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Bauer awarded top civilian honor


Margaret Bauer speaks with students about the North Carolina Literary Review on ECU campus. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.


Friday, November 10, 2017

ECU’s Margaret Donovan Bauer was among six people awarded the state's highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, Thursday during a banquet and ceremoney at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

Gov. Roy Cooper presented the award to Bauer for her work in literature. She is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at ECU. Since 1997 she has served as editor of the award-winning “North Carolina Literary Review.”

She also is the author of “The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist,” “William Faulkner’s Legacy,” “Understanding Tim Gautreaux,” and “A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara’s Literary Daughters,” as well as numerous articles on Southern writers in scholarly journals.

In 2007, Dr. Bauer was named one of ECU’s 10 Women of Distinction and received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She is also a recipient of ECU’s Scholar/Teacher Award, Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership, and, most recently, Lifetime Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity.

Others honored on Thursday include Philip G. Freelon of Durham for fine arts; R.K.M. Jayanty of Cary for science; the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch of Durham for public service; Jane Smith Patterson of Chapel Hill for public service; and James H. Woodward of Charlotte for public service. The awards are administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

"It is such a privilege to honor these remarkable people who have made North Carolina better through their extraordinary accomplishments," said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N. C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. "Each of them has enriched the lives of our citizens and enhanced our state’s reputation as a center of culture, arts, science and public service."

Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the North Carolina Awards have been presented annually since 1964.