Davidson Journal - Winter 2015

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Game Changers

Campaign celebrates Davidson’s impact through its people.


Bigger than the Work Clint Smith ’10 finds his voice.

4 The Well 38 The Union 66 Faculty Notes 68 In Memoriam 70 AfterWord


Claire Gutermuth ’15


FIVE MONTHS AGO, Claire Gutermuth ’15 had not used a 3-D printer. The psychology major, back from a summer internship at The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicone Valley, has since designed functioning prosthetic hands for a 9-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy using 3D modeling software and Davidson’s 3D printers—and she’s about to start on a third. Gutermuth leveraged her interests and access to technology to change the lives of children. Printable, plastic prostheses are customizable and significantly less expensive than traditional options—$10 worth of plastic and $40 worth of hardware, versus high-end prosthetics that can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000. Gutermuth notes that cheap, customizable prostheses are particularly good options for kids. “They’re growing, so they will need new sizes regularly, and they don’t necessarily want hands that look ‘real.’” In fact, her next hand, for 6-year-old Kaniela, will be Star Wars inspired.







folksonomy 425 50 40 10 cto D I G I T S : T H E


Excellence and Access Percentage of dollars allocated to scholarships.

End Game Campaign to raise $425 million for Davidson’s future.



P R E S I D E N T : C A R O L





Learning Environment Percentage of dollars to enhance academics and athletics.


Cat Serrin Niekro

Leadership & Innovation 5% of funds will support “transition to impact” initiatives; 5% will be unrestricted through The Fund for Davidson.



Robert Abare ’13 Michael Kruse ’00 Morgan Orangi ’13 Christina Ritchie Rogers ’03 Danielle Strickland DESIGN

Gayle M. Fishel Winnie E.H. Newton PHOTOGRAPHY

Check This Out

William R. Giduz ’74 SPORTS

Joey Beeler Mark Brumbaugh

Charles Wright

Among the best poets of his generation, Poet Laureate of the United States Charles Wright ’57 is the author of more than 20 books of verse. He’s also the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, to name just a few of his many accolades. “Wright’s work stands out among his generation of poets for the austere luxuriance of its textures, its mingling of domestic subjects and foreign methods, and its bold and unpretentious ambition.” —J.D. McClatchy, The Paris Review, Winter II 1989, No. 113 Conarroe Lecture, free public event Thursday, February 26, Duke Family Performance Hall

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An Investment in Davidson’s Future In the

company of friends, faculty, staff and students, Davidson recently launched the public phase of the most ambitious campaign in our history. Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World speaks urgently to that history—and to a world in need of the Davidson you see represented in the pages of this magazine. Preparing such graduates year after year has demanded much from the Davidson community. It has demanded effort, rigorous honesty, and the courage to believe in what you can’t yet see. This kind of education doesn’t just happen. Fulfilling our primary purpose has demanded and will continue to demand heroes. One hundred seventy-eight years ago, Robert Hall Morrison, a founding trustee who became the college’s first president, discerned the power of education to secure civic freedom, justice and a shared sense of purpose within his society. Through his efforts, Davidson began to help young men develop humane instincts, disciplined intellects, character and creativity. Extending the opportunity for a Davidson education to all talented students required another leader of extraordinary vision and courage, and in 1968 Samuel Reid Spencer Jr. became our 14th president. “An educational institution today,” President Spencer said in his 1968 inauguration speech, “cannot afford the luxuries of sentimentality and chauvinism. It cannot wistfully choose preoccupation with a known and somewhat idealized past over the hard realities of an unknown future. Its posture must be aggressive rather than defensive. Though it must be versatile enough to provide the setting for serious and undisturbed study, it cannot use its hallowed walls to isolate itself from the society of which it is a part.” Dr. Spencer’s words resonate now. We live in a time of global interdependence and fast-paced change. The jobs that many of our graduating seniors will hold did

not exist when they arrived at Davidson a mere four years ago. We are preparing our students to lead and serve in communities whose features we cannot now know and whose economic, social and cultural challenges we cannot yet predict. And, while a liberal arts education is all the more valuable within this rapidly changing world, the public increasingly questions our relevance and value. It is perhaps tempting, in the face of these issues, to close ranks, to become insular, to dig in or dwell in the past. Many would choose this path. But it is not Davidson’s character to ignore the call of our community or the needs of those around us. This campaign is about more than doing things as we have always done them. It is about honoring the courage of our predecessors by heeding the call of our time. We will build on what we have inherited to enable Davidson to educate, for our time, the most talented students from across our country and around the world for lives of leadership, service and disproportionate impact. We are Davidson. It’s our turn. Let us reach with conviction toward our shared aspirations so that this amazing place can continue to educate the leaders who, now more than ever, our world so desperately needs. Together we celebrate the Davidson we know and love, and invest in the Davidson of the future. Join us.

Carol E. Quillen President ™


For details about the campaign and profiles of Davidson Game Changers, see pg. 26, and visit gamechangers.davidson.edu, where you can nominate a Game Changer. WINTER 2015



Local Celebration of Classical Beauty







89.9 WDAV CLASSICAL Public Radio hosted a special broadcast and open house to mark the 20th anniversary of The Mozart Cafe, the weekday, noon-hour show featuring music by Mozart and his contemporaries. A steady stream of more than 200 people toured the studio and enjoyed live music, refreshments and family-friendly activities. Matt Rogers, current host of The Mozart Café, says “The program has become a regular part of many people’s lives. It was thrilling to honor that and to thank listeners for their 20 years of unwavering support.” Among the most influential and prolific composers of the Classical era, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed more than 600 works.


U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle ’78 greets Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and First Lady of Nigeria Patience Jonathan.

Something New Every Day A Q&A with one of America’s most seasoned diplomats


By John Syme

IM ENTWISTLE ’78 has been a U.S. foreign service officer for almost 34 years. Entwistle and his wife, anthropologist Pam Schmoll, met and married in Niamey, Niger during his second foreign service assignment. They brought up two kids in the foreign service: Jennifer is now a social worker and Jeffrey is an aspiring actor. Entwistle’s career has taken him to Cameroon, Niger, Thailand, the Central African Republic, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand (again), the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa.

What role did your Davidson undergraduate experience play in your decision to join the foreign service? I should tell you that the foreign service was a lifelong ambition and that I tailored my Davidson education towards that goal. But, of course, that wouldn’t be true. I saw a flyer on a bulletin board at Davidson about the foreign service exam, which I thought sounded interesting. I flunked the written exam the first time and took it again out of sheer cussedness. The rest is history! I really got the overseas bug my junior year at Davidson when I took a seminar on the European Union organized by Professors Earl Edmondson and Randy Kincaid, which included a couple of winter weeks in western Europe. I met some English relatives on that trip who I continue to visit until this day. After I graduated I went to grad school for a week and realized my future wasn’t in the halls of academia. At that point, I went to western Kenya and taught school in a rural girls high school, through a very informal program a Davidson faculty member had arranged with a Kenyan professor. So, that’s where the Africa bug started. I reconnected with a number of classmates there. Dave Keller, Peter Clifford and I had some great driving trips around Kenya in a claptrap VW van. And I taught at Musoli Girls School outside of Kakamega with Liz Holmes ’79. Of course, there are myriad Davidson connections to Africa. During my second assignment in Niamey, Niger I reconnected with Davidson classmate Jeff Metzel who was working on a development project. We and our wives (Jeff also met and married his wife in Niger) became great friends. Jeff perished some years later in a plane crash in West Africa. He had grown up as a missionary kid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During my last assignment as the U.S. ambassador there, I had the privilege of putting flowers a number of times at a memorial


oreign Service Officers are stationed at the more than 270 embassies and consulates—in hostile, war-torn nations and amicable, peaceful countries. Broadly defined by the Department of State, the mission of a U.S. diplomat in the

Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. A significant number of Davidson alumni have answered the call to service and are currently occupying posts all over the world.







for Jeff on the campus of the International School of Kinshasa, where he went to high school. One of those relationships and connections that you’ll never forget. And here in Nigeria, I’ve had the privilege of meeting Davidson basketball great Andrew Lovedale (our first interaction had been my screaming at the TV in Bangkok while watching the 2008 NCAA Tournament Kansas game that almost took us to the Final Four). Andrew, through his NGO A2S, is doing great work in Benin City, Edo State.

What was your first posting and what surprised you most when you got there? My first posting was Cameroon. I spent a year at the embassy in Yaounde and a year at the consulate in Douala. Probably my biggest surprise was that the Parisian French I’d learned at the Foreign Service Institute bore very little resemblance to the French spoken in Cameroon!

Is there any thread of similarity in your many, varied posts that you can see now that you didn’t see then? I was an Air Force brat growing up, so I think I’ve always gotten itchy feet after a few years anywhere. Thus, I’ve tried to go someplace completely different on each assignment. Looking back at my assignments in Africa and Asia, I think the thread is that I’ve always sought challenging assignments that I knew I would have to push myself to succeed in. I’ll bet my counterparts at Western European posts have a nice life, but I’m confident the issues I work on here in Nigeria are much harder and more relevant, and that my job is much more interesting. One of the challenges of serving in such posts is never knowing what issue will be on your plate next. For example, when I was the deputy chief of mission in Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean tsunami struck halfway through my assignment and I pretty much spent the rest of my time there coordinating a huge U.S. civilian/military humanitarian assistance effort in Sri Lanka and Maldives. I remain tremendously proud of having been part of that.

How have international perspectives on the United States changed during your time in the foreign service?

Well, the world has certainly changed since I joined the foreign service in January 1981! At that time, the American hostages were still being held in Iran. The first day of training, the instructor said we were going to be sworn in and then swapped for the hostages (he was joking!). Also, that was at the height of the Cold War, so our relations with many countries were, to a very great extent, fashioned around those interests. Now, of course, those days are long gone and our relations around the world are limitless. I’ve noticed that even in countries where some of our policies might be unpopular for a while, U.S. culture and education and products remain tremendously popular, which I think illustrates that our ties with any country have to be measured on a number of different levels. Of course there have been huge changes in communications. In Cameroon in 1981 it was almost impossible to place a call to Washington. Now I text my kids in the States. Amazing. Another huge change I see is that when I started in this business, almost all interaction with another country was through government-to-government channels. Gradually, over the ensuing decades, there has been a mushrooming of contacts between universities or companies or institutes entirely outside of the gov-to-gov channel. I’m constantly stumbling on such initiatives here in Nigeria and that’s a wonderful thing.

In what ways does being the ambassador differ from other posts you’ve held? Well, as Mel Brooks once said, it is good to be king. Seriously, I remember when I was starting out I would look up at the ambassador and think he or she had a pretty cushy job. Now, I realize that ambassadors work hard. I’ve always



had a short attention span, so I’ve always preferred jobs where I worked on a wide variety of issues rather than one issue in great detail. That’s a strength in the foreign service, I think, since unexpected things constantly find their way to your inbox. On any given day I might help a U.S. company with an investment dispute, or call on a governor upcountry or put together an analysis of the political situation—you never know. And, of course, being a U.S. ambassador is a tremendous responsibility as well since your primary duties are the protection and welfare of American citizens in your country of assignment and ensuring that all U.S. government personnel are safe and secure. Those are humbling duties and I’m very grateful to have been entrusted with them twice as an ambassador. But, it’s also great fun. I always say that foreign service officers are the luckiest people in the world. What could be better than representing your country around the world?

The Diplocats

How does the Ebola epidemic affect your work as ambassador?


It’s been a good example of what I was saying about never knowing what you’ll be working on next. Here in Nigeria, the response to Ebola has been a success story as the federal government and several state governments responded immediately and correctly to the Ebola outbreak. The United States was proud to help and support that Nigerian effort through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the situation here in Nigeria is contained thanks to that effort. Over the decades, the role of health issues in U.S. foreign policy has grown dramatically. Some months back, up north in Kano, my wife and I visited with a group of HIV-positive mothers and held their babies who, thanks to a U.S.funded program, are HIV-negative. What could be better than that? I always say that the United States and Nigeria have a huge partnership in a wide variety of areas. To me, “partnership” means we’re not here to do things for Nigeria but to do things with Nigeria, as two equals working to make the world a better place. Nowhere is that partnership more vivid than in the health sector.

NE DAY WHEN he was about 10 years out of school, Eric Collings ’96 realized he had never been to a Davidson alumni chapter event. “Then I realized, ‘I’ll never have an alumni chapter, because I’ll never

be in one place long enough to do that!’” he said. Today, Collings has already served three U.S. State Department foreign

service tours, in Minsk, Belarus; Belgrade, Serbia; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

“I started this journey as an unworldly college freshman who found himself in Lou

Ortmayer’s International Relations 101 class,” Collings said. “Now I can proudly say that I have watched or listened to or followed online Davidson sports from all those places, at all

What Davidson alumni connections have you made around the world?

hours of the day and night!” Over time, Collings came to know he was not alone in his farflung ’Cattitude, so he com-

In addition to the connections in Africa I mentioned already, it seems like I bump into Davidson alums everywhere. I’ve worked off and on with fellow foreign service officer Tom Niblock ’79 in several different incarnations. When I ran the political section at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 15 years ago, one of my colleagues was Laura Malenas ’92. Every time I get a “Diplocat” email, I’m struck by how broad the network is. And I was delighted to see my ATO/ Davidsonian partner in crime, Phil Duncan ’79, in the audience both times I was sworn in as an ambassador up on the eighth floor of the State Department!

piled a contact list of fellow alumni. That list would become a virtual alumni chapter for the foreign service known as the Diplocats. Collings is back in the United States—for now—as deputy director of the Office for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the State Department, Washington, D.C.

What advice would you give to Davidson students and young alumni interested in the foreign service? Read the New York Times every day before you take the exam! Seriously, I suggest anyone interested in overseas work take the foreign service exam, which is challenging and interesting in and of itself. And if, as I was, you’re at loose ends when you get the offer, try it for a few tours and see what you think. If you decide to do something else, that’s fine. The experience will enrich whatever you choose to do with your life. Even given all the communication changes during my career (I speak as someone who doesn’t have a Facebook page and can’t imagine what I would ever use Twitter for!), I still think the fundamental skill for success as a diplomat is the ability to go out and learn about a complex, cross-cultural issue and then quickly and succinctly turn it into a crisp, tight analysis for Washington policymakers. So, in my view, the best preparation for the foreign service is to use your time at Davidson to learn how to write.





Meredith Strong Hiemstra ’97

Foreign Service Information Technology Specialist Department of State, Washington, D.C. “Though I was a math major, it was a thrill-seeking Davidson English professor who influenced me to pursue this wandering lifestyle. [Professor Emeritus of English] Gill Holland hosted my study abroad program in Beijing in 1995, which was the start of a 15-year journey from graduation to South Korea, Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Belgium, East Timor, and finally back to the United States just last year, with a family in tow. “Davidson’s supremely professional Army ROTC program also deserves a shout-out. From my military posting in Wurzburg, to the Davidson gal who happened to sit next to me on a C-130 flying out of Iraq in 2005, to the young Davidson grad whose platoon led my armored convoy down Route Irish from the Green Zone to the Baghdad International Airport—I bring pride in Davidson, wherever we go.” Photo by Hiemstra, Cemetery Beach, Dili, Timor-Leste

Where are the Diplocats now? Let’s find out.

James Koloditch ’76

Counselor for Commercial Affairs/ Regional Senior Commercial Officer U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Also covering Uruguay and Paraguay) Koloditch’s Foreign service assignments include Mexico City; Santiago, Chile; Oslo, Norway; Paris; Caracas, Venezuela; and Washington, D.C. as regional director for Europe. His work is to promote and assist U.S exports and provide support to American subsidiaries in other countries. Tom Engle in Bamyan, Afghanistan

“In my 14 years in the foreign service, I have identified remains following a plane crash in the Yucatan, led the consular response to a suicide bombing in front of the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan, and broken up fraud rings aimed at undermining U.S. immigration law….”

Margaret (Carolla) Maes ’01

Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, D.C. “A lot of people think of the foreign service only as the State Department, when there are also foreign service opportunities with USAID to do international development work in developing countries. I’ve also served in Lima, Peru, and Mexico City, Mexico.”

Steve Neff ’89

Resident Legal Advisor U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia “I suppose I should be considered an adjunct member of Diplocats. I am an Assistant United States Attorney (federal prosecutor) in Chattanooga, Tenn., but I have been temporarily detailed by the Department of Justice to serve as the resident legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Georgia, the city of Tbilisi. My job is to train prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officers in Georgia on criminal justice issues, advise the Georgian government on criminal justice legislative reforms, and act as a legal advisor for the U.S. Ambassador at the embassy. “I have to say, this experience has been quite an interesting diversion, and because I’m not known to be very diplomatic at all, many (including me) were surprised that I was selected to do this!”

Tom Engle, ’79

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs Department of State, Washington, D.C. In the course of a 28-year career in the Foreign Service, Engle has had overseas assignments in China, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany and Afghanistan.

John Ballard ’96

Just completed: Division Chief, Office of Fraud Prevention Programs, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, Washington, D.C. Onward assignment: Consular Chief, U.S. Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil “My wife Juliana and I both joined the foreign service in 2000, and we have served in Mexico, Uzbekistan and India. Studying abroad my junior year in Spain sparked my interest in an international career, and my father’s service to the country as an Air Force officer inspired my desire to serve the American people.





Jillian Clayton Burns ’86

Director, Near East Affairs Office Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Department of State, Washington, D.C. “After 21 years, my last position is director of the Near East Affairs office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where Syria, Iraq, ISIL, Libya, Egypt and Bahrain have kept me busy for the past year. “Prior to this I was U.S. Consul in Herat, Afghanistan, at a fascinating time when we were drawing down much of our presence…. The consulate sustained a major terrorist attack in September 2013, and my team performed honorably in the heat of battle. Prior to that, I worked on Iran issues in a variety of offices for about 12 years. “I doubt it would have occurred to me to take the foreign service exam if I hadn’t taken a class with the late Ambassador Jack Perry [inaugural director of today’s Dean Rusk International Studies Program]…. The other important influence in my career has been Dr. Lou Ortmayer. I remember how skillfully he could present a very difficult policy issue to us without revealing his own view, allowing us to formulate our positions, which we would then have to defend.”



Michael Cathey ’92

Consular Section Chief (May 2015) U.S. Consulate, Recife, Brazil “Dr. Jack Perry was the person who first suggested that I be a foreign service officer, when I was a freshman in 1988. After 9/11, I thought about ways that I could better serve my country and remembered Dr. Perry’s recommendation. Being a foreign service officer is my dream job, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! Mostly I love how my family gets to experience the world and become interwoven in the global fabric.”

David Bruns ’83

Education Office Director United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tanzania “A number of Davidson graduates back in the 1980s spent the year(s) after graduation teaching in Kenya. I’ve continued to work on education in Africa, though at a larger scale. The challenges are significant, but so are the rewards.”

Richmond Blake ’09

Current: Arabic language training, Department of State, Washington, D.C. Onward assignment: Pending The 2013 winner of the State Department’s Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award, Blake overcame Bolivian government hostility and intimidation tactics to advance key U.S. human rights priorities while posted in La Paz. He did so through a series of creative, low-cost initiatives, including a 21-episode radio soap opera to raise awareness about human trafficking. He also pursued action through the private sector to encourage businesses to adopt disabilityinclusive corporate policies. “If you implement projects well and spend government resources wisely, you can represent the United States in the best light,” said Blake, who was a 2008 Truman Scholar.

Laura Malenas in Muscat, Oman

Andy Allen ’02

Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam “I joined the Peace Corps two years after graduating Davidson and served in Morocco working on small business development. My time in Morocco led me to join the foreign service. I really enjoyed the diverse and challenging curriculum at Davidson. My career choice continues to provide that same diversity and challenge, as I work on different assignments in different countries and cultures.” Allen served previously as political officer in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Photo by Allen, The Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar

Greta Marie Stults ’05 Laura Malenas ’92

Political-Economic Section Chief U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman “Oman is a mountainous, rocky desert, with not a tree in sight. I know this might be hard to believe, but it’s true: I keep a framed post card on my desk which is a photo of the beautiful trees lining Main Street at Davidson with the Carolina Inn in the background. Jack Perry sent me the postcard several years ago, and I keep it on my desk to have his words of encouragement nearby, and to look at the beautiful scene, which brings me back many warm memories of the special place I called home during my student days and as a staff member at the Dean Rusk Program, where I worked as Jack’s assistant. From where I sit now it indeed feels like a ‘world away.’”

Vice-Consul U.S. Embassy, Bern, Switzerland “My first encounter with the foreign service occurred during my senior year at Davidson, when I attended a small group session with the diplomat-in-residence assigned to North Carolina. Departing the meeting that day, I knew I had discovered a potential career in line with my academic interests and passions, but was also well aware of just how challenging it would be to obtain such a position. Ten years and a very circuitous route later, I am serving as a consular officer in Bern, Switzerland, my first tour as a foreign service officer. Having majored in German and participated in Davidson’s Junior Year Abroad program (then in Wuerzburg, Germany), I am thrilled to be using my German language skills in my service.”

Matt Petit

Political Officer U.S. Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia A Plott music scholar at Davidson, Petit pursued a double major in political science and music. For his “day job,” he works as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, focused on internal political dynamics and human rights, including prison conditions, rule of law, corruption, equal rights for vulnerable groups, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. And in his spare time, he practices a little freedom of expression, performing classical and jazz music for official functions and sharing the art form with young Zambians. “Outreach on cultural affairs is not exactly in my job description, but the State [Department] encourages all of us to use our talents and abilities to further U.S. policy in other areas,” Petit said. “For me, I do it through music.” Matt Petit in Zambia









‘Bringing in the Bystander’ Program stresses community responsibility in sexual misconduct prevention.


By Christina Ritchie Rogers

AVIDSON IS EXPANDING its ongoing efforts to prevent sexual misconduct with a new program aimed at educating and empowering the bystander—that is, the person who might become aware of, but not directly involved in, a potentially dangerous situation. While the college has a strict no-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, this year it is implementing the bystander education program as a way to emphasize community responsibility in fostering a safe, caring, campus environment. Research shows that the vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by a small handful of people, but there are often many people who are indirectly involved, either as enablers or bystanders, and educating those bystanders on what to look for and ways to intervene is one of the most effective methods for preventing sexual assault. Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Jason Shaffer said both education and skills training are necessary to move individuals from awareness to action. Bystanders often want to do something, but lack the education and tools needed to

“I think this is the perfect program to do here at Davidson,” Shaffer said. “We have a strong sense of community and an ethos of care,” both of which form a solid foundation for this sort of training. The first step in the bystander education program was to train the trainers—that is, to train a select group of students, faculty and staff members who will then commit to lead training sessions for others in the campus community. The training combined statistics and information about sexual assault on college campuses with exercises and activities that helped participants realize common misconceptions about offenders and victims, as well as the roles different individuals play in enabling or preventing a sexual assault. “It was so great to be a part of that group,” Robert Hagerty ‘15 said. He is a freshman Hall Counselor, a Student Solicitor on the Honor Council, president of the Rape Awareness Committee and serves on the judicial board of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. “It was positive, educational and really powerful,” he said. The student, faculty and staff trainers then hosted five 1.5-hour bystander intervention training sessions for interested students, faculty and staff members at various locations on campus.

“What we want is not just for a potential victim’s friend to step in; what we want is for the random peer who looks at a situation and says it isn’t right to feel responsible and empowered to take action.” intervene appropriately when they recognize a potentially dangerous situation, Shaffer said. And that sort of bystander education is at the forefront of Davidson’s new initiative, aimed at educating and empowering the bystander so that he or she feels responsible and able to intervene. The college selected the University of New Hampshire-based program Bringing in the Bystander because of its proven effectiveness and flexible curriculum, Associate Dean of Students Kathy Bray said. “What we liked about this program is it’s researchbased, and it’s been around long enough they’ve been able to assess its effectiveness,” Bray said. “Also, it offers some degree of flexibility to adapt the training to be most effective within our individual campus culture.” Research shows that bystander intervention is one of the most effective tools students can use to prevent sexual misconduct, she said. That intervention includes working to maintain a campus culture that does not tolerate derogatory, violent or inappropriate actions, language or comments.


Broad Strokes




SYRIAN ARTIST ETAB Hreib led students, including Nancy Pruett ’18 (pictured), in painting 10 panels for a theatre production of The Prophet, a play about the 2011 Egyptian uprising. Hreib first came to Davidson in 2012 and has since become a popular visitor, resource and mentor for students, faculty and the community.



“What we want is not just for a potential victim’s friend to step in; what we want is for the random peer who looks at a situation and says it isn’t right to feel responsible and empowered to take action,” Shaffer said. And that empowerment comes from training and information. The Bringing in the Bystander training complements the information shared during new student orientation, during which first-year students watch a series of vignettes performed by upper classmen that emphasize the importance of fostering a “community of respect.” Students who participate in bystander training will learn new information, while also reviewing and reinforcing some of the information they received during orientation as it relates to sexual misconduct and community responsibility. “I’m thrilled to have this program here because I know that Davidson students are such good people and they want to do the right thing, and they are troubled when they see something happening that isn’t right,” Bray said.

300 Words

Notes from a Davidson classroom


By John Syme


hallway beside Belk Arena seems an unlikely venue in which to find the Socratic method deployed in a Latin class. Or not. One Wednesday morning in October, spoken Latin flowed freely there among 18 students of Associate Professor and Chair of Classics Keyne Cheshire’s Latin 101. The room choice was necessitated by one of Cheshire’s pedagogical conditions: freedom from chair-desks lined up in a row, in order that the Socratic spirit have room to move and breathe, as under shade trees of old. One student entered on crutches, an ankle injury. “Dolet! She’s hurt!” Cheshire exclaimed. Each pupil picked up a 12 x 18-inch whiteboard, then circled up. “Write down a noun!” Cheshire stood in the middle, whirling and calling and pointing for declensions: nominative… genitive… dative… accusative… ablative…. An ablative came back singular, should have been plural. Cheshire prodded in English: “We’re going to throw all the books out of all the windows!” Ah, fenestris.... On to verb conjugations, same drill. At one point, an attempt at the passive voice for an intransitive verb rendered the translation “he/ she/it is cried”—an instructive grammatical discrepancy that led Cheshire to a brief digression in comparative linguistics: “English can do all sorts of heinous things that Latin won’t let us do. In English, you can sleep a sleep, live a life....” Finally came an unstructured “Tower of Babel” exercise to get everyone’s linguae loosened up for this morning’s installment of a sketch with a recurring cast of dramatis personae. “Hodie, equus est,” Cheshire declared, as a student pulled from a bag of props a small stuffed animal. It looked nothing like an equus. Imagination was clearly part of the Socratic method, hodie, today. And henceforth for these students, perhaps every day. WINTER 2015


theWell DreamLand Farm, Shanghai, China, provides education classes that emphasize the relevance of traditional Chinese farming practices, which not only increase biodiversity of the land, but also benefit the health of the farmers who work the land.

Chinese Food and the Future of Farming China’s meteoric ascent to global economic powerhouse has forced the country to contend with a slew of environmental issues, including the sustainability of its food industry. By Robert Abare

Food and Film

As a frequent instructor of ANT 372: “Visualizing Anthropology,” in which Davidson students study and produce ethnographic documentaries, Lozada knows the power of visual media to convey information to wide audiences. “We live in a mediated world,” he says. “I want my students to be fluent in the primary language the world is using to communicate.” Lozada tapped Mittlestadt for his knowledge



and expertise in two areas: sustainability and filmmaking. As the founder of WildSides, a nonprofit that produces documentary films related to natural conservation, Mittlestadt has produced films about a number of challenging subjects, including North Atlantic right whales and Carolina red wolves. With Lozada’s and Mittelstadt’s combined experience to guide them, the students pursued food and sustainability-related multimedia projects in either film or photography. The topics they chose to document included street food vendors, organic food markets, food labeling and Chinese consumer habits. The students are still working on completing the projects, which they will compile into a presentation at the Freeman Foundation national conference in April 2015. For her short project, Sexton chose to film the divergence between sustainable eco-centric farmers and traditional, generational farmers. She learned that many eco-centric farmers had moved their trade to Guangdong, a rural area on the outskirts of Shanghai, because they distrust the Chinese food safety administration. Forging ahead without oversight, they follow their own standards of consumer and eco-friendly farming. Sexton was most interested in speaking to farm workers who had been in the trade for many years, but had only recently begun working for eco-centric farms that employed sustainable practices, like forgoing pesticides and fertilizers. “The farm workers told us how, at first, they thought sustainable farming didn’t make sense—that it was insane,” she says. “But the longer they worked for eco-centric farmers, they saw how persistent they were, and their perceptions on sustainable farming changed.” Sexton also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to study her area of interest through film. “I’m a firm believer in ethnographic film as a form of communication,” she says. “Filming people in their home environment as they discuss their personal experiences is an incredibly valuable opportunity. I learned so much through doing that.”

Sustainable vs. Safe

Because they were exposed to Chinese food culture for a considerable period of time, the students were able to achieve a deeper appreciation for the questions and issues the farmers confront on a daily basis. “It was great to see the students learn from speakers and researchers, but I thought they gained the most from getting out in the field and meeting the farmers who have spent their lives in the food industry there,” he says. “Only then could they get a full understanding of why they do what they do and how they’re doing it.”

Mittelstadt also notes that there are vast differences between food culture in the United States and China. “The idea of food sustainability in Shanghai was more about food safety and health safety, more than ecological health,” he says. Indeed, the group learned that meanings of the word “sustainability” can vary widely from developing nations like China to countries with modern food infrastructure, like the United States. “In the United States, we tend to view sustainability from a political perspective, or as a ‘green movement’ that advocates for preservation of the environment,” Mittelstadt says. “In China, however, sustainability is more urgently health-focused. There is a great need in China to ensure that people aren’t getting sick from the food they eat.” This different cultural take on sustainability served as a lesson that any social movement can be approached from a variety of angles. “We can learn from different ways of thinking, and use them to make sure we don’t get too one-sided when presenting sustainability at Davidson or throughout the United States,” Mittelstadt says.

Food as Entree

In a country ruled by a powerful communist government, convincing people to speak to you—particularly if you are a foreign researcher—can be very difficult. If you don’t have an icebreaker, you may not get anywhere. That’s why Lozada says he enjoys focusing his academic study on food. “Food is a way to get people to talk to you about other things,” he says. For example, Lozada points out that the average Chinese citizen would clam up if an ethnographer were to ask them about their experiences during the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” when the country rapidly industrialized and plunged into famine. “But if you were to ask what they ate during that time, that person would likely talk with you, and they could shed some light on important cultural and sociopolitical factors of that time.” Indeed, the completed research of Lozada, Mittelstadt and their students will yield as many valuable insights about life in modern China as it does about food and sustainability in a developing country. Lozada, who used his resources and connections as a faculty member of China’s Fudan University to plan and orchestrate much of the trip, knows that his students will use their experiences with food in China in their future pursuits. “Liberal arts professors take journeys like this one as a way of investing in students,” Lozada says. “We just hope that you choose to use your knowledge toward a good purpose.”




OR LUCY SEXTON ’16, an interest in agriculture runs in her blood. Her family has been growing citrus near Vero Beach, Fla., for five generations. Her great-great-grandfather and his progeny helped pioneer the Sunshine State’s fame for the orange of its produce over that of its sunsets. As an Environmental Studies major, Sexton plans to explore the recent decline of Florida’s citrus industry for her capstone thesis next year. “I want to investigate how sustainable practices are affecting the struggling citrus industry, as well as how today’s problems may be caused by a lack of sustainable efforts in the past,” she says. Sexton’s background and academic interests caught the attention of Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies Fuji Lozada last spring, when he was seeking students to join him and Director of Sustainability Jeff Mittelstadt ’99 on a trip to Shanghai and rural Guangdong, China to study the food industry and sustainability initiatives there. Funded by grants from the Freeman Foundation, which seeks to promote study of Asia in the liberal arts, the month-long trip was formally organized under the theme “Sustainability Patterns of Food Production and Consumption in China.” Sexton joined students with similar interests in food research, including Thomas DeMarzo ’17, Antonia Giles ’16, Karen Xiaoyun Liu ’14, John Michael Murphy ’16 and Elizabeth Stevens ’16. Lozada focused the group’s research on three emerging trends in food production and consumption in China: the growth of organic food markets, the rise in urban agriculture by both individuals and corporations and the shift toward sustainable agricultural practices by Chinese farmers. The students examined the trends by interviewing Chinese citizens who produce, sell and consume all types of Chinese food, and speaking with advocates from environmental non-profit groups, urban and sustainable farmers, food experts and ordinary consumers. Each student was provided with a high-definition camera and tasked with producing a short ethnographic multimedia project on the food-related topic in which they were most interested.






Wading in the Shallows

I TRAVELED TO POINT Calimere, a wildlife and bird sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, India, with the Davidson in India semester abroad program. One early morning right after sunrise, while bird watching, we were fortunate to come across this fisherman catching shrimp. People in the region have had to adjust from forestry, the traditional livelihood, which is widely prohibited today. Aside from abundant salt pans, fishing has become the main source of income and nutrition. With few resources available to them, local fishermen and women wade in the shallow swamp water and catch shrimp with their bare hands or a hand-held net, as you can see in the photo. —Greta Gietz ’15







Parallel Histories A digital media artist extends the legacy of her radio host grandfather.


By Morgan Orangi

T THE AGE of 11, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Art Liss LaFleur inherited 300 reel-to-reel recordings of famous interviews from her radio host grandfather. “I don’t even know what I was interested in at 11, but he must have seen something in me that I didn’t see in myself—maybe a compassion for others and their stories, or an obsession with observing things,” she said. Her grandfather Jay Kent Hackleman, host of KTRH Houston Public Radio’s “The Way We Were,” interviewed famous figures about global, national and personal topics. His granddaughter, a media artist and storyteller, investigates personal identities, community-based storytelling, and historic parallelism through hybrid media making. LaFleur said, “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a storyteller, but had no clue that this curiosity was so embedded in my genes.” She was hesitant to listen to the tapes at first because they were all she had left of her grandfather; but once she began, she felt compelled to bring them to a wider audience. “They really touch on a lot of issues that are still issues today, like war, abortion, women’s rights and gay marriage,” she said. A recent collaboration with PBS for “Blank on Blank,” a video series that reimagines famous interviews through digital animation, sparked LaFleur’s interest in bringing the tapes back to life. She worked with PBS’s media lab to digitize the reels and animate her grandfather. “It’s so weird to hear his voice,” she said. “I remember him telling me stories as a child, but I had no idea how knowledgeable he was, nor that he had this whole other life. It’s like I’m hearing him as a new person.” Three of the tapes have already been digitized. The first to be released was Liberace on “What He Would Do as President of the United States,” while Marlene Dietrich on “War & Warriors, the American Credit System, Space Exploration, Sex, Success and the ‘Youth Cult’” and Timothy Leary on “LSD” will be released in the spring. To continue reviving the interviews, LaFleur launched an Indie GoGo campaign with the goal of raising $10,000—the cost to digitize all 300 tapes. Donors had the option to choose to give one dollar, which digitizes a minute; $35 for one tape; or $70 for two tapes. The recordings include interviews with George H.W. Bush, Bill Archer, Kathy Whitmeir and Bishop James Pike. “What I really hope is that viewers can use the tapes to look back on history and have a new conversation about these topics with the tapes informing those conversations,” she said. “I believe that they can shed light on things that are important to a lot of different people.”









Sweet Victory


In addition to climbing to as high as No. 3 in the NCAA RPI, junior Valeriy Sviderskiy (pictured) and the nationally-ranked Davidson men’s soccer team recorded a pair of road wins over ACC teams in the same season for the first time in school history. Three weeks after knocking off No. 2/3 Virginia, the Wildcats traveled to Durham, where they defeated in-state foe Duke in overtime. —Joey Beeler






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New Coaches Join the Wildcats Sara Anundsen Head Coach, Women’s Tennis

The Baseball Clubhouse has been named in honor of Coach Dick Cooke’s 25-year legacy. Cooke is pictured with former trustee Janet Wilson.

College Celebrates Cooke’s Milestone Season


By Mark Brumbaugh

N RECOGNITION OF Dick Cooke’s 25th

season as head coach of the Davidson baseball team, the clubhouse at Wilson Field has been named in his honor. The announcement was made in closing of a day of celebration on campus of Cooke’s tenure, with many members of the Davidson baseball family in attendance. “The number of lives touched and influenced over 25 years is truly remarkable, and Dick Cooke’s legacy is appropriately acknowledged by the naming of the Baseball Clubhouse in his honor,” said Director of Athletics Jim Murphy. Signage will be placed in time for the 2015 season, which will begin in February. The naming was made possible by one of the baseball program’s biggest fans, former college trustee Janet Wilson. The Wilson family has been very generous to the Davidson baseball program. The former Wildcat Park was renamed “Wilson Field” in 2005 in honor of her late husband, T. Henry Wilson Jr. ’51, a former baseball and football player at the college, and six players currently hold Wilson Scholarships.


Cooke, a two-time conference coach of the year, is in his 25th season as head coach of the Davidson Wildcats baseball program. He also has served as the Senior Men’s Administrator for more than a decade, began a three-year appointment as the chair of the NCAA Baseball Rules committee in 2012 and has coached for USA Baseball. No other coach in Davidson history has coached or won as many games as Cooke. During his tenure, Cooke has compiled a record of 466-739-1. He coached in his 1,000th game during the 2009 season.



