Iredell Co NC. Father: Davidson, Agustus Herbert, Father Ref: 0. Mother:
Byers, Annette Arvie, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 17 Dec 1934 in Forsyth Co NC to Covington, Helon Henry 6690. Died: 30 May 1992 in Salisbury,
Rowan Co NC aged 79. She was a Plastic Molder. Buried at Rock Hill Church of Christ Cemetery, Cleveland, Rowan Co NC. (Last
updated: 21/06/2021 19:53:58)
Beatrice COVINGTON. Ref: 4738. Born: 25 Feb 1936 in Dayton, Montgomery Co OH. Father: Mitchell, Daniel, Father Ref: 0. Mother: Mary,
Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 14 Jun 1958 in Ohio OH to Covington, Harold Douglas 5529. Died: 28 Mar 2005 in Radford City VA aged 69. Known
as Bea. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she enjoyed an active career as an educator, mentor to students and supporter of the arts. Buried at
Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co VA. (Last updated: 04/12/2020 19:27:04)