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Louisburg College Breaks Ground on Fountain Memorializing John Cameron

April 20, 2017

Dr. John Cameron, a native of Louisburg with a lifelong love for Louisburg College, died in May 2015, three years after stepping down as chairman of the Board of Trustees. Now the College is honoring his memory by building Cameron Fountain in front of the Jones Performing Arts Center.

College leaders, family members and friends grabbed shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking last month. Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg’s president, recalled Dr. Cameron’s wisdom, leadership and mentoring talents.

His widow, Joan Cameron of Eden, N.C., spoke of her husband’s love for the College and its people. Dr. Cameron, the son of Louisburg College’s athletic director and the father of an alumnus, was a captain in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal. He earned a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering and founded a transportation consulting and planning firm.

In 2012, Dr. Cameron was given Louisburg College’s Presidential Medal. “Most importantly is what the college is doing now to help provide students with an opportunity that they might not otherwise have,” he said. “I believe in the mission and values of this college, and that is what fuels my interest and enthusiasm.”

Dr. Cameron served on numerous other educational and community boards, including the N.C. Community Foundation. He and Joan had five children.

Mike Boddie, chairman, Board of Trustees; Dr. Mark La Branche, president; Joan Cameron; Ann Pearce, sister of John Cameron; Irvin Pearce, brother-in-law of John Cameron; Nathan Biegenzahn, associate vice president of facilities.

Mike Boddie, chairman, Board of Trustees; Dr. Mark La Branche, president; Joan Cameron; Ann Pearce, sister of John Cameron; Irvin Pearce, brother-in-law of John Cameron; Nathan Biegenzahn, associate vice president of facilities.