Walter McNeely, a key figure in the Golden Isles community and WWII navy veteran, has passed away.
McNeely was an active member of the community for 65 years. He served on the Glynn County School Board, Georgia Department of Natural Resources board, Coastal Area Development Authority and the Glynn-Brunswick Hospital Authority. He was also one of the founding members of the 14 Black Men of Glynn.
He moved to Brunswick in 1949 after earning degrees in both chemistry and physics in order to save up money to pay his way through medical school. He served as the superintendent of Glynn County schools until 1991, when he retired. In 2007, he was appointed to the Glynn-Brunswick Hospital Authority.
In 2014 McNeely was awarded the Georgia Hospital Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.
“Mr. McNeely has spent the majority of his life in service to improve the lives and circumstances of those who call Glynn County home,” Gary Colberg, then president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Georgia Health System, said upon giving McNeely the award. “He is loved and respected across the region for his decades of community service that have changed the lives of many.
McNeely was also awarded the Glenn Bryant Award by the Coastal Area District Development Authority in 2014. The award was given to recognizing his outstanding committement and service to the community.
In 2012, McNeely established the Walter C. McNeely Fund for Student Support scholarship through a gift to the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation. The scholarship assists students with basic support needs directly related to college education.
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