During the ceremony, Deering reflected on how ECU set the bar high and pushed her to being the educator she became. She talked about making a ‘D’ on her first term paper in one of her classes, but through encouragement, pulled off an ‘A’. Deering met her future husband Myles at ECU and many members of her family also attended ECU.
Dr. Tim Green
Green taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reading methods while serving as director of athletics at ECU for 25 years until his retirement in 2006. He also served on numerous committees at ECU and was ultimately inducted into the ECU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Green was editor for 25 years of the “Oklahoma Reader,” a state publication for reading teachers. He also served the community in many capacities, including a term as director of the board of directors for Valley View Regional Hospital.
He was born in Asher and graduated from Asher Public Schools before attending East Central State College his freshman year. He transferred to Oklahoma State on a baseball scholarship while majoring in business administration. While at OSU, Green was a member of the Cowboys’ baseball team which won a 1959 national championship.
Green went on to graduate from Henderson State College (Ark.) with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma in 1970.
He later taught at Memphis State University before coming to ECU.
At the time of his death in 2011, Green had been married to his wife, Paula, for 52 years. Their daughter, Kelly, is married to Jeff Maloy and they have four children.
Paula, speaking on behalf of her late husband Tim at the ceremony, reflected on his post-retirement and how she and Tim went to various schools for advisement purposes. Paula would load up his wheelchair and she would drive him to some schools, some she never heard of. Once inside those school buildings, there were many people, particularly women, who would shout out hello Dr. Green or Mr. Green. Paula jokingly admitted he must have had hundreds of girlfriends.