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Silence at Slippery Rock The Typical Freshman Fighting fires in Iraq



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The brilliant colors of fall on The Hill. Photo by Janko Kajtez ’11.


Shoveling sand against the tide........................................4 An alumnus inveighs against noise

Freshman profile..............................................................9 A closer look at the class of 2012

Fighting fire amidst the firefight......................................8 A professor’s year in Iraq

Leadership Center finds a home..................................... 14 A permanent home for the Wilson Center for Leadership

Newton’s Principia returns.............................................16 Rare copy, borrowed in 1839, gravitates back to the Hill

Sports ............................................................................20 News from the courts and playing fields

Alumni Activity.............................................................22 News from the alumni clubs

Through These Gates Report............................................26 Class Notes.....................................................................28 Profiles: John Adams ’71, advertising agency executive Overton McGehee ’80, non-profit leader David Ingram ’91, IT executive search entrepreneur

The return of the Winter Ball.........................................49 After a prolonged hiatus, a campus tradition is back

Via Sacra born again......................................................50 From Saylor’s Ditch to campus showpiece





Shoveling sand

 against the tide




WHEN I PONDER our curiously unbalanced civilization, able to put golf carts on Mars but unable to equal the verse of muddy Elizabethan London, I wonder why we are as we are. In all things technological the United States is magnificent, the Athens of solid-state physics. Yet the great orchestras die unlistened to, we have no Shakespeare or Dante nor notion why we might want them, and religious expression grows mute, or crabbed and hostile. Why? I think the answer is that our surroundings determine not just what we think, but what we can think. We live in cities urban but not urbane, among screaming sirens, in air grayed by exhaust and wracked by the blattings of buses. The complaint is not invalid for being trite. I cannot imagine a Whitman composing in a shopping mall. The rush and complexity of everything take their toll. As a people we might well be called The Unrelaxed. And, therefore, the Uncontemplative. Other lives are possible, or were possible. Years ago I passed a summer in Hampden-Sydney, my small college on a huge wooded campus in then-rural Virginia. The students were blessedly gone. Along Via Sacra, as the main road on campus was called, under blue skies going on forever and forever there was silence, absolute silence, unless you count the twittering of birds and the keening of bugs in ancient oaks. These may be sounds, but they are not noise. They are not even music, but something before, older, earlier, better. Vivaldi was a great man, but here he was out of his league. The professors’ homes, old often and dignified without pretension, watched from yards shaded by old, old trees. And it was quiet and warm and you were with your thoughts. It was terribly unmodern. At night the stars shone in the black infinite and there was no noise. No noise. There a Thoreau could have written or Corot painted. I do not think this possible in clangorous suburban ugliness. Following Via Sacra you came to Black Bottom, where the road ended in woods and there was a pond with a swan in it. The place was not the stuff of photographic magazines, just the quiet, bug-loud second growth of Virginia. In a lengthening life I have seen nothing more peaceful. To the left a trail of red clay,

speckled with mica, wound through the pines down and down to Slippery Rock. Here deep in the woods a small stream splashed through the red banks and slid over a flat rock covered with moss. Few knew of it. My father, before there was electricity, came here to slide into the pool below. As did I. On many afternoons I read there, or did nothing, or watched the water striders skating on the surface, their feet in little depressions in the water. Being then a student of physics and chemistry, I knew somewhat of surface tension and surfactants and the preferences of hydrogen bonds, but I also knew I was looking at something beyond my comprehension. It was not a scientific observation. Scientists take things apart but, except for the greats, do not notice the whole. The greats are few on the ground. Such places change one’s inner world. At Slippery Rock I thought things I could not in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, with its sirens and traffic and quietly angry people connected to iPods. Wilson Boulevard, where I lived, was by no means horrible. I liked its restaurants and bars and sushi joints. The people weren’t evil. But it was terribly unquiet. I am not religious, at least in the sense of believing that I have the answers, but I am religious in the sense of knowing the questions. I know that there are things we can’t know, things even more important than making partner before the age of thirty. Doubtless most of us know this. Yet the tenor of life is not easily escaped. We try. People rush to Europe in search of the old, the quiet, and the pretty. Peddlers of real estate understand the urge, and hawk tranquil rural life while building the malls that will make it impossible. And so hurry comes to Arcadia. People then think of escape to the next small town. We




Fred V. Reed, Jr. ’68 You can read more of his columns (all as well written, although not always as lyrical, as this one) at his website,­

spend a remarkable amount of time fleeing ourselves. Maybe instead we should build a place we like. We cannot, because the nature of things is determined remotely, at corporate. We have little choice in where we live, not because we cannot move but because everywhere becomes the same. A Southern town with old houses and grey-green Spanish moss hanging in beards from trees gives way to malls and Ruby Tuesdays. The town center may be retained, with parking for tour buses, so that people from elsewhere can have a Southern Experience. A town turned into a freak show is no longer precisely a town. So little remains of the local. Time was when two-lane highways wound through misty valleys in the Smokies with little towns scrunched onto the slopes of a wrinkled land and mom-and-pop restaurants, no two alike. Barstow was a desert town of desert people, and New Orleans was a city, not a theme park. Now, no. Things are both uniform and ugly. Corporates everywhere have learned to stamp out stores, houses, developments, cheap because identical, because of the wonders of mass produc-

tion, and who can tell them no? You can’t stop progress, boosters say, though I can’t see that we have had any. And of course people want, or think they want, the noise and sprawl and franchisees. Construction does briefly provide jobs, Wal-Mart does sell power saws at low prices, and the food at Ruby Tuesday’s is good. The young like noise, and surely a store selling thirty brands of running shoes for people who don’t run cannot be a bad thing. It is only later that the boredom and emptiness set in for kids who have only the malls, never the woods. Hamsters have exercise wheels. We buy things. Few precisely like what we have, I suppose, but how does one escape it? Perhaps they don’t sense exactly what it is they want to escape, and anyway there is nowhere else to go. In noiseridden cities smelling of exhaust, crowded, where the stars languish obscured by smoke, the rivers run semi-poisonous, and much of the populace can barely read, how can anyone think beyond the stock market and the next empty copulation? The Milnes and Donnes and Marlowes don’t exist because they can’t, and we don’t want them because we can’t want them.

“Under blue skies going on forever and forever there was silence, absolute silence, unless you count the twittering of birds and the keening of bugs in ancient oaks. These may be sounds, but they are not noise.” FRED V. REED, JR. ’68 Columnist


High summer sunlight on Middlecourt lawn.



A closer look at the class of 2012

Freshman profile


BY JOHN L. DUDLEY ’95 TO A FAIR SHARE OF OUR ALUMNI, the modern Hampden-Sydney College freshman might be completely unrecognizable. At first glance it might seem like there is no way that today’s freshman could ever have a similar Hampden-Sydney College experience to students of decades past. At first glance, you might be right, but a closer look will show you a young man you just might recognize. The results of a survey of the freshman class shows that their typical dorm room has two computers (one for each student), a television, a game system (like Xbox 360 or Playstation), a mini fridge, lots of personal furniture, and a telephone that neither resident has ever used. It’s true. Nearly every freshman has a cell phone and, as such, sees no reason to use the telephone provided by the College. A vast majority of survey respondents said their main method of communication was their cell phone. Another favorite form of communication is, the social networking website on which users can create personal pages, send messages to other users, and join groups. Seventy percent of our freshmen use a social networking site regularly, with a vast majority of them choosing Facebook. A quick search of Facebook shows that there are nearly 200 Hampden-Sydney related groups. Some groups, like “Preserve the Traditional Conservative Values of Hampden-Sydney College” and “The Preppy Handbook: Every Hampden-Sydney Man’s Bible,” are very popular. Others, like “HRH Imperial Chapter of the Hampden-Sydney College Monarchists,” are more for fun and not as popular. Students now are increasingly mobile, which is evidenced by the arrival of freshmen from as far away as Myanmar, Korea, and Brazil. They have mobile phones. They have laptop computers. Nearly every one of them has a car or truck. While Hampden-Sydney College students have for many decades been prone to hopping in the car and taking a last-minute road trip, it would not be too much of a stretch to consider the modern college student as being on one continuous road trip. With on- and off-campus jobs, internships, study abroad, intercollegiate athletics, easily accessible transportation, and friends and family spread within a day’s drive, out students are constantly on the move.

Though the modern Hampden-Sydney College freshman may seem very different from the young man you thought you were when you arrived on your first day on The Hill, many things about our freshmen have not changed. Most notably, the freshman class is still all men (save for the occasional daughter of an employee). Unlike nearly every other college in the United States, Hampden-Sydney College has remained steadfastly all-male since the beginning. Other things about Hampden-Sydney College freshmen have remained constant. A majority of them come from Virginia. Nearly 60 percent of them are considering or will “very likely” join a fraternity. Many say they enjoy outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, as well as volunteering and community organizations. Fiftyseven percent of them say their parents are still married and 33 percent consider themselves Republican. The freshman class, which totals 315, is pretty evenly divided between public and private high school graduates. Among them we have five Senior Class presidents, 25 Eagle Scouts, 33 club presidents, 46 National Honor Society members, 88 varsity athletic team captains, and an astonishing 234 varsity athletic lettermen. What all these numbers suggest, and what meeting these young men reinforces, is that, though they may look and act a little different from the Hampden-Sydney College students you remember, the young men entering this College continue the tradition of being involved members of their community. They are active and excited about their future, taking full advantage of all that the College has to offer. In this age of change, that is the constant. THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008

Adam O’Donnell ’12 (below) of Nashville represents this year’s Freshman Class both on the pages of The Record and in the Student Senate. When he is not at Hampden-Sydney, he enjoys the modern sport of kite-boarding.


A professor’s year in Iraq

Fighting fire amidst the firefight By John Dudley ’95

The camp at Scania, with “all of the ambiance of a landfill,” where Winborne fought fires.

AS A STUDENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST and a professor of government and foreign affairs, Dr. Warner R. Winborne ’88 was intrigued by the idea of visiting Iraq to witness first-hand the development of democracy in the former dictatorship. He wanted to meet the stakeholders: the local Iraqis and the U.S. soldiers. He wanted to be on the front lines of a fledgling nation. What he got was more than he bargained for. “There is no substitute for field experience, so I thought ‘How am I going to get to Iraq’? And the only way to do that, short of enlisting in the armed forces, was to put my years of experience and my certifications and all of the training that I have done with the fire service to use.” He was inspired by an advertisement he read in a fire-fighting trade magazine. Having been a volunteer firefighter for many years at Hampden-Sydney, Dr. Winborne wanted to teach Iraqis to be firefighters through a program proposed by the U.S. Department of Defense, but that idea was shelved by the Depart8


ment because of security concerns. Another avenue, however, remained. He could work for WSLLC, a private contractor providing fire service—like fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, and hazardous materials operations—to most of the military bases in Iraq. Teaching fire prevention and suppression, he surmised, might even put him in close personal contact with native Iraqis. So, with a yearlong leave of absence from teaching, he signed up for the personal and professional adventure of a lifetime. “When I arrived in Iraq,” says Winborne, “and started my in-processing with the company, I was

asked to write a letter saying who I am and what I wanted out of the year. I wrote that I was a professor of Middle East politics and held a Ph.D. in political science. I said I wanted to be where all of the decisions are being made: the political, the economic, the diplomatic. So they put me on the smallest, most obscure post they could.” He laughs. “It turns out they did me a tremendous favor.” Winborne was stationed at CSC (Convoy Support Center) Scania, essentially a truck stop perched on a main highway about 100 miles south of Baghdad. says it “has all of the ambiance of a landfill. Scania is a walled community, a lot like a prison in reverse. The walls are to keep the bad guys out and the good guys protected.” “If I had stayed at Camp Victory, the main base in Baghdad, which is sprawling with about 50,000 people,” continues Winborne, “I would have wound up getting lost in the crowd.” There was a second, less obvious benefit. As a firefighter, Winborne had to stay near the fire station or, at the very least, near a fire truck. On the larger bases, that would mean always traveling with his crew. If one wanted to go eat, they all had to go eat. If one wanted to go to the gym, they all had to go to the gym. At CSC Scania, which is only 84 acres, Winborne was always within quick running distance of the station, giving him the freedom to roam about on his own. The schedule in Iraq was grueling: 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Winborne admits, however, that his day was not full of constant work. Most of the time he was simply “on-call” as a firefighter, readily available to do just that. Most of his time was spent in fire prevention, which included building inspections. “I pretty much had free range at the base looking for fire hazards and fire code violations. There was only

one room on the entire base that I could not go in.” Unlike many modern military bases, CSC Scania does not have all of the conveniences of home. Winborne lived in a large tent for three months when he first arrived. All of the food was either canned, dehydrated, or frozen. A sporatic Internet connection ruined his plan to use Skype to talk to his wife and children on a regular basis and forced him to communicate the old fashioned way: he wrote lots of letters. WINBORNE NEVER LEFT the confines of a military base unless he was traveling from one base to another in an armored SUV, and his wife appreciated that. She also did not want to hear about the occasional shelling that would occur. “When I arrived there, we were getting hit once or twice a week. Usually eight to twelve rockets would come in and that would be it. A few days later we might see the same sort of activity.” During his entire year at CSC Scania, Winborne’s base lost only one person to these attacks. Because the base was so small, it was hard for the insurgents to hit. Winborne estimates that only six to eight rockets actually landed on the base while he was there. “My first morning in Scania, I had just hopped out of the shower and a rocket went right over my head. It was a big rocket—a 240—and it impacted about a kilometer off the base and just shook the stuffing out of us all. If it had landed on the base it probably could have wiped out about a third of us. When it hit, I immediately wrapped a towel around me and headed for the concrete bunker. That was my introduction.” “Once you experience it, you never really become blasé because it is downright terrifying. Once you’ve been through it and you know what it is—if at that point you can handle it—you are probably good for the year.” Not all fire-


Training an Iraqi national how to use a fire extinguisher. BELOW LEFT:

Warner Winborne in his fire truck. Note the Hampden-Sydney sticker on the driver’s window. BELOW RIGHT:


fighters are comfortable with the situation. Winborne saw two return home shortly after arriving. “Because it is a smaller base in terms of its population, I got to know everyone on the base very quickly. The benefit of that is that they all got to know me and to talk with me. I got to learn things about what’s going on in the country, what’s going on outside the base, not only from the military but also from the other contractors and, most importantly to me, from a lot of the Iraqi locals working on the base. If I had stayed in Baghdad, I never would have met them. I never would have seen them.” The paramilitary nature of firefighting, with its command structure and regimented training and response, made it easier for Winborne to assimilate with the soldiers in Iraq. He says, “There was a common bond, so the soldiers would hang out at the fire station. They found it very easy to work with us and to talk with us.” Being a firefighter also made it easier to meet and to get to know the local Iraqis. “In the first place, I had to work with them all; I had to DR. WARNER WINBORNE ’88 Government professor & firefighter teach them fire safety. But also, I was not threatening to them. I was not a soldier or a policeman. I didn’t have a gun. I also wasn’t one of the other civilian contractors for whom they work and who sort of just order them around. I was there to help them. They could trust me, so they would open up to me.”

