By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Retired long-time Dublin Elementary School principal Dr. Winsdon Pound will serve as grand marshal of the town of Dublin’s 2013 Christmas parade.
Dublin Town Council unanimously agreed to invite Pound to serve as grand marshal of the parade, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. Town Manager Bill Parker confirmed Monday that Pound accepted the honor.
Pound, known as “Winnie” by many, retired in 1983 after 33 years of service as a teacher and principal. He also served as an adjunct professor at Radford University and was director of community education at Saint Albans Psychiatric Hospital for 12 years.
He was a founder and president of Pulaski County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Task Force, which addressed topics such as abstinence, alcohol and drug abuse, peer pressure, self-esteem, suicide prevention and related subjects. The Commonwealth Alliance for Drug Rehabilitation and Education (CADRE) program was based on this local program.
Pound and his late wife, Madeline, also a teacher, co-authored a book entitled, “Kids Under Construction,” for those who work with youth.
Pound also has more than 50 years of service with Salvation Army and was awarded a lifetime membership in 2011.
Parker said he already is getting “bombarded” with calls from people wanting to know when the parade will be held or wanting to sign up to participate.
Since the parade will fall on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Councilman Dallas Cox suggested the theme center around a remembrance of Pearl Harbor.