HARROGATE, Tenn. — Nathaniel Cole, of Juneau, Alaska., was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Educator’s Hall of Fame on Saturday during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.
Born and raised in Claiborne County, Tenn., Cole graduated from LMU in 1955, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. He entered the military and completed his service at White Sands Proving Ground in White Sands, N.M. Following his service he taught school in Claiborne and Knox counties in Tennessee. Cole holds a master’s degree in mathematics from George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and an educational doctorate in education administration from New Mexico State University.
In 1961, Cole began a three-year stint as the head of the mathematics department at Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska. He went on to join the Alaska Department of Education as a state supervisor of science and mathematics. Cole coordinated the state’s federal education programs as acting assistant commissioner of education and director of administrative services.
In 1974, he was selected to serve as the state’s deputy commissioner of education. He retired from that position in 1980 but quickly found work as the assistant superintendent of schools for business in the Juneau school district.
Cole is now retired, but continues to contribute to the field of education as a consultant. For many years, Cole has heavily influenced and supported the field of education in his adopted state of Alaska and represented his alma mater well.
Bobby Harber, of Lee County, Va., was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Educator’s Hall of Fame on Saturday during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.
Born and raised in southwest Virginia, Harber graduated from LMU in 1961, earning a teaching degree. He served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Noblesville (Ind.) City School System for 30 years. Throughout his career, Harber earned a reputation as a child-centered teacher who followed the highest of professional and personal standards.
Harber took a common sense approach to education, teaching by the manner in which he lived his life. He included many of his life experiences into his teaching, which helped his students gain a clear understanding of the lesson’s application. Harber sought to impart knowledge on his students that would help them become contributing citizens within the communities they lived.
In his induction remarks, LMU President B. James Dawson recalled, “Parents frequently requested that Bobby be their child’s teacher because he had taught them when they were students - one of the highest compliments a teacher can receive.”
Harber modeled professionalism to the highest standards to his colleagues as well. Many younger educators have utilized instructional skills and leadership models exhibited by him.
Harber is now retired, but continues to contribute as a volunteer. He was awarded the LMU Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011. He travels to Noblesville, Ind., twice a year to tell stories to students at Stoney Creek Elementary School. He also visits schools closer to home, often reading at Rose Hill (Va.) Elementary School. Additionally, he volunteers at a local food pantry, conducts Bible bingo at nursing homes and senior centers, mows lawns for the elderly, volunteers for the Salvation Army and is a regular blood donor. He is an active member of the Southwest Virginia Alumni chapter and has served as the LMU National Alumni Association.