The Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will honor Freddie Hartfield, Ph.D, a professor who retired from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after 67 years of service, according to a news release.


Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m., an honors service will be held at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. According to the Rev. Larry C. Battles, Mount Nebo’s pastor and moderator of Consolidated St. Marion, the community is invited to attend the honors service.


Following the honors service, a reception will be held, by invitation only, at the fellowship hall of New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 S. Orange St. The Rev. Aaron Barnes is New Home’s pastor and vice moderator at large of the district.


According to issues of UAPB Pride Magazine and the HBCU Campaign Fund News, Hartfield is noted for being the longest-serving tenured professor in the history of Arkansas AM&N/UAPB.


“Dr. Freddie D. Hartfield’s dedication and passion to his alma mater is demonstrated by his efforts to aid young people in their pursuit for excellence,” according to The Pride in 2014. “His noteworthy legacy will be immortalized forever on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A native of Elaine, Arkansas, he is an outstanding professor, philanthropist and alumnus of our university.”


Hartfield received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture at AM&N College, now UAPB, in 1950; a Master of Science degree in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1958; and a Ph.D in mathematics education at Kansas State University in 1976, according to news releases.


“Dr. Hartfield’s initial appointment to the Arkansas AM&N College was in April 1947. He has held the titles of professor of mathematics, chairperson, coordinator developmental mathematics, associate professor coordinator developmental mathematics, and assistant professor coordinator developmental mathematics. Prior to his retirement in June 2014, he held the titles of professor and university supervisor for teacher practicum - mathematics,” according to news releases.


“Dr. Hartfield has received numerous outstanding service, awards, certificates and recognitions — local, state, and national — including: The Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project Certificate of Appreciation; Man of the Year Award (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.); proposal reviewer National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.; honoree, Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts; ‘Keeper of the Spirit’ Lifetime Service Award; dedication of the 2013 The Lion yearbook; and a Proclamation, City of Camden, Arkansas, declaring March 3, 2013, as ‘Dr. Fred D. Hartfield Day’,” according to news releases.


He, along with his late wife, Verna Hartfield, created “The Hartfield Endowed Scholarship” for students majoring in mathematics education and physical education.


“Dr. Hartfield, Bishop Chester Thompson, and a group of concerned colleagues organized the ‘Hartfield Initiative’ to benefit students in dire need of financial assistance to attend and remain at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” according to news releases.


Donations should be made to “The Hartfield Endowed Scholarship,” according to a spokesman. For scholarship details, contact UAPB.