By Tess Malijenovsky
On November 9, Beaufort Academy held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the memorial fountain built in commemoration of Dr. Randy Wall’s great contribution to public education in Beaufort County. Dr. Wall was the headmaster at Beaufort Academy for two years before his untimely death from leukemia.
Dr. Wall played an instrumental role in creating Beaufort Academy’s core values: intellect, respect, integrity, leadership and pride. Among many things, he is remembered for cultivating student leaders and giving students a strong voice in the operations of the school. “He had a great eye for assembling teams and he believed a good way to lead was to get the right team together and assign them to their talents and passions,” says Susan DiFabio, Director of Teaching and Learning.
Beaufort Academy students, faculty, parents, Dr. Wall’s family and friends, and members of the Beaufort community were all in attendance at the ceremony. Also, students in grades 1, 2 and 3 performed “God Bless America” in honor of veterans like Dr. Wall. The ribbon was cut by Emma Roddey, BA staff member; Naomi Wall, wife of Dr. Wall and BA alumni; and Sarah Chahin, BA student. Positively influenced by his wife Naomi, a Pilates yoga instructor and vegan, Dr. Wall lived a very healthy life with one guilty pleasure — cookies, recalls Bethany Byrne, Director of Development and Community Relations. Eighth graders served up cookies at the ceremony in his honor.