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Ten of Cooke’s Davidson players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Cooke recently completed his most successful season to date, as he led Davidson to program records for overall wins (29), SoCon wins (17) and modern-era winning percentage (.604). The ’Cats finished second in the SoCon for the first time since 1987, despite being picked last in the coaches’ preseason poll. A record six Wildcats were named to the 2014 AllSouthern Conference Baseball teams, highlighted by Forrest Brandt earning co-player of the year honors from the league’s coaches. Four were first team selections, tying a Davidson record set in 1987. The SoCon’s coaches and media recognized the accomplishments by naming Cooke the Coach of the Year. However, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the magical 2014 season was that it came following one of the most challenging of his career. Cooke was seriously injured in a car accident just before the start of fall practice in September 2012. A drunk driver struck his vehicle as he was on his way home from visiting a recruit in Charlotte, leaving him with serious injuries that continue to affect him today. Cooke was able to return to the team for the 2013 season though, with many fans donning mustaches in tribute at the season opener. His perseverance was recognized by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, which named him a 2013 recipient of the Tom Walter Inspiration Award.


In the summer of 2008, Cooke made his second appearance in the Olympics with Team USA baseball in Beijing, where he served as an auxiliary coach for manager Davey Johnson. He also served as an auxiliary coach on Tommy Lasorda’s

staff that led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has been involved with various national teams since 1999. In 2005, Cooke oversaw one of the country’s most prolific offenses as the Wildcats ranked among the top 10 nationally in batting average, home runs per game, doubles per game and slugging percentage. On his watch, Jay Heafner blossomed from a .234 average with just three doubles as a freshman to the nation’s secondhighest average at .448 with 18 doubles and 11 homers to become an All-American as a junior. Heafner was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2006, the fourth Wildcat in the previous five years taken in the draft. When Davidson was still in the Big South Conference back in 1992, Cooke was named the Big South Coach of the Year in just his second season at the helm of the program. In that season, Davidson tied the school record with 28 victories. He also is the only Wildcat baseball coach to win 20 or more games in four consecutive seasons and in more than three different seasons (eight). Cooke was the head coach and assistant athletic director at Belmont Abbey in 1990, where he reinstituted the baseball program following a 17-year hiatus from varsity competition. Prior to joining the Crusader staff, Cooke was the assistant baseball coach for five seasons (1984-88) at his alma mater, the University of Richmond. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in journalism and was a three-year baseball letterman for the Spiders as a left-handed starting pitcher, finishing with a 12-10 record. In his senior year, Cooke went 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 68 innings. After graduating from Richmond, Cooke spent three years in the Boston Red Sox organization at the A, AA and AAA levels, serving as a senior player-coach during the 1981 season in the Florida State League. DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

Beginning a new era for Davidson women’s tennis, Athletic Director Jim Murphy announced July 11, 2014, Sara Anundsen as the new head coach of the program. “Sara brings to Davidson an exceptional record of success as a player and a coach in a highly-competitive academic and athletic environment,” said Murphy. “She is the right person to enhance our program’s success and fill the formidable shoes of retired Coach Caroline Price.” Anundsen takes over for Price, who retired this past June after leading the Wildcats for the past 32 years and winning the 1983 NCAA Division III National Championship. “First off I would like to congratulate Coach Price on an outstanding 32-year career at Davidson. Her accomplishments and contribution to the Davidson women’s tennis program cannot be understated,” said Anundsen. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead a program that I believe has tremendous potential and I’m excited to be joining the Davidson family. The beautiful campus, academic reputation and family atmosphere give me the ability to recruit some of the top student-athletes in the country.” The first-year head coach comes from a very successful program at UNC. During her six years as assistant coach, Anundsen helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Tournament all four years, including this past season when UNC reached its first national championship match. Anundsen also coached four players this past year that received All-American honors. As a player at North Carolina, Anundsen earned All-America honors in 2006 and 2007, and helped lead the Tar Heels to a pair of Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight. A native of Littleton, Colo., Anundsen captured the 2007 NCAA doubles title after falling in the national semifinals in 2006. She and her playing partner finished the 2007 season 29-6 and were named ITA National Doubles Team of the Year.

Greg Honeychuck Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning

Greg Honeychuck enters the 2014-15 in his first year as Davidson’s head strength and conditioning coach for all 21 Wildcat sports. Pr ior to t a k i ng over Davidson’s head strength and conditioning position, Honeychuck joined the South Florida strength and conditioning staff in January of 2011. As associate director, he coordinated and directed strength and conditioning programs for USF’s football summer training, while also assisting the program during the regular season. Honeychuck also directed the strength and conditioning programs for baseball and volleyball. Before working at South Florida, Honeychuck was DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

a graduate assistant and then moved into an assistant strength and conditioning coaching position with the East Carolina Pirates. Honeychuck earned his bachelor’s degree in 2008 in health science with a minor in coaching from Lock Haven University, Pa. He went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology from East Carolina University in 2010.

Renny Waldron Head Coach, Men’s Cross Country / Track & Field Associate

Renny Waldron is in his first season as the associate head coach of men’s cross country and track and field. Waldron, who recruited and coached Eric Jenkins at Northeastern, presently the fastest American runner ever at his age in the 5,000-meter run, will oversee the men’s side of Davidson’s newly restructured track program, while focusing on the cross country, distance and middle distance runners. Waldron, a graduate of fellow Atlantic 10-member UMass, served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant men’s cross country and track and field coach at UConn last season, where he guided the cross country team to its highest conference championship finish in over 20 years. He coached several All-AAC team members during the indoor season, including the mile champion. Outdoors, a total of five Huskies earned podium finishes in the four middle-distance and distance events, including a 1-2 finish in the 1,500-meter run. Waldron worked as a volunteer assistant at Harvard University during the 2013 season, guiding a Crimson distance runner to the NCAA Final Round for the first time since 1997. “I am thrilled to be joining the Davidson community and to be working with Coach Jen Straub,” said Waldron. “I am excited for the possibilities that lay ahead for Davidson cross country and track and field as the program joins the A-10.” Prior to working in Cambridge, Waldron served as the assistant track and field coach and cross country coordinator at Northeastern from 2006-12. Waldron saw 18 school records fall in the distance events, and helped six individuals to CAA titles from 2010-12. He helped Northeastern to its highest-ever finish in the conference, and mentored Jenkins, who posted a pair of sub-four minute mile times. Waldron not only guided the men’s and women’s cross country teams to their highest-ever conference finishes, but the cross country and track teams were also named USTFCCCA All-Academic every year. Prior to his time at Northeastern, Waldron served as the head cross country and track and field coach at nearby Cambridge Rindge and Latin from 2004-06. Waldron also has spent time as a coach and featured speaker at several running camps in the Northeast and has worked with the New England Chapter of USA Track and Field.

Tennis Court Construction Underway



gun construction of a 12-court open-air tennis complex behind Baker Sports Complex to replace the current dozen outdoor courts, which do not adhere to industry standards and are suffering increasing asphalt fatigue. The construction, which should take about seven months, also will include associated projects involving the tennis team locker rooms and the cross-country trail. Men’s tennis coach Drew Barrett said, “Our players are extremely excited about the improvements, and in terms of recruiting it will put us on the same footing facilities-wise as our new Atlantic 10 Conference opponents and other top teams nationwide.” The new courts will be installed in a sixby-two configuration and meet all standards for court size and distance between courts. In addition, the courts will be oriented in a perfect north-south alignment and nets in perfect east-west alignment, both of which are industry standards. Half of the courts will be equipped with spectator grandstands. The construction project also will include installation of infrastructure for lights, which will be installed at a future date. In addition to providing Davidson’s men’s and women’s tennis teams with a first-class facility, the $1.55 million project will allow the two teams to play concurrent matches for the first time. The project also involves extensive renovation and enlargement of the men’s and women’s tennis locker rooms in Knobloch Tennis Center. WINTER 2015


Elizabeth KISS


n 2006, Elizabeth Kiss ’83 was named President of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Since then, the college has welcomed its largest first-year class in its history and made significant progress on strategic planning, financial sustainability, new academic and athletic programs, student success and international scholarship programs. Prior to moving into this role, Kiss served as the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, an institute she co-founded, and as an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy at Duke University. There, she helped to build a university-wide initiative to support the study and teaching of ethics and to promote moral reflection and commitment in personal, professional, community and civic life. Not a day goes by that Kiss doesn’t think about Davidson, the place she says profoundly shaped her entire career. “What Davidson did was expose me to a whole community of people who embodied a culture of honor, service and excellence,” she said. “That culture was the fundamental inspiration for me to make a difference because I was surrounded by people who were committed to making this world a better place.” Making the world a better place is a daily consideration for Kiss as a college president, and her Davidson experiences prepared her for what she hoped to accomplish at Agnes Scott. “In previous jobs at Princeton and Duke, I was always trying to create a community that was more like a liberal arts college,” she said. “I believe in the holistic emphasis on preparing students not only to excel academically but to aspire to a meaningful and impactful life and think about what they stand for and how they are shaping their character. Coming to Agnes Scott has allowed me to continue this journey, and Davidson is where I first learned about the magic of liberal arts colleges.” One magical realization for Kiss as a student was the value Davidson places on people. As a freshman, she experienced the loss of her sister, and as a senior, she lost her father. Kiss’ “adopted grandmother” on campus, Louise Martin, widow of Davidson President D. Grier Martin and head of the student scholars program, got her through those difficult times and helped her graduate on time. “Ironically, Louise had been a college president’s wife, so without realizing it, I was being exposed to what it meant to love a college so deeply,” said Kiss. “I learned about the strength of community and how the support and nurturing that builds your foundation gives you the confidence to lead and spread your wings.”

Game Changers By Danielle Strickland



themselves, in their communities and around the globe,” said Davidson College President Carol Quillen.

The Campaign

Because the quality of Davidson’s student community drives every college aspiration, 50 percent of support raised throughout the campaign will benefit a robust scholarship program that enables the best and brightest to choose Davidson. Another 40 percent will enrich the academic, athletic and artistic experience at Davidson. Five percent will fund initiatives that support students in their transition to careers and lives of impact. Five percent will be unrestricted through The Fund for Davidson and will support current college priorities and operations. The following stories are just a few examples of the many Davidsonians who are making a difference in their communities and around the world. Visit www.davidson.edu/gamechangers to learn more about the priorities of the campaign, to read about and nominate Davidson game changers and to learn how your gifts make a difference for Davidson. Join the conversation, and share your story using #DavidsonGameChangers. DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU



ast month, the Davidson College community celebrated the launch of Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World, a $425 million comprehensive campaign that will support the college’s highest aspirations. Investments in this campaign will strengthen our commitment to educational excellence and access, enhance the resources and environment within which our students and faculty produce original work, expand our success in athletics and help our students move from campus to meaningful leadership and service in the world. Across generations, Davidsonians have achieved uncommon impact, sharing the common bond of a Davidson education. They contribute wherever and however they take action. They are advocates and artists, entrepreneurs and researchers, scholars and public servants. They surpass traditional boundaries as they seek to improve our world. They are game changers who inspire. “Our world urgently needs Davidson graduates—creative, disciplined, humane leaders—with courage, integrity and intellectual curiosity to tackle complex questions and lead in the service of something larger than





Kristie FOLEY






t Davidson College, Director and Professor of Medical Humanities Kristie Foley is able to bridge her love of research and her love of teaching without sacrificing either one. That research, focused on scientific capacity building around the world, mirrors what she does in the classroom, as well. “My scholarship is about building capacity, and that’s what I’m doing as a teacher,” she said. “Capacity building is the foundation of knowledge, but moves people through a series of critical steps of knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, engaging stakeholders… ultimately so that they can make changes.” Foley is all about turning that knowledge into action, whether that action is through service or teaching, or as a practitioner or policy maker. “Davidson gives me tremendous opportunity to teach content and inspire students to lead the life they choose to lead,” she said. “I help them imagine their place in the world and how that place can matter. It’s about how they can make a difference, not just talking about the difference.” Students have a model of this behavior in Foley. Through her work in Hungary and now in Romania, where she has served as Principal Investigator of two consecutive NIH grants, her goal is to serve as a leader and mentor of a team that uses science to make significant improvements related to tobacco prevention, tobacco cessation and reduction of second-hand smoke exposure. She does so intentionally by the inclusion of vulnerable populations, intervention-oriented research and using the results of the research to institute policy change. “Years ago, my paternal grandmother encouraged me to read the book Blue Highways, which is all about taking the detours and side roads through life,” she said. “I think about that book often, because it reminds me to take different paths, and it also helps me to encourage students to think about new ways of doing things. You get one shot at college, and you should take advantage of that experience and branch out.” Foley, who focuses most on the development of her students as people and nurturing their whole being, believes in lifelong learning and remaining open to new perspectives, which is something she says faculty need to work hard to do. “As teachers, we have to be willing to listen across disciplines, something that complements the work we’re doing,” she said. “Davidson provides me with an incredible amount of freedom to design courses to reflect my values in teaching, but in addition to that, I have a responsibility to myself and to my students to live a meaningful, well-rounded life.”



surgeon was in Northern Tanzania at a small hospital, helping with surgeries to replace three broken femurs. All three patients were in their 70s, and because the resources for fracture care were limited, had been consigned to crawl as a means of getting around. Following the procedures, the surgeon walked into the recovery room and witnessed three happy smiles, filled with gratitude. That was a day he could be pretty sure the work was worth it. The surgeon was Lew Zirkle ‘62, and the experience in Tanzania was thanks to the SIGN network, which builds orthopedic capacity in developing countries by collaborating with local surgeons to develop training and implants to better serve the poor. SIGN’s founder? Zirkle, himself. “My passion for correcting at least some of the inequality among people began during my service in the Vietnam War, when it was clear that military patients received much better care than civilian patients,” said Zirkle. “Even more, when my work with SIGN first began, I spent one month in Indonesia each year for 10 years. There was one surgeon when we began, and we trained 56 more. But, what they did not have was the infrastructure to support the education being received. So, we had to do more.” Zirkle, who humbly considers himself “just one of 5,000 SIGN surgeons in the world,” has given hope to those with little left. Fracture care has been transformed. Care for those suffering from fractures has also been transformed. “Through SIGN, we donate implants and instruments, and in return, the surgeons send reports to our database, which validates the implants and the surgery, serving as a conduit for education,” he explained. “When the number of reports reaches 20 for that surgeon, we send replacement materials automatically.” An incredible 140,000 surgeries have been performed since 1999. Zirkle credits his strong sense of service—a lesson fostered every day at Davidson College—with driving him to enact change, though he admits heredity has a lot to do with it, too. “It’s not just about feeling empathy,” said the college football player who appreciated that Davidson allowed athletes to be scholars first. “It’s the drive to change the circumstances that you observe. In addition to that, you must have an innovative, creative sense.” SIGN is growing every day, and Zirkle is always looking for ways to improve. “We have very innovative implants and very innovative instruments, but now we’re looking at the way care is dispensed in developing countries because it is not efficient,” said Zirkle. “Our systems of care must get fracture patients to a place where they can be treated promptly. It’s a big and expensive step, but it’s what’s next. We are never done.” Visit www.signfracturecare.org to learn more about the amazing work being done by SIGN surgeons around the world.











olitical Science major Zi Yang ’16 moved from Wenzhou, east coast of China to Charlotte when he was 15 years old. He immediately became involved at Charlotte Country Day School, eventually becoming the school’s first international student body president. He holds that title at Davidson now, too, and for as much as he’s given to Davidson, he says Davidson has given him so much more. “I came to Davidson certain that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare,” he said. “But as I learned more about government relations and the many ways I could advocate for those who need it most, I decided political science and law were the better fit for me. I want to develop a career in which I can empathize with those who are in need and make a difference with my skills and resources.” Part of the motivation for this change of heart came from a class project Yang co-led with a classmate under the direction of Medical Humanities Professor Kristie Foley. The team studied the ways low-income families fall through the cracks in terms of medical aid and access to resources. They interviewed more than 60 patients about their experiences, and they saw the application of information they were learning about in the classroom out in the community. It was a project that shifted how Yang thought about his future. “Hearing real-life stories motivated me to learn more about policy so I can speak in an educated manner about the ways people are affected by the decisions of others,” he said. “Most importantly, it showed me the importance of not only doing something myself, but also influencing others to make a difference.” As the president of the Student Government Association, Yang strives to lead through example, a leadership style that he has seen work very well on campus. “I can only motivate students to do their best when they see me working alongside them,” he said. “Using power to advance is one thing, but using power to better other people’s lives and to make them more effective leaders is what really matters. My goal every day is to identify talent and passion among my classmates, place responsibility in their hands, keep communication open and provide support and trust to get things done.” Looking ahead, Yang is excited by a new experience through Leadership Davidson, a prestigious program run by the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development. In addition to offering a series of seminars, student leaders are paired with Davidson alumni in a mentoring fashion, and Yang has been paired with the CEO of OrthoCarolina, Dan Murrey ’87. “This level of commitment from alumni is one of the reasons students become so successful at Davidson and beyond,” said Yang. “I don’t hear of this type of involvement at other schools, and I’m very grateful and proud to be a part of a college that values this type of commitment.”



hroughout his life, Vincent Benjamin ’04 has met the compassionate and he has met the competitive. At Davidson he was taken by the community of students both competitive AND compassionate —a powerful combination for positive impact. “Davidson attracts—and accepts—those with a positive moral inclination regarding how they desire to live and interact within the Davidson community,” he said. “With an athletic spirit pervading the campus—from our intramural leagues to our Division I athletic teams, competitive zeal complements intellectual excellence.” Benjamin, a James B. Duke Scholarship recipient, has remained involved as an alumnus. His engagement with Davidson over the last 10 years has led to significant enrichment for students. In particular, two initiatives he cofounded—the 100 Internship Challenge and the Emerging Professionals Group—help students depart from Davidson with professional momentum and intrinsic purpose. This transition from Davidson to life after college is especially important to Benjamin. “These programs carry on Davidson’s rich tradition of being there for those who follow and improving the lives of others,” he said. “When I was a senior reaching out for advice, I was taken aback by the insight and love I found throughout the Davidson alumni community. My career has affirmed that the liberal arts education is invaluable in the dynamic professional world, and I am excited to help ensure that Davidson students have numerous, meaningful opportunities for impact.” As an intern with The Duke Endowment in Durham, N.C., Benjamin received a lesson in how one experience can change a life. His role was to lead a mentor program for at-risk youth at the Durham Lyon Park Community Center. After the city of Durham cut funding and the opening of the community center was postponed indefinitely, Benjamin spent his summer raising money and support so the community center could have the funding to open. “My Duke Endowment internship taught me that nonprofit does not mean non-competition,” he said. “Rather the opposite with a multitude of organizations competing for a finite amount of resources. I explicitly saw that money matters—even for organizations not actively pursuing it. This led me to unapologetically pursue a career where I could make enough money to have an impact for positive causes. Giving to Davidson is one of the ways I express this view.” Benjamin’s career began in investment banking at Wachovia Securities and leveraged many skills that were cultivated at Davidson. Critical thinking, communication skills, empathy, a firm moral compass—all qualities he credits the Davidson environment for nurturing. “There are a lot of smart people in the world; however I believe the bright students at Davidson grow in a way that develops the entire person,” he said. “We have something special happening at Davidson that is both invaluable and inspiring.”




Bigger than the


Clint Smith ’10 finds his voice, and his calling.

By Michael Kruse


ou should know Clint Smith ’10. When I called English professor Cynthia Lewis to talk about him, she said, “He’s done so beautifully.” When I called English professor Randy

Ingram, he said, “He’s got important things to say.” When I called Matt Spear, the soccer coach at Davidson, he said, “You knew he was special.”


When I called English professor Alan Michael Parker, he said, “I expect him to continue to surpass his own expectations.” When I called English professor Brenda Flanagan, she said, “I could see him being president of Davidson College. Couldn’t you?”







“ We w il l l e a r n t o re a d c r it i c a l l y, w r it e c o n s cio u s l y, sp eak clearly, and tell our truth because that is the only way this world will ever listen to what we have to say.” And early this past summer, in and around Washington, D.C., when I visited with Clint—the Maryland Humanities Council’s 2013 teacher of the year, cultural ambassador to the U.S. Department of State doing workshops on diversity and youth empowerment, national champion performance poet—he was finishing up three years of teaching through Teach for America at Parkdale High School in Riverdale Park, Md., and was preparing to move to Cambridge, Mass., to start pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Harvard. He had recently given a TEDx talk in New York City about resilience. Two of his YouTubed spoken word poems, one about immigration reform, the other about food deserts, had been rocketing around the Internet thanks to Upworthy.com. He was scheduled to give another talk the following month at TED@NYC. I suggested to him, joshing, but not really, that he was about to get big. He demurred. “My parents told me, ‘You are not bigger than the work you do,’” he said. “It’s not me. It’s the words.” Last I checked, his latest TED talk, about the danger of silence, had been viewed more than 1.9 million times.

Place Matters


He grew up in New Orleans, in Gentilly, the son of a father who is a lawyer and a mother who is a doctor, and the grandson of a man who cleaned the carpets of whites and of a man who was a university president who, as a teenager, had to move to a different county in Mississippi because his county didn’t have a high school for blacks. His parents put him and his younger brother and sister in the city’s public schools on purpose. In elementary school, when he asked why some people lived in the projects, his father pulled over the car. In middle school, he hid books in the pockets of his baggy pants and locked the doors of bathroom stalls just to read—especially The Giver, a story about the power of memory and the importance of difference. He played soccer for the New Orleans Soccer Association and ran for an urban track club and was an Eagle Scout. His 17th birthday was Aug. 25, 2005. His mother bought him a pineapple cake while he and his father covered their windows with boards. Two days later, the storm chased them to Houston, where they watched on TV the destruction of their home.





A week later, he was in Davidson, with his father, for his visit as a soccer recruit. Deborah Hogg, in the admissions office, asked about the storm. “What if you can’t go back to New Orleans …?” She called a private school in Houston, Awty International, and vouched for him, and sent his transcript. And he got in, and so did his siblings, all on full scholarship. Clint applied only to Davidson.


He was the editor of the Perspective section for The Davidsonian, he wrote about homelessness in Charlotte for Lewis’ creative nonfiction course, and he did an independent study with Flanagan in which he wrote a manuscript of a young adult novel. Something else: “Students typically will avoid professors who give them bad grades,” Ingram said. “He came back.” One thing he didn’t do: play much for the soccer team. New Orleans was a central facet of his identity. So was success in soccer. Now it receded. He wondered: Who was he? In the summer after his sophomore year, which he spent in New York interning at Scholastic publishing, he went one night to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a spoken word hub on the Lower East Side. It changed him. When he returned to campus, he took Parker’s advanced poetry class, he put together an independent study with Parker and Ingram about the history of spoken word and slam poetry, he did open mics at the Black Student Coalition and in the 900 Room. And he read, and read, and read— fiction, nonfiction, poetry. He tried to write about the storm. He talked about it, some, but he hardly ever said its name. The storm. Always the storm.

An Education

“Circle up,” Clint, dressed in a blue Oxford shirt and flat-front khakis, said to his students. This was one of his last days teaching 10thgrade English at Parkdale, where 95 percent of the students aren’t white and 70 percent get free or reduced-price lunch. For Clint, it was far more than a job. The storm had illuminated inequities, in New Orleans and elsewhere; it had led him to a senior year at a school in Houston where his

classmates had parents who were so oil-rich they had their own jets, where those classmates would have opportunities his classmates from Benjamin Franklin in New Orleans, the best public high school in Louisiana, almost certainly would never have; and it led him to Davidson, where he started to learn what he wanted to say, and how to say it. “I firmly believe,” he wrote recently in a book in which he was featured, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, “that solving the public education crisis is the civil rights movement of our time, and I want my life to be lived on the front lines.” “Schools are not these isolated islands of problems,” he told me. “They’re reflections of their structurally deficient communities. And if we can figure out how to use this space, school, as the lens through which we observe and begin to tackle and begin to empower our kids to tackle the issues in their communities—I can’t think of a more effective space to do that.” In his classroom, a New Orleans Saints banner hung on the wall by his desk, next to his No. 12 Davidson soccer jersey, not far from the poster showing how many of his students were college-level readers. Eight at the beginning of the year. Then four more. Then 10 more. “I’ve learned so much from every single one of you,” he told his students. He asked them what they had learned. “I learned that I can do things that I never thought I could,” one student said. “I learned that school isn’t a waste of time,” a second said. “I learned how to trust people,” a third said. One student talked about how her parents were too busy working three jobs to show they cared when she made the honor roll. Another talked about her abortion. The others passed a box of tissues around the circle of desks. Something they had taught him, Clint told them: “Other people’s struggles are my struggles, too.” He asked them to write letters to their future selves. To their high school graduate selves. What he wrote in American Teacher: “We will learn to read critically, write consciously, speak clearly, and tell our truth because that is the only way this world will ever listen to what we have to say.” What he told his students now in his classroom: “We can’t really solve problems in the world until we figure out who we are. And that comes from stories.” He asked them: “What kind of person do you want to be?” They started writing. WINTER 2015



His poems go on the page before they go on the stage. He writes, then he recites, over and over, in the car and the shower, until he’s ready. He’s performed poems called “Letter to an 11-Year-Old Me,” “Aristotle,” Flash,” “Memoir,” “Place Matters.” They’ve been viewed more than 600 times, more than 1,000 times, more than 2,000 times, more than 4,000 times, more than 240,000 times. You should Google them. You’ll watch all of them until the end. There’s another one called “My Father is an Oyster.” He’s performed it many times. The first time, though, it was for an audience of four—his brother and his sister and his mother, and his father, in Baltimore in a bed in a hospital room, just before his second kidney transplant. “I have a gift for you,” Clint said, and after he was done, after the three-and-a-half minutes, his father stood up, tears on his face, and hugged his son, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Storm

Washington. This past summer. The dark basement bar at the Black Fox Lounge. Clint held his hands together. Looked down. Gathered himself. Looked up. Another first performance. A poem called “Translation.”

In his popular TED Talk, viewed now nearly 2 million times, poet and educator Clint Smith ’10 said, “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t.”

Full Circle

Before you do that, though, let me tell you one more thing. The TED talk about the danger of silence with the more than 1.9 million views? One of those was Deborah Hogg. She’s now retired from the admissions office. Another one was her grandson. She’s helping to raise him. And on their drive to his first day of high school, at Hough High in Cornelius, she showed him what Clint had said. Tell your truth. Silence is Katrina. There is no time to pick your battles when your battles have already picked you. “It’s about finding your voice,” Hogg said. “It’s about becoming yourself.” Her grandson watched it. Then he started sharing it with his friends.

What sort of translation can I find to explain that for a year after the hurricane I drank bottles of Nyquil just to fall asleep at night trying to drown out the voices of bodies more worthy of life than my own. No dictionary could help me explain what it felt like to watch my home become a corkscrew of broken could have beens— a wilting carcass of bricks and lost breath. What it felt like to watch my mother see four generations of work drowning In two days. Then this: COURTESY OF TED@NYC

It took me seven years to even say the word Katrina in a poem. Google it. “Clint Smith” and “La-Ti-Do.”










Alumni Notes

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All the World’s Children

SALLIE PERMAR, M.D., Ph.D. ’97 knew from the start that she wanted to pursue scientific research at Davidson. Her undergraduate research mentors helped her discover a corollary passion: applying research to prevent disease in real patients, children in particular. In 2013, Permar made headlines with the discovery of a natural protein in breast milk that fights HIV. Her current work centers on two viruses, and the havoc they can wreak in the health of infants around the globe: HIV and human cytomegalovirus, or HCMV. The latter is a herpes virus that can go unnoticed in healthy people, but can lead to birth defects and neurologic impairment in infants. A recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and The Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, among other distinctions, Permar is a Duke University Medical School research physician and associate professor of pediatrics.







theUnion: Alumni ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Minnie Iwamoto ’91 President Lisa Howe Combs ’90 President-Elect Alvin Atkinson ’81 Immediate Past President Jarred Cochran ’03 Vice President Tiara Able Henderson ’97 Vice President Marya Howell ’91 Secretary

2014 BOARD OF TRUSTEES John W. Chidsey III ’83 Chair Robert J. Abernethy Thompson S. Baker II ’81 Brett M. Berry ’89 Richard N. Boyce ’77 Kristin Hills Bradberry ’85 F. Cooper Brantley ’70 Ann Hayes Browning ’79 Lowell L. Bryan ’68 Lisa Howe Combs ’90 Robert B. Cordle ’63 Kenneth S. Crews ’70

DECADE REPRESENTATIVES Terms ending in 2014 Susan Cunningham Jonas ’77 Lee Ann Stackhouse Patterson ’82

E. Rhyne Davis ’86 Laurie L. Dunn ’77 Virginia Taylor Evans ’80 Mark W. Filipski Lewis F. Galloway ’73

Julia Boyd Mitchener ’91

J. Chrisman Hawk III ’67

Yvette Pita Frampton ’95

Earl J. Hesterberg ’75

Nicole Watson ’95 Charlie Shaw ’01

Edward P. Imbrogno ’81 Minnie Iwamoto ’91 Adrian Darnell Johnson ’00

Terms ending in 2015 Bill Mills ’64 Susan Baynard Clayton ’78 Lisa Hasty ’81 Scott Tonidandel ’96 Faculty Representative Frankie Jones ’05 Bryant Barr ’10 Liz Boehmler ’98 Mike Torres ’01 Samuel Littlejohn ’15 Senior Class President

Anne Hurt Krieg ’83 John C. Laughlin ’85 Gary S. Long ’73 Mary Tabb Mack ’84 Elizabeth Brooks Mailander ’85 Prem Manjooran ’92 Alison Hall Mauzé ’84 Mackey J. McDonald ’68 Andrew J. McElwee, Jr. ’77 Shannon Walters McFayden ’82 Robert J. Miller ’84

Terms ending in 2016 E. Thomas Miller ’56 Thomas Warlick ’56 John Craig ’66 Mary Gilliam Dresser ’78 Amoura Carter ’07 Elizabeth Smith Brigham ’04

Marian McGowan Nisbet Thomas W. Okel ’84 Sara Tatum Pottenger ’79 Carol Everhart Quillen Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford ’84 William P. Reed, Jr. ’76 Ernest W. Reigel ’80 Virginia McGee Richards ’85 Susan Casper Shaffner ’80 Mitzi Short ’83 E. Follin Smith ’81 R. David Sprinkle ’66 Samuel V. Tallman, Jr. ’69 Carole M. Weinstein Benjamin F. Williams, Jr. ’84




FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank McAlpine “Mac” Toole ’36, who passed away May 30. Our sincere condolences are also extended to the family and friends of Mary Louise Moffett “Messie” Hutcheson ’38 and Herman Best ’38, who passed away June 19 and Aug. 15, respectively. Herman’s passing leaves Joe Gamble as the sole living member of the Class of 1938.


AS TOLD BY: Don Davidson, Class Secretary Stitt Robinson, Lawrence, Kan., died in late June and his memorial service was held July 2, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. It seems no time since we talked when, in good spirits and his usual cheerful nature we chatted about some of his countless achievements, religious, scholastic (he published 11 books and more than 30 historic articles), his having been awarded the Bronze Star for WWII service (heroism, including “Battle of the Bulge”), and his early life here in Charlotte. Tom Mullen, Waynesboro, Va., called to be sure we knew Stitt died. The two of them were roommates all four years at Davidson. He helped fill in some of the remarkable achievements of this gifted friend: Having earned his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, Stitt was recruited immediately by the University of Kansas, where he taught for about 40 years, for a number of which he was chairman of the department of history. As usual, we talked with nearest of kin, Connie, to whom he was married March 18, 1944. She is in good health and said so was Stitt until a month or so before his death. He was moved from their retirement home nursing care to the hospital for tests. At age 96, doctors said that, simply put, Stitt was just worn out and he died peacefully at their home. His remarkable legacy included publishing many histories, highly regarded for their scholarship. Among them are five volumes, some unique, dealing with early American Indian documents, the southern colonial frontier, 1607 – 1763, and treaties and laws 1607 – 1789. So respected for his work, Stitt received numerous research grants from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council. We’re glad to report that Connie, about five years Stitt’s junior, is in good health, still able to drive and is involved in many constructive activities. It’s good for one’s soul to visit Johnny and Nancy Wilson in Black Mountain. Dozens of beautiful birds scrambling for places on well-filled feeders, evening primroses blooming on schedule and Johnny doing his annual count to show the hundreds coming by their Lake Tomahawk planting site, and a big hug from Nancy. Johnny Tice, Charleston, S.C., is also alive and happy among family and friends. Several years ago his daughter, Pam, insisted that Johnny leave the cold winters of West Virginia and come to live with them. Thus, he has winters in Florida and summers near beaches. Pam says her dad is losing some memory but active among friends who do various things for fun. We tried for several weeks to get our phone numbers to ring for Bill Boyd and Bill Rainey. The former has been disconnected and the Rainey number has rung busy for several weeks. Before next writing, we will do more research. Assuming they are alive, only eight classmates are with us. Time does take its toll.

Contact: G. Donnell Davidson, 5100 Sharon Rd., Cottage 132, Charlotte, NC 28210; gdonanne@ carolina.rr.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Darby, who passed away Nov. 19, 2011.


NO CLASS SECRETARY If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Alumni Relations (alumniclassnotes@davidson.edu or 704-8942559). FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Don Hott celebrated his 95th birthday in May with family and friends. He still attends Lions Club and enjoyed the summer at Deep Creek Lake, each weekend participating in Saturday night festivities. Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of the following members of the Class of 1940 who passed: Thomas McKnight Jr. (June 5), John Phipps Jr. (June 7), Bill Perdew (June 20).


Contact: Jim Mooney, 10631 Vinedale St., Unit A3, Sun Valley, CA 91352; 818-252-5941; jimooney@att.net

FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: David Talmage passed away March 6. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


NO CLASS SECRETARY If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Alumni Relations (alumniclassnotes@ davidson.edu or 704-894-2559). FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of V. Earle Copes who passed away July 20.


AS TOLD BY: Jack Behrman, Class Secretary Jack Walker Ewart left us on May 17. He was a compassionate and caring longtime Presbyterian minister and clinical counseling chaplain who served in Barboursville, W.Va., Radford, Va., Aberdeen, N.C., Dunedin and Clearwater, Fla., Atlanta, Thomasville, and Toccoa, Ga., and even after his initial retirement served again in McClellanville and at Tara Home for Boys in Georgetown County. He played a major role in the desegregation of the Presbyterian Church, presenting a resolution to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (US) in June 1953 urging racial integration in all churchcontrolled institutions, which prompted a subsequent formal report from the Council of Christian Relations supporting integration at the next General Assembly in 1954. He was a great golfing buddy, playing into his late 80s after forming the “Old Course Walkers,” at Litchfield Country Club. Contact: Jack Behrman, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Apt. 223, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1467; 919-9183602; swingsync@gmail.com


FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Dick and Jack Wayman who passed away March 14 and Aug. 30, respectively.


