Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 10-3-06

For immediate release.


Despite the rain, a crowd of people gathered on Robert E. Forga’s birthday to celebrate the dedication of the Forga Memorial Field on the campus of Haywood Community College on August 22, 2006. Forga was a long-time friend and supporter of the college.

Dr. Rose Johnson welcomed the Forga family and friends, as well as several HCC faculty and staff members.

Chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees, Neal Ensley, told the crowd of Forga’s life of dedication to Haywood County. “Robert Forga gave back to Haywood County by serving on various boards because he said Haywood County gave him such a great place to raise his family. He was a man of honor and respect, a type of man to be honored and in awe of.”

HCC Forestry Instructor John Palmer worked with Forga to build the softball field and later the volleyball field. Palmer explained to those in attendance that Forga did all the work free over a 2 year period. Two magnolia trees were planted in his honor.

Forga’s daughter and HCC graduate, Donna Forga, addressed the attendees by reading a poem written by her sister, Teresa Woods. She said, “We are very happy to be here on my father’s birthday. It is suitable that this memorial is mounted on a rock because he was our rock but also a rock of the community. Thank you for giving us something to remember him by.”

The dedication ended with Forga’s wife, Viola, unveiling a plaque that reads: Robert E. Forga Memorial Filed, Recognizing education as a means to a better life. The plaque is mounted on a boulder donated by local stonemason, James Rich.


(Cutline: ) Pictured are members of the Forga family at the Forga Field dedication on the HCC campus. Front row, left to right: Viola Forga, Donna Forga, Robin Marshall, and Holly Murray. Back row left to right: Teresa Woods and Chris Forga.