“I was not a soldier or a policeman. I didn’t have a gun... I was there to help them. They could trust me, so they would open up to me.”

TWO WORLDS CAME TOGETHER as Winborne utilized his nonthreatening position in a once-ina-lifetime setting. They would have long political conversations over tea and the traditional hookah. They would speak in English, sometimes through a translator, but often not. Though he has learned— to varying degrees—six or more languages in his academic career, an attempt to learn Arabic proved futile. “I picked up a little here and there with some of the friends that I made. They thought it was terrific that I even made the effort, but most of them spoke English pretty well.” Winborne recognizes that the Iraqis he met were not “typical” Iraqis, because they were willing to work on a U.S. military base. Many of them, however, still offered him the experience he was after: to meet people who had a personal stake in the situation. “They would talk to me about what life was like before the invasion. I actually had Shiia Iraqis tell me that they were happier under Saddam, which I found 10


rather remarkable, but under Saddam they weren’t worried about the sectarian violence. They weren’t worried about the militia going around and killing people. They weren’t fearful for their lives because of the jobs they had. So, I certainly understood.” He continues, “Even though they were making their livelihoods working with the Americans, they were anxious to see the Americans leave. They were grateful for what we had done. It was time, however, for us to go home.” WINBORNE’S GOAL HAD BEEN to meet and work with the stakeholders in Iraq and his experience surpassed his expectations. “I met some wonderful people who had all kinds of information about what was going on in their A.O. [area of operations] and they were quite willing to sit down and chat with us. After the patrols came back, they would tell us all about it. I would actually be debriefed on what was going on, even though I probably shouldn’t have been. That was great.” “Some things didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. The food was terrible, though I didn’t really expect much. I guess I shouldn’t be disappointed about this, but we really didn’t see a lot of fire—we took fire, but we didn’t fight a lot of fire. Of course that’s a good thing, but if you are a firefighter, you spend your time training for that. Like the experience some people have in the military, my year there was largely chunks of boredom—punctuated by moments of sheer terror, mind you—but largely boredom. So, after a year in Iraq, what does Winborne think of the current situation? Diplomatically, he is encouraged by the Status of Forces Agreement, an agreement being negotiated between the Iraqi government and the coalition forces. “The purpose of the agreement,” he explains, “is to determine how long we will be there and in what capacity. At this point, it looks like the Iraqis want us out by 2011, and it appears that the multi-national coalition command agrees that that’s a reasonable time frame. I agree also. In a couple of years coalition forces can be drawn down substantially, because in the year that I was there I saw the Iraqi army increasingly competent and increasingly involved. I was particularly pleased with what happened in Basra, though I know in the military that didn’t play very well. You read the press and it says the Iraqi army was surprised by the strength of the insurgence, and how it was bloodier than they expected, and all the rest. All of that is true, but it is actually a learning experience for the Iraqi army. It’s good for them to learn that combat isn’t easy and that planning is of particular importance.

More importantly, they came out of Basra victorious. They beat the insurgents, which is more than the British ever did. That’s one in the win column for them. As I see more events like this I am increasingly confident that Iraq is going to stand its own security forces and it will do so effectively.” “ON POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FRONTS, I see some movement there. Politically, Iraq has a long way to go, but I am encouraged by what I see not on the national level but on the local level. The national government is struggling with local election law but we are actually seeing more effective leadership at the provincial level and at the village level as our troops and our provincial reconstruction teams go out. They are discovering more and more people who are eager to take greater responsibility in Iraq’s future.” “I expect that in a couple of years, where I worked will be turned over to the Iraqis entirely. It is in truth a truck stop. There is nothing around there that the Americans have to protect. So I would expect to see bases like that turned over to the Iraqis more and more as we withdraw our forces into the major bases.” WINBORNE SAYS ­democracy is a viable form of government for countries in the Middle East, once they gain more experience in selfgovernance. “That’s why I wanted

to go teach them to be firefighters, because they would then have to manage a fire department. That includes budgeting: ‘Do we buy this piece of equipment or that piece of equipment? We can’t have both.’ Those can be difficult decisions. You also have to make tough decisions on the fire ground. ‘Here is a fire. How do we go about attacking it?’ You develop those skills—of command and making decisions and setting policy—at the local level, then you start doing that at the regional level and ultimately at the national level. What we did in Iraq was give them the power to run the country at the national level and they had absolutely no experience doing so. It’s no wonder it was a disaster. It has been five years and it’s still problematic at the national level. I am seeing increasing competence at the local level, though, and I am emboldened by that.” Now back at Hampden-Sydney, Winborne shares his Iraqi experience with students in the classroom and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. He has settled back into his routine, riding his bike down Via Sacra from home to Morton Hall and serving alongside students and community members at the volunteer fire department. He is home again, but his Iraqi experience will continue as it influences young students in his classes at Hampden-Sydney College.

“You develop those skills—of command and making decisions and setting policy— at the local level, then you start doing that at the regional level and ultimately at the national level.” DR. WARNER WINBORNE ’88 Government professor & firefighter


Dr. Winborne (center) with two soldiers. Note that the thermometer rests at 100 degrees.


On the Hill

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Sigma Nu reaching out to the community Blake Salmon ’10

In early October 2008, the Sigma Nu brothers decided to become more involved with the community. Our house advisor and Hampden-Sydney College Spanish professor, Dr. JULIA PALMER, had connections with people who work for Prince Edward Animal Control and thought they could use our help. The two animal control officers for Prince Edward County, Vicki Horn and Ray Foster, were more than delighted to put us to work. Vicki and Ray have an extremely busy schedule; they take care of the pets in the shelter, work on finding homes for the stray animals, and make sure people in Prince Edward County are treating animals and pets as they should. The Sigma Nu brothers are volunteering with animal control by helping unwanted dogs find loving homes. Every Wednesday morning, a group of brothers and Dr. Palmer go to the animal shelter, a mile from campus. We see dogs that have been picked up by animal control because they are strays or because people do not or cannot take care of them any more. We have seen several awful cases in which dogs have been abused or hurt by their owners. One of the worst was a dog whose owner poured boiling water on his back; he will have a permanent deep scar. The good news is that he is now in a good home. As a group, we desire to give these suffering animals a secure and stable home environment where they can live a happy and safe life. At the shelter, we play with the dogs, giving them much-needed exercise and conditioning, and take their pictures to put on a pet adoption website, where we can display the dogs’ pictures and description. You can see the animals we’ve been helping at So far our volunteering has been very successful: most of the dogs, plus two kittens, have been adopted into loving homes, many by individuals within the Hampden-Sydney community. In addition, thanks to the website, some of the new owners have come from as far away as Smith Mountain Lake and Virginia Beach. So, you can see that what we are doing is very important: if the animals do not get adopted, they are euthanized. We are going to continue to work closely with Vicki and Ray at Prince Edward Animal Control to ensure that this happens to as few animals as possible. In addition, in the near future, we are hoping to have a fund-raiser to help them improve the shelter by buying toys for the animals, as well as self-dispensing food bowls and a washer-dryer combination unit to help Vicki and Ray with their day-to-day activities, so that we may all be able to give these precious animals the lives they deserve. Sigma Nu brothers Brett Northington ’10, Blake Salmon ’11, Tony Rawls ’11, and John Fay ’10.



Economics professor Justin Isaacs will benefit from a BB&T grant for an ethics of economics course.

BB&T funds economics program in business morality A $350,000 grant from Branch Banking & Trust Company is going to establish and maintain a program on business morality. The program will include a new course offering, a student research fellowship, the BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism, and a free copy of Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged for every entry-level economics student. Associate Professor of Economics JUSTIN ISAACS ’95 (above) will teach the new course, which will cover the economic development of the United States through the lens of historical events and individuals. The class will use historical texts, works of literature, and case studies of American entrepreneurs to demonstrate the moral implications of capitalism and the institutions necessary to foster innovation through entrepreneurship. Dr. Isaacs says, “This is a great opportunity for the students to be introduced to the idea that capitalism contains some explicit ethical principles. It is very important to understand that capitalism is focused on individual freedoms and defined property rights, where voluntary exchange requires an inherent trust between individuals. This is the morality of the market. The new BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of Capitalism provides the resources—through classes, speakers, and research funding—to encourage students to apply their economics work to the ethical underpinnings of the market and the social coordination that results.”

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New Faculty Three new tenure-track professors have joined the faculty, and one existing professor has been promoted to a tenure-track position. Dr. BRIAN LINS is an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. He eared his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His primary research is on functional analysis, dynamical systems, nonexpansive maps, and positive operators. NATHANIEL DIXON PERRY is an assistant professor of English. He follows in the footsteps of the retiring Thomas J. O’Grady as poetry professor and editor of The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. Mr. Perry earned his M.F.A. at Indiana University. JENNIFER DIRMEYER is an assistant professor of economics. She earned her B.B.A. from Loyola University. She teaches Introduction to Economics, Economic Development, and Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. Dr. MARCUS PENDERGRASS has been promoted to assistant professor of mathematics. He teaches Statistics, Calculus, and Applied Mathematics. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Brian Lins, mathematics and computer science

Nathaniel Perry, English and Poetry Review editor

Jennifer Dirmeyer, economics

Marcus Pendergrass, mathematics









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Hampden-Sydney’s campus stays very active during the summer. From the third week in May through the end of July each year, we run many programs almost continuously. For adults, there are the ever-popular Music Festival and the Summer College (whose theme this year is After the Olympics: China’s Place in the World). One great thing about both of these programs: you do not have to be a graduate of the College to participate. Plan to attend and bring a friend. And then, if you have a son or grandson, you may want to give him an early introduction to Hampden-Sydney College by sending him to one of our highly-rated sports camps for basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling (below). Our own athletic staff operates many of these programs, plus we have some national and international camps. New for 2009 is the Giant Campus Cyber Camp for boys ages 10-17.Five weekly residential programs, starting in June and going through July, will provide instruction in game design, 3D game design, 3D modeling, Flash, online game design, Web design, Photoshop, Teen Leadership, and Video. Each week’s program starts on Sunday and concludes on Friday after lunch. To find out more about all these great programs, please visit our website at /sumprogs/




“A place where students will aways feel welcome”

Leadership Center finds a home BY JOHN DUDLEY ’95

The staff of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest: (seated) Dr. James Y. Simms, Gen. Samuel V. Wilson; (standing) Dr. David A. Marion, Dr. Curtis J. Smith, Gen. W. Gerald Boykin, and Ms. Rondi Arlton.


AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE of functioning as a “virtual center,” The Wilson Center has a permanent home.

KNOWN AS THE PACKER HOUSE, the Center’s new location along College Road just north of Kirk Athletic Center was faculty or staff housing for decades; Coach Stokeley Fulton ’55 and his wife Virginia Anne lived there for some 35 years. While retaining its residential charm, the Wilson Center provides students a place to discuss leadership principles, geopolitical news-of-


the-day, and whatever else crosses the minds of young men. The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest was launched in 1997 and renamed in 2000 in honor of Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson when he retired as president of Hampden-Sydney College. Among the services provided by the Center are the Public Service Certificate Program, The Central Virginia Public Affairs Forum, and civics programs for local high school students. Dr. David E. Marion, Elliot Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs and the director of the Wilson Center, is excited about the Center’s new home. He says, “The consolidation of the Center’s staff and faculty in a single physical location was a critical next step in the progression of civic education, leadership, and public service initiatives that likely will help define the College for decades. Presentations by faculty and special guests on national and global subjects, cookouts, photo exhibits, and Saturday receptions have made the Center one of the most exciting places to visit on campus.” Gen. Wilson adds, “I hope that our students will come to find this place one where they will always feel welcome. It’s not uncommon for students to gather on the front porch. Jerry [Boykin] and I will break out our guitars and do our best to play a few songs. This is a wonderful place for camaraderie and for teaching our students on a very personal level. I am very happy that we finally have a place to call home.” This year alone, the Wilson Center has hosted informal discussions with Dr. Warner Winborne ’88 about his year as a firefighter in Iraq, Captain Brad Israel ’04 about his deployment to Afghanistan, Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr., on the 70th anniversary of the Munich Conference, and Dr. James F. Pontuso on the life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The intimate nature of the Center’s main room leads to lively discussions and direct contact between faculty and students, a trait in which the College prides itself.

“This is a wonderful place for camaraderie and for teaching our students on a very personal level. I am very happy that we finally have a place to call home.” LT. GEN. SAMUEL V. WILSON

Dr. David Marion (above) chats with students Brett Chonko ’10 and Brennan Walter ’09 in the Center’s lounge as James Bonney ’09 admires the portraits of famous Hampden-Sydney alumni in public service. At left: General Wilson holds one of his many personal chats with students, this one with Adam Lees ’10. STEPH E




Rare volume, borrowed in 1839, gravitates back to the Hill

Newton’s Principia returns By John Dudley ’95

Dr. John Draper, who borrowed the book in 1839.


Following an inquiry by Dr. Sharon I. Goad, director of the College’s library, the Smithsonian agreed to send back the volume, which had been inadvertently donated to the museum by the descendants of Dr. John W. Draper, a professor of chemistry at the College from 1836 to 1839. Leslie Overstreet, curator of natural history rare books at Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, D.C., returned the long-overdue book on October 3. Dr. Goad surmises that Dr. Draper must have been using this second volume of the Principia (to which the name of Newton’s work is commonly shortened) in his research when he left the College to teach at the University of the City of New York. His professional papers were later donated to the Smithsonian because he was active in the growing field of photography and is considered the “Father of Portrait Photography.” In fact, he developed and built a camera at Hampden-Sydney College—probably the first camera built in America—with which he successfully photographed the solar spectrum and astronomical bodies. The camera remained unidentified for decades after Dr. Draper left the school until Howard C. Cobbs ’34 identified it and initiated a loan of the camera to the Smithsonian. The original camera was returned to the College in 2006. Newton’s Principia was originally published in 1687 and contains the scientist’s laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation. The Principia consists of two sections divided into three books. The first section, De Motu Corporum (On the Motion of Bodies), was expanded into two volumes, the second of which is the one Draper took with him to New York. The third volume contains De Mundi Systemate (On the System of the World). According to the title page of the College’s set, this edition was published in Geneva in 1739. A full-page inscription written in lavish calligraphy shows that THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008

the book was donated to Hampden-Sydney College by General Robert Lawson on April 6, 1784, one year after he became a trustee of the College. General Lawson was himself a remarkable character and played a somewhat significant role in the development of the United States of America. Born in Richmond in 1748, he was active in the Revolutionary War and early American politics. Lawson was reportedly in attendance at the Virginia Convention in March 1775 to witness Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. He was an officer in the Continental Army, eventually becoming a colonel in command of the 4th Virginia Regiment before resigning in December 1777. He was later promoted to general in the Virginia Militia, serving at the siege of Yorktown. Lawson then entered politics, as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. From 1783 until his death in 1805, he served as a trustee of Hampden-Sydney College, alongside the likes of Colonel William Morton, Nathaniel Venable, William Cabell, and Patrick Henry. In June 1788, Lawson, as well as five other Hampden-Sydney trustees, was a delegate to the state convention regarding the adoption of what would become the U.S. Constitution. The Anti-Federalist Lawson (like his fellow College Trustee Patrick Henry) unsuccessfully voted against ratification. Physics professor Stan Cheyne says, “Isaac Newton’s Principia mathematica is probably the most important scientific document ever written. It contains his famous three laws of motion, the law of universal gravitation, and other important work relating to classical mechanics and planetary motion.” Having the complete set of a work of this magnitude is remarkable for a college of our size. It will be preserved in our state-of-the-art book vault in the new library, alongside numerous other valuable pieces in our bound collection.



THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION has returned a valuable book to Hampden-Sydney, part of a three-volume set of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

Dr. Draper must have been using this volume of the Principia in his research when he left the College to teach at the University of the City of New York. Librarian Sharon Goad (right) with Leslie Overstreet, curator of natural history rare books at Smithsonian Institution Libraries, who brought the book back.



On the Hill

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HIDEO YANAI ’93 (right) entertained biology professor ALEX WERTH and his son Colin during their visit to Japan in July, leading them on a trip to the Omiya Train Museum north of Tokyo. Yanai works for IC Net Limited, a Japan-based firm which consults on international development assistance.

THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION was a popular diversion for many students this fall and there were plenty of events and programs to satisfy biggest political junky. Throughout the month of October, the Classical Liberals sponsored a series of discussions on election issues; topics ranged from social welfare to energy and the environment. The Union-Philanthropic Literary Society sponsored a debate on October 23 between members of The College Republicans, The College Democrats, and The Classical Liberals. Students also became involved in the campaigns by volunteering at the local Republican and Democratic offices, calling residents and encouraging them to support their candidates. Many members of the community contributed vintage campaign buttons for a display shown in the Library (selected items, above), organized by E. A. MAYO. Among the more notable pieces in the exhibit were a Barak Obama button handmade by SHARON KOEHLER, wife of philosophy professor JAMES JANOWSKI, and a George Dukakis cigarette package lent by classics professor JANICE SIEGEL. 18


Photography professor Pam Fox (above center, critiquing student

Professor Fox wins award Known for her imaginative photographs and her rapport with students, fine arts professor PAM FOX was awarded the Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts by Richmond magazine. The prize is named for Theresa Pollak, a Richmond-area painter who in the 1920s established the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts (from which Fox graduated in 1980), and the University of Richmond arts program in the 1930s. “Fox has made substantial contributions to the field of photography,” said the selectors. “Approaching her work with dedication, a love of process, and a sense of humor, she maintains and honors the tradi-

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There are a few new faces in the Office of Institutional Advancement. JAMES E. BARTON ’06 (below, seated) has been promoted to director of annual giving; he had been assistant director. As a student, he was a member of the soccer team, a head resident advisor, and an Honor Court advisor. A psychology major, Mr. Barton was inducted into Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. He completed the Society of ’91 leadership program and was tapped to Omicron Delta Kappa. At commencement, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion. JOSHUA D. BLACK ’07 (below, center) is assistant director of annual giving, in charge of student programs. Mr. Black was a psychology major and brother of Theta Chi fraternity. He completed the Society of ’91 leadership program and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and F.A.C.E.S., the Farmville-area food bank. MANDALYN R. THOMPSON (below, right) is the assistant director of annual giving in charge of young alumni programs. She is a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Longwood University, where she was a McGowan Scholar and won the Dan Daniels Award for outstanding leadership and citizenship. An economics major, Ms. Thompson was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor fraternity, and Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society.


JOSEPH E. TAYLOR, JR., (below, left) is the associate director of planned giving. Originally from South Hill, he is a 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2007 graduate of Regent Law School. He recently passed the Virginia Bar Exam.

work) has won the coveted Pollak Prize for contributions to art in Virginia.

tions of photography while exploring the possibilities of new technologies. Her contributions are further manifest in her hard work and leadership on the board of 1708 Gallery.” Before joining the Hampden-Sydney faculty 15 years ago, Professor Fox used her skills as a commercial photographer working for an advertising agency and for DuPont. At the College, Fox worked with Rhetoric Professor Claire Deal and honors students on a documentary project recording the lives of inmates at Piedmont Regional Jail. She also used old science equipment she found on campus as subjects in a collection of surreal still-life photographs. In February 2009, Fox will show “Targets, Lures, and Decoys” at the Flippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008


News from the fields and courts


Athletic Hall of Fame 2008 Four new members were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on October 25, 2008. Since its creation in 1988, 107 alumni, coaches, and supporters have been inducted. The Hall of Fame now makes its home in the Kirk Athletic Center, in the new Hall of Fame gallery given by Dr. Willette L. LeHew ’57. The late Charles Garden ’32 was a four-year member of the football team and a three-year member of the track team. He also played one season of basketball. A powerful player, Garden was the first football All-American of any kind at H-SC, earning honorable-mention honors in 1930 at his fullback position. He was class president for three years and was elected Student Body president his senior year. Garden also served on the Athletic Council, Monogram Club, Pan-Hellenic Council, Vigilance Committee, and German Club. Jim Smith ’56 was a three-year letter-winner in football and baseball, coming to Hampden-Sydney from Fork Union Military Academy. On the gridiron, Smith played both halfback and quarterback, earning honorable mention All-Little Eight honors in 1954. Smith followed that season with first-team All-Little Eight Accolades in 1955, when he also served as team co-captain. Smith started as shortstop on the baseball team that won the Mason-Dixon Conference championship in 1954, while also serving as co-captain. He was Student Body President, president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa,

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Saylor ’63, Jim Smith ’56, Charles Garden ’32 (represented by his daughter Mrs. Clare Garden Maddison), and Chris Bissinger ’95.



and won the prestigious Gammon Cup and the Anne Carrington Harrison Award at commencement in 1956. Chris Bissenger ’95, a four-year letter winner on the Tiger lacrosse team, rates as one of the program’s alltime best midfielders. In 1995, Bissinger earned USILA second-team All-America accolades as captain of a Tiger team that finished the year 10-5 overall, capturing the ODAC championship and advancing in the NCAA tournament. Bissinger was a three-time All-ODAC selection, earning second-team honors in 1993 and 1994 and a first-team nod in 1995. His 38 points in 1995, courtesy of 23 goals and 15 assists, rate as the eighth-best single-season point total among Tiger midfielders, while his 106 career points are the fourth-highest career point total among Hampden-Sydney middies. As a football player at the College, the dynamic Bobby Sailor ’63, the recipient of an Athletic Hall of Fame Special Citation was an honorable mention AllAmerican choice in 1961 at defensive end. Twice selected as his teams’ Most Valuable Player, Saylor was given the Virginia Small College Sportsmanship Award during his senior campaign. While a student at Hampden-Sydney, he was a member of Chi Phi. After graduation he served as the head tennis coach, an assistant football coach, and assistant athletic director under Stokeley Fulton ’55. Saylor’s 1972 tennis team captured the Mason-Dixon Championship. Nearly a decade later, Saylor led the Tiger tennis team to its only two ODAC tennis titles (1981,1982), earning ODAC Coach of the Year honors both seasons.

Football Tigers earn share of ODAC crown Picked first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, Hampden-Sydney football head coach Marty Favret knew that his 2008 charges would have an uphill battle to fight all year long. With flying colors, the Tigers responded to the challenges in the first seven games of the season, sprinting out to a 7-0 record and climbing as high as #18 in the Top-25 Poll. Seniors Corey Sedlar and Josh Simpson led a Hampden-Sydney offense that ranked tops in the ODAC, and the Tiger defense, rejuvenated by the aggressive schemes of defensive coordinator Wes Dodson, was enjoying its best season in years, ranking third in the conference in yardage allowed. Although the Tigers failed to close the season with the desired result, Hampden-Sydney earned a share of the ODAC championship by finishing the year 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the league. Ten players earned all-ODAC recognition for their efforts on the gridiron throughout the 2008 campaign. This group was headlined by three first team honorees; Simpson, junior linebacker Josh Miller and freshman center Ben Rogers. Simpson ended his career as one of the most prolific running backs in school and ODAC history. The Richmond, Virginia, native is third on the Hampden-Sydney all-time rushing list with 3,278 yards despite missing seven games in his career. Simpson is the H-SC and ODAC all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (59), total touchdowns (71), career points (432), single-season points (164) and single-season rushing touchdowns (21). In 2008, Simpson led the league in rushing touchdowns (17), total touchdowns (19) and points (114)

Josh Simpson ’09

albeit sitting out two games with an injury. Miller closed the 2008 campaign in style, recording a career-high 16 tackles in the Tigers’ game against Randolph-Macon. The junior from Stephen’s City ranked second on the team in tackles with 70 while tallying 5.0 tackles-for-loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception. Rogers earned the starting role at center at the beginning of the season and anchored a Hampden-Sydney offense that finished second in the ODAC in scoring. The Hanover High School graduate was the only Hampden-Sydney freshman to make an all-conference squad. Leading the Tigers’ five second team selections was Sedlar, whose two-year career as Hampden-Sydney starting quarterback ended as the second-best statistically. In 2008, Sedlar passed for 3,601 yards, tops in the ODAC, and 23 touchdowns while breaking his own record for completions in a season with 279, for a percentage of 62.7, the highest in the league. Junior wide receiver Adam Gillette, senior defensive lineman Sam Rosten, junior safety Bill Doody, and senior kicker T. C. Stevens rounded out the second team picks. The 6-6 Gillette posted career-best numbers of 45 receptions for 757 yards and seven touchdowns. Rosten, a 2008 Scholar-Athlete of the Year candidate, finished ninth on the team in tackles with 30 while recording 6.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Doody worked his way into the starting lineup and was a pleasant surprise at the safety position, tallying 51 stops, a team-high five interceptions, 15 passes defended and one fumble recovery. Stevens was solid in the kicking game, connecting on 6-of-9 field goal attempts and averaging 35.1 yards-per-punt, including a long of 58 against Randolph-Macon. Honorable mention choices, senior linebacker Andrew Sellers and senior receiver Travis Wertz, were huge contributors during their final seasons. Sellers led the squad in tackles with 73 and tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles-for-loss. Wertz was a tremendous slot option for Sedlar, snaring 28 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008




12-6-1 First-team All- ODAC: Will Robertson ’10 Matt Swaney ’10 CROSS COUNTRY

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News from the Alumni Clubs

Alumni Activities RICHARD P. EPPERSON II ’79, ASST. Vice-President for Development & Alumni Relations

Class of 1958 Reunion

Jim Frazer ’57, Harry Ramsey ’58, and Gene Cooke ’58.

Betty Ann and Buck Ames ’58, with Mary Lyall Ramsey.

The Class of 1958 celebrated its 50 reunion on April 25, 2008, with a variety of events on and off campus. Members of the 50th reunion class gathered Friday afternoon for a casual picnic at the Buckingham County farm of Dr. Harry E. Ramsey, Jr., ’58 and his wife Mary Lyall. The picnic was so well received that there are plans to hold the event again next year. That evening, with everyone changed into more formal attire, the Class of ’58 returned to the campus of Hampden-Sydney College for dinner and induction into the Patrick Henry Society. One hundred and thirty-seven alumni and spouses were on hand for this remarkable event. In addition to preparing events to mark their 50th reunion, members of the Class of ’58 submitted photographs and memories of their college years. These were published in a keepsake booklet presented to each alumnus at the reunion. Induction into the Patrick Henry Society is a special way of honoring our alumni for 50 years of steadfast loyalty to their alma mater. Many classes have begun using this occasion as the opportunity to present a gift to the College in honor of their 50th reunion as a sign

Former Alumi Director John Waters ’58 (second from left) joins his classmates and their wives during the Friday afternoon class picnic held at Harry and Mary Lyall Ramsey’s farm in Buckingham before the evening dinner and induction into the Patrick Henry Society. The picnic was so much fun that there are plans for the Class of ’58 to gather again next year for the same preliminary event!



of mutual appreciation for the influence each has had on the life of the other. Each class gives as it is able, and some have been fortunate to be able to give as much as $100,000. Many classes choose to designate their gift toward scholarships; this year the Class of ’58 directed its gift toward an endowment to support the Summer College program. One of the many benefits of the Patrick Henry Society event is the annual opportunity to renew friendships with classmates. Planning begins in earnest at the 45th reunion, as the reunion committee begins to seek out those whose addresses have changed or who have lost connection for one reason or another. Personal contacts are made, so that everyone can mark their calendar and plan to attend the spring event. As “lost” alumni are found and interest builds in the 50th reunion, planners work hard to have a record-breaking number of alumni attend. Plans are already underway for the Class of 1959 to mark its 50th reunion with similar events on April 24, 2009. Donald Whitley ’59 is spearheading the planning process for his class. Members of the Class of ’59 who are interested in helping plan the reunion are encouraged to contact the Hampden-Sydney Alumni Office at (434) 223-6148.

Winners of the Waters Cup for excellence in alumni club activities: for larger clubs (far left), Bill Newell ’79 accepts for South Hampton Roads; for smaller clubs Will Pannill ’77 and Bill Garrett ’74 accept for Danville-Martins­ville as Ed Snyder ’78 looks on.

Homecoming 2008 This year’s Homecoming celebration was marked by excellent attendance, beautiful weather, and a wide variety of events for alumni and their families. The weekend started Friday with the second annual Homecoming Golf Tournament in the morning and the 30th annual Thompson Tennis Challenge in the afternoon. In the golf tournament, which was held at The Manor Resort, the winners of the low gross were Vance Shields ’72, Rick Anke ’73, Bob Whitt ’78, and Rick Blank ’78. The low net winners were Jack Drescher ’70, Eddie Carpenter ’70, Jim Ennis ’72, and Chuck Hutcheson. For its annual Alumni Public Service Forum on Friday afternoon, the Wilson Center for Leadership in

the Public Interest enlisted William C. Garrett, Jr., ’74, VP-Administrator of Sunnyside Retirement Communities in Martinsville; David B. Darden ’78, CEO of Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands; and Dr. Robert C. Wade ’91 of Centra Southside Medical Clinic in Farmville to speak to students about careers in healthcare administration. Dr. and Mrs. Walter M. Bortz III were the hosts for the Classes of 1963 and 1968 Friday evening for dinner and cocktails at Settle Hall. The evening was full of memories for these 35th and 40th year reunion classes and served as an exciting prelude to the wide variety of events—from academics to music to athletics—that filled Saturday. October 11 featured reunions for the Classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1998-2008, with

President Bortz with Julious “Joey” Smith, Jr. ’65, winner of the Alumni Citation for 2008.