AS TOLD BY: George Gunn, Class Secretary “The War Years” (Classes of 1944 to 1947) alums hold in common many memories of their first years on campus and of their departure to serve their country. “A Ten-Year Journey Home” is a story told me by my brother Charles Gunn ’46-’53 which I have passed on to Andy Owens ’46, Class Secretary for the Class of 1946. It belongs to the Class of 1946, but many of our Class of 1947 were originally in 1946 and freshmen in 1942-43, when this story begins. The Class of 1946 entered Davidson as freshmen in the fall of 1942. Within the year following, most of these 18-year-olds would be in uniform and moving on in the service of their country. In the March 1943 issue of Scripts & Pranks, Charlie Gunn, one of those freshmen, wrote a poem entitled “Davidson Prayer,” in which he marks the imminent departure of his class from the Davidson campus. Charlie would, indeed, soon be in uniform, and with admittance to the Navy V-12 program, he would be in pre-med classes at Duke University. Medical school at Duke followed and an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea in 1950, Charlie was called into active duty and assigned to a ship taking U.S. Marines into South Korea, and eventually assisting in the exodus through the port at Inchon. On his discharge from the Navy, Charlie learned that, while at Duke, he had been rushed through to finish medical school without ever earning a bachelor’s degree. He now had the benefits of the G.I. Bill. He returned to Davidson to get his B.S. in English! Charlie returned with his wife Ginny and their two little boys. They rented the little brick building off Main Street by the old movie theater as their home. The college hired him as assistant college physician to Dr. Woods. Enrolled as a senior, Dr. Gunn was assigned a seat in the senior section. At the first chapel service of the fall term, new faculty and staff were introduced and Charlie stood up in the senior section. Dean Bailey called him in later that day to inform him that he would not be required to attend chapel. He did walk across the stage of Chambers Auditorium to receive his diploma in June of 1953, ten years after his “While It Is Yet Day” poem was published. When I sent this to Andy Owens, his daughter Jane replied by email, telling me that Andy had recently suffered a stroke. I have assured Jane that her dad is in our thoughts and prayers. Andy’s address is in the contact information at the bottom of these notes. I am sure Andy would love to hear from you, as would Charlie Gunn. Charlie is at Salemtowne Retirement Community in Winston-Salem. By my calculation, all of the War Years survivors have reached, or will soon reach, their 90th year. “While it is yet day; give us love of life, we pray.” Contact: George Gunn, 200 Tabernacle Road, Apt J222, Black Mountain, NC 28711, 828-669-5646; greatgunns50@gmail.com OR Andy Owens, 5405 Capella Ct., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233, 904-2418487, captainandyo@gmail.com DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

A 7-Year Plan Worth Remembering


By Joseph Pearlman ’79

RNEST HUNTER, 90, goes about his regular cardiac rehabilitation sessions with determination and good humor. He is unfailingly friendly and quickly struck up a conversation with this younger cardiac patient (perhaps it was a fading Davidson tee shirt that inspired him). I learned that Ernest was a fellow Davidson alumnus whose stay at Davidson (1942 – 1949) was interrupted by World War II. Many Davidson men served in the two world wars, and an astonishing number gave their lives. Those who survived are part of a quietly heroic generation whose numbers recede every day. Ernest thinks of his service as not such a big deal, but he is not reluctant to recount his experience. A Charlotte native, Ernest graduated from Central High School and enrolled in ROTC courses at Davidson in 1942 under the tutelage of future Davidson President Sam Spencer, who was an army officer at the time. After finishing his first semester at Davidson it was apparent that events overseas were intractably clashing with his hopes to finish college. He elected not to enroll at Davidson for the ensuing spring semester, instead enlisting in the U.S. Army. Ernest underwent the rigors of basic training and was selected for infantry training because of his ROTC background. As a member of the 78th Division, 310th Regiment of the U.S. Army, Ernest ultimately trained as a “scout,” to be sent into battle lines ahead of his unit. Transport by ship to Plymouth, England in the fall of 1944 ended the relative comforts of life as a soldier in the United States. A few weeks after his arrival in England, Ernest was shipped to LeHavre, France. From there, he was trucked to Belgium for the commencement of his march to the border of Belgium and Germany— the Germans were attempting to cross Allied lines at the site of what later became known as the Battle of the Bulge. In December 1944, Ernest and his fellow soldiers were told to leave their overcoats behind; like many of his brethren, he noticed that his boots absorbed water and did not fit well. The Battle of the Bulge saw Ernest and his company absorbing gunfire and shelling from German troops. Ernest and two fellow soldiers were separated from their unit at the end of a hedgerow, having lost contact with the lieutenant who was leading their squad. Wandering near enemy lines, they took refuge in the basement of an abandoned house just over the Belgian border in Kesternich, Germany. The three Americans stayed in the basement of the house for six days, subsisting on canned string beans. They also shared a bottle of wine found in the basement, optimistic that they would be picked up by Allied forces. Their immediate hopes were misplaced. After hiding out in a cupboard when enemy troops entered

the house, they held out for a few more days. When one of the three and was seen by a German soldier, the Americans were captured and taken to a German headquarters. Ernest was taken to a German “pillbox” secured by a dozen enemy soldiers. He was ordered to push stalled ambulances containing wounded troops through the cold mud—it was about this time that he noticed that his toes were swollen and turning blue. Christmas of 1944 was celebrated in a small German prison, where he heard Christmas carols being sung in German at a neighboring church. He was soon transported to a larger prison camp, where he joined a detail to uncover remains of a German officer’s mother-inlaw, whose once-intact body was scattered from its burial preparation site after a bombing by the Allies. A punishing march commenced across the Rhine River, first to a boxcar for a few cramped nights, and then to a prison camp known as Stalag IV-B in Muhlberg, Germany. American and British troops on the march subsisted on a diet of turnips. The only respite was a memorial service upon the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in early April 1945. The appearance of Ernest’s toes increasingly worsened. A British Medic soaked his feet in scalding water to determine the point at which there was total decay and loss of blood flow. The portions of the little toes deemed beyond healing were amputated. Rumors of liberation spread through Stalag IV-B, and after more than three months in the prison, freedom appeared in the form of the Russian army. Ernest and some of his compatriots walked to meet American troops at Leipzig, Germany. Back in the states, Ernest took a two month furlough before being reassigned as a military policeman. He returned to Davidson for the spring semester of 1946, free of military obligations, and graduated in May 1949, nearly seven years after arriving on campus. After college, Ernest went to work at The Union National Bank of Charlotte, later First Union, staying there until 1976. He was Director of Sharon Towers, where he currently resides with his wife,. In his retirement he visited Kesternich, Germany, the site of his capture during the preliminary stages of the Battle of the Bulge, where Allied forces stymied an attempted German breakthrough and cemented the victories won after the D-Day invasion. Ernest does not downplay the brutality and deprivations of war. He does not embrace his ordeal as a POW—or the frozen conditions that caused him to lose parts of his little toes and endure pain in his feet even today. He is rightfully proud, in his understated way, of having been at the front lines of a war that needed to be fought. Ernest, like so many of his Davidson brethren, unflinchingly answered the call of duty. In so doing, he embodied the collective valor of his classmates and his generation. WINTER 2015


Save the Date! REUNION June 5–7, 2015 www.davidson.edu/alumni FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the following alumni: Lloyd “Jack” Pritchett Jr. of Burlington, N.C., June 3; Pleasant Dalton Jr. of Colfax, N.C., July 18; James Love Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla., Aug. 2.


AS TOLD BY: Fritz Vinson and Bill Vinson, Class Secretaries Sterling Edwards writes, “I got married on January 18 to Delphine Bixler Vennett. She and I were classmates in Plant High School in Tampa years ago. Now we are getting ready to attend our 70th class reunion in Tampa. Early last year I had a stroke and lost my ability to speak and walk. But thanks to some fantastic speech and occupational therapists I now have regained about 90% of my ability to speak and about 60% of my ability to walk.” Congratulations, Sterling, and best wishes for your continued recovery! We were saddened to learn of the death of Vincent Long and express our condolences to his family. On a happier note, this writer (Fritz) happened to sit behind George Gunn, 1947 class secretary, in church at Black Mountain one Sunday in July. He was looking good and it was great to see him. Contact: Fritz Vinson, 1026 Doral Dr., Pawley’s Island, SC 29585; 843-235-2611; fritzvinson@ live.com Bill Vinson, P.O. Box 610, Davidson, NC 280360610; 704-892-8123; wdv1tennis@bellsouth.net


Contact: William T. Iverson, PO Box 7171, Colonia, NJ 07067; 732-8779373; wtiverson@gmail.com

FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the members of the class of 1949 who passed away: Everett Bryant Jr. (May 5); Franklin Niblock (May 7); Zachary Leonard Jr., May 31; Calvin Wyatt Sr., June 1; Howard Brenner, June 19; Claude Stubbs Jr., Aug. 16.


AS TOLD BY: Jake Wade and Bo Roddey, Class Secetaries We talk from time to time with Dr. Richard “Dick” L. Morgan. He has served as chaplain for pastoral care facilities and now serves as a volunteer for pastoral care for persons with dementia. He is one of the founders of a national group, Clergy Against Alzheimer’s, which is a network of clergy and other professionals who are involved in compassionate care and are working for a cure for this dreaded condition. Dick advises from recent studies that 50 percent of all persons our age, the 85+ group, will suffer from Alzheimer’s or some related dementia. He advises further that if any one of us, or friends and acquaintances, want more information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of this condition with which he can assist, feel free to contact him by telephone at 724-864-4205 or email him at richardmorgan12921@ comcast.net. His home address is 12921 Red Stone Drive, North Hampton, Pennsylvania 15642. He has co-authored two thoughtful and compassionate books on the subject, “Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life” and “No Act of Love is Wasted,” both of which are available through Upper Room Books (1-800-872-0439). We also see Lane Cloaninger, who is retired and is



living at Southminster and Jim “Lefty” Hunter who is also retired and lives near Davidson. They and their attractive wives are among a long-standing group of Charlotte, Central High School graduates who have met regularly over the years for lunch in a local restaurant since their 1946 graduation. This is a group started by Central High School and Wofford College graduate George Morgan and greatly assisted by Mary Jane Littejohn, a Salem College graduate, and others. Not to be outdone, the undersigned have also met through the years in Troutman, at Laura’s Talley House for dinner with a group of our Davidson classmates, including Slick Evans, Sandy Rankin, Charlton Torrence, and others, along with some members of other classes, Eric Clark ’52, Larry Dagenhart ’53, Mack Dagenhart ’57, Jack Ruth ’53, Herb Spaugh ’52, brother Ham Wade ’52, Tom Williams ’54, Joe Dudley ’53, Dick and Tom Stockton ’52, Bill White ’52, Ray Cunningham ’51, Seemore Simmons ’53, Pack Spach ’52, and others and their wives. In neither group is there a scheduled program or roll call or any dues collected; nor is any person in charge—just talk about old times and present aches and pains related to old age. July 1, 2014, was the first day of the official affiliation with the A-10 intercollegiate athletic conference and the last day of our affiliation with the Southern Conference. This includes all of Davidson’s 21 intercollegiate teams except for football and wrestling. Football remains with the Pioneer League and wrestling remains with the Southern Conference. We wish to thank Kate Ceremsak ’12, our class Fellow, for her tireless efforts in heading our class’s participation in the annual Fund for Davidson drive. Our class barely missed our participation and dollar goals but our effort was admirable. Kate was our class leader in helping to raise the unbelievable total sum of $60,838,842 in new gifts and this includes $17,018,302 in current support, which represents an astounding 59% alumni participation, one of the highest rates of participation of all colleges and universities in the country. Let us hear from you and/or about you. Contact: Jake Wade, 2917 Hanson Dr., Charlotte, NC 28207; 704-334-8164; jake@ southcharlottelawfirm.com Bo Roddey, 2124 Sherwood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207-2120; 704-372-0917; ofroddey@ carolina.rr.com


AS TOLD BY: John Hobart, Class Secretary Although David McDuffee entered with us in 1947, withdrew in 1949, returned a year later, and graduated in 1952, he considers ’51 “my class.” Great to reconnect with David via snail mail. Following graduation, he enjoyed a 10-year career as a commissioned officer in the Army Medical Corps. This included assignments in France, Turkey, Philadelphia, and other locations with little separation from his wife and family. After the military and due to an earlier interest in finance and investments developed in his Davidson business classes, he entered the securities business in 1964. He retired as first vice president and branch manager of EF Hutton in 1991. David lives in Fayetteville. He and his late wife Peggy are parents of a son and two daughters, and grandparents of four. Bill Pritchett retired as professor of biology and biology department coordinator at Fairmont State College. He and Margie married in 2001 and included

our golden anniversary 50th class reunion in their honeymoon. They live in Lafayette, Ind., where among other things Bill is much involved in the life of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He has had bypass surgery plus a number of stents, but continues activities and enjoying life. He has two sons, five grandchildren, and a great grand. May his tribe increase. Bill keeps in touch with longtime friend Bill Brownson ’49, who lives in Holland, Mich. After graduation Tommy Ward entered the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston, followed by internship and residency in New Orleans. He returned to hometown Rock Hill, S.C. for a year and then joined the Lewis Gale Hospital and Clinic in Roanoke, Va. and practiced urology with the clinic in nearby Salem, Va. until retirement in 1995. Tommy and Mary Lee, who died of cancer in 1991, are parents of two boys and two girls and grandparents of four. In 1994 he and Kaye married and enjoy retirement living in Roanoke. Reports he’s “doing well” and playing golf. Our sincere condolences are extended to the families of J. Scott McFadyen Jr., who died May 12, 2014 in Fayetteville, Thomas H. Lamb, who died July 4, 2014, and Kay Proctor Hengeveld, wife of the late Fred “Dutch” Hengeveld, who died March 3, 2014 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Contact: John D. Hobart, 1009 Chestnut Dr., Smithfield, NC 27577-1009; 919-934-7016; fhobart@nc.rr.com


AS TOLD BY: Jack Stevenson, Class Secretary Bobby Nimocks said for openers, “I’m not growing any hair, and I’m getting older.” I expect most of us can relate to that. He did fall recently, and spent two weeks in the hospital. A granddaughter who lives in upstate New York is coming soon for a two-week visit. He spoke of a friend, Roy Davis Jr. who took a law degree from UNC, and is still working as president of a large old law firm in Asheville. Bobby’s wife, Anne, has shared many years together with him. Alex Summers says he sees John Ottley ’53 now and then. Alex’s wife is still working, now for United Way. Alex has some neuropathy challenges. It limits some of what he can and would like to do. John Whitfield said that he and BJ are near their 60th anniversary. They hope to go soon to visit with two sons who live in England. John had three roommates while at Davidson, each of whom is no longer living. We each can relate to that kind of sadness when good friends or loved ones leave us too soon. John has served for many years as clerk of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. As we chatted I shared an event I will soon have. He emailed me back and said to add this to his information for the Journal: the fact that I have been honored by my 27-year-old granddaughter, Meredith, who has asked me to officiate at her wedding in August at her parent’s home in Destin, Fla. John commented that few of us could ever have such a touching opportunity like that. Tony Tucker told me that when he reached 80 he stopped doing weddings, funerals and interim pastorates. He’s pleased with the results. His two sons, Bill—a longtime vice president of Bank America in Atlanta, and John, a senior officer of development for the United Nations in New York, will with all their families join Tony at Montreat soon for their annual family vacation week there. Tony has been responsible for organizing Sunday evening vespers and he has given that up, too. DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

theUnion: Alumni Without success, I have recently tried to contact Bill Sargent and Tom Stockton by phone. Maybe next year, guys. Peck Spach and wife have three children and eight grands! He is a bit wistful that his shoulders do not allow him to play golf anymore. He says as a freshman he played a bit on the Davidson basketball team, and we defeated UNC on their home court one year! He gets to a few games each year, and wonders, as we all do, what it will be like to play in our new conference. He says several very good teams are in that conference. While we labored on with our classes, Peck enlisted in the Army during Korea and was based in Tokyo a good while. Dick Stockton would occasionally visit with him there. Needing a few more classes after his discharge, he returned to Davidson and was graduated another year, but chooses to claim ’52 as his class. Peck now does a good bit of work for his church, and does volunteer service for a few charities. Contact: Jack Stevenson, 216 McGregor Ln., Easley, SC 29642; 864-442-9070; jps28@ bellsouth.net FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hugh Huffaker Jr. who passed away June 6.

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NO NOTES THIS ISSUE Contact: Joel Goudy, 142 Cameron Rd., Lexington, NC 27295; 336-7643206; jgoudy70291@aol.com AS TOLD BY: Mike York, Class Secretary An ancient archive reveals Mrs. Little’s rule for dance weekends 61 years ago. “If your elbow touches your date’s elbow at Vespers for longer than four scripture verses, then you’ve gone a little too far.” Ah, grand memories of the special weekends in those all-male student days. Kudos to the loyal delegation on campus for the 60th Reunion. Registrants having fellowship together deserve a posting. Ann and George Melton, Will Terry, Ellen and Jere Witherspoon, Graeme Keith, Rusty Goode and daughters Mary Jane ’88 and Beth ’80 along with husband Ernie Reigel ’80, June and Dan McIntyre, Margie and Dave Burns, Joyce and Clark Remsburg, Shirilee and Dick Little, Hunter Strader, Martha and Homer Phifer, Judy and Bill Glidewell, Jessie and Bob Dunbar, Nancy and Norm Johnson, Betsy and Herschel Allen, Louise and Charlie Hull, Jeanette and Ben Barker, Alice and Bob Sutton, Bob Crutchfield, Georgie Crone, David Pfaff, Dedee and Tom Williams, Eleanor and Jim Wilson, Linda and Dan McCall, Nancy and Ed Nicholson and Marguerite and Mike York. Rationale for not making it was given by Bill Hood, Jack Efird, Bill Shipley, and Gloria and Bill Coe who were scheduled for a grandson’s wedding in Seattle. Vince Gould had just had surgery. A class-related highlight was Jim Wilson’s sterling bagpipe processional for the service of remembrance in Lingle Chapel and Dan McCall’s homily entitled “Editing Your Bucket List” after reading from Romans. These guys really did extra duty and we are profoundly grateful. We will carry the memory of the morning the rest of our lives. Bob Crutchfield has revealed they reared four sons in Newport News, Va. prior to his 16-year pastorate in Birmingham’s First Presbyterian. Their families have DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

settled from Manhattan to Williamsburg, Va. Libby and Bob have moved back “home,” actually on the same street. The classmates express sincere sympathy to son, Ben, and family and friends of Angus “Buddy” Hagins who died July 7, 2014, in his native Lancaster, S.C. Contact: Mike York, 2488 Dellwood Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404-355-1856; cmikeyork@ outlook.com



Contact: Chick McClure, 1548 Laureldale Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609-3571; 919-790-1633; mcclure2788@bell-

FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We hope you are planning to join us June 5-6, 2015, for your 60th. Visit the Davidson website or contact your reunion class chairs, Ed Douglass (eldouglass@comcast. net) and Corky King (hardinking@hotmail.com). We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Theo Feild, Joseph Boeckelmann and Paul Clapp who passed away April 21, May 17 and May 28, respectively.


AS TOLD BY: Hobby Cobb and Tom Miller, Class Secretaries These notes are being prepared on Aug. 1, 2014, for an issue of the Davidson Journal that will be published in December of 2014. With this amount of “lag time,” some of the news that you read here will have already reached you. This year, 2014, is a big year for the Class of 1956. Most of us were born sometime during 1934, which means that most of us will celebrate our 80th birthday this year, so let’s start this issue of the Davidson Journal with a happy birthday wish to ourselves individually, and to the Class of 1956 collectively. What a great class! As reported in this space before, we are the only class in Davidson history to have produced two Rhodes Scholars. Now for the key question. Have you been back to the campus and to the town lately? Have you sent in any information at all to Alumni Relations about yourself, your family, your career, your great achievements, or any grandchildren who may have attended Davidson? Methinks not. This is the kind of stuff that is needed to keep you up to date on what is going on. Think about letting us know what is going on in your life right now. You might think that things are quiet on the old campus right now. Wrong! The TIP program, an acronym for Talent Identification Program has been in full swing. This is a Duke University initiative dedicated to serving academically gifted youth. These are rising eighth-graders getting a feel for campus life and being helped to reach their highest potential. Hmm. Let’s think back now, what were we doing when we were rising eighth-graders? Also on campus this summer, as every summer, the July Experience, a three-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors, is providing high school students with a feel for college life. You may think the campus is quiet during the summer months, but it is anything but quiet. Come back and see all of this for yourself. There is also a lot of excitement about the building addition to the Baker Sports Complex, a major project that will add a lot to all phases of campus life. Shovels are not in the ground yet, but close.

Another reason to come back to Davidson is to see what is going on with Main Street. At a glance it looks pretty much like the Main Street you remember, but if we could snake a tributary of the Seine River through town you would think you were in Paris. Multiple new eateries have opened and most have sidewalk dining of some fashion. Saturday and Sunday mornings crowds are standing in line at several places for breakfast or brunch. The farmers market of summer Saturday mornings brings crowds of people not only from Davidson, but from surrounding communities to shop. Davidson truly has become a “happening place” without losing its smalltown charm. So the message here is come back to campus, see all the great things going on, and stop by Alumni Relations and let us know what is going on in your life so it can be reported in these pages. A bit of bad news is all we have to report on classmates. Stan Miller died July 30, 2014. A bit of irony around the service for Stan is that his memorial service is taking place in Enid, Okla., at this very moment, as these notes are being prepared, Aug. 1, 2014. The obituary for Stan can be found on the college’s In Memoriam website. Contact: Hobby Cobb, P.O. Box 2166, Davidson, NC 28036-2166; 704-894-0104; janecobb@ bellsouth.net E. Thomas Miller, 414 Lorimer Rd., Davidson, NC 28036-0290; 704-997-5263; etmiller72@ att.net FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of James Daughdrill Jr. who passed away May 3.


AS TOLD BY: Bill Morrow, Class Secretary The Davidson College class of 1957: Ah, but what an outstanding bunch we are (some of us, anyway)! By the time you read this, Chuck Wright will have assumed his duties as poet laureate of the United States! This honor comes following his distinguished career as a professor of English at the University of Virginia and recipient of many literary honors, including that 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Congratulations, Chuck. In March, North Carolina’s highest award for public service and citizenship was presented to Bob Blythe. The “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” recognized Bob’s 51 years of service as the city attorney for Huntersville. During Bob’s tenure, Huntersville, that place where we used to go in order to telephone Charlotte toll-free, has grown its population from about 1,000 to 50,000-plus. We don’t stop there. In April, Stuart Fountain also joined the ranks of the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” Stuart was cited for more than three decades of service to North Carolina’s community college system on the local and statewide level. He has also held high posts in the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. And there’s that Rotary District Governorship, too. Well done, Stuart. Our ever-young athlete/artist Bill Gramley never stops competing. At the 2014 USA Masters Track & Field Championships, conveniently held in July in his home town of Winston-Salem, Bill came away with four runner-up finishes in the 75-plus (age, that is) division: shot put, discus, weight throw, and hammer throw. What’s more, as the meet began, Bill was the defending national champion in the discus, weight throw, and hammer throw. WINTER 2015


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www.davidson.edu/planned-giving Bill Jackson continues to practice freelance journalism, occasionally for the Huffington Post as well as some North Carolina newspapers, and often rattling the cages of the comfortable. He wrote some interesting and nostalgic emails about the recently announced demise of the D.C. laundry. Can’t print them here (not enough space), but email Bill and maybe he can send them to you. From his Maine summer home Boyce Martin writes that he and wife Anne are making progress against their illnesses. Their granddaughter Sophie Johnson, scheduled to enter Davidson in August 2014, will represent the sixth generation of the family to attend D.C. Doubtful if there’s another family with this legacy. From Maitland, Fla. John Jackson reports that he’s making a slow but steady recovery from a staph infection of a heart valve, and that he’s soon to be treated for a similar infection in the lower back. “Otherwise,” he says, “things are OK!” Contact: Bill Morrow, P.O. Box 1692, Mooresville, NC 28115; 704-664-2308; morrowcb@gmail.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gaylord Walker Jr. who passed away Aug. 19.


AS TOLD BY: Hayden Hollingsworth, Class Secretary Bill Huntley and Gladys hosted 16 immediate family members (including three great-grandchildren) for a week at Amelia Island, arriving from all across the country. The Huntleys will be attending a national family reunion this summer in Cincinnati. Cecil Dickson has overcome retirement and is now selling real estate for fun and, we hope, profit. Willie Thompson is speechless (not likely!) over Davidson joining the Atlantic 10. Bob Baker and his companion, Ann, spent Hampden-Sydney Commencement weekend with Willie and Sally. Don’t



forget to check out Willie’s Amazon book listings! Our most published classmate, I suspect. Gil Grossman and Jane continue their world travels from Asheville. Gilmour Lake and Jerry Norvell chaired the annual fundraising drive for our class and did their usual stellar job. The books are closed on fiscal year 2014 at Davidson. Overall, the Davidson community contributed $17,018,302 and had 58.58 percent participation for The Fund for Davidson. That is $3 million above our $14 million goal and a new record for Davidson! And, more specifically, 70 percent of our class contributed a remarkable $50,054 in gifts to The Fund for Davidson this year. Yolanda Gilliam, our contact with Alumni Relations, reports that we have almost $255,000 in our class scholarship fund. The recipient since 2011 is Kristian Garciamendez-Rowold ’15, a rising senior who is captain of the men’s soccer team and a math major. I received a pleasant note of thanks from him. Dave Wood, who worked at Vanderbilt for 25 years, took his son to Omaha for the NCAA World Series, which the Commodores won. Contact: Hayden Hollingsworth, 6107 Sulgrave Rd., Roanoke, VA 24018; 540-725-1340; jhayden2003@cox.net


AS TOLD BY: Charles Massey, Class Secretary Our 55th Reunion took place June 5-7. Thanks to great leadership by Richie King and Scott Woodmansee and the hard work by Davidson’s wonderful Alumni staff, 43 of our classmates gathered in friendship and fellowship. On Thursday night a group of us got together at a local restaurant to reacquaint ourselves, share tales from the past and learn what’s happened during the last 55 years. Zach McClendon attended his first Davidson reunion since leaving us for U. of Arkansas in 1956. He started a boat building business and grew it to over 200 dealerships before selling it. Zach owns Union Bank in Monticello, Ark. Mel Jones transferred to Duke where he received his engineering degree. Mel is a consulting

engineer in Charlotte. He writes “Judy and I enjoyed the reunion; hope to see you at the next reunion.” Friday presented us with a variety of activities. Some of us played golf; some toured campus, others attended classes. Smith Murphey and David Long had a nice visit with Dr. Sam Maloney who resides at The Pines at Davidson. Smith lives in Sumner, Miss., where he has served as mayor. Friday night was our reunion dinner. After a short reception, Scott Woodmansee welcomed everyone and called on Vernon Broyles for an invocation after which we had a wonderful dinner. A moment of silence was observed for our 71 classmates who are deceased. President Emeritus John Kuykendall entertained us with his remarks and reflections on our class. His wonderful speech made us all feel good as he told us all of the things that make the Class of ’59 special. Next an announcement was made that our class gift had exceeded $10 million! Good work, guys. Tom Jefferson, on behalf of the Alumni Association Board presented Richard Brubaker an Alumni Award. Congratulations “Bru.” Richie King’s closing remarks included thanks to the staff who served us and sent us off to rest for Saturday’s events. The details in the Friday events above were included to help us old guys remember what a great time we had at our 55th... and to encourage those unable to attend to stay healthy and to return to Davidson for our 60th Reunion... or sooner. Charles D. Massey, 400 Avinger Ln., Apt. 443, Davidson, NC 28036-6704; 704-896-1443; CDM5050@aol.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Peter Morrisett passed away Aug. 18. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


AS TOLD BY: Gordon Spaugh, Class Secretary The Rev. Dr. James “Jim” Black recently celebrated his 50th year as an active pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA. After serving congregations in several states, Jim was the pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years. He spent the last eleven years serving as interim pastor of congregations in the valley of Virginia, Savannah, Ga., Beaufort, S.C., Long Island, N. Y., Flint, Mich., Panama City, Fla. and two in Jacksonville. He doubts he will ever retire. He jests that he has asked his wife, Virginia, to have his remains placed in an hourglass on the mantle so all can see that he is “still working.” The Blacks lost one son this past summer, but are greatly enjoying spending time with the remaining three and their families in the Jacksonville area, especially the seven “grands.” Dr. David Robinson earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and then taught history at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., for eight years in the 1970s. It was there that he met his wife, Rudite, who was finishing a Ph.D. in history and working in the dean’s office. In the late 1970s David became a professor of history at Michigan State University, where he recently retired as a university distinguished professor. His research took him to West Africa and France, where he frequently gave lectures. They continue to live in midMichigan, but frequently visit and vacation with family and friends in the Carolinas. They recently returned from a vacation on Bald Head Island. Regarding a memorial to Alex Porter, who died April 18, 2014, Liz Boehmler ’98 wrote “The gift that the Davidson College Alumni Association made to the DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

Endowed Library Fund in memory of Uncle Alex means a great deal to our family. Uncle Alex’s death was unexpected and sudden and cut short a life filled with friends, family, books, music and work. He had an inquisitive mind and never faltered in his pursuit of knowledge. He had an insatiable thirst for learning. He would have been pleased by the gift to the Endowed Library Fund. We take solace in the great number of lives Uncle Alex touched with his kindness, sympathy and good humor.” Contact: Gordon Spaugh, 365 Roslyn Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104; 336-722-9130; gspaugh@juno.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We hope you are planning to join classmates June 5-6, 2015, for your 55th Reunion. For more information visit the Davidson website or contact your reunion class chairs, Charlie Smith (bearvicki@charter. net) and Dave McCullough (daddyculla@aol.com). We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Cassada Jr. who passed away March 5, 2013.


AS TOLD BY: Marshall LaFar, Class Secretary Bob Gordon has sent us a message of thanks. Once again we made Bob happy. Our class goal was $100,000 and we hit $186,895! Our goal for percentage of class members was 75 percent and we hit 76.15 percent. Larry Butch Rogers has done it again. He now has a new book he has written entitled Sword and Scalpel...a Doctor Looks Back at Viet Nam. All profits from the book sales will go to the Wounded Warriors Project. Here is an update of a few of our members: Dick Smith and his wife Betty Ann live in Easton, Pa. They have been married for 53 years and have three daughters and four grandchildren. Dick retired after 40 years of service as a Presbyterian minister. He was a pastor in northeastern Vermont, Rochester, N.Y. and East Brunswick, N.J. Dick’s pastimes are now playing golf, traveling and spending time with his fine model railroad. Some interesting items are that Dick and other fellow pastors voluntarily rode with local police in their patrol cars on Friday nights. To the surprise of the police officers, they were very helpful in several situations, especially pertaining to domestic disturbances. Their counseling abilities were very useful. Another involvement is that Dick spent much time assisting inmates at Attica Prison in Rochester after the famous prison riot of 1971. He was involved with the Bridge Ministries. Another update is for Alec Gould, Dick Smith’s roommate for three years. Alec and his wife Kristy have been married for 50 years and have four children and seven grandchildren. They live in Williamsburg, Va. They recently helped his mother celebrate her one hundredth birthday. Alec has now been retired for 10 years. He served for 42 years as the superintendent of the National Park Service in four separate areas of the Southeast. If you want to hear some exciting stories and facts, get Alec to tell you about working for Lyndon Johnson during the last six months of Johnson’s life. He continued working for Lady Bird Johnson for the next nine years. Harrison May married Patricia Ferguson and they have been married for 45 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Harrison joined


the National Guard as a private in 1962 and went to OCS at Fort Benning in 1964. He graduated from Virginia Law School in 1965 and went with a Roanoke law firm. In 1967 they moved back to Staunton and Harrison then joined a Staunton law firm. He was elected President of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys in 1976. He was a member of the Board of Governors, Criminal Law Section, Virginia State Bar from 1978 through 1981. He was elected President of the Virginia National Guard Association in 1982. Also in 1982, Harrison became the juvenile and domestic relations judge for the 25th Judicial District. He transferred to JAG (Judge Advocate General) and served as staff judge advocate for the 29th Infantry Division and later for Headquarters, Virginia Army National Guard. Harrison retired from the guard in 1989 as a colonel and retired as a judge in 2001. Harrison is currently the chairman of the board of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation. It appears that Harrison enjoyed two separate careers. Contact: W. Marshall LaFar, 2562 Pinewood Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054; 704-861-8585 (w); fax, 704-865-3415; mlafar@yahoo.com


AS TOLD BY: John Goodman, Class Secretary Duncan Morton retired June 30 as head surgeon at Pediatric Surgical Associates of Charlotte, ending 38 years in medicine. Duncan’s insightful “Musings at Retirement” column was published in the Charlotte Business Journal July 18. Barbara and Pete Jorgensen celebrated their 32nd anniversary in June. Pete extends greetings to the class. He fondly remembers our 2010 Wild Dunes reunion near their Mount Pleasant, S.C., home. Sandy and Charlie Freeland celebrated their 50th anniversary May 31. They returned to Austin, Texas, accompanied by both children and two of their four grandchildren. At their children’s request they toured the places where they met, married and honeymooned. On June 20 Joe Robinson commemorated his 74th birthday and his and Mary Kay’s 44th anniversary as guest for the inaugural presentation of WDAV’s “Classical Profile,” a series of occasional visits with classical music lovers. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has named Graham Allison to its 2014 class. It recognized his “long and distinguished career in academia and government” and noted he “is perhaps best known for his work to confront and reduce the risk of nuclear weapons.” In January the New Georgia Encyclopedia published its updated article on Wyche Fowler and his career in public service. Johanna and Frank Watson last summer explored southern Utah and northern Arizona and reunited with Rosemary and Bernard Swope ’63. Our sympathies are with Joe Jackson’s widow Barb and others of their family at his May 5 death in Jacksonville, Fla., resulting from complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. Among those at the July 23 memorial service in Maine were Cindy and Louis Burton, Gail and Al Edgar, Jackie and Dick Hills, Pat and Jim Jamison, Don Saunders, Ann and Russ Showalter, and Susan and Bob Snead. Our sympathies are with Charles Hargis’s widow Beth and others of their family at his July 6 death in Fincastle, Va. On the July 14 death of Edwin West Jr. of Bermuda

Run near Winston-Salem, we extend sympathy to his brother, Harry West, and cousin, Pat Currie. Our thanks to George Trask, creator of our website, for updating the “In Memoriam” section of the site. Type the “wordpress” address from the end of our class’s notes, below, into your address bar, and then click on the “In Memoriam” tab. Two significant health-related nonprofits are directly connected to ’62. The Joe Martin ALS Foundation’s mission is to provide free homecare services to families coping with a loved one living with amyotropic lateral sclerosis. Lew Zirkle founded SIGN Fracture Care International to provide care to injured poor in developing countries. To learn more, go to Google and type in each charity’s name. Bob Hartness and Tom Harris hosted the second annual Abstemious Cup in Elkin. Thumper’s team of Lynwood Mallard, Bob Porter and Flake Sherrill, thanks to Mallard’s putter, successfully defended its title in defeating Hartman’s team of Pat Currie, Ed Hines and Worth Williamson. Ann and Bill Kirkland’s granddaughter Mimi Kirkland has been cast in the role of precocious Louise Mulligan in the TNT series, “Murder in the First.” Ann and Bill celebrated their 51st anniversary Aug. 3. Earlier this year a CD, “A Good War Dies Hard: The Civil War Remembered through Song and Story,” was recorded, mixed/mastered and released by my West Virginia traditional music group, Presby Pickers. Featuring 14 period songs plus letters and stories, the CD is available for $10 plus $3 for postage; if interested, contact me. Contact: John Goodman, 108 N. Robeson St., Elizabethtown, NC 28337; 910-862-3730; davidson1962@gmail.com; presbypicker2@ gmail.com; davidson62.wordpress.com


AS TOLD BY: Jim Hendrix, Class Secretary You guys are doing better— I’ve actually heard from a couple of you! Please keep those news briefs coming my way. Henry Keiter wrote with a good update. He and his wife, also a physician, have a family full of females: two daughters and four granddaughters. He recently retired from a career as a board-certified psychiatrist with the VA, having specialized in the treatment of combat-related PTSD. This worthy service was recognized by the Disabled American Veterans as well as by him being awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Given the difficulties we have all read of late about the VA, it is good to know that Henry gave to our veterans so many years of quality medical care. Bill Thompson emailed that he and Frances are in the midst of planning a trip to New Zealand, probably in February of 2015. Since I will be in that beautiful country trout fishing that same month we are hopeful of at least a brief rendezvous. Bobby Austell and I had a chance encounter at the Greenville/Spartanburg airport luggage carousel in early June. He reported that he is enjoying retirement but is still involved coaching the tennis team at Christ Church Episcopal School. He was justly proud to tell me that the team is perennial champs of their league. I saw Charlie Safley in Memphis when I was passing through town on my way to Colorado in early July. He and Donna came to dinner with one of my daughters, her family, and me. He continues to practice dermatology three weeks out of each month and he and Donna travel in the remaining off time. WINTER 2015


Save the Date! REUNION June 5–7, 2015 www.davidson.edu/alumni Porter Halyburton, taking a slight break from his ongoing world travels, emailed that he was in Tennessee taking a two-week pottery course. Porter, some of those jugs you make would be perfect for Appalachian “Moonshine”—set some aside for our 55th reunion! We extend condolences to the family of Nobutoku Tatsuta who passed away on June 24, 2014, in Tokyo. Nobutoku was enrolled as a “special student” from September 1962 to April 1963 and was classified as a member of our class. We believe he was the first Japanese student to be enrolled at Davidson. Contact: Jim Hendrix, P.O. Box 2094, Cashiers, NC 28717-2094; 404-313-2084; jamesphendrix@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Carlton Cole, Class Secretary What a great reunion it was! It was fun, but more than that, it was almost like a religious experience. It was great being with old friends, but more than that, it was great connecting on a meaningful level with classmates we had known only casually and had not seen in many years. I think everyone there came under the spell of Davidson all over again. I and more than 80 other classmates who attended owe great thanks to Billy Mills and John Spratt for chairing the reunion; the “drones who manned the phones,” too many to list; Hank Ackerman and those who helped him produce The Gold 50th Anniversary Edition of Scripts ‘N Pranks (ask the college for a copy if you weren’t there); Joe McCutchen and Walt MacDonald, who organized and led the memorial service for classmates who have died since graduation; Bill Ferris for talking about his book, “The Storied South”, and John Spratt for his remarks on ethics in government (available electronically from the college); President Carol Quillen for her inspiring talk about the college and a remarkable Q & A session; Roy Alexander for organizing and leading the Nature Conservancy hike; Cole Barton, Terry Holland, Bill Pruitt ’62, and John Kuykendall ’59 for speaking at the Friday and Saturday night dinners; the wonderful Davidson College staff, who made everything run smoothly, seemingly without effort; and many others. Congratulations to Jim Killebrew on receiving the Alumni Service Award and Jim Moore on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. I wish there were space to bring you up to date on lives of those I had a chance to talk to, but that will have to wait. That’s all good news, but there was also bad news. Just before the reunion, L. H. Hutchens lost his wife, Brenda, as the result of a stroke. Also just before the reunion, Ed Rude died. Ed had been a lawyer in Tallahassee for 40 years and an active member of the Boy Scouts, at all levels, for 63 years. Bob Gregory died in May at his home in Sanford, Florida. Born and raised in Deland, Bob was a banker in Davidson, also coaching baseball and football in the town. He and his family later moved back to Florida where Bob worked in the family business and then his own, and for Campus Crusade for Christ. He volunteered for many years in jails and prisons, eventually becoming a full-time Good News Jail and Prison Chaplain at the Seminole County jail. Our condolences go out to L. H. and to the families of Ed and Bob. Please let me know what has been going on in your lives and please consider registering at Alenda Links on the Davidson web site at www.davidson.edu/ alendalinks, a place where you can search for friends and leave news of your own.



