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Carolina Meadows resident inducted into N.C. Public Relations Hall of Fame

By Ruth Paine Edgerton
Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Chapel Hill, NC - Carolina Meadows resident Clarence Whitefield was inducted into the North Carolina Public Relations Hall of Fame at a gala reception and dinner in April at the Carolina Inn. As a virtual “Mr. Public Relations,” this warm and affable North Carolinian has drawn on his affectionate manner and expertise to create an exceptionally varied career. A UNC graduate, he is proud to have served in the WWII Army in the 12th Armored Division under General Alexander Patch in the tough early combat in Europe.

A postwar, eight-year stint as a newspaper man with The Durham Herald led to his election to the Durham City Council, where as Mayor Pro-Tem he became known to officials at Duke University. He was offered the position of Public Relations Director at Duke, where he was recognized for his achievements during a 14-year stay, until UNC spotted his skill in PR and, more importantly, in development. He joined UNC as Director of the General Alumni Association and later as a Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and as a development officer. Mr. Whitefield retired in 1989.

A visit to his Carolina Meadows residence brings out his extraordinary breadth of interests. He has served the public as Trustee of Watts Hospital, national trustee for what is now the Easter Seals Society, national trustee for the American College Public Relations Association, Deacon of the Watts Street Baptist Church and President of the Kiwanis Club of Tobaccoland. UNC honored Mr. Whitefield in 1982 with its Distinguished Service Award. His Chapel Hill contributions are recognized in his honorary membership in the Order of the Golden Fleece and by designation as a “Town Treasure” from the Chapel Hill Historical Society.

Not to overlook any important detail, Mr. Whitefield is also a virtuoso harmonica player. However, he says the most delightful event in his life is the arrival of triplet great-grandchildren. Hs is another asset in Carolina Meadows’ trove of talent.

 
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