Participants in the 30th annual Thompson Tennis Challenge. Standing (from left): William Moss ’11, Rich Pugh ’11, Tal Covington ’11, Ryan Davis ’12, Dick Edmunds ’53, Doug Spitalny ’88, Jill DePaola, John DePaola, Susan Spitalny, Tennis Head Coach Murrie Bates, Assistant Coach Bill Thompson, and Judy Maragon. Kneeling (from left): Kevin Calhoun ’12, Shad Harrell ’11, Jenks Snyder ’10, Richie Holzapfel ’11, and John Maragon ’52. Next year’s tournament will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009. tents for each class on Cushing Lawn, where nostalgic photos awakened memories. Approximately 400 alumni attended, visiting with classmates, touring the new library in the morning, and viewing a presentation on coral reefs by renowned marine biologist and professor Dr. Alex Werth. Lacrosse alumni donned their uniforms once again for the annual exhibition game against the current team at Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Field, which proved challenging for both the students and the alumni. During the Homecoming Lunch, The Waters Cup

was presented to the South Hampton Roads and the Danville-Martinsville alumni clubs. The award is given based on alumni attendance at club events, admission yields, career development objectives, and club initiatives. The Alumni Citation was presented to Julious “Joey” P. Smith, Jr., ’65 for his outstanding service to the College. Mr. Smith is the chairman and CEO of the Richmond-based law firm Williams Mullen. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and a former vice-chairman

Class of 1963, Front Row L to R: James F. Hatcher, J. Knox Hillman, Jr., Rev. Glenn W. Small, Jr., David G. Wilson, Jr., Lowery D. Finley III, Joseph F. Viar, Jr., Arthur J. Matney, and William R. Middelthon, Jr. Second Row: William W. Tennent III , Norwood H. Davis, Jr., Carl F. Bowmer, Roderick B. Mathews, Charles W. Sommardahl, Sr., Wade H. Saunders III, Thomas B. Davidson, Jr., Holman C. Rawls III, and Lewis C. Everett. Third Row: Alexander M. Fisher, Jr., Henry A. Shield, David L. Costenbader, George B. Cartledge, Jr., Douglas R. Allen, and Hal Stuart Johnson.



Junior Andrew J. “Drew” Tatom IV (left) stands with his brother and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Tatom III, the winners of the 1957 Ford Thunderbird donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Lucas ’59 to benefit a scholarship in their family’s name.

of the Hampden-Sydney College Board of Trustees. He is active in many community organizations, including the United Way and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2003, Mr. Smith received the Patrick Henry Public Service Award from the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. During halftime of our 17-0 victory over conference rival Emory & Henry College, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Tatom III, the parents of junior Andrew J. “Drew” Tatom IV, were the winners of the 1957 Ford

Thunderbird graciously donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Lucas ’59 to benefit a scholarship in their family’s name. Sales from the raffle tickets for this classic automobile generated nearly $72,000. Alumni, students, and friends capped off the beautiful day with a concert by the legendary party band Otis Day and the Knights.

Class of 1968, Front Row L to R, Bryce D. Jewett, Jr., William T. Culpepper III, John W. Pendleton, Glen L. Hutchinson, Claude M. Wilkinson, Jr., Robert K. Caudle, Jr., Donald E. Lee, Jr., and Arthur H. Glaser. Second Row L to R, John D. Hughes, W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., Robert L. Watt III, James B. Lee, Richard A. King, Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., E. K. Prewitt, Jr., and Charles F. Witthoefft. Third Row L to R, Milton P. Reid II, Leighton D. Yates, Jr., Christopher K. Evans, Richard H. West, Pendleton M. Shiflett III, James L. Beckner, Peter A. Leggett, Charles M. Guthridge, Denis F. Soden, and J. Travers Edwards, Jr.



Through These Gates


Goal is surpassed!

We have far surpassed our goal of raising $91 million for Through These Gates: A Campaign for Hampden-Sydney College. Through the generosity of numerous alumni, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations, we have raised funds for student scholarships, international study, internships, research support, visiting distinguished speakers, technology, and professorships. This effort, led by President Walter M. Bortz III, has increased the opportunities for Hampden-Sydney College students to excel in the classroom, on the field, and in their careers.

Kirk Athletic Center dedicated Glena Kelso, sister of Lt. Stephen F. Snyder ’65, spoke at the dedication of the basketball court in his memory.


The former gymnasium has grown significantly with this renovation and expansion. The east wing houses the baseball locker rooms and athletic department offices. The south wing houses lacrosse locker rooms and classroom space. Between these wings sits the the new Athletic Hall of Fame Galery. This much-needed project assures the future of this facility that has steadfastly served the students of Hampden-Sydney College since its original construction in 1941.

Hall of Fame Gallery dedicated

On October 25, the Athletic Hall of Fame Gallery, made possible by a contribution from Dr. Willette B. “Bill” LeHew ’57, was formally dedicated and opened to the public. This modern tribute to outstanding Tiger athletes not only replaced the former location in Kirby Field House, but also serves as the primary entrance to Kirk Athletic Center.

Kirk Athletic Center, a renovated and expanded Gammon Gymnasium, was formally dedicated on November 15, 2008, before a large crowd. Alumni and students gathered to celebrate the opening of this facility, which provides locker rooms for each of our field sports, as well as offices for our coaching staff. “This renovation has been a dream for many years,” said President Walter M. Bortz III. As the capital On that same day, the basketball court in Gammon campaign began, alumni who believed that the time Gym was dedicated in memory of Lt. Stephen F. was right to move forward Snyder ’65, an ardent and follow the dream Tiger basketball joined with others who player and the only were willing to support Hampden-Sydney alumthe project financially.” nus to be killed in combat The four primary in Vietnam. Julious P. donors to the project, “Joey” Smith, Jr., ’65, John W. “Bill” Kirk III a classmate and friend ’72, Joseph F. Viar, Jr., ’63, of Mr. Snyder, said, Michael J. Krupin ’69, “Snyder Hall is a great and Everett A. Helmuth tribute to Steve Snyder, III ’75, each spoke briefly as is the over $500,000 about how influential contributed by his friends Hampden-Sydney College and family to make it has been in their lives and possible. Steve personified At the dedication of Hall of Fame Gallery in the Kirk how athletics helped shape the Hampden-Sydney Athletic Center: (from left) Athletic Director Joe Bush, Dr. them into the men they are Willette B. “Bill” LeHew ’57, andPresident Walter Bortz. man. He was a loyal today. In particular, Mr. and dedicated friend, Kirk recalled playing defense for the Tiger football team a fierce competitor on the basketball court, and a and having his father pace the sidelines during every diligent student. The courage and devotion to his game. He added, “It pleases me greatly to know that the fellow Marines he showed in death mirrored his life at name on this building is his name too.” Hampden-Sydney.”

Snyder Hall dedicated


Everett Hellmuth III ’75 (above), principal donor of the wing named in his honor.

Bill Kirk III ’72 and Joe Viar, Jr. ’63 (above), principal donors of the wing named in their honor.

Michael Krupin ’69 and Marti Krupin (left), principal donors of the wing named in their honor.

Cutting ceremonial ribbons at the dedication of Kirk Athletic Center: (from left) Michael Krupin ’69, Marti Krupin, John C. Ellis, Jr. ’70, Athletic Director Joe Bush, Everett Hellmuth III ’75, President Walter Bortz, Joe Viar, Jr., ’63, Shireen Kirk, and Bill Kirk III ’72. THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008


News from Alumni

Class Notes Compiled from information received before November 1, 2008

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Under the Clock: The Story of Miller & Rhoads, by George Bryson ’50, recently published.

part-time for REI in Houston, Texas, a job about which he says, “I enjoy too FRANCIS P. BAILEY, JR. ’43 and much to ever retire from.” Last year, his brother SAMUEL M. “SAM” Mr. Mathews and his wife Donna BAILEY ’46 were grand marshals of went on a wildlife safari to Tanzania. the 18th annual Sanibel Fourth of the This past September, he spent a week July parade in Sanibel, Florida. The in Alaska photographing brown bears brothers are life-long Sanibel residents in Lake Clark National Park. He and fixtures of the community. adds, “My first two grandchildren were born this year. Life is good, and 1950 I’m grateful for every day.” GEORGE T. BRYSON, JR., has written the book, Under the Clock: 1959 A Story of Miller & Rhoads, which DONALD P. WHITLEY has joined chronicles the history of the Miller the Stanford Group’s Private Client & Rhoads department store in Group as a senior vice president at the Richmond. Mr. Bryson joined the new office in Richmond. company in 1950 after graduating from the College and remained with 1965 the company until five months before Dr. JOHN E. ANFIN, who retired it closed in 1990. The book went on from South Carolina’s Winthrop sale in November through History University as professor emeritus in Press of Charleston, South Carolina. 2000 and later from Bedford County JOHN M. QUARLES, M.D., Public Schools, is an artist living near retired from the practice of medicine Lexington. He earned an art degree on July 20th, 2007, after 50 years and produces paintings, political in primary care. A celebration in cartoons, and photographs, as seen his honor was given by Riverside in his website, http://home.ntelos. Regional Medical Center at the James net/~anfinj. Recently, he helped found River Country Club in Richmond. the Rockbridge Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship and is the group’s 1952 web­master. When he isn’t in his art ROBERT S. MATHEWS has studio, you can usually find him at recently completed ten years working one of the regional rock concerts.

Robert Mathews ’52 in his element.



THOMAS U. “TIM” DUDLEY II is managing director at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown in Washington, D.C. WILLIAM D. SHIRLEY was selected as chairman of the Augusta County Republican Committee.

1966 LOUIS BRIEL, a professional portrait artist who has returned to Richmond after years painting in Hollywood, was featured in the magazine Urge. The subjects of his portraits include Princess Diana, Arthur Ashe, Carrie Hamilton (the late daughter of actress Carol Burnett), as well as Hampden-Sydney luminaries like Coach Stokeley Fulton and Professor Ned Crawley. He has recently published a mystery novel, Braided Shame, whose hero is a development officer at a small rural college, which he says should not necessarily be mistaken for Hampden-Sydney.

1968 Dr. D. CHRISTOPHER BOSWORTH of Riverside Inpatient Internal Medicine in Newport News was named to Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Top Docs 2008.”

1970 MICHAEL J. ADELMAN retired from Procter & Gamble in 2007, after 37 years working for the company. He and his wife Sallie are active in conservation and charitable efforts. In June 2008, Mr. Adelman was part of a medical mission team in Uganda, serving more than 1,000 refugees in displaced person camps in Gulu, in northern Uganda. DANIEL C. BARTGES, JR., has published the book Color Is Everything, which focuses on the core principles of color harmony and how to paint more effectively with color. Mr. Bartges’ two previous books are Winter Olympics Made Easy and Spectator Sports Made Simple. A. DALE CANNADY has been

appointed to the Richmond Metropolitan Authority board. Mr. Cannady recently retired after 36 years in banking as the regional president for SunTrust. Dr. NATHANIEL M. EWELL III won a silver medal in the American Fencing League’s 2008 National Tournament, as a member of Salle Green’s three-man sabre team. Dr. Ewell also competed in the three-weapon event (foil, epee, and sabre). Dr. CHARLES V. O. HUGHES III was named chief of staff for 2008 at Covenant Medical Hospital in Levelland, Texas. HOWARD N. “HOWIE” SOUCEK has written a book entitled Notes on Education, which is based on his career as a middle school teacher in Middlesex County and offers solutions to problems in the educational system. He lives in Franklin with his wife Linda. H. WATTS STEGER III of Buchanan is chairman-elect of the Virginia Bankers Association.

1972 ROBERT C. LONG, JR., has joined the Stanford Group Company’s Private Client Group as a senior vice president at the new office in Richmond.

1973 C. FRANK ARCHER, JR., an associate professor of Fine Arts at Hampden-Sydney College, and his wife Mary Ann Archer, a lecturer in Fine Arts at the College, performed with others at the “Fall in Love with the Classics” concert on September 21 in St. John’s Chapel in Groton, Massachusetts. Mr. Archer is also the director of Hampden-Sydney’s Men’s Chorus. LINDSAY R. BARNES, JR., has become the headmaster at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, a co-educational K-12 school with an enrollment of 580, on the Big Island of Hawaii. For the past nine years, he was the headmaster at The Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottes­ville.

John Anfin ’65 is an artist living near Lexington.

1975 KENNETH E. POWELL has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Developers Association.

1976 Dr. JOHN E. BRUSH, JR. of Cardiology Consultants, Ltd., in Norfolk was chosen as one of Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Top Docs 2008.” WILLIAM C. “W.C.” SPROUSE, JR., is owner and president of Cumberland Building Supply in Cumberland.

1977 Dr. DARBY G. HAND has been certified by the Federal Aviation Agency as an aviation medical examiner. He lives in Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania.

1978 ORRAN L. BROWN is one of four

persons appointed by the City Council of the City of Richmond to the Richmond Charter Review Commission, which will analyze and recommend changes to the Richmond City Charter to resolve ambiguities about the respective powers of the Mayor of Richmond and the City Council. J. THOMAS FRANCIS, JR., a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of the law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, specializes in public finance law and has become a member of the American College of Bond Counsel. The College recognizes lawyers who have established reputations for their skill, experience, and ethical conduct in the practice of tax-exempt bond law. Mr. Francis also has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, recognized as an Alabama Super Lawyer in 2008, and named Birmingham Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2007 in Public Finance. ROBERT B. (BOB) JOHNSON left Xerox Corporation in 2003, after 22 years in sales management and

The cover of a mystery novel by Louis Briel ’66, newly published.


Mike Adelman ’70 in Uganda, where he was part of a medical mission team, serving more than 1,000 refugees in displaced person camps.

1974 Dr. J. BRUCE TAYLOR was among the top doctors in obstetric and gynecology in Charlotte Magazine’s July 2008 issue. Dr. Taylor practices with Eastover OB/GYN in Charlotte. THE ECORD OF HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE • DECEMBER 2008


John Adams ’71, advertising agency executive LOUIS LLOVIO Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

John Adams ’71, here in his office at the Martin Agency, sees his role as a spokesman for Richmond as much as for his business.

JOHN ADAMS STARTED with The Martin Agency 30 years ago when it was just a local ad agency. Since then, on the heels of cavemen and geckos, it has grown to be one of the most well-known agencies in the country. In the process, it has raised Richmond’s stature in the U.S and overseas. Adams, the chairman and chief executive officer of Martin, was presented the George C. Marshall Award by the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond at a dinner in November. He was chosen for the award because Martin has lifted “the standing of Richmond and Virginia in international commerce,” said Randolph Bell, president of

the World Affairs Council. The council is a nonprofit educational organization. At the same dinner, Charles S. Robb, former Virginia governor and U.S. senator, was awarded the council’s Woodrow Wilson Award for International Engagement. The award is handed out for accomplishments in diplomacy, peacekeeping and security, Bell said. The George C. Marshall award is given for specialized accomplishments. In the past, Best said, the council has honored John Snow, former Treasury secretary and former chairman and CEO of CSX Corporation, and U.S. Senator-elect Mark R. Warner for their business accomplishments. The Martin Agency is known for its work on campaigns for GEICO insurance, Wal-Mart, and United

“I think that it’s my responsibility to participate and to pay attention to what’s happening here and in the rest of the world.”




