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Helen Louise Melton, American Educator, writer. Certified professional teacher, New Jersey, Virginia. Symposium named in her honor Chatham Hall, 1990.


Melton, Helen Louise was born on October 31, 1923 in Garden City, Kansas, United States. Daughter of James McCann and Louise Hazel (Van Horn) Dunn.


Bachelor of Science in Business, Averett College, 1971. Master of Education in Educational Administration, University Virginia, 1974.


Assistant to dean faculty, Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia, 1964-1966; registrar, Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia, 1966-1970; assistant to headmaster, Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia, 1971-1974; development officer, Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia, 1974-1975; coordinator, Pittsylvania County School Board, Chatham, Virginia, 1970-1971; director admissions, Gill-St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, New Jersey, 1977-1978; teacher, Gill-St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, New Jersey, 1978; teacher, Hunterdon County Board Education, Flemington, New Jersey, 1978; coordinator of programs, Institute Algerien du Petrole, Oran, Algeria, 1980-1981; president, Third World Ednl. Cons., Chatham, Virginia, since 1986.


  • Certified professional teacher, New Jersey, Virginia.


  • Other Work

    • Author (pen name Kenyon McCann): Ride Into Darkness, 1994. Playwright: The Last Man Hanged, 1994, A Cruel Wind Blowing, 1998 (nominated for Best in Fiction Written by a Virginia Author 1998). Contributor articles to travel publications.


Co-founder, coordinator Great Decisions Discussion Group, Chatham, 1967-1971. Delegate Virginia Democratic Convention, 1970. Vice-chairman Democratic Committee, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1971-1972.

Coordinator Great Books Leader Training, Chatham, 1973-1975. Member Episcopal Church Women, Emmanuel Altar Guild. Delegate Jefferson Meeting on the Constitution, Jefferson Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1984.

Active Friends of the Library., Pittsylvania County, since 1990, board directors, since 1996. Member Philanthropic and Educational Organization Sisterhood, Chatham Book Club, Kappa Alpha Theta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, music, gardening, reading, drama.


Married Herman Edgar Melton, February 15, 1944. Children: Herman Edgar Junior, William Franklin, James Van Horn.

James McCann Dunn

Louise Hazel (Van Horn) Dunn

Herman Edgar Melton

James Van Horn Melton

Herman Edgar Junior Melton

William Franklin Melton