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ISSUE TWO | 2013




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College News

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High-tech Exec How a son of the liberal arts became a major force in the high-tech industry.

In Defense of the Liberal Arts Dr. Paul Hanstedt examines the merits of a liberal arts education.

Roanoke Rising News about the Campaign for Roanoke College

Honor Roll 2012-2013

We heard from you...

• U.S. News and Princeton Review once again recognize Roanoke. • RC students receive Fulbright, Freeman awards. • Tyler Coles ’14 speaks at Georgetown. • Farewell to the historic, iconic Bittle Tree


Sports News • The legendary John Pirro ’77 • Another good season for men’s soccer



Alumni News • Eddie Wiggins ’41 and his lifelong love of music • Awesome Bars’ Stephanie Melnik ’09 • In Memoriam: Bruce Melchor ’72


Maroon Musings Remembering C. Homer Bast


From the Archives The economic impact of Roanoke College



RoaNotes Roanoke College, by the numbers

CONTACT US: Questions, comments and corrections may be sent to: Magazine Editor, Roanoke College Public Relations Office, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153, or email

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ON THE COVER: Friends and business colleagues describe high-tech security entrepreneur Shaun McConnon ’66 as an “amazing visionary,” a “classic entrepreneur” who possesses great market intuition and incredible resilience. Of his immense success in the high-tech industry, McConnon has said “I have to be in it. I can’t watch from the sidelines.” Photo by Mark Wilson. INSIDE FRONT COVER: The names of new students fill the pages of induction books at the College Induction Ceremony, held on Aug. 25. The books are kept in the College Archives. Photo by Brendan Bush.


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Welcome to another issue of Roanoke magazine! I say that not only to greet you but to invite you to spend some time with this issue of the magazine. I say that because this issue is rich with content that illustrates the great works and deeds of those who have passed through these halls, those who instruct our students and those who, whether alumni, parents or friends, support dear old Roanoke.

Others now see what we have long seen: This College is great in what we do for students and for society.

This issue of the magazine comes during a time of great momentum for Roanoke College. U.S. News & World Report ranked the College second on the National Liberal Arts Up and Coming list, up from fourth last year and seventh in 2011. College presidents and deans chose Roanoke for that recognition. Others now see what we have long seen: This College — one with a strong commitment to liberal arts education — is great in what we do for students and for society. As Dr. Paul Hanstedt, an English professor here at Roanoke, so succinctly wrote in a commentary that appears in this magazine, “People who will hire our students after they graduate encourage us to teach them a broader range of skills that allow them to adapt to new and rapidly changing situations.” The cover story of this issue is a stunning example of that. Shaun McConnon, Class of 1966, majored in biology and minored in chemistry. After graduating, he worked in pharmaceutical sales, until RCA, then launching a computer division, was looking for someone with a science degree who loved puzzles. McConnon was hired and discovered his niche. Over the past several decades, he has become a major force in the high-tech industry, serving now as CEO of his fourth technology start-up: BitSight Technologies. You have to marvel at that ability to reinvent oneself, perched on the cutting edge of what clearly is the future. Go Maroons!

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Board of Trustees 2012 – 2013 Mr. Morris M. Cregger, Jr. ’64, chairman Ms. Kathryn Snell Harkness ’73, vice chair The Reverend James F. Mauney, secretary Mr. Mark P. Noftsinger, treasurer Mr. Michael C. Maxey, president of the College Mr. Kenneth J. Belton, Sr. ’81 Dr. Paris D. Butler ’00 Ms. Pamela L. Cabalka ’76 Dr. M. Paul Capp ’52 Ms. Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’78

Mr. W. Morgan Churchman ’65 Mr. Malon W. Courts ’92 Mr. David L. Guy ’75 Mr. Michael P. Haley ’73 Ms. Judith B. Hall ’69 Mr. Richard S. Hathaway ’73 Ms. Peggy Fintel Horn ’78 Mr. Donald J. Kerr ’60 Mr. John E. Lang ’72 Mr. Patrick R. Leardo Mr. Shaun M. McConnon ’66

Mr. Olin R. Melchionna, Jr., Esq. Ms. Nancy B. Mulheren ’72 Mr. Diedrich D. Oglesbee, Jr. ’95 Mr. Roger A. Petersen ’81 The Reverend J. Christopher Price ’75 Mr. J. Tyler Pugh ’70 Mr. Dale C. Sarjeant ’75 The Reverend Dr. Theodore F. Schneider ’56 Mr. Frank V. Wisneski Jr. and Ms. Lynn Dale (Ex-officio, Co-Chairs of the Parent Leadership Council)

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Class of 2013 members prepare for Commencement in May (top left, continuing clockwise). • Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, visited campus in September to talk about how the organization has impacted people’s lives. • The College joined “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing across the nation on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Faculty, staff and students, including Andoh Asante ’14, read the speech in its entirety during the ceremony, following a ringing of the campus bell. • The Roanoke Valley Regional Kickoff in September set the tone for a series of 12 regional kickoff events held this fall to build excitement about the Roanoke Rising campaign. For more campaign news, see pages 22–25. • Rows of smoothie orders crowd a work area at Elderberry’s restaurant during “R Town,” an annual orientation event where incoming students discover what fun the City of Salem has to offer. Elderberry’s relocated to the Roanoke College campus in August. • Jimi Hendrix is dorm-bound on Move-In Day 2013.

was “Can you name the 5 Smart Boys?” Yes, I could, for just such an occasion. Pete Petrea (Editor, designer, writer for alumni publications, magazine, admissions, catalog etc., 1966-1974)


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I just wanted to say congratulations to Leslie Taylor and the magazine staff on a job well done... I have been receiving the magazine for many years.....and each issue has outdone the previous. Thank you for your efforts. Bob Birdsall ’72

C. HOMER BAST Wiping back tears from the terrible news, on the week of my 83rd birthday. I have those tears from remembering that Homer Bast literally created my future and career. His freshman year World History course provided me the understanding that perhaps, just perhaps, I was not just another West Virginia hillbilly; that just maybe I had the intelligence to “make something of myself” as the saying goes. Henceforth, after that course, I made Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa, three degrees, and had a good and productive career. All because of that first freshman class from this amazing man!! Douglas W. Ayres ’53

SPORTS NEWS Issue 3, 2012 was another excellent, excellent magazine! Frankie Allen? Hal Johnston? I lost count of how many photos I took of them and those teams in the Salem Civic Center! Great memories. On the 5 Smart Boys — Howard Hammersley was the sixth player, but he seldom played. He was the Roanoke Times photographer for many years. Ray Brown told me they could have won the NIT game in New York, but Pop White realized that was the first trip to New York for all of them, so “go have a good time” was the order of the day. They did, and the next day, they didn’t. But in 1968, VP David Thornton assigned me to visit every daily paper in Virginia and West Virginia. When I got to Richmond, the only department not on deadline was Sports. I said, “OK, I’ll visit them.” First thing the Sports Editor said

The Roanoke College News Blog post “NY Times list shows RC a tough place to get an A,” elicited this comment from Todd Dobiszewski ’11: This article has helped me in many ways when I was first applying for a job. It allowed me to “even the playing field” with Ivy Leaguers or students of schools deemed “more prestigious.” I am very grateful for my Roanoke education and being pushed to my fullest potential by an outstanding group of professionals. When I earned an A, I knew I had outworked nearly everyone in the class. Heck, even getting a B+ or B was quite the compliment on a student’s work, as a B+ was almost as difficult to get as an A. I am truly glad I was pushed so extensively, earned each grade I received, and was so thoroughly pushed by my professors into the business professional I am

today! Thanks again to Roanoke College and all the outstanding business/humanities professors I was privileged enough to have had (special thank you shoutouts to business professors Dr. Lynch, Dr. McCart, Dr. K. Baker, and Dr. Nazemi, and to English professor Dr. Heller)! The quality of education would not be the same without each of you! Chaplain Chris Bowen@maroonsdoc

Excited to send out my first tweet as dean of the chapel at Roanoke College. Ready to welcome students back this month! The Princeton Review@ThePrincetonRev

Congratulations @RoanokeCollege! We’re so pleased to have you as part of our #Best378 book! Ryan Hedgpeth@RyanHedgpeth (Class of 2017)

I can’t wait to be at Roanoke College! #hurryup Zach Birtsch@fearlessboi

I never have more love for or pride in @RoanokeCollege than when I’m on another college campus. #classicfortomorrow As an alum, stats killed me as a freshman, but when I did statistical analysis as a poli sci major as a junior and could apply the concepts, it was a piece of cake. Go to your profs the second you feel lost and they’ll get you up to speed! Erin Grant ’98, commenting on the RC Facebook post on Aug. 29 “So, which of your classes seems like it’s going to be the hardest?”

CORRECTIONS • Nancy Wacker Zindel ’71 appeared in a photo that accompanied a profile of RJ Konner ’73 in Issue 3, 2012. Her name was incorrect. • Marty Snortum ’77 received his master’s degree from Ohio University. • Our apologies for the dropped text in the last sentence of the Marty Snortum feature story in Issue 3, 2012. The full sentence: That way “Sir Paul McCartney can buy a pair. He can’t now, but maybe in 2013,” Snortum says.

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Roanoke College is on the rise and the ‘Up and Coming’ recognition affirms our ascent. — Michael C. Maxey

Collegerecognized againinnationalrankings FOR THE THIRD TIME IN FOUR YEARS, Roanoke College has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” college by U.S. News & World Report. Roanoke advanced to the No. 2 spot in the Up and Coming National Liberal Arts colleges. The list is part of U.S. News’ Best Colleges 2014 rankings released in September. Roanoke’s No. 2 recognition this year is up from last year’s No. 4 ranking on the same list and a No. 7 spot in the 2011 Best Colleges ranking. “Roanoke College is on the rise and the ‘Up and Coming’ recognition affirms our ascent,” Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey said. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans nominate colleges and universities as up and comers. This past spring, administrators were asked to nominate institutions that they believe have made innovative and promising changes in several areas, including academics, student life and faculty, according to U.S. News. Roanoke tied for the second spot with the University of Richmond, Hendrix College and Ursinus College. Roanoke also was named one of the best colleges in the

United States — for the third consecutive year — by The Princeton Review. Roanoke is one of 378 colleges and universities listed in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s flagship Best Colleges guide. It includes detailed profiles of schools, with enrollment and admission statistics, rankings of top 20 schools in 62 categories and survey results from 126,000 students who attend the colleges. The Princeton Review, for the third consecutive year, also lists Roanoke among the nation’s great schools for students who major in business/finance, computer science/computer engineering and psychology. Students surveyed for the guidebook describe Roanoke as “an amazing school that has given me the opportunity to challenge myself and to experience things in school and in the community that I would not have gotten anywhere else.” “We’re pleased the Princeton Review has recognized the impact of Roanoke’s innovative educational programs,” President Maxey said. Other survey results highlight the College’s “great” library and career services as well as “professors who are very lively and passionate about the subjects they teach.” 5

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RC students win Fulbright, Freeman awards

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Adrian Gillem visits with students at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.


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THREE ROANOKE COLLEGE STUDENTS have been recognized with prestigious study/research awards. Kathleen Ouyang, who graduated from Roanoke in May, traveled to China this summer for a 14-month language learning and research trip with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Ouyang, a history major with a concentration in East Asian Studies, is researching the impact of heritage tourism in the city of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China and the starting point of the renowned Silk Road. Patrick Dowling ’16 was accepted into a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Dowling spent the month of June at the university’s Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders with nine other American students. The theme of the program was Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage. The highly competitive Fulbright Program awards merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in more than 155 countries. In addition to Fulbright awardees, Adrian Gillem ’15 received two prestigious scholarships — the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Freeman-ASIA scholarship — to travel to Japan in March to study and research the country’s government system. Gillem, an international relations major, is only the second Roanoke student to receive the Gilman scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) supports American undergraduates who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with firsthand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Tyler Coles ’14, far left, was one of four students selected to participate in the closing celebration panel at the Third Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering in Washington, D.C. The Gathering was held Sept. 23 and 24 at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. The closing celebration panel was moderated by Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. Coles, a history major with a minor in religion, was one of 11 students who served as an Interfaith Youth Core student coach this summer.



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Peterson joins renowned ISSR DR. JAMES PETERSON, Roanoke College’s Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics, has become a member of the International Society for Science and Religion. The learned Society, established in 2002, promotes the facilitation of dialogue between the two academic disciplines of science and religion. The Society has only 200 members worldwide; each member must be invited to join. “I was very surprised at the invitation,” said Peterson, who came to Roanoke in 2011. “I wondered ‘What were they thinking?’ and accepted before they could change their minds.” Peterson is well versed in both disciplines of science and religion. He is



In May, President Michael Maxey announced the appointment of the Rev. Christopher M. Bowen as Roanoke College’s Timothy L. Pickle Jr. and Timothy L. Pickle III Dean of the Chapel. Bowen succeeds the Rev. R. Paul Henrickson, who retired this summer after 30 years of service. Bowen has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2001. He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., where he majored in biology. Following graduation, he spent two years at North Carolina State University as a research assistant pursuing a doctorate in genetics before heeding the call to seminary. He graduated from Rev. Chris Bowen at the 2013 Opening Lutheran Theological Southern Convocation in August. Seminary in Columbia, S.C. Bowen served as a pastor in Lake Nebagamon, Wisc. before being called to pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach. He was with St. Michael Lutheran for nine years, first as associate pastor and since 2009, as senior pastor. Bowen and his wife, Cynthia, have three children, Carolina, 11, Courtney, 8, and Croix, 3. Kayla Fuller ’14, a student writer in the College’s Office of Public Relations, sat down with “Chaplain Chris,” as he is known on campus, in September.

What were you like as a college student? Chaplain Chris: I was on scholarship, so most of my friends would have described me as a rather serious student. I was part of the honors program at Lenoir-Rhyne at that time, and I spent a lot of time studying. Roanoke College Magazine

president of the Canadian Scientific Christian Affiliation and editor of the peer-review journal, “Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.” He has been a professor in Health Sciences at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and he has had numerous publications and contributions in the fields of science and religion. At Roanoke, Peterson also directs the Benne Center for Religion & Society. The Society’s annual meeting is held every year at its headquarters at Cambridge University and its other gatherings are held around the globe. Peterson will attend his first meeting with the Society in November.

The Society has only 200 members worldwide.

I was a TA [teaching assistant] in the biology department, so helping set up labs and those sorts of things were part of my experience. I was also in Greek life. I was part of Theta Chi, which is a Greek social fraternity at Lenoir-Rhyne. I also participated in campus ministry. I did Lutheran student movement events and retreats. I got involved in a lot of things, so I wasn’t just a serious student. I wasn’t just Greek. I tried to be serious but also be well-rounded. That’s one of the nice things about being part of a liberal arts college. You get to try a lot of things and not fall into any particular clique.

What new ideas are you bringing to Roanoke, and what is your vision for the campus? Chaplain Chris: We live in a time where not just interfaith dialogue, but also relationships, are important. I will be working with the interfaith council to help grow and strengthen that part of the college community. When it comes to the campus worship, I am thinking about ways to update the chapel and finding ways to welcome more folks into the worshiping community. I also want to find ways to strengthen the campus ministries. I have created a campus ministry council already that will involve all of the campus ministry supervisors and a student leader from each group. One of the things that I am probably most excited about is the opportunity to help our students develop a deeper personal sense of direction and purpose in life. That falls under what we as Lutherans would call their vocation. Vocation includes career, but it’s also what kind of issues and ideas and movements they want to commit themselves to and be a part of.

What kind of chaplain do you want to be here at Roanoke? Chaplain Chris: Approachable, curious and out there. I have told folks that it is my goal to wear my shoes out. I don’t want to be known as the chaplain that sat in the Chaplain’s Office and waited for people. I want to go out and be engaged in the community as a whole. In some ways, I want to do what I did in college. I want to make sure that I am the chaplain for everyone. 7


Historic Bittle Tree comes down IN APRIL, ROANOKE COLLEGE LOST its iconic Bittle Tree, a tulip poplar thought to be more than 150 years old and named in honor of the College’s founding president who planted it, the Rev. David Bittle. The Bittle Tree — the last of a series of trees that Rev. Bittle planted in 1855 — was removed because it had been identified by professional arborists as a significant safety risk to the College community. Several attempts were made to preserve the tree, but ultimately, the College’s Board of Trustees decided the tree should be removed. The College is evaluating a number of suggestions for re-purposing its wood. On April 24, a brief ceremony was held to honor the tree. The ceremony included remarks by President Michael Maxey and a brief history from Dr. Mark Miller, Roanoke’s David F. Bittle College Historian and professor of history. The original Bittle Tree’s legacy will live on at Roanoke. More than a decade ago, Dr. Jon Cawley, an Environmental Science professor at Roanoke, hand-collected and planted about 350 seeds from the Bittle Tree. That resulted in 15 new seedlings, or “Baby Bittles.” Three of the Baby Bittles were planted on Roanoke’s campus and two were donated to the Christiansburg Arboretum in 2001. One of the “Baby Bittle” seedlings, planted last year, was unveiled at the April 24 ceremony. Another was planted in October in honor of Roanoke President Emeritus Norman Fintel. “The [Baby Bittles] will serve as reminders of our majestic, sheltering Bittle, and how we are part of a tradition and an institution that has a rich history and a growing future,” President Maxey said in a recent email to the campus community. “I look forward to watching its three seedlings grow into tall, mature trees much in the same way that we watch our students grow into alumni who influence the world.” To view the Bittle Tree ceremony, visit The Bittle Tree, which symbolically represented more than 150 years of Roanoke’s commitment to tree planting.


Anthropology professor receives VFIC’s Rising Star Award DR. CHAD MORRIS, assistant professor of anthropology at Roanoke College, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Hiter Harris Jr. Rising Star Award. The highly competitive award is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, a consortium of 15 liberal arts colleges and universities that includes such institutions as Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, Randolph Macon College and Hampden-Sydney College. The Rising Star Award seeks to recognize an “up-and-coming professor” from a VFIC college or university who shows “a strong, clear, and abiding commitment to excellence in classroom teaching within the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences.” Selection criteria include impact on and in8

volvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching; and contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession. In announcing the award, Dr. Richard Smith, vice president and dean of Roanoke College, said only one Rising Star Award is given each year, making Morris’s selection a great honor for both him and the College. “It not only affirms the excellent work that he has done since coming to Roanoke College; it also affirms how well our faculty compare to the faculties at other fine liberal arts colleges and universities in the state,” Smith said. Morris holds a B.S. in anthropology/sociology and biology from Centre College; an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Morris joined the Roanoke College faculty in 2009. Roanoke College Magazine

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Professor, students, artist produce Civil War photo book

A page from “War Memoranda.”

PHOTOGRAPHS AND NATURE-INSPIRED ART have brought Civil War history and the words of a revered American poet to life for Roanoke College students, a professor and a well-known artist. “War Memoranda,” a photo book that features cyanotype prints of Roanoke College students and combines excerpts from prose and poetry by writer and poet Walt Whitman, is the result of two years of hands-on work by artist Binh Danh and Dr. Robert Schultz, John P. Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke. The book, published in June and produced in the style of Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner’s large-scale photo books, now is a part of the College’s Archives in Fintel Library. Nine Roanoke students posed for the book’s pictures on former Civil War battlefield sites, in parks and on campus. Danh photographed them using his 19th -century large format camera. Schultz first learned of Danh’s work six years ago when he saw it displayed during a show of young photographers’ work at what was then the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke. Danh’s work was a col-

R House The annual R House build for Habitat for Humanity attracted the attention of local media in August. The Roanoke Times and two major television network affiliates covered the build — the College’s eighth — and the story was picked up by other print and broadcast media outlets across Virginia. The three-bedroom house was built for Dilli and Sabitra Dahal, a couple from Bhutan who spent 19 years in a Nepalese refugee camp before coming to the United States. At right, Jarrett Cooper Tyree ’14, foreground, and President Michael Maxey pound nails into the wall framing of the house.

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lection of images of soldiers and civilians during the Vietnam War and the Cambodian Genocide that were developed in the flesh of leaves. Schultz envisioned ways that Danh’s leaf prints could be associated with Whitman’s well-known book, “Leaves of Grass.” Schultz contacted Danh, who then lived in San Jose, Calif., and the two began corresponding long distance. Schultz gave Danh a collection of Whitman’s writing. Many of their conversations turned to discussions of the ways in which photography was used during the Civil War. Schultz proposed that Danh come to Roanoke College as an artist-in-residence during the fall 2011 semester. Danh’s residency coincided with a course on Walt Whitman and the Civil War that Schultz planned to teach that semester. Through his residency, Danh decided to create the book “War Memoranda,” and it was his idea to involve Schultz’s students. He visited Schultz’s class and proposed to Roanoke students a unique way that they could be involved in the book’s production — pose for portraits. Interspersed within the photo pages are excerpts from several Whitman works. A poem by Schultz, called “Gettysburg,” also is featured in the book. Their collaboration doesn’t stop with the book. Schultz and Danh are making plans to showcase their work in an exhibition, titled “War Memoranda,” at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art in February 2015. The exhibition, timed with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, will feature works in the way that people memorialize war. Danh and Schultz spoke Sept. 22 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., about their plans for this exhibit as it relates to a current exhibition at the national gallery, “Tell it with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.” The upcoming Taubman exhibit is garnering additional attention from the Library of Congress, which plans to issue a book, “War Memoranda,” based on the work of Danh and Schultz. — Jenny Kincaid Boone ’01


OBJECTS OF A F F E C T I O N Who doesn’t find comfort in a cherished item when homesickness envelops, when inspiration is lacking, when the going gets a bit tough? We asked incoming freshmen what “transitional object” — a term coined more than 60 years ago to describe an item used to provide psychological comfort — traveled with them to Roanoke. Their responses were both humorous and heart-tugging — and remind those of us who are years out of college of the objects of affection we still can’t seem to part with… Bridget Rose Medfield, Massachusetts As a baby, I was given a small pink blanket, just like many baby girls. Unlike many other girls, I still have mine 18 years later. It holds memories from my entire life; memories of building blanket forts and playing peek-a-boo, of sleeping on long car rides and my parents tucking me in at night. Although they seem trivial, these memories remind me that wherever I go in life, the people and places I love are most important. My blanket will always be a reminder that the place I grew up is where I am loved and cared for, supported and comforted.


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Born and raised in Hawaii, one of the biggest traditions regarding graduating seniors is the way in which they’re sent off into the world as adults. During a ceremonious exit, family members and friends adorn their children in plant necklaces — leis — of all variety. My family insisted I bring my graduation leis to my dorm for good luck and as a reminder of home. I am bringing about four ti leaf, seashell and kukui nut leis, as well as two Hawaiian headdresses, some of which were actually made by the hands of my friends and family. Every time I see these leis hanging in my dorm, I’ll be reminded of the people I love and wonderful memories I’ve made on the Big Island of Hawaii. Aloha.

While I am away from home for my first year of college I will be bringing a teddy bear that I received from my German host family when I went to Germany while in middle school. This bear has traveled with me on so many journeys, and I can’t wait for it to experience this new journey with me.

