The Buncombe County school board members agreed in August 2014 to name a new access road at Roberson High School in honor of Dr. McCallum, who retired from the county school system. Roberson High Principal Amy Rhoney submitted a letter to school officials asking that the road be named McCallum Drive. At that meeting, Dr. Robbie Adell, Assistant Superintendent said, “that Dr. McCallum is his mentor and friend—he is absolutely deserving of this honor. Dr. McCallum has made the lives of people in WNC better—he has the passion to empower others. He’s fueled by bringing meaning to life to those people around him.”
Dr. McCallum has spent his life as an educator in the Buncombe County Schools for nearly 40 years. The first ten years of his work experience in Asheville City Schools was as a teacher and a coach. He spent the last 32 years with Buncombe County Schools as an assistant principal, principal at Owen High School and Assistant Superintendent at the Central Office. In addition, he had a significant role on the board of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. for many years. When he retired, McCallum was BCS Assistant Superintendent. Since that time, he has continued to teach and mentor youth in the public school systems of Buncombe County. He is still active on many committees and is involved with fraternal organizations, such as Kappa Alpha Psi and the Gamma Upsilon Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi.
Two JROTC Students unveil the new road sign at T. C. Roberson High School in honor of Dr. Larry McCallum’s service to the community. To their right is Dr. McCallum and Mr. Joseph Hough.
At the dedication many school officials including Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent, Joseph Hough, Acting Assistant Superintendent, and Amy Rhoney, Principal of T. C. Roberson, remembered McCallum’s many contributions to education and the community. Friends spoke of his untiring patience and understanding with unhappy parents. “He has an amazing ability to resolve the issue at hand. People would come into his office angry and walk out with a smile on their faces. He can listen at length, then find a solution to the problem.”
Dr. Larry McCullum and his wife, Berta