JOHN ADAMS ’71 Advertising agency executive

Parcel Service. This year, the ­Shockoe Slip agency was ranked third in Advertising Age’s list of the top 10 agencies in the U.S. Adams, 60, said he’s seen it grow from a good agency in the city, to an agency with a regional reach, and then to one of the top national agencies in the country. “But now the work we’re doing is much more global,” he said. The agency’s print and television campaign for Seiko is running globally. One of its more visible accounts is the Alliance for Climate Protection, the group run by former Vice President Al Gore. The campaign was given the 2008 Ethics Award last month by The World Business Academy, a nonprofit business think tank that focuses on the role and responsibility of business. Martin has also done projects for The ONE Campaign, a group dedicated to fighting global AIDS and extreme poverty, and last month the American Cancer Society named it their agency of record. As Martin has become a major player, it’s become increasingly important to represent Richmond here and abroad, Adams said during an interview yesterday in his spacious office at the agency’s headquarters. Adams said doing good work and getting involved in the community is important for corporations of any size. Corporations have to be “drama­ tically more aware of their role in society,” he said. Given that, “I think that it’s my responsibility to participate and to pay attention to what’s happening here and in the rest of the world.”


marketing, to join Richard H. Lea ’79 in launching Tax Filers Value Club, LLC. In August 2007, Mr. Johnson became the national sales director with Ivy Ventures, LLC, working with his Theta Chi brother Robert W. Oldfield ’79. The business focuses on healthcare consulting, specifically outpatient radiology imaging growth for hospitals.

Fifer Kenneth Johnston ’79 as an extra in the HBO Miniseries John Adams.

1979 Capt. KING H. DIETRICH retired from the Navy on August 15, after a career of over 29 years. A Surface Warfare Officer, Capt. Dietrich served in a variety of positions both at sea and ashore during his career, and is one of only two officers in the history of the Navy to have commanded three AEGIS cruisers: USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) from 1998 to 2000, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) from 2005 to 2006, and USS Shiloh (CG 67) from 2006 to 2007. He also had command of the Navy’s largest overseas base, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, from 2003 to 2005. Following retirement leave, he plans to work in the defense industry in Northern Virginia. KENNETH M. JOHNSTON was an extra in the HBO Miniseries John Adams. Mr. Johnston’s hobby of fifing and drumming began as a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. Ten years ago, he formed a group of CW F&D Alumni called Williamsburg Field Musick Fifes & Drums. Over the years they have performed in Germany and in many states across the country. They have performed for Presidents, Senators, and celebrities. They perform over 300 times per year for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Mr. Johnston serves as President of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Alumni Association. G. MICHAEL PACE, JR., managing partner for the Roanoke law firm Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, was featured in the September 2008 issue of Virginia Business magazine for the development of the Rule of Law Project. The Project, which is a partnership between the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Law Foundation, recruits attorney volunteers to teach the basics of the rule of law to seventh- and eighth-grade students in Southwest Virginia.

1980 CHRISTOPHER S. LONG has joined the Stanford Group Company’s Private Client Group as a vice president in the new office in Richmond. EDWIN D. “DOUG” WARINNER, JR., is vice president of business controls for IBM in Southbury, Connecticut.

1981 BRIAN W. BOUCHER has been named deputy director of Leesburg’s Planning and Zoning Department. He has served as the town’s zoning administrator for 12 years. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. R. WARDEN GOOD has joined the Stanford Group Company’s Private Client Group as a senior vice president in the new office in Richmond. PHILIP R. “RANDY” RANDOLPH has been building custom waterfront homes in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area of Virginia for the past 15 years. He says he gained extensive experience as house manager of Sigma Nu fraternity (specializing in window and door replacement), and has parlayed that knowledge into a comfortable business.

Hunter has published many articles, including “High Energy Prices Drive Innovation” and “Protectionism That Endangers.” GLENN D. WATERS has been named president of Morton Plant Mease Health Care, which is a part of BayCare Health System and operates four hospitals in Pinellas and Pasco Counties in Florida. Mr. Waters was most recently chief operating officer at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has been executive vice president/COO at Wadley Region Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, and senior vice president at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.

Doug Warriner ’80



C. FREDERICK “FRED” FRIEDMAN III is a business development manager for Fermat GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. CARL J. “JIMMY” RONCAGLIONE, JR., is an attorney in Charleston, West Virginia. C. CLIFTON SORAH, a creative director at The Martin Agency in Richmond, was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article “Ad agency shares secrets of its success.” Mr. Sorah has been with The Martin Agency since 1987 and is creative director on the GEICO, BFGoodrich, and NASCAR accounts.

ROSZELL D. “ROD” HUNTER IV is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. A former special assistant to the President and senior director at the National Security Council, Mr.

JOSEPH H. HATCHETT, JR., has been named vice president and financial advisor at First Citizens in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Glenn Waters ’82




Overton McGehee ’80, non-profit leader


Overton McGehee ’80 hopes to bring new ideas to Virginia’s statewide Habitat for Humanity.

After 11 years running Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, Overton McGehee ’80 is taking over as executive director in the organization’s statewide office in Richmond. The Charlottesville affiliate of Habitat had been around for a while before McGehee got involved, but under his leadership it has grown from an average operation into a leading-edge source of inspiration for other affiliates. Habitat for Humanity is an international, ecumenical ministry started in 1976 that brings affordable housing to working “partner families.” During the past 32 years, volunteers have built and rehabilitated more than 300,000 homes around the world. While volunteers do a vast majority of the work, the families going into these homes

must also invest “sweat equity” into the project by working many hours themselves in addition to paying the mortgage. McGehee’s wife Teresa initially got him involved in the organization. While they were dating back in the ’80s, she convinced him to volunteer with her at a Habitat build in Lynchburg. He was working as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but his fondness for the non-profit group was born. “I covered Southside Virginia for seven years, so I got to write a lot about poverty issues, economic development issues, that sort of thing. I felt that I was accomplishing things, but I would interview people working for non-profits and they were accomplishing a lot more—and they were very passionate about their work. I definitely envied them.” The couple married and moved to Charlottesville, where they continued picking up Habitat hammers. In 1997, the local affiliate



decided to hire an executive director, the group’s first paid position. McGehee decided that was the job for him. In preparation for the job interview, he called Habitat offices around the country and asked them what a local Habitat like Charlottesville’s should be doing at this stage in its growth. The tactic must have worked. As a newspaper reporter with no managerial experience, he got the job. “We realized pretty early on that, if we wanted to be a bigger part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis in the Charlottesville area, land was the key, so we decided we needed to get in the business of developing mixed-income neighborhoods that included affordable housing. This concept, which includes stand-alone homes, condominiums, and townhomes, has been highly successful in Charlottes­ville and other parts of the country where home prices are not affordable for the working poor.” The Charlottesville affiliate began two rare practices: working with private companies and other non-profit organizations to build entire communities; and redeveloping existing trailer parks. The mixed-income neighborhood now under development by Charlottesville Habitat includes 35 total units—18 Habitat built units, seven market-rate units built by a private builder, and ten moderatelypriced units built by another non-profit organization. They also buy mobile home parks and rezone them for higher density, build townhomes or condos, sell those units at the market rate, then use the proceeds to build homes for the trailer park residents who would have been displaced. These projects provide affordable housing while generating income that Habitat for Humanity can use to help more people. As executive director, ­McGehee will be helping the state’s 51 Habitat affiliates with funding opportunities, strategic planning, and partnerships with local and state government agencies. However, he says the organization will have to become more creative in the way it tackles the high cost of

land in areas where work is plentiful. Systems like mixed-income neighborhoods and trailer park revitalization are ones he can help implement in other parts of the state, like Northern Virginia and Tidewater. Five Habitat affiliates are now planning mixed income projects, and others around the country are already doing them. Getting creative also means taking advantage of the mortgage meltdown. McGehee says, “The typical Habitat model is building a house from scratch, but right now there are many affordable foreclosed houses on the market. So, in the next few months, a lot of Habitat affiliates will be buying foreclosed homes, rehabbing them, and selling them to approved Habitat partner families.” Habitat for Humanity is a popular volunteer organization. Hampden-Sydney College has sponsored two homes which students built on campus and were then moved to a permanent location. McGehee says the attraction people have to Habitat is natural: obviously they like the tangible results of building houses, and they like the fact that it leads to home ownership. Also, a lot of donors like that it is a ‘hand up,’ not a ‘hand out.’ It’s a very empowering program. The buyers save their down payment. They take homebuyer classes. They help build the houses. As one of our donors likes to say: ‘We are teaching people to fish’.” While McGehee facilitates teaching others to be responsible homeowners, he fondly remembers the Hampden-Sydney College professors who worked so hard to shape him into a successful student. He admits, however, that they might not have succeeded: “I was a wretched student, but I was privileged to learn, both in and out of the classroom, from some wonderful faculty members, particularly Mary

Saunders, George Bagby, Hassell Simpson, Keith Fitch, Richard McClintock, Herb Sipe, Owen Norment, Brian Schrag, John Brinkley, Josiah Bunting, Alan Farrell, Tom O’Grady, Bill Hendley, and Ken Townsend.” “If you look at the curriculum and at the extracurricular activities, like the Fire Department, the religious organizations, and so many others, you will see many streams flowing in the direction of service. I also think one would find a fair number of Hampden-Sydney alums who took a course or two on the Renaissance and who have etched somewhere in their memory that ‘The purpose of the contemplative life is right action’.” He does not limit his personal influences to faculty. He fondly remembers many friends as well. “College is an idealistic time, of course, and I remember plenty of late-night discussions of ideas and beliefs. It’s interesting to look at the professional choices of some of my friends from the class of 1980 who were in those discussions. Marc Sherrod, Tim Maxa, and Selden Harris are ministers. Gary Kavit, Dave Newton, Ed Whealton, Jeff Alloway, and Mark Morris are physicians. I don’t think my class is unusual. If you look at any class, professions and volunteer activities since Hampden-Sydney would be very revealing.” The community spirit developed at Hampden-Sydney McGehee sees developing in Habitat neighborhoods as partner families and volunteers work together building homes. He says, “Families who help build each others’ houses make much better neighbors. When we do mixed-income neighborhoods, sometimes there will be sweat-equity opportunities for the market-rate buyers too. We think mixed-income neighborhoods make stronger

communities. Children need to know neighbors who have been to college. Our society has accidentally created neighborhoods where children grow up not knowing home­owners or not knowing people who have gone to college.” Partner families also build strong relationships as they see their community literally develop from the ground up. The community members increase their self-worth, appreciate the sacrifice of others, and realize the benefit of giving of themselves. “I remember one homeowner,” recalls McGehee, “who said that she didn’t want to leave the worksite until the last volunteer left. If they were going to be building her house, she wanted to work as hard as they did. We’ve had several homeowners whose children have told us that their parents were scared to work up on the roof but they did it anyway because the other volunteers were doing it. And I remember Mrs. Lively, who got to know her neighbor OVERTON McGEHEE ’80 Mrs. Williams while Habitat for Humanity leader they were building their houses side by side. Her house was finished first, but she continued working on Mrs. Williams’ house until Mrs. Williams could move in.” The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has sold 83 homes to partner families, many under the leadership of Overton McGehee. When he takes over the state office, the steadfast commitment he has to helping others, which was fostered by the faculty and curriculum of Hampden-Sydney, will have an even broader effect. As he gives a helping hand to hard-working families across the Commonwealth, he can look back for inspiration to the hard-working faculty at Hampden-Sydney who never gave up on him.

“I don’t think my class is unusual. If you look at any class, professions and volunteer activities since HampdenSydney would be very revealing.”



argued on October 6 before the U.S. Supreme Court. His firm represents 20 state of Maine employees who are objecting to the use of their compulsory union dues in Locke v. Karass. Mr. Young earned his law degree from Emory School of Law.

Steve Coyle ’86 playing lacrosse for the Tri-City Canadians, at the Vail Shootout in Colorado.

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JOHN G. McJUNKIN is a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Washington, D.C. He will lead the Washington office’s insolvency and restructuring practice. ARTHUR H. SPERRY is a Latin teacher for Frederick County Public Schools. He lives in Stephens City.

1985 ROBERT S. DIETZ has left his sales management position at Dietz Press in Richmond after 20 years to join his wife Denise in running Featherston Service Stations and Properties, a commercial real estate company. Mr. Dietz has two children, Katie (16) and Danny (19), who is a sophomore at Hampden-Sydney and plays on the football team. Dr. MICHAEL S. QUESENBERRY has moved to Massachusetts where he is a principal scientist with Adnexus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol Meyers Squibb.

1986 STEVE M. COYLE has joined Cohen & Steers to lead Global

Realty Partners, a global multimanager strategy focused on real estate. He continues to enjoy playing lacrosse and was recently at the Vail Shootout playing in goal for the Tri-City Canadians, where he scored his first ever goal! He lives in Chappaqua, New York, and would love to catch up with other New York-based alumni. The Rev. Dr. MARK L. HEILSHORN is the pastor of First Congregational Church in Woodbury, Connecticut, where he and his three children live. He is also an adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary and is writing articles for journals and the Alban Institute on the practical methods for interreligious conversations. JOHN R. McGHEE, JR., has been serving as the chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia since 2004. He is also a member of the Charleston, West Virginia, law firm Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC. W. JAMES YOUNG, an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation,

1988 GREGG M. LEGERTON of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, caught an 11-pound 7-ounce sheepshead fish at the Charleston Jetties.

1989 MATTHEW C. SUNDERLIN has been named to the 2008 list of “Virginia Super Lawyers” in the area of Elder Law by Richmond Magazine. He was certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation in 2003. Mr. Sunderlin is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a partner with Clark & Bradshaw, a general practice law firm in Harrisonburg. He is a lecturer with Virginia Continuing Legal Education, president-elect of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club, and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Blue Ridge

Mark Heilshorn ’86 is the pastor of First Congregational Church in Woodbury, Connecticut.


Lt. Col. W. DANIEL BUNCH, staff judge advocate of the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, has been awarded the Reginald C. Harmon Award for the Outstanding Reserved Judge Advocate of the year and the Bronze Star. Lt. Col. Bunch served six months in Iraq with the Law and Order Task Force at a small Forward Operating Base near Sadr City. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and works in his civilian position as the County Counsel for Klamath County, Oregon, and teaches business law at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon, with his wife Mary Liz and their three children. FRANK L. WISWALL III received the 2008 Hagenlocker Award for Faculty Excellence from Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Mr. Wiswall is a history and social sciences teacher, as well as coach of the intramural fencing team and faculty advisor to th Teenage Republican Club.


