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Seniors honored for service

Five residents on Tuesday were inducted to the Dunedin 2001 Seniors Hall of Fame.

By CHRISTINA K. COSDON

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001


DUNEDIN -- Five Dunedin senior residents have been honored for their community service and inducted into the Dunedin 2001 Seniors Hall of Fame.

Herbert L. and Martha F. Donald, Mary Gross Abernathy, Clair L. Miller and Louise Auburn were honored in a ceremony Tuesday at Dunedin Country Club.

Dr. William Hale, who is chairman of the Dunedin City Committee on Aging, said each of the honorees epitomizes the standards of the Hall of Fame. "These are people who, despite age, have continued to be active participants in the life of our community," he said. "They also set an example for both young and old alike."

The Donalds, who are both 85, were recognized for their volunteer work. Herbert Donald has been a volunteer at the Dunedin Historical Society, Share-a-Home adult congregate living facility and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. He has served on the Dunedin City Commission, been a Presbyterian Church elder, secretary-treasurer of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and a past chairman of the city's Committee on Aging.

Mrs. Donald's volunteer work has included posts on the Pinellas County Health Care Task Force, the Pinellas County District Mental Health Board, Friends of the Library, Dunedin Environmental Quality, Causeway and Coastal Waterways committees, Dunedin Council of Organizations and the League of Women Voters.

Abernathy, 90, was honored for her parental involvement in the Dunedin Middle School band and the Little League in their formative years, her work in a ministry to mature adults at First United Methodist Church and in personal assistance to friends and neighbors in time of need.

Miller, 85, was recognized for his service as a Dunedin commissioner and as a president of the Lions Club, Historical Society, civic association, Dunedin Council of Organizations and Central Florida Eye Bank. He also is a Dunedin History maker.

Auburn, 90, is a longtime volunteer at the Dunedin Library. She also has been a participant for many years in activities at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and has helped newcomers to Dunedin become involved in the city's many advisory boards and committees.

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