Jamie Allen Stuarts Draft, Virginia I will be bringing my Pooh bear with me to college. My dad got him for me on my first Christmas and my dad died the following year. So, naturally, my Pooh bear is the most special thing I have because my dad gave him to me. I didn’t get to know my dad, but as I grew up I saw Pooh bear as my way to still have a piece of my dad. To this day Pooh bear gives me strength and helps me cope.

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Rebecca Iozzi Newton, New Jersey One of the most important items on my desk is a small dream catcher that hangs from the corner. I brought it all the way down from New Jersey with me. It was given to me by my boyfriend, Chris. He told me when he was in the store buying it, it took him a long time to choose which one to give me and said he must have looked like a nut standing there so long trying to decide. It’s special to me because every time my eyes settle on it, I am instantly transported back to his smile and hand laced in mine. It takes me to the small dock by Saxton Falls we shared on sunny afternoons and Old Mine Road where his truck kicked up dust as it led us to Crater Lake. The dream catcher takes me back home to where I created some of my best memories, and more specifically, with Chris.

Maegan Walton Clifton Forge, Virginia

Alexandria Gurrisi Merrimac, Massachusetts The one thing I could not part with is my little stuffed bear. My dad bought Orangey — yes, that is his name — when I was really little. He is just a little orange Beanie Babies bear, but he means the world to me. He has gotten me through tough times and play time. I just can’t see how he wouldn’t come with me to help me through the biggest transition so far in my life.

Katie Jensen Bethel Park, Pennsylvania I’m an incoming freshman from Pittsburgh, so I’m gonna be pretty far from my friends and family. I had my closest friends make me CDs of their favorite songs so I can pop them into my computer whenever I miss them, and it reminds me of them. I feel that someone’s taste in music really defines them, and having that reminder of them helps me forget that they’re so far away.

My cherished item that I am bringing to Roanoke College is a butterfly pin given to me by my grandparents. I’ve always loved butterflies, and having the pin gives me a small reminder of my family and my childhood.

Rachel Hall Clifton Forge, Virginia My object from home is this teddy bear that my aunts had made for me from my grandma’s faux fur coat after she passed. It was a coat that my grandpa gave her. It had her initials in the back that are now on the front of the bear. The head, arms and legs all move.

Madison Kunstman Kathleen Kelly San Clemente, California I brought different things to remind me of home. Most specifically I brought a stuffed dog named Douglas that I have had since I was about 7. I also have photos of my family and professionally taken photographs of my hometown’s beaches and pier.

Rockville, Maryland I will be bringing my favorite pair of shoes to college. They have been with me across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They helped me build an igloo in the Austrian Alps and then traversed Vienna with me the next morning. They slushed through the snow in Munich and were with me when I got Black Forest cake — in the Black Forest! I am looking forward to wearing them across campus and making new memories in them.

Scott Swearingen Waynesboro, Virginia

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I’m bringing my 1991 silver dollar. It was my inheritance from my late grandfather years ago and ever since I received it, it’s always been with me. I always keep it by my side as a reminder of him and that he’s still watching over me.

Salem, Virginia Something I would never dream of living without is my yellow baby blankie! It goes with me everywhere and it has been through everything with me. It definitely is classified as a security thing and I plan to keep it and give it to my son and daughter one day! Photos by Brendan Bush

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“Let me warn you, I’m an introvert,” Shaun McConnon ’66, CEO of BitSight Technologies, said as we were scheduling a time to meet for an interview. “But when I get going I’m a train.” And what an amazing “train” McConnon proved to be. After two and a half rewarding hours at his gracious six-acre homestead in Wayland, Mass., listening to him talk about his life — the hurts and hopes, wins and losses, pursuits and passions — I came away with a deep appreciation for the extraordinary accomplishments of this quiet dynamo.

cConnon’s hardscrabble early days did not foretell a successful life. His father was an only child, orphaned at 16. He served as a Tank Commander lieutenant in Patton’s Third Army, 16th Armored Division. He worked in the insurance industry, moving his family around from Brooklyn, N.Y. (where McConnon was born) to Queens to Levittown and, ultimately, to Lynchburg, Va. He was rarely home and, according to McConnon, seldom really present. McConnon’s mother, whom he describes as “pure Czechoslovakian,” was the daughter of a coal miner and one of 11 siblings. In the late 1920s, her family was evicted from their home in the company-owned coal-mining town of Shoaf in western Pennsylvania, when John L. Lewis called the famous coal miner’s strike. McConnon’s mother and father met under the large globe in Flushing Meadows at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a romantic touch in a union later sorely tested. McConnon admits that he was a handful as a boy because his father was seldom around. “They sent me off to a Catholic boarding school, where I benefited as much from the context as the education. They took care of me.” McConnon moved with his family to Lynchburg, where he attended E.C. Glass High School his last two years before college. “My academic performance was good, but not great, and I yearned to leave home. It got so bad in the summer of 1961 that I ran away from home for three months, hitchhiking 800 miles back to New York City at age 16 and staying with friends for almost three months. No one called to ask how I was doing. The experience hardened me, put a chip on my shoulder, and told me that I had to survive in the world on my own, by myself. No one was going to be responsible for me but me. At that point I became a man, somewhat flawed, but a man. Or at least I thought so. I only started growing up at Roanoke College three or four years later.” At E.C. Glass, McConnon softened what he calls his “tough guy New York edge.” He ran track,


“I had deluded myself into thinking that I was just a self-made person, but the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated what Roanoke did for me. I owe a lot to that place.”


developed good relationships and stabilized himself. After high school, McConnon headed off to a small college in Missouri (Tarkio College), which folded a few years later. Determined to become a veterinarian, McConnon got good grades at Tarkio and later gained acceptance as a transfer into the Class of 1966 at Roanoke. McConnon’s Roanoke years were tumultuous yet growth-inducing. He majored in biology, and minored in chemistry; he tutored classmates in math, biology and chemistry. He loved psychology (“Dr. [Karl W.] Beck was phenomenal.”) and history (“Dr. [Harry E.] Poindexter was great.”). And he says that English professor Matthew Wise taught him how to write. McConnon held down several jobs to pay his college bills, as he had no financial support from family after his second year. “I did a little of everything from selling sandwiches in the dorms to working for a firm that delivered the campus laundry and dry cleaning,” he said. He also ran track – fast. A top sprinter, he ran anchor on Roanoke’s champion 4 x 100 relay team. (Morris Cregger ’64, current chairman of Roanoke’s Board of Trustees, ran on that same relay team.) McConnon loved his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, but turned down leadership roles. “I was feeling sorry for myself. My loans were piling up, and I didn’t want the extra responsibility,” he said. In addition to his personal trials, McConnon shared the uncertainty of college men around the country during those years. “The Vietnam War was raging, and none of us knew where we would


“I bought two coffees – one with milk, one without – and three pastries. What would you like?” asked Shaun McConnon ’66, directing me into the kitchen after a quick tour of his home. Nice touch, I thought to myself, not knowing what to expect next from this immensely successful high-tech security entrepreneur. After settling down in the living room, McConnon, with some prompting, began to tell how a man like him got to be a man like him, despite all odds.

Shaun McConnon in 1991 at Sun Microsystems in Australia. At the time, McConnon was working as managing director.

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McConnon at his home in Wayland, Mass.

be after graduation.” The military rejected him because of his lifelong problem with asthma. After graduation, McConnon went to work for Wyeth Labs, a pharmaceutical company out of England. For two and a half years he did pharmaceutical research in teratology and toxicology in Paoli, Pa. “Unfortunately, I was allergic to all their lab animals, and after two years, the company transferred me to sales,” he said. The pharmaceutical sales job proved frustrating, but then a friend told him of a job that marked a key turning point in his career. “RCA was starting a computer division, and they were looking for a person with a degree in science who loved puzzles. That was me!” Indeed, it was. In fact, McConnon had been chess champion at the Catholic school he’d attended. The computer division faced stiff competition from IBM and was later bought by UNIVAC, later renamed UNISYS. McConnon didn’t get a job with UNISYS, but he was heavily recruited by Honeywell’s newly minted computer division. “My new bosses had been former football stars: West Point’s kickoff returner and Navy’s kicker, two very competitive guys. They liked me, and they taught me everything I needed to know in my early sales career.” Roanoke College Magazine

From Honeywell, McConnon went to Data General, a competitor of the multimillion-dollar Digital Equipment. McConnon then went on to Sun Microsystems, where he compiled a superb record as New England regional sales manager. “I hired over 200 sales reps and managers, and we kicked some serious competitive butt as we built one of the largest and most competitive high-tech organizations in the U.S.” He then went on to help establish Sun Microsystem’s presence in Australia. After returning to the United States, McConnon launched the next phase of his career: starting, building and selling high-tech security companies, which detect and flag abnormal, suspicious or intrusive activity. He’s accomplished this feat not once but three times: Raptor Systems, Okena and Q1 Labs. And he’s in the early stages of his fourth start-up: BitSight Technologies. Goldman Sachs, McConnon’s banker for Q1 Labs, gave him a plaque indicating that these three companies had sold for over $1 billion combined, earning the investors a small fortune. But how? How has Shaun McConnon attained such astounding entrepreneurial success in the fiercely competitive high-tech arena? McConnon offers his own explanation or, more accurately, his business philosophy: 1. hire the

“Shaun knows what makes people tick, [which is] a tremendous asset in hiring, managing a team and negotiating.” — Tom Turner


The Home Away Boston Board of Directors at the nonprofit’s Party on the Pier in May. From left to right, Eric Rosenberg, Dave Jacob, Dr. Howard Weinstein, Mel Hannigan and Shaun McConnon. (Not pictured: Board member Dr. Torunn Yock.) LUSTER STUDIOS

best and the brightest people to build your management team; 2. create a culture that taps your employees’ skill sets and helps them thrive; 3. treat people with respect; 4. focus on your competition ruthlessly; 5. raise money when you don’t need it, because having a sufficient supply of cash helps the company weather the storms; and 6. be honest and authentic. McConnon noted that high attrition is a cancer in any business, especially the high-tech industry. You have to create an environment in which people want to stay with your organization, he said. And that’s precisely what he has done. Tom Turner, currently a vice president of marketing and business partnerships for IBM’s security division, worked with McConnon on two of his ventures, and he can explain some secrets to his mentor’s success. “Shaun knows what makes people tick [which is] a tremendous asset in hiring, managing a team and negotiating. He has an uncanny ability to look into the future of the high-tech industry in — Michael Maxey order to position a company to be successful. And he’s not afraid to fail.” When Turner adds that McConnon is “a bit of an Irish rogue as well as an existential businessman,” one gets the sense that people like working with McConnon, that the bonds extend deeper than a typical business relationship. John Egan, a lawyer with Goodwin Procter in

“Shaun is a big-picture guy, always thinking about possibilities. He creates a sense of urgency in a good way ... I’m awed by the vastness of his intellect. He’s a great example of the lifelong value of a liberal arts education.”


Boston, speaks from the perspective of having known McConnon for 20 years. His firm helped take some of McConnon’s companies public. “Shaun is an amazing visionary. Some people can see where the puck is now; he sees where it’s going to be in five years. He sets the vision and gets the buy-in from his people. I’ve seen some great negotiators, and Shaun is the best I’ve ever seen. His people know that they can trust him and that he has their backs. And he’s got a great moral compass; he does what’s right.” David Fachetti, a venture capitalist with Globalspan Capital Partners, said McConnon “has all the attributes of the classic entrepreneur: great market intuition, incredible resilience and a positive energy. People want to work with him.” One might think that after creating and selling three companies, McConnon would be content to sail into the sunset or, more likely, down to his second home on Seabrook Island, S.C. One would be wrong. McConnon is currently masterminding another start-up: BitSight Technologies, which, according to its website, “transforms how technology companies manage risk.” “I’m not sure I’d know how to retire,” he said, laughing, as he talked about his latest venture. He makes reference to the part in the film “Patton” where Gen. George S. Patton is shaking his fist at the sky and yelling, “They can’t have a war without me.” McConnon then admits that he shares Patton’s furious passion, though on a different battleground; he doesn’t think there should be another breakthrough in security technology without him being Roanoke College Magazine


somewhere on the field, leading the charge. Passion, to be sure, characterizes other areas of McConnon’s life. He and his wife, Bonnie, are major donors to Rosie’s Place, a home for battered women and their children, and to the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of housing for the homeless. The McConnons also founded Home Away Boston in May, 2012. The nonprofit organization provides free, comfortable housing close to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children for families who come from afar for their children’s medical care. Many of these children are cancer patients coming to Boston for six weeks of proton radiation treatments. As the Home Away website notes, “Our objective is to remove some of the stress of daily living and so enable the families to focus on their child’s health and healing.” The nonprofit currently offers three one-bedroom units for children (and their families) undergoing treatment. Plans call for expanding to nine residential units and creating a common space to meet the unmet housing and support needs of families coming to Boston for pediatric medical services. Asked why he feels so strongly about Home Away Boston, McConnon said, “How could I not? I just look at the faces of those kids. They’re smiling, while their parents are crying.” Bonnie McConnon added, “It’s amazing to see the courage in the faces of the kids with cancer when you know what they’re going through.” A chat with Kimberly Sheridan, program manager at Home Away Boston, revealed another side Roanoke College Magazine

In 2012, McConnon and his wife, Bonnie,

of McConnon’s nature. “I worked at a restaurant founded Home Away Boston, a nonprofit that provides free, comfortable housing where Shaun and his wife Bonnie often went, and for the families of children who are I got to know them,” she explained. “Last spring he receiving medical care at Massachusetts asked if I’d be interested in a new position open- General Hospital for Children. ing up at Home Away Boston, so I took him up on the offer and started in May. He’s been very successful, but he believes in the people he picks out. He believes in me, and he’s been encouraging me to go to college. Shaun is such a generous man.” Pat Boring, McConnon’s sister-in-law and friend for 30 years, said she doesn’t know anyone more generous. “He has a great sense of family, and he helps out people in our family without waiting to be asked. He’s also the kind of person who keeps up with his friends. You can’t say that about too many people these days.” Terry Smith ’66, a longtime friend and a fellow member of Kappa Alpha, said McConnon, “was a brilliant student, so he didn’t have to study much. But he still took full advantage of the activities.” — Terry Smith ’66 Smith recalled that as a member of the fraternity’s “Ways and Means” committee, McConnon was the guy who made sure that if the beer ran out, more beer magically arrived, quite possibly from another fraternity. When asked to explain McConnon’s business success, Smith said, “He’s got a magnetic personality. People just like being around him. He’s got that authoritarian air. When he talks, people listen.” McConnon came to realize, later in life, the tremendous impact Roanoke College made on

“He’s got a magnetic personality. People just like being around him. He’s got that authoritarian air. When he talks, people listen.”


Shaun McConnon, standing far right, with the BitSight Technologies staff. BitSight is developing technology that will help businesses analyze massive amounts of data to determine their security risks.

him beyond the deep ties with his college friends. “I had deluded myself into thinking that I was just a self-made person, but the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated what Roanoke did for me. I owe a lot to that place.” Jack Hills, a development professional who is former vice president for Resource Development at Roanoke and a current consultant to the College, was the person who reconnected McConnon with the College. “I knocked on his door in Wayland a little over two years ago. We had an incredible conversation, and he wouldn’t let me leave. He got tears in his eyes when he started talking about what Roanoke College meant to him. He’s remarkable.” “Shaun has a big vision, but he can also listen. He’s a leader, but he can also follow,” Hills said. That meeting led to a visit to Roanoke and, in short order, a seat on the College’s Board of Trustees in 2012. President Michael Maxey said he ap— Bonnie McConnon preciates the wisdom and insight that McConnon brings to the Board. “Shaun is a big-picture guy, always thinking about possibilities. He creates a sense of urgency in a good way. He’s persistent, but not stubborn. I’m awed by the vastness of his intellect. He’s a great example of the lifelong value of a liberal arts education.” McConnon has already had some productive brainstorming sessions with Maxey and other trustees about the challenges and opportunities facing Roanoke College. It’s a safe bet that Roanoke

“It’s never boring when he’s around. He’s always coming up with ideas, and he just keeps on going.”



will be an even better place in the future because of his great vision, keen intellect and deep devotion to the College. *** After we concluded our conversation, Shaun McConnon showed me around the grounds behind his home. I commented on the beauty of the landscaping, and he noted that he had picked out every plant and bush and tree. Somehow, it didn’t surprise me that he has a natural gift for spotting beauty in plant life as well as talent in people. He also showed me the serene spot he had created in a rise among the trees for his mother, who liked to sit there in her final years. When asked about his hobbies, McConnon said that he liked to write. And he takes writing seriously. He recently finished a science fiction novel, “Prophecy,” which he’s sent off to a publisher in New York City. He gave me a few chapters to read, which I found highly imaginative and visionary. During our visit, McConnon had spoken proudly of his two sons, Matt, a successful salesman with IBM and accomplished athlete, and Ian, who has a Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is a classical musician. As he ushered me through the living room, McConnon pointed to a Steinway grand piano. He said he had given it as a surprise to his son Ian. “I wrapped a ribbon around it, and he burst into tears when he saw it. I really miss listening to him play.” RC ABOUT THE WRITER: David Treadwell, a Maine writer, specializes in writing for colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has worked on numerous writing projects for Roanoke College over the years and sings the College’s praises to whomever will listen.

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ry this the next few times you’re on a plane: Turn to the person beside you and ask what he or she does for a living. The answers will come: “I’m an orthopedic surgeon.” “I’m a financial adviser.” “I’m a social worker.” “I teach high school.” Then ask a follow-up question: “And what did you study in college?” I’m not a mathematician or a gambling man, but I’m willing to bet that, at least half the time, the two answers won’t be the same. >>


WE WANT TO EDUCATE EMPLOYEES AND CITIZENS WHO CAN LOOK AT A SITUATION THEY’VE NEVER ENCOUNTERED BEFORE AND DRAW FROM THEIR PAST EXPERIENCES TO FIND AN ANSWER, EVEN IF THAT MEANS DRAWING FROM AND ADAPTING A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT METHODOLOGY. Or try this the next time you’re at a dinner party: go around the table and ask everyone whether or not their job has evolved in the last five years. Are the tasks they perform the same as they used to be? Do they do these tasks in the same way, using the same tools? Are the skills they’re required to apply the same as they were a few years back, a decade ago? Here again, I’m willing to wager that more often than not the answer is going to be “No.” Because people change: they discover that being an architect, or a teacher, or a pharmaceutical chemist isn’t exactly what they thought it would be. They learn that, sometimes, getting up on a rainy Monday morning to go to a job that you hate just isn’t worth it, no matter how much you’re paid. And the world changes: How a journalist gathers and reports the news now is very different from how a journalist gathered and reported the news 10 years ago. A good number of the hot jobs in 2013 didn’t even exist in 2003. And the challenges we face in the workplace, in the boardroom, on the street, in our conversations with buyers in another hemisphere — these change too, and very quickly. Given all of this, it’s surprising how much we oversimplify the conversations we have about education and how it should work, reducing everything to a simple X = X formula: if I study accounting, I will be an accountant. If I study biology, I will be a biologist. If I study history, I will become a historian. As a result of this simplification, we make some pretty peculiar decisions. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve spoken with advisees who are struggling in their major courses, throwing all their effort into their studies and still coming up with C’s and D’s. “Do you like your major?” I’ll ask. “Well,” they’ll say, hesitating as though keeping a horrible secret. Then they’ll blurt, “Not really.” “Why study it, then?” Because, they’ll tell me, the economy is tough and jobs are hard to come by, and their parents have encouraged them to pick a major where there’s a clear path to a stable profession — where, in other words, X = X. This way of viewing the world has even crept into political and budgetary decisions at the state level. Wisconsin and Florida are considering adjusting university tuition rates to reward students who choose what legislators see as “jobfriendly” majors. According to a December 2012 New York Times article, students who choose to study engineering, science, health care and technology (fields that are perceived as “in demand”) would pay lower tuition than those who major 20

in English, history, philosophy, or anthropology. The irony here is that research consistently shows that employers aren’t really looking for applicants with an X = X background. A study commissioned by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that by almost 3-to-1, employers tend to favor candidates with in-depth knowledge in a field and a broad range of skills over those with just knowledge in a single field. Additionally, potential employers recognize that the employees they hire today will be required to use a broader set of skills and work with a broader range of departments than they have in the past. Not surprisingly, then, the people who will hire our students after they graduate encourage us to teach them a broader range of skills that allow them to adapt to new and rapidly changing situations. More emphasis, they say, should be placed on critical thinking and analytical skills, on the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, on the ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions, on the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings, on teamwork with others from a diversity of backgrounds. That, according to the findings of “Raising the Bar: Employers Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn,” a survey of 302 employers conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates in 2009. The good news? Roanoke College is ahead of the game. Our new Intellectual Inquiry general education curriculum (INQ, for short) has been deliberately designed to provide students with the broad range of skills — critical thinking, ethical reasoning, quantitative problem solving, written and oral communications — that students will need when they go into the workplace. What’s more, the curriculum is designed to have students think about how the wide variety of courses they take connect to one another — how a course on Statistics and Social Justice might relate to a major in political science or sociology, what a course on artistic and literary responses to science and technology might add to the work of a physicist. The goal here is to produce students who are comfortable moving from one field to another, from one set of challenges to another. We want to educate employees and citizens who can look at a situation they’ve never encountered before and draw from their past experiences to find an answer, even if that means drawing from and adapting a completely different methodology. In many ways, this is what Roanoke College has always done. After all, we’re the college that educated Shaun McConnon ’66, who studied biology and is now CEO of a Roanoke College Magazine

IN A WORLD THAT’S CONSTANTLY CHANGING, IN THE MIDST OF AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN THAT’S CAUSING A LOT OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO MAKE RADICAL, SOMETIMES DESPERATE CHOICES — CUTTING “IMPRACTICAL” MAJORS AND REDUCING GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS TO “STREAMLINE” LEARNING — ROANOKE COLLEGE IS STAYING THE COURSE. company that focuses on computer security technology. We’re the college that helped to create Scott Segerstrom ’02, an English major who is now the associate director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association, and whose job requires him to shake hands with state legislators one day and cut fire-breaks in the mountains the next. We’re the college that required Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’78, a secondary education major, to take a course in art history. As a result, her life took a 90-degree turn and she was hired out of college as a gallery assistant in New York. She now serves on the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art and is a well-

known advocate for the arts. Put another way, in a world that’s constantly changing, in the midst of an economic downturn that’s causing a lot of colleges and universities to make radical, sometimes desperate choices — cutting “impractical” majors and reducing general education requirements to “streamline” learning — Roanoke College is staying the course. We are continuing to do what we’ve always done so well: prepare graduates from every field to follow the winding, constantly changing paths their lives — and the world — will lay before them. RC


Dr. Paul Hanstedt

o how did a guy with a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature end up specializing in general education? “It must be that life-long learning thing,” laughs Paul Hanstedt, professor of English at Roanoke College. “Lord knows, I never thought I’d end up doing what I’m doing. I wanted to be a world-famous poet.” It all began when a former dean asked Hanstedt to take over the old General Education program. It wasn’t supposed to be a complicated task—simply a “place holder,” Hanstedt was told. But then discussions began about developing a better first-year writing program, and the next thing he knew, Hanstedt was one of the leaders of a campus-wide curricular revision. The results? An 11-course, writing, oral


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communications and quantitative reasoning intensive core that has received national attention and acclaim. Implementation of the new program was supported in part by a nearly half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (known as FIPSE) that Hanstedt co-authored with Dr. Adrienne Bloss, a former associate dean at Roanoke. After the new curriculum was passed, Hanstedt swore he would never work with general education again: “I was burned out,” he says. “I wanted to go back to spend more time working with students.” But then an email came across his desk announcing a special Fulbright in Hong Kong, helping the universities there revise their curriculum from a three-year British model to a fouryear, American-style system. Never one to turn down a chance to travel abroad, Hanstedt and his wife took their three children overseas for a year. Since his return in 2010, Hanstedt has published numerous articles on general education in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ “Liberal Education,” and has authored “General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty” (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2012). He has also consulted with col-

leges and universities throughout the United States and in Asia and Europe about curricular matters. “I don’t think any of this would have happened if it hadn’t been for the attitude of Roanoke College,” says Hanstedt. “A lot of places, you’re hired in one area and then you’re expected to stay there. My whole time here, I’ve been encouraged to explore, to join in the various conversations and see what fits. That’s a great attitude, the same attitude, actually, that we take with the students. But it’s important for faculty, too, because we all grow intellectually in different ways.” In February 2013, Hanstedt received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. At Roanoke, he won the Dean’s Council Exemplary Teaching Award in only his fourth year, the very first year he was eligible for the award. And what about his dream of becoming a poet? Hanstedt, who has also published “Hong Konged,” (Adams Media, 2012) a travel memoir about spending a year with three kids in Asia, laughs. “Long gone,” he says. “But that’s okay. I’m happy doing what I’m doing.” Follow Paul Hanstedt on Twitter @curriculargeek




Graduation offers fresh connection to Roanoke

The Reichenbach family. Seated from left to right, Ned, Emily and John Reichenbach. Standing, from left to right, Mimi, Lynn and Charlie Reichenbach.