Contact: Carlton Cole, 1009 Hardee Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33146-3329; fax, 305-667-9757; 305667-7710 (b); carlton842@aol.com


AS TOLD BY: John Curry, Class Secretary Jim White is the primary advocate for the creation of a memorial on the Davidson campus in recognition of those graduates who gave the last full measure in service to our country during the Viet Nam war. As a number of you have, I’ve seen Bernie Ephland’s name on the Washington Wall. Are there others from our class? My cousin in Huntington, W.Va. arranged a small dinner at her home for my wife and me and another couple when we visited last June. Unbeknownst to my relative, she had brought together two members of the class of ’65, as the other guests were David Dalrymple and his wife Bonnie Boyce. He continues his practice as a Jungian therapist and Unitarian minister and she is a minister in a Huntington area Presbyterian Church. After finishing Davidson, Gary Martin spent his army service in Korea where he grew to admire the local culture and food. It should come as no surprise that, while they were both graduate students at UNCCH, he met his future wife, Christina Sun yang Choi, a native of Korea. His economics Ph.D. gave him the opportunity for employment at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and residence in the northern Virginia suburbs where he and Christina raised three sons, all now out of the nest. Retirement has given the couple time for a lengthy visit to their many relatives in Korea. Dave is also a poet and commentator whom you can follow at dcdave.com. A little more than two years ago, Dan Hanks sustained multiple injuries in an auto accident in Rome, Ga. his hometown. I am pleased to report he has made a substantial recovery which, given the extent to which he was banged up, could not have come without much determination and hard work. He was fully engaged in his profession as a member of the Rome Radiology Group for more than thirty years. He managed as well to find time to serve on the boards of a significant number of local, state and national professional organizations. For his dedication he was recently named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Georgia Medical School “in recognition of a life of distinction, imminence and excellence” and, in addition, the Georgia Radiological Society created a fellowship in his name. I wonder how he and his wife “Dinky” found time to teach their son Dan to kick well enough to be the punter on the Davidson football team? John Bourdeaux ’63 says he has enjoyed every place he has lived including Lecanto, Fla. where, after moving there from Texas in 2008, he recently announced his retirement from a very successful career in the building supply industry. He reports “feeling great” and enjoying every minute of free time the change has provided. Contact: John S. Curry, Box 2091, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-215-4512; john@ johncurryattorney.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We hope you are planning to join classmates June 5-7, 2015, for your 50th Reunion. For more information visit the Davidson website or contact your reunion class chairs, Barry Teague (teague_barry@nlvmail.com) and Ken Essex (kessex@essexrichards.com). Our sincere condolences are extended to the family

and friends of Ronald Reese who passed away Nov. 18, 2013.


Contact:JamesJ.Terry,1103Hardage Cir., Colleyville, TX 76034-6055; 817421-8685; Jim.Terry@scouting.org

FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Graham Yarbrough sent in this update. “I retired from the IT and software industry in June and my wife and I have moved to Flagstaff Arizona. After a 40-year career developing software—much of which is in the Internet today for many of the major and minor computer industry players—I have retired. Barb and I have moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., to “chase rocks,” hike, enjoy the scenery, and explore the backroads in our Jeep Wrangler. We offer visitors a trip to the Grand Canyon, our version of an off-road Jeep tour, a visit to Sedona and its vortexes, and time in our favorite brew pub.” We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Hash, who passed away May 14.


AS TOLD BY: Bryant Hinnant, Class Secretary Dennis Dobson (but he has gone by Ed since the Army) is one who asked about Paul Curlee, so I traded information. Dennis’ bucket list includes attending our 50th reunion and sending class notes for the first time (cool, I think, I’m a bucket list item now); he still managed to distill 47-plus years into only 20 lines or so. I’ve done him even better: Married (1967); Vietnam (1969); Wall Street (1970-1973) as broker; Greenville, S.C. (1973-current) as broker; selfpublisher of eight books; founded and ran publishing company focusing on stock trading called Traders Press, Inc. with several books on Amazon; retired 1992; divorced 1999. Now happily married to California beach girl Donna, together they share five children and two grandchildren. The only sad note was the loss of his son Allan in 2001; otherwise, he seems to have enjoyed his life fully so far. No doubt many interesting stories in there, which he’ll be more than happy to share at our 50th. Frank Goldsmith has decided to return to Spain this fall and walk a different pilgrimage route from his Camino de Santiago in 2013—this one combining Camino del Salvador and the Camino Primitivo to join Camino Frances. A little under four weeks, much shorter than the six weeks last year, details will follow assuming his 69-year-old knees cooperate. He also wrote an op-ed piece for Time magazine in the June 6, 2014 edition on Guantanamo Bay, discussing his involvement as a defense counsel for five detainees there. I found the article very interesting and informative, and I’m very proud that I know someone like Frank. I have the link if you can’t find it. The news came with some interesting sidebars—TV interviews by Al Jazeera and Democracy Now, and Radio France Internationale. You’ll have to ask Frank for those links. Contact: Bryant Hinnant, 8 Bittersweet Trail, Norwalk, CT 06853; 203-299-3231 (b); 203855-9871 (h); 203-912-4861 (c); fax, 203-2991355; bhinnant@att.net


AS TOLD BY: Bruce Weihe, Class Secretary The Prosser clan continues to come to thrive at Davidson—Julian Prosser reports that his granddaughter, Elizabeth (daughter of Norma Rodriguez Prosser and J. BranDAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

theUnion: Alumni son Prosser III, both Davidson graduates, class of 1990) has enrolled as part of the Class of 2018, having been selected as a Bonner Scholar. Elizabeth was covaledictorian and outstanding senior woman in her high school class, and was the recipient of the Wake Forest High School Drama Department’s Renaissance Award. As you should be aware, Cecil Clifton moved back to Davidson a couple of years ago, following the earlier leads of Andy Beard and Eddie Beach. As of earlier this summer, Davidson also is the new home of Tom and Susan Clayton. Tom advises that his first priority upon relocating is checking with the postmaster (apparently the P.O. is still the recipient of all incoming mail) to see if his June 1968 Playboy ever arrived. As noted in recent editions of the Journal, our class has taken the lead in conceiving and implementing the initiative to encourage active participation in confronting major problems in today’s world, and work to figure out solutions. Led by Chief Agitator Tom Caldwell, ably assisted by George Shaw and a number of others from the Class of ’68, the Agitators are working to achieve their goal of “50 by 50”— having at least 50 percent of the class involved in civic engagement by our 50th reunion in 2018. To that end, the group funded an intern—Devin Holland ’15—to work with the Office of Alumni Relations over the summer to process the survey that was circulated in late spring, and work to promote an action plan for alumni civic engagement. Devin has done an outstanding job summarizing the results of the survey—more than 800 responded—and the group now is coordinating contacts at alumni chapters across the country, and evaluating similar civic involvement activities of peer colleges and universities. More news to come! Don’t know if you can use either of these, but...I just returned from a trip to Israel and Jordan with a Charlotte church. Among the 12 people on the trip were Chris Daniels ’82, and his wife Terri and son “Roo.” Chris is an attorney in Columbia, S.C. with Nelson Mullins, et al and specializes in product liability defense. I will also tell you that another attorney, Peter Bynum ’91, has become a Presbyterian minister. He has recently been called from First Presbyterian Rocky Mount to be senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Concord effective Aug. 1. Contact: Bruce Weihe, 1100 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; 954-607-6723 (w); bweihe@bawlawyer.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Buck Coyne Jr., who passed away July 28, 2014, in Charlotte.


AS TOLD BY: Tony Orsbon, Class Secretary The sun never sets on the British Empire or the Class of ’69... Lifted by grace, from the despair of isolation and absent human contact, by the Reunion 2014, I learned a few things of note. K.D. Weeks carried our evening dinner with good welcomes to all. We had about 70 attending, plus wives, girlfriends and some pets. Bobby Vagt, who told many stories on himself, is now on the board, and apparently the leader of it, of Rice Energy Company, a public company. I don’t know how one makes energy out of rice, but it occurs to DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

me that the Asian world has sustained generations of humanity on it. Bobby admits that he, even as a child, was drawn to the character of Uncle Ben. Sam Bell confided that he is eager, but anxious, about the move to the A-10. Sam makes a life out of Wildcat basketball, and he is hoping to keep the value of his Davidson season tickets and his membership at Churchill Downs to pass to his children. Randy Phillips is practicing law in Charlotte, with a great firm, and planning some forays into the wilds of New York and Los Angeles as he and Emily enjoy the fruits of his lifelong labors. Cader Howard is manager of his own firm in Cary. Cader does mostly business litigation and commercial law. Cader’s fee schedule appears to show success at commerce. Tom Alison is senior VP of marketing services in St. Pete, Fla. At Harvard Business School, Tom learned about e-marketing, which allows him to sell stuff that nobody needs, to people who really don’t want it, charging a hefty price that nobody can afford, and making an obscene profit, all without leaving his desk, coffee and sweet roll. Blake Anderson is senior specialist at AON Corporation in Germany. Blake suspects that he is a pawn for Angela Markel, doing her sub rosa bidding, but isn’t sure. Blake seemed unsure about a lot of things. I nagged each of the classmates at reunion to grant me some scandal for publication. Mostly I was unsuccessful, but much more is to come in the next few issues. In the meantime, know that Ms. Bettina is not dead, and has enjoyed many adventures. Unfortunately she is the victim of the need for publication space in this fine Journal. Perhaps a future column devoted just to her (and Yancey, her longtime companion and part time therapist) will be permitted. Contact: R. Anthony Orsbon, 2819 Rothwood Dr., Charlotte, NC 28211; 704-556-9600 (b); fax, 704-556-9601; torsbon@oandflaw.com


AS TOLD BY: Jim McAdams, Class Secretary Jerry Withrow, an urgent care physician in Charlotte, writes that last October he and brother Glenn, along with Jerry’s son, Matthew, flew to Katmandu, Nepal, and did a 100-mile hike in the Himalayas. He also does side gigs as a “ship’s doctor” for National Geographic which has taken him to Antarctica, the Amazon, and Cambodia, among other exotic destinations. Asheville and the Western North Carolina mountains are increasingly drawing Terry and Marsha Millar. They spend as much time as possible there with daughters Bonnie ’96 and Kate, and grandkids. Terry has eased away from litigation and into a more restricted practice involving arbitration and mediation. On July 14 David Thompson happily welcomed into the world grandson James Conrad Thompson (Class of ’36?). Todd Hutton, having served 17 years as president of Utica College, has added another impressive entry to his CV. In April, the Commission of Independent Colleges & Universities elected him as its new chairman. Dr. Jim Winship’s newest book was published in July 2014. “Coming of Age in El Salvador” (Verdada Press) is about the many challenges that El Salvador’s youth currently face, including whether to stay in their homeland or leave for the U.S. or elsewhere. In his review on Amazon, Raleigh Phillips writes glowingly of Jim’s treatment of this and other complex questions.

Apparently, Raleigh actually bought and read the book, unlike for many of his Humes classes. Norm Cary is enjoying his 11th year of retirement from the federal government, and wife, Marna, has recently joined him in that status. They have relocated from Hyattsville to Rockville, Md., where Norm plays tuba in some local bands and is in a brass choir with the Carolina Renaissance Faire in Huntersville. Bill Cockrill has retired after 13 years of practicing law and 25 years as a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, including time as interim pastor at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. He and Kathy plan to travel whenever possible to their place in Montreat, and to New York and California to visit their children and grandchildren. Saying goodbye to lesson plans and lecture notes, Peter Hobbie retired in May as the Cornelson Professor of the Christian Religion at Presbyterian College. He plans to remain close by in Clinton, S.C., through the end of 2014. Having retired from the law as a superior court judge, Calvin Murphy’s main activities now consist of holding court with his three grandchildren in Carrollton, Ga., visiting his daughter in Washington, D.C., traveling, and doing “whatever strikes my fancy.” TGC of ’70 had 81.2 percent participation in The Fund for Davidson. We owe many thanks for that distinction to Tom Bersuder, Mike Bumgarner and Frank Heiner. Our condolences to Randy Carter on the death of his mother, Alice, June 4, and to McCrae Ewart following the death of his father, Jack ’43, May 17. Contact: Jim McAdams, 119 Kanasgowa Dr., Brevard, NC 28712; 828-8772728; jimmcadams3@yahoo.com; dcgreatclassof1970@gmail.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We hope you are planning to join classmates for your 35th Reunion June 5-7, 2015. For more information visit the Davidson website or contact your reunion class chairs, Jamie May (james.may@unc.edu) and Pat Bray (pbray360@aol.com).


AS TOLD BY: Nicholas G. Dumich & David E. Buck, Class Secretaries Basketball star Rev. Ronnie Stelzer continues as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and headmaster of their prep school, Our Savior New American School, Centereach, New York. The high school basketball team won two championships in national tournaments and was ranked ninth nationally. Their star Cherick Diallo received the Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports award as New York Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Congratulations, Ron. Doesn’t surprise us at all! Two of our ’71 classmates, Edward “Ted” Heefner and Reif Kessler enjoyed the Davidson Enchanting Ireland trip this past June. They enjoyed getting to know Dean of Students Tom Shandley, a close friend and member of co-class secretary David Buck’s church, St. Alban’s Episcopal, in Davidson. They certainly recommend these Davidson alumni trips to all of us. Sean McCormick, the original “Big Mac,” and his wife Rosie are planning for a fall celebration in their hometown of South Bend, Ind., as their daughter, Megan, is to be married in mid-October. Sean and Rosie also have two sons and six grandchildren who keep them young. Sean made arrangements to have WINTER 2015


theUnion: Alumni Notre Dame’s “Touchdown Jesus” oversee the nuptials. He always was well connected. Dave Bradley updates us with this: “I raised two sons, Philip and Scott, who are now 34 and 31, respectively. Phil graduated from Cornell and then earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins, and he lives in Arlington, Va. He works as a financial analyst for a large D.C. law firm. Scott spent 10 years at M.I.T. going from undergrad through Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and now lives in Lakewood, Colo. with his wife (also a three-degree MIT alum). Both are employed by the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. We lost my wife Diane to cancer in 2007, something we still haven’t entirely gotten over yet. We were married for 32 years. I retired from the Department of Justice in 2008 after 36 years of Federal service, including four-and-a-half years as a naval officer (went to OCS with our classmate the late Norwood Poland) but I’m still working for the department as a part-time consultant. I live in Bethesda, Md., on the edge of D.C., in the same house we brought son Phil home to after he was born.” We extend our deepest condolences to the family and close friends of our classmate, Mike Elliott who passed away on July 2, 2014 at the age of 64. His friendships spanned decades and especially notable was his continued relationship with a loyal group of beach friends from Davidson College, and his annual participation in the “Davidson Tarpon Tournament” each year at Hugh Dennis’s place in Islamorada Key. He loved his family, his job, his students, his gardening, his cats, the cabin, his friends and most of all, his Elizabeth, who took his life from black and white to Technicolor. Among those attending a memorial service for Mike on July 11, 2014, at Colorado State University were 20 or so Davidson alumni, including Hugh Dennis and Floyd Strand. Mike’s full obituary is available at on the college website’s memorial page. Please drop us an email or call to let us know what you’ve been up to. Contact: Nicholas G. Dumich, ndumich@ bellsouth.net, 770-241-5550; or David E. Buck, david@saintalbansdavidson.org, 704-4252133.


AS TOLD BY: Tom Holcomb, Class Secretary Patrick Reardon and Margaret Keith live in the Ft. Worth, Texas, area where Patrick’s law practice involves mergers, acquisitions, and securities law. After practicing with a couple of large firms, he started his own practice in 1996. Patrick and Margaret Keith have two children and two grandchildren. He recently completed a term as chairman of the board of the United Community Centers. The UCC operates three centers that provide food, clothing, literacy programs and after-school programs to disadvantaged neighborhoods. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography and reading history and about world affairs. After retiring six years ago as the as head of the corporate section in the Glaxo, Smith, Kline legal department, Don Parman has been active volunteering through the Philadelphia Bar Association and other groups. He was the recipient of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award for 2014. Don worked with approximately 50 homeowners who were facing foreclosure in the mortgage diversion program. He also utilized his background in business law to originate a legal clinic to assist low-income micro- entrepreneurs,



and he also staffs another clinic as part of a community development organization. Don says that there are worthwhile contributions to be made in retirement by simply giving of one’s time. Don and Barbara have three married children with grandchildren in Oakland and Denver. He is also on the Board of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Dan Clodfelter has continued his public service by stepping in to serve as mayor of Charlotte in a time of need after the former mayor was arrested on corruption charges. Our condolences to John Davidson whose wife Rebecca passed away from cancer in April 2014. Rebecca loved the theater and was able to fulfill a goal of appearing in the role of Kate in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in January. John has two daughters in their 20s, and the youngest is completing her B.F.A at Coastal Carolina. John, like his father, practices hyberbaric medicine in the St. Louis area. He has continued to be active with the Kirkwood Theater Guild working as, and supervising master carpenters. At Davidson, he participated in the production of Billy Budd. After 23 years, Jim Montgomery has retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Ill. There is an excellent article in the Decatur Herald Review on his retirement from the church, which chronicles Jim’s life in the ministry including his first challenging assignment with a church in Louisiana: “The Civil War wasn’t really over there.” At the Decatur church he has been able to continue the strong tradition of advocacy for social justice and advocacy, and he is especially proud of the changes in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) allowing the appointment of gay and lesbian deacons and elders. Jim has continued using his talents from Male Chorus days and appeared as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at Theater 7, and also in 2014 played a singer in The Cotton Patch Gospel. Elysa and Jim are moving to Indianapolis to be closer to children and grandchildren, and where Jim also will explore what else a life in ministry holds in store. John Kenyon is enjoying a serene retirement in Richmond, although he related that he sometimes aspires to be the caretaker at a local park he enjoys. He and Charlotte have four young grandchildren in the area. Our condolences to Duff Bruce on the death of his mother, Mamie Jolley Bruce, June 14, 2014. Contact: Tom Holcomb, 4614 Meadow Valley Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30342-2515; 404-8479325; tholcomb@mclain-merritt.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Catherine “Karen” Quant Sutton who passed away Jan. 9.


AS TOLD BY: Richard Wilson, Class Secretary Andy Davis retired after 38 years of teaching English in Philadelphia and subsequently moved to Pawleys Island, S.C., where he has lived and played a lot of golf the last two years. Mary Clay ’10, the daughter of Dick Clay was married on Aug. 30 in Louisville, Ky. Dick continues the practice of law with Dinsmore. The Dawson Boys are out with a new CD, Big Life. Bob Dawson and brother Ed have written and performed another great collection of songs. If you’re tired of listening to radio music with no tune and meaningless lyrics, this CD is the tonic for that ailment.

Their downloads are free at dawsonboys.com/music. With sadness I report the passing of James Gaynor on July 31. Jay was at Davidson for our freshman and sophomore years before transferring to William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., where he received his bachelor’s in history. His career evolved as a museum curator with an in-depth interest in historic tools and trades. He spent most of his career working in various positions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Contact: Richard V. Wilson, 1236 East Rookwood Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45208; 513-3211524; rwilson14@cinci.rr.com

William J. Harbison and Deputy Attorney General for Tennessee, Berry received his law degree from Vanderbilt after earning undergraduate and master’s degrees from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina, respectively. Active in community and governmental relationships, he currently serves as the honorary consul for the Federal Republic of Germany for Tennessee and has served on the Metropolitan Historical Commission and as president of Sister Cities of Nashville. Contact: Patrick J. Curley, 25 Tanyard Ct., Chapel Hill, NC 27517; 919-932-3512; fax, 919932-3518; patrick@treatuwell.com



AS TOLD BY: Patrick J. Curley, Class Secretary Larry Ruddell is doing well, still in Houston, Texas where the economy is functioning just fine. “Oldest daughter (12) is enjoying drama and sports and is a delight. Son (9) is too much like me and gets stubborn at points but very compassionate and focused and quite a builder! Wife Aylin is a big help and keeps us all in line! I continue to serve as dean at Belhaven University, Houston campus, as well as associate professor in business. I also travel periodically, delivering business ethics programs from a theistic worldview through my non-profit: The Global Institute for Ethical Leadership. Most recently, I visited Nepal (third trip) to support nationals in delivering a two-day seminar in western Nepal and also programs in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the reunion due to travel to Turkey to visit my wife’s family. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you happen to be in Houston... would be great to catch up!” David Reid is now retired after 30 years with the MITRE Corp. Bill Bencini was elected mayor of High Point, N.C. He has spent his life in High Point—except for his time at Davidson College where he got his undergraduate degree, and his years at Wake Forest where he earned an MBA. Bencini also served for a decade on the High Point City Council and, currently sits in the high-profile job of chairman of the board of commissioners. Back in the ’70s, Bill’s father served as mayor of High Point. John Inscoe is the Albert B. Saye Professor of History at the University of Georgia, where he has taught for nearly 30 years. He is the author of several books about race, politics, and the Civil War in Southern Appalachia, and has edited or co-edited volumes on Georgia race relations, Appalachians and race in the 19th century, southern Unionists during the Civil War and Confederate nationalism and identity, produced as a tribute to colleague Emory Thomas. His most recently edited book is “The Civil War in Georgia” (2011), a compilation of articles drawn from the on-line New Georgia Encyclopedia, of which he’s been the editor since 1999. Inscoe is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Miller & Martin recently announced the addition of former Franklin City Attorney Doug Berry to its Nashville office. Berry, formerly with Berry & Harris, is a Williamson County native and has represented a number of Tennessee cities in zoning, eminent domain and utility matters. Berry provided legal counsel to the Board of Mayors and Aldermen, Franklin Planning Commission and Franklin Board of Zoning Appeals from 1989 through 2007. A former law clerk for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

AS TOLD BY: John Randolph, Class Secretary Greetings from the verdant hills of Tulsa. We continued to set records left and right for low temperatures this summer. Amazing! I heard briefly from Tom Kot, who was with our class for a year. He is practicing law in Mogadore, Ohio, and recalls fondly his time playing football with Steve Still and crew. Rick Mullen checked in from Raleigh, which he has called home for the last 30 years or so. Rick has made a career in the financial services industry, currently serving as senior vice president of Coastal Federal Credit Union, one of the 60 largest credit unions in the country. Confirming the small-world theory, he works closely with fellow Davidsonians Terry Woodlief ’72 and Willard Ross ’76. Rick has been married to Aliss for 34 years and has two children. Daughter Joanna graduated with honors from Duke in 2006 and is currently an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Langley AFB. His son, who is married and living in Durham, graduated in 2009 from UNC Chapel Hill and is an engineer at Kitware in Carrboro. Rick still runs, swims, bikes, and plays tennis, and promises to be better at all in retirement. Bill Morris dropped me a nice note to catch up. After more than 20 years as a mental health counselor, he has served the past 15 years as an elementary school counselor with kindergarten and first-grade students, some of whom remind him of Davidson classmates. Hmmm, wonder who? Sadly, he reports losing his wife in 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He is now remarried and finds himself at age 61 with a 16 year old stepdaughter. Interesting to be sure! Over the years, Bill managed to get a song recorded on an album nominated for a Grammy and a book published, which he blames on all the creative writing we had to do at Davidson. With retirement close at hand, Bill built a cabin in the western North Carolina mountains “on the banks of a pristine whitewater trout stream a few miles from the Appalachian Trail.” I have his website info for those interested in taking a look. I managed to track down Marty Williamson who is enjoying the retired life in Suwanee, Ga., after a career first as the information technology director for a power company in Georgia and then as an independent consultant. He claims that his brain’s hard drive has crashed and taken all the memory, but finds good fortune in future son-in-law, a skilled computer science grad who managed to rewire Marty’s satellite/cable/ TV/DVD gear. A valuable addition to the family indeed. Marty fills his time playing what he claims to be a form of golf, is active in the church, fishes inshore and in the Gulf several times a year, and jogs when the wobbly knees allow. When they don’t, he enjoys DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

watching the grandson, who apparently has inherited the athletic gene, playing various sports. Marty has three children. Brian, a teacher, is married to Debbie, a school psychologist, and lives about 30 minutes away in Jefferson, Ga. They have given Marty two grandchildren, Drew and Anna, who he sees quite often. His middle child, Jessica, lives and works for an insurance firm in Nashville. Katie, the youngest, is about to get married in September. She is a pediatric oncologist at The Emory Children’s Healthcare Hospital in Atlanta. She was just inducted into the North Georgia University Sports Hall of Fame— again with that athletic gene. He notes that brother, Eddie Williamson ’74, just retired from coaching where he spent the last 12 or so years at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Please make plans to attend our 40th Reunion, June 5-7, 2015! In closing, I want to extend our class’s condolences to John Robert Phipps on the passing of his father, John Robert Phipps Jr. ’40. Contact: John Randolph, 5248 S. Atlanta Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105-6608; 918-520-0041; jrandolph@praywalker.com


AS TOLD BY: Michael S. Pappas, Class Secretary One of our own, Gary Aston, has always been among the first in line to circle back to where it all began. Last January he went to a b-ball game with Mike Blanchard, and in May he and Ron Powell did the gray-haired groupie thing (he calls it a pilgrimage) to see the sites made famous by the Allman Brothers in Macon. This excursion included seeing Dickey Betts in concert, and they stood at the “brick wall,” where the iconic “Live at Fillmore East” cover photo was taken. Not to leave things unfinished, they “rambled” through Rose Hill Cemetery finding (and no doubt paying due homage) to the graves of Duane Allman, Berry Oakley and Elizabeth Reed, and saw the Little Martha monument and the tomb that was the back cover photo for the first album. And of course, the crash sites. Appropriate maxing out of one of life’s bucket list items. Nothing like reprising “Ramblin’Man!” Brad Swalwell is charging ahead with his involvement in the energy efficiency industry with no sign of slowing down, although wife Peg has retired to undertake the full-time position of official spoiler of their first grandchild. The family lives in Wilmington, Del. Carl Schwartz is doing well. He and wife Linda divide their time between Maryland and Vermont. Carl served as organist-choirmaster pro tem for Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier last year, where he is associate organist normally. Back in the D.C. area he is interim musician at the historic Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Va. until the beginning of December. Their younger son Christopher graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Md. this past June, and their older son Michael lives in Vermont with his own version of the Old Yankee Workshop as a fine woodworker. Dave Gordon is having a lot of success, and having a lot of fun, growing the telemedicine program at the University of Virginia as director of UVA Telemedicine, and is part of the faculty of UVA Public Health Sciences. Dave has been in the telehealth industry for about 15 years. He particularly likes the ’Cats move to the A-10, as he can get to more of their games starting this year.

Speaking of basketball, as this column will take every opportunity to do, our entire class congratulates Coach McKillop on being named #24 on ESPN’s list of top college coaches this past summer. Welldeserved. Should have been higher. And now that the ante has been raised by the conference change, we have no doubt that although we might not go 15-1 in conference play right away, the entire Davidson community will revel in the dynamic that many other schools will be forever looking over their shoulders at who is coming after them! Derry Harper sends a heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of us for our stellar participation in the Fund for Davidson campaign that ended in June. Three out of every five of us (OK, so it was only 59%—I rounded) responded with contributions, which is probably not bad given the fact that younger classes are wondering if we remember our own names. In memoriam, we remember Tom Brenner’s father, Howard Horton Brenner ’49, who passed away in June. And sadly, Dave Green’s wife Pat McClellan-Green died in May after a brief illness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave and their son, William ’12. Contact: Michael S. Pappas, St. Louis, MO; 314973-7799 (c); mspappas@charter.net


AS TOLD BY: Sue McAvoy, Class Secretary Some things never change: John Umhau continues to make the world a better place for us all. Here is his report: “I transferred last year from the National Institutes of Health to work for the Indian Health Service as the clinical director of a hospital in the White Mountains of Arizona. I do much less research, but the Whiteriver Hospital where I work is a special place. The staff is great, the work is rewarding, and the natural surroundings are beautiful (I am recruiting physicians, if anyone is interested!). My wife, Tricia, enjoys homeschooling our three teenage daughters in the resort town of Pinetop where we live.” It was great to hear from Charlie Patterson. After leaving Davidson, completing military service, and picking up an MBA at the University of Virginia, Charlie joined the rail industry and worked for four railroad companies, CSX, Great Lakes Transportation, CN, and finally as the chief commercial officer at RailAmerica. He then started a boutique consulting company, The Charlton Group, in the marketing and transportation fields. Charlie and Marsha split most of their time between Jacksonville and Myrtle Beach when they are not traveling for work, fun, or adventure. Speaking of trains, Bob Whitaker shared news that he “pulled the pin” (that’s a railroad term for how railcars were uncoupled in the early days) and retired in June of 2013, having completed 36 years—to the day—on the railroad. No one is surprised that he has continued to railroad, writing for the Southern Railway Historical Association’s quarterly publication on the history of The Southern. Bob is busy on other fronts as well: in June he traveled to Poland and the Czech Republic with the Alumni Male Chorus of the Atlanta Boy Choir, he is now a member of the session of his church (having made the pilgrimage over the last couple of decades from Baptist to Lutheran to Presbyterian), and he is relishing his role as weekly babysitter to his toddler granddaughter... parks and swings and camping, here they come! Bob also enjoyed the Davidson Male Chorus reunion last October, particularly singing “All Hail O Davidson...” once more in a TTBB arrangement! WINTER 2015


Save the Date! REUNION June 5–7, 2015 www.davidson.edu/alumni Speaking of the Male Chorus reunion, our class was well-represented by Ken Chadwick, Ed Crosland, Steve Keener, and Bob. Robert Ludwig ’75 served as reunion chorus conductor and did a fabulous job bringing the 60 former Male Chorus members who attended into some semblance of sonorous ensemble. The group sang at the Avant Garde luncheon and performed the national anthem before the Homecoming football game. The weekend’s highlight was a banquet at which Tom Plott, son of former Male Chorus Conductor Donald B. Plott, entertained everyone with stories about his father and Male Chorus history. Thanks to Steve Keener for his work to plan the reunion. Returning to retirement news, Marty Smith joined the club this past May, having spent the past 31 years at Old Dominion University (and two years prior to that at the University of Delaware). Marty’s last job was university accreditation liaison and associate vice president, and her retirement activities include doing accreditation consulting with other colleges and accrediting agencies, making jewelry, and running her online business at www.SutherlandJewelry.com. She may even have reversed years of sleep deprivation that probably began at Davidson! I heard from Tom “Swede” Conner in June: “I am still an occasional adjunct in Tokyo and am now getting ready for my next assignment in Cambodia, where I will volunteer with an NGO. Speaking of Japan, I cannot believe that three Third Cannon alums (Chris Mangelsdorf, Bill Moore, and I) got married in Japan and live there more or less permanently (hi guys.... we should meet up some time and do some sushi or something!). I still live in Green Bay for most of the year (the Pack will be back next year, I promise!) and have developed into one mean skate skier.” Joe Logan and Chad Stephens were the local organizing committee for the summer Grey House reunion in Winston-Salem; attendees included Ken Chadwick, Steve Keener, Dave Trader, and Jeff Sich. A small group went to the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, and the rest of the long weekend involved wineries in Yadkin County (Napa with trailer parks?) and a picnic in the mountains. Please join with me in extending sympathy to Frank Cebul and Ed “Basketball” Jones, whose fathers passed away this past May and July, respectively. Also, we lost mothers of Ken Chadwick (March), Will McLean (April), and Joe Logan (May). So that’s the news from far and wide. All the best to you.… and I love you, brothers and sisters. Contact: Sue McAvoy, 436 Leonardo Ave., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307; 404-373-1272; smcavoy@ law.emory.edu


Contact: David Schmidt, 2116 Northridge Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33444; 561-665-1107; david@ simonandschmidt.com Nancy Long Metzler, 12330 Pine Valley Club Dr., Charlotte, NC; 704-562-3518; nancy@ smpchome.org FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Thank you to Berta Summerell Hamilton for nine years of dedicated service as your class secretary. Dave Schmidt and Nancy Metzler have graciously volunteered to be your class sectetaries. Please send your class notes and annoucements to Dave and Nancy.



Randy Sherrill was on the worship team at camp meeting this year. He said he was excited to experience preaching at a place with such a rich, spiritual history.“I am looking forward to sharing the love of God,” he said before camp meeting. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Doris Phillips Loomis of Asheville to a fouryear term on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, which will run through May 31, 2018. Congratulations, Doris!


