Lloyd honored for community service
Longtime Hillsborough Commissioner Evelyn Lloyd recently was recognized by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for her service to the community.
Lloyd, who owns Lloyd’s Pharmacy in downtown Hillsborough, received the School of Pharmacy’s Samuel Burrus Award for Community Service on April 14 during the school’s 2013 awards ceremony at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill. The award is presented to members of the school’s family who exhibit outstanding and unselfish civic, community or church volunteer service outside the scope of regular pharmacy practice. Lloyd is a 1965 graduate of the school. She has served on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners since 1991.
“Commissioner Lloyd’s dedication to Hillsborough and the high level of responsibility in which she approaches her job as an elected official is truly amazing, so it’s no surprise that she has been recognized with such a distinguished honor,” Hillsborough Town Manager Eric Peterson said. “While her job as a pharmacist is demanding, she always makes time for citizens who have concerns, want to share ideas or are requesting more information regarding key issues in town.
“In addition, her level of preparation for meetings is unsurpassed. It’s quite common for her to read voluminous amounts of required agenda information not just once but several times to ensure she is prepared for a meeting or public hearing. Most importantly, all who know her agree that no one cares more about making Hillsborough a better place to live than Commissioner Evelyn Lloyd.”
In presenting the award, School of Pharmacy Dean Robert A. Blouin cited a number of Lloyd’s contributions to the Hillsborough community, including her strong advocacy of Town of Hillsborough employees and the Orange Rural Fire Department. Lloyd serves as the liaison between the town and Fire Department, with which Hillsborough contracts for fire service. Her late father, Allen Lloyd, worked as a volunteer firefighter and helped launch the department, which now has two stations in addition to its main station on Churton Street.
“I just followed the path of my parents,” Lloyd said, noting that her mother, Pauline, worked as a first-grade teacher, taught Sunday school and played the piano and organ for their church. Her father, a pharmacist and 1940 graduate of the UNC School of Pharmacy, also enjoyed caring for Hillsborough United Methodist Church and served on its board of trustees. Together, Lloyd’s parents wrote “History of the Town of Hillsborough” and “History of the Churches of Hillsborough, N.C.,” making numerous updates. Lloyd’s father also served on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners for 30 years, wound the town’s clock for 30 years as well and was a member of the Eagle Lodge Masonic Hall for 50 years. Father and daughter served on the town board for four years together.
Lloyd began volunteering in college when she served as secretary for the student branch of the N.C. Pharmaceutical Association. Following college, she served on the N.C. Pharmaceutical Association’s board and was the first woman elected to the N.C. Board of Pharmacy. She helped develop policy as a member of Orange County’s first health and elections boards, serving nine and 10 years on those boards. In addition, she served two years on the Orange County Human Relations Commission before deciding to run for town office.
“I’ve done it all my life,” she said of her community service. “I wouldn’t know any different.”
In addition to the most recent award, Lloyd previously was the recipient of two other community service awards, the Pharmacy Senate Award while in college and the Bowl of Hygeia Award from Wyeth in 1980 when she was nominated by her pharmaceutical association.
Lloyd, who recalls following her father many times up the stairs of the Old Orange County Courthouse to wind the town clock, served on Hillsborough’s committee to refurbish the clock after it stopped working in 2001. The clock — assembled in Birmingham, England, in the late 18th century and given to the town in 1766 by King George III — has become a symbol for Historic Hillsborough. Lloyd contributed generously toward its restoration, and a rededication took place in June 2004. The tower that houses the clock also holds a bell given by the Hillsborough Historical Society and dedicated to her father in 1997 for his long service to the clock.
Her family’s greatest legacy in the community may be their help in preserving a 66-acre plot of mountainside and riverfront land along the Eno River, the School of Pharmacy’s dean stated when presenting the service award. Lloyd and her father sold the land at a reduced price to the Eno River Association and then donated money back to the association. The land, designated an ecological area of national significance, now is protected as part of the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area.
“Evelyn’s contribution to the community is phenomenal,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said. “She is so dedicated to the town, to the Fire Department and to the mountain. So many people connect with Evelyn. This award is so well deserved.”
Prior to opening her pharmacy in 1986, Lloyd worked with her father at James Pharmacy, the Churton Street storefront that now houses Gulf Rim Café. Her father then joined her at Lloyd’s Pharmacy.
“The citizens of Hillsborough know they can visit her store on King Street to not only fill their prescriptions but to also share their concerns or ask questions about town matters,” the School of Pharmacy dean stated. “She takes the time to listen to everyone who comes through her door, and she exemplifies the qualities honored by the Burrus Award.”
The Samuel Burrus Award for Community Service is funded by the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina and given by the Burrus family in memory of Samuel B. Burrus, a pharmacist who graduated in 1915 from the Southern College of Pharmacy in Atlanta.