1990 Lt Col ALEXANDER C. GRABIEC is a U.S. Army Strategic Plans and Policy Officer who is now deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he works with the Afghani National Army Senior Command and Staff College as the senior curriculum development mentor.

1991 WILLIAM W. “BILLY” CLEVELAND has moved to Portugal with his wife Catherine and their son Rafael after six years in Brazil. He is taking a two-year sabbatical to finish writing one book and begin another. DAVID A. INGRAM is president and CEO of Capital TechSearch, a Richmond-based technical recruiting firm that has been named one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. magazine. KARL K. SCHNEIDER was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army on July 1, 2008. He continues to serve as a Special Forces officer in the Pentagon. (See Advanced Studies.)

1993 After fighting his weight for most of his life, D. BLAIR MAURY recently lost 200 lbs. and has gotten into running. He completed the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach in August 2008. He hopes to complete his first full marathon within the year. Dr. JOHN E. “JACK” TALMADGE, JR., is the new director of Summit Charter School in Cashiers, North Carolina. He is the former principal of Blessed Sacrament Huguenot in Richmond. W. MORGAN WATSON has been named president and CEO of Premiere Financial Group, Midwest regional financial planning firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Watson has spent the last eight years as the managing director of National Financial Services Group in Atlanta.

1994 MICHAEL D. LUTER received an honorable mention in the Durrance Award from the International

Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. The award was presented at the fraternity’s 160th Ekklesia (biennial legislative convention) held on August 7-10, 2008. The Durrance Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding Purple Legionnaire (chapter advisor); the recipient is selected based on leadership, personality, and rapport with the chapter and fraternity service.

1995 MICHAEL B. BURNETTE is in commercial real estate development in Norfolk. (See Births.) Dr. TORINO R. “TEE” JENNINGS has joined Retreat Internal Medicine, LLC, at Retreat Hospital in Richmond. Dr. Jennings is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association. CRAIG A. JONES is director of enrollment services for Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs at Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C.

1996 JASON M. “FERG” FERGUSON has been promoted to director of Admissions at Hampden-Sydney College. He has served in various capacities in the Admissions Office since July 1996. PAUL B. KELLEY is a senior marketing manager for GE Money. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. HEATH C. SCOTT, an assistant professor of English at Thomas Nelson Community College, spent three weeks in Kolkata, India, as a participant in the first Virginia Council for International Exchange. He worked with faculty and administrators at Jadavpur University to promote the mission of the Virginia Community College System and to establish a permanent exchange program for faculty and students. While there he also gave three lectures: one on Buddhist influence on Jack Kerouac’s fiction; one on the literary and cultural allusions in the Grateful Dead’s lyrics; and one titled “Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’:


Community College Educational Foundation and the Commonwealth Community Trust.

John Currence ’87 wearing his crown from the 2008 Great American Seafood Cookoff. His winning entry, below, was Mississippi Redfish Courtbouillon.

CURRENCE CROWNED KING OF AMERICAN SEAFOOD JOHN M. CURRENCE, chef and owner of the acclaimed restaurant City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi, was named the 2008 King of American Seafood at the 5th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off held August 2-3 in New Orleans. The cook-off, which is presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, featured 14 top chefs from around the nation cooking with domestic, sustainable seafood from their home state. Mr. Currence prepared Mississippi Redfish Courtbouillon. He has been featured as a Great Chef on cable’s Great Chefs of America and Great Chefs of the South. In May 2008, Currence opened a third restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi. Big Bad Breakfast joins Bouré and his flagship City Grocery. Open since May 2008, Big Bad Breakfast serves breakfast and lunch with menu items like Coca-Cola-brined fried chicken and cathead biscuits, called that because they can be as big as the head of a cat. On a more domestic note, Currence and his family were featured in an article in the November issue of Southern Living, which gave details of their New Orleans-style Thanksgiving dinner.




David Ingram ’91, IT executive search entrepreneur David Ingram builds relationships. His company, Captial TechSearch, might call itself an executive search and IT staffing firm, but he builds relationships with his clients and with potential job seekers. Ultimately, however, he wants to build a relationship between his client and the perfect applicant. This is not easy for a guy who says he is really bad with names, but he must be doing something right. Capital TechSearch was named to the 2008 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest growing companies in the country as compiled by Inc. magazine. Seven years ago, Ingram was tired of working for other people and ready to set out on his own. He had worked

for large growing companies and unsuccessful start-ups. He had seen companies make many good decisions as well as many bad decisions. “I got big company training, then pre-revenue, and then high-growth.” Ingram worked in hardware and software sales before starting his own company. He had hired many people along the way and knew that he had a knack for finding the right person for the job. To do this, he and his staff spent numerous hours making sure that they are the right fit with potential clients, those looking to hire. They spend even more time on the telephone, calling strangers and becoming friends with potential employees. Ingram has a strict profile of those with whom he will do business. They are companies that will value his organization’s services and that operate with the same values as Capital TechSearch.

David Ingram ’91 stands before awards his company has won for service.



“If someone comes to us looking to hire someone to make money at any cost, that doesn’t fit our client model, so we don’t do business with them. The meeting between us and a client is much less of a sales campaign and much more of an interview process. We don’t want to work with a company that treats us or its people as a commodity. We do not believe in the commoditization of the individual. That doesn’t fit with how we run our business. When you look at the list of biggest stresses that people have, changing jobs is there. We take very seriously our duty to help people change jobs, and because of that we have a really high success rate.” His success rate also has much to do with how Capital TechSearch finds potential employees for its clients. As counterintuitive as it might seem, Ingram and his staff spend hours on the telephone, calling people who are not looking for a job. “We try to put the energy in up front to know the individual, so that when we call them about something it’s an appropriate phone call. What happens most of the time is that we will call that person and they might not be interested in the job, but, because of the relationship that we have built with them, they will direct us toward someone they know who is. That’s how we find people. It’s building a relationship with as many individuals as we can, and maintaining that relationship over a period of years.” These connections are added to Capital TechSearch’s internal proprietary database of people, which now totals about 70,000, whom they can call when the appropriate opportunity develops. “Typically we try to call people because we know them at some level. Hopefully we are calling appropriate people about appropriate opportunities. That’s how our reputation builds, and, as our reputation builds, more and more people want to be employed by us, so they want to get to know us.” Ingram says, “The time to get to know a headhunter or a search firm is before you need a job. You don’t want to call them up and say, ‘Hey, I’m looking for a job.’ You want to know them before that because then they know you as stuff pops up. I had a call the other day from someone I know in the Philadelphia area. She was looking for a particular kind of work. I said, ‘Call this guy. He’s a trusted

friend. He knows the market.’ I got a “First and foremost, the concept call back yesterday: ‘Hey Dave, I got of honor and morals and how we an offer from that company.’ Awelive or lives as ‘good men and good some! I wasn’t involved in it. I didn’t citizens’ had an influence on me,” get paid on it. It was just making says Ingram enthusiastically. “This the connection because I knew two is something we have instituted in people who I thought might match. our company: how we treat our It’s never an easy job, because you’ve employees, by giving them great taken the time benefits; how and the effort we give back to to make the the commuconnection nity; and how that might not we create an pay off for six organization months or a year that fosters later. those values.” We don’t The think about the competitive investment of nature fostered time and money on the Tiger up front, we just football team have a ‘pay it forand Coach Joe ward’ approach Bush prepared to the business, Ingram for DAVID INGRAM ’91 which says go business. High-tech executive searcher out and do the “What athletics right thing every teach you is single day. Do that when you these fundamentals every single day, are running down the field and you and if do it—if you build it they will get knocked down, you instinctively come.” get back up and keep running. When Ingram decided to start It’s the same in business. We get this company, he was not inspired knocked in the face every day. Stuff to create an executive search firm as is happening at the speed of light such. All he knew was that he was and the opportunity to spend those tired of building organizations for years at a higher level of competition the benefit of others. “I decided to than I had previously was very, very start an executive search firm and valuable.” to feed all of the people who were Giving back to the community in the positions that I had held has grown increasingly important before. When I was in software to Ingram over the years and he has sales manage­ment, my success was made it part of the culture at Capital determined by my ability to hire the TechSearch. He says, “In the past right people. You hire great people; three years we’ve given more than you look good. You hire bad people; 7.5 percent of our net income back to it drags you down.” the community. I feel a responsibility As the firm grew, Ingram morthat if we are successful, we should phed his proven methodology for give some of that back to causes we executive placement into one that are interested in. The more successful focuses on informational technology we are, the more money we can give staffing by creating a patent-pending to Comfort Zone Camp. The more methodology to source, screen, and successful we are, the more money deliver employees for his clients. we can give to Fanconia Anemia Capital TechSearch has a strong research or Make-A-Wish. Our reputation and a dedicated stable of ­clients really get into it with us, and clients. Ingram says three things he we can go back to our clients and learned at Hampden-Sydney have says to them, ‘Thank you for your helped him succeed: honor, competibusiness because you helped us do tion, and community service. this’.”

“Go out and do the right thing every single day. Do these fundamentals every single day, and if do it, if you build it, they will come.”

As an entrepreneur, Ingram knows first hand how difficult it is to build a company and to create continued success. To help other aspiring entrepreneurs he has written a book that will come out next year, 15 Bedtime Stories That Keep Entrepreneurs Awake at Night. “I’m not writing a business book,” he says. “This is a book that talks about the challenges that I faced as an entrepreneur over the past eight years, just 15—though there have been probably 15 this week—but 15 of those I think will resonate across all industries. It’s an anecdotal approach to these problems and how I solved them.” Ingram says he is seeing many people who are dissatisfied with what has happened to them at large corporations and are starting businesses for themselves. He believes that this book will provide some insight and encouragement as budding entrepreneurs get started. In a way, his book is just another way for Ingram to help others. Beyond creating a supportive work environment and giving to charity, he wants to help other people like him—people who are ready to take what they have learned and want to try it on their own. Undoubtedly, he will meet more people through this venture—and add them to the growing list of people for whom he wants to find the perfect job.



American Pop Culture Meets Beat Evangelism.”


Gregg Legerton ’88 showing off his 11-pound 7-ounce sheepshead.

Blair Murray ’93 showing off his new body in his old pants.

MICHAEL PALMORE, JAMES T. “JAMIE” RANKIN ’99, WILLIAM B. “BILL” WAINSCOTT ’96, W. CLARK COULBOURN ’97, and MICHAEL C. A. AIDE ’96, who are regular players in the friendly Ponce de León Invitational, were “ambushed” by Golf Digest Magazine before the start of their 2008 tournament at the Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now in its sixth year, the Ponce de Leon Invitational pits four teams against one another in several different formats as the players take part in “the search for eternal youth and great golf with friends.” Their ambush appeared in the April 2008 issue of Golf Digest magazine. WARREN M. PARRINO is managing partner with the law firm Hudson & Parrino in Birmingham, Alabama. W. CRAIG REILLY has been promoted by Monarch Bank to president of the Virginia Beach Region. Mr. Reilly joined Monarch Bank in 2005, working in the Norfolk commercial banking division. Previously, he had worked for SunTrust Banks, Inc., and Branch Banking and Trust. Mr. Reilly is a board member for Maury Foundation and the Wheeler Benefit Foundation. He is also a member of the Noblemen. DAVID J. TATEM is an assistant manager at Norfolk Marine



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1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 Terminal in Suffolk.

1998 EDWARD BELL III was elected to the board of directors of Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida. Mr. Bell is a certified financial planner and principal of Cornerstone Financial Planning, Inc., in Fort Myers, Florida. CHRISTOPHER “CHAD” CAPLES is a senior recruitment client manager with Genworth Financial. DAVID B. HANNA is an attorney with Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, West Virginia. DAVID G. LAWRENCE, JR., is a member of the Professional Ski Instructor’s Association National

Michael Palmore ’97, Jamie Rankin ’99, Bill Wainscott ’96, Clark Coulbourn ’97, and Michael Aide ’96 were among the group ambushed by Golf Digest magazine at the Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia.



demo team. The tryouts were a grueling five-day on-snow job interview with the best skiers in the country. The position is a four-year term, and the responsibilities include national and international ski travel, industry sponsorship, teaching clinics and camps around the country, and writing articles and educational materials for the PSIA organization and various publications around the nation. In the summer, Mr. Lawrence and his wife Brooke Lawrence own and operate a whitewater river rafting company in western Montana called Pangaea River Rafting. Dr. JAMES BRYSON McCAIN is a radiologist with Associated Radiologists, Inc., in Charleston, West Virginia. ROBERT A. “ROBBY” PEAY is the chief operating officer at Bizport, Ltd., is a document services and logistics business headquartered in Richmond. WILLIAM “TERRELL” WILSON is an associate trader with Wachovia Securities in St. Louis, Missouri.

1999 JONATHAN P. BIEROWSKI has been promoted to vice president of operations at Industrial Maintenance and Service in Richmond. STEPHEN G. HOPKINS is an attorney at the Law Office of Thomas C. Brite in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. JOHN R. “JAY” OAKMAN III is returning to Virginia with his wife Lisa, and their two sons, Reeves (6) and Anderson (4), after living in Orlando for 10 years. They are relocating to Fredericksburg where Mr. Oakman will be the regional manager of sales for the Northeast for ABC Companies, a manufacturer of on-highway buses. BURKE D. SAUNDERS is a field sales manager with Alamo Group Agricultural Division. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. JOHN G. “JACK” SHANNON is president of Friends of Art, the young professional supporters of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. He continues to work in Richmond at EastCoast Entertainment. ERIC M. “SHOEF” SHOENFELD is a managing partner of The Mutual Fund Store in Glen Allen.

2000 Lt. MARTIN N. FENTRESS, JR., is finishing up a three-year tour as an instructor at Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He, his wife Whitney, and their children Brentton and Graesyn are anxiously awaiting orders to return to the East Coast and “whatever adventures that will bring.” MATTHEW M. GUNN has been promoted to vice president of business development at Classic Kitchens of Virginia. STEVEN C. HURET is a senior associate with the law firm Wilson Worley; he focuses on insurance defense, commercial litigation, and civil rights. Mr. Huret and his wife Christy live in Johnson City, Tennessee. PATRICK A. WRIGHT is the planning and development director for the town of Waldboro, Maine. He recently completed an 18-month case study for the Maine State Planning Office on the implementation and effectiveness of comprehensive plans, which focused on 14 coastal Maine communities. Mr. Wright attended the University of Southern Maine’s graduate program for community planning and development.