We’re committed to supporting Roanoke College because we feel it was such a gift to Emily…When [she] left Roanoke, she felt she’d accomplished something. — Lynn Reichenbach


or Emily Reichenbach ’13, Roanoke College was the perfect fit. For her parents, John and Lynn Reichenbach, it still is. Growing up in Massachusetts, Emily — the second-oldest of the Reichenbachs’ four children — learned about Roanoke from a friend. Though she’d been accepted at several other schools, it stood out from the rest. For Emily, Roanoke was the place. Although Emily has graduated, the Reichenbachs have maintained their level of involvement with the school even after Emily’s graduation. As former co-chairs of the Parent Leadership Council, the couple are now active participants in Roanoke Rising: The Campaign for Roanoke College, serving as New England co-chairs on the national Campaign Steering Committee. “We’re committed to supporting Roanoke College because we feel it was such a gift to Emily,” says Lynn Reichenbach. “She grew as a person and found her strengths and weaknesses. When Emily left Roanoke, she felt she’d accomplished something. She developed skills and found out what the next stage of her life would be.” That next stage was Manhattan, where one of Emily’s first professional forays after graduation was an unpaid internship at a leading American womenswear design firm that turned into a paid position after only her first day. “She’s loving it because she’s getting a lot of exposure to so many


things,” Lynn Reichenbach says. Exposure to various real-world experiences is part of Roanoke College’s appeal. Through its “residential” experience, the Reichenbachs say, Roanoke provides opportunities for students to learn how to deal with others, how to form bonds and how to juggle time and commitments. Students have opportunities to interact with faculty and staff as well as members of the Salem community, which the couple feel is part of the College’s many strengths. As a cross-country athlete who played softball during the summer and worked at a local women’s specialty clothing store during her years at Roanoke, Emily learned to balance the many demands on her time. “The Roanoke College community is a small enough environment so that nearly everybody knows everybody else, yet it’s large enough that there’s a diversity of experience,” John Reichenbach says. “I think Emily learned a lot at Roanoke that she would not have learned elsewhere. It’s living in a community and adopting it as your own. That’s something Roanoke provides that you can’t get in lots of other ways.” Roanoke Rising provides opportunities for families like the Reichenbachs to stay connected with friends, alumni, teachers and other families who share a bond with the College. “Roanoke Rising will strengthen and position the College for the future, increasing the opportunities for experiential learning and enhancing the College’s already considerable charm,” Lynn Reichenbach says. “The new Cregger Center at the core of the campus will strengthen the residential college experience, providing continuous opportunities for student and faculty interaction. The new facilities and larger endowment underpin the College’s existing strengths, and will make the student experience so much stronger. I wish I were going off to college!” The Reichenbachs feel just as connected to Roanoke College now as they did when Emily was a student. They encourage others to follow suit. “Roanoke College provides an environment that has high standards and yet provides support that enables students to rise to those high standards,” John Reichenbach says. As parents of a Roanoke graduate, they want to help others enjoy the same experience.

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Family creates fund to support environmental studies hen Ben White ’11 was a student at Roanoke College, one of the most powerful experiences he had was to work with a small group of students to study the use of green roofs on buildings owned by the City of Roanoke. Those efforts were not only educational, but the students presented their ideas to the city, received recognition from the sustainability board and helped the city confirm its path toward developing the green roof that is in place today at its Noel C. Taylor Administration Building. White, who majored in environmental studies at Roanoke, said this type of firsthand learning experience was a critical component of his environmental education. Today, White and his parents, Briscoe and Kenan White, of Richmond, Va., are helping to ensure that future Roanoke students have similar experiences. Through their family foundation, the Good Shepherd Fund, the Whites have created the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund for Environmental Studies. The endowment fund supports experiential and firsthand learning opportunities for upper-level students in Roanoke’s environmental studies program. “We had two goals in mind: to support the environmental studies program and to create a fund that hopefully others will be attracted to,” said Kenan White. “If such a fund had been in place when Ben was a student, we would have given to it, so now we are hoping for support for the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund’s continued growth.” The White family knows about the environment. Their family farm, Sandy Fields Farm in Charles City County, Va., was the first in the country to be 100 percent compliant with the Chesapeake Bay Act. The farm also uses no-till farming methods and filter strips to ensure that all waterways have been protected. The Whites’ business, The Growers Exchange, grows and sells


John Stafford ’57, right, with George Kegley ’49, at the Roanoke Rising campaign launch in April. Both men have been recognized as Roanoke College Medalists for their outstanding service to the College and their communities.

Leading by example he greatest hope that John Stafford ’57 has for Roanoke College is that it remains a viable and affordable institution for all students. One way to ensure access to higher education, he says, particularly as costs continue to rise, is through scholarship support, and he’s happy to serve as an example for others. “The background I received at Roanoke College has given me a lot of help over the years, so it’s been very important for me to be able to give back,” says Stafford, who serves as Southwest Virginia/East Tennessee co-chair on the Roanoke Rising national Campaign Steering Committee. Like many alumni, Stafford began giving “Roanoke Rising back to Roanoke with what he calls “a nominal is an opportunity donation” through which he became a member to give back and of the Associates Program. Later, he and his wife, Shirley Lawhorn Stafford, were able to help the school increase the amount and endow a scholarship in the scholarship in honor of their daughter, Jennifer, through area — and help their estate plans. As a result, the Staffords the school on an are members of the College’s Society of 1842 and they continue to make scholarships a top overall basis.” priority in their philanthropic efforts. John Stafford wanted to strengthen alumni outreach and involvement, and he was instrumental in establishing the Southwest Virginia/East Tennessee Alumni Chapter, of which he is now chair. “There are some strong alumni in the area,” Stafford said from his home in Jonesborough, Tenn. “We’re trying to help make them more so.” The Roanoke Rising campaign, he says, is another way he can help make Roanoke better. “It’s a very worthy cause. The school has made some remarkable strides in the past and really done well. The leadership is great,” Stafford says. “Roanoke Rising is an opportunity to give back and help the school in the scholarship area — and help the school on an overall basis.” “The impact of a gift is far-reaching no matter what size,” he adds. “The more we can encourage giving, the more advantageous for the school — and all of us.”


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Briscoe and Kenan White pose with Roanoke mascot, Rooney.

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over 150 varieties of herbs throughout the continental United States. They use biologically sound principles in growing and in all aspects of the business, from packaging to the choice of shippers, reflecting a business model that they refer to as “grown right.” Both Briscoe and Kenan White have been involved with numerous environmental organizations, including Delta Waterfowl, The James River Association and The Nature Conservancy of Virginia, the country’s leading conservation organization that protects ecologically impor-

tant land and water globally. Dr. Gail Steehler, who coordinates Roanoke College’s Environmental Studies Program, believes the Good Shepherd Fund will have a huge impact on the program. “It will help us to realize some things we’ve wanted to do,” she said. “Now, we will be able to implement them on a larger scale. We are seeing significant student growth in the program, so it’s perfect timing for additional resources.” Steehler expects the Good Shepherd Fund

to support student projects, such as those connected to a class project as well as ideas suggested by students. The fund also will provide support for projects in the environmental practicum, a capstone course for environmental studies majors. “It will also help strengthen ties with the community,” Steehler said. “We plan to name a faculty member as the experiential project coordinator, and the Good Shepherd Fund will help the coordinator to make connections in the community.”


Henretta gift establishes microscopy facility n incredibly generous gift from the estate of Dr. Thomas Ross Henretta ’58 has allowed the Roanoke College biology department to establish a state-of-the-art microscopy facility in the College’s science complex. Dr. Henretta, who died in 2012, practiced general surgery in the Roanoke Valley for 42 years. Known for his dedication to his profession and for his devotion to his patients, he remained a lifelong and contributing member of the Roanoke College family for nearly 50 years. For his consistent and Henretta long-standing devotion to his alma mater, Henretta was named a Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumnus by the College and designated a member of its Honor Guard. The centerpiece of the new microscopy facility is a confocal microscope — one of two microscopes purchased with the Henretta gift. A confocal instrument is a special kind of fluorescent microscope. Fluorescence microscopy takes advantage of the fact that when certain substances, called fluorophores, are illuminated by a specific color of light, they will emit fluorescent light that can be detected, digitized and displayed on a high-resolution computer screen. A cell or tissue sample



Transgenic zebrafish embryos glow green in nerve cells that extend from the brain into the face in this photo taken with the confocal microscope. (The head of the fish is to the right.) These fish can be used as the basis for student projects involving environmental pollutants and their effects on developing organ systems.


As students look on, Dr. Dar Jorgensen traces the developing circulatory system of a zebrafish embryo heart in an image taken with the confocal microscope.

can be “stained” with a fluorphore to localize structures or molecules of interest inside an observed object. A confocal microscope operates on the same principle but has the added advantage of being able to image relatively thick specimens. A computer incorporated with the microscope allows for multiple, thin optical sections to be made of the object. The computer software then reconstructs a group of these sections, providing stunning, threedimensional, full-color views of the object that can be rotated in all directions on the computer screen. Projects already under way in the biology department are allowing Roanoke undergraduate students to view the developing zebrafish nervous system and localize bacteria trapped in the gills of blue crabs and lobsters. “The acquisition of this instrument allows us to provide exciting new opportunities in a number of our faculty research laboratories,” said Dr. Darwin Jorgensen, Brian H. Thornhill Professor of Biology at Roanoke. “It affords Roanoke undergraduate students access to equipment usually available only at graduate institutions. While it will provide many exciting research enhancements, it will also be important as a teaching tool in our cell and molecular biology courses and as such, will have a broad impact on our student population.”

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Roanoke Valley campaign co-chair receives award

Bob Rotanz, left, wife, Wendy, and President Michael Maxey at the Charles Brown Award Breakfast on Oct. 3.

ob Rotanz ’78 is well-known throughout Salem and the Roanoke region not only for his restaurant, Mac and Bob’s, but for donating food, organizing a successful golf tournament that benefits children with Down syndrome and supporting his alma mater. On Oct. 3, Rotanz became the 17th recipient of the Charles Brown Award. The award, presented by Roanoke College, is given each year to a Salem resident who has contributed significantly, both professionally and civically, to the city’s quality of life. It is named for Dr. Charles Brown,


the College’s first dean and a former mayor of Salem. During an awards ceremony in Roanoke College’s Wortmann Ballroom, Rotanz described Salem as “a perfect fit” for his family, which includes his wife, Wendy ’81, and their three daughters. The couple serve as two of the Roanoke Valley co-chairs for the Roanoke Rising campaign. Rotanz, a native of Long Island, N.Y., came to Salem by way of Roanoke College, where he excelled on the lacrosse field. Rotanz scored “This whole family has the winning goal to help the been a great asset to Men’s Lacrosse team win the this community” 1978 national championship. — Michael Maxey He was named the national lacrosse player of the year that year. He’s now a member of the College’s Hall of Fame, and his jersey number is retired. After graduation, Rotanz set his sights on the restaurant business. Now, Mac and Bob’s is one of Salem’s most popular downtown restaurants. It has become iconic to the community. Fans make it a regular stop on their travels to Salem. Rotanz, who has served on numerous community boards, is known for his generosity. He supplies food for scores of local events, schools and causes and for 21 years, has organized a golf tournament to support families with children who have Down syndrome. He also helped bring the game of lacrosse to public schools in Southwest Virginia by coaching the first teams at Patrick Henry and Salem high schools and founding the Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Association. “This whole family has been a great asset to this community,” Roanoke College President Michael Maxey said during the awards ceremony.


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At the Oct. 24 Board of Trustees dinner, newest Board member Michael P. Haley ’73 and his wife, Joy, made the surprise announcement of a $1 million gift to the College. The gift will endow scholarships, experiential learning opportunities and an athletic program. Michael Haley, father of a current Roanoke College student, was elected to the Board in February of this year. The Haleys live in Martinsville, Va. Roanoke College Magazine


The bronze bust of Pirro at the walkway from Bast Center leading to Kerr Stadium. Inset, Pirro in his playing days at Roanoke.

John was a

character, an

original. I just wish I could

see him coach against W&L one last time. — Doug Doughty, Sports Reporter, The Roanoke Times


Formerlacrossestar,coachJohnPirro buriedwithRCsoil After Roanoke College lacrosse legend John Pirro ’77 died on Aug. 13, 2013, longtime and award-winning Roanoke Times sports reporter Doug Doughty wrote a moving obituary about the man he knew as a player, a coach and a friend. The Roanoke Times granted the Roanoke College magazine permission to reprint the obituary, which published on Aug. 14. Of it, and of Pirro, Doughty wrote the following in an email: “As a rookie reporter starting out at The Roanoke Times in the 1970s, I only dreaded the time when I might have to write an obituary. Decades later, I don’t know if there’s a greater honor. When Nick Pirro called me on the morning of Aug. 13 to tell me of his dad’s passing, I took it as an invitation to write about John Pirro one last time. I covered John as a player, I covered him as a coach, I played dice baseball with him in the ’70s and fantasy baseball with him in the ’90s. We didn’t run in the same circles but we had a lot of the same friends. John was a character, an original. I just wish I could see him coach against W&L one last time.” By Doug Doughty AS JOHN PIRRO ENTERED the final days of his agonizing 16year battle with Huntington’s disease, a call was put in to his fellow Roanoke College lacrosse legend, Bob Rotanz ’78. “John’s brother, Peter, called me,” said Rotanz, a Salem businessman. “He said, ‘Bob, I’ve got a very odd request.’ He asked if I could go by the old lacrosse field and send him up some soil.” “I went to both creases, the areas that John protected as a player. There wasn’t much grass. So, I dug up enough soil to fill a five-gallon paint bucket and took it to UPS.”

When Pirro was buried Aug. 17 at the Huntington (N.Y.) Rural Cemetery, his casket was covered with 45 pounds of dirt from Alumni Field before final landscaping took place. “That’s cool,” said Bill Pilat ’85, who succeeded Pirro as Roanoke College coach. “Very fitting.” Pirro, 58, died shortly after midnight Aug. 13 in Huntington, N.Y., where he had lived for the past four years under the care of his older sister, Jo Ann, and other family members. Pirro’s sons, Nick and Joe, traveled to New York after they were notified 10 days before that the end was near. Roanoke College Magazine


Pirro, seated in front row at far left, with former lacrosse teammates and players at the 2010 “Walk of Inspiration” ceremony where the bronze bust was unveiled.

“He was able to communicate for a couple of days,” Nick Pirro said, “but the disease had taken such a toll. The last year, in total, had been rough. But, the last week and a half was when it really escalated.” Huntington’s disease, which has no connection to the Pirros’ hometown, is a neuro-muscular disorder for which there is no known cure. The Pirros’ mother, Julia, carried the Huntington’s gene but nobody knew it till after she died. There were no blood tests until the Huntington’s gene was isolated in 1993. In a 2005 interview, John Pirro described his symptoms: “Fidgety,” he said. “Uncontrollable. I’ve got equilibrium issues. They call them ‘choreas.’ I’ll be walking like I’m drunk when I’m not drunk.” Pirro was one of five children. An older sister, Kathy, also died from Huntington’s but the other siblings have been symptom-free. John Pirro’s family asks that donations in his name be made to the Pirro Patio, which will adjoin the new Cregger Center, which overlooks Kerr Stadium, the Maroons’ current soccer and lacrosse home. In 2010, Pirro returned to Salem for the unveiling of his bust, which players pass on the walkway to Kerr Stadium from their locker room in the Bast Center. “He was influential, an inspiration,” Roanoke College athletic director Scott Allison ’79, a former Pirro lacrosse teammate, said in a 2010 interview. “I think you could say ‘beloved.’ He was arguably the best athlete we’ve seen come through that program.” Another former teammate, Doug Horn, kept track of Pirro’s plight and many ex-Maroons had Roanoke College Magazine

dropped by to see him. At the end, Pirro didn’t weigh much more than 100 pounds and was bed-ridden. “Whenever I’d go home to see family in New York, I tried to stop by and see him,” Rotanz

“He was like the pioneer, where you bring in this top guy to an unknown program and it’s never the same.” — Bill Pilat ’85

John Pirro, center, with sons Nick, left, and Joe, right, at the 2010 ceremony held in Pirro’s honor.

said. “I was up there this summer. It was so sad that he was dealt that hand. To see him deteriorate was just horrible.” Pirro was one year older than Rotanz, who had played at a neighboring Long Island High School. “John called me up when he was a freshman down here,” Rotanz said. “He said, ‘Hey, Bob, why don’t you come down here and we’ll play side by side.’ He was my mentor.” Pirro was a three-time All-American (197577) as a player and took the Maroons to the 1983 NCAA Division III championship game as a coach. “He was like the pioneer, where you bring in this top guy to an unknown program and it’s never the same,” Pilat said. “Paul Griffin [as coach] brought him in and he was awesome. To be a three-time All-American for this fledgling program is pretty impressive.” Griffin, recently retired as an athletic administrator at Georgia Tech, said he made arrangements to be at the funeral. “Everybody assumes or thinks that John played on the national championship team,” said Griffin of his 1978 team. “That’s not true. But those guys on that team always treated him as if he were. Never was there a celebration of that team that didn’t include John. “It shows just how much they appreciated the groundwork that he laid.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: On the day of Pirro’s passing, Doug Doughty tweeted: One of Roanoke College’s all-time sports heroes, John Pirro, passed away this morning. Great athlete, great guy. 27



PROFILE Marc Dinkel ’16, who hails from Basel, Switzerland, has been a strong force on Roanoke College’s men’s soccer team. Since his arrival, Dinkel has made it a priority to bond with the team and with Coach Ryan Pflugrad ’02. Dinkel’s goal is to earn his degree and play professional soccer in the United States or Switzerland after college.

Driving rain action during Oct. 12 game against Randolph College.


New season, new coach, high expectations Pflugrad is determined to keep the men’s soccer program strong. ROANOKE COLLEGE SOCCER FANS who were worried the program would struggle after long-time coach Scott Allison ’79 resigned can relax. The Maroons are alive and doing fine. Ryan Pflugrad ’02, who played for Allison as a student, was given the task of keeping RC’s program on the rise. Pflugrad came to Salem from the University of Denver, where he spent six years as the asso-

“It was important for us to get off to a good start,” Pflugrad said. “When we beat Richard Stockton [College] (2-1) and John Carroll [University] (3-2 OT) on the first two weeks of the season, those were two solid wins. Those schools always have strong soccer programs.” The Maroons were 4-0 after sweeping through the Roanoke Invitational and the Lynchburg Invitational in the first two weekends, and remained undefeated until late September when they lost to Christopher-Newport University before a nice crowd at Kerr Stadium. Interest continued to build as the Maroons kept winning as they headed into their important Old Dominion Athletic Conference games in October. “We had to fight and claw to beat Randolph-Macon (5-4) and that was a big win,” — Coach Ryan Pflugrad ’02 said Pflugrad. “The ODAC is a very strong ciate head coach for a successful Division I program. league. There are no easy games.” All the while, Pflugrad kept an eye on his alma mater. Pflugrad and assistant Cory Speed have worked “I kept track of how the team was doing and hard on their recruiting as well, getting to as many watched some games on the Internet,” Pflugrad said. high school games as possible during a busy fall col“When they asked me to come back and coach I was lege season. Pflugrad knows expectations at Roanoke honored. It’s great to be back.” College are high and he’s determined to not only Pflugrad had a tough act to follow, as Allison won keep the program strong, but take it to a new level. more than 300 games in 27 years as men’s soccer “We want to win the ODAC and continue to make coach, but Pflugrad is well on his way to making his the NCAA tournament; hopefully we can win it someown mark at Roanoke. The Maroons have been day,” he said. “If we prepare, work hard, and play as among the Top 25 Division III teams in the country a team, I have no doubt we’ll be successful.” — Brian Hoffman ’74 all season.

“If we prepare, work hard, and play as a team, I have no doubt we’ll be successful.”


FAST FACTS ABOUT DINKEL Age: 22 Major: Business Administration Languages: Swiss German (native), French, English Soccer Position: Midfield/Defender Per game stats (average): Points: 1.33 Assists: .50 Shots: 2.75 Goals: .42 What he likes most about playing Roanoke College soccer, which he describes as a more athletic style than soccer in Switzerland: “I like that everybody is so open and nice to each other.” Future career (aside from professional soccer): Owning a business someday.

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MEN’S SOCCER 9-6-2 (5-4-2 ODAC)

WOMEN’S SOCCER 10-6-2 (8-3-1 ODAC)


VOLLEYBALL 17-10 (6-4 ODAC) Note: As of Oct. 31, 2013

RC | sportsfacts • The women’s soccer team didn’t lose one match in October, outscoring their opponents 30-3. It’s the team’s best October since the 2010 season. • The men’s soccer team was off to a 9-1-1 start, their best since the 2000 season. They also received a season-best #17 national ranking this fall, as they were ranked throughout the first half of the year. • The volleyball team earned the program’s 15th season of at least 15 wins or more. Head Coach Blair Trail ’99 has earned her 250th career victory, making her the third active coach in the ODAC to reach that milestone. • Ashley Barnes ’16 was named ODAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week on Oct. 14. It was the second consecutive week that a Maroon has garnered the honor, as Nathalie Torres ’16 was named Player of the Week on Oct. 7. Barnes helped lead Roanoke to a pair of conference wins over Randolph and Virginia Wesleyan, opening her week with a career-best four goals in a 6-0 win over Randolph. Torres had two outstanding performances, one against Sweet Briar College during which she scored two goals. Just three days later, she scored one goal in Roanoke’s 4-0 win against Randolph-Macon.