AS TOLD BY: Kim Rieck Fisher, Class Secretary What a fabulous turnout we had for our 35th reunion in June! We’re grateful to all who helped make it such a fun weekend, especially Debbie Jo Bumgarner Taylor and Dave Pottenger who were the chairs of the committee. Ours is the first class to establish a scholarship, which is pretty impressive. I also think we set a record for attendance. We had a lovely memorial service for the classmates we have lost. Almost everyone who came didn’t want the weekend to end! I definitely felt that way, and I am so thankful for the many condolences I received for my mother who passed away less than a week before the reunion. Jamie Watt Jones was at the reunion but tragically lost her only brother, Hank Watt, who was killed by a drunk driver, only a week later. Her sister-in-law was also terribly injured in the accident. Jamie managed to continue with her plan to go on a mission trip to Kenya in July. She and her team worked on a girls’ school project and at a boys’ orphanage. In spite of her great loss, Jamie states that “the event (of her brother’s death) triggered the loveliest outpouring of support and love. Grace. Generosity…. So much good counterbalancing the bad.” At the end of June, some Davidson folk from our class decided to have a Triangle area get-together in Cary. Those classmates who attended the beach music concert in the Booth Amphitheatre were Lyman Collins (the organizer), Lea Walker, T Griffin, Denise Smith Cline, and Bev Bortell Hope. I am writing this at 2 a.m. the morning of the class notes deadline, so some things never change! Please email me your news, and I will do my best to pass it on. Until then, take care, my friends! Contact: Kim Rieck Fisher, 34 Hazel Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15228; 412-913-5276 (c); 412-5617400, ext. 267 (w); kfisher@howardhanna.com


AS TOLD BY: Burkley Mann Allen and Marshall A. Waddell, Class Secretaries Sympathies to Margaret Ann Bumgartner Dubose at the death of her stepfather, William Brown Barron ’49 and to Carolyn Watt Cantwell on the sudden loss of her brother Hank Watt. Dennis McLawhorn has recently taken a job with Woodmen of the World Life Insurance. David Martin is in Tallahassee working for the public school district. Guy Winker is practicing medicine in Rutherfordton. Richard Neill lives in Fort Pierce, Florida, practicing law with Neill, Griffin, Tierney, Neill & Marquis Chartered. Andy Williams reports that he has moved back to Atlanta from Nashville to join the legal department of FDIC. Sid Kilgore writes that he remarried on May 4, 2013 to Laurel Birch (de Aguilar), and relocated from Tampa to the Raleigh area. They have already established contact with Mike Munger and had dinner with Aida Doss Havel and her husband John. In May, under the auspices of the Kilgore Foundation for

Good Works, Sid and Laurel traveled to Malawi and distributed over two metric tons of likuni phala, an enriched soy-maize flour, to feed poverty-stricken rural village children. They are currently exploring potential opportunities for private development projects that will help Malawi, the ninth poorest country in the world, to become more self-sufficient. In the meantime, Sid hopes to expand his patent practice in the Research Triangle northwest of Raleigh. Along similar lines, Bill Peeples has founded the Honey Pot Charitable Foundation, which supports youth-oriented efforts in South Georgia. He is also finishing up a book called The Devil Made Me Do It. Susan Davidson Rollins swept the Tennessee State Senior Olympic Games. The final medal count was amazing. 50 meters - 1st, 100 meters - 2nd, 200 meters - 1st, 400 meters - 1st [state record], 1500 meters - 1st [state record], 5K - 1st [state record], pole vault - 1st [state record], swimming events: four 1st places, one 2nd place and one 3rd place. She also got 1st in the 5K and 2nd in 1500 meter at the U.S. Track and Field Nationals. Look for more victories in the U.S. track masters in March. Ann Tutwiler reports that she is still living in Rome, now as the director general of Biodiversity International, a global agriculture institute for development research working to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity for food security and sustainability. Her job includes a lot of traveling—to Colombia, Ethiopia, Malaysia, and many other countries—both to visit overseas offices and of course to raise money. In between, living in Europe is great and includes weekend trips to Geneva where her husband Bob, has a job. They’ve also had trips to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Prague in the past year. Tina Caldwell Currin and her sister-in-law went to Chartres Cathedral on a pilgrimage and had the cathedral just for her group one night to walk the labyrinth by candlelight. Tina says for those who are “failed” meditators, walking the labyrinth is a way to meditate while moving and a wonderful tool to help one focus. She and husband Sam Currin ’79 are proud to report the arrival of their first grandchild, Sam (3). Class of ’80 denizens of Park Place West Linc Ely, George Murdaugh, Charlie Martof, Jim Jeffries, Steve Smith, and David Mohan reunited at Lake Tillery in August. The buddyism flowed fast and thick and local merchants were warned ahead of time to stock up on beer and munchies. A shout-out to remaining housemates Will Long and George Strobel, who were not able to join them. And speaking of reunions, make plans to attend our 35th reunion June 5-7, 2015. Contact: Burkley Mann Allen, 3521 Byron Ave., Nashville, TN 37205; 615-383-6604; burkley. allen@gmail.com Marshall A. Waddell, 1735 Theodan Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15216; 412-327-4863; marshall2u@comcast.net


AS TOLD BY: Elizabeth Medlin Hale and Lisa Hasty, Class Secretaries Thankfully, stalking classmates on Facebook has turned up some news. I have enjoyed photographs of Lisa Brown-Bohbrink’s daughter’s graduation, of John Boswell on his wedding day, 32 years ago, of Virgil Fludd ’80 congratulating Fludd Scholarship award winners, of Ruth Ann Westervelt Bode’s son’s swim team victories, of Grace Morgan in India, of Bart and Fran Landess’s beach trip, of DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

theUnion: Alumni Doug Shank’s meals at Pawley’s Island and of Carolyn Barnett Brady paddle-boarding. Clay Macauley writes that he is a teaching elder commissioner to the 221st Assembly in Detroit. Annie Guerard Coletta does a wonderful job of posting articles of interest, though I think she is moving to Twitter. A lively contest of “test your open-mindedness,” started by Carolyn Brady, became pretty competitive, with Mark Shogry, Clay Macaulay and Gray Bullard all chiming in. Hopefully you all will not un-friend me. The more stories you send the less stalking we will have to do. Is there anyone out there who could help make our Class of ’81 Facebook presence more interactive? Many of you have asked for this, unfortunately we are not the people who can make it happen. We are very appreciative of an update from Martin McCoy. All four children graduated last year, three from college and one from high school, so they are empty nesters. They have moved into a 1907 house near downtown Davidson, and they love being able to walk to Summit for coffee. Martin can walk to his office in Cornelius, this year marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of his real estate firm. They are also celebrating the fact that his wife, Susan has been cancer free for 13 years. They became grandparents in 2012, which they are loving. A highlight last year was the dedication of Hogar Escuala, a school for disadvantaged children in Costa Rica that they have been working to open for five years. Finally, Martin reports that he and his roommate from Davidson, Bill Loftin, as well as Kenny Westbury ’13, will soon head to the Dominican Republic for a 100-mile mountainous trek. We received a press release regarding Brad Kerr. He has been appointed senior vice president in charge of planning and technology for CO2 supply and pipelines with Denbury Resources, Inc. After Davidson, Brad received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University. Before this appointment, he had 31 years of experience with Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, most recently in China. Congratulations to Brad. Barb Ashley Griffith and husband Harry ’80 welcomed their fourth grandchild, Isabella Kollme, in May. She is the daughter of Ashley Griffith Kollme ’05, and joins brother Otto (2) and cousins Gus (3) and Eleanor (1). Barbie is beginning her fifth year coaching field hockey and enjoys subbing in learning support and special needs classrooms. Peter Jordan and his wife, whose son is a rising junior at Emory University, recently enjoyed a meal with Lisa Hasty and Andy Smith ’80 in Decatur. Unfortunately a number of our classmates have lost parents this year. We lost William Brown Barron, father of Cynthia Barron, in April. Cynthia and Jim live in Mt. Rainer, Maryland. Also in April, the father of Doug Shanks, Carroll Dean Shanks, age 86, passed away. Doug and his wife Diana live in Rye, New York. Frederick Davis Terry, father of Richard Terry, died in July at the age of 92. Richard lives in Davidson with his wife Ann ’93. Emily Finaly Wesley of Brewton, Alabama, mother of Follin Smith, died in June. Follin lives in Conestoga, Penn., with her husband John Gerdy ’79. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of these classmates and their families. Contact: Elizabeth Medlin Hale, 303 Peachtree Battle Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305-4030; 404-3500847; elizabethhale@comcast.net Lisa Hasty, 5960 Winterthur Dr., Atlanta, GA 30328-4622; 678-571-0881; lisa.hasty@acrm.com DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU


AS TOLD BY: Ann Parker, Class Secretary It was nice to hear from some folks who haven’t sent an update since a long time ago. (This is a not-so-subtle hint for all of you who haven’t written in… forever?) Please think about letting your classmates know about all the fabulous things you have been doing since Davidson! This update came from one of my St. Alban’s buddies, Agnes Stevens. “I’m putting my Davidson English major to new and improved use—while still a PR professional by day in Raleigh, by evening I am writing stuff for fun. One of my pieces was selected to be included in an ensemble cast performance called “Listen to Your Mother” that happened in Raleigh and 31 other U.S. cities during the week of Mother’s Day. I had such fun with it that I took a week-long class at Meredith College over the summer and did an intensive bit of writing/critiquing there. I had not been in classes five days straight since… 1982. My class section was a category called “Creative Non-Fiction,” which I think is hilarious, since my clients have been getting that same product from me for years, though theirs has been in the form of news releases rather than the personal essays I’m penning on my own time.” Craig Binkley writes: “Last year I took over as CEO of Northstar, a global insights and strategy consulting company with offices in New York, Toronto, and London. I lead strategy work for MDC Partners, one of the largest ad and marketing agency holding companies in the world, with several ‘Agencies of the Year’ in advertising and public relations. I just opened an Atlanta office so that I could cut down on the travel a bit vs. last year. All my daughters have rubber-banded their way back to Atlanta despite my attempts to turn them into more global citizens. Cailey graduated from Lafayette then got her master’s at William & Mary, Chelsey graduated from Brown, and Katrina is headed to Georgia Tech in the fall. I married my wife Tracy in South Africa in April and we have some very unique wedding pictures, including monkeys as bridesmaids, cape buffalo watching the festivities from below, and an afternoon game drive in tux and wedding gown. A truly memorable trip—I suggest everyone remove ‘going on a safari’ from their bucket list and adding it to the top of their to-do list!” And the ongoing story of Van Beck and the missing boat: “In January, Emily and I ‘right-sized’ to a smaller home, still in Davidson. We continue to suffer no negative effects of the empty nest. Finally found the boat and are in the process of throwing off the bowline and sailing out of the harbor. Highly recommend it. If you are in Southport, on weekends in the fall or spring, please look us up at South Harbor Marina.” We were saddened to hear of the death of Mary Warner Mack ’13 on July 3, 2014, in Fort Mill, S.C. She is the daughter of Barron “Barry” Bayles Mack Jr. and current trustee Mary Tabb Mack ’84. She is also the granddaughter of B. Bayles Mack ’56. Our thoughts are with the Mack family. Condolences also go to Hill Stockton who lost his mother, Wendel “Bunky” Hill Stockton on May 19, 2014. Contact: Ann Parker, 3388 N. Glen Creek Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712; 520-321-4802; mparker8@ pima.edu


AS TOLD BY: Anne Hurt Krieg, Class Secretary Kudos to the class of 1983 for a stellar year of giving to Davidson

and for winning the Edwin F. Lucas Award for Highest Participation in a class with more than 200 members. That’s pretty amazing for a group that graduated 31 years ago. Lucy Marshall Davis and Dan Newsome chaired this amazing effort with a strong assist from Anne Keith Lupo. Thanks go to all of you for making Davidson a priority. And if you haven’t joined the class Facebook page, contact Lucy at lmdbst444@verizon.net for an invitation to join the conversation. Ed Harlan has been in the Boston area since graduate school immediately after Davidson. He left academia 19 years ago and works in the area of intellectual property, primarily in the biotech industry. Lori and Ed have two children, Paul (22) and Ani (17). Paul just graduated from Drew University in New Jersey and is a development officer for an independent secondary school in the Boston area. Ani is a high school senior, so she is in the thick of the college search and application process. For the past five years, Ed Harlan, David Carpenter ’84, David Shoemaker, Mark Conner, and Chris Tiernan have gathered for a long summer weekend. This year David Carpenter hosted them in northern Virginia and Christine Gauch Anderson joined some of the festivities. David Shoemaker works for Greensboro Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates. Mark Conner is a dentist in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ed writes “This gathering always reminds me of the high caliber of our Davidson classmates, which I have come to appreciate more with age.” Marian Hill Bergdolt lives in Raleigh and works as a part-time lawyer for Capital Associates. In August she competed in the U.S. Triathlon Age Group National Championships Olympic distance race (one mile swim; 24-mile bike; 10k run) in Milwaukee, Wis. She has been doing triathlons for a few years after multiple running injuries limited her running. Her husband, Rob, is a securities lawyer and the managing partner of DLA Piper’s Raleigh office. Their daughter, Kay (18), will be a freshman at Boston College this fall. Kay is a competitive pairs figure skater and hopes to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro in January and to eventually represent the United States in international competitions. Marian’s son, Michael (15), will be a high school freshman at St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. and hopes to play on their hockey team. Michael will be boarding so Marian and Rob will be empty nesters. Marian’s nephew, Will Fletcher-Hill, will be a freshman at Davidson this fall! Congratulations to Tabitha and Bret Logan on their marriage this past October. Bret shared the YouTube link to their wedding in Las Vegas with Elvis as the special guest and musician. Tabitha and Bret met in 2011 at a Jellyshirts concert; Bret’s been in the band for 25 years. Bret also celebrated his 25th year of service at Yale University. His daughter, Audrey Logan (23), graduated from Occidental College a year ago and has since been working in public policy, mostly centered on the issue of campus sexual assault. We celebrate the accomplishments of all the members of the class of 2014. The following classmates had legacies in Davidson’s class of 2014: James and Cynthia Briscoe Brown, Linda Nash Engleby, Paul Griffith, Jean Covell Silva, Laura Terry Sellers, and Greg McFayden. The graduates are Caroline Brown, Thomas Engleby, Carolyn Griffith, Katherine Silva, Scott Sellers, and Tyler McFayden. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Anne Keith Lupo and her family on the recent death of her mother, Mary Katherine Nye Keith. WINTER 2015


theUnion: Alumni One final editorial note: I know that so many of you have newsworthy items to share. Take the time right now to call me or drop me an email so I can include your news. My next deadline is December and I’d like to hear from a bunch of you—and your classmates would like to hear from you as well! Contact: Anne Hurt Krieg, 7111 Xavier Ct., McLean, VA 22101-5077; 703-288-9613; ahkrieg@verizon.net


AS TOLD BY: Matt Merrell, Class Secretary While I didn’t see everyone, we had a great turnout for our 30th Reunion in June. According to Alumni Relations here are our classmates who came back: Julie Abrams-Bernier, Carl Anderson, Melissa McManis Armstrong, Stephanie Bensinger, Nancy Bondurant, Frances Palmer Cameron-Wilson, Elizabeth Flanders Clay, Bill Crone, Cathy Rich Denham, Alicia Dewey, Mary Fant Donnan, Dave Earnhardt, Lynne Rogich Ford, Harriett Gaston, Philipp and Mary Womble Barringer Gerdes, John Graham, Bill Hall, Jane Harper, Catherine Finegan Hitesman, Phred Huber, George Ibrahim, Lentz Ivey, Carole Jolly, Elizabeth Kelly Kaufmann, Liza Mason Loeber, Charlie Lovett, Roy Martin, Randy Matthews, Brad McCall, Matt Merrell, Dan Metzel, Stephanie MoffettHynds, Hunter Monroe, Tom Moore, Jane Thompson Myers, Cambria Melton Nielsen, Curtis and Jorgia Rice Northrup, Mark Nottingham, Adelyn Lutz Parker, Lynn Powell, Jane Redd, June Greer Rhyne, Carl Rist, Andy Rock, Bill and Katie Dagenhart Satterwhite, Ron Schumer, Bobby Silver, Juleigh Sitton, Elizabeth Smiley, Mick Smith, Rob Spaugh, William Stroud, Bob Tate, Jeff Tilbury, Carl Tolbert, John Van Dell, Charles Wiley and Julie Cheek Woodmansee. If you were unable to make it back this year, I hope you’ll try to make it when we do it again in five years. Charlie Lovett was part of the Friday lectures during the reunion, speaking about his latest book The Bookman’s Tale. Andy Rock is an attorney running his own firm in Maitland, Fla. where he lives with his wife and five kids. He had an interesting trip last January to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival as the guest of actor, director and playwright Sam Shepard. Shepard was at Sundance to premiere his new film, Cold in July, and invited Andy and his wife to join him and several other friends for several days. Andy says that Shepard was a great guy and enjoyed hanging out with him and attending the festival. On a more somber note, classmates join me in extending condolences to classmate and current trustee, Mary Tabb Mack on the death of her daughter Mary Warner Mack ’13 on July 3, 2014, in Fort Mill, S.C. As well, we extend sympathy to Becky Waters whose father, Harold Waters, passed away in June. Contact: Matthew Merrell, 9319 Saint Barts Ln., Huntersville, NC 28078; matt@ davidsoncommunityplayers.org


AS TOLD BY: Kelly Sundberg Seaman, Class Secretary Back when our 50th birthdays started rolling around, I’m fairly sure we quoted some Dante at you here, about finding ourselves midway through the journey—well, Edwin Evans has been taking that idea of pilgrimage absolutely literally recently, completing the Camino Frances leg of the Camino de Santiago in March. “It was a 32-day hike



starting in France and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, roughly 500 miles later. I did this trek with my oldest son and his friend (and now my friend). Both of them turned 24 on the trip and we all had an exceptional experience despite blisters and fatigue. If anyone is considering doing this they should—and I would be glad to share my opinions if they are interested.” Though he returns to Davidson often—his parents and a sister and her family live there—Edwin has been in the Bay Area since graduation, with his wife and sons. “I feel lucky that my younger son is already looking forward to our special trip together. Does anyone have any ideas?” Meg Barron Hatch’s daily path is a far shorter one: “I’m still serving as a hospital chaplain at Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, focusing a lot on cancer patients, the hospital ethics committee, and our palliative care team. We love the neighborhood where we live, plus we have great commutes: my husband walks two blocks up the hill to the campus of Montana State Billings, where he is a psychology professor, and I walk 15 minutes down the hill to the hospital, dropping off our 10-year-old daughter Claire at her school on the way. We’re only a couple of hours from Yellowstone National Park, so visitors are welcome!” Lauren Hightower Hagan is “still enjoying beautiful Tucson where we have been for the past 12 years. My oldest son is a junior at the University of Arizona, my second son is starting at U.Va., and I have a daughter in high school. I continue to work part-time as a marketing consultant.” And she has another invitation: “Inspired by my mom and her Salem College classmates, who have met every year since their 25th reunion for a girls weekend, I suggested we start a similar tradition in 2010. For the past four Junes several of us have met in Key Biscayne, Napa, and Houston. Raye Muffin Alford graciously hosted the past two gatherings at her bay house in Kemah, Texas. Those who have made it at least once include Claire Groves McCarron, Lisa Cash Neisler, Kathy Gingrich Lubbers, Paige Marsh Erwin, Jill Van Den Bos, Lisa Thomas Ward, Tricia Drake Downs, and Laura Williams Tate. One highlight was touring Johnson Space Center and bumping into just-returned astronaut and Davidson grad Tom Marshburn ’82. We’ll skip next June to attend our 30th but will pick up again after that. You are welcome to join us!” Jill’s account of this year’s gathering has a bit more scoop to it: “A few of us met for a weekend of Davidson Alumni goofing off in June. We laughed much, purchased jewelry (yea!), had dinner with Joe Jaworski ’84 and his wife (very fun), and possibly had a couple glasses of wine.” Alumni Relations shared news coverage of a dramatic journey made by Pam Strader’s son Brian Wood ’18: a determined recovery from nearly a decade of debilitating illness—postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome—to walk, unassisted, to receive his high school diploma. Pam is pastor of program ministry and pastoral care at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro. And also from Alumni Relations: “Being There,” an exhibit of paintings by Susan Fore Cushing, was shown at the Quogue Library, in Quogue, N.Y., in July. Did you notice that most of the folks mentioned here are from the far side of the U.S. (at least when you’re looking from Davidson)? That’s not by accident: your class secretary has every intention for these notes to work their way across the country eastward as our reunion approaches. Other westerners not mentioned here, no worries: please do send word. And you all in the middle, and all you Texans: you’re next. Feel free to drop me a

note at any point in the next few months. And everyone, two things: First, make your plans to be at Davidson for our 30th, June 5-7, 2015. And second, when a classmate gets in touch to ask for reunion ideas, or your help, or a contribution to our class gift, please say yes. Contact: Kelly Sundberg Seaman, 25 Rip Rd., Hanover, NH 03755; 603-643-5026; kelly. sundberg.seaman@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Mary Beth Harding Hernandez, Class Secretary Anne Lambert is working as a fundraising consultant for the Harvey B. Gantt Center and the Jennifer Roberts mayoral campaign in Charlotte; she also enjoys acting in local theatrical productions (she was onstage in Footloose at Theatre Charlotte in September). Husband Tim Waples ’85 teaches English and coaches JV basketball at Charlotte Country Day School. I’m so sad to report that Duncan Fraser died on May 18. After earning an MBA from Harvard, Duncan moved to San Francisco to work in sales and management. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Contact: Mary Beth Harding Hernandez, 2107 Thoroughbred Ln., Hillsborough, NC 27278; 919643-1861; marybeth_hernandez@yahoo.com


AS TOLD BY: Nelle McCorkle Bordeaux, Class Secretary Our fall theme is farming, in honor of Bob Kemerait, who works as a professor and extension specialist at the College of Agriculture and Environmental Services at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus. He earned a Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Florida and also worked there. He recalls, “I was working as a chemist in Gainesville, Florida, and my lab had a window in it. Every day I would look out and say, ‘I wish I could do something outside and work with plants and agriculture.’” Since 2000, he has served at the Tifton campus, at the heart of Georgia agriculture. Bob said, “For row crops, I couldn’t think of a better place to be.” He advises farmers on peanuts, soybeans, corn, and cotton, especially. Growing a bumper crop of college students is Leslie Hamilton Thomas, who has a college freshman, Nelle, at the University of Alabama in Leslie’s home state, and college senior, Will, a history and political science major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leslie continues to live in Davidson and to work at IBM. Our deepest condolences to Jane Campbell, following the death of her father George Campbell. Whether your fields have been lying fallow or have produced an abundant harvest, send your news to your class secretary. Contact: Nelle McCorkle Bordeaux, 333 East 44th St., Savannah, GA 31405; 912-234-9245 (h); 912-232-4999 (f); tbordeaux@prodigy.net


AS TOLD BY: Linda Tatsapaugh and Brooks Wilkerson Moore, Class Secretaries Wonderful classmates, there is much going on in your lives, and yet many of you paused to share with us. Read on! Allen Compton has been making the streets of one Los Angeles community safer for cyclists and pedestrians, on an initiative called “Take Back the Boulevard,” a “Complete Streets” project. Other endeavors include DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

a Trust for Public Land project to convert alleyways to stormwater capture centers, and helping Doris Davis ’89 create outdoor spaces at her house. He says, “My wife and I have been shocked and delighted to see our two girls turn nine and seven this year.” Elizabeth Dick and husband Ron Serino live in Fort Worth, Texas, with their sons, Michael (3) and Anthony (0). She writes: “Both the boys came to the family through open adoption that has been life-giving and dynamic.” Elizabeth is a pastor and social worker and continues to wonder what she will be when she grows up. She heard from Carol Orloff, of Dallas, who summered in Mexico, and Darek Newby, of Arlington, Va., who loves to hike with his brother in the Blue Ridge Mountains. After two years of adventures in Dubai, Sharon Spong Shepard is settling back in Greensboro, along with husband Bob and daughters Beth (18) and Carlee (16). Beth has headed to Hendrix College in Little Rock, Ark., where she received a Hays Scholarship. Delia Welton McMullen is currently writing and editing for three magazines: Myers Park Life, SouthPark Life, and Peachy the Magazine, for which she was named associate editor. Delia and her husband Dan have three children: Ellen (19) a sophomore at NCSU, Daniel (17) a senior at Myers Park High School, and John (9) who is in fourth grade. Manly Boyd and his wife, Kim, live in Martinsville, Va., where they operate a regional office products/ solutions company. Daughter Anne Banks is a freshman at Washington and Lee, while son Basil attends Woodberry Forest School. Or, as he puts it, “Kim and I (are) empty nesters with empty pockets!” Debbie Niles Kunz’s daughter, Elsa, attends St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Debbie reunited last winter on Tybee Island with Colleen Bairas Brannen and Kristen White Welborne. She reflects, “Although we seldom see each other, it was apparent that Davidson truly unites us. It felt like we were living in the Carnegie basement again, with an open discourse that Davidson fosters in its students and a sincere desire to bring out the best in each other.” Caroline Craig Proctor celebrates the completion of a master’s of Oriental medicine. She is now a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese medical herbalist practicing classical Chinese medicine in Asheville. She has started a business in this field called Elemental Health. She remains an active teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Parker and Kendra Carr McCrary wrote to us from Davidson’s Carnegi Guest House while dropping off daughter Anna Catherine for the Davidson Outdoors Summer Odyssey pre-orientation. They live in Jacksonville, Fla., where Parker works with CSX, the railroad, and Kendra does business strategy consulting and volunteer work for the children’s hospital. Doug Kim checked in with an innovative alumni idea. His law firm hosted an alumni event at which Davidson Assistant Professor of Economics Shyam Gouri Suresh and Frontis Johnston Professor of Economics Clark Ross spoke on the current economic state of affairs. It was well-received, and another is planned in the Greenville, S.C., area. Doug’s oldest son, Andrew, had a great time at Davidson soccer camp. His daughter Charlotte has plans to attend next summer. Tom Gattiker is the chair of the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management at Boise State University, focusing on operations & supply chain management, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. In 2013 he was DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

named best associate editor of the Journal of Operations. In off time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing and trout fishing with sons Will (14) and Rob (13) and wife Kim, as well as doing the occasional triathlon. Eric Whytsell and Ginger Broaddus are relocating to Littleton, Colo., related to Eric’s law practice in Denver. Daughter Mary Blair and Eric can hardly wait to explore every possible facet of adventure outdoors; Ginger can hardly wait to spend a ‘sabbatical’ of sorts, staying at home with Mary Blair as they transition to a great new life. They welcome any Davidson visitors to come see them! Contact: Linda Tatsapaugh, 48 Beech Glen Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711; 828-779-2635 (c); ltatsapaugh@gmail.com Brooks Wilkerson Moore, 3713 Richmond St., Jacksonville, FL 32205-9425; 904-382-8981 (c); brookswilkersonmoore@yahoo.com


AS TOLD BY: Harry Broome, Class Secretary I attended the 25-year reunion this summer with my family in tow. I had not been to Davidson since our 10th Reunion. Wow, what a fantastic trip! So many pleasant and sincere conversations. Such a lovely place. My kids now all wear Davidson shirts and baseball hats out here in Arizona. My daughter sleeps with a stuffed Wildcat by her pillow. Highlights for the Broome family were the tour of campus with Steve Reynolds, ex-physics major who now lives and works in Michigan. Man, could he kick an indoor soccer ball with his left foot. He still plays in adult leagues. He lost more hair than me. Speaking of hair, Rufus Timberlake and his lovely wife were on that tour. I could really be friends with those two sweet doctors. They live in Portland, Oregon. So right away, I knew I wasn’t going to win the “farthest away” award for the reunion. John Annen won that as he came in from Switzerland. Then I met fellow pediatricians David Becker and Michael Mallory at the Rumor Mill and quickly realized I wasn’t going to win “best looking pediatrician” award. So the three of us tied for that, probably. It was lovely to hug the necks of Sloan Alday from Rhode Island and veterinarian Kat Huster, who lives in Cary. Our fathers all trained in orthopedic residency together in Atlanta in the 60s. I met and spoke to several classmates of my dad’s time at Davidson and was honored to be the bridge between our generations. They include some incredible people such as John Kuykendall, John Poindexter, and Tom McCutchen, all in the Class of ’59. I loved my lunch chat with David Bearce who teaches in Boulder at the University of Colorado. Alan Thornburg, Phil Griffeth, and John Cock were so easy to talk to and reminded me why I love them so. I heard that Leslie Urban, Eileen Keeley, Barbara Matheny Guise, Charles Houck, William Regen and John Cock were all very careful crossing the street from their homes to get to the reunion. Charlotte Brooks who carries the essence of Colorado (not the weed part) oozes coolness and wears really fantastic jewelry. Renier Brentjens dazzled us all with his lecture that could have been called “Mind-blowing and life-saving leukemia research for dummies.” What a stud. Frank Whitaker, Greg Keith and Andy Ball were nothing short of spectacular as they entertained with beautiful song after song on Saturday afternoon. I met children of classmates who currently attend Davidson including Kristin Kelly Kost’s lovely daughter and David Ordoubadian’s son. Congratulations to classmate Uday Lohani, whose daughter Minisha ’14 graduated from Davidson 25 years after we did! Allie

Baldwin Scott writes, “I had such a great time at the reunion that I turned right around and drove my triplets out to see my alma mater in a whirlwind 2,500mile round trip that hopefully inspired them to work a little harder next year!” Joe B. Martin wrote to tell me that his son, Joseph ’18, started Davidson this fall. Ed Powell is doing great and living in Charlotte with his family. He attended a Davidson hosted workshop on preparing your highschooler for “liftoff” in applying for colleges. He gave me and my sons some great advice. My quick impression Karla deBeck is a super mom, a psychiatrist in Chapel Hill, and a really cool person. Pete Mangone and Larry Ray both seem healthy and happy and practice medicine in Atlanta, I believe. Sheri Reynolds stole my heart (and my wife’s as well) at her book reading and later, while just soaking up her goodness. She updated me afterwards that she lunched with Rachel Henning ’87, hall counselor from First Rich, who had vacationed in Virginia Beach. She reports that Rachel did a headstand on her paddleboard. At last news, Sheri was “headed out to Bath County where I’m doing a writer’s weekend in the wilderness (scary), and Heather McKee ’87 and Johnny Magner (husband of Sarah Merritt) are coming out to write with me and play in the river.” Livin’ the dream. Mac Hardcastle just killed as master of ceremonies at the class dinner. I swear, I needed a Depends I was laughing so hard. Mac, please go professional or consider comedy acting or host the Oscars or something. Please. Seriously. I am your biggest fan. I wish I had spoken with others though there wasn’t enough time, like my friend Will Beckwith. He felt the same and wrote “it seemed like a weekend of speed dating (or what I imagine speed dating is like, because I’ve never done it…).” Notably absent and sorely missed by me and Jim Patterson (amongst many others that I will surely overlook) were Brett Berry, Evan Hunter, Bob Cornish, Todd Young, Kim Nikels, David Rochford, Sherb Sentell, Donna Peters, Eleanor Gay Moore, Katherine Mallory, Taylor Mayo, Benji Brown, Mike Fitzgerald, Drew Henderson, Kim Clayton, Patricia Fisher Jessee, Sam Cutting, Calvin Martin, Katherine Barnett, Courson Cunningham, Drew Peel, Willis Partington, Hugh M. Lee, William Hill Brown, Chuck Edmunds, Bill Sellers, Robert Smalley, Sean O’Neill, Beth Dolan, the Whipple twins, Carl and Tom, and Peter and Karen Dailey Testa. Thank you again to our Reunion Chairs Diana Titus-Allen Waller and Hap Bryant and Committee members for all the efforts to organize that weekend: Sloan Alday, Zoe Henderson Cagle, Rick Case, Eileen Keeley, David Lilley, Laura Ross Loehr, Erin Lyman, Bruce Nofsinger, Suzanne Mauze Quinn, David Ray, Maria Douglas Reeve, Gordon Tanner, Leslie Urban, Charlie Winn, Angela Carter Zion, Brett Zion. Contact: Harry Broome, 4738 N. 32nd Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018, 602-840-9015, email azbroome@cox.net.


AS TOLD BY: Matt Terrell, Class Secretary Class notes are a chance to catch up on the lives of our classmates, to celebrate their accomplishments, and to reflect on how they all have touched us. It is with a sad heart that we pass along news of the passing of Pete Halverstadt. Pete passed away on July 24 in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., from complications from cancer surgery. Pete was an attorney in Nashville since 1994, moving back WINTER 2015


Save the Date! REUNION June 5–7, 2015 www.davidson.edu/alumni home after attending law school at the University of Tennessee. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife, Barbara, and his family and friends. One of Pete’s freshman hallmates (and of your class secretary as well) checks in from Edwardsville, Ill. Tim Jacks is an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. “I love it here.” Mollie Harrington Weaver and her husband, Jim ’91, offer up what Mollie thinks may be her first class note in 24 years since graduation. “Jim and I have three awesome daughters and live in Waynesville. The Pisgah National Forest is literally in our backyard (also awesome). I am a pediatrician, and work in Madison County with a rural, under-served population. I left medicine for six years after our third daughter was born (now 7). I discovered my passion for art during that time, so now paint and sell some of my oil paintings on the side!” Bert Williams checks in from Milledgeville, Ga., where he is athletic director and head football coach at Georgia Military College. Bert led his team in 2013 to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the national championship game for the third time in his 14 seasons as head coach. Bert was also honored by the AFCA as the Community College Coach of the Year in January 2014 and also by the NJCAA. Bert has crossed paths with a couple of classmates as well, reconnecting with Ken Nazemetz and Kevin Donnalley. Kevin is working with the Department of Athletics at UNCC. Billy Benson has seen a career change. “I have closed my private practice in Birmingham, Ala. I am now an attorney for the State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and living in Tallahassee.” Deb Bynum shifted in her career as well. “I started in May as the new program director for the internal medicine residency program (at UNC in Chapel Hill),” writes Deb. “My husband and I live in Cary (he is in private practice ophthalmology there), but I still do the commute (to Chapel Hill) every day. Our two boys are 13 and 10, but involved in primarily soccer… just living the crazy life of two full-time working parents and teenage/pre-teen boys with a thousand activities (all that seem to involve very, very, very smelly clothing and equipment!).” Katharine Armstrong Herndon made a Davidson connection this past summer. “Heath Hardage Lee ’92 and I got together in Richmond in July to talk books and Davidson. Heath just published Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause and was back in town promoting it. I’m executive director of a local non-profit for writers, James River Writers, so we connected about writing and the great RVA literary community.” Plenty to celebrate and reflect upon with our class. See you at the 25-Year Reunion June 5-7, 2015! Contact: Matt Terrell, 613 Rye Ridge Rd., Cary, NC 27519; 919-475-3271 (c); 919-843-6412 (w); mterrell@unc.edu FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of Peter Halverstadt who passed away July 24.


AS TOLD BY: Cecily Craighill and Bob Hornsby, Class Secretaries As we prepare this Journal update Cecily is packing for a trip to Japan and Hawaii (including a visit to Rob Lim and family), and Bob is recently back from work travel to Guinea (he’s now wrangling two daughters and a dog



while wife Minne Iwamoto is filming GSK’s deworming medicine distributions in Malawi with Sandra Smith’s sister Mary Olive Smith ’88). But enough about us. Kearns Davis, a Brooks Pierce partner, was appointed to the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, which helps to provide greater access to the justice system for individuals of low and modest income in North Carolina. Jay Chaudhuri, general counsel and senior advisor to Janet Cowell, the North Carolina state treasurer, was named board chairman of the Council of Institutional Investors. Peter Bynum is the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Concord as of Aug. 1. Winn Maddrey sends greetings from Italy: “We are wrapping up a three-week house swap outside Florence, having traded houses with Larry Dagenhart’s sister. Not only is art history coming back to me, so are Malcolm Partin’s history lessons and notions of Napoleanic endeavors in Italy. All is well in Charlotte, still working in PR with FleishmanHillard and enjoying a rising sixth-grader and a rising fifth-grader. In the spring I played golf with Alec McAlister, Thurston Cooke, and Yandell Wood among others. In my spare time, I am the organizer of TEDxCharlotte. Ciao!” Mary Bernhardt Busko, Helen Hughes Plaehn, Ellen Crawford True and families (seven kids, ages 4-11) met up for a weekend in western North Carolina in June. The kids all bunked together in one room and actually got some sleep! (A three-hour hike on Saturday didn’t hurt.) Betsy Hurt Cunagin and her family couldn’t make the trip this time; they are now in their second year in Cape Town, South Africa. Doug Gibson, who lives in Asheville with his wife Stacey and son Griffin, writes that he’ll be publishing his first book next year, a fantasy novel for middlegrade readers, and that he sometimes sees Jim Weaver ’92 and Ben Gilmer ’92 around town. Cecily caught up over dinner in June with Kelly Crews Dayton and Trevor Wade in San Francisco. Kelly has taken a break from higher ed development and is evaluating her next career steps while keeping husband Peter and son Miller organized. Trevor was recently promoted to global marketing director at branding company Landor Associates. Her sons Tyler (9), Gage (7), and Wells (4) love Davidson basketball, an especially sweet thing given that husband Tony Schopen is a Duke grad. Additionally, Trevor got visits this summer from her Basement Rich roommate Ingrid Love Harding and Derrick and Jenny McDonald Willard as they toured Northern California with their kids. Caroline Cicero had a lovely visit this summer in Munich, Germany, with Marcy White Scholz, joining family forces with husbands and children over a raclette dinner together. Those clever traditional Swiss culinary methods sure are great for making melted cheese both very tasty and an interactive group dining experience. Jack Capitano left K&L Gates and joined Horack Talley. Dylan Glenn, a managing director at Guggenheim Partners, has moved back to Washington, D.C., from New York and is living in Georgetown. Suresh Acharya writes that things are “fairly uneventful” in Rockville, Md., where he lives with his wife and two middle-school daughters. Suresh puts his Davidson math major to use leading a team of data scientists for a software company. Suresh meets up occasionally with fellow classmate Bishu Adhikari and his wife April Dail ’89, who also live in the same area. Marya Howell caught up over the summer with 2nd Rich roommate Gagan Singh. After medical

school at East Carolina University, Gagan spent her residency at Yale, where she met her Finnish husband Jaakko Lappalainen. They live in Delaware with their twins, Anniina and Naval (11). Gagan, who still gets carded, is an interventional radiologist and chief at a VA hospital. Jaakko is the senior medical director for a pharmaceutical company, owns a biotech company, and remains active in academia. Anniina, who looks just like Gagan but for her father’s light blue Laplander eyes, dances ballet, plays guitar, and sings. Naval, who looks like “an Indian Finnish person,” was 5th grade valedictorian and is a gymnast. Speaking of valedictorian, guitar-playing, singing gymnast biotech pioneers who still get carded, Bob and Minne attended the July Philadelphia-area welcome event for incoming Davidson admits, who are all smarter, fitter, and more charming and talented than we remember being at that age. Our world may be a troubled, broken one, but an afternoon with the next generation of Wildcats gives one hope for the future. Contact: Cecily G. Craighill, 907 Ladson Ct., Decatur, GA 30033; 267-231-3987; cecilycraighill@gmail.com Robert P. Hornsby, Philadelphia, PA 191471234; 215-829-1142; bobhornsby@alumni. davidson.edu


AS TOLD BY: Monica Lide Swofford, Class Secretary In the sweltering heat of San Antonio, Texas, I remember fondly back-to-school time at Davidson. New classes, seeing old and meeting new friends, and cooler temperatures— seems like. Ravi Raju accepted a position as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager for Commercial Programs at Camgian Microsystems. Mary Beth Lovin is now working as the lab director at Carolina’s Pain Institute in Winston-Salem. Beth Brown is the president and Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, a Santa Rosa, Calif.-based nonprofit organization that uses private money to solve public problems. Ashton Loyd celebrated 20 years in insurance sales in 2014. Since joining Nationwide Insurance/The Griffin Agency, Ashton has led their sales team to becoming a perennial top producing Nationwide agency in North Carolina and the United States, having been named Agency of the Year in North Carolina and an All -Star (Top 12 Nationally) on multiple occasions. Since being named a partner/principal associate in 2010, Ashton has been busy with agency acquisitions and now owns three locations: two in Statesville and his company headquarters in Mooresville. He leads a staff of 23 employees and also serves as a regional commercial sales training leader. He serves on the board of directors for the Mooresville Community HealthReach Free Clinic, and the “Hope at the Lake” charity board. In his free time, he enjoys golf and boating on Lake Norman, and he was recently selected to perform with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra as a vocalist. He has been married to his wife, Cinamon, for 18 years, and they reside in Mooresville with their two children, Taylor (daughter, age 13) and Preston (son, age 9). Finally, on July 25-27, 2014, I spent a fantastic weekend with the following classmates in San Francisco and the Napa Valley: Kristi Mitchem Mawhinney, Temi Nohlgren Flannery, Martha Lynn White Brinsfield, Amy Johnston Sabo, Christy Knight DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

theUnion: Alumni Watson, Holt Hathaway, Cherry Rhyne Johnson, Marlet Gibson Bazemore, Mary Beth Lovin, and Alexa Boonstra Barnett. Needless to say, it was wonderful to catch up and reminisce! Contact: Monica Lide Swofford, 2343 Infantry Post Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234; 703280-1899; mmswof@earthlink.net FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tomm Lorenzin who passed away Aug. 23.


