Two individuals with Doctorate degrees — one in education and the other in viticulture which is the science, production and study of grapes — are the newest members of the Paris Hall of Fame.
They were inducted on Friday, May 16 during commencement exercises at Paris High School.
The hall’s Class of 2014 inductees are V. Anne Hart Allen and Dr. Keith Patterson. They were nominated by the community and then selected from the list of nominees by a seven-member committee.
Allen was a 1958 honor graduate of PHS and earned her BS in Elementary Education at the University of Arkansas in 1962. She continued to earn several degrees in education over the next 30 years, including a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi in 1991.
She has worked in education her entire life as an elementary teacher, instructional specialist, curriculum coordinator, administrator and university assistant professor. Even in retirement, she continues to share her knowledge through publications, presentations and consultations.
Dr. Keith Patterson was a 1964 honor graduate of PHS. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from U of A and his doctorate from the University of Missouri. He first worked as a research scientist in viticulture at California State University and later headed of the viticulture program at Cal Poly. He was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Arkansas. He was a teacher, consultant and auditor before he passed away in March 2013.
Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 2008, are selected by a seven-member committee composed of school staff and board members as well as members of the community. Appointments to the hall are approved by the Paris School Board. The Paris Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to school, community or country.
With the induction of Allen and Patterson, the Paris Hall of Fame now has 14 members. Previous inductees include William S. Morgan, Ron Trusty, Bently Allen, Dr. John Frank Smith, Janice Woodward Calloway, Lee Johns Lane, James Bridges, Reese Rowland, James Lawrence Neihouse, Rolla M. Breed, George Dombek and Chester Koprovic.