Martha Hagood, a native of Albertville, will be among those memorialized during the ceremony. Dr. Hagood was a graduate of Howard College (now Samford), Class of 1944. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama, she was appointed as a missionary to Japan by the Southern Baptist Convention. She served at the Japan Baptist Hospital in Kyoto from 1953 until 1966. From 1967 until 1995, Dr. Hagood cared for her patients in Eku, Nigeria, even during the Biafran War of 1967. The Nigerian Obstetrics and Gynecology Society erected a bronze statue of a mother and child in Dr. Hagood’s honor after her retirement. She died on September 9, 2013, having offered the grace of Christ to thousands of people.

The world is better because of Dr. Martha Hagood.