HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE
CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721
CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HCC DEDICATES WATER FOUNTAIN IN MEMORY OF TOM ALLEN
A newly revamped waterfall on the campus of Haywood Community College is dedicated to the memory of Tom Allen. During Allen’s years at HCC, from 1981 until 1999, he worked in various positions. In his early days at HCC he was Veterans Coordinator, bookstore manager and worked as a purchasing agent. In 1986, Allen was named Custodial Supervisor in maintenance and from May 1996 until his death in April 1999, he held the position of Facilities Coordinator. As Facilities Coordinator, he was responsible for construction, renovations, repairs, facility inventory and scheduling of facilities by outside agencies.
HCC faculty and staff, and members of Allen’s family gathered at the waterfall on Friday, September 15, for a dedication ceremony. According to John Palmer, Director of HCC’s arboretum, the waterfall has been in stages of development over the past six years. He said that Allen was the guiding light for the project. "When I hear the water splash, I can hear Tom laughing," Palmer said.
Dr. Nathan Hodges and Mickie Allen, Tom’s widow, unveiled the engraved plaque that named the site, "Tom’s Water Fountain". Hodges said, "Tom was a man of vision and ideas. This will be a lasting tribute to Tom, his life, and his accomplishments."
Ms. Allen spoke of her husband’s dedication to HCC. "He loved this campus like he loved his family," she said.
David Whitson acknowledged the designers and builders of the waterfall. Bernie Marcelo designed the waterfall. John Palmer donated rocks off his farm for the landscape plan. And the following HCC staff members helped in the building of the waterfall fountain: Fred Owenby, Doyle Justice, Mike Meadows, Danny Sorrells, Gary Hill, Don Green, Doug Reece, Chan Chandler and Scott Page.
Visitors to HCC’s campus are welcome. The waterfall is located on the walkway in front of Buildings 200 and 300.
Dr. Hodges and Mickie Allen, Tom Allen’s widow, stand in front of the water fountain dedicated to Tom Allen’s memory.