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AFTER IMPRESSING THE STAFF of WSLS 10 (the Roanoke Valley’s NBC affiliate) during a summer internship, MacKenzie Tyree ’14 has become the face of the Fox 21/27 Friday Night Football this fall. Not only is Tyree keeping tabs on local high school football, the Daleville, Va. native is also the defensive specialist for the Roanoke College volleyball team. In October, Kayla Fuller ’14, a student writer for the College’s Office of Public Relations, asked Tyree about her experience in sports broadcasting and how she has juggled it with academics and athletics at Roanoke.


A screen shot of MacKenzie Tyree ’14, who has been Fox 21/27’s “Friday Night Football” sports reporter this fall.

Tell us about your job this semester with Fox 21/27. TYREE: I cover one local football game a week. I go in on Fridays to do the live morning show with the anchors on Fox to preview the football game and talk about the match-up. Later, my cameraman and I go to the game. We stay as long as we need to get enough footage. I write my story and then go back to the station to cut the video and voice track the highlights. That goes on Fox News at the end of the 10 o’clock news and then on WSLS at the end of the 11 o’clock news.

What has volleyball taught you that will help you with your future in news broadcasting? TYREE: Especially with a communications type of job, you work really closely with people and talk to people. Sports in general, and especially volleyball, help you learn to work with people and help improve your communication skills.

“I am learning so much so quickly with all this hands-on experience.”

How do you balance school, volleyball and your job at Fox? TYREE: I have been able to balance it pretty well. My coach [Blair Trail ’99] has been really understanding when I’m not there on Fridays because she knows this is a really great opportunity. At times it’s been a little hard. Of course, [volleyball and football] had to fall in the same season, but in a couple weeks they will both be over, and I will have so much time on my hands. So I’m just enjoying it while I have both of them right now.

What have you learned from your experience at Fox? TYREE: On Fridays we go to the football game and then come back [to the station] to get everything done by 10:30 p.m. to go on the air. I have learned how to turn something around quickly but still do quality work. It has been good to get my foot in the door with this. I am learning so much so quickly with all this hands-on experience. MacKenzie Tyree in action this season. The Maroon behind MacKenzie is her sister, Macey Tyree ’15, outside hitter.


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class notes 1950s Richard Huffman ’55 and his wife, Patricia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a trip to northern Virginia, their original honeymoon destination. Richard earned a Master of Science degree from Marshall University and Patricia is a registered nurse. The Huffmans have two children and two grandchildren. George C. “Chuck” and Helen Henrich ’55, ’55 were recently named King and Queen of the retirement complex, Westminster Canterbury by the Bay in Virginia Beach, Va., where they have lived for the past seven years. The naming of a king and queen is a part of the complex’s annual Mardi Gras parade. The honor is awarded to residents who have contributed time, talent and effort to assist the staff and other residents. Sanford L. Spangler Jr. ’55 retired as an ELCA Lutheran minister. He resides in Seymour, Tenn.

1960s Rowena Holliday Boehling ’60 taught Latin for 40 years and says that she could not have done it without the




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Kenneth R. Garren ’62, president of Lynchburg College, displayed some fancy dance moves during a flash mob dance at a college basketball game in February. Kenneth is a former vice president and dean of Roanoke College, a former mathematics professor and the father of three Maroons—Dr. David Garren ’86, Dr. Steven Garren ’89 and Dr. Kristine Snow ’94.

inspiration of the late Dr. Miles Masters, professor of classics and fine arts. The Hon. Richard L. Price ’61 recently chaired a Continuing Legal Education program on trafficking of humans presented by the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Shi Anne Smith Shimer ’63 is a retired social worker. She lives in Hampton, Fla. Freda Crosswhite Fry ’65, of Salem, released her third CD, “Mountain Airs,” and also published her first children’s book. Mary Kershner Cox ’66 is owner and operator of Ship’s Hatch, in Arlington, Va. The store specializes in retirement and promotion gifts for all branches of the military. Mary is married and has two children and two grandchildren. Randy Shannon ’66 retired as dean

of students after 38 years of service with the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College. The college recently recognized his contributions by naming him administrator of the year. Randy’s wife, Phyllis Dorton Shannon ’72, is head of Christopher Academy. The Shannons reside in Portsmouth, Va. James ’67 and Anita Huffman Shepherd ’68 are both retired and live in Solomons, Md. They stay involved with their friends and nine grandchildren. Jim is commodore of the Solomons Island Yacht Club.

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Dr. George Akers ’62 and his wife, Nancy, jointly received the 2012 Copenhaver Institute Award for excellence in the field of education. They were honored at a luncheon held during the Copenhaver Institute in June 2012. George started his career at Cave Spring High School, where he taught math and science. He served in Virginia’s Roanoke County Public Schools as assistant principal at Cave Spring Junior High School from 1973-1989 and principal at Burlington Elementary School from 19891994. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor with the University of Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in science education from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in science education from the University of Maryland where he had been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Academic Year Institute. Nancy Camper Akers taught K-12 instrumental and vocal music in Virginia’s Roanoke City Public Schools and Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools. During their professional lives, George and Nancy were members and leaders of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. With Dr. Mack Welford, they founded the Roanoke College Upsilon Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and for many years initiated Roanoke College education students as members.

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“Itwasjusta partofmeever sinceIcould remember.”

Eddie Wiggins in 2012.

EDDIE WIGGINS ’41 has been a prominent face of the Roanoke Valley’s jazz music scene. He was president of a musician’s union, played clarinet and saxophone in bands and rounded up musicians for events and other performers who visited Roanoke, including famed entertainers Liberace and Engelbert Humperdinck. The popular Wiggins, a Roanoke native, is perhaps best known for leading the Northwest Jazz Band, a group comprised of both amateur and experienced musicians. Now, at 92, Wiggins still has a spark in his eye and rhythm in his lips. Though he no longer directs a band, he’s still playing music. “It was just a part of me ever since I could remember,” said Wiggins, who lives in Roanoke with his wife, Maurita. They have four children and two grandchildren. Wiggins, whose parents were Lebanese, picked up a clarinet for the first time as a 14-year-old band student at St. Andrew’s High School, now Roanoke Catholic School. He wound up playing the trumpet Roanoke College Magazine

Wiggins in 1964.

because the band was short on trumpeters. He fell in love with music. Later, he enrolled at Roanoke College, where he joined the dance band. The student director, Harold Woodson, taught Wiggins to sight-read music and named him the lead saxophonist. Wiggins graduated in three years with a chemistry degree and took a job at Hercules Powder Co. in Radford, now the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. After two years, he joined the Navy, toting along his saxophone and clarinet. The Navy needed electronic technicians, so Wiggins learned the trade and was an instructor during World War II. He also played with an 18-piece USO band. After the Navy, Wiggins moved back to Roanoke, and with a business partner, opened an electronics service shop. Several years later, he turned the Moorman Avenue


Wiggins maintains a lifelong love of music business into a parts distributor, People’s Electronics Supply. Wiggins ran it for 40 years. He reserved his evenings for music. “We knew that Friday and Saturday nights he would not be around,” Maurita Wiggins said. The Wigginses met in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Eddie Wiggins was chair clarinet, while Maurita Wiggins played percussion. Eddie Wiggins also performed with the popular Stylists Orchestra, which played at The Greenbrier and The Homestead, among other locations. He was president of the Local 165 American Federation of Musicians for 17 years, and he was paid to find musicians for traveling entertainment acts that came to Roanoke. “I had to be careful to get the best musicians I could, because when a show came in, they only had one rehearsal,” he said. In 2001, Wiggins started the Northwest Jazz Band. The group played big band and Broadway tunes and raised money for nonprofits. One of its missions was to allow young musicians to learn from older, experienced ones. But several years ago, a back injury and surgery forced Wiggins to step away from the band. Some Northwest Jazz Band members formed the Let’s Dance band, based at Smith Mountain Lake. Still, Wiggins left a mark on many musicians. “He’s been a mentor to me,” said William Penn, a Roanoke jazz musician and singer who organized a community tribute concert for him in December 2012. Wiggins hasn’t given up music entirely. He practices his clarinet in his home basement studio for 15 to 20 minutes a day. He also performs at local churches. He’s not stopping there. Penn and Wiggins plan to perform free jazz and Broadway music programs in retirement homes and share their music stories. They also plan to raise money for charities. “It’s love,” Maurita Wiggins said of her husband and music. “He has no plan to give it up.” — JENNY KINCAID BOONE ’01


alumninews his career on Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. Bill and Susan Murdock Brenzovich ’71 ’75 live in Mechanicsville, Va. Bill retired from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation last June, with 38 years of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Charles M. Honeyman ’71 has served the U.S. Department of Justice as a U.S. Immigration judge for 17 years. Currently, he is a senior judge with the U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, Pa. G. Paull Torrence, Ph.D. ’72, a resident of League City, Texas, is a research associate with Celanese International. He was recognized at the Corporate Innovation Showcase 2012 for receiving his 30th U.S. patent in catalytic reactions for chemical manufacturing processes. Gail Ballou Dawkins ’73 retired from Norfolk Southern Corp., Roanoke, in January 2008, after 34 years of dedicated service. Anne Blane Grubbs ’73 recently retired. She lives in Bowling Green, Ky. Victoria Calloway Smith ’73, a 37year employee with Norfolk Southern Corp., recently retired as senior designer in the Information Technology Department. R. Craig Lefebvre, Ph.D. ’74 is lead change designer at RTI International and professor with the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He has recently edited a six-volume series, “Social Marketing,” which depicts the development of social marketing thought and practice from the early 1970s through today. John O. Redington ’76 has worked around the world during his 33-year career with the offshore drilling industry. He is spending his retirement with his family and fishing off the North Carolina coast. Lois A. Sumpter ’78 spent an enjoyable Thanksgiving 2012 with Kate Judge Longo ’80 and her family.

J.P. Morgan ’79 has been appointed assistant dean for graduate studies and strategic initiatives in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. His responsibilities include managing graduate studies administration, coordinating departmental reviews, leading faculty development initiatives and assisting with graduate-level course proposals. Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, J.P. was a faculty member at Old Dominion University. He also has been a visiting fellow and visiting researcher in the United States and abroad. J.P. is associate editor of The American Statistician, and has served in the same capacity for other professional journals. He has more than 60 published articles and has presented more than 50 papers at professional meetings. J.P. holds both master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Isabel P. Wesel ’79 lives in Blacksburg, Va., and has seven children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Lee Hardin Woody ’79 was elected to serve three terms as the deputy governor of the Virginia Mayflower Society.

1980s Karen Fritts Cathers ’81, a resident of Robbinsville, N.J., has fulfilled a longtime dream by getting a Harley. Her recent purchase is a 2004 883 Sportster. “It’s silver with plenty of chrome,” she says. “The open road awaits!” Brenda Poggendorf ’81 has earned a Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. She is vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Roanoke College.

The Charlotte Alumni Chapter’s Adopt a Highway program officially “has arrived!” says Dale Sarjeant ’74. The chapter has two signs on Providence Road in Charlotte, N.C. — one on the corner of Sharon Amity Road heading south, and the other on the corner of Creola Road heading into Charlotte, says Sarjeant, a member of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees. The Charlotte chapter’s program is part of a national initiative to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. Check soon for a mailing announcing this initiative and the quarterly need for road clean-up volunteers. 32

Dr. Susan Ford ’74 is professor of anthropology and associate dean and director of the graduate school at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. She was part of a team that named a new species of loris from the island of Borneo. Says Ford, “I have nothing but great memories of my time at Roanoke, and a great respect for the education I received there, which formed a critical foundation to my career.” Susan Ford at Pompeii during a 2011 study abroad trip with students to Europe.

The Rev. Dr. N. Graham Standish ’81 has pastored Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienope, Pa., for 18 years. He published his sixth book and travels extensively in the United States and Canada, leading many seminars on creating spiritually healthy churches. He also is an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Amanda Black McBreen ’83, of Suffolk, Va., is the director of and teacher with Grace Haber Home School Connection. Deneen L. Evans ’86, received a doctorate in social work in May 2012 from Radford University. Deneen, who also holds a master’s degree in social work from Radford, is an assistant professor at the university and the graduate coordinator for the university’s social work program at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. In fall 2012, Deneen was elected as chairwoman of Radford University’s Social Equity Committee. “The opportunity to provide diversity leadership in a midsize university is exciting and I can build on the knowledge learned from Roanoke College,” Deneen says. Stuart P. Sullivan ’87 received the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards event. Stuart is executive vice president and chief development officer for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously, he served as the senior vice president of Institutional Advancement at Temple University. Since graduating from Roanoke, he spent more than 20 years in fundraising leadership in academic settings and has served as a member of the CASE national Commission on Philanthropy.

Carl Smith ’88 is a processing representative with Carilion Clinic in Roanoke.

1990s Dianna Board Parrish ’90 was promoted to regional clinical director with Dominion Day Services. She lives in Vinton. Kevin G. Boisvert, Esq. ’92 recently joined Heffler Claims Group as a manager responsible for all aspects of the firm’s mass tort matters. He has had 14 years combined experience as a practicing attorney with a comprehensive background in mass tort and class action litigation. Previously, Kevin spent 13 years as an associate attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP and has extensive knowledge and experience working with several pharmaceutical products. Kevin earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio and was admitted to the Rhode Island and New Jersey bars. He resides in Somerset, N.J. Brooke Huff Dowell ’94 is teaching French K-5 at St. James Academy in Monkton, Md. She enjoyed a summer vacation trip to France. Stacey Handy O’Connor ’94 and her husband, Jon ’94, are currently stationed in Northern Virginia. They previously lived in Hawaii. Crystal DeLong ’97 resides in Bedford, Va., where she is teaching at Liberty High School. She previously taught for two years in Morocco. Danny Adams ’98 has written an early medieval historical novel, “The Matter of Camelot,” which will be released soon by Musa Publishing. The short science fiction novel he coauthored, “The City Beyond Play,” has been re-released as an e-book by PS Publishing. In addition to being evening librarian at Ferrum College, Danny writes science fiction and fantasy book reviews for Publishers Weekly. continued on page 34

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Simply Awesome Roanoke alumna is thrilled about putting her business degree to real-world use. STEPHANIE MELNIK ’09 departed Southwest Virginia a scant two weeks after graduating from Roanoke College, heading west to San Francisco, where her sister Leah had moved three years prior. Leah Melnik, an avid runner and healthconscious eater who struggled to find a healthful energy bar to her liking, had been tinkering with the task of making her own. After moving to California, Stephanie stepped right alongside her sister in the kitchen and “jumped on board” the making and selling of what they now proudly call “Awesome Bars.” Then a fledgling, small-scale endeavor, Awesome Bars today is a flourishing startup with its granola bars sold in 140 coffee shops and natural food stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Washington, D.C., and in the Roanoke Valley— at the Roanoke College Bookstore, Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, and Froth, a Roanoke cafe and coffee shop. The bars also can be purchased on “All of this just began as a hobby — something fun to do on weekends,” Stephanie Melnik says. “We started sharing [Awesome Bars] with family and friends who encouraged us to take them to an underground farmer’s market that caters to people who cook out of home kitchens.” The sisters, with four friends/employees, now do everything from mixing batches of preservative-free granola goodness (flavors include apricot walnut, blueberry almond, cherry almond, coconut pecan, cranberry trail and salty peanut) in their little “granola factory” (a rented industrial kitchen in San Francisco) to packaging bars by hand in biodegradable wrapping, to delivering the product to customers. All of which Melnik finds completely and satisfyingly awesome. An economics major with a marketing concentration while at Roanoke, she is thrilled at the opportunity to put her education to real-world use. “I did the Innovation Challenge, working with entrepreneurs and helping them write a business plan,” says Melnik, referring to the College-based program in which participants develop a comprehensive business Roanoke College Magazine


Stephanie Melnik in the Awesome Bars kitchen.

“Myexperienceat RoanokeCollegewas invaluabletowhat I’mdoingnow. Allthosetoolshave beeninstrumentalto oursuccesssofar.” plan for a new product innovation. “Oddly enough, that was kind of a practice run for what I’m doing now. I’m happy putting my degree to good use — every step of the way.” Melnik thanks Dr. Edward Nik-Khah, associate professor of economics, and Dr. Ali Nazemi, professor of business administration and economics, for equipping her with the tools needed to effectively market

and distribute the product. “Every day I’m analyzing how to situate our brands in various coffee shops, analyzing supply and demand,” she says. “My experience at Roanoke College was invaluable to what I’m doing now. All those tools have been instrumental to our success so far.” Melnik says business is in her blood. Her father, Ted Melnik, former president of Novozymes Biologicals subsidiary in Roanoke, is a widely respected business and community leader in the Roanoke and New River valleys. It has been said that he was a major factor in creating an aura of confidence in the region’s entrepreneurial community. Not surprising then, that Stephanie Melnik says her father “groomed me to follow in his footsteps.” “I was going out every day and walking into a new coffee shop, making connections with owners,” the former Girl Scout cookie seller says. “It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.” — LESLIE TAYLOR 33

alumninews U.S. Army LTC (Ret.) Donald L. Barnett took a stroll down memory lane, sending us “then and now” photos of him and his wife Joelle Knighton Barnett ’90. LTC Barnett writes: I was in my third year of serving in the Army as an officer and stationed in Louisiana in 1989 when Joelle came to visit mutual friends of ours and they introduced us. In three short months we were engaged and married in The Barnetts in 1990 1990 after she graduated Roanoke College. Joelle earned several distinctions as a senior while at Roanoke, including the Senior Scholar (Political Science) Award and the Will Selzer Political Science Award. After Joelle’s graduation ceremony her dad snapped a photo of us walking down the sidewalk in front of the Administration Building. Joelle has rarely had the chance to visit RC since then but 22 years later we did and snapped an updated photo of us still together. Joelle is now an accomplished French Language teacher at a top 100 nationally ranked high school. I am proud of her academic accomplishments then and now.” The Barnetts live in Fort Myers, Fla. The Barnetts in 2012

initiative helped Alzheimer’s patients connect with appropriate services. Barry C. Hubbard ’99 received the 2012 Employee Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by his employer, Hillsborough Community College, in Tampa, Fla. The Rev. Wendolyn Breslyn Trozzo ’99 was commissioned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a missionary. She and her husband and two children are living in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where her husband is a professor at a Lutheran Centre within Sabah Theological Seminary. Wendolyn says that her Roanoke education served her well, since, during a student travel semester, she studied the Mandarin language and Chinese culture in China. Today, she is serving in an area where 40 percent of the people speak Mandarin!


Joe Hill ’98 is treasurer of Books for Keeps, dedicated to improving literacy and reading comprehension through its Stop Summer Slide program. Through book donations, children are allowed to take and keep books after the end of the school year. Katey Novak Gordon ’99 was awarded the 2013 HHSinnovates People’s Choice and Secretary’s Choice Awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her role in “Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s.” The project brought together National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer’s disease centers that conduct research with the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s aging service agencies. The

Pictured with Terri is G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian.


2000s Sally McQuatters Faiella ’00 and her husband, Lou, live in Newport, R.I., after having previously lived in Hawaii. Lou is in the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. Sara Feagan Hinds ’00 was named Kentucky French Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of French, Kentucky Chapter, at the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) annual conference. She is president-elect of KWLA after serving three years as treasurer. Daniel Ferris ’02 received his doctorate in history in May 2013 from the University of North Dakota. Nina Barzachka ’03 has received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Royden Clark ’01, live in Charlottesville, Va. Sarah Melton Bayer ’03 earned a Master of Education degree as a math specialist from the University of Virginia. John Cornthwait ’04 is director of digital media with Firefli Media in Roanoke. He is responsible for design and programming services. John also serves as a member of the executive board and communications chair for the Roanoke chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Jess Hench ’04 is a Ph.D. student in the higher education administration program at the College of William and Mary. Rachel Morgan Spencer ’04 has been named senior associate with Access Advertising & Public Relations in Roanoke. During her sixyear employment with Access, she has developed and led comprehensive public relations and social media strategies for a variety of clients in healthcare, consumer, industry and high-tech, as well as multiple business-

Terri L. Cobb ’95 has received the Smithsonian’s 2013 Unsung Hero Award. Terri is the registrar for the Traveling Exhibition Service’s landmark Museum on Main Street program, which provides rural communities with Smithsonian exhibits and resources. According to an announcement on the Smithsonian website, Terri single-handedly oversees the refurbishment of all 15 exhibitions, handles any repairs and makes all necessary incoming and outgoing shipping arrangements. “To dozens of small museums across the country, Terri is ‘the Smithsonian’ incarnate — the wonder woman who arrives from Washington to train their volunteer staffs in proper museum installation and registration practices,” the announcement stated. The award recognizes Smithsonian staff, who, day in and day out, “help excite the learning in everyone and make the Smithsonian a great Institution.”


