JDCC: 40 years bound in a book

Published 2:48 pm Monday, March 27, 2006

By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
Jefferson Davis Community College recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
When plans were being made for the celebration several people suggested someone should write a book on the history of the college.
A history of the first 10 years was written by Marie Pate, the dean of instruction, in 1976 - the occasion of the tenth anniversary.
A copy of the book was shown to Ada Adams, secretary to the president, Dr. Susan McBride.
Adams discovered that there were very few copies on file at the college and most of the employees did not even know the book had been written.
She and McBride discussed the need of an updated history, and Adams volunteered to do the work.
Adams had been the editorial assistant in 1994 to Dr. Mark Reynolds, who was editor of the national publication &#8220Teaching English in the Two-Year College,” and she felt she could tackle the project.
Adams found out that the research was very hard.
Books may be purchased for $12 each from the bookstores on both the Atmore and Brewton campuses Monday through Friday and in the Thomas E. McMillan Museum on the Brewton campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Checks may be made payable to the JDCC Foundation who supported publication of the book.