Melinda Ratchford, Ed.D.

Melinda Ratchford, Ed.D.

 Associate Professor at Belmont Abbey College

Retired Associate Professor at Belmont Abbey College

Dr. Melinda Ratchford is a native of Kannapolis, NC, where her parents worked for Cannon Mills.  She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and a Sixth-Year Curriculum degree from Appalachian State University, a Masters in Library Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Ratchford worked in the North Carolina Public Schools for 31 years, retiring in July 2000.  She was a fulltime Associate Professor in the Christine Beck Department of Education at Belmont Abbey College from 2000 until her retirement in May 2018. She was the 2002 Adrian Faculty Excellence Award winner.

Her avocation has been a 60 year interest in the study of the R.M.S. Titanic and her history. She has visited Belfast, where the ship was built; Southampton, from where she sailed; Chelsea Piers in New York, where she should have docked; Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the bodies of victims were interred; and spent a week in 1996 at the site in the North Atlantic where she sank. She has given over 250+ presentations on the subject.

Ratchford is an avid reader and lifelong learner. In 2009, she immersed herself in a year-long research project on Camelot: The Myth and Mystique of the Kennedys, and has presented several week-long as well as hour long workshops on this topic.

She and her husband have traveled to all 50 states, and traveled extensively in Great Britain and Europe on several occasions. Their joy is taking their three grandchildren on trips and seeing the world through their eyes.




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