McRee recently has been admitted to practice before federal courts in the Central and Eastern Districts of California. He is also a certified national registry Emergency Medical Technician as of January 2008. He and his wife Roxy MtJoy (director and co-producer of the acclaimed documentary “Why Women’s Colleges?”) live in Hollywood, California. LELAND C. “LEE” RICE, a journalist and project coordinator for AFA Press, has written a series of reports on Islamic finance, biotechnology, higher education, and tourism in Malaysia. The reports appeared in US News and World Report in September 2008. In preparation for the reports, Mr. Rice interviewed many business and government leaders, including Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, the governor of the Central Bank, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and architect of the Petronas Towers Cesar Peli. JEFFREY A. WOODY is the head coach of Brookville High School’s football program, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2008. Previous Brookville football coaches include Lloyd Goode ’70, the late Edwin S. Martin, Jr. ’73, and Brookville High School principal

James A. Whorley ’70.

2002 JASON B. ARCHBELL is the assistant men’s lacrosse coach and assistant professor of physical education at Washington & Lee University. Previously, Mr. Archbell has been an assistant coach at Denison University, Kenyon College, and Virginia Wesleyan College. He was a four-year starter for Hampden-Sydney and served as a team captain his senior year. JONATHAN D. MEEKS and Dr. Robert T. Herdegen III were mentioned in an article in the Sports section of Their 2000 research on the effects of listening to different kinds of music while exercising, which they presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Psychological Society, was referenced in the article “Kicking out the jams on your run can assist your time.”

2003 The Rev. CRAIG C. NEWMAN is the pastor of Fairview Methodist Church in Lynchburg. (See Advanced Studies.) CONTINUED ON PAGE 41

R. RANDOLPH ASHTON and J. ROBERT “ROBBIE” SVOBODA have added two more Hampden-Sydney alumni to the roster at their new clothing company, Collared Greens. ALEXANDER FLOYD, JR., ’08 and JEREMY BULL ’05 now work for the Sun Valley, Idaho, company. JOHN E. BALDWIN is a sixthgrade mathematics and social studies teacher at Fuqua School in Farmville. He also coaches boy’s varsity basketball. JAMES R. “ROB” HARPER is a writer for the Missoula Independent, a weekly newspaper. (See Advanced Studies.) ROBERT N. “ROBIE” MARSH, JR., is a branch manager for SunTrust Bank in Lexington. PATRICK S. McREE is an attorney with the law firm Smith Dollar P.C. in Santa Rosa, California, practicing mortgage fraud and investor repurchase recovery litigation for Fortune 100 clientele, and construction contract litigation. Also, Mr.

Martin Fentress ’00, an instructor at Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), with his wife Whitney and his plane.



Sons of alumni in the Class of 2012 The Class of 2012 has 17 sons of alumni and 48 other students with relations among alumni, including 17 brothers. As a sample of the kind of freshmen we get, among the Class of 2012, entering this fall, are a volunteer fireman, hospital intern, rock climber, Civil War re-enactor, scuba diver, violinist, JROTC Color Guard commander, Model General Assembly delegate, snowboarder, cheerleader, national-champion mountain-bike racer, non-profit organization founder, Congressional intern, semi-professional paintball player, student court chairman, inventor of two patent­pending products, and many Eagle Scouts. (You can see other statistics in the article on page 5.)


Andrew Carlucci Chesapeake, VA Jeffery Carlucci ’82

Benjamin Clarke Virginia Beach, VA Don Clarke ’76

Robert Durham Rochester, MN Lucian Durham III ’80

Tompkins Ewing Richmond, VA Charles Ewing ’70

Martin Ferrara, Jr. Augusta, GA Martin Ferrara ’81

sons of Alumni

McEnery Garrett, Jr. Glen Allen, VA Frank Garrett ’77

Matthew Gates Pamplin, VA David Gates ’78

John Gibson IV Virginia Beach, VA John Gibson ’82

Dunn Hunter Forest, VA William Hunter, Jr. ’75

David Leming Petersburg, VA Joseph Leming ’79

John Leming Petersburg, VA Joseph Leming ’79

Hunter Morris Virginia Beach, VA Daniel Morris

Robert Moss Fredericksburg, VA Lloyd Moss, Jr. ’73

John Parrish Richmond, VA William Parrish IV ’76

Baird Taylor III Lynchburg, VA Rob Taylor ’79

Collin Tinsley Lynchburg, VA John Tinsley ’77

Andrew Whitt Danville, VA Robert Whitt, Jr. ’78


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RYAN D. SILVERFIELD is an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, working primarily with quarterbacks. After graduating, Mr. Silverfield coached the defensive line for the Tigers and then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Central Florida; in 2005, he was quarterbacks coach at Jacksonville University. ROBERT V. SKIDMORE III, the membership director for Englewood/­Cape Haze Area (FL) Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the Charlotte County, Florida, Commission as representative for District 3.

2004 SCOTT B. CRAWFORD is director of revenue management at West Georgia Health System in LaGrange, Georgia. HOLLIS MERWIN is an insurance representative for State Farm in Grapevine, Texas.

2005 JAMES “J.B.” BILLINGS-KANG is an associate attorney in Venable LLP’s commercial litigation group in Washington, D.C. JEREMY BULL ’05 has joined Collared Greens, an organic clothing company founded by R. RANDOLPH ASHTON ’01 in Sun Valley, Idaho. DAVID HARPER GARDNER, JR., is an admissions and marketing coordinator for HCR Manocare in Charleston, West Virginia. JOSEPH D. KNOWLES is an intellectual disabilities case manager for Central Virginia Community Services in Lynchburg.

2006 SIMON T. EVERETT and MATTHEW ZAYTOUN have formed a real estate company in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company specializes in providing affordable housing to local sororities and fraternities. JONATHAN A. HUNT is an assistant vice president-commercial relationship manager at First Community Bank in Richmond. RICHARD J. ROSENDAHL is an economist with Chmura Economics & Analytics in Richmond. (See Advanced Degrees.)

2007 WILLIAM J. “JACK” HAMLIN is a junior designer at Classic Kitchens of Virginia. RYAN HARRINGTON is a Georgia sales representative for Harrow Sports. R. BARRETT LAINE is deputy sheriff with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

2008 KYLE A. BOOKER is a sales associate with Ferguson Enterprises in Charlottesville. PETER D. CROWE is one of 30 people selected nationally to train in logistics as civilians for the U.S. Army. His initial assignment is at Fort Eustis. Mr. Crowe attends the Catholic church in Yorktown where former Hampden-Sydney professor David Ramsey serves on the staff in preparation for the priesthood. ALEXANDER G. FLOYD, JR., has joined Collared Greens, an organic clothing company founded by R. RANDOLPH ASHTON ’01 in Sun Valley, Idaho. W. PRICE GUTSHALL is a marketing intern for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, an economic development organization representing four counties and three cities. KEVIN R. HILL is a financial adviser for Commonwealth Financial Partners, an agency of MassMutual in Virginia Beach. JOHN NEWMAN ROTHGEB is teaching English in Fukui prefecture in Japan through the JET Program. DOUGLAS R. STUMBORG is a financial analyst for Circuit City in Richmond. LAWRENCE K. WEBER IV is a regional consultant in the Strategic Sales division of AllianceBernstein, an asset manager in New York City.

Advanced Studies 1970 FRANK S. JOHNS II is pursuing a master’s degree in educational technology at Indiana State University and continuing education classes at ITT Technical Institute where he runs the Learning Resource Center.

1978 Dr. JULIAN A. MOORE, JR., of Christiansburg earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Darden College of Education of Old Dominion University.

1980 Lt. Cmdr. DANIEL M. SLACK graduated from the Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP) in May 2008. This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) candidate development program.

1986 The Rev. Dr. MARK L. HEILS­ HORN graduated from Hartford (Connecticut) Seminary with a doctoral degree in theology in May 2008. His dissertation is entitled Inter-religious Dialogue: A Tool of Transformation in the Local Church.

1991 Lt. Col. KARL K. SCHNEIDER earned a master’s degree in diplomacy with a concentration in international terrorism from Norwich University in Vermont in June 2008.

1992 FITZHUGH L. CANTRELL II has been accepted into the Georgetown University master’s in public policy program under the special program with the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

1998 Dr. WILLIAM “JEFF” CALLARD graduated from the Marshall University Joan C. Edward School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, on May 4, 2007. He is a second year resident in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at UCLA.



2000 RYAN M. PEMBERTON graduated form Cornell University in May 2008 with a master’s degree in public administration.


GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PHOTOS FOR CLASS NOTES 1. Color or black-and-white both work. Photos can be returned if you request it; otherwise they will be kept on file. Please send only real photographs or a high-resolution scan; color prints from a scan do not reproduce well. 2. Electronic photo submissions need to be large enough to allow for 300 dpi resolution at the final printed size. 3. Alumni group shots at weddings should always include the bride. Please identify everybody. 4. Children should be photo­ graphed with the father or both parents.

JAMES R. “ROB” HARPER is completing a master’s degree in Central and Southwest Asian studies in the Department of Geography at the University of Montana.

2002 ALEXANDER H. AYERS graduated from Appalachian School of Law on May 3, 2008. Dr. JOSHUA E. VAUGHAN graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering on August 1, 2008. His dissertation was entitled Dynamics and Control of Mobile Cranes. He will remain at Georgia Tech as a postdoctoral fellow.

2003 The Rev. CRAIG C. NEWMAN graduated from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in May 2008.

2004 Dr. ROSS M. MICHELS has started his internship at Tulane in New Orleans after graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2008.

JOSEPH G. “GRAM” PRAYTOR is a third-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. J. SCOTT THOMPSON graduated from George Mason University with a master’s degree in computational science.

2005 JAMES “J.B.” BILLINGS-KANG graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2008. JOSEPH D. KNOWLES is pursuing a master’s degree in special education. HENRY S. SANDERS is pursuing a master’s of public health in environmental toxicology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham

2006 STEPHEN R. DIEGELMANN, a second-year pre-doctoral student, is studying chemistry through the NanoBio IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University. He hopes to monitor and direct cell growth with organic semiconductors, research which may give new insight into neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and mad cow disease. NATHAN E. HUFF is attending law school at The University of Mississippi.

RICHARD J. ROSENDAHL graduated on May 18, 2008, from the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences with a master of science degree in statistics. CHRISTOPHER P. THUMMA is in his first year at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.

2007 2nd Lt. RYAN P. ALEXANDER has completed the Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and has begun Ranger School. Following Ranger School he will be assigned to 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. RYAN H. ASH is a student at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. Spc. CHARLES C. “CLIFF” EDAHL, JR., has completed training at the Army Intelligence School in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, and has begun his first assignment in Ft. Lewis, Washington. STEVEN RYAN NEWCOMB is in his final year pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

2008 MICHAEL C. DAUGHERTY is attending Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. MATTHEW R. MOORE is attending the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2008 to pursue a master’s degree in commerce. WILLIAM THOMAS HILLMAN TERZIAN, JAMES WHITE “JAY” RAWLES III, and ANDREW BAIN “DREW” SMITH are all enrolled in the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s M.D. program. James White Rawles III, Andrew Bain Smith, and William Thomas Hillman Terzian, all in the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) class of 2012.



Weddings 1993

DAVID JOSEPH FLEMING and REBECCA ZAVAIA were married on June 28, 2008, in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At the wedding of James Talbot Lawrence II ’97 and Jennifer Lynn Zeiler on June 2, 2007.

1997 JAMES TALBOT LAWRENCE II and JENNIFER LYNN ZEILER were married on June 2, 2007, at Alsace Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. In attendance were James Matthew Haynes, Jr. ’97, Warren Mitchell Parrino ’97, William Whitlow Wyatt ’97, David Grier Egerton ’97, and John Allen Howard, Jr. ’97.

1998 WILLIAM JEFFREY CALLARD and JEMIE SAE KOO were married on May 20, 2007. They live in Redondo Beach, California. In attendance was Chris Callard ’97, brother of the groom.

At the wedding of W. Jeffrey Callard ’98 and Jemie Sae Koo on May 20, 2007. 98 CALLARD

1999 JAMES ASHBY IV and SALLY FAULKNER PECK were married on September 20, 2008, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. In attendance were James M. Ayers ’95, K. Procter Lane Fishburne ’99, Byron W. Harris ’99, Alfred L. Smith ’00, and Nathan S. Gilbert ’99. The bride is a graduate of Hollins University and is the director of marketing at Carreras

Jewelers. The groom is a commercial sales and leasing associate with Thalhimer/Cushman and Wakefield. They live in Richmond. COITE B. MANUEL and

ALLISON RAWLS were married on May 31, 2008, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In attendance were Bert English ’99, Eric Shoenfeld ’99, Jack Jirak ’00, Tygh Bailes ’99,

At the wedding of Coite Manuel ’99 and Allison Rawls on May 31, 2008.



At the wedding of Meade Whitaker ’99 and Natalie Dodson on November 10, 2007.

Thomas Ashton ’02 (in dinner jacket) with Trent Miner ’02, Seth Jenkins ’02, and Travis Miner ’02.

Craig Smelter ’98, Matt Anderson ’99, Greg Justice ’03, Jim Shew ’99, Brad Henry ’00, Wes Sholtes ’05, John Pumphrey ’99, Andy Crawford ’02, and Bill Rusher ’79. MEADE WHITAKER III and NATALIE DODSON were married on November 10, 2007, in Luray. In attendance were Brent Wilson ’99, Garrick Queen ’99, Dustin Reynolds ’05, Steve Haas, ’99, Donald Robinson ’02, Brian Butler ’91, John Toner V ’00, Richard Whitaker ’02, Ev Neil ’98, Jack Shannon ’99, John Scott ’99, Richard Farley II ’98, Wes Lawson ’04, Mike York ’98, government professor Warner

Winborne ’88, and economics professor Tony Carilli. Mr. Whitaker is an assistant dean of students at Hampden-Sydney College.

2001 COURTNEY CHAFIN PERSINGER and SUZANNE VIRGINIA MOSES were married on February 23, 2008, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The bride is a graduate of the Ohio State University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Bruce King on the Fourth Circuit Court

At the wedding of Courtney Chafin Persinger ’01 and Suzanne Virginia Moses on February 23, 2008.



of Appeals. The groom is a project manager with Jarrett Construction Services in Charleston, West Virginia, where the couple lives. MATTHEW A. WAGES and COURTNEY HAYS were married on March 24, 2007. In attendance were David Call ’02, Jason Culp ’01, Nolan Wages ’04, Conner Frampton ’01, David Bill IV ’01, Ben Farmer ’02, Parrish Taylor III ’00, Benjamin Wages ’07, Christian Mellon ’02, Bruce Hopkins ’72, David Dresser ’01, Collins Conover ’01, and Paul Kitchin IV ’00.

