Otto native and Franklin High School graduate Barbara Seagle Pederson returned to Franklin Monday bringing along some special gifts for some local areas of interest – places that impacted her life and that have helped shape her into the successful woman she has become. She presented three American flags that were flown over the United States capitol.
Pederson has worked in Washington D.C. under the Honorable W. Byron Sorrell and the late Honorable James A. Belson, both of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was also the professional aide to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the U.S. and the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, also Chief Justice of the U.S.
Pederson made her first stop at Franklin High School where she met assistant principal Pam Cabe, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin and school board members Tommy Cabe and Jim Breedlove.
“I'm presenting this flag on behalf of the Class of 1960,” said Pederson.
“I was able to get Senator [Richard] Burr's office to have these flags flown and now I have the chance to present them.”
Along with her husband, Leonard, and friend, Katja Bullock – who worked under both Bush administrations and the Reagan administration – she then moved up town to present another flag to the Macon County Historical Museum. Director Robert Shook was on hand to accept the flag on behalf of the Historical Society. It will now join the many artifacts that are held dear to Franklin.
“Thank you, this is really appreciated,” said Shook upon presentation.
Pederson, who is a member of the Historical Society, pointed to Franklin's rich history as reason to award the flag to the museum.
“Franklin is packed full of history. When I come down here I love going to the museum and reading their books and reading about the history here. I thought it was just so appropriate.”
The trio's next stop was just down the street at the Veteran's Affairs building located on Main Street. Once there, Pederson was able to visit with Leigh Tabor who serves as the assistant service officer.
“This is very kind of you,” said Tabor. “I know our veterans will be thrilled.”
“My brother served in Vietnam and my nephew served in Iraq,” said Pederson following the presentation. “I just thought it would be a good idea to get something for the veterans down here and include them in this.”
The Pedersons live in the D.C. area and operate a law office together that specializes in a variety of different focus areas such as personal injury, general civil practice, estate administration and planning, workers' compensation among others.
Barbara joined the firm in 2009 and currently serves as the CEO and CFO to the firm. She is also a member of Washington's Women's Diplomatic Series, the Macon County Historical Society, the Friends of Mount Vernon and she serves as vice president of the Connecticut Avenue Condominium Association.
Though she is active in many organizations, she gives as much of her attention to her home as she possibly can.
“I have always in the past tried to do little things around the county. With my being in D.C. it's a convenient thing for me to do. I thought this would be a nice thing to do because there are things being cut off now because of limited time and changes in Congress. I thought that while we could have these flags flown that I should do it while I have the opportunity.”