AS TOLD BY: Nethea Rhinehardt, Class Secretary As interim class secretary, I am privileged to be the stand-in for the inimitable Sarah Sadowski. Sarah thanks each of you for your encouragement and support as she kicks cancer to the curb. I recently had a three-day extravaganza with Sarah and her family in the Boston suburbs. But I am not the only classmate laying claim to the Sadowski clan. Tom McDermott also made his way to the Northeast to visit Sarah and experience her fabulousness in person. If you can’t quite make the trip to visit Sarah, you can connect with her on Facebook. I revel in her status updates and I’m sure you will, too! We love you, Sarah! I also had the good fortune to visit Adriana Tavernise and her husband, John Vance, and their toddler, Elisa. We had a glorious time catching up in Braselton, Ga., over the Memorial Day weekend. Jared Baxter presented “Van Gogh’s Last Supper: Transforming the guise of observable reality” at IAFOR’s European Conference on Arts and Humanities in Brighton, England, last July. The paper was then published in the January 2014 Art History Supplement. Jared will be presenting a new paper in September 2014 in Providence, R.I. With three other papers that include 10 original contributions to Van Gogh scholarship, he continues to seek a publisher for his nonfiction narrative. Meanwhile, Jared has reconnected with classmate Samantha Hazel, living in Portland, Ore. Sam Adams is encountering Davidson alums of all eras as a professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. I read Sam’s blog on the Huffington Post and was delighted to learn that his second book comes out in August 2014, a study of social and economic life for Jews and Christians in the ancient world. Sam led a trip to Turkey and Israel just a few short weeks before the recent tragedy began to unfold in Gaza. He recounts an amazing experience and even saw Pope Francis during his stay. His wife, Helen Bell Adams ’91, continues to thrive as a primary care physician and mom. The couple recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. In January 2014, Paige Scarlett Miller, Associate Pastor at Mills River United Methodist Church, traveled to Israel and Palestine with 30 other United Methodist pastors currently serving rural churches in western North Carolina. The group visited the holy sites during the peaceful climate at that time. Paige has also traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border twice to study immigration issues. She writes of the churches that are opening their doors and homes as sanctuaries for the flood of refugees. Julia Lake Shealy is currently teaching French at her alma mater, Ashley Hall, in downtown Charleston, S.C. This past spring she guided her second trip with students to Paris and several towns in southern France. Over the summer, Julia enjoyed exploring Glacier DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

National Park in Montana with her husband, Andy, and their sons, Will and Julian. Her photography is breathtaking and I am convinced would make a marvelous coffee table book. Amy Hoffheimer Carroll just completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon in Raleigh on June 1, 2014. She trained for five months with the help of twos coaches—twins and fellow Davidson Wildcats, Kelly and Meghan Fillnow ’05. Amy continues to work part time as a physical therapist while raising two children, Noah and Annie, with her husband Ned ’91. Next on her to-do list was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014. Go Amy! Mark Johnson has founded a global intelligence firm, Sovereign Intelligence, in McLean, Va. The company performs special due diligence in emerging markets for equity groups and hedge funds. He previously spent 10 years as a special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Mark and his wife, Kimberly, have two children. Ellie Martin made the trek back to the Davidson campus to bring her son, Alex, to a Duke TIP camp. For three weeks, he lived in Belk dormitory and attended classes in Chambers. Ellie writes that she hopes there are future Davidson experiences for all her children, including daughters Anne and Charlotte. Ben Wiley brought his two younger sons to their first Davidson experience at soccer camp this summer, directed by Matt Spear, while touring the campus with his older son. Ben writes that it was fantastic to visit the campus again and remember the good times, but even better to see his sons Sam, Christopher and Max form their own memories. He also encountered Tracy Barwick Robison, picking her son up from the same camp! Ben visited with Bobby Bowers and ran into Amy Norwood Holthouser during his trip. Tracy writes that for the second year in a row, she and her husband, Dan ’91, sent their son, Holt, to Davidson soccer camp under the leadership of head coach Matt Spear. Once again, Holt pronounced it “so awesome!” The Robisons returned a few weeks later with their daughter, Mary Margaret, who took an official Davidson tour with the admissions office. Tracy hopes they have two budding Wildcats. We do, too! Amy Branch Munn and her husband, Barry, also spent a long weekend on campus while her youngest stepson attended soccer camp and the oldest attended admission events. Amy writes that their daughter, Virginia, a preschooler, was content exploring the campus, but disappointed not to find Tom Hunter there. Bonita Paysour and Brian Zumbach were married May 10, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The happy couple was joined by Davidsonians Mary Elizabeth Coley, Ann Todd and Richard Terry ’81, and Sam and Meredith Boone Tutterow. Bonita writes that it was truly a wonderful way to kick off married life. We could not be happier for them! Our deepest condolences to Ann Todd and her husband, Richard, on the passing of Richard’s father, Frederick D. Terry. We also extend our sympathies to Meredith Boone Tutterow and her husband, Sam, on the loss of Meredith’s mother, Virginia Meredith “Merrie” Boone, wife of Daniel Walter Boone III ’66. Matt Spear, Phelps Sprinkle, Matt Cox, Stancel Riley, Cabe Loring, Matt Dormer and Jon Hoveland ’95 hosted the on-campus memorial to celebrate the life of Chris Hoveland May 10, 2014. The event began at the Belk Visual Arts Center because of Chris’ passion for the arts. Professor Shaw Smith gave a talk, and there were many touching testimonials from the

aforementioned host group, Allison Ariail Erdle, and Chris’ father Jim. The bench honoring Chris is located by our 1993 Class Gift sculpture. We miss you, Chris. Everyone says that the first thing they do upon receiving the Davidson Journal is flip to the back to read our Class Notes. I’ll admit to stalking some of you on Facebook for news, but please know that your classmates just want to participate in your lives, even from afar. It’s our connection, our shared Davidson history that makes all your news matter. So please keep Class Notes coming; no news is too small. Much love to all y’all! Contact: Nethea Rhinehardt, 3231-C Post Woods Dr., Atlanta, GA 30339; Nethea@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Lisa J. Sitek-Shaver, Class Secretary Hello Everyone! It was nice to see so many of you at the reunion. Sometimes I had my notebook with me and was able to write down information about many of you. If you don’t see your news here and would like to send in an update for the next edition, we’d love to hear from you. I noticed a lot of changes around Davidson, including a traffic circle (really, a traffic circle!) and that the bookstore, with considerably less books, has moved to Main Street. If you didn’t make it this year, please consider coming back for our 25th! I had the pleasure of staying at the hotel with Angela Capillary Martin and her husband, Gary, while at the reunion. After many years in New Jersey, they now live in Charleston, S.C., where they enjoy the more relaxed pace of life. At the Friday kickoff event I saw Susan Wildey Peddy, Lisa Lorenzin, Carol Brinkhous Wertz, Kristen Atkins, Amy Bertram, Chris Edmonston, Colleen CamaioneEdmonston, Aimee Weaver Ertley, Karen Sullivan Mercer, Rima Chakrabarti Roy and many others. On Saturday I saw Ashley Payne Davis and Andrea Boshamer Powell briefly in the bookstore and that afternoon I yelled hello to Suma Desai Jain and Carolyn Hanson from the car. At the fantastic dinner under the tent I saw Alden Smith, Kristi Brown, Lori Brown, Meg Kendall Lehman, Amy Howard, Martha Knight, Alice Spivey Hutto, Ross Sloop, Duncan Spears, Jill Bennett Branca, Julie Rannik Houston, and so many more people. Susan Beale Reale lives in Louisville, Ky., and is an account manager for Thompson and Reuters. She came to the reunion with her husband, two daughters, and her mother. Barry Stowe, his wife Cindi, and their son, Anderson (2), live in Charlotte where Barry is a pediatric anesthesiologist. Rob King lives in Largo, Fla., and teaches online classes for Phoenix University. Leslye Marshall Black, husband Mike, and their daughters, Marley and Morgan, live in Weddington, N.C.. Leslye attended the dinner in a stunning red dress looking as good as she did 20 years ago. Will and Rebekah Fanning Canu live in Boone. “I am an early intervention specialist (I work with children 0-3 years old who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families and child care providers). Yes, Will is a clinical psychology professor at Appalachian State. We have a son, Owen (8), and daughter Sophia (6). Both seem to like growing up in the mountains (especially Owen, whose goal in life appears to be to climb as high as possible at all times).” Patrick and Becca Peters Jopling have three WINTER 2015


theUnion: Alumni children ages 10, 13 and 15, and live in Greenville, S.C., where Patrick is a dentist. Phil Conrad, wife, Melissa, and two daughters live in Concord where Phil works as a transportation planner for a small company and his wife is an elementary school teacher. Jason Bradley lives in Columbia, S.C., and serves as in-house counsel for BCBS of S.C. His wife, Stacey, works at the University of South Carolina and they have two children, Luke and Jessica (a basketball star). Ed Denning, wife, Shea, and their three kids (ages 2, 7 and 10) live in Raleigh. Ed is the finance director for McDonald’s east division and his wife is a professor at the UNC Institute for Government. Sally Stone Richmond lives in California with her family where she is an admissions counselor for Occidental College. Richard and Nika Deakin Rivera live in Charlotte with their children. Nika works for Bank of America and Richard is a lawyer. Suzanne Tyler McGann is enjoying life with her husband, Darren, and two kids (John, 11, and Margaret, 7) in St. Paul, Minn. Suzanne works in global communications [strategy] for Medtronic. Suzanne and Darren are celebrating an upcoming anniversary with a trip to Nepal, via Oman. Paul Brannan and his wife Heidi were also at the reunion. They live in Sarasota, Fla., with their daughter, Avery (12), and son, Quinn (9), where they have a medical practice, Dermatology and Oculoplastic Consultants. According to a reliable source at the reunion, Kevin Carter lives in Greensboro and is the CEO of Timco Aviation Services that builds airplane parts. I saw Kevin but did not get to say hello. Lillie Newton and Frank Guzek have been married for 13 years and live in Charlotte. Frank works for Emerson in customer engineer electrical services and Lillie has her own business repairing computers and computer systems for small businesses. I enjoyed talking to them along with Mary Hartman who lives in Savannah, Ga., and is a portrait artist. Congratulations to Ward and Sally Gantt Davis for receiving the Alumni Service Award. They have given countless hours of their time to Davidson. Ward did the introduction at the dinner by reading former President Kuykendall’s letter to our class at the front of our Facebook. Ann Brooke Lewis Raynal did the Invocation. Thank you to everyone on the Reunion Committee for organizing such a fantastic event. There just wasn’t enough time to see everyone. Perhaps for the 25th we should have a reunion week! Contact: Lisa J. Sitek-Shaver, 21 Birch Ct., Burlington, VT 05408; 802-658-8480; ljsitek@ yahoo.com


AS TOLD BY: Yvette Pita Frampton, Class Secretary Congratulations to Carin Siegfried for recently publishing her first book, The Insider’s Guide to a Career in Book Publishing, which grew out of an annual talk she gives at Davidson through the Career Center. In 2011, Carin started her own business, Carin Siegfried Editorial, and last year, she married Jordan Sander. Carin and Jordan visited with Lizzie McRee, Carin’s freshman roommate, when they traveled to Chicago this past summer. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appointed Matt Hunoval to serve as a Member of North



Carolina’s State Banking Commission until 2017. Matt lives in Iron Station, N.C., and is founder of the Charlotte-based Hunoval Law Firm, which has offices in three states. Last spring, Mike Amaditz, Save the Children’s creative director, was the “brainchild” behind an innovative ad for the non-profit in which models, who were asked to read text in a sexy manner, were surprised when the text evolved into sobering statistics about the reality of suffering in the world. The ad was viewed by over two million people within a week of its posting. Several of you wrote in with 40th birthday celebration stories (thank you!): Joanna Boyd Best wrote, “I got braces on my teeth for my 40th (pretty lame).” She also hosted a Cosmo Campout (where they drank cosmos and played a game involving issues of Cosmo magazine prepared by her hairdresser) with girlfriends at her house in Asheville. Geoff Graham wrote, “To celebrate our collective 40th, Alan Stump, Casey Rogers, Scott Lenhart, and I backpacked Four Pass Loop near Aspen, Colo. Over the course of our four days in the backcountry, we enjoyed beautiful sunsets, clear blue skies, moon rises, downpours, hail storms, and snow. Scott and I polished off the trip with a half marathon. At the end of our week together, we all felt especially old and tired.” Molly Green and Chad Huggins are enjoying life in Savannah, Ga., along with their two boys, ages six and nine. For Chad’s 40th, they ditched the kids, went to the U.S. Open in New York City and “ate at restaurants without kids’ menus.” For Molly’s birthday, the whole family went to Costa Rica for a week of sun (Molly) and surfing (everyone else). Finally, to extend everyone’s celebration, Anna Gray Anderson Hart, Leigh Rawdon, Kelly Dixson Furr, Emily Crowder Frazelle, Sarah Patterson French, and Molly got together for a girls’ weekend. Sandra Guzman Rennick is living in Vero Beach, along with high school sweetheart/husband, Ron J. Rennick (Wake Forest ’94) and their son, James Hadley Rennick, who joined their family in October 2014. She wrote, “He is currently sporting a new tooth and managing a mean army crawl at six months. We are so grateful to be parents!” Sandra has been practicing law in Vero Beach since 1998. She and Ron celebrated her 40th with a brief stop in Miami and then a trip to Napa/Sonoma. She also mentioned that she gets together with fellow Davidson alums on a yearly basis. They include: Betsy Jones Hemby, Lee Brumby Garrott, Marjorie Gregory Clarke, Hart Bryant Elliott, Hollis Amley, Ashlyn Dannelly Beck, Merf McCullough Welch, Pheobe Dean Lenhart, Lorie Logan, Alice Felmlee Broaddus, Amber Green McHugh, and Allison Milligan Greughn. Condolences go out to Mike Kessler, whose grandmother, Robyn Moncrief Oldham, passed away last May at the age of 92. She was a longtime resident of Davidson, worked in the admissions office, and was very active in the community as well as Davidson College Presbyterian Church. I am also deeply sad to report Leigh Miller Stilwell, wife of Jay Stilwell, passed away June 9, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jay and their beautiful daughter, Sarah Bond, live in San Francisco. I hope to see many of you at our reunion June 5-7, 2015. Contact: Yvette Pita Frampton, 280 Elm St., Denver, CO 80220-5739; 303-333-3479; yvettepita@mac.com


Contact: Nicole Howard Lock, 1525 Grayson Hwy., Apt. 1301, Grayson, GA 30017; 678-615-2878; nicole. lock@yahoo.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Cynthia Atkins Luckie passed away Aug. 29. Our sincere condolences are extended to her family and friends.


AS TOLD BY: Charlotte Seigler and Jamison White, Class Secretaries Hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to the holiday season. Why not give the gift of contacting your class secretaries? Lauren Larkin writes, “it’s a little late but last October (10/4/13) we welcomed a daughter into our fold: Elizabeth Katherine Larkin, we call her ”Liza” after a good friend. She was bigger and is more aggressive and active than her brothers ever were. Here, here for another strong woman! I’ve also been working (continuing my work) on my doctorate at the Universität Zürich in Theology—specifically the theology of Martin Luther and the doctrine of justification by faith and how that applies to issues of social ethics. I am also the chief editor of a theological blog: Dropping Keys. Amidst my doctorate, my husband, my three children, and hands on ministry.... I’m quite busy!” Randall Lee married Eilleen Park in October 2013 in New York City, where the couple is currently living. “Eugene Jung, Martin Young, Aaron Kadoch and Peter Klein ’98 were able to celebrate with us at our wedding in NYC.” Congratulations, Randall! Tara Smith joined Michael Torrey Associates as vice president for Federal Affairs in Washington, D.C., in August 2013. Previously, she worked as a senior professional staff member for the Senate Agriculture Committee under U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) covering commodity programs, crop insurance and disaster assistance. After the committee, she provided strategic policy advice in the agriculture and food sector as the CEO of Smith Strategies. Tara grew up on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois, so her passion for agriculture was instilled at an early age. At the time of the Class Notes deadline for this issue, Ned Erickson was embarking upon the ambitious endeavor of running the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway for Special Needs Children. The run was scheduled from Aug. 9-17. And yep, that’s 52 miles a day for 9 days (plus one extra mile)! The story goes, last winter, while running a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Ned, a husband, father, and author of the recently released novel Clay, had a crazy thought. What would it be like to run the WHOLE THING? Thus began the “We Run For Them” dream: 469 miles in record time. Erickson is raising support and awareness for two specific causes: The first, Carolina Point, a Young Life camp in Brevard that is being upfitted for special needs children; the second, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the sole fundraising arm for the parkway. Great Outdoor Provision and Champion Apparel sponsored his run and news coverage included a feature in the Winston Salem Journal and local broadcast. More information is available by visiting “We Run for Them” on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you, so please drop a line with a brief update on where you are and what you are doing. Here’s to a wonderful 2015! DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

Contact: Charlotte Seigler, 3302 Brown St., NW, Washington, DC 20010; 202-812-5985 (c); cseigler@stratacomm.net Jamison White, 19 Fallston View Ct., Fallston, MD 21047; 443-956-1376; jwhite@mdattorney. com


AS TOLD BY: Dorothy Peterson Vollmer, Class Secretary Hello, classmates. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I want to start by thanking our class for our remarkable contribution to The Fund for Davidson. We hit a new class record of $103,595! Pretty impressive. Thank you to everyone who donated. We have several notes this issue, so without further ado: Tripp Franklin and his wife Jean and continue to be busy raising their four daughters. Tripp has risen to become the managing partner of the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver. Lisa Senneff Frederick and her husband Chris (’99) welcomed daughter Lauren Elise April 4. Lisa writes, “We are all enjoying her so much and her big brother Tyler and big sister Madelyn are absolutely thrilled with her. We can’t wait to take her to her first Davidson football game in the fall!” Kevin Gaunt and Michelle Bougdanos, along with their family, have moved from sunny and humid Florida to Potomac, Md. Kevin is working at Hunton and Williams and Michelle is at the Home Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Visitors welcome! I am thrilled to welcome Sanders and Kate Stevens Hearne back to Atlanta! As I write this, they are on the road from Boston with their three children: twins Lucy and Sanders (4) and James (18 months). No doubt they will have road trip stories for years to come. Several classmates have expanding families! Jennifer Bowden Lentz and husband Geoff joyfully welcomed their fifth child, Gregor Benjamin, born June 2, 2014. Jennifer writes, “Big brothers Dugan (10), Cooper (9), Bruno (3) and big sister Scotia (7) adore him!” Jennifer loves living in the Pacific Northwest, continues to home educate her children, and enjoys serving in children’s ministry at their neighborhood church. The last few months have been quite a ride for Anthony Mackaronis. Back in October, he married Robin Licker, Oberlin College ’99, in Philadelphia, Pa. He writes, “Although our class reunion was only a few months prior, our reception was a mini-reunion of sorts. Wildcats in attendance included my two best men Andrew Coates and Jose Ruiz, Mike Lee & Jamie Kleinman, Sean Keesee and Amy Keesee ’00, Joe Mahoney, Beth DeWitt ’99, Brenda Bondesen ’00, Rachel Horak ’00 and Whitney Blake ’00. Even Jean Coates from the library was able to make the trip up north with her family.” Prior to the wedding, Anthony had back surgery, but has returned to work (he and Robin both started new jobs at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Pa.). Congratulations to Jennifer Miller on tenure and promotion to associate professor of history at SIUE! T.J. Plummer has exciting news. After living in Cologne, Germany for two years, he and his wife— Dana Quinn Plummer—returned to Memphis, Tenn., where T.J. is an MD-11 First Officer for FedEx. T.J. and Dana welcomed their first child, daughter Sloane Claudia Plummer June 2. T.J. says they couldn’t be happier. DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

Nathan Raley now lives in Austin, Texas, but that’s not the biggest update. In February, Nathan married Gretchen Williams (Salem College ’96). As Nathan says, “that’s the newsworthiest item in my life to date!” Congratulations, Nathan and Gretchen. On July 16, Gregory Russell and his wife Mary Catherine (UVA ‘94) welcomed their fourth child, Elizabeth Clare Russell. She joins her siblings Gregory Jr., age 7, Catherine, age 5, and Joseph, age 2. Greg and his wife share a practice in Family Medicine in Locust, trading off their time running the practice and raising the children. If you need an update on the state of the economy, turn to NPR to hear David Santschi. NPR’s Jim Zarroli interviews David, who is CEO of TrimTabs advisory service. Good news: David thinks the economy is still expanding at a moderate pace! I wish I could post photos here, because there is a great one of Wilson Walker with his shiny Emmy award. You can see the photo on our class Facebook page. Congratulations, Wilson! World-traveler Marcus Williams writes, “I completed my contract teaching medical English at Imam Muhammad Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in June. Now I have moved to Bangkok and am an English literature teacher in a bilingual Thailand high school. I ran into Susie Schuhart Blake ’00 while back in the USA.” Our classmate Sarah Zogby is the manager of Graphic Design at the American Council on Education (the membership organization for American college and university presidents) and she designs the association’s annual report. The 2013 Annual Report was just printed and it features the Davidson wishing well on the cover! Check it out online. I have an update myself. On May 9 I married Florian Vollmer in Ortenberg, Germany, which is in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald). We had a tiny family wedding and have managed to continue the celebrations since coming back home to Atlanta, where we live. Finally, I want to extend sympathies to Jeffrey Guttman and David and Katie Nelson Maddux. On July 9, Jeffrey’s father, Jon Robert Guttman, died in Davidson. David’s mother, Martha Cooper Maddux, passed away June 30, 2014, after a long, valiant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Contact: Dorothy Peterson Vollmer, 3080 Dale Dr. NE. Atlanta, GA 30305; 323-350-4714; dorothypeterson19@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Hunter McEaddy Dawson, Class Secretary Hello fellow Class of 1999 alums! It was such a treat to see and catch up with so many of you at our 15 year reunion in June. Everyone has accomplished so much, yet our friendships fall right back into stride as if no time has passed at all. That seems to be part of the magic in these Davidson connections. Paul Dryden and Kurt Davis both wrote posts in response to our weekend back on campus that quite eloquently sum up what I believe many of us were thinking and feeling. If you haven’t read them yet, I encourage you to search out their respective posts on Facebook, and if you weren’t able to join us this past June, I hope that you will plan to be at our 20th reunion. It only promises to be even more fun! Now on to the updates… Jake Fischer writes, “Theresa Sanchez and I were married at the Grand Del Mar Resort in San Diego, Calif., on April 11, 2014. Drew Lindsey served as the best man. Will Dawson, Fred Lowrance, and Bradley

Oliver were members of the bridal party, while also in attendance from the Class of ’99 were Cabell Fisher and Ian Campbell. Needless to say, it was a wonderful occasion and we were thrilled to share it with so many from the Davidson family. While we presently reside in Orange County, Calif., I also recently rejoined my prior firm, The Hotel Group, as vice president of development, and the position will relocate us and our two boxers, Maverick and Vivian, to Nashville, Tenn. We are about to close on our house there and we will be moving in October. We are very excited about beginning this new chapter in our life together, and we look forward to connecting with all the Davidson alumni there, new and old. Before we make the trek east, however, we will enjoy a deferred honeymoon by traveling throughout Eastern Europe in September; our adventure will take us to Prague, Budapest, Croatia, and Munich (yes, during Oktoberfest).” Will Dawson was promoted to partner at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP in January. His practice is focused on banking and real estate. Mike Daly emailed, “On May 14 Meera and I welcomed our first child, a daughter, Yara Savita ShahDaly. Mom and baby are both healthy and happy. We’ve been living in the Boston area for the past several years, but later this summer we are moving to New York City and look forward to new adventures there.” Aaron Lesher writes, “After eight years of residency, I am finally finishing up my pediatric general and thoracic surgery fellowship in Memphis, Tenn., at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thu (’98) and I and our two children, Campbell (8) and Anna (5), will be moving back to beautiful Charleston, S.C., for me to work at MUSC in August. Thu will be teaching chemistry at the College of Charleston, which she did throughout my surgery residency. We are excited to get back to the coast to be closer to both of our families, shrimping, low country boils, the beach and friends. We bought an old house downtown that is the ultimate “fixer-upper” and all of our dear Davidson friends are welcome! Earlier this year, Doug Fowler joined The Daniel Group in Charlotte as chief operating officer. Congratulations to Andy Roark on receiving the University of Florida Veterinary College Outstanding Young Alumni Award on May 24, 2014. Andy was also included in the “25 Veterinarians to Watch in 2013” list published by Veterinary Practice News and is a popular speaker, a national award-winning columnist, and an active contributor to veterinary publications and websites. He and his family are living in Greenville, S.C., where he is an associate at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital. Contact: Hunter McEaddy Dawson, 10 Council St., Charleston, SC 29401; ehmmce@aol.com


NO NOTES THIS ISSUE Contact: Mary Perrin Stark, 601 Greenway St., Davidson, NC 28036; maryperrin@gmail.com Brendan Willmann, 7967 Jolain Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45242; 513-549-2736 (w); brwillmann@yahoo.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Mark your calendars for your 15th Reunion— June 5-7, 2015. Visit the Davidson website for more information or contact your Reunion class chairs, Bill Stoops (wwstoopsphd@hotmail.com) and Griffin Rankin Lamb (griffinlamb@gmail.com). WINTER 2015


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AS TOLD BY: Elizabeth Brantley Bostian, Class Secretary Congratulations are in order for Eleanor Cross as she married Davidson’s Head Coach of Swimming & Diving, the thoughtful and handsome John Young (Williams College ’97), on April 26. Eleanor, a major gift officer in the development office, met John on campus in the Union, presumably while swiping her Cat Card for some Sour Patch Kids and a Diet Dr. Pepper. Soon thereafter, their first date was at a Cast Iron Filter concert, where it can be assumed John was the ultimate gentleman and brought Eleanor red solo cups from the basement. Eleanor and John’s beautiful wedding in Asheville included dozens of Davidson friends and family, most notably her loving father, Roane Cross ’69, who proudly walked her down the aisle, and her brother, Oliver Cross ’02, who was a reader in the ceremony. As anyone there can attest, it was a joyous day full of love for the special couple. The Youngs reside in Davidson and welcome visits from the Class of 2001 anytime you are in town walking down memory lane! We also have several new babies joining our ranks… Curt and Anne Patterson Weaver welcomed George Curtis Weaver III March 14, 2014. Anne emailed that George is their pride and joy! Robert and Jennie Gold Hux are thrilled to announce the birth of Robert “Hixon” Hux Jr., born May 3. Jennie reports that they have had a wonderful summer enjoying Hixon. Paul Boyd Bowman was born May 5 to Sally and Andrew Bowman (and big brother Henry). Andrew also notes that he left his prior law firm and started with McGuire Woods in Charlotte in December. Congratulations both on baby Paul and the new job! Matt and Clare Frey Stevens are the proud parents of Terrill Edward “Ted” Stevens, born Aug. 2. Big sister Olivia has taken a liking to her new, little brother, though her parents report she is more proud of telling people her age than bragging about her new role as his big sister! Contact: Elizabeth Brantley Bostian, 300 Elmwood Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408; elizabeth. brantley@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Stephen Aldrich, Class Secretary Well, it appears 2014 was another banner year for the Class of 2002. Marriages, births, promotions, graduations, relocations, extensive travel, and a host of other accomplishments and experiences continue to be reported by our classmates. Please continue to send highlights to Alumni Relations or me so that we can keep everyone updated! Congratulations to Dennis Cowardin on his promotion to vice president with BB&T. Dennis works close to campus as a mortgage loan officer in BB&T’s Home Mortgage department in Mooresville. David Stroupe was awarded the 2014 Gordon C. Lee Dissertation Award from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Washington. This award is given annually to the most deserving dissertation. David’s dissertation was entitled, “Students drive where I go next: Ambitious practice, beginning teacher learning, and classroom epistemic communities,” and was chosen due to the research exhibiting originality, methodical innovation, and findings that will challenge and advance educational research and practice.



Heidi Hester married Tom Cuticchia June 21 in Indianapolis. Sarah Green and Karen Goldman ’03 were in attendance for the big day. Heidi and Tom recently moved from south Florida to Holland, Mich., where Heidi intends to teach chemistry. Evan and Carrie Frazier Anderson welcomed Genevieve “Vivie” Frazier Anderson to the world May 17! Big sister Ainsley is a natural, and the family is doing great. Michael Clifton sent in an update replete with changes: “Beth ’01 and I recently relocated to Washington, D.C., where I am continuing to work with The Carlyle Group focused on buyouts of large technology companies. Cecilia (4), Maisie (2), and Chambers (35, in dog years) made the move without skipping a beat. We are loving the District and look forward to seeing anyone who is in town for work or vacation.” Charlotte’s loss is Washington, D.C.’s gain. Congratulation to the Clifton family! Heather Carroll Kompanik and her husband Ryan Kompanik welcomed their son Brady June 11. Big sister Caroline, age 3, has adjusted well and loves to dote on her baby brother. Heather, Ryan, Caroline, and Brady live in Huntersville. Contact: Stephen Aldrich, 17327 Grand Central Way, Cornelius, NC 28031; 704-608-0971; stephen.p.aldrich@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Rebekah Rush McKay, Class Secretary Congratulations to Brewton Brownlow Couch and her husband, Justin, who welcomed Cassandra Nell April 27. Congratulations to Paul and Lauran Lightmas Nichols who welcomed a second son, Jack Chandler, May 29. Big brother, Drew, who turned three years old May 26, just days before Jack arrived on the scene, is “mostly” delighted to have a baby brother in the house. Paul and Lauran ’04 returned to Davidson in January 2013 when Paul was hired as the new head football coach. Graham Watson completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt and has begun a fellowship in hematology-oncology also at Vanderbilt. His wife, Kat (a Clemson grad) is also beginning her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology. They have loved Nashville and are excited to be staying for the final three years of their training. Graham regularly consults Ben Ferrell who is a pulmonary critical care fellow at Vanderbilt. Tanner Worth and his wife, Miriam, welcomed their first child, Paul Carter Worth, March 11, 2014. Carter is a happy and energetic baby who, with any luck, will get most of his genes from his mother. The family resides in Encino, Calif. Jennifer Kawwass Thompson, Peter (W&L ’03), and Henry (3), welcomed Caroline Archer into their family March 1. Jennifer completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and joined Emory faculty as an attending physician and assistant professor at the Emory Reproductive Center in Atlanta. She will also continue her role as a Centers for Disease Control researcher. Peter completed General Surgery residency and is pursuing subspecialty training in plastic surgery at Emory. Congratulations to Lindsay Moore Morris and husband, John, who welcomed Baby Millie (Mildred Ann Mason Morris) Sept. 3, 2013. Millie joins big sister Lucy. Contact: Rebekah Rush McKay, 4009 Hanover

Ave., Richmond, VA 23221; rebekahmckay@ gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Mary Costello, Class Secretary Class of 2004 members, it was wonderful to see so many of you at our 10-year reunion in June! What a wonderful weekend of memories and laughter—many thanks to Pryor Dawson Rayburn and Jeff Wheeler for all of their hard work and time that they put into making the weekend fabulous! In case you didn’t get enough updates from classmates that weekend, here are a few more! Carrie Rafer married Mark Libell in Alexandria, Va., June 7. The ceremony took place at Historic Christ Church and the reception was held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Kelsey Holmberg Adams was in the wedding party and several other Davidson swimmers made the trip to Old Town where they enjoyed our 10-year reunion! After the wedding, the happy couple celebrated with a honeymoon to Greece and Switzerland. The newlyweds live in Alexandria and both work for the federal government; Mark is the legislative director for U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV. Welles Campbell wed Webster Beary, a graduate of Cornell University, June 14 in Columbia, S.C. Many Davidsonians were in attendance and in the wedding party. Beth Corrigan Kelley (who introduced the happy couple!), Emily Byrne Wykle, Alaina Beach and Eliza Wright were bridesmaids, and Hugh Campbell ’89 and Billy Cantey ’92 were ushers. They also met up with Welles’s cousin, Richard Miller ’16, while they were on their honeymoon in France. Welles is working as a tax attorney at Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, P.A., in Columbia, and Webster is a JAG officer stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. Greg Scott married Christine Bare (Grove City ’05) July 12 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Davidson graduates in attendance were Ben Gaspar, George Edwards, and Jonathan Baker ’06. Jonathan Crooms also wrote in with June wedding news. He reports, “Brittany Wilson (UT-Austin ’03) and I were married at Duke University Chapel June 14. We were blessed with many friends and family in attendance. On July 1, I started a full-time job as a case manager with Volunteers of America in Durham. I assist homeless veterans with getting into permanent housing, and I am absolutely loving my work.” Lauran Lightmas Nichols, husband Paul ’03, and big brother, Drew were thrilled to welcome a baby boy, Jack Chandler Nichols, to their family May 29. All are doing very well and loving life back in Davidson. Jack can’t wait to join the Davidson class of 2036! Nick Hansell and his wife Maggie Womack Hansell ’07 also welcomed a son into their family, as their first child, Colin James, was born July 2 just after midnight. Similarly, Rob and Kelly Carraway Gould’s son, James Hudson Gould, was born July 1. Rob and Kelly are loving life with our sweet Hudson! Elizabeth Smith Brigham and husband Michael welcomed John Francis “Jack” Brigham March 7. Switching to baby girl births, McKensy Gruelle Phillips and her family grew by one member when daughter Kennedy Elise Phillips was born Jan. 26. Trevor ’02, Kate Morris Stanley, and big sister Katherine welcomed a second baby girl, Sadie, Dec. 20, 2013. They are loving life with these two sweet sisters! Greg ’05 and Anna Mallet Stewart also welcomed a second girl, Margaret Rose Stewart, to their family Feb. 2, 2014. Caroline (3) is a proud big sister. The Stewart family moved this summer, DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

theUnion: Alumni as Greg finished his urology residency at the University of Kentucky in June and accepted a job in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In job news, Will Guthrie and Merin ’06 recently moved from Austin, Texas, to Houston, where Will can now be found working at Invesco. Rob Koch also made a recent professional change after completing graduate school. He wrote, “I have been working in admissions at Washington and Lee University, most recently as associate director of admissions, for the past six years; this past March I completed the coursework with my master’s of science in higher education at Drexel University and walked the stage at graduation on Friday, June 13, just a week after our 10 year reunion. Finishing the degree helped open the door with my transition across campus to become a regional director of development. In my new role I work on leadership giving in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, so I am obviously looking forward to spending more time around Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina!” Ryan and Betsy Pinchak Getzler also just made a big move from Chicago to Charlottesville, Va., as Ryan recently finished his fellowship at Northwestern and started his first “real” job since graduating from Davidson. He is joining the University of Virginia as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology. He will be focusing on clinical research and caring for patients with lung cancer. Congratulations to everyone, and please remember to keep those updates coming! Contact: Mary Carpenter Costello, 1072 Bennett Way, San Jose, CA 95125; 615-4836468; mary.f.costello@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Justin Hartanov, Class Secretary Congratulations to Joe Zimmerman on his recent 30-minute stand-up comedy act on Comedy Central! Katherine Rockwell MacLauchlan married Ian MacLauchlan in September. Bekah Diehl, Genevieve Hanisek Hagler and Katherine’s sister Susan ’08 were all in the bridal party. The wedding took place in Vermont where the couple lives and Katherine is a ski school director at Pico Mountain. Finally, a huge congratulations to Andrew Pickens on his marriage to Emily Conkey July 19. Khoury Ashooh ’03 and I both had the opportunity to serve as groomsmen at the wedding in Richmond, Va. The newlyweds honeymooned in St. John and look forward to many more cold winters as a married couple in Chicago. Contact: Justin R. Hartanov, 550 W. Fulton, Unit 301, Chicago, IL 60661; 312-237-0072; juhartanov@gmail.com FROM ALUMNI RELATIONS: Mark your calendars for your 10th Reunion— June 5-7, 2015. Visit the Davidson website for more information or contact your Reunion class chairs, Jessi Williams Frend (jessi.frend@gmail.com) and Carter Judkins Greendyke (cartergreendyke@gmail.com).


