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Sunday, September 22, 2013
I recently wrote a news obituary for Edward Boley , a former principal at Patrick Henry High School. Boley made a lasting legacy there in the early 1970s, when the school first integrated as the last holdout of Roanoke's segregation policies.
When I was a senior at Patrick Henry decades later, I received the Edward Boley Outstanding Senior Award, presented to a graduating student who has "rendered service to the school, exhibited qualities of civic responsibility and demonstrated unselfishness and self-discipline."
I was honored then, of course, but I really didn't know who Boley was or why the award was named for him. I only learned that in the course of my reporting for the story.
When I spoke with her recently, I told Boley's widow that I'd won the award. I wanted her to know that in addition to the larger impact I had just learned he'd had on our city, he'd indirectly had an important impact on me.
"You have no idea what that means to me to hear," Carolyn Boley said, holding back tears. "You've made an old woman so happy."
The pleasure is mine, Mrs. Boley.
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