7th Annual Induction
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> James D. "Don" Blackburn  BIO
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ormer director of transportation, City of Raleigh (deceased)
> W. R. "Rocky" Bonsal, Sr.  BIO
     Civil engineer Durham & South Carolina Railroad, vice president
     Seaboard Air Line Railroad
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> James E. "Jim" Harrington BIO
     NCDOT Secretary, 1985-1990
> Kate Herring Highsmith  BIO
     NC Federation of Women's Club, president, 1945 (deceased)
> Archie Honbarrier  BIO
     Founder, Central Transport, High Point
> Barbara H. Mulkey  BIO
     Founder and chairman, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants
> Jerry Orr  BIO
     Director, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
> Carl J. Stewart, Jr.  BIO
     Chairman, North Carolina State Ports Authority
> William H. "Bill" Teague  BIO
     NC League of Transportation & Logistics, executive director (deceased)
 

J. D. Blackburn W. R. Bonsal, Sr. J. E. Harrington

K. H. Highsmith A. L. Honbarrier B. H. Mulkey
T. J. Orr C. J. Stewart, Jr. Bill Teague



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James Donald “Don” Blackburn was born in White Plains (Surry County) in 1932 and attended Mount Airy High School before serving with the US Army for two years during the Korean War. He subsequently attended North Carolina State University from which he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1958 and master’s degree in 1960. His first jobs were as a staff engineer with the City of Des Moines, Iowa and as the assistant traffic engineer for the City of Wichita, Kansas. He returned to North Carolina in 1966 when he was hired to head up the newly formed Traffic Engineering Department for the City of Raleigh. Renamed the Raleigh Department of Transportation in 1975 when the city took over the public transit system, the department prospered under Don’s leadership, not only in staff and financial resources, but most importantly in knowledge, experience, capability and integrity. Don claimed to have one of the most highly trained staffs in city government, and this was largely due to his effective style of leadership and his encouragement of his staff to join and be active, like him, in professional organizations, such as the NC Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers “NCSITE”. He was a past president of NCSITE and received the Section’s prestigious Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award in 1995. The careers of many transportation engineers across the state have been enhanced by his mentoring. Don retired from the City of Raleigh in 1992 and spent many happy retirement years with his wife Carolyn and sons Mark and Greg.

W. Roscoe “Rocky” Bonsal was born in Baltimore, Maryland but came to live in Hamlet, NC in 1895 as a result of being a civil engineer working on the railroads that were, in the late nineteenth century, building their way across the South. By 1898, Bonsal was vice president of a railroad in the Seaboard System with an exclusive contract to supply ties for the expansion of the railroad. In 1904, he recognized an opportunity and became one of three organizers of the New Hope Valley Railroad. One of the three was from Pittsboro, NC and owned or controlled timber rights in the New Hope Valley. The original charter of the New Hope Valley Railroad authorized the owners to build a railroad from a point said to be near New Hill (and later to be named “Bonsal”) on the Raleigh & Augusta Airline Railroad to a point near Chapel Hill called West End, probably present day Carrboro. While right of way was purchased, no tracks were ever laid until another company organized by the same owners – the Durham & South Carolina Railroad (D&SC) – completed 31 miles of track from Bonsal to Durham on 1906. The line was extended to the south by ten miles from Bonsal to Duncan, NC in 1911, to a connection with the original Norfolk Southern Railroad (NS). The original purpose of the Durham & South Carolina Railroad was to tap the timber resources of the New Hope River Valley, primarily for the manufacture of railroad ties, but other commodities were transported, such as cotton, corn, beans and tobacco, in addition to passengers. In 1920 the D&SC was leased to the NS for a term of ninety-nine years.

James E. “Jim” Harrington
attended high school in Southern Pines and attended Virginia Military Institute where he received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He was active with the 82nd Airborne 1949-1952, and then entered the 30th Infantry Division of the NC National Guard in 1953. He served for 18 years in the NC National Guard, was awarded the NC Distinguished Service Medal in 1971, and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1973. From 1971 to 1984, his private career included Pinehurst, Inc., Sugar Mountain Company, Cambridge Properties, Inc. (developer of Kildaire Farms in Cary, Southern Shores in Dare County, and Bald Head Island in Brunswick County). In 1985, he was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to be Secretary of the NC Department of Transportation, a position he held until 1990. It was while he was NCDOT Secretary that he recognized (with help from the staff of his Department and the General Assembly) that two things had to occur if North Carolina's transportation infrastructure was going to be able to keep up with the population growth: (1) roads and other transportation facilities needed to be upgraded on an accelerated schedule, and (2) additional funds needed to be generated to pay for the improvements. Jim Harrington and his allies in the General Assembly accomplished both in 1988 with the development of plans for a North Carolina Intrastate System of Four-Lane Highways and Urban Loops, the paving of all unpaved Secondary Roads, and the establishment of a dedicated Highway Trust Fund to supplement the revenues of the traditional Highway Fund. Since that time, much needed widening of existing 2-lane highways and construction of new highways has occurred.