AS TOLD BY: Molly McGowan and Steven Gentile, Class Secretaries Seven years ago Solvig and I cut the cord—no longer do we pay hefty fees to watch but DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

a few television shows. But this year—this year it’s different. Davidson’s transition into the Atlantic 10 conference means more opportunities to see the ’Cats on television. Goodbye Southern Conference. Hello cable bill. Matt McKillop reports that as the assistant coach for the Davidson Men’s Basketball team he is busy preparing for the team’s inaugural year in the Atlantic 10. Nevertheless, he’s excited for the new competition. In other news, in May 2013 Matt married Kelsey Linville ’08 in Columbus, Ohio. The wedding party reads like a Davidson roster from yesteryear: Eric Blancett, Brendan Winters, Chris Clunie, Brendan McKillop ’11, John Falconi ’07, Thomas Sander ’08, Logan Kosmalski ’05, Henry Heil ’97 and Matt Berman ’05 served as groomsmen and ushers. Missy Gilbert, Kerrin McKillop Heil ’02, Anna Mitchell Nolte ’08, Emily Diefendorf Higgs ’08, Kelly Finnigan ’08, Ali Isaac-Lowry ’08, and Maddie Stough ’08 as bridesmaids. Congratulations to Clint McCoy and wife Rebecca who welcomed their newborn baby Luke to the world July 3. In addition to tending to his young one, Clint is finishing his doctoral dissertation in Wildlife Science at Auburn University while working in Ohio as the state’s white-tailed deer biologist at the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. He and his family will move from Athens to Columbus at the beginning of next year. John Henry and wife Monica also welcomed newborn Joseph Alexis Henry Dec. 22, 2013. John is currently finishing up the second year of his MBA at the University of Notre Dame. Matt Gemberling is currently finishing his doctorate at Duke University where he researches tissue regeneration. In April 2013 Matt married Sarah Lawson, a University of Michigan alumna, in Grand Blanc, Mich. Gavin Taylor served as a groomsman. Sarah completed her doctorate in cell and molecular biology at Duke in May 2014. Four and a half years after meeting while salsa dancing in Guatemala, Jamila Schwartz married James Goller in Asheville July 5. James lives in England and the two are moving into a 200-year-old cottage in Collingham. Jamila recently completed her residency at the University of Connecticut Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program after finishing medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. She plans to attain a license to practice medicine in the U.K. Eric LaForest (or “Chops” to friends) and his wife Charlotte became the proud parents of John August LaForest May 19. Eric writes that they’re still determining a nickname for young John. He posits JAL, Augie, or, perhaps, Gus. I’m a fan of Gus but, come on Chops, we’re going to call him “Baby Chops” first before transitioning to “Chops Jr.” In August 2013 Ryan Arnold married Kelly Benedict and held the wedding reception May 31 at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. Kelly is the sister of Kirk Benedict ’10, a fellow Wildcat football alumnus, and Ryan met Kelly while working color commentary on the radio for Davidson football games. The Benedict-Arnold wedding party (oh, how perfect) included George Zoeckler ’08 as best man and Justin Thompson and Kirk as groomsmen. Ryan works at Davidson as a major gifts officer and lives with Kelly in Somerville, Mass. Kelly works as a biomedical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Megan Hollar Jenkins and Garrett Jenkins are proud to announce the birth of Whitton Mathieu

Jenkins. Whitton was born June 19 and his name has a direct Davidson connection. While Garrett and Megan were attending his sister Nicole’s graduation from Davidson this past May, Dr. Whitton—a beloved mathematics professor who passed away in 2011—came to mind and Garrett suggested naming their child after him. Both Megan and Garrett had Dr. Whitton while students, and both thought him an amazing professor. Megan loved the name and the connection to Davidson. If while reading this you reacted as I did, a smile just came to your face and a tear to your eye. Dr. Whitton’s brilliance and warmth embodied everything I found special about Davidson. Welcome, Whitton Jenkins, to the Davidson family. Congratulations to Jon Atkinson who recently became a new fund manager for South Coast Angel Fund. The Fund invests in innovative businesses throughout Louisiana and the Gulf Coast community. Jon will manage the operations of the fund and lead its business development. He is married to Allison Davis, who hails from Winston-Salem, and the two live in New Orleans. Double congratulations to Katie Fitzpatrick and Grégoire Blanchon as they celebrated two weddings: one in Nashville in her parents’ backyard May 25; the other in his home village in Pujaut, France June 14. Shortly thereafter both quit their jobs in order to travel to Central and South America. They will be traveling in a Volkswagen camper van that Greg built from parts. They plan to travel from Nashville to San Francisco, and then from there to Patagonia, learning Spanish and “couchsurfing” all the way. Safe travels, bon voyage, and buen viaje! Cheers to Preston Moore who writes to announce that he and wife Maria welcomed William Preston Moore Jr. to the world Jan. 24. Additional cheers to Lesley Attkisson Lewis and Perry Lewis who welcome newborn Perry Carlton Lewis to the world April 11. They report that they are, “loving every minute with him, but it feels like he is growing up too fast!” Well, before we know it we’ll be seeing little Perry and little Preston walk across the Davidson stage in 2036. World-traveler Brandon Carroll just entered his second year of London Business School to complete his MBA, and in March he completed his first marathon in Barcelona. We miss you back here in the states but are happy to hear you’re making the most of your time abroad. Emily Rodda graduated as a nurse practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco in June 2013 and now works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in San Mateo County in northern California. She and former UCSF classmates also started a free reference site for future pediatric primary care providers: npstudent.com. The site aggregates helpful resources and hints that serve as a blueprint for success for aspiring nurse practitioners. Please continue to send your updates our way! Contact: Molly McGowan, 10 Leslie Circle, Little Rock, AR 72205; 501-350-4925; momcgowan@gmail.com Steven Gentile, 2000 24th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212; 828-226-2384 (c); stevenpgentile@ gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Carson Sanders and Jaimie Matthews, Class Secretaries Another summer went by in a flash for the Wildcat Class of 2007! Thanks to those who submitted notes—please let Carson and me know if there are better WINTER 2015


theUnion: Alumni ways of reminding y’all to send in your updates. We love hearing from everyone! Congrats to Jackie McKeon and Bill Shufelt who got married June 7 in East Hampton. Jackie reports, “We were very lucky to have some of our favorite Davidson ladies there to celebrate with us! Liz Langton and Megan Roberts were bridesmaids, and Patricia Harris Bellows read during the ceremony. In August, I’ll start in the MBA program at Columbia Business School.” There are some really cute baby pics making there way around social media. Congrats to all the new parents! Maggie Womack Hansell and Nick Hansell ’04 welcomed Colin James to their family July 2. Jennifer Fernandez Berry graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a masters in nursing (family nurse practitioner) this past May. Jenn reports, “My husband and I also welcomed our new baby son John Berry VIII (Johnny) on May 30.” The family resides in Boston. Cal Nannes is in the beginning of his fourth and final year of medical residency at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Cal says, “Next step is (hopefully) a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology. Recently, my wife Lilly Haberl Nannes ’09 and I visited Davidson and were lucky enough to catch Tyler ’08 and Brian Helfrich. We got to enjoy both of their Summit locations.” Next time folks are in Davidson, definitely check out their new campus location— fantastic flatbreads! Brian Orland is still having amazing international living experiences of which we can all be jealous. Brian currently lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and travels often to the outer islands for his work on deforestation and land tenure issues. Our love and prayers go to our friend Meredith Davis and her family for the passing of Meredith’s mom, Susan, who was an incredibly special woman. Contact: Carson Sanders, PO Box 13122, Charleston, SC 29422; carson.sanders@gmail. com Jaimie Matthews, 1317 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Apt. 302, Washington, DC 20005-3729; jaimie.k.matthews@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Robby Hoak and Anna Hamilton, Class Secretaries Writing from Portland, Ore., Dana Jackson Clinton recently celebrated her five-year wedding anniversary with John Clinton in July. Dana is working as the director of operations and human resources for Dynamic Events, a software company that specializes in large corporate event planning. From Texas, Rev. Katherine Hester Doehring writes to say that she and husband Rev. Jamison Doehring celebrated their one year anniversary July 20. Their ceremony, held last summer in Wilmington, was stacked with beautiful Davidson girls... (best in the world!) The bride’s sister, Corinne Hester ’13 was maid of honor; Patricia Massey Hoke ’07, Karina Nascimento Saunders, and Leslie Buechele Mosteller were bridesmaids; and, Elizabeth Henry and Emily Presley ’07 were attendants. This year, Katherine and Jamison celebrated not only becoming “Mr. & Mrs.” but “Rev. & Rev.!” Katherine was ordained a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in April, and Jamison an elder in the United Methodist Church in Spring 2014. Rev. Kathy Beach-Verhey ’92 former associate Pastor at DCPC was part of Katherine’s ordination ceremony. Katherine and Jamison currently live in College Station, where



Jamison serves as associate Pastor of A&M UMC and Katherine serves as Campus Pastor of United Campus Ministry at Texas A&M University. While football reigns supreme in Texas, during basketball season they fly their Davidson flag with pride! In June 2014 Martina Mustroph successfully defended her dissertation in neuroscience in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. She began the last three years of medical school, also at the University of Illinois, this fall. Rebecca Speiser and Nick Skipper were married Aug. 2 in New York City. Lots of Davidson friends were in attendance, including many in the wedding party. Anna Hamilton was the maid of honor, with Bree Berry, Tara Cockman Clayton, Casey Brewton Monda, Lizz Moore Nelson, and Karina Todd among the bridesmaids. Groomsmen included Dudley Colhoun, Drew Gilbert, Anders Gustafson, Jeff Higgs, and Peter Roushdy. The Class of 2008 has a nice presence at Yale for the fall 2014 semester. Shaena McPadden began at the business school, and Will Hudson started law school. From Washington, D.C., Don Williams writes that after six years as an advanced analytics consultant with IBM, he is changing jobs and will be starting as a manager at Deloitte Consulting, where he will focus on predictive analytics to identify fraud and risk. Don has been playing a lot of music with other Davidson alums in D.C. Joining him in the Capital City Symphony are Brian Conaway ’06, Anjan Mukherjee ’09, and Krysta Cihi ’10. Don has also been playing jazz in a small combo with Anjan and Zach Williams ’05. Susan Rockwell is also in Washington, D.C., where she and Kaitlin Walker ’12 work at a middle school in Southeast Washington that serves low-income girls and then supports them through high school and college. Susan is a fundraiser, and Kaitlin teaches science. Susan writes: “Part of the program includes normalizing college enrollment, which we do by naming each homeroom after a college or university. This year, we had nine seventh graders who were Davidson Wildcats for the year! Kaitlin and I gave them some sweet Davidson sunglasses at the end of the year in honor of their hard work.” Elizabeth Rugala also volunteers on a fundraising committee for the school. From Raleigh, Amanda Lehnberg writes: “I graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and just signed on for my second year as associate veterinarian at Coats Veterinary Hospital in Rocky Mount.” Also in North Carolina, Brit Price Drozda and her husband Zack Drozda ’05 live in Charlotte and welcomed William “Liam” MacNeil Drozda in November 2013. Congrats, Brit and Zack! Contact: Robby Hoak, 2007 Dilworth Rd. W., Charlotte, NC 28203; 919-418-5298 (c); rohoak@gmail.com Anna Hamilton, 116 W. 75th St., Apt. A, New York, NY 10023-1911; 910-612-7301 (c); annahamilton08@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Chieko Phillips and Cary Wright, Class Secretaries Ali Cundari is happy to be back in the Charlotte area and putting her biology degree to good use, working as business development/marketing manager for a contract research organization that performs pharmaceutical clinical trials. She recently became a homeowner in Fort Mill, S.C.—congratulations, Ali! Will Funderburg and Eleanor Meachum were

married this summer. Former football teammates, George Zoeckler ’08, Kirk Konert, and Myles Potter were members of the wedding party. The couple resides in Atlanta, Ga. Danielle Wipperfurth recently relocated back to the USA after living in Bombay, India, where she worked alongside Sarah Allen ’08 at an incubator for social ventures. Danielle started her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management this fall alongside Andrew Gorang, who relocated from Atlanta to pursue his JD-MBA at Northwestern. Kelsey Formost has been working with Davidson alumni David Kerns ’08 and Michael Harkins out in Los Angeles on a self-written comedic web series and a feature film, respectively. Kelsey also finished shooting the feature film “Hollywood” that will be entered into the Sundance Film Festival this winter. Stephen Kalin now lives in Cairo, Egypt, as a correspondent with Reuters News covering politics and economics after nearly a year of reporting on the Syria conflict for Reuters in Beirut. Artie and Kittery Neale Van Sciver welcomed a new daughter, Adele Joy, into the world in April 2014. The couple currently resides in Matthews. Kelly Beggs married Guy Berger this summer. The wedding party included Erica Cribbs, Nanci Danaher and Mary Watkins. Kelly is wrapping up a master of city and regional planning degree at Rutgers University. After five years in international journalism at the Pulitzer Center in Washington, D.C., Peter Sawyer has moved to Florida where he is starting medical school at the University of Miami. Moira McCormick lives in Boulder, Colo., and is studying for her elementary education teaching license at the University of Colorado Boulder. Colby Uptegraft is completing the aerospace medicine primary course at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, after which he’ll be stationed at Keesler AFB, Miss., as a flight surgeon. Lyz Pfister lives in Berlin and works in the subtitling and translation industry. Lyz is also the poetry editor and managing editor of Berlin’s English language literary journal, SAND, which is printing its tenth issue this fall. She recently launched a redesign of her blog, Eat Me. Drink Me. Alex McArthur and Owen Fitzpatrick were married the weekend following Reunion in Hudson, N.Y. The wedding party included several Davidsonians: Caitlyn Culbertson, Emily Koons, Park McArthur ’06, Kendall Patterson, Scott Saldaña, and Julia Ward. Carolyn Klaasen is in New York City working toward a doctorate in Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary. Sarah Baley graduated in May from the University of Texas School of Law, and is relocating to New York to pursue an LL.M. in tax law at the New York University School of Law. Also in NYC, Anna Marie Smith just graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in design criticism. This past summer, Anna also participated in The Millennial Trains Project, a crowd-funded transcontinental train journey from Portland, Ore., to New York, N.Y., that “empowers diverse groups of creative, entrepreneurial, and civic-minded Millennials to explore America’s new frontiers.” For the second year in a row, Robert Morris participated in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles! Kendra Chapman completed her MFA in creative DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

writing (poetry) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last May. She is currently teaching upper school English and Spanish at the Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. Starting next summer Kendra will relocate to Brazil to teach English as a Fulbright scholar. Jen Crowley Raymond has been busy building her crochet and knitting design business, Tinking Turtle LLC. Jen and husband Michael Raymond ’10 reside in Ashland, Va. In Atlanta, Lance Harden has started a new job as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Emory University. Wes Anderson is in a doctoral program in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Nicolas Cisneros lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He is working toward a master of international affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Nicolas spent a semester studying in Seoul, South Korea. Since then, he’s been working at the PostConflict and Disaster Management Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he looks at the relationship between natural resources and conflict. Contact: Chieko T. Phillips, 1220 Boren Ave., Apt. A1, Seattle, WA 98101; 770-316-6140; chieko.phillips@gmail.com Cary V. Wright, 6382 Shady Brook Ln., Apt. 1230, Dallas, TX 75206; 806-206-4443; cawright09@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Claire Asbury and Haley Cook Sonneland, Class Secretaries Can you believe we got the Save the Date for our five-year reunion? We can’t wait to see you guys on campus June 5-7, 2015. In the meantime, as usual, we have a lot of Wildcats’ news to share! Bryant Barr writes that he and his wife Brittany ’09 moved from Beaverton, Ore., to Palo Alto, Calif., in September. “I’ll be attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business to get my MBA for the next two years,” he writes. “Yet another Davidson student going on to further education!” When he’s not studying, we imagine the White Lobster might head down to Oakland to cheer on his roommate every now and then. Also on the business school front, Liam Bracken will be heading to Duke University for his MBA, and Baker Shogry shares that he’s departing San Francisco for Harvard Business School in Boston. “I hear there are a few folks from our class in the area, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with them.” Patty Herold graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and will move to the nation’s capital this fall to work as an associate at a D.C. firm. Another D.C.bound lawyer is Emily May, who graduated from Duke University School of Law in May 2013 and spent the past year clerking for Judge Albert Diaz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Charlotte. She’ll join the office of Arnold & Porter LLP as an associate. Darrell Scott also shares that Tareq Alani will be moving to D.C. to take on a new role with Working America (AFL-CIO) as its senior data administrator. Congratulations to newly-published author Cristina Wilson! She writes, “I’m excited to announce the publication of my first book: Carolina Bride: Inspired Design for a Bespoke Affair (Triumph Books, 2014). The book’s publication in November will be a milestone for my time as editor of Carolina Bride magazine, the quarterly sister publication of The Charlotte Observer.” And on that subject, more wedding bells continue to DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

ring for our classmates, including many whose romance first blossomed at Exit 30. There were at least three all-2010 weddings this summer. First up, Allison Dulin and Rex Salisbury got married at Allison’s family farm in Maryland May 24. There was a large Davidson turnout, and Rex writes that “Galen King was the most dashing of bridesmaids in his army uniform.” And speaking of Galen…. He married Sara Bates ’11 July 12 in Cashiers. Galen is serving at Fort Campbell on the Tennessee/Kentucky border as a second lieutenant and Army ranger, and Sara will soon be starting Vanderbilt University’s masters in nursing and midwifery program. On June 21, Lindsay Sween married Weston Sacco in Kennebunkport, Maine. Several Wildcats were in attendance on the gorgeous day, and Lindsay adds, “Marjie Harmon, my Davidson roommate of all four years, and my roommate for three years after Davidson, was one of my bridesmaids along with my childhood friend and Davidson classmate Lizzie Hyland.” Lindsay and Weston are living in New Orleans, where Weston is in his fourth year at Tulane University School of Medicine. Lindsay finished her M.D. at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and is now getting her master of public health at LSU Health Sciences School of Public Health. On June 28, in Washington, D.C., Sarah Haynes married David Warren. Davidsonians in the wedding party included Will Haynes ’09, Taylor Haynes ’14, Quin Patton, Rebecca Haynes ’08, Cheli Bleda and Allison Ruhe. Former Davidson dean Will Terry officiated the ceremony. Sarah and David are moving from San Francisco to Chicago this fall, where Sarah will begin her MBA at University of Chicago Booth, and David will be working at Deloitte. Thanks as always for sharing your news with us. We can’t wait to hear more in person in just a few months! Contact: Claire Asbury, 3001 Westfield Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209; 770-826-0079; clasbury10@gmail.com Haley Cook Sonneland, 45 Wall St., Apt. 807, New York, NY 10005; 203-219-0031; hsonneland@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Khalil Jolibois and Savanna L. Shuntich, Class Secretaries I have enjoyed this latest round of alumni notes. We heard from a few of you for the first time and I hope you will keep sending us updates. First of all let me start by congratulating Stacie Binney and Walker Lyons on their recent wedding. They got married May 24 in Easton, Mass. Fellow 2011 alums Veronica Thomas and Casie Genetti were both bridesmaids. I used to run into Cathy Marques and her roommate Billy LeBas all the time in D.C. before Cathy moved back to North Carolina. Now Cathy says she is “working as a college adviser in a rural public high school through the College Advising Corp.” Sarah Satterwhite is also counseling students. She just recieved her M.S., Ed.S., in school and college counseling from UNC Greensboro and is now director for Career Exploration and Job Shadowing at UNC Charlotte University Career Center. As I write this, it is nearly fall and we have heard from many others who have just finished their graduate degrees. Elisabeth Brown just graduated from Vanderbilt with a masters in speech pathology and will soon start work as a speech pathologist in a Nashville elementary school.

Caitlin Piper, Belal Elrahal, Anna Gryska, and Logan “Chuck” Cannon all graduated from law school in May. Caitlin got her JD from the University of Virginia and will be working at Davis Polk in Manhattan starting in the fall. She will be one of their tax associates. Belal graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and moved to Eden where he will be working in a general-practice law firm. Anna graduated from Texas Tech University and will soon be moving to Houston to work for the law firm Greenberg Traurig. She will be focusing on the transactional side of corporate and energy law. Last but not least, Logan graduated from the University of South Carolina and is now working at a Greenville firm with fellow Davidson alumnus Mills Ariail ’95. This summer I was glad to hear from Sarah Pyfrom, a freshman hall mate of mine. She is in her third year of Washington University’s Molecular Genetics and Genomics Ph.D. program. Sarah wrote “I love living in St. Louis; the city is incredible and the people are great. Missing so many people from Davidson, though.” Lauren Odomirok is beginning graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She wrote “It’s a two-year program, and I’ll be focused on studying strategic communication. It’s nice to be back in academia after a few years of work!” Brian Leahy continues to hone the artistic talents he cultivated while at Davidson. Brian’s latest art show, “Drifting Towards the Names of Things,” just opened in downtown Asheville. Currently Brian is pursuing his master’s in modern and contemporary art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Finally, Ellen Goodson sent us a note catching us up on the past few years. Ellen spent a year in Thessaloniki, Greece, before moving to New York City with Dylan Coughtrey. She says, “we have happily set up camp in Harlem near Central Park. Dylan has been analyzing data and winning over clients at tech start-ups, and I’m happily ensconced at a literary agency (where I was shown the ropes by Davidson ’08 grad, Andy Kifer—small world!).” Ellen let us know that Maggie Mularz is teaching kindergarten in Tampa, Fla., and doing local theatre. Maggie just completed her master’s in education. As for me, I’m still in D.C. and living with my old Ryburn 102 roommate Hannah Bohbrink. Hannah is about to start the third semester of an accelerated nursing program at Georgetown. I am about to start year three of law school at American University. Hope you all are happy and healthy. Contact: Khalil Jolibois, 6321 SW 63rd Terr., Miami, FL 33143; 305-510-9603; Khaliljolibois@gmail.com Savanna L. Shuntich, 3614 Connecticut Ave. NW, Apt. 35, Washington, DC 20007; 904-8668087; savanna.shuntich@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Keneya’ Edwards and Meg Jarrell, Class Secretaries Hey Class of 2012! Meg here; our class continues to impress out in the real world! Academically we are setting the world on fire. Leah Rapley begins George Washington University this fall for a master’s in international education. Morgan Heinzelmann will join her at GWU for medical school. She recently completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health as well as her rookie season as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador. Also in WINTER 2015


Save the Date! REUNION June 5–7, 2015 www.davidson.edu/alumni D.C. is Kelsey Lilley, who works at the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank, in the Africa Center. With President Obama’s landmark US-Africa Leaders Summit in August, Kelsey was busy preparing for a whirlwind of heads of state to visit the Council. Erin Lupfer will begin law school at the University of San Diego (where fellow wildcat Melissa Hickey is a third year student) after a summer of traveling Europe, where she got to meet up with Sofia Azar in Tampere, Finland. Emily Clarkson is continuing her work in the education field by entering into Vanderbilt University’s M.Ed. program in human development counseling where she will learn to become a school counselor. After a summer working at the University of Michigan for her public health practicum, Caitlin Allen will return to Atlanta to finish up her masters of public health degree at Emory University. Juliana Porter spent the summer conducting research in child neurology before she returns to the University of Virginia for medical school. Also in the midst of post-grad studies is Gabrielle Wallace, who is starting her second year of vet school. Congrats to Aria Halliday, who graduated with a M.A. in American Studies from Purdue University in May. Clayton Bishop is also in line for some admiration as he recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a master’s in physiology and biophysics and will soon begin at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his M.D./MPH. Angela Solis graduated with an M.S. in biotechnology and moved to Dallas to work as a clinical research assistant in hepatology and liver transplant research at Baylor University Medical Center. After graduating from Duke University School of Nursing with a BSN and a genetics/ genomics healthcare concentration, Sara Jordan moved on to work in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit at Duke University Hospital. Jeannie Kinnett currently works as an assistant producer at Grey Group. For the past year, she’s been enjoying exploring New York City. When she’s not working or running in Central Park, Jeannie writes for Misadventures Magazine, reads about urban sustainability, and dreams about having a dog. Morgan Popham has continued to make moves in the poker world, including an appearance at the World Series of Poker in July. Wildcats have also been moving about the country and the world. Alice Phillips Bancroft and her husband relocated to Boston where she will begin her first year at Boston College Law School. They spent their last few weeks of freedom taking a trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. Warn the city of Atlanta that Tyler Hammett is in town as he recently joined a company called Red Clay Consulting to work on implementing software solutions for utility companies. Sam Meyers and Louisa Williams are still both holding the fort down near Austin, Texas. Louisa recently accepted an offer at Facebook as a contracted ads review analyst. After a year with Americorps, Sam moved down to San Marcos and started at Texas State University, working toward a degree in interior design. Joe Lunsford joined them in Austin after completing his MSA at Wake Forest. He now works as an audit associate for accounting firm CohnReznick. They still spend many happy hours out and about and would love some more Wildcat company! Bo Swanson and Zach Herak graduated from the Engineer Basic Officer Leadership Course in June. Though they have relocated to Austin, Texas, they still work for Dell, they drill with the same Army unit,



and they are still roommates—six years after being paired up in 2nd Belk. Krista Jackson is returning home to the USA after spending a year with BECA teaching fifth grade at a bilingual school in Cofradia, Honduras. Also teaching English abroad is Drew Gadaire, who is currently teaching in Quito, Ecuador. He recently went on a five-day trek to Machu Picchu with Dan Keller. Jadry Gruen spent time in Ecuador between her first and second years at Stony Brook Medical School to participate in an ongoing study evaluating cardiovascular risk factors in a rural, coastal village. Also abroad is Gray Robinson, who is currently living in Bangalore, India, and working for Village Capital, a company that invests in early-stage companies. In Tubingen, Germany, you will find Ryan Price, who recently received his masters in cellular and molecular neuroscience from the Eberhardt-Karls Universitat Tubingen. His project involved simulating hybrid assembly of large eukaryotic genomes. Leland Taylor is also abroad in Cambridge, U.K., where he is working on his Ph.D. in genomics. Congrats to Kate Graham Heil, who is using her history degree as director of Tour Operations at Ashland, The Henry Clary Estate. Meg Currie just celebrated her two-year mark at Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group. She lives in Charlotte with fellow Wildcats Madeleine Dick Godfrey and Finley Amato ’13. Taking the art world by storm are ex-Charlotte roommates Taylor Thomas and Haley George. Taylor recently celebrated her solo exhibition as Sozo Gallery’s featured artist. She is also represented by Rachel Nash Gallery in Dallas, Texas, where she will have a solo show next spring. Haley is transitioning into humanitarian photography and has been on every continent except Antarctica since graduation with her work. She is currently working toward a project in the Phillipines for 2015. The two recently moved to Nashville to create a new base for their careers and are always on the lookout for local Wildcats! Lori Pitts is working out of Washington, D.C., at literacy and mentorship organization, Reach Incorporated, where she produces literacy curriculum. She will also perform with Dog&Pony D.C. this fall in a play she helped devise, “Toast”. Congratulations to Ellen Bunzey and Jim Fichtelman, who married last May. Jim has begun his last year at USF for a master’s in health administration while Ellen is finishing up her final year at Stetson Law. She was recently published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in their Juvenile and Family Court Journal. Contact: Keneya’ Edwards, 726 Market St., Apt. 805, Philadelphia, PA 19106; 404-408-2011; keneyaedwards@gmail.com Meg Jarrell, 850 North Randolph St., Apt 704, Arlington, VA 22203; 571-276-8555; margaretkjarrell@gmail.com


AS TOLD BY: Billy Hackenson and Mel Mendez, Class Secretaries Well, we’ve officially passed the one year mark since graduation and have completed the first summer without a much needed and well deserved break. However, from what we’ve heard, our classmates have enjoyed the summer and have continued to do some pretty amazing things. Keep the notes coming as we love hearing from you. Off to the updates…. First off, congratulations are in order for Taylor

Hogan and Catherine Wood. They were engaged at Davidson and they shared their excitement with us for their upcoming wedding. Victoria Beamer has started her master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Wake Forest University. From there she hopes to continue onto her medical degree—which we all know she is more than capable of undertaking! Another bright Wildcat that has recently heard some great graduate school news is Christine Bell. Christine is currently working in Spain but will return to the States to study international educational development at Teacher’s College in Columbia University. On the subject our class’ international reach and interest, Yessenia Coto is working on creating a multilingual language school project in Sao Paulo State University in Brazil where she is in the middle of her Fulbright. With the year-long Davidson Impact Fellowship program coming to a close, Whitley Raney and Andrea Pauw have left Merida, Mexico, and brought their experiences and passions back home with them. Whitley is working as a bilingual research aide at the Center for Child and Family Policy. Andrea is moving on to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Spanish Literature. But before she headed down to the “Mother of States,” Andrea took some time to visit NYC where she met up with Colin Ristig, Morgan Tarrant, Kaitlin Roberts and many other 2013 Wildcats living and working in the area (there are tons)! Kaitlin Roberts also was featured in an issue of The Week (a must read for all your news needs) for an article she wrote entitled, “Why ‘Female Friendly’ Restaurants are Making Women Unhappy.” The latest view online has it shared on Facebook over 1,000 times! Congratulations, Kaitlin. Tripp Bartholomew shared that he was admitted to the UNC School of Dentistry and started classes this fall. He’s expecting to graduate in May 2018, so if you want to visit our class’s first (that we know of) dentist, start marking your calendar. We also learned that Spencer Wilson has finished his first year at UNC School of Medicine and traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet, and India over the summer. He worked in a Tibetan clinic while oversees. Tianna Butler is now the full-time drama teacher for the lower school level at Charlotte Day School. She is currently in the midst of writing and directing nine plays for this coming year that her students will perform for the community; be sure to check them out if you are in Charlotte. Keep on following your passions, Tianna! J.D. Merrill is taking another spectacular leap into adulthood by becoming a new home owner in Los Angeles, Calif.! Just kidding, we all know J.D.—his heart is only for Baltimore, Md. Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we share news of Mary Warner Mack’s passing July 3. Mary Warner was with us for our first year and we’re sure many of you remember her bright smile on the halls of Belk or Chambers. We share our sincerest condolences with her parents, Barry Mack Jr. ’82 and Mary Tabb Mack ’84, and the entire Mack family. Contact: Billy Hackenson, 92 West Paces Ferry Rd., Apt. 7023, Atlanta, GA 30305; whackenson@gmail.com Mel Mendez, Mérida, Yucatán; +52 (999) 3610315; melmendez91@gmail.com


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AS TOLD BY: Caitlin James, Caroline Queen and Cyrus Saffari, Class Secretaries Emma Finkelstein interned with the Truman National Security Project this summer in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights for Emma was having the chance to join combat veterans and senior public affairs officials in the West Wing for a meeting hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement. The meeting aimed to connect oil dependence and climate change to threats to our national security through the veteran’s personal stories, allowing the Administration to be forward leaning on climate change while reaching a broader audience. Madison Rogas will be teaching high school Spanish and coaching field hockey and lacrosse at Virginia Episcopal School. Rachel Loucks is a junior verbal branding associate for Addison Whitney in Charlotte in June after a great internship experience last summer. Henry Martin met up in Louisville, Ky., with fellow Kentuckians Courtney Tobe ’11, Jacob Crawford ’11, Misty Stallings Brady ’08, and Greensboro native Hunter Strader ’12 for a [wild] night out on the town. Strader will be moving to Louisville in early August after accepting a job as an investment analyst for a Louisville-based healthcare company. Despite many attempts at persuasion, Henry is still not a Cardinals fan. Michael Brun, who is taking time off from Davidson to pursue music, was recently named Seventeen magazine’s “Crush of the Week.” Check out the article online. Ashley Finger spent the past summer working for the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology through an internship program with the American Institute of Physics. She received a Fulbright Fellowship for this coming academic year to study photovoltaics through the condensed matter physics program at the University of Luxembourg. After her Fulbright she will be attending the University of Virginia School of Law. Since graduating from Davidson in December, Laura Arnold enrolled in and graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City with a degree in Classic Culinary Arts. She is now training as a food stylist in a fellowship with Oxmoor House at Time Inc. in Birmingham, Ala. Her training involves styling food for magazine cookbooks in the Time Inc. family as well as other clients. Follow her food blog at loudmouthedandhungry.blogspot.com. Ella Strauss has joined the Office of Alumni Relations as the Alumni Engagement Fellow. She lives in Charlotte, so feel free to get in touch with her if you need a place to stay. Becca Merrifield is currently serving as a Princeton in Africa Fellow in Kigali, Rwanda. She has enjoyed exploring the capital city, getting to know Rwandan culture, and preparing for her long-term stay in Rwamagana, where she will be developing environmental curriculum for a local school. She hopes to build on her foundation of environmental studies at Davidson with knowledge specific to eastern Africa and Rwanda to provide a fully engaging curriculum for her students. Eric Sawyer is beginning the Ph.D. program in molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is excited to start working in the lab this September. Bethany Wagner is a research assistant at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, affiliated with MIT. She will be working on targeted drug


therapies for small cell lung cancer as well as generating new mouse models of cancer in the Jacks Lab. John Eun is the Postbac IRTA Fellow in the genetic epidemiology branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studying the family aggregation and heritability of mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorders and depression. Julie Coursen just moved to Washington, D.C. and works at the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Her roommate Madeline Parker is working for The Trevor Project, one of the Davidson Impact Fellowships through the Lily Foundation. Cate Hendron is working at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville. Grace Dover started working at the Young Adult Volunteer Network in Tucson in September. Julia Watkins is attending seminary in Atlanta. James Bramlett spent the summer in Orlando working at the Golf Channel. Laura Pinto-Coelho now works at the UNC Chapel Hill Stroke Center. Dominic Boccaccio moved to San Francisco with Natalie Williford and works at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Rob Stevens just wrapped up a very active summer, full of WOOFing (staying at a farmer’s house in exchange for help & labor during the day) in Spain and hiking in California. He will begin working for Bain this fall. Denton Baird is now the Information Technology Fellow at the Duke Endowment in Charlotte. Denton lives in south Charlotte with Andrew Craft, who recently accepted a position in the Management Company of Carolinas HealthCare System. Sarah Hay hasn’t had enough of the sweet Davidson life yet and has been lifeguarding at Lake Campus. She is excited to work on events for Summit during this coming year. Jake Hall spent six weeks in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with the Campus Outreach ministry. He engaged South African students with the gospel of Jesus Christ. “It was an incredible time where we formed deep relationships and learned about each other’s lives,” he said. Tatum Pottenger, Drew Cardwell, Nick McGuire, Antonio Rodriguez, Marisa Martinson, Robin Malloch, and Fred Irving spent five weeks this summer in Tulsa, Okla., training, teaching and preparing for their two-year teaching commitment with Teach for America in North Carolina. Their teaching assignments vary in subject and grade level but will be carried out in Charlotte, the Piedmont Region, and Eastern North Carolina. Jenna Bates spent three months volunteering in the burn ward of hospital Viedma in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and hiking in the beautiful mountains in Bolivia. She now conducts research for a Charlotte urology group at CMC. Noah Bricker spent his summer traveling with Humanity in Action to Washington, D.C., and then on to Europe. There he spent several weeks studying, debating, and learning about a variety of global issues. After six weeks, he returned home for a few weeks before heading off to Washington, D.C., to start work in September at Deloitte. Lexi Gross spent the summer working for Adventure Treks, leading two 20-day adventures in Western North Carolina for 13-15 year olds, which included backpacking trips in different parts of North Carolina, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, ziplining, duckying, and rafting. She will continue to work for

All Hail Dick Morgan ’50 has had his most recent book,

Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life, named a 2014 finalist by International Book Awards in the Christian inspiration category.

J. Daniel Hanks Jr., M.D. ’65 has been named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for Loyalty by the Alumni Association of the Medical College of Georgia, “in recognition of a life of distinction, eminence and excellence.” Hanks, a fellow of the American College of Radiology, is a member of the Hospital Authority of Floyd County and Floyd Healthcare Resources, Inc. in Rome, Ga. Wright Caughman, M.D. ’70 has been named Emory University’s executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of the board for Emory Healthcare. Trained as a dermatologist at Harvard Medical School, Caughman joined Emory in 1990 after serving at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Robert B. Norris ’72, co-founder and managing

partner at Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman law firm in Charlotte, has been chosen by the National Father’s Day Council as a 2014 Father of the Year. He and four other Charlotte fathers raised a record-breaking $518,440 for the American Diabetes Association through the fundraising arm of the awards gala.

William B. Bynum Jr. ’84 has been inaugurated as the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University. Bynum’s appointment caps a 25-year history of work in almost all areas of university operations, administration and teaching, including two years as assistant dean of students and one semester as the Covington Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Davidson. He most recently served for four years as vice president for enrollment management and student services at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Jay Chaudhuri ’91, general counsel and senior

advisor to the state treasurer of North Carolina, has been named national board chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of pension funds and endowments and a leading voice for effective corporate governance and strong shareowner rights.

Adventure Treks in the fall teaching outdoor education for school groups in Hendersonville and Flat Rock. Sarah Eliza Stevens and Michael Berro married in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 2. The couple will be moving to Qatar to pursue further study of Arabic and Middle Eastern Culture. Ellie Hoober married Kevin Peters in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 3. Caitlin James, 134 Poindexter Dr., Charlotte, NC 28203; caitlinhjames@gmail.com Caroline Queen, 1320 N. Veitch St., #1616, Arlington, VA 22201; carolineelizaqueen@ gmail.com Cyrus Saffari, 910 Lake Park Dr., Apt. 306, Davidson, NC 28036 WINTER 2015


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{ALUMNI } A Goodly Heritage: The Life and Times of a Presbyterian Minister, Missionary and Activist by Arch B. Taylor Jr. ’42 (2014, XLibris). A personal memoir of decades in missionary education work in Japan, and life in retirement championing non-violence and justice. Wade Hampton III: Summer Resident of North Carolina by S. Robert Lathan Jr., M.D. ’59 and Jane Gibson Nardy (2014, Wings Publishers). An exploration of the connections of the South Carolina general, governor and U.S. Senator Wade Hampton III to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr ’61, with foreword by Dolly Parton. (2014, the University of North Carolina Press). A look at the voyage of music from Ireland and Scotland to Appalachia. Includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book. Sword and Scalpel: A Doctor Looks Back at Vietnam by Larry Rogers M.D. ’61 (2014, Hellgate Press). Memoir of a doctor who volunteered to serve as a medical doctor in Vietnam during the most intense phase of fighting—the days and months leading up to the Tet Offensive.

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theUnion: Book Review

Divided We Fall: The Confederacy’s Collapse From Within, A State-byState Account by Calvin Zon ’66 (2014, ZonBlaydes Publishing). Did opposition among Southerners lead to the Confederacy’s downfall? Stories of Unionist guerrilla bands, spies, secret societies, deserters, draft dodgers, propagandists, agitators and women-led food riots. Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law, edited by the Rev. Angie Wright ’78 (2013, Greater Birmingham Ministries). An account of the diverse faith initiatives opposing Alabama legislation in 2011. Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 18801940 by Alicia M. Dewey ’84 (2014, Texas A & M University Press). “Crossing more than the physical border to commercially link the United States and Mexico….” The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger in

Augusta, by Gil Capps ’91 (2014, DaCapo Press). The story of three golf heavyweights at the same major championship, by the 22-year golf reporting veteran of NBC Sports and Golf Channel. Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea by Samuel L. Adams ’93 (2014, Westminster John Knox Press). A look at the socioeconomic landscape of Second Temple Judea, from the end of the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the temple by the Romans (532 BCE to 70 CE). The Insider’s Guide to a Career in Book Publishing by Carin Siegfried ’95 (2014, Chickadee Books). A detailed look at the process of entering a book-publishing career and tips for doing so, with pros and cons department by department. The Professor: A Thriller by Robert Bailey ’96 (2014, Exhibit A Books). When his close friend’s family is tragically killed, Thomas Jackson McMurtrie, a former law professor at the University of Alabama, comes out of forced retirement as the only one who can help.

