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In Memoriam: Feriba McNair

Posted by Alan on March 16, 2012 8:40 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

feriba_mcnair.pngFeriba McNair, a former teacher and coach in the Fayetteville Public Schools, a school board member for nineteen years, and the namesake of McNair Middle School, passed away on Thursday, March 15. Mrs. McNair was a 1938 graduate of Fayetteville High School, and she developed the girls golf program at FHS, among her many other accomplishments. She was inducted into the Fayetteville Schools Hall of Honor in 1999.

She will be deeply missed.

Here is her biography from the Fayetteville Schools Hall of Honor Album:

A 1938 graduate of Fayetteville High School, Feriba McNair received her degree in education from the University of Arkansas in 1942 and established the first girls' physical education program at FHS. She also taught science and was cheerleader and pep squad sponsor from 1943-46 and 1953-56.

She was appointed to complete a retiring school board member's term in 1967, becoming the first woman to ever serve on the board. She served six subsequent terms, her last three as president of the school board.

She continued to be active in volunteer civic and charitable work more than seventy years after her graduation from FHS.


Posted by Gottsponer Family on March 16, 2012 9:18 AM

It was pretty much impossible to feel down when in Mrs. McNair's company. We've lost a gem. Shine on, Feriba!