2002 THOMAS WOODWARD ASHTON and LINDSAY JEAN KINYON were married on June 21, 2008, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke. In attendance were Trent Miner ’02, Travis Miner ’02, and Seth Jenkins ’02. The bride is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and works as a dental assistant. The groom is an attorney with Hart & Associates, P.C. They live in Richmond. MATTHEW BARNES BROCK and NATALIE SUE BLANCHARD were married on May 17, 2008, in the Nags Head, North Carolina. Daniel Ellithorpe ’02, Joshua Vaughan ’02, and David Szymanski ’02 were groomsmen. In attendance were Charles Gregory III ’03, Caleb Varner ’02, Buford Neil Herndon ’02, and Jonathan Vaughan ’05. The bride is a graduate of Penn State University and is a business affairs manager at Discovery Communications. The groom is a financial planner for Ameriprise Financial. They live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

JEFFREY R. HUBBARD and CHRISTY CARSON were married on May 31, 2008, at Haygood United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. Stephen P. Sharpe ’02 served as best man. The bride is a graduate of West Virginia University and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She is a clinical nutritionist for Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. The groom earned his master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He is a senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office in Virginia Beach, where they live. JOSEPH RAYMOND McKNEW and KATHERINE FAIRFAX ALLEN were married on June 28, 2008, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tappahannock. Groomsmen included Nolan Garrison Elder ’02 and Daniel Wayne LeGrande ’02. The bride is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. They live in Virginia Beach.

At the wedding of Matthew Barnes Brock ’02 and Natalie Sue Blanchard on May 17, 2008.

At the wedding of JohnMichael Fleming’04 and Casey Dineen Knapp on May 19, 2007.

2003 THOMAS GRAHAM JOHNSON and ANN KATHRYN STRATTON were married on May 17, 2008, at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond. Among those in attendance were groomsmen Charles Brantley Bissette III ’03, G. Christian Bedsworth ’03, J. Landon Moore ’03, Jay Golden ’02, and S. Taylor Rudisill ’04. The bride is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and works for Biomet-Holzbach Orthopedics. The groom works for Coldwell, Banker, Johnson and Thomas Realtors in Richmond. DAVID W. RODWELL III and JESSIE LOCKWOOD DETTERLINE were married on May 17, 2008, in Charleston, South Carolina. Chad Ekey ’03 was the best man. Groomsmen included Will Israel ’03 and Hilton Crosby ’03. The bride graduated from Hollins University in 2003 with a degree in Communication Studies and is employed in sales and marketing for the Lansky Brothers Company. The groom graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine in May 2008 from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and is doing a residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee.

2004 Capt. JOHN GODDIN BRADENHAM and BRIDGET JEAN GALLAGHER were married on June 7, 2008, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The bride is a graduate of the University of Miami. Captain Bradenham is stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. JOHN-MICHAEL FLEMING and CASEY DINEEN KNAPP were married on May 19, 2007, in Lexington at House Mountain Inn. In attendance were Walt Bonner ’04, Blake Tucker ’04, Fant Camak ’04, Paul Allen ’05, Will Putegnat ’04, Jonathan DeHart ’04, Andrew Reed ’04, Ned Towell ’04, Beau Tynes III ’04, Peter Jonas ’04, Christian Zaleski ’04, Camden Bowdren ’04, Michael Copty, Travis Irvin ’05, and Bryan Richardson ’04. The bride is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and Washington & Lee School of Law. They live in Cedar-

burg, Wisconsin. EDWARD JUDSON Mc­ADAMS, JR., and VIRGINIA HARRISON TRIPP were married on June 28, 2008, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Groomsmen included Charles Scott McAdams ’07, Charles Edward Burroughs ’04, Perry Everett Turner III ’04, and Nicholas Robert Camara ’04. Ushers included William Gordon Harrison IV ’07 and Matthew Allyn Philips ’01. Tyler Davis Hustrulid ’04 was a reader. The bride is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a master’s degree in education. She will teach at St. Christopher’s School. The groom is a portfolio manager with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. They live in Richmond.

2005 JEFFREY PATRICK BABER and KRISTIN JERUSHA WORLEY were married on December 29, 2007, at Stanardsville Methodist Church. The bride is a graduate of the



At the wedding of E. Judson Mc­Adams, Jr., and Virginia Harrison Tripp on June 28, 2008.

University of Virginia and pursuing her master of teaching degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. The groom works for Estes Express Lines. They live in Richmond. FORREST LEE NAFF and ANITA WEBSTER were married on June 28, 2008, at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. In attendance were groomsman John Mastin ’04, Kirk Gillam ’04, Michael Challoner ’04, groomsman Braxton Naff ’99, and Sean Davis ’06. The bride is a graduate of Roanoke College and works in the Admissions Department there. The groom works for Naff Auto Sales. They live in Roanoke. SHAWN D. SHURM and

MOLLY ERIN BEITZEL were married on September 7, 2008, in Cambridge, Maryland. Chad Southward ’05 served as a groomsman. The bride is a graduate of George Mason University. They live in Sandston.

2007 ANDREW SCOTT McGOWAN and LEAH HELEN NUNN were married on August 2, 2008 at Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in Midlothian; the reception was at Salisbury Country Club. Bryan Hicks ’06 and Benjamin Pope IV ’07 served as best men. In atten­ dance were Justin Hicks ’03, Kyle Ratliffe ’07, Raleigh Cooper ’07,

Daniel Myers ’08, Benjamin Barnhill ’08, Drew Comstock ’08, Thomas McNeill ’09, and Taylor Jones ’10. The bride is a graduate of Longwood University and works as an elementary school teacher. The groom is pursuing a master’s degree from the Physician’s Assistant Program at Drexel University. They live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. BENJAMIN EDWARD NIEMASECK and NICHOLE EMMY ALSTERBERG were married on July 19, 2008, at The Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan. Matthew G. Niemaseck ’02 served as the best man. William Z. Zullinger ’07 and Jordan M. Sprouse ’07 were groomsmen. The bride attended Longwood University and is a teacher in Chesterfield County. The groom is a lab technician. They live in Chesterfield.

Faculty ROBERT BLACKMAN and KELLY M. NELSON were married on July 21, 2008, at the Homestead. Dr. Blackman is an associate professor of history. CLAIRE DEAL and BEVERLY RHOADS were married on November 1, 2008, in Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Ms. Deal is an associate professor of rehtoric. MARC HIGHT and PAULA MARIE PARKHURST were married on August 8, 2008, in Farmville. Dr. Hight is an associate professor of philosophy.

At the wedding of Forrest Lee Naff ’06 and Anita Webster on June 28, 2008.



Births 1990 To MARK and BRITTAN ­duBOSE, a daughter, Isabel Henley duBose, on August 26, 2008. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1991 To CHRISTOPHER and JANET COLEMAN, a son, Logan Munro Coleman, on November 13, 2007. He joins his big sisters Jordan (5) and Rachel (4) at their home on Midlothian.

1992 To TODD and VIRGINIA OGLETREE, a son, Samuel Brooks Ogletree, on February 8, 2008. He joins his sisters Katie (5) and Ella (4) at their home in Jacksonville, Florida.

1994 To JOHN and REBECCA MEADOWS, a son, Charles Kepner George Meadows, on April 25, 2008, in Charleston, West Virginia.

1995 To RICK and WENDY BROUGHTON, a daughter, Blair Justice Broughton, on August 8, 2008, in Troy, Michigan. To MICHAEL and CATHY BURNETTE, a daughter, Elizabeth Lee Bickford “Ellie” Burnette, on July 18, 2007. They live in Norfolk. To JOHN L. HEMMER III and BETH HEMMER, a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Hemmer, on July 14, 2008, in Gainesville, Georgia.

1996 To ALFRED LEWIS EVANS III and KELLY EVANS, a daughter, Anne Davis Evans, on August 8, 2007. They live in Atlanta.

1997 To JONATHAN and KRISTINE HARTLEY, a son, Ethan Finn Hartley, on August 30, 2008, in Seattle. He joins his big brother Caleb. To BAXTER FRANCIS PHILLIPS III and MEG PHILLIPS, a son, Baxter Francis Phillips, IV, born February 13, 2008. He joins his big sister Anne Collier Phillips (4). To DAVID and JEN PREVETTE, a son, Luke Alexander Prevette, on August 16, 2008. He joins his sister Isabella.

1998 To BRENDAN and JENNY O’CONNELL, a son, Briggs Douglas O’Connell, on July 24, 2008. Briggs joins older brother Carter at their home in Baltimore, Maryland. To CHRIS and ASHLEY PEACE, a daughter, Nina Camden Peace, on August 12, 2008, in Hanover.

1999 To JONATHAN and ALISON BIEROWSKI, a daughter, Peyton Claire Bierowski, on April 28th, 2008. To STEVE and SARAH JONES, a daughter, Eliza Wynn Jones, on August 5, 2008. She joins her sister Sadie at their home in Walnut Creek, California. To ALEXANDER and CATHERINE RUTH KELLY, a daughter, Sara Bonner Kelly, on June 20,

Michael Burnette ’95 with Cathy and Ellie.

2008. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina. To SEAN and LINDSEY KELLY, a daughter, Rachel ­Samantha Kelly, on July 29, 2008. They live in Carrollton.

2000 To JUSTIN and LORI JONES, a daughter, Emma Burch Jones, on June 2, 2008. They live in Franklin, Tennessee. To THOMAS and NEELY WINSTON, a daughter, Katherine Spiller Winston, on September 6, 2008.

Rick Broughton ’95

2001 To NATHAN and ELISABET GOODWYN, a son, Cameron Michael Goodwyn, on July 9, 2007. They live in Richmond. To CHRIS and ELIZABETH RICHARDS, a son, William Jackson Richards, on January 21, 2008.

Chris Peace ’98

2002 To JASON and AMANDA FOSTER, a son, Russell Stanley Foster, on March 12, 2008. He joins his big brother Chester Cole Foster III (3). They live in Keysville.

2004 To BILLY and KAREN EKOFO, a son, William Alexander Ekema Ekofo, on June 28, 2008.


Chris Richards ’01

To SHIRLEY KAGAN and MATT DUBROFF, a son, Avi Kagan-Dubroff, on September 18, 2008. Ms. Kagan is an associate professor of theater and Mr. Dubroff is a lecturer in Fine Arts.

David Prevette ’97 with Jen, Isabella, and Luke.


Jason Foster ’02


Deaths 1936

Lester Andrews ’36

LESTER E. ANDREWS, SR., of Farmville died on September 16, 2008. He served on the Hampden-Sydney College Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1999, as well as on the Board of the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival. In 1986, Mr. Andrews established The Frances Price Andrews Scholarship at Hampden-Sydney College in memory of his late wife. Cmdr. FRANK MACDONALD MORTON, JR., (USN Ret.) of Water View died on October 4, 2008


Matthew Lyle Lacy ’41

THOMAS KYLE BALDWIN, formerly of Farmville, died on July 5, 2008. He served for many years on the Hampden-Sydney College Board of Trustees and endowed the Baldwin Family Scholarship in 2006. The Rev. EDWARD R. WILLIAMS of Dearborn, Michigan, died on April 8, 2008.


Grant Sipp ’49

LEIGH B. HANES, JR., of Roanoke died on August 15, 2008. His grand­father, William Thompson, graduated from Union Seminary when it was located at Hampden-Sydney. His father Leigh B. Hanes graduated in 1918. Mr. Hanes was followed to The Hill by his grandsons Dr. Mark E. Feldmann, Jr. ’98 and Matthew Hanes Feldmann ’00. He is the father-inlaw of Mark E. Feldmann, Sr. ’70.



Dr. MATTHEW LYLE LACY II died on August 19, 2008. He is the father of M. Lyle Lacy III ’69 and John W. Lacey ’75 and the grandfather of Matthew Lyle Lacy IV ’96. FRANK OTEY SMITH of Montvale died on July 19, 2008.

ROBERT BRUCE MACFARLANE of Essex County died on August 4, 2008.

1942 GEORGE HENRY FULTON, JR., of Roanoke died on October 4, 2008. HERNDON P. JEFFREYS of Richmond died on July 21, 2008.

1949 GRANT C. SIPP of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on September 5, 2008. Mr. Sipp and his wife Lydia were regular and generous donors to Hampden-Sydney College.

1950 LYNN PURCELL CHEWNING of Richmond died on September 8, 2008. Elected a charter member of the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

1963 Dr. DONALD WILSON HOUPE of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died on August 20, 2008.

1979 GILBERT A. COLEMAN of Richmond died on May 16, 2003.

Friend of the College IRMA C. SPRINKLE, a longtime friend of Hampden-Sydney College, died on June 9, 2008. In 2001, Mrs. Sprinkle established the Willis McCollum Sprinkle scholarship at Hampden-Sydney for students in pre-medical studies. At the time her $1.3-million donation was the largest single gift ever made to the College.

1951 STUART A. RITCHIE of Kanna­ polis, North Carolina, died on July 9, 2008.

1960 EDWARD ERNEST WAMBERSIE, JR., of Midlothian died on October 7, 1997. He was a retired owner of a personnel agency and a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Please remember to include Hampden-Sydney College in your estate plans. By naming Hampden-Sydney College as a beneficiary of your will, you prepare the College for the future while leaving a legacy that will assist generations of young men with their education. Lynn Chewning ’50 as a Tiger football player.




After a prolonged hiatus, a campus tradition is back

The return of the Winter Ball Through the hard work of one tenacious professor and a group of dedicated students, Snyder Hall in Kirk Athletic Center was transformed into a winter wonderland. A BEAUTIFULLY ­DECORATED Snyder Hall played host to hundreds of students, faculty, and guests on December 5, 2008, for the Winter Ball. The idea of holding a ball, which had been a common practice for decades, was revived by Visiting International Scholar Ciaran Buckley. Under his guidance, the event was planned by Student Body President Fitz Robertson ’09, Student Government Secretar­Treasurer Scott Anderson ’10,

Student Senate Chairman John Pendleton ’10, and CAC Chairman Spencer Conover ’10. One hundred twenty couples began the evening with a catered dinner before another 125 couples joined them for dancing to the sounds of the Washington, D.C.based band Swing Shift. Professor Buckley says the dance floor was full until the band called it quits at midnight.

Professors Renée Severin and Ciaran Buckley. BELOW:

President and Mrs. Walter M. Bortz III NEAR LEFT: Scott Anderson ’10 and his guest. BOTTOM LEFT: Event planners Fitz Robertson ’09, Scott Anderson ’10, John Pendleton ’10, and Spencer Conover ’10. BELOW: A transformed Snyder Hall. FAR LEFT:




From Saylor’s Ditch to campus showpiece

Via Sacra born again



The long-awaited renovation of Via Sacra was completed in August. The completely rebuilt road features gentler grades, brick crosswalks, antiquestyle lampposts, and new wider sidewalks, as well as more utilitarian aspects such as improved drainage systems and handicap cuts. Originally known as Saylor’s Ditch, since it was the road to that family’s home, Roxbury, it was renamed Via Sacra (Sacred Way) when it ran in front of the Union Theological Seminary. The equivalent road in front of the College (Cushing Hall) was called Via Populi, People’s Way, until it was removed by President Leutze in the 1980s.

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2009 Artist Concerts May 22-23 & May 29-30 Ethan Sloane, Artistic Director

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