Kate Herring Highsmith Few women have wielded as potent an influence in the state as Mrs. (J. Henry) Highsmith” so proclaimed a newspaper article upon her election as president of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1943. Kate was born in Sampson County and attended Littleton Female College and thence to Trinity College (now Duke University) where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1906. During the Great War, she was the state director of War Savings for North Carolina. As a member of the Raleigh Woman's Club and the holder of various offices in the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, she enthusiastically supported the federation's goal of improving the communities in which we live. From the early days of the automobile, this included the promotion and support of novel safety measures such as vehicle speed limits, driver tests, directional and warning signs, and white lines down the middle of roads. With the onset of World War II during her terms as vice president and president of the state federation, the national federation adopted a goal for each state to purchase, through the sale of war bonds, one bomber. The North Carolina federation sold over $12 million worth of bonds, an amount only exceeded by three other states – Texas, Maryland and Indiana. In fact, the NC federation bought one bomber, 16 NC districts bought one bomber each, and 7 individual clubs purchased a bomber, making 24 in all. In addition, the NC federation outfitted a US Army Hospital Ship “Larkspur” for injured service men returning from the battle fronts. Kate’s induction is a tribute to her individual efforts in both peacetime and wartime and to the efforts of all club women in North Carolina who have helped to improve communities through better transportation safety.

Archie L. Honbarrier was born in Newport News, VA in 1918. He lived his early years in his father’s hometown of Denton, NC and graduated from Denton High School in 1937. Upon graduation, he went to work as a driver at Colonial Motor Lines, a for-hire motor carrier started by his father and uncle in 1933. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1942 and served until the end of World War II in 1945. After returning from military service, he rejoined Colonial Motor Lines, which, by this time, had relocated its headquarters to High Point, NC. As time progressed, Archie eventually assumed the role of President. In 1951, Archie founded Central Transport, a liquid-bulk carrier also based in High Point. He started with two used petroleum tankers and hauled bunker fuel from Wilmington, NC to Harmony, NC. Soon after, he secured authority to haul textile chemicals from Charlotte to points in North Carolina. Much of the company’s success came from providing innovative and specialized tank trailers and services (for high-heat products, and multi-compartment. The company grew to be one of the ten largest bulk carriers in North America. By 1997, Central Transport ran more than 400 company-owned tractors and retained 100 owner operators on permanent lease. The trailer inventory was 780 units and 22 terminals provided service to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 1988, Archie made a strictly business decision to cease operations of Colonial Motor Lines, and in 1997 he sold Central Transport to Superior Carriers of Oak Brook, IL. During his transportation career, Archie served on a number of committees and boards. He was elected to the Board of Directors of National Tank Truck Carriers in 1978 and remained a Director for the rest of his career.

Barbara Hill Mulkey was born in Beulaville in Duplin County and attended North Carolina State University where she obtained a BS in Civil Engineering and later her masters degree, also in Civil Engineering. She began her engineering career at NCDOT as a bridge design engineer, but the call of the private sector led her to gain both technical and management experience with several private firms until, in 1993, she took a leap of faith and started her own transportation consulting business. Through hard work, tenacity and creative thinking, she has attained a solid reputation among public and private sector clients, expanding the firm’s capabilities, numbers of staff, and national locations along the way. During this period, she not only ran a business, but also raised a family and immersed herself in serving her community and her alma mater, serving on the NC State University Board of Trustees, Friend of the Library, college of Engineering Foundation, and Board of Visitors. Her awards and accolades are numerous, but more important than these is the manner in which she has successfully raised the standard for engineering excellence and has broken down the barriers of industry stereotypes, particularly for women wishing to enter engineering and construction fields of endeavor.

