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Alumnus honored with
honorary doctorate degree
Editor’s note: The Chowanian is proud to
reproduce the following article which ap
peared in the program of the Grand Canyon
College Degree Award Ceremony, held in
honor of Chowan Alumna, Mrs. Hilton Jones
Crow, class of 1928. Her mother, the late
Mrs. A. W. H. Jones, served as a Chowan
trustee and her brother, A. W. H. Jones, Jr.,
is a Chowan alumnus, class of 1933. Mrs.
Crow has contributed memorial gifts to
Chowan to honor her mother.
The conferring of the Honorary Degree
DOCTOR OF LETTERS
HILTON JONES CROW
Mrs. Crow is known throughout the
Arizona Southern Bapttst Convention for
helping to nurture the work of the Southern
Baptists in Arizona in many areas from in
fancy to its present stature.
Mrs. Crow was bom on February 9,1910 in
Bruington, Virginia to Dr. and Mrs. A. W. H.
Jones. At age five, Hilton gave her heart to
Jesus Christ and was baptized at age seven
in the James River.
At an early age, Mrs. Crow conunitted her
life to the mission field. At this time, she felt
called to the mission field of China. Later in
her life, she felt sure Arizona was where
God had caUed her.
At the age of eleven. Hilton began
teaching Sunday School to teenagers. She
entered Chowan College at the age of four
teen and graduated four years later. She
was valedictorian and graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts degree. At her graduation
was referred to by many as a child prodigy.
Mrs. Jones, at eighteen years of age, taught
Latin in Tazewell, Virginia.
Mrs. Crow earned her masters degree
from the University of Virginia. She receiv
ed a Bachelor of Oratory from the King’s
School of Oratory. While she was at King’s
School, she met Gordon D. Crow, who was]
attending the University of Pittsburgh.
Gordon and Hilton were married on June
13,1930. That same year, Mrs. Crow was ap
pointed the chairman of the Speech Depart
ment at Elon College in North Carolina.
Because of Mr. Crow’s health, they movei
to Tuscon in 1931. The Crows became
charter members of First Southern Baptist
Church in Tucson.
In 1933, Hilton was elected the President
of the Women’s Missionary Union at First
Southern and served in that capacity until
Mrs. Crow accepted the position as the
Arizona WMU Corresponding Secretary in
1936 and served until 1946. The WMU in the
Catalina Association elected Mrs. Crow as
President for two terms—1951 to 1953 and
1958 to 1964.
In 1956, she was selected to serve on the
Southern Baptist Convention Historical
Commission. Her term expired in 1963 and
was given a lifetime membership in the SBC
The Arizona Southern Baptist Convention
Historical Commission has elected her three
times to serve six year terms. This year, the
Commission selected her as their President.
Mrs. Crow was thirty-four year member
of the State WMU Executive Board for
twenty-five years. She is presently in her
tenth year as Clerk of the Catalina Associa
She has served on the Executive Board of
the American Association of University
Women and has held offices in the Alpha Eta
Chapter of Phi Sigma Alpha.
After Mr. Crow’s death, she established
the G. G. Crow Memorial Scholarship at
Grand Canyon College.
Grand Canyon College is pleased and pro
ud to award Hilton Jones Crow with the
honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
A scene from "Front Page” given by Chowon Players.
Alumnus receives Rotary grant
for dentistry study in Australia
Dr. Crow receives degree
from college president.
Keith Randall Lawson of Lawsonville, a
former student and graduate of Chowan
with the Associate of Science degree in May
1981, has been awarded a Rotary Founda
tion Scholarship by Rotary International for
the 1982-83 academic year.
He will study Science in preparation for a
career in dentistry, at the University of
Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Lawson is presently a student at UNC-
While at Chowan he was a Residence Hall
New Bern student
receives GATF grant
PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Chowan freshman,
Carla J. Waters, New Bern, is the recipient
of the W. 0. Toby Morgan Scholarship for
the 1981-82 academic year. The scholarship
award may be renewed for a four-year
The scholarship was awarded to Ms.
Waters through the National Scholarship
Trust Fund, an affiliate of the Graphic Arts
Technical Foundation, Pittsburgh, Penn
Waters was chosen for the award of the
basis of national test scores, academic
achievement, industry, high school recom
mendation, and an interest in achieving a
career in the graphic communications in
A graduate of New Bern Senior High
School, she is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Alra Jackson Waters of New Bern.
Assistant, was active in Circle K Club, a
member of Phi Theta Kappa, national
scholarship fraternity, and was graduated
Sponsored by Murfreesboro club
One of more than 1,200 men and women
worldwide who recently received Rotary
Foundation Scholarships totaling more than
eighteen million dollars, Lawson was spon
sored by the Rotary Club of Murfreesboro.
There are over 19,000 clubs in 156 countries
and geographical regions of the world.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships under
write the full cost of study abroad, including
tuition, books, laboratory fees, lodging,
food, travel, and if necessary, language in
struction in the study country. Recipients
have the opportunity to speak to Rotary
clubs and other groups in their study and
home countries; thus applicants are
evaluated on both their ambassadorial and
Men and women interested in applying for
a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for 1983-84
should contact a Rotary Club in their area.
The deadline for applications to be received
is March 1,1982.
EXECUTIVE CONDUCTS PROGRAM
ON CHANGES IN TAX LAWS
The Department of Business sponsored a
program entitled “The 1981 Tax Act—What
It Means To The Individual” in November
with Maureen Berry, senior account ex
ecutive in the Bache, Halsey, Stuart,
Shields, Inc., Durham office as speaker.
The Chowan Players presented “The
Front Page," a revival of the fast paced
newspaper hit of the 30’s, Nov. 18-21 in
McDowell Columns auditorium..
“This play was one of the most exciting,
amusing and fast paced dramas produced
on our stage,” noted Chowan Players direc
tor, Mrs. Sandra Boyce.
“It told in highly exciting fashion the story
of a remarkable reporter who is sick of his
profession, who marries and tries to get
away from it, only to be pulled back by its ir-
restible lure,” she said.
The plot centered around the escape of a
man about to be hanged, his concealment in
the reporter’s office, and his final
“The play is a vastly entertaining show
for audiences for all ages,” added Mrs.
Boyce, opening her fourth year as the
“The Front Page” featured Alan Johnson
in the role of Hildy Johnson, the brilliant
reporter about to leave the business for wife
and family. His demanding boss, Walter
Bums, was played by Fra^c Underwood,
who played the title role in “Dracula” last
Other ace reporters included veteran
Chowan Players, Joe Mayes and Bernard
Ingram. Mayes was George Gibbs in “Our
Town,” Arthur in “Dracula,” and Jesus in
Ingram played Renfield in “Dracula,”
Prof. Willard in “Our Town,” and multiple
characters Judas and John the Baptist in
Professors take parts
A preview of the play was presented dur
ing college assembly programs. Judging
from the response of the students, two
Chowan professors were the play’s “scene
stealers.” Betty Batchelor, who teaches
English, and Stanley Mitchell, who teaches
art, left the students laughing. Batchelor
played the meter maid and Mitchell the mil
Other professors in the play were Esther
Whitaker as Mrs. Grant and Acheson
Harden as the mayor.
The Chovi/anian, December, 1981—Poge 1