Roanoke College alumni gathered in May at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County, Va. From left to right, Robert Frye ’06; Gretchen Stelzel Winterer ’05, who is assistant general curator at the museum; Carl Sherertz ’42, Frye’s grandfather and a retired major in the Marine Corps Reserves; and Alexis Thompson ’05, museum specialist.

to-business industries. She previously served on the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America Blue Ridge Chapter and the Council of Community Services. Justin P. Hylbert ’05 was promoted to banking officer with BB&T in Charleston, W.Va. Prior to his promotion, he was mortgage loan originator in the company’s Mortgage Lending Department. Sarah R. Donahue ’08 is in her final year of a master’s program at Parsons The New School for Design/CooperHewitt, National Design Museum. Her degree will be in history of decorative arts and design. Hillary Hudgins ’08 graduated from VCU Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in May 2012 and is working for Rite Aid Pharmacy near Richmond, Va. Trent Thompson ’08 is a youth minister with St. John Lutheran Church in Roanoke. Nicole Fenner ’09 is company manager of Opera Roanoke. Matthew Hall ’09 recently graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He and his wife, Jennifer Markol Hall ’09 live in Rockville, Md. James P. Robertson ’11 earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. One week prior to graduation, he en-

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alumninews dured The Crucible, a rigorous 54-hour final test in U.S. Marine Corps recruit training. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called “Marines” for the first time. Zachary L. Hottel ’12 is working at Belle Grove in Middletown, Va., and is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public history. Brandon Ketron ’12 is a first-year law student at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla. Gregory J. Morgan Jr. ’12 is enrolled in the physical therapy doctoral program at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

marriages Anne E. Godwin ’74 was married to Gary A. Berish on May 12, 2012. Laura Boutilier Jones ’94 was married to Jonathan George on June 19, 2013, in Roanoke. The couple live in Vinton and are parents to two children, Bobby, 10, and Rachel, 8. Scott D. Sayre ’95 was united in marriage to his partner of 11 years, Dr. Jeffrey B. Wetter, on June 5, 2012. Their first ceremony was held at their home on Smith Mountain Lake on June 2, followed by a legal ceremony in New York City in Central Park on June 5. Scott is the owner of three hair salons in the Harrisonburg, Va. area. Jeff is a dentist and owns a practice in Charlottesville, Va. Alumni who celebrated with the couple included Laura Boutilier Jones ’94, Crystal Van Hise ’95, Allyson Lee ’92, Matt Holman ’95, Marilyn Holman ’95, Andrew Sayre ’93 and Jodie Gravett ’92. Dr. Julie Haddy ’97 and Tom Barrick celebrated their wedding day June 9, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Attending their wedding were Adam Skaff ’12, Lisa Scott ’95, Lindsay Skaff ’10 and Andy Teeter ’71. Julie is in private medical practice specializing in nephrology and hypertension. The newlyweds reside in Charleston. Liz Hickam ’03 and Greg Milans exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 10, 2012, riverside at the New River Lodge in Liz’s hometown of Galax, Va. Jessica Hickam Roffe ’03 was matron of honor and Meredith Ashwell ’03 was a bridesmaid. Classmates in attendance were Peter Roffe and Laura Mulcahy. Other alumni celebrating with the couple were Mary Catherine Funk ’04, Margaret Holyer Compton ’04, Kim Green ’04, India Long ’04, Eddie Jones ’04 and Doug Bryant ’83. The newlyweds honeymooned in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and currently reside in San Diego, Calif. Elizabeth A. Flannery ’04 married Gary Gollenberg Jr. on June 23, 2012, in

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Bronxville, N.Y. Elizabeth’s two sisters, Laura Flannery Pettee ’91 and Katie Flannery Seymour ’00 were bridesmaids, along with Delta Gamma sisters, Carleen Raymond ’04 and Chrissy Vandegrift ’04. Mackenzie Bub ’04 and Sarah Cook Newman ’04 were among the attendees. Emily Hamlin ’05 was married to Richard Kiser in Roanoke, on Nov. 9, 2012. Maggie Weber ’06 and Justin Bangs pledged their matrimonial vows on March 31, 2012, at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, Pa. Maggie has a master’s degree in art education and teaches art in the Bronx. Justin is a graduate of the University of Florida. Classmates who celebrated with the couple included Catherine Davis ’06, Sandy Troyan ’08, Gwen Jones Woodson ’06, Alyssa Reiman ’06, Julia Novakovic Rossi ’06, Bridget Mooney’06, Megan Renner Prout ’06, Amanda Pritt Unroe ’06, Laura Thomson ’06, Kathleen Barber Ordile ’06, Elizabeth Higgins Reifsnyder ’06, Mary Shannon Teague ’06 and Danielle Serratore ’06. Josh Chocklett ’07 married Tiffany L. Schlotthober ’11 on Sept. 24, 2011, in Roanoke. Bridesmaids were Courtney Thompson ’10 and Jessica DelBuono ’10. Groomsmen were Chris Collins and Stephen Soltis ’10. Alumni attending the ceremony were Jaina Diotalevi ’11, Hope Reese Mitchell ’11, Cristyn Tepper ’12, Caroline Whitback ’12, Emily Rego ’12, Kara Drabic ’12, Kaylin Foor ’11, Lauren Boblett ’11, Jane Slusher ’11, Bonnie Gumpman ’11, Haley Boone ’12, Andy Eanes ’10, Danilo Martinez ’11, Nicolas Vanderhye ’11 and Linda Davis ’82. Matt Haga ’07 and Rachel Fisher were joined in marriage on New Year’s Eve, 2012 in Richmond, Va. Attending the ceremony were Seth Reynolds ’08 and John Lawson ’08. Matt has completed a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech and is a publisher’s representative with John Wiley & Sons Publishers in Richmond. Rachel is an alumna of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Alex Knight ’07 and Molly Brennan ’07 celebrated their wedding day Sept. 29, 2012, in Newport, R.I. Benjamin D. Lawler ’07 was married to Caroline Nichols ’08 on June 2, 2012, in Middleburg, Va., Caroline’s hometown. Serving in the bridal party were Drew Gaeng ’08, Jeff Leiter ’08, Thor Rhodin ’08, Ty Sigmon ’08, Bart Davis ’07, Danielle Sands ’08, Erin Hanson ’08, Katie Brings Capito ’08,

Christina Casselano ’08, Bonnie McDonald ’09, Theresa Landefeld Skojec ’08 and Marci Harrison Duke ’08. Ben is vice president with Access National Bank in Reston, Va., and Caroline is on the marketing team with a commercial real estate company in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Grace Lindsay ’07 and Matthew Scott Lucas ’08 wed on Nov.

10, 2012 in Bryn Athyn, Pa. Alumni in attendance included Sam Pendergast ’09, Sumenta Paul ’08, Katie (Suehs) DeCoster ’08, Cassandra Williams ’09, Andrew DeCoster ’08, Tristan Graham ’08, Meredith Withers ’08, Catherine Mann ’10, Kevin Beck ’08, James Cooney ’08, Kyle Allen ’08. Ross Adkins ’09 and Cathleen Gruver ’11 celebrated their wedding

BOOKS by ALUMNI Photo Adventures in Cuba—Unlock Your Power of Positivity Judith Burgess Krings, Ph.D. ’70 has written a Kindle and print book, “Photo Adventures in Cuba – Unlock Your Power of Positivity.”

Forbidden Charles Lightcap ’70 has authored “Forbidden.” It is the first book for the pen-and-ink abstract artist and wood sculptor. Charles, who lives in Salem, Va., currently is working on an autobiography.

Eisenhower in Command at Columbia Douglas E. Clark, Ed.D ’72 is the author of “Eisenhower in Command at Columbia,” a book based on his doctoral dissertation for the University of Pennsylvania. Recently published, the book analyzes Dwight D. Eisenhower’s educational leadership as president at Columbia.

Building Beehives for Dummies George Howland Blackiston’s ’73 new book, “Building Beehives for Dummies,” was published in 2013 (John Wiley & Sons). His previous book, “Beekeeping for Dummies,” is in its second edition and has been the national best-selling book on bees for more than a decade. It ranked among the top five best-selling titles in the “For Dummies” series.

Buried Lives Dr. Michele Lise Tarter ’82, associate professor of English at the College of New Jersey, is co-editor of “Buried Lives,” a collection of essays examining incarceration experiences in early America. The book considers many carceral settings including jails, almshouses, workhouses, floating prison ships and plantations, and how these institutions shaped the colonies and new nation. Michele also is coeditor of “A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America.”

The Centre Cannot Hold David Gulden ’96, environmentalist and wildlife photographer, has recently published a hardcover book, “The Centre Cannot Hold,” which features black-and-white photography of common and endangered animals in Africa.



Chocklett ’07 – Schlotthober ’11 wedding

Thompson ’09 – DeSantis ’09 wedding

Lawler ’07 – Nichols ’08

George – Jones ’94 wedding

Barrick – Haddy ’97 wedding

Baker ’11 – Mortland ’11

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day Sept. 15, 2012, at Breaux Vineyard in Purcellville, Va. Among the bridesmaids were Bonnie O’Neil ’11, Liza Claghorn ’11 and Kara Lissy ’11. Pete DeWitt ’09, Sam Jordan ’09 and Matthew Deilus ’09 served as groomsmen. Michael Martin ’09 and Lauren Price ’10 celebrated their wedding day June 30, 2012, at the Farmville Church of Christ in Farmville, VA. Members of the wedding party included Caroline


Karlgren ’10 – Lenviel ’10 wedding

Green – Ramey ’09

Mitchell ’10 – Reece ’11 wedding

Gollenberg – Flannery ’04 wedding

Wilson ’11, Amy Woodson ’11, David Osborn ’09, Luke Campbell ’10 and Andy Phillips ’12. Lauren is a mental health case manager at CHIP of Roanoke Valley, and Michael is a teacher at Lord Botetourt High School. The couple resides in Roanoke, Va. Danielle Ramey ’09 married her high school sweetheart, Christian Green, on April 16, 2011, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Allison Grabowski Sutphin ’08 was a bridesmaid. Christian is a Virginia

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Military Institute graduate. Danielle has a teacher’s license in art, but is currently teaching special education at a middle school in Winchester, Va. Adam Thompson ’09 joined hands in marriage to Katie DeSantis ’09 on Sept. 29, 2012, at The Boathouse, Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Va. Maids of honor were Hannah Moyer ’09 and Megan Rhodes ’11. Bridesmaids were classmates Emery McCready Shaw and Rachel Yeager. Shaman Dou-

glass ’09 was a groomsman. Also in attendance were Jessica Powell ’09, Matt Deilus ’09, Michael Stark ’11, Cristyn Tepper ’12, Angela Luu ’08, Michael Walter ’09, Alan Grzenda ’09 and Gordon Whitney ’09. Adam works in the solar energy industry and Katie is a registered nurse on an oncology unit. Michael T. Clark ’10 exchanged matrimonial vows with Jolene J. Cassell in Wytheville, Va., on Oct. 6, 2012. Jo-

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alumninews husband, Damian, proudly announce the birth of their son, Viktor, who arrived April 8, 2013. Valerie Lambros Coughanour ’98 and her husband, Dave, were delighted with the birth of their daughter, Genevieve, on March 16, 2013. James Guthrie ’98 and his wife, Misaki, are delighted with the birth of their first daughter, Elizabeth Waka, who arrived in June 2012. Elizabeth is the couple’s third child. James is the officer in charge of the 333rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, overseeing all maintenance for the USAF’s largest F-15E Flying Training Unit. He is responsible

for the execution of the Air Force’s largest F-15 annual Flying Hour Program. The Guthries live in North Carolina. Krista Wittenberg Horan ’98 and her husband, John, were doubly blessed as first-time parents on April 8, 2012, when their twins, Grace and Sean, were born. Greg Potters ’99 and his wife Holly celebrated the birth of their son, Daniel, on Feb. 22, 2012. The Potters live in Natick, Mass. Elizabeth Thacker Fletchall ’00 and her husband, Zack, have a third son, Matthew, who was born on Christmas Eve, 2012. The family, which

Milans – Hickam ’03 wedding

Clark ’10 – Cassell

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lene is a registered nurse with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Laura Karlgren ’10 and Claire Lenviel ’10 married May 26, 2013 at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, Ind. Other alumni in attendance were Kevin Beck ’08, Catherine Mann ’10, Seth Kirby ’10 and Steven Nunnally ’10. Chris May ’10 and Brittany Guill ’11 pledged their wedding vows to each other Oct. 6, 2012, in Lynchburg, Va. Chris is an employee with First Citizens Bank in Botetourt County and Brittany is an employee of Ferrum College. The couple lives in Salem. Cameron B. Mitchell ’10 and Hope A. Reece ’11 joined hands in marriage on May 11, 2012, at Sundara in Boones Mill, Va. Serving in the wedding party were bridesmaids Jaina Diotalevi ’11, Caroline Whitbeck ’12, Cristyn Tepper ’12 and Molly Satterfield ’12. Among the wedding congregants were Kara Drabeck ’12, Bonnie Gumpman ’11 and Tiffany Schlotthober Chocklett ’11. David K. Baker ’11 and Courtney R. Mortland ’11 were married recently at the Berry Hill Resort in South Boston, Va. Several alumni served in their wedding party, including Kelly Mortland ’11 , Amy Baker Perkins ’07, Jaina Diotalevi ’11, Ashley Compton ’09, Ashley Dabbraccio ’11, Brittany Konieczny ’13, Abby Brdlik ’11, Azalea Joyner ’11, Heather Woody ’12, Will Perkins ’07, Chris Rosa ’12 and Tripp Taylor ’11. Many Alpha Sig-

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ma Alpha sisters and Kappa Alpha brothers were in attendance. David is studying to become a paramedic and Courtney is pursuing a master’s degree in history at the University of Akron, Ohio. Rebekkah Ferrier ’12 and Matthew Corkey celebrated their wedding day May 19, 2012. Rebekkah is a graduate student enrolled in the physical therapy program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Megan Harrigan Daniels ’99 with her children, left to right, Ada, Reece, Asher and Ella, display their Maroon pride at their home in Merritt Island, Fla.


Avery and Jack Ewert, children of Aaron Ewert ’93, enjoyed an outing at the Ice Center in Charlottesville, Va. during a visit with their grandparents in December 2012. “Of course both of my kids, who are 8 and 6, say they are going to Roanoke College!,” Aaron says.

John H. Wick IV ’94 and his wife, Suzanne, welcomed daughter Blair Jacqueline Wick on March 6, 2013. The family lives in Richmond, Va. Nicole Wheeler Kunko ’97 and her



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includes Will, 4, and Benjamin, 2, live in Dayton, Va. Andy and Shelli Stevens Sayers ’00 ’00 are excited to announce the birth of their daughter Lilyan Joan (Lily Jo). Lily Jo was born Aug. 3, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. Lindsay Higginbotham Grist ’02 and her husband, F. Taylor, welcomed son Lyndon Taylor on July 12, 2012. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C. Steven and Ericka Umbarger Neville ’02 welcomed Kailyn Riley Neville on March 23, 2013. The family resides in Chesapeake, Va. Josh and Heather (Tiffany) Slaughter ’02 ’00 welcomed their first son, Charles Arthur, on Sept. 19, 2012. Meghan Duncan All ’03 and her husband, Darrell, welcomed their second daughter, Maren Elise, on Sept. 22, 2011. Meghan teaches English at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem. Tracie Flora Evans ’03 and her husband, Brad, welcomed the April 16, 2013, birth of Lincoln Walker. The family lives in Charleston, S.C. Jaime Jackson Giles ’03 and her husband, Jay, are excited to announce the arrival of their firstborn, Cooper Jackson. Cooper was born Dec. 3, 2012. Pam Armata Schweighart ’04 and her husband, Nate, are proud parents of Ethan Thomas who was born Feb. 1, 2013. Elizabeth Thomson Becker ’04 and her husband, Michael, are proud to announce the March 2012 adoption of their daughter, Charlotte. Benjamin and Sarah Ramian Murrow ’05 ’03 live in Lutherville, Md.,


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with their new daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who was born July 7, 2012. Ashley Hamer Wylie ’05 and her husband, Chad, are proud parents of Fiona Corrine, born on July 5, 2011. Kyle and Beth Moeller Lawrence ’09 ’08 are proud parents of Jude, who was born Nov. 29, 2011.

in memoriam Rome Schlater Johnston Tuttle ’37, a 96-year-old resident of Roanoke, died March 30, 2013. She was a legal secretary for many years and retired from Woods, Rogers, Muse, Walker & Thornton law firm in Roanoke. Richard M. Newman ’40 died on Jan. 29, 2013. Hilda Brown Caldwell ’41, of Salem, passed away Feb. 14, 2013. She was an active member of College Lutheran Church and was a member of the choir for over 36 years. She enjoyed crafts, quilting, flowers, music and playing bridge and tennis with her friends. She also was a faithful volunteer in many civic organizations. Her husband, Clarence P. Caldwell ’41, Roanoke College’s vice president of finance, emeritus, predeceased her. She is survived by a son, Clarence J. Caldwell ’77. Rachel A. Dierdorff ’41, a resident of Concord, Calif., died Nov. 25, 2012. In the 1940s, she worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico on the Manhattan Project. After raising five children, she was employed for 25 years at Mt. Diablo Hospital.

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Rodney D. Lester ’41, a 96-year-old World War II Army Air Corps veteran, died Dec. 3, 2012, in Christiansburg, Va. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 30 years of service and was an honorary national life member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Lester was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church, and the American Legion Post 59 where he received the Certificate of Honor and served as adjutant for more than 50 years. Lester served as both treasurer and registrar with the American Legion Boys State of Virginia. In 1985, he was inducted into the Virginia Boys State Hall of Fame. His survivors include a grandson, John B. Willard ’14, a current student at Roanoke. Ann Muse Loving ’42 died Sept. 1, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va. She played tennis on the Roanoke College men’s tennis team. Her many activities included reporting for the Honolulu News, modeling and being a devoted mother to two sons. In addition, she was active in the Miss Virginia Pageant and the Lakewood Garden Club, and was involved with professional tennis and hospital auxiliaries of DePaul and Virginia Beach Sentara. Leo F. Waterman ’43 died Jan. 19, 2013, in Roanoke. A World War II B-17 pilot with the Army Air Corps, he was a prisoner of war who was freed by General Patton after one year in a German prison camp. Waterman was one of the original partners in the C.A. Brown & Co. CPA firm. He retired from Brown Edwards CPA firm as a senior partner. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise F.

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Lescure ’43. His daughter, Betty Waterman Loudermilk ’80, survives him. Walter W. Ridgway Jr. ’44, of Glade Hill, Va., died Feb. 23, 2013. He was 91. Ridgway was a retiree of Norfolk Southern Corp. and served in the U.S. Army’s 1st General Hospital during World War II. John C. Bond ’45 passed away March 7, 2013, in Vinton. He was the foreman of the blacksmith shop when he retired from Norfolk & Western Railway/Norfolk Southern Corp. after a 35-year career. His retirement activities included camping, fishing, gardening, reading and music. Bond was a member of the Vinton Baptist Church. Harley E. Erb III ’45, a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, passed away on June 8, 2013, in Tennessee. He started his career as a heating and air conditioning engineer and then became a successful small business owner of Baskin Robbins and multiple Subway restaurants. His positive attitude, sense of humor, quick wit and kind spirit touched those who knew him. A family man, Erb enjoyed golf and travel and was a devoted member of St. Luke Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and Sunday School teacher. Wallace T. Marlowe ’45, a Roanoke resident, died Feb. 27, 2013. He earned a law degree from Duke University School of Law and was a member of the Virginia State Bar Association. He retired as casualty claim director of Allstate Insurance Company. Marlowe served in the U.S. Army Air Force during

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alumninews World War II. Linwood H. Tucker Sr. ’46 died April 10, 2013, in Vinton, at age 90. His passion was sports, and he worked 37 years as a teacher, coach, principal and division administrator. Tucker was a longtime member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church. Joan MacDonald Conrad ’47 died Oct. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. John L. Hopkins ’47 died Feb. 23, 2013, in Rocky Mount, Va. He served his country during World War II as an aviation radio and radar operator on a PBM Mariner sea plane in the Caroline Islands of the South Pacific. Hopkins earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University and started his career as an assistant claims attorney with Nationwide Insurance Company. For the remainder of his career, he practiced law in Rocky Mount, where he was active in the Rotary Club of Franklin County, serving as president at one time. He also was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Lt. Col. Lewis C. Waid ’47 died Oct. 4, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from military service after 22 years. He spent his civilian career as an educator, serving as an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University, as well as a science, chemistry and physics teacher, and

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department head in the Norfolk City School System. He is survived by his wife, Helen McCann Waid ’47. Dr. Cavitt K. Bartley ’48, a teenage prisoner of war during World War II, passed away in Roanoke, on Jan. 25, 2013. He was awarded the Purple Heart, and POW and Good Conduct medals for his military service. Dr. Bartley was active as POW coordinator and staff physician with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also was state commander of the Virginia Ex-POW organization. Most of his career was spent as a private practice physician and staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Va. He was a life member of the Cave Spring Lions Club, serving for more than 50 years. His wife, Laura Snapp Bartley ’49, and son, Steven C. Bartley ’72 are among his survivors. Jack C. Hetherington ’48, a U.S. Navy veteran, departed this life Feb. 22, 2013, in Richmond, Va. He was a 30year employee with Western Electric (now AT&T) and was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Annette Ballentine Lynch ’48 died Jan. 2, 2013. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Salem and also sang in the choir. She was a faithful volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Services. John P. Carberry ’49 died Aug. 14,

A. Dow Owens ’49, an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, died Nov. 28, 2012, in Pulaski, Va. After graduating from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, he started his own law practice. During his distinguished career, he served as a substitute trial judge for five years in what is now the Pulaski General District Court, followed by 15 years as Commonwealth’s Attorney, and finishing as Circuit Court Judge for 11 years in the 27th judicial circuit of Virginia. After retirement, he continued as a substitute Circuit Court Judge for several years. In addition, during his career, he served as county attorney for Pulaski County, acting as attorney to the Board of Supervisors, School Board and the Pulaski County Department of Social Services. Judge Owens served as president of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Pulaski Country Club, Pulaski Elks Lodge and Pulaski Science Club.

2012, in Reno, Nev. He spent his early career in the insurance business then became an independent consulting actuary. He later co-founded and was the first chairman of the board of directors of the Pension Research Institute, sponsored by San Francisco State University. He retired as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Coates, Herfurth & England consulting actuarial firm. Dr. Robert R. Carper ’49 died Feb. 25, 2013, in Leesville, La. A Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army, he retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving 32

years in the military. Dr. Carper was a member of the American Optometric Association, VFW, American Legion, ASMIC (American Society of Military Insignia Collectors) and NRA. Mary Jane Holdren Cross ’49 passed away Sept. 20, 2012, in Daleville, Va. Betty Barnhart Friedman ’49 died in Middletown, Conn., on Sept. 19, 2012. She was a member of Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue. Benjamin R. Saunders Jr. ’49 died March 24, 2013, in Los Alamos, N.M. After graduating from Roanoke, he


alumninews joined the Air Force and was assigned to supporting the scientific testing of nuclear devices through high-speed photography. As a civilian, he focused his career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Saunders raised and bred Arabian horses and enjoyed horseback riding. He also spent time as a volunteer with his son’s sporting activities and Boy Scout Troop. Fred W. Balder ’51 died on Aug. 9,

member of Kappa Alpha Order and the honor society. He was a member of the first cross country track team and was one of the “Big Four” of Homer Bast’s early winning team. A member of the Roanoke College Athletic Hall of Fame, Davenport spent his career as an electrical engineer at Sperry in Charlottesville. His interests included birdwatching, classical music, and botany of Virginia. An avid watercolorist who

2012, in Roanoke. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and spent his career as a chemical specialist in paints with General Electric Drive Systems in Salem. Balder was a longtime member of Waverly Place Baptist Church and was also active in several fraternal organizations. A. Bruce Davenport ’51, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away Feb. 4, 2013. While at Roanoke, he was a

became interested in chalk pastels, he was a long-time member of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild. Among his survivors are his wife, Nancy Pringle Hanna Davenport ’52, brother, James R. Davenport ’52, and granddaughter, Elsa C. Wieboldt ’15, a current student at Roanoke. Alex E. Fenik ’52, a U.S. Army veteran and resident of North Kingstown, R.I., died Sept. 23, 2012. Fenik, who



Noted scholar remembered as teacher, leader

IN 2007, THE REV. DR. DONALD S. ARMENTROUT ’61 told Roanoke College graduates that the “tassel is worth the hassle.” Armentrout, the College’s commencement speaker that year, seemed to live his own words. A professor of church history and theology for 42 years and a well-known Lutheran scholar, Armentrout died March 30, 2013 at his home in Sewanee, Tenn. He was 78. Armentrout retired in 2008 after more than four decades at Sewanee: the University of the South School of Theology, where he taught church history and historical theology as the Charles Quintard Professor of Dogmatic Theology. He also directed the school’s advanced degrees program. 40

Armentrout, a native of Harrisonburg, Va., majored in history at Roanoke and earned a master’s degree in divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary. In 1970, he received a doctorate in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Two years later, he was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. Armentrout joined the University of the South in 1967, where he held a variety of teaching and leadership positions, including serving as associate dean of academic affairs and interim dean of the Episcopal seminary. He also wrote numerous publications about church history. “Don just had a deep and abiding faith in the Gospel,” said the Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan, a semi-retired professor at the University of the South School of Theology. “He would joke about ‘I’m doing it for Jesus,’ but he was.” Armentrout had a gift for lecturing about complex subjects in simple and at times lighthearted ways, Bryan said. Historical facts fascinated him. “I can remember hearing him say he was happier than a pig in muck when he was reading the minutes of some vestry in some obscure village,” Bryan said. Armentrout holds two hon— The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan orary degrees. One is a doctor of humane letters from Roanoke. The other is a doctor of divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York. He also was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus at Roanoke in 1992. Bryan has dedicated his latest book to Armentrout. The book, “Listening to the Bible: The Art of Faithful Biblical Interpretation,” will be published in December by Oxford University Press. Armentrout’s predeceased family members include his father, Louis Smith Armentrout ’22. Among his survivors are his wife, Sue Ellen Gray Armentrout, and three children — son Philip D. Armentrout ’98 and daughters Ellen A. Staszewski and Emily A. Rowles.

