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2016 Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame Honorees

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 29, 2016

For Further Information Contact: Hank Noble, Chair, Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame

(843) 815-6014

Hilton Head Island, SC . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that

Emory S. Campbell and Caroline “Beany” Newhall will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island

Hall of Fame on November 10, 2016.


Emory S. Campbell is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cultural and

environmental heritage of the Lowcountry. Born and raised on Hilton Head Island, he was

Valedictorian of his high school class, earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Savannah State

College, and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Tufts University. Throughout

his career – first as Environmental Health Engineer for the Beaufort-Jasper Health Center and

then as Executive Director of the Penn Center on St. Helena’s Island – Emory worked vigorously

to implement public health measure in impoverished rural areas and to preserve and enhance

the rich Gullah heritage of the Sea Islands. He spearheaded the efforts to reestablish the family

connection between the Gullah people and the West African nation of Sierra Leone, and, in 2008,

was elected Chairman of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, empowered

by the U.S. Congress to develop a program to commemorate Gullah culture in the Lowcountry.

Mr. Campbell has been featured in numerous documentaries, news magazines, films, radio and

television programs, is author of the Gullah Cultural Legacies guidebook, and currently serves of

President of the Gullah Heritage Consulting Service, conducing educational programs and

managing Gullah Heritage Trail Tours on Hilton Head Island. Emory S. Campbell truly has been a

beacon for his culture and people.


Caroline “Beany” Newhall (1904-1991) is being honored for her role as an environmentalist in

preserving the original island habitat and natural beauty of Hilton Head Island. A graduate of

Smith College, she moved to Hilton Head Island in 1954. She persuaded island developer Charles

Fraser to set aside a 50-acre tract of “green space” that became the Audubon Newhall Preserve

on Palmetto Bay Road. Later she was instrumental in development of the Whooping Crane

Conservancy in Hilton Head Plantation. As founder and first president of the Hilton Head Island

Audubon Club, Beany lead tours of the Preserve and other wildlife areas, protecting native

species and coastal waters from the downside of rapid development. It was through her

activism and leadership that German chemical company BASF was kept from building a plant on

Victoria Bluff across from Hilton Head Island, preventing pollution of precious coastal waters

and damage to local sea life. As a result of this decisive defeat, other industrial interests were

discouraged from locating here, and the natural island environment and water quality have been

preserved. In recognition of her many contributions, she was given the Good Citizenship Award

and named Woman of the Year by the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce in 1972; the Audubon

Newhall Preserve and the boardwalk at Whooping Crane Conservatory carry her name; and

Beany Newhall Day was celebrated in 1985 and again in 2010. The impact of her contributions

will be felt for generations to come


The Hall of Fame was initiated in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island as a gift to the

community to acknowledge innovative and community-minded island residents. Selection of

inductees is made by an anonymous group of longtime community leaders. Recipients are honored

with bronze plaques at the Hilton Head Hall of Fame site at the Coastal Discovery Museum on

Honey Horn Plantation. Earlier inductees included:

2012 — Charles Fraser, Fred Hack, Charlotte Heinrichs, Charles Simmons, Jr.

2013 – Tom Barnwell, Billie Hack

2014 – Ben Racussin

2015 – Dr. Peter LaMotte, Dr. Jack McConnell

Rotary will host a buffet luncheon and induction ceremony at the Sonesta Hotel at noon on

Thursday, November 10, 2016, at which time recognition of the honorees will be made and the

plaques presented. Members of the community are invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person

with checks made payable to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, P.O. Box 5771, Hilton Head

Island, SC 20038. Deadline: November 4, 2016.

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