Center could be named for Fallin

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 1999

Former Assistant Superintendent Richard Lee Fallin is remembered by school staff as a hard-working man who cared about his students. So at their request, the Natchez-Adams County School Board will consider naming Natchez High School’s Career and Technology Center after him at today’s regular board meeting.

&uot;Anytime you needed something in the Natchez School District, even if it was not his job, he would be there,&uot;&160;said Millicent Mayo, district public relations director and a long-time friend of Fallin.

&uot;He was always helping people out.&uot;

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Technology Coordinator Linda Grafton said the vo-tech teachers asked the district to name the center after Fallin even before his death from cancer in February.

&uot;He was a wonderful man and one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever worked with,&uot; Grafton said.

Fallin worked for the district for 36 years, starting out as a teacher of industrial arts, mechanical drawing, driver’s education and diversified occupations.

He later served as director of the Vocational-Technical Center and director of maintenance.

And the fact that the school district has the new Career and Technology Center is in part due to Fallin’s hard work.

&uot;He was real instrumental in getting the funding and getting (the center) built,&uot; Mayo said.

He was promoted to assistant superintendent of operations in the summer of 1998 and served there until becoming ill in October of that year.

He is survived by two daughters, Tracy Fallin and Renee Harrison, and his wife, Georgia Fallin.

&uot;It’s really a honor that his teachers and fellow-workers thought this much of him to suggest this,&uot;&160;Georgia Fallin said.

She said her husband had a special heart for any child who was struggling or considered underprivileged.

&uot;He tried his best to give that child an opportunity to succeed in life,&uot; Georgia Fallin said.

When he first started teaching in Natchez, this often included inviting children over for dinner who might not have gotten enough to eat at home, Georgia added.

Pat Fuller, who worked with Fallin for five years, remembers similar things about him.

&uot;He was just kind to everybody,&uot; Fuller said. &uot;He always put the interest of the students in the district first.&uot;

If the school board approves the resolution, the center will be knows as the Richard Lee Fallin Career and Technology Center.

A ceremony honoring the change would be scheduled at a later date.