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Mary Raab McConnell, left, and Evelyn McNeill, right, look through McNeill's memoir
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Mary Raab McConnell, left, and Evelyn McNeill, right, look through McNeill's memoir "Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads" at the Coffee Shack on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Retired professor shares life story

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The lives of education pioneers at East Carolina University’s medical school would be enough to fill a book. One of them, the school’s first female faculty member, has written a book that chronicles her life from growing up on a tobacco farm to her triumph over gender discrimination.

That pioneer spirit does not shine more brightly than through the heart and words of Evelyn McNeill, the 84-year-old author of “Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads: A Memoir,” released this month by Garcia Publishing and co-written with Daily Reflector editorial page editor and columnist Mark Rutledge.


The autobiography was inspired by McNeill’s recent battle with breast cancer and her wish to leave a chronicle of her life for her nieces.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart