April 25, 2016
The lobby of Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus will be dedicated in memory of the Rev. Sidney Stafford, longtime College Chaplain, during a ceremony and organ concert in the chapel at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28. Organist Alan Davis, whose career included nine years as organist at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, will be joined for the concert by John Wright on the baroque recorder and Angela Adkins on the clarinet. The dedication ceremony and concert are free and open to the public.
Stafford, who also served as instructor of religion and philosophy at the College, retired in 2008 after 40 years of service. He invested his life and career in passionate service to the College and the greater Louisburg community and became a champion of civil rights, working diligently to improve race relations in all areas of his influence. Stafford was a recipient of the College’s Bessie Arrington Gupton Award for Outstanding and Extraordinary Service. Every year, a student is recognized with the Sidney Stafford Chaplain's Award for excellence in service on campus and in the community.
Always civic-minded, Stafford was involved with numerous organizations in the community, including the Cub Scouts, the PTA, and school booster clubs. He also served on a number of boards and agencies in Franklin County. His prolific volunteer service led to his selection for the Governor's Volunteer Award from Gov. Jim Hunt in 1980. In 1982 he was named Franklin County Citizen of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. He was also elected to four terms on the Louisburg Town Council.