has been a member of the Rome Area Heritage Foundation since the early 1970s, when his late wife, Judy, was on staff at the original Carnegie Library in Downtown Rome. The Iowa native came to Rome in 1959 to work at Darlington School following his graduation from Northwestern University. Over the next 40 years, he taught various history classes, including his favorite—American History—a subject he continues to enjoy. While at Darlington, he also served as department chairman, dormitory head, master of the day school and academic dean. The school’s first-year boys’ dormitory is named for him.
The fruits of his labor were instrumental in the restoration of the Ellen Axson Wilson self-portrait that now hangs in the Rome-Floyd County Library. Jack served on the board of directors for several years before becoming the organization’s treasurer, a position he held from 2009-16.
“I have always felt that RAHF serves a much-needed role in local preservation efforts and I continue to feel fortunate to be a part of this organization.”
His community involvement also includes Rome First United Methodist Church, Rome Rotary, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and the local Republican Party. He and his wife, Martha, continue to operate their travel agency.
Thank you, Jack, for your service to RAHF and your dedication to historic preservation in Floyd County!
has been a member of the Rome Area Heritage Foundation since the late 1980s. She later joined the board of directors in 2012. Not only was she responsible for publishing the organization’s newsletter, but also served as the secretary from 2012-17. One initiative she enjoyed in particular was working with Julia Dodd on restoration efforts at Barnsley Gardens, when she wrote a historical account of the property for a special project.
The Alabama native holds degrees from The University Hospital School of Nursing in Birmingham and The University of Alabama School of Anesthesia. Before retiring, she was employed for 47 years in various anesthesia groups. Jodie and her husband, Jim, live in Rome.
Thank you, Jodie, for your service to RAHF and your dedication to historic preservation in Floyd County!