Honoring a professor

Tuesday March 1 2011


Merrill Tolbert, LC associate professor of human development and learning, will be honored at 5:30 p.m. March 5 for her work with people with disabilities throughout Central Virginia.

The Challenged Sports Exchange, which will benefit from the dinner, is honoring Tolbert for helping to start Project Daniel, an early intervention program for infants with disabilities; working with the Laurel School for disabled children; preparing numerous Lynchburg College students for careers in therapy and counseling; serving on the board of L'Arche of the Blue Ridge; and providing aid to the Challenged Sports Exchange.

"Very quickly, she became the recognized expert in working with young children with disabilities," Dr. Ed Polloway, LC dean of graduate studies, told Darrell Laurant of The News & Advance. "When she first came, many of these children weren't allowed to attend public schools. She helped to change that."

Read Laurant's column about Merrill Tolbert. For more information about the dinner, call 434.238.4827.