Named in honor of Anne Moss Biggs

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LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College’s newly renovated library was named Tuesday in memory of the late Anne Moss Biggs, a longtime supporter of the college.

During a ceremony attended by about 35 college officials, Biggs family members and friends, a plaque was unveiled that will hang on the wall near the library entrance.

“Named in memory of Anne Moss Biggs. Wife of Dr. Irvin Biggs,” the plaque reads. ” … Teacher - Scholar - Volunteer - Philanthropist.”

“She would be very honored to have her name on that plaque,” said Paul Albritton, a nephew of Biggs and manager of her estate. “Education was a big thing in her family.”

Albritton described his aunt, who died in 2010 at the age of 96, as an avid reader.

“Into her 90s she was still reading,” Albritton said. “Education and libraries meant a lot to her.”

Biggs was a graduate of Winthrop College and taught French at Lumberton High School. She worked with her husband at his medical office and was a longtime volunteer for Southeastern Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society blood bank, according to Joe Butler, chairman of the RCC Foundation.

Pamela Hilbert, president of RCC, said during the ceremony that the college is “ever so grateful for the scholarship money” that Biggs has made available for RCC students.

According to Rebekah Revels Lowry, it was decided that naming the library for Biggs would be the best way to honor her for her love of libraries and belief that reading is a key in the education process.

Mark Kinlaw, a vice president at RCC, said that renovations of the library have been under way for three years. Three years ago, he said, work was done on the second floor to make the facility “a good environment for study.”

“We made it a comfortable place for students to hang out,” he said. “We put in some comfortable chairs and installed Internet.”

The most recent renovations, however, were just completed to the first floor of the building. They included painting, installation of new carpet, and putting in a new computer lab, according to Kinlaw.

“We are talking about the total revamping of this building,” he said. “This building is now more contemporary looking and up to date. I think the students are pleased with it.”

Janis Bolton Biggs said after the ceremony that she was a former student of Biggs when she taught French at Lumberton High School.

“She was an excellent teacher,” she said.

She is a distant relatives of Anne Biggs.

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