“Donjusthada deepandabiding faithintheGospel. Hewouldjoke about‘I’mdoing itforJesus,’but hewas.”


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alumninews held a master’s degree from Columbia University, started his career in education as a science teacher and later became a high school principal. During his retirement, he traveled extensively and enjoyed reading, sailing and collecting antique firearms and furniture. A family man, Fenik was known for his witty sense of humor, his smile and peaceful composure. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Jo Fraley Fenik ’49. Frank I. Henderson Jr. ’52, a Marine Corps veteran, passed away Nov. 25, 2012, in Greenwich, Conn. He was an insurance professional and ultimately was appointed president, CEO and member of the board of directors of United States Life Insurance. He also was designated as a Certified Life Underwriter. Ruth G. Jarrett ’52, a resident of Roanoke, died Jan. 19, 2013. John F. O’Brien ’52, a U.S. Navy veteran, passed away in West Point, Ala., on Jan. 2, 2013. He was retired from West Point Pepperell. A natural athlete, O’Brien was captain of the Roanoke College basketball team and officiated high school and club basketball for many years. He also enjoyed coaching Little League baseball, as well as basketball and football. He was actively involved in the local schools and served on the school board. O’Brien was a committed parishioner of the Holy Family Catholic Church. His wife, Ann Elizabeth Cain O’Brien ’52, predeceased him. Robert C. Perdue ’52, a U.S. Navy veteran and Roanoke resident, passed away April 26, 2013. He was an electrical engineer and author of a collection of original poetry, “The Gist of Life Ain’t What it Was.” He will be remembered for his quick wit, fair play and love of country. Betty Keesling Kilmer ’53, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Oct. 30, 2012. She was employed with Tennessee Eastman Co., and later worked as a legal secretary with General Dynamics. She was an active member of Bible Study Fellowship and Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. Earl H. Rakes ’53, of Fincastle, passed away June 12, 2013. Among his survivors are his daughter, Pamela Rakes Jennings ’86, and his son, Jeffrey E. Rakes ’83. Frederic T. Bradley ’54, of Boones Mill, Va., died May 7, 2013. Following graduation from Roanoke, he served in the U.S. Army. Bradley was an account manager with Carolina Ribbon and retired after 40 years of service. His interests included hunting, fishing, world travel and sports car racing. Doris Beahm Dewitt ’54, of Orlan-

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do, Fla., died Jan. 18, 2009. Lt. Col. Robert S. Masters (Ret.) ’54 died June 4, 2013. He completed Naval Flight Training at Pensacola, Fla., and was selected to fly jets. During the 27 years he served with the U.S. Marines, he flew single engine fighter jets. A man of many passions, Masters was a sales manager with Scientific Products of American Hospital Corporation, owner-operator of Master Plan Travel Agency and a pilot of F8U Crusaders out of the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas. Friends describe him as self-confident, gregarious and humble. Among his survivors are his wife, Bettie Sue Siler Masters ’59, his daughter, Deborah Masters Camitta ’87, his sisters Elizabeth L. Masters ’49 and Virginia Masters Leonard ’53, and his identical twin brother, Miles H. Masters ’54. Norman R. Stemple ’54 died Nov. 11, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. He held an M.S. degree in physics from Penn State and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas Christian University (TCU). His professional career included nine years with IBM Research, eight years with TCU and 17 years with Alcon Labs. He also worked part-time as a tax preparer with H&R Block. During retirement years, he enjoyed foreign travel and community service. He was a volunteer with Tarrant Area Food Bank, Guardianship Services and also a volunteer computer instructor. Stemple was an active choir member of Trinity Lutheran Church. His survivors include his brother, Eugene P. Stemple ’61. Dennis G. Case ’55, a lifelong educator, passed away June 9, 2013, in Staunton, Va. He earned a Master of Arts degree from James Madison University and started his career as an English instructor at Staunton Military Academy. He later chaired the department and eventually was appointed headmaster of the Academy. In 1975, he became assistant principal at Riverheads High School in Augusta County and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2008. Case was a faithful member of Staunton’s Trinity Episcopal Church where he served in many leadership capacities. Georgia Baum Green ’55 died Nov. 25, 2012, in Richmond, Va. She served on the boards of The Alliance of Richmond Dental Society and Children’s Theater, and was a member of The Women’s Club and Country Club of Virginia. Green was a fundraising chairman for the American Cancer Society and a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Richard K. Green ’53. Naomi Kibler Naff ’55 died April 18,

2012, in Solon, Ohio. She is survived by her husband, Dr. George B. Naff ’53. Barbara Walter Schneider ’55, of West Brighton, N.Y., died on Jan. 8, 2013. She held a variety of jobs and eventually earned a master’s degree in religious studies from St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, N.Y. She became the director of religious education at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. She also taught sixth grade at St. Rita’s School in Meiers Corners, Staten Island, N.Y., from 1987 until her retirement in 2000. Louise Powell Marshall ’56, a resident of Natural Bridge, Va., died Oct. 6, 2012. Virginia Shields ’56 died Jan. 22, 2013, in Roanoke. She managed the laboratory of Winchester General Hospital for 30 years. An avid birdwatcher, she will be remembered for her generosity, kindness, independence, humor and keen intellect. Bruce Wygal ’56 died Dec. 18, 2012, in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was employed with International Paper for more than 30 years and traveled extensively with his job. Wygal was a member of Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church and the International Paper Supervisors Club. In his leisure, he enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Sandra Richards Ruefer ’58 died Nov. 26, 2012, in her residence near Hillsboro, Va. She was associated with numerous volunteer organizations, serving as a docent at the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History. She served as president of the boards of Vale Community Club in Oakton and the Volunteer Council at the National Trust Historic Site of Oatlands. She also was a board member of the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. Walter M. Spangler ’58, of Roanoke, died Nov. 29, 2012. He was a

retired car design engineer of the Norfolk and Western Railway, and an active member of Northview United Methodist Church. Among his survivors are two sons, Mark D. Spangler ’87 and Eric L. Spangler ’94. Charles F. Zoll Jr. ’58 died June 15, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pa. Richard K. Burton ’59 died in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 12, 2013. During his career, he was employed with Appalachian Power, WSLS-TV, WRFT-TV and Houck Advertising. He is survived by his wife, Athena Economy Burton ’52. Rodney P. Price ’59, of Concord, N.C., died Sept. 5, 2012. He was a Korean conflict Air Force veteran and active member of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association. A dedicated employee of General Electric for almost four decades, he was an integral part of the Marketing Division. Jack G. Dunn ’60, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, died Oct. 6, 2012, in Greencastle, Pa. He began his career with the Potomac Edison Company, later known as Allegheny Power in Area Development, and retired 31 years later as internal auditor. Dunn enjoyed outdoor sports and bicycling trips in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Hagerstown Young at Heart Tennis group, the American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church and several fraternal organizations. Charles G. Kerfoot Jr. ’60 died on Jan. 14, 2013. A resident of Winston, Ga., Kerfoot served in the U.S. Army and Merchant Marines during World War II and the Korean War. He received numerous military accommodations during the Korean conflict, including the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He served as the commander of the VFW Post 5150. Kerfoot retired as a public relations offi-

Dr. Beth Ann Collins ’61 died Oct. 13, 2012. After graduating from Roanoke, she went on to the University of Virginia where she was one of four women accepted in the School of Medicine at that time. She served her internship and surgical residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and continued obstetrics and gynecology residency at George Washington University until 1970, when she joined the Physicians to Women practice in Roanoke. In 1974, she was named a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Collins was awarded the Women’s Achievement Award in Health Care by the YWCA and was a former board member of the Adult Day Care Center in Roanoke. In 1992, she was the recipient of Roanoke College’s Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni Award. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad, music and sports, closely following the University of Virginia and the Washington Redskins.


alumninews cer for the Tennessee Valley Authority. James G. Raleigh ’60, of Miller Place, N.Y., passed away Dec. 7, 2012. He was predeceased by his brother, John J. Raleigh ’52. Brother Raymond B. Raleigh ’62, is among his survivors. Robert A. Turner ’60, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, died April 6, 2013, in Lynchburg, Va. Turner served 33 years with Babcock and Wilcox, and later was employed with Areva and the Owners Group. He enjoyed physics, reading, camping and gardening and was a longtime member of the Timberlake United Methodist Church. Margaret Jensey Collier ’61 died on Aug. 26, 2012. Collier, who resided in Roanoke, was a devoted member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and choir. Her survivors include two daughters, Leslie English Richards ’85 and Margaret English Price ’87. Carlos L. Chase Jr. ’63, of Gainesville, Fla., died Oct. 29, 2012. He played basketball during his years at Roanoke. Chase was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Katherine Dumont Lord ’63 died Oct. 3, 2012. She lived in Aitkin, Minn., and enjoyed biking, kayaking, crosscountry skiing, horseback riding and gardening. She was a longtime volunteer at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and also was an amateur radio operator. Mary Teaford Chambliss ’64, an agricultural service officer, died Jan. 8, 2013, in Alexandria, Va. She retired from the Foreign Agricultural Service after 40 years of federal employment, all with the Department of Agriculture, with the exception of a few years with the State Department’s International Development Cooperation Agency. During her last years of employment, she received international honor awards from the Foreign Agricultural Service. Chambliss held a master’s degree in government from George Washington University. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Teaford Beck ’59. Bruce W. Griffith ’64, a General Electric retiree, died Sept. 26, 2012, in Roanoke. He was a member of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lourice Ferris Thomas ’64 died on Oct. 27, 2012, in Roanoke. She and her husband operated Melrose BBQ for 24 years. She also established Thomas Tax Service where she worked until she was in her 80s. She was a member of the Roanoke Catholic Historical Museum, the Roanoke Woman’s Club and many civic organizations. A lifelong member of St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Thomas took pleasure in painting, cooking, sewing, crafts, dancing and animals.


Ward C. Akers ’65 died on July 7, 2008. During his college years, he served as president of Kappa Alpha Order. He was the director and owner of Hy-Lake Camps, Quebec, Tenn., for many years. Wallace A. Reed ’65, of Roanoke, died Dec. 28, 2012. He took over his father’s ice cream business and for many years ran two restaurants as Reed’s Frostee Freez and Wally’s Frostee Freez. He finished his career as a security officer with Hollins College. Reed also served as a volunteer with the Roanoke City Auxiliary Police Force for more than 20 years, rising to the rank of captain. He was a member of the Ninth Street Church of the Brethren in Roanoke. Penelope Nickels Wilkes ’65 died Nov. 16, 2012. A resident of Gulf Breeze, Fla., her career took her from practical nursing to social work where she spent more than 20 years with the Department of Children and Families. She enjoyed her children and spending time with her grandchildren. Before her passing, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Alaska and China. Anne L. Haulsee ’68 died March 17, 2013, in Alexandria, Va. After graduating from Roanoke, she earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology from West Virginia University and worked as a consultant for the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies. Her work included traveling across the country to speak about career goals and employment. Haulsee was president of the National Association of Woman Business Owners, 1979-80, and she was listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She later assisted her husband in his real estate career. During her college years and afterward, Haulsee was very active in the Delta Gamma Sorority and held many leadership positions in the organization. Among her survivors is a stepdaughter, Samantha Boyle O’Hara ’90. Roderick J. MacKenzie Jr. ’68 died Oct. 23, 2012, in Menlo Park, Calif. After graduating from Roanoke, he earned a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and began practicing law. While living in Connecticut, he participated in Republican politics on the local, state and national levels and was elected first selectman of Newtown, Conn. He later became town manager for Salisbury, Mass. In 2001, he earned a degree from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and served as a mental health counselor until 2008. MacKenzie enjoyed a variety of hobbies including running, hiking, politics, debating, meditation, singing and reading. Judy Guthrie Perdue ’68 passed away in Salem on March 28, 2013. She

was a devoted homemaker and worked with Volunteer Tutor Literacy and Volunteers of America for more than 10 years. Jerry L. Peverall ’69 died Jan. 31, 2013, in Bedford, Va. During his early career, he served in the Peace Corps for two years in India, then joined Americorps VISTA program for two years. He was a woodshop teacher and counselor with Lower Yukon School District Central Office in Mountain Village, Alaska, for 16 years. Later in life, he spent another two years in the Peace Corps in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, where he also served as a professor of English. Peverall was an artist in many mediums, including photography, and enjoyed traveling and learning. He held five bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees. Jayne Moore Lee ’71 died June 27, 2012, in Oldsmar, Fla. She was a longtime volunteer with Mease Countryside Hospital, a member of the Red Hat Society, past president of a women’s golf league and member of Eastlake Woodlands Country Club and Eastlake United Methodist Church. Lee was devoted to her family and enjoyed golf, tennis and cooking. J. Annette Wright ’72, of Reston, Va., died March 21, 2013. She was an auditor and computer expert with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Wright was a long-standing member of Fairlington United Methodist Church. Chip Warsaw ’73, a U.S. Air Force veteran, passed away in Roanoke on Feb. 11, 2013. He was a banking professional for 15 years. He later worked as a stockbroker. Warsaw enjoyed all sports and was an avid golfer. He was an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and a volunteer at the Presbyterian Community Center, where he served on the Board of Directors. His survivors include a daughter, Michelle Warsaw Fisher ’94. Tim Ribar ’74, professional photographer, died unexpectedly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in November 2012. An active member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, he was the official photographer for nearly three decades, enthusiastically capturing history of students at Pi Kapp College, Journey of Hope cyclists and Leadership Conference events. He was a founding member of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation’s Nu Phi Society and attended nearly every convention since its inception. Ribar also freelanced for various Roanoke College events. Robert G. Middleton ’76 passed

away in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 6, 2013. He was an entrepreneur his entire professional career and a pioneer and leader in network marketing with several companies. Bobby M. Collins ’77 died Feb. 4, 2013, in Mooresville, N.C. He matriculated at Roanoke after serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. Among his survivors is a brother, James P. Collins ’73. James (Jay) Maxey ’78 died on Jan. 18, 2013, in Roanoke. He was employed with General Electric and NAPA. Maxey enjoyed electronics, pets and gardening. His son, James D. Maxey ’84, is among his survivors. Marvin Robinson ’78 passed away in Roanoke on April 21, 2013. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Phyllis Riggle Wade ’81, of Manassas, Va., died on July 30, 2012. Dr. Jill Sizemore Glass ’82, of Roanoke, died July 30, 2012. She was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and practiced dentistry with Affordable Care in Bedford. Dr. Glass also volunteered at the Roanoke Rescue Mission Dental Clinic. The Rev. Paul L. Smith Jr. ’85 died on Dec. 27, 2012. The Roanoke native was employed with United Healthcare. He was a soloist and sang with the Roanoke College Choir for many years. Melody Wood Yingling ’85 died on Sept. 21, 2012. She lived in Salem and was a program analyst with the City of Salem and a lifelong member of First Church of God in Roanoke. Elton W. Pangburn ’86 died July 26, 2012, in Roanoke. Edwin L. Williams III ’87 passed away on May 19, 2013, while on a trip to Peru, South America. Brian S. Andrews ’92, a Roanoke resident, died April 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife Ann Parker Andrews ’94. Mary Shelton ’98, of Roanoke, died on Sept. 28, 2012. She had worked at Lewis Gale Hospital and Hopetree Family Services. Melissa Skye Downey ’99 died in Ladera Ranch, Calif., on April 1, 2013. She was devoted to her husband and three young children. Mary Ann Cannaday Robinson ’99 passed away March 12, 2013. At the time of her death, she was a fourthgrade teacher at Highland Park Elementary School in Roanoke. Greg W. Cassell ’01, of Roanoke, passed away unexpectedly on May 9, 2013. Cassell worked in merchandising for Advance Auto Parts. Roy P. McKenzie ’10, of Stephens City, Va., died Jan. 14, 2012. RC

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alumninews [IN MEMORIAM]

A standout leader, a person of good will BRUCE E. MELCHOR III ’72, the longestserving member of the current Roanoke College Board of Trustees, died suddenly on Oct. 6. in Norfolk, Va. He was 64. Melchor possessed an enthusiastic spirit for service, joining the College’s Board of Trustees only two years after graduating from Roanoke with a bachelor’s of business administration in 1972. He went on to earn a master’s of business administration from the College of William & Mary. Melchor was a standout leader as a student and as a trustee. He was president of the student body, business manager of the yearbook, and he received the John Bushnell Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and loyalty to the College. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. “He was a person with passion,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said at an Oct.12 memorial service for Melchor. “He was a person of good will and he was a person who nurtured and treasured relationships.” When Melchor was honored as one of the College’s Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni in 1992, he said, “other than family, going to Roanoke College was the best thing that ever happened to me. I met people and maintained those friendships. Roanoke College armed me with a degree and an attitude-a friendly and good one. I’ve been ambitious. My experience at Roanoke strengthened the drive.” On Oct. 25, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Melchor, noting that “Virginia’s higher education institutions and civic organizations were positively and indelibly enriched by his tireless energy, largesse, gentle spirit and zest for life.” Melchor “appreciated history and beauty,” Maxey said. “At Roanoke, he took great interest in the arts, promoting our permanent collection of art, encouraging the proper restoration, cataloguing and display. He also had a strong interest in history, whether it was about Norfolk, William &

Melchoroncewroteof hisloveforRoanoke College:“Thereisjoyin thispassion...joythat comesfromfriendships, joythatisderivedfrom memories,joythat comesfromhardwork.”

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Mary, Roanoke or the Commonwealth of Virginia. He loved and respected the significance of heritage.” As a member of the Board of Trustees, he served on the institutional advancement committee and he was a big supporter of the arts, both at Roanoke and in the community at large. Melchor was a Sustaining Associate and a charter member of Roanoke’s Society of 1842. Melchor was an accomplished writer and contributed to the Roanoke College magazine on several occasions. One of his stories was about his love of his alma mater, but it could also be considered a story about how he approached life. In the article, he wrote: “Finally, there is joy in this passion … joy that comes from friendships, joy that is derived from memories, joy that comes from hard work. It is pride in our accomplishments. The passion burns and the flame will be hot and will burn brightly.” Such was the life of Bruce Melchor. His commitment to the friendships formed at Roanoke lasted his entire life. Melchor was president of Boyd-Bluford, a Norfolk-based wholesale distributorship, for more than 30 years. He served as a member of the Tidewater Community College Board for 30 years and became the first president of the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, guiding the community college to a successful $1 million campaign. Melchor served as president of the Lochhaven Civic League and was a member of the Virginia Zoo Board and the Cosmopolitan Club. He participated in several Norfolk City Council committees and was an active member of the church council at First Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Melchor is survived by his parents, Bruce E. Melchor Jr. and Patricia Boyd Melchor; wife, Elizabeth Fife Melchor; two children, son Douglas Alyn Melchor and daughter Margaret Elizabeth Melchor; father-in-law Alyn F. Fife; brother R. Boyd Melchor; sisters Lee M. Turlington and Anne M. Bremus; and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.


SEPT. 27–29, 2013







HONOR R OL L 2 012– 2 0 13

Dear Friends: “I believe!” These powerful words rang out time after time during Roanoke’s national campaign kickoff in April. Alumni, parents, and friends alike stepped forward to say “I believe in Roanoke.” We joined together to mark a moment in Roanoke’s history, honoring our past and celebrating our aspirations for tomorrow. We proclaimed that this is Roanoke’s moment to rise. Whether or not you attended that night, your voice was also heard. You have said “I believe” in the most powerful way possible. You have given generously to Roanoke, and you have fueled our momentum. Your commitment to Roanoke has enabled our students and faculty to reach new milestones of achievement this year. From a record number of national awards for students, including Fulbright fellowships, to significant recognitions of faculty as exemplary teachers, scholars and authors, Roanoke’s distinctiveness is crystal clear. Students are traversing the world, learning from and giving back to society. Research that started in our labs is reaching your homes and communities. The campus is becoming more beautiful with every season. Our students are becoming models of character, discipline and intellect — future leaders. And those in the know in higher education have noticed. Roanoke once again was selected as one of the top 10 Up-and-Coming National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. In only three years, the College has moved from No. 7, to No. 4, and then, just this September, was named No. 2 — in the country. For the third consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Roanoke as one of the best colleges in the United States — among only 9 percent of more than 4,000 institutions in the nation. Washington Monthly recently recognized Roanoke for the value of its degree. The list goes on. You believed, and now others do too. I’m pleased to share this Honor Roll of donors with you. You will see familiar names — those that grace campus buildings or those that appear in the titles of important academic and educational programs. Other names may not be as familiar, but they are people who share your dedication to Roanoke. Each person shown here has made Roanoke a priority in his or her life. Together, they allowed Roanoke to experience its most successful fund-raising year ever in 2012-13. “I believe,” magnified by many, is allowing Roanoke to achieve at unprecedented levels. Those words deserve two more equally necessary ones: Thank you. We try to say it often, and we hope it conveys the depth of appreciation we all feel for your generosity and partnership. With your belief in Roanoke, we are rising like never before. Sincerely,

Michael C. Maxey President

2012-2013 Associates THE ROANOKE COLLEGE ASSOCIATES PROGRAM recognizes those individuals and organizations that make a significant outright, or cash, gift in a single fiscal year. Members, known as Associates, provide the lifeblood of annual support for the College. In the pages that follow, Associates are shown by the level of support they contributed during fiscal year 2012-2013. All Associates are valued partners in Roanoke’s past, present, and future.

2012-2013 MEMBERSHIP IS RECOGNIZED WITH THE FOLLOWING LEADERSHIP CLUBS: Associates Program Since 1969, Roanoke College’s Associates Program has recognized the College’s most generous supporters. Members of the program, or Associates, quickly became a vital source of support and the partners that helped ensure the College’s progress. At one time, College supporters could establish a gift of $25,000 or more for the College, granting them lifetime membership in the program. Today, these members are called Sustaining Associates.

