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Wright inducted into LMU Literary Hall of Fame

Harrogate, Tennessee, October 30, 2017—— Una Heck Wright, of  Mineral, Virginia, was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Literary Hall of Fame on October 14, 2017, during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.

Wright began her education at LMU in 1957. She attended the University for two years, and then went to St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Medical Technology in Knoxville.

Early in her professional career, Wright established on-site medical laboratories for several private doctors and supervised the blood bank for St. Mary’s Medical Center. Later, she served as a medical technologist and lab manager in the Health South Medical Center, Clinch Valley Humana Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton, Virginia. For two of these institutions, Wright wrote the blood bank procedural and serology manuals. Wright also taught classes at several community colleges and medical centers.

After the University launched its medical technology program in the mid-1980s, Wright came back home to LMU to finish her undergraduate education. In 1990, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in medical technology.

While Wright’s professional career has been in the sciences, her personal interest has long been creative writing.

“I began writing as a child and have written in some fashion all my life. Writing is my joy. It is how I express myself,” said Wright.

In 1989, Wright published For Children Only¸ a compilation of children’s sermons. She followed that with a second volume of object lessons in 2009.

Fellow author and alum Kenny Fields said, “Una’s two books were pioneering when published. Her perception of what young children needed to hear in church and at home was welcomed with open arms, and her wide variety of succinct, Bible-based subjects for chats with children became an outstanding resource for many church pastors and parents. I’m convinced that the morality of many children who have listened to Wright’s words has improved one-hundred-fold.”

Wright has pursued many other writing projects over the years, from clinical publications to magazine articles to the alma mater for Powell Valley High School.

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