A friend of a friend-Bob Rippy-Jim jones-September 27

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for September 27, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

On Friday UNC Pembroke finished up two days of Board of Trustee meetings. I am very excite4d for our university has it has a dynamic group of individuals willing to serve including our chair Kellie Blue. The UNC Pembroke BOT is made up of 13 individuals each dynamic and unique. One board member who really stands out is Dr. Jim Jones. Jim Jones is amazingly bright, optimistic, and FUNNY.

Dr. James G. “Jim” Jones lists among his career highlights an Honorary Doctor of Science degree that he received from UNC Pembroke in 1998. He grew up in our community. He is a 1951 graduate of Pembroke High School.

After earning a two-year degree at Mars Hill College, Dr. Jones graduated from Wake Forest University and its School of Medicine. He was the first non-white student to enroll at Wake Forest.

After serving as a medical officer in the Navy, he opened a general practice in Jacksonville, N.C. He became active in the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, becoming its president in 1973.

The timing was critical as Dr. Jones’ became a key player in the drive to get a medical school for East Carolina University. Concerned about the thinning ranks of family doctors, especially in rural eastern North Carolina, he and the academy lobbied effectively for a medical school that would specialize in training general practitioners.

After the General Assembly approved what would become the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), UNC President William Friday asked Dr. Jones to join the school to help make its mission of rural family medicine a reality.

A family physician and professor of medicine at East Carolina University with a distinguished record of service to eastern North Carolina, Dr. Jones was appointed to a four-year term on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory in the summer of 2013.

Today he makes his home in Hampstead, NC and that has caused him to get know a member of the UNC Board of Governors-Bob Rippy who lives in Wilmington, NC. Bob like me is a proud East Carolina Universaity alumnus. Bob also serves as the BOG liason to UNC Pembroke and attends ever UNCP BOT Meeting.

I look forward to our BOT meetings for the chance to spend time with these fascinating men

The Friend-JIM JONES


The Friend of the Friend-BOB RIPPY


Pirates being Braves!

Bob Rippy loves East Carolina and he loves UNC Pembroke. He is a leader that truly belives that higher education can change lives. Bob earned two degrees from ECU just like me. He and I share 1975 as the date we earned our bachelor’s degree from ECU.

Bob is a businessman who lives in Wilmington, NC. He is the president of Jungle Rapids a waterpark in Wilmington, NC.

He has supported higher education his entire life. Ask people at UNC Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College, East Carolina University, and of course UNC Pembroke they all can tell you of Bob’s service. In 2012 his alma mater ECU awarded him the “distinguished alumnus award”.

Bob was elected to a four year term to the UNC Board of Governors by NC General Assembly in 2013.

I am glad that he and his friend Dr. Jim Jones are taking their ECU Pirate Passion and adopting the UNC Pembroke Braves.


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