There are four levels of Maroon Club membership: Captain’s Circle: $1,000 and above; Silver Member: $500 – $999; Bronze Member: $250 – $499; Member: $100 – $249. Today, Associates are the largest source of gift income for the College each year. Their vision and commitment have allowed Roanoke to flourish and to grow into a nationally recognized college.

Over the years the program has grown in strength and numbers. Likewise, Associates gift levels grew. With seven levels of club membership, Associates can participate with growing impact:

LIFETIME DISTINGUISHED ASSOCIATE Lifetime membership for cumulative giving of $250,000 or more

BITTLE SOCIETY Outright gifts of $25,000 to $249,999 per year

FOUNDER’S ASSOCIATE Outright gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 per year

HERITAGE ASSOCIATE Outright gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 per year

COLLEGIATE ASSOCIATE Outright gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 per year

ASSOCIATE Outright gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 per year

In 2011, Roanoke College launched a Young Associates program for Roanoke’s young alumni, allowing those who graduated within the last 10 years to join at graduated levels of giving. The Maroon Club was established in 2012 to provide additional support for the College’s athletic programs and intercollegiate sports. Contributors who make annual Maroon Club gifts of at least $1,000 will also be recognized as Associates. Recent graduates who give to the Maroon Club at the appropriate level may be recognized as Young Associates.

When the Rev. David Bittle walked Roanoke’s early campus, he likely never imagined the thriving college that Roanoke is today — one of the nation’s premier institutions. Nonetheless, Rev. Bittle clearly envisioned a college carried forward on the shoulders of great leaders, and he spoke of the “momentous duty” of one generation to provide an education for the next. Since then, more than 890 people have faithfully stepped forward to ensure that Roanoke will grow stronger for the generations that follow. They have promised to build a legacy for the future. The Society of 1842 honors alumni, parents and friends who have ensured that their impact on Roanoke will continue. Through their wills, trusts, life insurance gifts, gift annuities, retirement or other gift plans, these special friends help assure that Roanoke will continue to rise. Estate plan gifts are a way members of the Society demonstrate their pride and regard for Roanoke. Members of the Society have established endowments for student scholarships, programs, professorships or projects that they wish to support and build beyond their lifetime. Many simply want to remember Roanoke as a place that changed their lives. It is with deep appreciation that we celebrate the commitment and vision of the Society of 1842 membership.


HONOR ROLL 2012–2013

• LIFETIME DISTINGUISHED ASSOCIATES • Anonymous (7) Randolph H. Watts & Carol C. Watts, Beckett Charitable Foundation Mrs. Claudia Belk The Belk Foundation Brooks Whitehurst Associates, Inc. The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston C. E. Richardson Benevolent Foundation Dr. and Mrs. M. Paul Capp ’52 Ms. Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’78 Mr. and Mrs. W. Morgan Churchman ’65 Mrs. Ruth M. Colket and Mr. Tristram C. Colket Jr. Beth A. Collins, M.D. ’61 ‡ Communities Foundation of Texas Mrs. Roland E. Cook Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Malon W. Courts ’92 Mr. Morris M. Cregger Jr. ’64 Cregger Company, Inc. David S. Blount Educational Foundation Mr. Harry F. Davis Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Mrs. Nancy B. DeFriece Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation., Inc. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation ELCA Vocation and Education Unit Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder Fisher ’46 Mrs. Doreen H. Fishwick Mr. and Mrs. David R. Goode Mrs. Gordon Hanes (MC) ’37 Mr. C. Steven Harkness ’70 and Mrs. Kathryn Snell Harkness ’73 Mrs. Sue Leetch Harvey ’57 ‡ Mrs. Jessie Tise Heafner Dr. Thomas R. Henretta ’58 ‡ J.A.M. Anonymous Foundation, Inc. Mr. Donald J. Kerr ’60 and Mrs. Linda J. Kerr Miss Joyce R. Kipps ’50 The Kresge Foundation Mr. Weldon S. Lawrence Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Angela G. Lieb ’64 Lillian R. Muse Trust Ms. Heidi F. Krisch ’71 and Mr. Jack Loeb Jr.


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Lutheran Brotherhood Foundation Maupin-Sizemore Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Shaun M. McConnon Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Minter Jr. ’49 Mrs. John A. Mulheren Jr. ’72 National Endowment for the Humanities Norborne F. Muir Foundation Norfolk Southern Foundation F.W. Olin Foundation Inc. The Abby and George O’Neill Trust Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Ottaway ’69 Mr. Roger A. Petersen ’81 Mrs. Timothy L. Pickle III Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey N. Pilon ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Prillaman ’68, ’68 Ruth and August Geiger Charity Foundation

The Salmon Foundation, Inc. Mr. Roger W. Sandt ’64 and Ms. Judith A. Stauffer Mr. and Mrs. John S. Shannon ’52 Mr. J. Donald Shockey Jr. ’64 Mrs. George A. Snell Mr. Donald G. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Stump ’52 Mr. Greg Surabian ’76 and Mrs. Julie Surabian Mr. Donald M. Sutton Sr. Joanne and Glenn Thornhill Jr. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Mr. and Mrs. John R. Turbyfill ’53 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Verizon Virginia Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia Synod, ELCA Wachovia Bank, N.A. Mr. and Mrs. B. Briscoe White III Mr. Benjamin B. White ’11 Dr. Brooks M. Whitehurst Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wortmann ’60


KATRINA KING ’14 “I will be the first one in my immediate family to get a fouryear degree. Roanoke appealed to me because of its small, intimate setting. I love the fact that the classes are small and that professors remember my name even though it has been two semesters since I had their class. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have the opportunity to attend Roanoke College.”

Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas A. Boccella ’71 Brooks Whitehurst Associates, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. M. Paul Capp ’52 Ms. Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’78 Mr. and Mrs. W. Morgan Churchman ’65 Mrs. Helen C. Cobbs ‡ Beth A. Collins, M.D. ’61 ‡ Mr. Morris M. Cregger Jr. ’64 Cregger Capital Investments Cregger Company, Inc. Mr. Frank Wisneski and Ms. Lynn Dale Mr. Carter S. Dubois ’99 Mr. Robert H. Duesenberg Mrs. Lynn Eckman ‡ Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Giordano Ms. Tessa L. Giordano ’10 Mr. C. Steven Harkness ’70 and Mrs. Kathryn Snell Harkness ’73 Dr. Thomas R. Henretta ’58 ‡ ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Doug and Peggy Horn ’78, ’78 J.A.M. Anonymous Foundation, Inc. Mr. Donald J. Kerr ’60 and Mrs. Linda J. Kerr Miss Joyce R. Kipps ’50 Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Liebman Ms. Lisa R. Liebman ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Shaun M. McConnon Mr. and Mrs. William McQuillan Ms. Siena D. McQuillan ’13 Mr. and Mrs. Alexander B. Mulheren ’02, ’02 Mrs. John A. Mulheren Jr. ’72 Norfolk Southern Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. O’Keefe ’80 Mr. Roger A. Petersen ’81 Mr. and Mrs. George W. Ritter ’32 ‡ The Salmon Foundation, Inc. Seven Oaks Foundation Mr. J. Donald Shockey Jr. ’64 Mr. John R. Stafford Jr. ’57 and Mrs. Shirley L. Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Stults III ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Stump ’52 Mr. and Mrs. John R. Turbyfill ’53 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Mr. and Mrs. B. Briscoe White III Mr. Benjamin B. White ’11 Dr. Brooks M. Whitehurst Dr. Garnett B. Whitehurst Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wortmann ’60

• FOUNDERS ASSOCIATES • Miss Jean Beamer ’52 Mrs. Joan B. Bugbee Charles S. and Millicent P. Brown Family Foundation Coca-Cola Company Mr. Carlton M. Collins ’62 Communities Foundation of Texas Mr. and Mrs. Malon W. Courts ’92 Mr. John C. Dixon Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fdn., Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dubois Mr. John M. Duckworth Ms. Katherine R. Duckworth ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Duckworth Charitable Foundation Exxon Education Foundation Mrs. Doreen H. Fishwick Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Franks Mr. and Mrs. David R. Goode GS Carolina Mr. and Mrs. David L. Guy ’75 The Estate of Richard D. Guy ’38 ‡ Mrs. Uldene W. Guy Ms. Judith B. Hall ’69 Mrs. Gordon Hanes (MC) ’37 Mr. Douglas W. Hopkins ’79 George Kegley ’49 and Louise Kegley Edward G. and Anne-Marie Kohinke Mr. and Mrs. Patrick R. Leardo Leardo Asset Management, LLC Dr. and Mrs. Jay H. Lucas ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Lucas Mr. Matthew S. Lucas Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust Mrs. Katherine R. MacGregor ’51 Martha & William Adams Scholarship Trust Mr. and Mrs. Olin R. Melchionna Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Morehead Mr. Peter C. O’Neill ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Prillaman ’68, ’68 Mr. and Mrs. John B. Reichenbach Dr. Stuart F. Ross ’72 Mr. and Mrs. John S. Shannon ’52 Mr. Ronald E. Sink and Mrs. Janice W. Sink The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. The Shockey Companies Mr. and Mrs. Donald Torey Ms. Kathleen L. Toyoda ’68 and Mr. Larry D. Reser Mr. Harry Trigg and Dr. Linda Parham John and LeAnn Turbyfill Judge and Mrs. James C. Turk ’49 United Lutheran Appeal of Virginia Verizon Virginia Synod, ELCA Mrs. Mary H. Wise ‡

• HERITAGE ASSOCIATES • Mrs. Regine Archer Dr. Stephen M. Baker ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Baker Jr. Bank of America Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Bays Mr. Andrew T. Bonasera ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Blair A. Boyer Mr. and Mrs. James C. Burling Mr. and Mrs. John W. Burress Ms. Pamela Lynn (Schaper) Cabalka ’76 Carter Machinery Co, Inc. Cheer Excellence, Inc. Computer Associates Dr. Richard H. W. Dillard ’58 Mr. Steve Disbrow ’66 and Mrs. Marilyn Disbrow Mrs. Beverly Eyerly ‡ FastSigns Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James D. Glascott Mr. John Holman and Mrs. Frances Holman ’71, ’73 Mrs. Irene L. Howland ’48 ‡ IBM Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Kilmurray Mr. Michael W. Lantz ’87 Mr. and Mrs. David W. Laughlin Mrs. Leta Mae Lester (MC) ’45 ‡ Dr. and Mrs. David M. Lintner Ron Lundy ’70 and Judy Lundy Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Maxey Mr. W. David McCoy ’62 McKee Family Foundation Mrs. Mary Grady McMichael ’43 Claire Peragine Meaney ’78 and John Meaney ’73 Mr. Danny G. Monk ’64 Mr. and Mrs. John C. Newton ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Diedrich D. Oglesbee Jr. The Abby and George O’Neill Trust Mr. and Mrs. G. Michael Pace Jr. Mr. John C. Parrott II Mr. J. Neal Payne Jr. Ms. Joanna C. Payne HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



Richfield Retirement Community Mr. Dale C. Sarjeant ’74 and Mrs. Janet Vass Sarjeant ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald P. Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Townsend C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Stevens ’90 Stop In Food Stores Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Strelka ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tarr ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew K. Teeter ’71 Rutherfoord, A. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Trigg Properties, LLC Mr. William A. Turk U.S. Industrial Piping, Inc.

• COLLEGIATE ASSOCIATES • Anonymous (1) Dr. and Mrs. Gyorgy A. Abel Apartment Services Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Barnes Dr. and Mrs. Dominick Benedetto Mr. William S. Beroza ’77 William and Susan Murdock Brenzovich ’71, ’75 Brown Edwards and Company, LLP Mr. Herbert H. Butt ’51 Dr. and Mrs. Paul C. Caldwell ’66 Dr. D. Rae Carpenter Jr. ’49 Carpet Village, Inc. Mr. Dennis G. Case ‡ Chick-fil-A of Salem Mr. and Mrs. William P. Coles IV Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Dishaw Jr. ’78 Doctors of Enjoyment


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Debra A. Downard Mr. Perry R. Downing ’81 and Mrs. Jessica B. Downing ’82 E. R. Bane Trust Dr. and Mrs. Norman D. Fintel Danae Psilopoulos Foley and John E. Foley Mr. Frank Gilmore ’61 and Mrs. Gail Gilmore Mark L. Gobble ’87 Ms. Barbara Gollan Mrs. Sam R. Good Mr. Thomas Stuart Gordon ’78 Dr. and Mrs. Harold B. Haley Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Hatcher ’59, ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Hathaway ’73 Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation Jane Smith Turner Foundation Mr. Earl Johnston ’56 and Mrs. Margaret Ann Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Julio Patrick ’99 and Cara ’98 Kenney Mr. Donald Kinzer ’74 Mr. and Mrs. George M. LaBranche IV Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Laughon Law Office of Patrick J. Kenney, PLC Anna L. and Thomas T. Lawson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Lentz Mac and Bob’s John and Marybeth McKeown McLaughlin & Moran, Inc. Mr. S. D. Roberts Moore Mr. and Mrs. Terrence P. Moran ’81 Mr. Daniel L. Morison ’92 Mr. Stephen B. Mungall ’84 and Mrs. Linda E. Mungall ’85 Mr. William A. Nash ’74 and Mrs. Clara Johnstone Nash ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. O’Donnell

Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey S. Parker Parker Foundation Mr. William F. Peel Pepsi Cola Company Ms. Douglas F. Powell ’97 J. Christopher and Terry K. Price Prudential Mr. J. Tyler Pugh ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Regnell Mr. Steve Rhodes ’74 and Mrs. Betsy Rhodes ’78 Mrs. Carole Crotts Rich Danny and Helen Robertson Mr. Robert Rotanz ’78 and Mrs. Wendy Everbach Rotanz ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Sadtler Mr. and Mrs. David E. Schmelz ’78, ’79 Mrs. Will J. Selzer State Farm Insurance Companies Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Toomey Mr. Jimmy Turk ’79 and Mrs. Allison Turk Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Vaughan Jr. Mr. and Mrs. E. David Walter Jr. Mr. Christopher M. Walters ’00 Wells Fargo Bank Mr. Steven C. White and Ms. Elizabeth Futrall Metro - D. C. Synod, Women of the ELCA Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Zdziarski II

• ASSOCIATES • Anonymous (6) Cloyd J. Abruzzo Family Foundation Judge and Mrs. G. Steven Agee Col. Benjamin B. Albert, USA (Ret.) ’49 ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Allen ’71 Mr. Scott Allison ’79 and Mrs. Bonnie Allison Allsports Cafe J. M. Ambrose-Cosby Amgen, Inc. Mr. Anthony F. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Roger Anglin Anthony F. Anderson, Atty. Applications Systems Consulting Mr. Kenneth Atkins Mr. John M. Atkinson ’57 Drs. Bobbye and Thomas Au Mr. Douglas W. Ayres ’53 Young Living Trust Mrs. Tracie Bush Baetz ’78 In Memory of Our Son - Brandon S. Bailey ’02 Dr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bane Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bane III ’95 Mrs. Betty L. Barbatsuly ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Barber Drs. Robert and Louise Barnett Mr. and Mrs. William Barnett Mr. C. Homer Bast ‡ Mr. Stephen Bast ’75 and Mrs. Rebecca Bast ’75 Mrs. Sally Wendler Bauer ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Baugh Jr. Frederick H. Beals III ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Brian Becker ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Belton ’81 Mr. William C. Benassi ’84 and Mrs. Pilar Diaz Benassi ’82 Ms. Carol J. Bernick ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Bernlohr Bernlohr, Niekamp & Weisensell, LLP Mr. Kermit Birchfield ’68 and Mrs. Glenys Birchfield Dr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Blaha Tommy and Kim Blair ’85, ’93 Ms. Teresa P. Blethyn Dr. Adrienne Bloss Mr. and Mrs. William J. Bole Jr. Dr. D. Bivings Bonham ’82 Mr. Charlie Boswell ’74 and Mrs. Martha Boswell Mr. Homer“Major”K. Bowen, Jr. (MC) ’56 and Mrs. Genevieve Bowen (MC) ’56 Kevin and Lisa Bowling Dom Ambros Ms. Losana E. Boyd Jenny ’84 and Don Bradley Mr. and Mrs. William F. Brenton Jr. ’77 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Mrs. Kathryn M. A. Brotherton ’99 and Mr. Matthew D. Brotherton ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Brown Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bryan ’63 Mr. George J. Buchanan Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steven T. Burkhead Mr. Ryan D. Burrows Athena E. Burton Richard K. Burton ‡ Tony and April Byrd ’06 Mr. C.J. Caldwell Mr. Steven C. Caldwell ’79 and Mrs. Tracy H. Caldwell ’87 ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Campbell Dr. Timothy J. Carlson and Mrs. Luann Aki Ms. Connie K. Carmack Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Carpenter IV ’99, ’99 Mr. Terry W. Carriker ’61 and Mrs. Bette Banse Carriker ’61 Rev. L. Clyde Carter and Rev. Karen S. Carter Mr. Todd M. Cassidy ’00 and Mrs. Anna Morgan Cassidy ’98 Caterpillar, Inc. Central Vision Solutions Charles Koch Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Brian T. Chisom Mr. and Mrs. James L. Chisom ’84 Mr. and Mrs. David B. Chittock Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Dan A. Chrisman Mr. A. Mark Christopher and Mrs. Leslie Nunnally Christopher ’72 Alison B. ’76 and Jay R. ’75 Churchill Dr. Douglas E. Clark ’72 Mr. Ernie Clayton ’58 and Mrs. Nancy Clayton Judge Chris Clemens ’87 and Mrs. Meg Clemens Miss Louise Clendenen The Cleveland Foundation Ms. Jeanne M. Cline Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Colket ’98, ’98 Mrs. Ruth M. Colket and Mr. Tristram C. Colket Jr. The Colket Foundation Mr. Earle Connelly and Mrs. Jean Connelly Mr. Glen Conrad and Mrs. Mary Ann Conrad Mrs. Pamela Cotter Cordingley ’72 and Mr. Bill A. Cordingley Corrugated Container Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Coyle III Mrs. Sally Fishburn Crockett Mr. Dennis Cronk and Mrs. Elaine Milan Cronk Mrs. Michelle Austin Crook ’93

SYL ROGERS ’16 “Growing up in a less-privileged community has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but it has more importantly made me realize the value of college education. My plans are to complete college and major in biochemistry with a minor in computer science. I hope to be a positive influence to people around me and make changes in their lives.”

Mr. David L. Croswell ’93 Mr. Sigmund E. Davidson ’43 Ms. Suzanne Davis ’68 Mary Jane de Carvalho, M.D. Ann Draper de Olazarra ’50 Mrs. Eve-Lynn A. Deegan ’56 Mr. Steven J. Devlin ’98 and Mrs. Meggen L. Devlin ’00 Mr. Chip Dondrea ’71 and Ms. Brucie Boggs ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Donovan Mr. Paul R. Dotson ’64 and Mrs. Carol W. Dotson ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Downes Mrs. Joan N. Downing Mr. William Doxanas ’72 Dr. and Mrs. Christian Ecker Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blaine Elliott IV Mr. Philip H. Elliott Jr. ’51 Ms. Mary D. Ellis Ms. Nancy Layton Elsam Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Emerson ’80 Emerson Electric Company Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Esworthy ’91, ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Nick Fairbanks ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Fariss Jr. Mr. Skip Fidura ’91 and Mrs. Christie Fidura Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Fields ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Courtney S. Fitch Jane Flax-Vogan ’66 and Michael Flax Mr. and Mrs. James H. Ford ’56, ’56 The Fortnightly Club of Roanoke College Newbern Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Frentz David and Elizabeth Freund Mr. Thomas P. Gates ’92 GCH Publications, Inc. General Electric Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Leonard G. Getschel Jr. ’71 Mr. Michael H. Gibson Gifts of Hope Mrs. Carolyn Glasgow ’80 and Mr. William Glasgow Goldman Sachs Dr. James Goodwin and Pamela Kiser Goodwin ’73 Mr. James G. Graham Jr. ’78 Mr. A. Wesley Graves VI ’63 Dr. William and Dr. Fann Greer Mr. William and Mrs. Carrie Greer Mr. and Mrs. John Gregory Jr. Col. and Mrs. John B. Griffin Jr. Dr. David and Mrs. Susan Gring Mrs. Lindsay Powell Higginbotham Grist Mr. and Mrs. G. Tayloe Gwathmey III ’02, ’05 Mr. Jonathan Hagmaier Mr. Michael P. Haley ’73 Timothy R. Hall ’83 and Renee D. Hall ’86 Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Hamilton Rev. Jonathan Hamman and Dr. Chelsea Hamman ’97, ’98 Mr. John E. Handley ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Adam M. Hardison Mr. and Mrs. Clayton T. Hardon Mr. and Mrs. James W. Harkness Jr. ’64, ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Harrison V ’82 HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



Mr. Kevin Hartz ’92 and Mrs. Liz Hartz Dr. John H. Hash Ms. Rebecca A. Hawkins Mrs. George S. Headford Headford Charitable Trust Mr. James S. Heckman Rev. and Mrs. R. Paul Henrickson Mrs. Sandra M. Henson Hermes Family Foundation The Hershey Company Mr. Jerry J. Higginbotham and Mrs. Doris Higginbotham Mrs. Thelma Shank Hildebrand ’49 Mr. John M. Hills Paul J. Hirsch, M.D. ’57 H.J. Heinz Company Mr. and Mrs. Gregory T. Holland ’81, ’82 The Rev. George A. Hull ’62 Mrs. Sidney Y. Hunter Mr. Reginald K. Hutcherson ’52 and Mrs. Mary Alice Hutcherson Michael and Barbara Hutkin Interactive Achievement, Inc. John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation Michael R. and Elizabeth J. Johns Dr. and Mrs. Harry I. Johnson Jr. ’48 Mr. and Mrs. McMillan Johnson IV ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Johnson Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Hal Johnston Jr. ’72 LTC Harry M. Jones (Ret.) Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Jones Mr. William Jones Ms. Lindsey Porter Jones Dr. Darwin D. Jorgensen and Dr. Cheryl Jorgenson-Earp Mr. Andrew J. Jowdy Sr. ’82 Deborah and Robert Kaplan Carl and Marne Kappes Dr. Thomas J. Schvehla and Ms. Lori-Nan Kaye Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. A. Keeley ’42 Mr. C. Troy Keeney Mr. David Keister ’80 and Mrs. Jan Keister Jane and Tim Kelly ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Clyde V. Kelly III Mr. Richard B. Kelly ’74 Mr. David W. Kennamer ’64 William I. and Deborah C. Kissinger Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. Knott Mr. and Mrs. Erik J. Kocher Mrs. Cynthia A. Koson ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Kuhl ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Damian Kunko ’97 Peter and Jennifer Landry Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lane Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Lanford Jr. Dr. Lorraine S. Lange and Mr. William E. Lange Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Lawrence III Ms. Margaret G. Lawson Ms. Amy L. Layman ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Leach Mr. Patrick E. Leardo Dr. George C. Herring Jr. ’57 Mr. Jonathan E. Lee ’95


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Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lemon Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey A. Lester III Mr. Thad Q. Lewis and Mrs. Eleanor Greever Lewis ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Linn Jr. Ms. Heidi F. Krisch ’71 and Mr. Jack Loeb Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Logan III Judge and Mrs. Thomas J. Love ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lynn ’65 Ms. Lucinda Lyon-Vaiden Mr. and Mrs. Art J. MacDowell ’78 Mr. Thomas R. M. Maddux Mr. and Mrs. Dennis M. Mahoney ’65 Dr. and Mrs. David D. Makel Mr. Stuart H. Malone ’68 Dr. Deborah L. Manjoney ’74 and Mr. T. Scott Stanwyck Betsy Adams Martin ’84 and Tim L. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Mason Mr. Joshua N. Mattox ’01 Bishop and Mrs. James F. Mauney Rev. Dr. and Mrs. J. Luther Mauney Jr. ’60 Mr. Michael McAllister ’83 and Mrs. Maureen McAllister ’82 Mr. James R. McLean III ’74 Dr. and Mrs. Larry R. Meador Mr. Barry T. Meek ’91 Mr. Bruce E. Melchor III ’72 ‡ and Mrs. Elizabeth F. Melchor Capt. and Mrs. Norbert W. Melnick Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod ELCA Milliken and Company Rev. Dr. Malcolm L. Minnick Jr. ’55 In memory of Suzanne Moe Kettler, class of 1980 Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Moir Mr. and Mrs. Bradley A. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Clinton S. Morse Mr. Patrick J. Muldowney ’90 Mrs. Joyce P. Murray ’55 Ms. Melissa Nelson ’81 New Mexico Assets Holding Company Mr. and Mrs. Jess Newbern III Mr. Richard Murray Newman ’40 ‡ Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Noftsinger North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc.