T. J. “Jerry” Orr is the chief executive of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. As Aviation Director, Orr is responsible for all aspects of the airport’s operation. During Orr’s 21–year tenure, Charlotte Douglas has grown to become the nation’s 14 th busiest airport in number of passengers and eighth busiest in number of operations and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top airports. Orr is a native of Charlotte and a 1962 graduate of North Carolina State University where he received a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. From 1962 until 1975, he operated his family-owned land surveying business. In 1975, Orr joined the City of Charlotte’s Aviation Department as a staff engineer and was named Aviation Director in 1989. Known for his unique style and fiscal stewardship, Orr is respected as a visionary in aviation by leaders in the industry, the public and private sector and among Fortune 500 CEO’s worldwide. During Orr’s tenure at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, he has developed, implemented and refined unique solutions to challenges in an ever changing industry, resulting in an air transportation facility with continued airline growth that is one of the most cost efficient airports in the world. Orr also developed the CLT Air Cargo Center and has led the extensive development of corporate aviation, resulting in the locating of seven Fortune 500 corporate aviation stations at CLT. He continues to work toward the future establishment of an airport based intermodal facility, which would connect four modes of transportation – air, rail, sea and truck – in one location. Charlotte Douglas International Airport recently completed construction of a third parallel runway, which opened in February 2010. Orr serves on various industry boards and committees, including the Governor’s Logistics Task Force and the North Carolina Airports Association.

Carl Jerome Stewart, Jr. was born in Gastonia in 1936. He attended Ashely High School, and then Duke University where he was awarded his AB degree in 1958 and JD degree in 1961. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the NC Bar Association. He was elected to the NC House of Representatives in 1967 and served his constituents until 1980, the last four years as Speaker of the House. Throughout his legislative term, he was a supporter of better transportation for North Carolina and introduced and/or endorsed many bills that improved roads across the state. He served on the NC Board of Transportation from 1981 to 1983. He was a member of the Economic Development Board and the North Carolina Board of Technology from 1999-2001. Stewart was also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Preservation North Carolina during this time. He has served as Chairman of the Gastonia-West Committee since 1996. In 2004, Governor Easley appointed him Chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors. Under Stewart’s leadership the NC State Ports Authority has engaged in significant expansion programs at the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, including the proposed North Carolina International Terminal in Brunswick County. The Ports have attained considerable milestones under Stewart’s guidance. In 2010, he was re-appointed to this position by Governor Beverly Perdue.

William H. “Bill” Teague was in the transportation industry over 41 years. A native of Brevard, NC, he attended Blanton's Business College in Asheville, NC. Blanton's was noted for its trucking and transportation courses. When a person finished at Blanton's, he or she was ready to go to work as a rate or billing clerk without much training. In fact, if you could not afford to attend a college, Blanton's was the only way out of the mountains of western North Carolina. Good jobs simply did not exist for someone coming out of high school. Bill first came to Charlotte in 1967. His first job was with Johnson Motor Lines as a rate clerk. After several years with Johnson, he left to become a rate clerk at Carolina Freight Carriers in Charlotte. Later, he accepted a position with Associated Transport, also in Charlotte. Associated was the first carrier to consolidate all its rating of freight bills in Charlotte. This was a 24/7 operation in rating all of Associated's freight bills for their entire system. Bill remained with Associated until it ceased operations. then joined Mr. H. L. Woody at Veterans Traffic Service in 1978. Veterans Traffic was a rate audit company. Bill married Liz Govender in 1987. In 1988, Bill purchased Veterans Traffic Service from Mr. Woody, who was also the Secretary of the NC Traffic League. So when Bill took over the business, he also started his long tenure with the League. His great success with developing the League into what it is today has always been associated with Bill's vision of the organization and a rare, totally dedicated and totally devoted passion for the association. As all of us in the industry evolved as transportation changed, so did the League. Still an all-shippers organization in 1988, he chipped away at old prejudices and by 1991, carriers could join the organization. Since then the NCLTL has grown into the body it is today with a membership base consisting of shippers, carriers of all modes of transportation, 4 Port Authorities and associated businesses of the industry. Today's League members hail from many states as far away as Minnesota and as "southern" as Alabama. Bill was extremely humble and rarely took any credit for himself. He was proud though of two accomplishments. One was the work he and others did through the League concerning fifty-three foot trailers coming into North Carolina. The other was the cultivation and preservation of funds to keep the League strong. Bill witnessed too many organizations falling by the wayside because they could not pay their bills. Any past President you question on this topic will tell you that they heard this more than once. Bill Teague will be remembered as a local icon in transportation industry.

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