The Dog: Stories by Jack Livings ’96 (2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). See review. Winning at the College Level: Thriving as a First-Year StudentAthlete by Nyaka NiiLampti, Ph.D. and Shaun Tyrance, Ph.D. ’00 (2014, Hero House Publishing). A step-bystep guide for first-year students on how to make the most of their college careers.

{FACULTY} Music in Video Games: Studying Play by Professor of Music Neil Lerner (2014, Routledge Music and Screen Media). From its earliest days of monophonic outbursts to scores that rival major symphonic film scores, video game music has gone through its own set of stylistic and functional metamorphoses while both borrowing and recontextualizing the earlier models from which it borrows. The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity by Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Gerardo Marti and Gladys

Ganiel (2014, Oxford University Press). An analysis of the Emerging Church Movement, which strives to overturn outdated interpretations of the Bible, transform hierarchical religious institutions and serve others in the “real world.” The Committee on Town Happiness by Douglas Houchens Professor of English Alan Michael Parker (2014, Dzanc Books). A series of 99 linked stories about disappearing townsfolk. Air balloons are launched to search for the missing, galas proliferate, laws are imposed ad absurdum and a guerilla group forms as “the Committee.”


Charles “Lefty” Driesell: A Basketball Legend by F. Martin Harmon (2014, Mercer University Press). Known as one of the greatest program builders in the history of college basketball, Charles “Lefty” Driesell was a transcendent figure in the sport for more than 40 years, including a heyday in Davidson hoops history during the 1960s.


“The Dog” Paints Portrait of Modern China Jack Livings ’96 reveals contradictory landscape in meticulous strokes


ACK LIVINGS ’96 is giving prizes

away big time in the eight stories about today’s China in The Dog (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, 229 pages, $25). With each story the reader enters a world of many pleasures: character, dialogue, collision, words that ring. Readers who are intimately familiar with China will be tickled to meet old acquaintances: the neighborhood danwei, the local political unit which gives permits to marry, travel, almost to die; the ’08 Olympics; a poker tournament in Macau; street-side barbershops; Beida and Capital Normal universities. But one need not have been to China to embrace the wonders here—these are sentences and paragraphs to read and reread again. The payoff? Delight and wisdom. And relevance: in “The Heir,” the roughest story in the book, the underworld of the Uyghur ethnic minority grimly resonates with newspaper accounts of recent violent attacks in Ürümqi, capital of the Xinjiang region. Two stories pry open this world before the read-


By Gill Holland

ers’ eyes. “The Crystal Sarcophagus,” the longest story in the collection at almost 50 pages, relates the heroism of the workers who are charged with the honor of making Chairman Mao’s glass coffin in record time. At the conclusion, the chemistry of building the sarcophagus joins the embalming of Mao’s sacred corpse in a glorious explosion of language: each of the eight seams of the coffin “milled to a tolerance of two-tenths of a millimeter…joined with astronautical-grade silicone sealant, earthquake-resistant to a magnitude of 8.0…the Great Helmsman’s face is pink, hale, a countenance of peace and slumber, the result of careful embalming and tuned xenon lighting in fiber-optic tubes hidden along the inside of the coffin’s seams.” The last in the collection is titled “Switchback.” Livings serves as a guide through zigzagging events, and the wisdom of the telling emerges to the reader. The plot seems simple. A cyclist is killed by a bus. The grief of the parents is moving, as they lift the body and carry it home in a blanket to the son’s bed; though poignant, no sentimental-

ity is allowed in the sad tale. The driver may fail to avoid rolling over the dark stain of the man’s blood on the road, but the bus and its load of pilgrims make up the lost time on the backside of the mountain and, once the pass has been crested, the driver opens it up and lets it run. Like the opening lines of the story, the concluding paragraph focuses on the bus and driver. He slowly primes the engine, prays, turns the key, presses the starter—and the bus becomes a living, groaning creature. This is far more than mere realism, though the picture is visually precise. The struggles of China and her pilgrims are the vast pageant behind one family’s tragedy. What a resonant ending to the collection! With The Dog—a striking debut—Livings captures the tensions of a society in flux with master strokes of language, both broad and fine, that recall Chinese calligraphy. Gill Holland is professor emeritus of English, Davidson College, and author of four works of poetry. Holland, who lived and taught in China, has published translations of Chinese poetry into English. WINTER 2015


theUnion: Faculty Arab Studies

An article by Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor Rebecca Joubin titled “Resistance amid Co-optation: Syrian Television under the Asad Regime,” was published in The Middle East Journal.


Assistant Professor Tyler Starr exhibited his paintings of geographic sites with tragic or devilish associations in the three-person exhibition “Cut & Paste” at the Grizzly Grizzly Gallery in Philadelphia. His artist’s books also are in the exhibition “Power Redux” that travelled to 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Ore., and the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Two of his paintings about the 1975 Pine Ridge Reservation shootout entered the permanent collection of the Francis J. Greenburger Collection in New York City, and his artist’s book Attempted Fix: Dams, Bases and the Resulting Wobbles in Japan, was purchased for the Suzzallo Allen Library at the University of Washington.


theUnion: Faculty Chemistry

A paper co-authored by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nicole Snyder, Eddie Palumbo ’15 and Eric Kuenstner ’12 (Hamilton College) and collaborators at the CBS KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands, has been accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports. The paper focuses on identification and biological properties of several novel oligosaccharides identified from fungal sources.


Associate Professor Keyne Cheshire published an article titled “Callimachus’ Hymn 5 and an Alexandrian Audience” for the volume Hellenistic Poetry in Context. Cheshire’s analysis discusses how intellectual play contributes to piety in Callimachus’ hymns, and how these clever poems likely served a serious religious and civic function for ancient Alexandria’s population of primarily first- and second-generation immigrants from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.

Professor Malcolm Campbell spoke to biology faculty at Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall and Gettysburg colleges this summer. Faculty at Dickinson and Gettysburg have adopted the digital introductory biology textbook, Integrating Concepts, published recently by Campbell, Professor of Mathematics Laurie Heyer, and Professor of Biology Chris Paradise. Campbell also has been appointed to the advisory board of SynBerc Strategic, a national synthetic biology research and education organization.

Assistant Professor Darian Totten presented public lectures at UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro about her current archaeology research at the Roman port site of Salapia on the Adriatic Coast. Last summer, she and her Italian collaborators conducted their first season of excavation there, funded by a Cotsen grant from the American Institute of Archeology and a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. Five Davidson students joined the excavation team, helping to bring this ancient city to light.

Professor Michael Dorcas and members of his Herpetology Laboratory have published several papers recently in peer-reviewed journals—two feature Davidson students as first authors. Tia Akins ’14 and Chance Ruder ’15 headed up a study published in the Journal of Thermal Biology in which they used microdataloggers attached to endangered diamondback terrapins to study their activity and habitat selection. Bryan Currinder ’14 and Kristen Cecala ’07 coauthored a paper in the Journal of Freshwater Ecology that examined the responses of salamanders to climate change-induced drought in the Appalachian Mountains. Dorcas received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Council for Undergraduate Research in August 2014.

Communication Studies

Professor of Biology Mark Stanback and his student Ellie Diamant ’15 both made oral presentations at the meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Stanback’s paper was entitled “The cost of breeding (again): Eastern Bluebird replacement nests, clutches, eggs not smaller,” while Diamant’s was “Ejection of parasitic eggs by Eastern Bluebirds.” Of the 1,000 attendees, Diamant was the only undergraduate presenter. Stanback also spent time in Namibia this summer studying how nest site competition affects species persistence in African woodlands. His project aims to identify which cavity nesting birds are most vulnerable to the loss of large cavity-bearing trees. Professor Dave Wessner attended the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, with Professor of English Ann Fox and three students—Julie ManzSiek ’15, Olivia Fukui ’15 and Madeline Allen ’16. All learned more about the scientific, political and social issues associated with the pandemic, and returned to Davidson ready to teach others. Also, Wessner published an article on the use of Twitter in the classroom titled “Teaching with Twitter: Extending the Conversation Beyond the Classroom Walls,” in the journal Transformations.



An article by Assistant Professor Amanda Martinez titled “Latino Audiences, Racial/Ethnic Identification, and Responses to Stereotypical Comedy,” has been published in the journal Mass Communication and Society. Martinez also is the vice-chair and program planner for the Latino/a Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus for the National Communication Association’s Centennial conference. Professor and Department Chair Kathie Turner served as the Scholar-in-Residence for a National Communication Association Faculty Development Conference. In this capacity she talked with young faculty from around the country about pedagogical issues, research projects and opportunities, developing promotion and tenure dossiers, and working with others.


Professor Ben Baker has been invited to serve a four-year term as a member of the Vanderbilt University Master of Accountancy Advisory Board. At his first meeting he made a presentation entitled, “How to Attract Students from Liberal Arts Undergraduate Institutions.”

Educational Studies

Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Africana Studies Hilton Kelly spent five weeks this summer teaching Chinese students in Shanghai and in Beijing through the Experience Liberal Arts Colleges Program. Kelly taught a course that he teaches at Davidson, titled “Schools, Cinema, and American Culture.” In addition, he traveled throughout China with colleagues from Swarthmore College and Pomona College. Kelly also chaired the best paper award committee for the Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, and read and evaluated 24 articles across multiple fields during his sojourn in China.


In addition to attending the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Professor Ann Fox and her

faculty colleague Professor of Biology Dave Wessner co-curated an exhibition titled “Re/Presenting HIV/ AIDS” in Davidson’s Van Every/Smith Galleries along with gallery director Lia Newman and assistant director Rosemary Gardner. The exhibition featured artwork created in response to the AIDS pandemic. As a result of the show, students from Davidson will be collaborating with one of the exhibition artists, Jessica Whitbread, who is the Wesley Mancini Artistin-Residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. Fox also was invited to join the editorial board of the Journal for Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, a leading journal in her discipline. Dana Professor of English Cynthia Lewis published a slightly subversive personal essay, “That Dress, That Hat,” in a slightly subversive literary journal, Children, Churches and Daddies. The essay concerns various forms of identity theft.


Richardson Professor Emeritus of French Alan Singerman has published with Penn State University Press a translation and critical edition of the Abbé Prévost’s 1740 French novel, The Greek Girl’s Story. Based on the life of a former French ambassador to the Ottoman Porte at the beginning of the 18th century, it is one of the earliest examples of unreliable first-person narration in European fiction.

German Studies

Dana Professor Scott Denham secured a grant for Davidson from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to support a week of campus events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Activities included a series of films, a play, an eyewitness panel, a keynote lecture by Davidsonian and honorary degree recipient Kurt Biedenkopf, a Cold War trivia night at Campus Summit, and construction of a mock Berlin Wall on campus that “fell” Nov. 9.

Hispanic Studies

A keywords essay on the term “Loca” by Assistant Professor Melissa González was published in the inaugural issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, published by Duke University. González also is serving as president of the GL/Q caucus of the Modern Language Association. The caucus’s panel for the upcoming MLA conference on “Performing Impossibility: Memorializing José Esteban Muñoz,” has been selected as a MLA Presidential Theme Session for 2015. Williamson Professor Magdalena Maiz-Pena co-edited an issue of the bilingual journal Diálogo about pedagogy titled Teaching the Works of Elena Poniatowska in XXI Century Frames. The volume includes 18 essays that concern the diverse pedagogical approaches to teaching the works of this prolific and renowned Mexican writer. The contributors demonstrate how fictional and nonfictional works by Poniatowska can be approached integrating various disciplines. The volume includes a selection of photographs courtesy of the recognized Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. Professor Luis Pena’s article, “Intersticios, cruzamientos e interseccions: Desafios pedagogicos en La noche de Tlateloco,” was published in the journal Dialogo. Associate Professor Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez published an article titled “Nomadic Objects, Migrating Meanings: Beds of Signification in Celestina” in eHumanista, a journal providing a forum for original research in Spanish and Portuguese Medieval and Early Modern Literatures and Cultures. His essay examines the metaphor of DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

reading as a journey as illustrated by Fernando de Rojas in Celestina (1499), a text that calls for a kind of reader who both reads through traveling and travels through reading. This model of readership, Sánchez y Sánchez argues, serves as a hallmark of modernity that reformulates both the narrative potential of objects and the role of readers in the creation of meaning at the dawn of modernity in the Iberian Peninsula. Conarroe Professor Mary Vásquez has published an article entitled “From the Long Side of the Moon: Esther Tusquets as Memoirist” in a volume edited by Nina Molinaro and Inmaculada Pertusa, Esther Tusquets: Scholarly Correspondences, published by Cambridge University Press. She also published the article, “Memoria esquiva, memoria ineludible en El color del crepúsculo de Alfons Cervera,” in In Memoriam L. Teresa Valdivieso: Ensayos y remembranzas, edited by Enrique Ruiz-Fornells Silverde and published by Pennsylvania State University.


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has invited Professor Robin Barnes to serve a three-year term as a reviewer for its fellowship program. The work entails evaluating applications for full-time fellowships of up to 12 months in the fields of late-medieval and early modern European history. Each year he will help the ACLS determine the recipients of about 70 awards to scholars across all academic ranks from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants. Barnes himself was an ACLS Fellow in 2009-10. Associate Professor Thomas Pegelow Kaplan spent the summer as a visiting faculty member in the philosophy department of De La Salle University in the Philippines. He introduced graduate students to Holocaust and Genocide Studies, lectured at various universities in Metro Manila on his research, interviewed Holocaust survivors, and conducted research for his project on global Jewish petitioning practices during the Shoah at a series of archives. His most recent publication, titled “Den mörderischen Alltag bei seinem richtigen Namen nennen’: Linke Protestbewegungen, jüdische Remigranten und die Erinnerung an Massenverbrechen in den 1960er Jahren,” appeared in the July issue of the Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, the premier history journal in the former German Democratic Republic.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Associate Professor Tim Chartier has published a book titled Math Bytes, Google Bombs, ChocolateCovered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing. The book was reviewed in the Sept. 5 issue of Science magazine. Chartier also leads viewers through 12 hours of data analytics in his newly released DVD course for The Teaching Company titled Big Data: How Data Analytics is Transforming our World. Under his role as a Mathematical Association of America “Math Ambassador,” Tim and his spouse Tanya were supported for a trip to Asia to perform their mime/ math show in Tokyo, and were also featured performers in the “Bridges” math and art conference in Seoul. Professor Stephen Davis has been appointed as the next Advance Placement (AP) chief reader for calculus. Davis has participated in AP calculus grading in a variety of roles since 1988—reader, table leader, question leader, exam leader and chief reader associate. He also is a former chair of the AP Calculus Development Committee that writes the test. As chief reader, Davis will direct the grading of AP calculus AB and BC exams in all forms—domestic, international and late administration. The 2014 Reading in Kansas DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU

City gathered more than 900 mathematicians to grade 407,000 calculus exam papers. Davis is currently in training as chief reader designate, and will serve as chief reader for the 2016-19 readings. Professor Michael Mossinghoff led a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University. Mossinghoff and colleague Sinai Robins of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore led 18 undergraduate students from around the country in a variety of research projects in topics in number theory, combinatorics, geometry and computation. Assistant Professor Carl Yerger and Paul Britton ’12 have written a paper that has been recently accepted to the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. Titled “A Boxing-Like Round-by-Round Analysis of American College Basketball,” the paper analyzes Davidson coach Bob McKillop’s strategy of dividing up basketball games into 10 rounds. The authors investigate the usefulness of some of the team’s statistical goals based on this rounds framework. A preprint of the paper is available on Yerger’s homepage.

Medical Humanities

Professor and Director of Medical Humanities Kristie Foley has been awarded membership on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The designation will allow her to engage in short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in more than 140 countries worldwide.


Professor Neil Lerner co-convened the first-ever conference in North America devoted to the study of video game music, where Lerner presented new work on a composer named Garry Schyman from a game called Destroy All Humans!. He also was invited to present his work on video game music for the Film and Media Culture program at Middlebury College, at St. Michael’s College and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Lerner’s third book, Music in Video Games: Studying Play, co-edited with William Gibbons and Kevin Donnelly, has been published by Routledge. Also, he was a senior moderator for a junior faculty workshop at the University of Richmond that was sponsored by the Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society. Finally, Lerner was the keynote speaker for a symposium on “Aaron Copland and the American Cultural Imagination,” sponsored by the Music Department at UNC Chapel Hill.


Brown Professor Wolfgang Christian and Sam Castle ’15 attended the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Conference on Computational Physics. Christian gave a talk titled “Parallel Programming Using Easy Java Simulations” that described advanced computational projects by Davidson students. Castle presented a poster titled “A Parallel Computational Model of Orbiting N-Body Clusters” that investigated the popular giant impact hypothesis—the conjecture that Earth’s moon formed when a large asteroid collided with Earth. Christian and his departmental colleague, Professor Mario Belloni, have recently published the second edition of their book Physlet Quantum Physics. Physlet Quantum Physics 2E is now an entirely free electronic set of interactive resources for teaching modern and quantum physics, and is available for download from the iBooks store. In addition, Christian and Belloni were recognized as American Association of Physics Teachers Fellows at the summer meeting of the Association. Fellowship is an honor limited to three percent of the Association’s membership.


Assistant Professor Jessica Good wrote a chapter in a new e-book published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The book seeks to help graduate students prepare for future teaching positions, and Good’s chapter focuses on the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Professor John Kello authored a chapter titled “The Science and Practice of Workplace Meetings” which will appear in the edited volume The Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science. His chapter reviews main conclusions from behavioral science research on workplace meetings, as well as common recommendations from the extensive popular-practice literature on meetings, and offers some advice for making meetings effective. Professor Kristi Multhaup was invited to attend the American Psychological Association’s Education Leadership Conference about “Learning in a Digital World.” The meeting culminated in attendees advocating on Capitol Hill for the Graduate Psychology Education Program, a program that has so far enjoyed bipartisan support. Professor Mark Smith and former students Michael Pennock, Elizabeth Pitts, Katherine Walker and Kimberly Lang published a paper in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. The paper describes how two drugs typically used to treat ADHD and postsurgical pain can be combined to reduce cocaine use. Watson Associate Professor Scott Tonidandel coauthored an article titled “Is There a Method to the Madness: Examining How Racioethnic Matching Influences Retail Productivity” that was recognized as a finalist for the Best Paper Award at Personnel Psychology.


Assistant Professor Rachel Pang presented a paper entitled “Adapting Jataka and Avadana in Nineteenth-Century Tibet: Shabkar’s Marvelous Emanated Scripture” at the Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. The paper concerns a 19th century Tibetan adaptation of Indian Buddhist classic texts. Professor and Department Chair Greg Snyder published an article titled “The Discovery and Interpretation of the Flavia Sophe Inscription: New Results,” in the journal Vigiliae Christianae. It discusses an early Christian inscription that may mark the site of a second-century Christian community in the suburbs of Rome. Cannon Professor Karl Plank published an article titled “Legal Authority and Verbal Harm in a Talmudic Narrative” in The Reform Jewish Quarterly. Rolston Professor Andrew Lustig has published two journal articles recently. “Relativism, Cultural and Ethical” appeared in Bioethics, and “Ethical Issues at the Beginning and End of Life” appeared in Science and Religion.


Associate Professor and Department Chair Gerardo Marti published a book through Oxford University Press titled The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity. The book, co-written with Gladys Ganiel of the Irish School of Ecumenics, is a comprehensive sociological assessment of the Emerging Church Movement, a seemingly anti-religious group that attempts to revitalize spirituality by rejecting conventional Christian institutions.


Professor Ann Marie Costa directed a world premiere of Diana Grisanti’s River City at Actors Theatre of Charlotte. WINTER 2015


theUnion: In Memoriam Frank McAlpine “Mac” Toole ’36 Talladega, Ala. Died May 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Smith Toole, and son, Frank McAlpine Toole Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Toole, 102 Hawthorne St., Talladega, AL 35160; children, Howard Vandiver Toole, Stephen Clarke Toole, John Steven Fleming and Margaret Lindsey Fleming; and three grandchildren. Herman Odell Best ’38 Shelby, N.C. Died Aug. 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret, PO Box 2251, Crest Hill Drive, Morganton, NC 28680; daughter, Jane Ann Best; and two grandchildren. Mary Louise Moffett “Meesie” Hutcheson ’38 Roanoke, Va. Died June 19, 2014. She is survived by six children: Molly Hutcheson Priddy, Frances Hutcheson Garrard, Elizabeth Hutcheson Marth, Robert S. Hutcheson III, 314 Saint Andrews Dr.,Knoxville TN 37934-2413; J. Randolph Hutcheson, and Alice Hutcheson Brafford; 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Kenneth C. Darby ’39 Florence, Ala. Died Nov. 19, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Josephine Harlan Darby. He is survived by his daughters, Hallie Darby Smith and Kathleen Darby McDonald, four grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

theUnion: In Memoriam David Wilson Talmage ’41 Denver, Colo. March 6, 2014. He is survived by his children and grandchildren. V. Earle Copes ’42 Sarasota, Fla. Died July 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Laura, 2186 Bahia Vista St., Apt 104, Sarasota, FL 34239; two sons; and two granddaughters. John Ashby Dick ’43 Columbia, S.C. Died March 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Inez Reynolds Dick. He is survived by his nephews and nieces: Evans Reynolds Jr., Richard Reynolds, Ashby Davis, Glenn Davis, Kim Reynolds Franceschi, 340 Sloane Square Way, Charlotte NC 28211-2971; and Becky Huber. Jack Walker Ewart ’43 Pawleys Island, S.C. Died May 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Patrick. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis, 86 Waters Edge Dr., Apt 5F, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; his sons, Jackson McCrea Ewart ’70, Steve Ewart, William Ewart, David Ewart; a daughter, Laurie Ewart Chambo; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Jack Wayman ’43 Boulder, Colo. Died Aug. 30, 2014. He is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Walter Stitt Robinson ’39 Lawrence, Kan. Died June 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Constance Mock Robinson, 1501 Inverness Dr., Apt 130, Lawrence, KS 66047-1899; children, Barry Robinson Cook and Walter Lee; and grandson, Trevor Lee.

Pleasant Hunter Dalton Jr. ’45 Colfax, N.C. Died July 18, 2014. He is survived by his three children: Frances Marybeth Dalton Grein, Pleasant Hunter Dalton III and David Andrews Dalton; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

William “Bill” Edgar Perdew ’40 Wilmington, N.C. Died May 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Moore Perdew, 1828 Live Oak Pkwy., Wilmington, NC 28403.

Lloyd Wilson “Jack” Pritchett Jr. ’45 Burlington, N.C. Died June 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nancy Ward Pritchett, 1840 Brookwood Ave., Burlington, NC 27215; a daughter, Kay Motley; a son, Ward Pritchett ’75; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

John Robert Phipps Jr. ’40 Cary, N.C. Died June 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, his parents, and a brother, William Walton Phipps. He is survived by daughters Mary Barber Phipps Such and Elizabeth Beatty Phipps; son John Robert Phipps III ’75; five grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren Thomas H. McKnight Jr. ’40 Memphis, Tenn. Died June 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Nola Campbell McKnight, 6614 Westminster Rd., Memphis, TN 38120; sons, Thomas Randolph McKnight ’66 and Thomas Harrison McKnight III; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.



James Spencer Love Jr. ’47 Delray Beach, Fla. Died Aug. 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Meredith. He is survived by seven children, James Spencer Love III, 11 Wayne Rd., Milford, MA 01757; Rachel Cornelia Love Lorentzen, Lisa Love, Michael Love, Nancy Zahra Love, Peter Love and Wynne Love; 13 grandchildren; and six siblings, including Julian Love ’60. C. Vincent Long Jr. ’48 Burlington, N.C. Died May 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor. He is survived by his three children, Merrimon, Eleanor Ann Long and Vincent Long III, 435 S Tryon St., Ste. 304, Charlotte, NC 28202; and three grandchildren.

Howard Horton Brenner ’49 Mobile, Ala. Died June 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Harriet, 500 Spanish Fort Blvd., Apt 4, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5003; six children: Jean Lynn (Jeanne) Johansen, Thomas Brenner ’76, Judy Whidbee, Timothy Brenner, Howard (Hal) Brenner Jr. and Helen Cote; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Everett Clyde Bryant Jr. ’49 High Point, N.C. Died May 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and his son, Everett Clyde Bryant III. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Bryant Young, Lynn Bryant Finnegan and Jean Neal Bryant; and grandsons, James Patrick Finnegan III, Everett Bryce Young and Reilly Bryant Finnegan.

Hugh Dayton Huffaker Jr. ’52 Signal Mountain, Tenn. Died June 6, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marion Henderson Huffaker, 7 Hidden Brook Ln., Signal Mountain, TN 37377; three children, Kathy Wilder, Hugh Huffaker III and Alice Thatcher; and eight grandchildren. Angus Benjamin “Buddy” Hagins Sr. ’54 Lancaster, S.C. Died July 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by a son, Angus Benjamin “Ben” Hagins Jr. Joseph W. Boeckelmann ’55 Charlotte, N.C. Died May 17, 2014. No additional information was available at the time of this printing.

Zachary Taylor Leonard Jr. ’49 Myrtle Beach, S.C Died May 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley. He is survived by two daughters, Leslie Leonard Keller, 5501 Cobble Glen Ct., Greensboro, NC 27407, and Carol Leonard Lytton; and two grandsons.

Paul Bradley Clapp ’55 Knoxville, Tenn. Died May 28, 2014. Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn, 4428 Crestfield Rd., Knoxville, TN 37921; their four children, Bradley, David, Mary and Charles; and 14 grandchildren.

Franklin Chalmers Niblock Jr. ’49 Concord, N.C. Died May 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Louise, 449 Union St. South, Concord, NC 28025; a daughter, Kay Niblock James; sons, William and Marc; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Theo A. Feild ’55 Springdale, Ark. Died April 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anne Spillman. He is survived by his wife, Kay Feild, 32 Gettysburg N, Cabot, AR 72023; daughters, Katherine Feild, Elizabeth McClellan and Janie Hager; and four granddaughters.

Claude M. Stubbs Jr. ’49 Waycross, Ga. Died Aug. 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian. He is survived by his daughters, Claudia A. Stubbs, 10550 Baymeadows Rd., Apt 12, Jacksonville, FL 32256, and Sylvia S. Murphy; and two grandchildren. Calvin Reynolds Wyatt Sr. ’49 Clearwater, Fla. Died June 1, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Wyatt Johnson, and his son, Calvin Reynolds Wyatt Jr., and their families. Thomas Hugh Lamb ’51 Asheville, N.C. Died July 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 16 Salisbury Dr., Apt 7108, Asheville, NC 28803; and his children, Beth Fluharty, June Marlowe, Emilie Freeman and Hugh Lamb; and his seven grandchildren. J. Scott McFadyen Jr. ’51 Fayetteville, N.C. Died May 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Julia Taylor McFadyen, PO Box 53876, Fayetteville, NC 28305; sons J. Malcolm McFadyen, William C. McFadyen ’83, and John Scott McFadyen; stepdaughter Shannon R. Whichard; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.


James Harold Daughdrill Jr. ’56 Memphis, Tenn. Died May 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife Libby, 4035 Dumaine Way, Memphis, TN 38117; his children: James Harold (Hal) Daughdrill III, Risha Hoover and Gay Boyd; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. John Stanley “Stan” Miller ’56 Enid, Okla. Died July 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Lois, 14 Rolling Oaks Dr., Enid, OK 73703; children Anne and Mark; stepchildren Lyle Madison, Marty Madison and Dana Wilson; four grandchildren; and nine stepgrandchildren. Gaylord Thompson Walker Jr. ’57 Jackson, Mich. Died Aug. 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott. He is survived by his daughter, Robin, and three grandchildren. F.D. “Donnie” Anderson ’59 Kannapolis, N.C. Died June 11, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane McInnis Anderson, 2140 Bertha St., Kannapolis, NC 28081; a son, Jeff Anderson; a daughter, Donna A. Craft; three grandsons; and three great-grandsons.


Peter Edward Morrisett ’59 Kingsport, Tenn. Died Aug. 18, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Suzanne. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Beggarly Morrisett, 2521 Wildwood Dr., Kingsport, TN 37660; daughters, Cathy Gott, Laura McCall, Julie Clark ’85, Janet Kleinfelter; son, Greg Morrisett; three siblings, including brother Joel Morrisett ’64; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. John Davis Wesley Cassada Jr. ’60 Virginia Beach, Va. Died March 5, 2013. He is survived by his children: Scott, Meade, Ross, Jack and Warrie. Charles Lee Hargis ’62 Fincastle, Va. Died July 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beth, 1984 Brughs Mill Rd., Fincastle, VA 24090-5306; a daughter, Michele; a son, Mark Hargis; and two grandchildren. Joseph Alexander Jackson III ’62 Jacksonville, Fla. Died May 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Greene Jackson, PO Box 1057, Rockport, ME, 04856-1057, and by four children: Joseph A. Jackson IV, Kit Yue Jackson Wong, Greg and Laura Jackson Warren; and five grandchildren. Nobutoku Tatsuta ’63 Tokyo, Japan Died June 24, 2014. No additional information was available at the time of this printing. Robert Kennedy Gregory Jr. ’64 Sanford, Fla. Died May 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Pete, and his grandson, Charlie. He is survived by his wife, Janice, 1800 Sanford Ave., Sanford, FL 3277; his son, Chip; his daughter, Susan Tindel; and six grandchildren. Carl Edwin Rude Jr. ’64 Tallahassee, Fla. Died May 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, George Bailey Rude. He is survived by his son, Carl E. Rude III, and two grandchildren. Ronald Clair Reese ’65 Seattle, Wash. Died Nov. 18, 2013. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, 2615 E. Howell St., Seattle WA, 98122. John Frank Hash ’66 Wilsall, Mont. Died May 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Frances, PO Box 411, Wilsall, MT 59086; his daughters, Rebecca Hash, Katherine Thames ’96 and Lauren Bell; seven grandchildren; two step-children, Elizabeth Boyd and Bill Boyd; and four step-grandchildren.

Holbrook Buckmaster “Buck” Coyne Jr. ’68 Charlotte, N.C. Died July 28, 2014. He is survived by two sons, Holbrook “Brook” Buckmaster Coyne III and Charles “Charlie” Williams Coyne, and three grandchildren. Cecil Michael “Mike” Elliott ’71 Fort Collins, Colo. Died July 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 525 Whedbee Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524; his stepson, Trey Tanner, and three grandsons. Catherine “Karen” Quant Sutton ’72 Woodbridge, Va. Died Jan. 9, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Sutton, 12481 Cricket Ln., Woodbridge, VA 22192; children: Jennifer Sutton, Amy Sutton-Graham, Lawrence Sutton III and Katie Sutton; and five grandchildren. James Michael Gaynor ’73 Williamsburg, Va. Died July 31, 2014. He is survived by his mother, Frances, and his brother, Walter. Duncan Van Scoyoc Fraser ’86 San Francisco, Calif. Died May 18, 2014. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Washburn and Brevard Fraser, 5110 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132. Peter “Pete” Breen Halverstadt ’90 Nashville, Tenn. Died July 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Andrews Halverstadt. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 7665 Horn Tavern Rd., Fairview, TN 37062; his father Hugh Fleece Halverstadt, and his husband, R. Craig Endicott. Tomm Lorenzin ’92 Mooresville, N.C. Died Aug. 23, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Lorenzin, 165 Crimson Orchard Dr., Mooresville, NC 28115; and daughters, Lisa Lorenzin ’94 and Alexis Lorenzin ’99. Cynthia Atkins Luckie ’96 Montgomery, Ala. Died Aug. 29, 2014. She is survived by her father, William V. Luckie, of Southside, Ala. Mary Warner Mack ’13 Fort Mill, S.C. Died July 3, 2014. She is survived by her parents, Barron “Barry” Bayles Mack Jr. ’82 and Mary Tabb Mack ’84, PO Box 128 Fort Mill, SC 29716; sisters, Libba and Bayles; grandparents, Joan D. Tabb, Joanne A. Mack and B. Bayles Mack ’56.



theUnion: AfterWord


Dancing with the Chambermaids

AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT dance at Davidson’s first International/Intercultural Festival worked like a charm: Today there are twice as many international students on campus as the 55 the college counted in 1986! But who is that dancing woman? If you know, contact John Syme at josyme@davidson.edu or 704-894-2523. And see the online Davidson Journal for alumni feedback on the photo “Old As Dirt” in our last issue!


What’s in a Word?

By Van E. Hillard, Professor of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, and Director, College Writing Program

FTEN WE HEAR that language

provides power, or that words open worlds, or simply that terms matter. Twentieth-century philosopher Susanne Langer went so far as to assert that naming was “the vastest generative idea ever conceived.” Such audacity may well be on target. But how shall we account for this stunning status? Clearly, words sponsor a dizzying array of cognitive, cultural and aesthetic functions: summoning memory, stimulating action and stipulating our perceptions—most of the time sorting, ordering and organizing a world that would otherwise present itself as a “blooming, buzzing confusion” (as William James characterized the world without linguistic classification). One way to account for word power is to attend to the complex but nonetheless fundamental matter of symbolic representation, more particularly our human propensity to produce, distribute and receive signs in social settings, to access the world and reach out to others by way of terms that name and define phenomena in contingent fashion, thereby conferring to us the quite outrageous inventional capacity to which Langer refers. The 19th century logician and transdisciplinary thinker Charles Saunders Peirce referred to the process of navigating the world by way of signs as semiosis, the study of how we make meanings using words, collections of letters to which we assign significance. To explain how words come to mean in the ways they do (that is, to account for the “power” that accompanies their utterance), he posited a tripartite relationship among a word (or sign), the phenomenon to which it refers and what he named the interpretant, the human user of the word who seeks to understand the way in which the sign directs our attention to certain features of the phenomenon being referenced. According to Peirce, words are arbitrary signi-



fiers that have no real function unless and until they are brought into connection with the world by a thinking and feeling user of a word who discerns the way in which a sign represents a worldly phenomenon. Peirce’s conception of language use accounts for humans’ immersion in meaningmaking activities. The power lies not in the relationship between the word and the world, but in how we activate that connection which, according to Peirce, involves a measure of translation since our ability to define something to which a term refers depends upon yet more language. Signs beget signs beget signs. The triadic semiotic (the three-valued relationship of sign, phenomenon and user) is powerfully illustrated in the often-cited episode of Helen Keller’s experience as a young girl at the well outside her home (a moment that now circulates as something of a linguist’s urban legend). As the story goes, Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, frustrated with Keller’s reactivity to whatever words she spelled into Keller’s hand, took her student to the well. She positioned Keller’s right hand under the pump’s spigot, spelled the word w-a-t-e-r into her left hand, and began priming the pump’s handle. Suddenly, Keller reports, she “understood” the meaning of water. No longer was she mired in the limited correspondence of stimulus and response (the term water being traced into her hand, and Keller expecting a sip of it immediately). Envision her there, arms outstretched, the perfect silhouette of the triad of sign, phenomenon and self. In her memoir, Keller calls this moment her soul’s birthday. My own semiotic awakening, one that I often recount for students, came in 1987. I had just finished my doctorate, so this “soul’s birthday” came embarrassingly late. I had recently moved to Detroit for my first teaching position, and at a welcome dinner hosted by a friend, heard my

neighbors talking about something they called the “Detroit Rebellion.” Innocently, I asked: “When did that happen? I’ve never heard of that.” Patiently, a young man at the table explained that on July 23, 1967, Detroit police made a questionable arrest that catalyzed five days of violent protest on the city’s streets. “Oh, you mean the ‘Detroit Riots,’” I single-mindedly replied. Solemnly, another dinner guest looked my way to say, “No, we rebelled.” I took his explanation not as a corrective, but as a token of welcome, more abiding than any of the niceties that my neighbors had put in place for me. Importantly chastened, I left that dinner more mindful of word power than my professional training in rhetoric and writing studies—in all of their theoretic and practical significance—had previously impressed upon me. For me, the choice of riot or rebellion was not merely a matter of “perspective.” What was at stake was something far greater: my incipient membership in a new community and the forging of a new civic self. What was at stake was nothing short of new understanding. Writing at Davidson inevitably involves our students choosing which term best represents a particular object or issue under consideration. Is the senator’s speech best understood as an example of egoism or courage? Is the rally I am observing the function of a community or a culture? Having such choices in front of us foregrounds word power as a regular feature of rhetorical life. Each of us who teaches first-year writing at Davidson (and there are 40 of us who regularly do so) consider word power one of the liberal arts. In our ways, we invite students to attend to semiotic awakenings, which often arrive unexpectedly in the process of strong reading and in the midst of difficult intellectual writing, where language choices matter and semiotic birthdays regularly get celebrated. DAVIDSONJOURNAL.DAVIDSON.EDU




Game Changers








Davidson’s comprehensive campaign, Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World, kicked off the weekend of Nov. 14-15. Highlights included a keynote address by The Honorable Anthony Foxx ’93, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Pictured here, Davidson students cap off the festivities in typically enthusiastic style. For stories and news about Game Changers, visit gamechangers.davidson. edu. #davidsongamechangers

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