Catawba's Business Hall of Fame
Jim Hurley of Salisbury, the late Enoch Goodman of Salisbury and Darlene Landis Ball of Greensboro were honored at Catawba College recently as they were inducted into the college’s Business Hall of Fame.
The event at the Peeler Crystal Lounge drew family and friends.
The honorees comprised the third class of business leaders to be honored by the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, which sponsored the event, along with Catawba’s Business Advisory Board.
Jim Hurley, former publisher of the Salisbury Post, is a native of Salisbury and a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and from UNC Chapel Hill . He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served between 1953 and 1955.
After serving two years in the Army, he went to work at his family’s newspaper, the Salisbury Post, first as a reporter, and then as its editor from 1964 to1974, and as its publisher from 1974 to 1997. The high journalistic standards the newspaper set won recognition and numerous awards for both the paper and Hurley.
In 1991, Hurley was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame. In the Salisbury-Rowan community, he was recognized as Young Man of the Year in 1962, Man of the Year in 1984, and Newsmaker of the Year in 1986.
A longtime benefactor of Catawba College, he joined the College Board of Trustees in 1977 and served as its chairman. Catawba recognized him in 1976, awarding him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. In 1986, he was awarded Catawba’s Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. He chaired Catawba’s Campaign for Excellence between 1986 and 1989.
Hurley serves as chairman of the J.F. Hurley Foundation, Elizabeth Hurley Park Foundation and Hurley-Trammell Foundation, and he chairs the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation and Holmes Investment Co. He is the former chairman of the Wachovia Bank Board of Directors (Salisbury region) and past president of the Salisbury-Rowan Chamber of Commerce.
He is married to wife Gerry Trammell Hurley, and the two are members of First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury.
– Darlene Ballis a 1962 graduate of Catawba College who served as Student Government Association president during her senior year. A native of Silver Spring, Md., she is the former corporate vice president for e-Business Development for Burlington Industries, Inc. and has been a guest lecturer at both the N.C. State School of Textiles and the UNC Greensboro School of Design.
A member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees since 2000, she currently serves as vice chair of that board. She is the former president of the Catawba Alumni Association and has served as a member of the Catawba Board of Visitors. Catawba has recognized her service to the college by awarding her the College’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976.
Ball has served as chair of the Apparel Research Committee of American Apparel and Footwear Association. She is the recipient of the Burlington Industries Chairman’s Award for Innovation and the 1983 recipient of the Stanley Blacker Award for Excellence in Textile Information Science.
She is the wife of the late Ronald Vaden Ball, a 1961 alumnus of Catawba, and the two are parents of adult children, Kristen and Vaden. Ball is a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro.
– The late Enoch A. Goodmanwas a Salisbury native and a 1938 alumnus of Catawba College. He attended Catawba on a football scholarship, playing football, basketball and tennis, and was named the top athlete in his senior class. After his college graduation, he served in the Pacific during World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
He was a partner and general manager of lessees for B.V. Hedrick Gravel & Sand Co., past chairman and president of Southern Concrete Materials, Inc., and past chairman and president of Buncombe Construction Co.
He served on the Catawba College Board of Trustees from 1954 until his death in 2005 and was a generous benefactor of the college. Catawba recognized him in 1964 with the O.B. Michael Award, in 1968 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service, and inducted him in 1978 into the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame.In 1984 he was the recipient of Catawba’s Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service, and in 1992, the college presented him with an Exemplary Life Service Award.
Goodman served as a member of the Salisbury City School Board, as a trustee at Rowan Memorial Hospital, a board member at Security Bank and Trust, and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death in 1989 by his first wife, Dorothy Hedrick Goodman, and is survived by his second wife, Lois Busby Goodman; sons Jeffrey and Michael Goodman; and daughter Gail Goodman Settle.
Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include the late Claude S. Abernethy Jr. of Newton; C.A. “Junie” Michael of Mooresville; the late Clifford A. Peeler of Salisbury; Tom E. Smith of Salisbury; Ralph W. Ketner of Salisbury; Lynne Scott Safrit of Kannapolis; Claude Hampton, Jr., of Salisbury; Thomas S. Carroll of New Canaan, Conn.; the late Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., of Conover; the late J. W. Abernethy, Jr., of Newton; and the late Millard Wilson of Salisbury.