SARA THOMPSON ’15 “Roanoke has thus far exceeded my expectations. The courses are extremely challenging and I know I am getting the best preparation for medical school.”

NTELOS Foundation Dr. Ronald Oetgen and Mrs. Barbara Oetgen Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Oliver Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Page Dr. Michael K. Patrick ’78 The Pencoyd Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James A. Pennix ’88 Dr. Marvin M. Phaup Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Pilat ’85, ’85 Ballard and Nancy Pinkard Dale Pizzini ’74 Ms. Kathy L. Plotkin ’52 Mr. Richard Poggendorf and Dr. Brenda Porter Poggendorf ’81 Dr. and Mrs. R. Keith Price Mr. and Mrs. Grayson B. Prillaman ’92, ’92 Terry ’69 and Beth ’72 Purvis Mr. Jeff Rakes ’83 and Mrs. Missy Rakes Stuart and Laura Rawlings RBC Wealth Management Red Velocity, Inc. Renaissance Charitable Foundation Brandon and Shannon Reynolds ’00, ’01 Mr. James W. Rhea, CPA ’91 Mr. S. White Rhyne Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Richards Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Richards Maj. Barton Richwine and Mrs. Bonnie Richwine Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Rippee ’89 Reverend and Mrs. Guy A. Ritter Jr. Robert Haywood Morrison Foundation Robert Lee Stowe Jr. Foundation, Inc. Mr. Berkley R. Roberts Mr. Frank P. Robertson Mrs. Kathleen M. Robertson Mr. Ross R. Robinson ’75 Mr. and Mrs. John G. Rocovich Jr. Ms. Anne E. Roemer Mr. Glen Rosendahl and Mrs. Jean Rosendahl Dr. and Mrs. Louis F. Rossiter Dr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roth Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Rowley Mr. and Mrs. Walton I. Rutherfoord Mrs. Rebecca F. Sandlin Mr. Carlton E. Saul ’58 and Mrs. Peggy R. Saul The Hon. and Mrs. Ronald D. Schiff ’63 Mr. Otto E. Schmid ’57 Rev. Theodore F. Schneider ’56 and Mrs. Doris S. Schneider ’56 Dr. and Mrs. Louis O. Scott Mr. and Mrs. Hilliary Scott III ’94, ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Seed III Mr. and Mrs. Karl R. Sening Mr. Tod N. Senne ’74 Mr. Robert J. Settana ’05 Mrs. Judy A. Shami Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Sharpe Mr. James Shepherd ’67 and Mrs. Anita Huffman Shepherd ’68 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel Mr. Carl B. Sherertz ’42 Phil and Linda Shiner, Kent Shiner Mrs. Eva Lee Hamlett Shober ’53 ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Simmons Carrie and Joe Sindelar ’81, ’81 Ms. Susan L. Sink ’79 David R. Sipes, D.D.S. Mr. and Mrs. Moses G. Skaff Dr. and Mrs. C. Freeman Sleeper Irma Hermes Smart ’62 Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Smith Mr. Alvin H. Smith ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Smith Mr. Bruce W. Smith Raymond and Jean Smoot Mr. Bruce A. Solomon ’80 St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church The Rev. Dr. N. Graham Standish ’81 Dr. and Mrs. Robert F. Stauffer Ms. Patsy Stevens ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Drew Stevenson ’97 Cecelia (Celi) Zini Stoutamire Mr. and Mrs. D. Harding Stowe Sr. Derek J. and Beatrice E. Stryker ’63, ’64 Mr. Stuart P. Sullivan ’87 SunTrust Foundation Mr. Greg Surabian ’76 and Mrs. Julie Surabian Mr. Donald M. Sutton Jr. ’76 Mr. Donald M. Sutton Sr. Mrs. Kat Burns Swatt Mr. J. Samuel Taylor ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tesconi Ms. Mary Grace Theodore The Rev. Branan G. Thompson Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Thomson Joanne and Glenn Thornhill Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Thweatt Jr. Mrs. Glover M. Trent Mr. and Mrs. Jason L. Turbyfill Mr. and Mrs. S. Maynard Turk ’49 Mr. Robert M. D. Turk ’80 and Mrs. Laura B. Turk Chris and Carrie Turnbull Dr. William H. Turner ’63 UBS PaineWebber Ms. Emily Umberger and Dr. Pradeep Rajagopalan Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Upton ’58, ’60 Miss Nancy E. Utz (MC) ’67 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Vardell III Virginia Tropical Sno, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vollbrecht Mrs. Jean H. Voorhees Mr. Louis S. Waldrop Thomas and Sharon Brown Watkins Mr. and Mrs. James H. Watson Mr. William J. Watson Jr. Mrs. Louise Webster and Dr. Jesse Webster Dr. Lucy Cline Weiss and Dr. Richard G. Weiss Mr. Jack Williams and Mrs. Susan Williams Dr. and Mrs. Harry L. Wilson Mr. J. Richard Wilson ’52 and Mrs. Anne Montgomery Wilson ’55 Dr. Karen Winslow ’02 and Mr. Doug Winslow WIT & Co. Dr. Nancy G. Witt ’51 ‡ Deceased (MC) Marion College

Mr. Geldard H. Woerner Mrs. Sandra Rang Wolf ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Allen O. Woody III ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Dudley F. Woody, Esq. ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Justin M. Worrilow Ms. Audrey Wulfken Charlotte and Gary York Mrs. Jane Curran Zehringer ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ziogas ’82 Mr. and Mrs. George E. Zubrod

• SUSTAINING ASSOCIATES • Anonymous (3) Mr. Scott Allison ’79 and Mrs. Bonnie Allison Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Apostolou ’77 Mr. Douglas W. Ayres ’53 The Rev. William R. Ballance Mrs. Charles M. Bergeson Booth Ferris Foundation Mrs. Robert B. Bower ’64 Mrs. Sharon McCulley Brammer ’69 Mr. and Mrs. E. Cabell Brand Mr. Joseph W. G. Brooks ’74

Mr. George J. Buchanan Jr. Mrs. Kathryn K. Buchanan Mrs. Hilda Caldwell ‡ Mr. John P. Carberry ’49 ‡ Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Carter Jr. Mr. Chris Caveness ’83 and Mrs. Tara Caveness Ms. June L. Cheelsman ’47 Mr. A. Mark Christopher and Mrs. Leslie Nunnally Christopher ’72 Dr. and Mrs. William W. Cobbs II ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Colket ’98, ’98 Mr. Edward L. Corson II ’71 Mrs. Sally Fishburn Crockett Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Cundiff ’84 Mr. Warner Dalhouse ’56 and Mrs. Barbara Dalhouse Col. Thomas A. Darnall ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Davis Jr. ’81, ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Mathias J. DeVito Dr. Ann-Marie Dixon Mrs. James C. Downs Mrs. Mary Jane Elkins Mr. Philip H. Elliott Jr. ’51 Mrs. Wanda Frantz Elliott ‡ Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Ellis ’63 HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Sandborg Mr. Hugh L. Sawyer ’74 Mrs. Deborah H. Selby Mrs. Will J. Selzer Mr. and Mrs. Darell Semones Dr. and Mrs. C. Freeman Sleeper Mr. and Mrs. Bailey B. Sory III Mrs. Virginia Stoner Mr. Stuart P. Sullivan ’87 Mrs. Sally Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Andrew K. Teeter ’71 Mrs. Suzanne P. Thornhill Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Turner ’83, ’00 Dr. and Mrs. Carlos R. Vest ’56 Miss Elizabeth M. Weikel ’62 Mr. John P. Westervelt ’69 Mrs. Betsy B. Williamson Dr. Nancy G. Witt ’51 Dr. L. Milton Woods Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ziogas ’82


Mr. and Mrs. Nick Fairbanks ’67 Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ferguson ’57 Mrs. L. Walter Fix Mark L. Gobble ’87 Ms. Martha H. Goodwin ’64 Mr. and Mrs Michael A. Hamilton ’86 Mr. George C. Henrich ’55 and Mrs. Helen D. Henrich ’55 Mr. Paul Higginbotham and Mrs. Martha Ann Bowles Higginbotham ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Holt ’74, ’77 Ms. Margaret S. Hudson ’71 Mr. Christopher C. Jansing ’90 Dr. and Mrs. Harry I. Johnson Jr. ’48 Mr. and Mrs. William A. Keller ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Kirby Jr. ’81, ’82 Mrs. Nancy S. Krisch Mr. and Mrs. William M. Lane ’74 Mrs. Doris W. Lawrence ’49 Mr. Alexander Y. Lee Jr. ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Lionberger Jr.


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Drs. Larry A. and Jan H. Lynch Ms. Carrie H. McAllister ’87 and Mr. David A. Wright Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. McClelland Mr. Walter O. McCulley ’69 Mrs. Rural Edward Meadors Mr. Bruce E. Melchor III ’72 ‡ Mr. William A. Nash ’74 and Mrs. Clara Johnstone Nash ’74 Ms. Susan Lange Needham ’69 Dr. and Mrs. Geoffrey E. Nunn ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius B. O’Keefe Mrs. Roy R. Pollard Mr. and Mrs. Bittle W. Porterfield III ’68 Drs. Richard and Helen Post Ms. Elizabeth J. Post-Cundari ’85 Mrs. Virginia Rice Mr. Frank P. Robertson Ms. Vicki F. Roller Mr. and Mrs. Alan E. Ronk ’79 Mrs. Diane Rosenberg Ms. Leah L. Russell ’79

Mr. John Devin Arnold ’11 Ms. Christine E. Bealer ’13 Ms. Caroline D. Benedetto ’13 Mr. Matt Bolling ’10* Dom Ambros Boyd ’04* Mr. James B. Bradshaw ’13 Ms. Erin E. Burns ’13 Mrs. April M. Byrd ’06* Ms. Candace R. Connolly ’13 Ms. Virginia E. Cranwell ’13 Mr. Mark M. Currie ’13 Ms. Maggie L. Dent ’13 Ms. Jaina L. Diotalevi ’11* Mr. Daniel L. Fontana ’13 Ms. Alexa M. Franco ’13 Ms. Megan E. Gadson ’13 Ms. Alexandra R. George ’13 Mrs. Virginia M. Gerdeman ’04* Mr. Jack D. Gerdeman ’04* Ms. Ashley E. Gilroy ’13 Ms. Tessa L. Giordano ’10* Ms. Bonnie D. Gumpman ’11* Mrs. Laura B. Gwathmey ’05* Mr. James S. Heckman ’05* Mr. Garrett L. Hensel ’13 Ms. Azalea M. Joyner ’11 Ms. Kara E. Kayrouz ’13 Ms. Virginia E. Keith ’13 Mr. Brandon L. Ketron ’12 Ms. Serena M. Laughlin ’12* Ms. Olivia A. League ’13 Mr. Patrick E. Leardo ’06 Ms. Eliza C. Leitch ’13 Ms. Lisa R. Liebman ’12 Mrs. Jennifer L. Lucas ’07 Mr. Matthew S. Lucas ’08* Mr. Avery D. Makel ’12* ‡ Deceased * Charter Members

Ms. Alexandra N. Mangione ’12 Mr. James A. McDearmon ’13 Ms. Audrey H. McLean ’12 Ms. Caitlyn L. Moore ’10 Ms. Kerry E. Murphy ’13 Mr. Douglas G. Olson, Jr. ’13 Ms. Kathleen C. Ouyang ’13 Ms. Amy L. Petersen ’10* Ms. Kerry L. Peterson ’07* Ms. Ida M. Peterson ’13 Mr. Andrew D. Phillips ’13 Ms. Kelsea L. Pieters ’13 Mr. Myles T. Quinn ’13 Mrs. Erin Walker Reid ’12 Mr. James C. Riggs ’13 Ms. Meghan L. Sacco ’11 Mr. Garrett D. Schaperjahn ’10* Mr. Corey Schmidt ’07* Ms. Megan K. Semmelman ’11 Mr. Robert J. Settana ’05 Mr. Adam E. Sexton ’11* Mr. Bradley P. Simmons ’13 Mr. Adam M. Skaff ’12 Ms. Sara E. Sloman ’12 Mr. John D. Spadaro ’12 Mr. Forrest A. Spencer ’13 Ms. Chelsea G. Taylor ’13 Ms. Katherine E. Thornton ’13 Mr. Jordan T. Troyer ’12* Mr. Jason L. Turbyfill ’05* Ms. Morgan A. West ’13 Mr. Benjamin B. White ’11 Mr. Paul W. Yengst III ’11* Mr. Zachary T. Zeid ’12

Mr. Patrick J. Muldowney ’90 Mr. and Mrs. John C. Newton ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Grayson B. Prillaman ’92, ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Rippee ’89 Mr. Berkley R. Roberts Mr. Ross R. Robinson ’75 Mr. Robert Rotanz ’78 and Mrs. Wendy Everbach Rotanz ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Rowley Dr. and Mrs. Louis O. Scott Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Simmons Mr. Alvin H. Smith ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Stevens ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Drew Stevenson ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Al Stump‘52 Mr. J. Samuel Taylor ’92 Mr. and Mrs. James W. Thweatt Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Toomey Mr. and Mrs. Donald Torey Mr. and Mrs. E. David Walter Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Allen O. Woody III ’70 Charlotte and Gary York Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Zdziarski II

Silver Mr. and Mrs. John S. Arnold Mr. William S. Beroza ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Bonanno Dr. and Mrs. Paul C. Caldwell ’66 Mr. Richard B. Carter Sr. Mr. Perry R. Downing ’81 and Mrs. Jessica B. Downing ’82 Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Hamilton Mr. Christopher R. Hankinson ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Clayton T. Hardon

• MAROON CLUB • Captain’s Circle Anonymous (1) Mr. Kenneth Atkins Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas A. Boccella ’71 Mr. C. J. Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. David B. Chittock Jr. Mr. Morris M. Cregger Jr. ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Dishaw Jr. ’78 Mr. John C. Dixon Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Emerson ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Nick Fairbanks ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Courtney S. Fitch Mr. and Mrs. Leonard G. Getschel Jr. ’71 Mr. and Mrs. David L. Guy ’75 Mr. William Jones Mr. Donald J. Kerr ’60 and Mrs. Linda J. Kerr Dr. and Mrs. David M. Lintner Judge and Mrs. Thomas J. Love ’75 Ron Lundy ’70 and Judy Lundy Dr. and Mrs. David D. Makel Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Moir Mr. and Mrs. Bradley A. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Clinton S. Morse ‡ Deceased * Charter Members

TANIMORELA PENN-TIMITY ’15 “My mother and sister attended Roanoke College and now I am the third person from my family attending this school. I plan to major in communications and minor in creative writing, and potentially go into journalism. Roanoke has opened many possibilities for my future so far, and I am glad to have chosen this college.”

Mr. Kevin Hartz ’92 and Mrs. Liz Hartz Patrick ’99 and Cara ’98 Kenney Mr. and Mrs. Bobby L. Ketron Ms. Amy L. Layman ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Leist Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Martin Ms. Carrie T. McConnell Mr. and Mrs. William M. McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Peery Mr. and Mrs. James A. Pennix ’88 Mr. Ryan A. Pflugrad Mr. James W. Rhea CPA ’91 Major and Mrs. William J. Schrantz Mr. Tod N. Senne ’74 Mr. Carl B. Sherertz ’42 Raymond and Jean Smoot Mr. Stuart P. Sullivan ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Weed ’83, ’84 Mr. Jack Williams and Mrs. Susan Williams

Bronze Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Antoszyk Ms. Amy E. Beck Mr. Andrew T. Bonasera ’03 Mrs. Kathryn M. A. Brotherton ’99 and Mr. Matthew D. Brotherton ’00 Tony and April Byrd ’06 Mr. Joseph H. Carpenter ’65 Mrs. Bolling C. Carter Jim and Ruth Chapman Judge Chris Clemens ’87 and Mrs. Meg Clemens Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Daniels Mr. Barry D. Davis Mr. William C. Dorsey Jr. and Ms. Leslie C. Rathjens Mr. Bradley S. Dunleavy Mr. and Mrs. Louis Eacho Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Esworthy ’91, ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Darren M. Eversole Mr. and Mrs. Keith E. Fleming Mr. Steven A. Furdock Mr. Richard P. Graham Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Kevin S. Horner Ms. Hillary L. Hudgins Nathan and Jenny Hungate Mr. and Mrs. C. Mark Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Jones Dr. Daniel L. Larsen Mr. and Mrs. Kil Y. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Light Betsy Adams Martin ’84 and Tim L. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Martin Mr. James J. Maybury and Mrs. Anh Tu Mr. and Mrs. Robert McAvan Mr. and Mrs. Christian Newman Mr. and Mrs. William J. Pepe Jr. Mr. Roger A. Petersen ’81 Dr. and Mrs. Todd V. Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Prillaman ’68, ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reitan Mr. David C. Robinson and Ms. Susan Ward Mr. and Mrs. David Romano HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



Mrs. Nancy B. Rushton Mr. and Mrs. Theodore B. Seelye Mr. and Mrs. Ted Smith Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Sowers Mr. John R. Stafford Jr. ’57 and Mrs. Shirley L. Stafford Dr. and Mrs. Robert Troiano Mr. and Mrs. James R. Tyree Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Marcanthony Van den Berg Mr. Christopher M. Walters ’00 Mr. John White Mr. Christopher E. Zupko

Member Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Adams Dr. and Mrs. George D. Akers Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Aldinger Mr. Scott Allison ’79 and Mrs. Bonnie Allison Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Allison Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Archer Larry W. Arrington Ed.D. ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Bagliani Mr. David R. Barber Mr. Stephen Bast ’75 and Mrs. Rebecca Bast ’75 Mr. C. Homer Bast ‡ Miss Jean Beamer ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Beck Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Belton ’81 Ms. Elise R. Bennett Mr. and Mrs. John A. Bennett Mr. William E. Bobbitt Jr. Mrs. Rowena H. Boehling Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Booth Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Bosen Jr. Kevin and Lisa Bowling Mr. and Mrs. George Brennert IV Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Brugh Ms. Barbara A. Brunjes Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Bruno Mr. and Mrs. John S. Bunt Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Camara Dr. and Mrs. M. Paul Capp ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Carbaugh Ms. Connie K. Carmack Mr. Andy Carr Mr. and Mrs. John Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Charest Dr. and Mrs. Brian T. Chisom Mr. A. Mark Christopher and Mrs. Leslie Nunnally Christopher ’72 Mr. William N. Clements III Mr. and Mrs. David Conroy Mr. David L. Croswell ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Crutchfield Mr. and Mrs. G. Michael Curtin Mr. and Mrs. William F. D’Arcy Mr. and Mrs. Richard Daum Mr. Bart S. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Kevin C. Delaney Mr. and Mrs. Terrence E. Delledera Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Dent II


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Ms. Maggie L. Dent Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Devine Mr. and Mrs. David G. Dillon Mr. and Mrs. William Diskerud Lt. Col. Jason Doiron USMC and Dr. Jessica B. Doiron Mr. and Mrs. Paul K. Dooley Mr. Paul R. Dotson ’64 and Mrs. Carol W. Dotson ’64 Mr. Adrian E. Dowell Jr. Ms. Susan R. Dunagan Mr. Anthony D. Dunford Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Emberger Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Engel Mr. Johnny Engleby Mr. and Mrs. John Evarts Mr. and Mrs. Aaron B. Ewert Dr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Fariss Mr. and Mrs. Christopher L. Faulkner Mr. and Mrs. Gregory W. Feldmann Dr. and Mrs. Howard Fisher Mr. and Mrs. David M. Forbes Ms. Diana S. Friedlander Mr. K. Russell Gaddy Mr. and Mrs. Bryan E. Galazka Dr. and Mrs. Sim S. Galazka Mr. and Mrs. Kevin F. Gannon Mr. John E. Gardner III Mr. and Mrs. J. Donald Gattie Mr. and Mrs. David Gehrdes Mr. and Mrs. Brad E. Gerrie Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gohl Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Golden Mr. Edward N. Grap Mr. Adam J. Gray Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Green Mr. and Mrs. William T. Greer

GREG SNYDER ’14 “Roanoke College has been an amazing college for me! I have been able to become very involved and experience many new things. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of scholarships, and I am forever grateful. Roanoke College will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Griswold Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Grouten II Mr. and Mrs. Glenn M. Grunewald Ms. Leigh Ann Guidi Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hagy Jr. Mr. and Mrs. C. Stuart Hain ’69 Mr. Leonard V. Hale Jr. Mr. Mark Harrell and Ms. Tracy Simpson Ms. Suzanne Hayes Mr. Alaric G. Heinemann Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Hemmis CPM Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Hering Ms. Linda T. Higbie Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hines Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Holden Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Housman ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Howe Mr. and Mrs. Wayne W. Hudgins Mr. and Mrs. Brian L. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hunt Mr. Everett R. Hurst Mr. Jack H. Island Jr. Mr. Steve Johansen Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Judge Ms. Maya D. Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Nir Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Keating Mr. C. Troy Keeney Mr. Brandon L. Ketron Mr. Scott L. Klein and Mrs. Barbara Angevine Klein Mr. Henry F. Kleinknecht and Mrs. Beth K. Harkaway Dr. Judith B. Krings and Mr. Kenneth P. Krings Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. LaRocco Mr. Jonathan E. Lee ’95 Ms. Nancy L. Leist Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Lentine Mr. Warren T. Light Mrs. Margaret Adams Lindsey ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Laurence W. Loesel Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Long Mrs. Carol Torrance Lundquist Mrs. Beth Lynch Kimberly Schuette Mahan ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Maher Mr. Avery D. Makel Mr. Patrick Manuel Ms. Denise Manuel Drs. Don and Margaret Martin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Mason Mr. Michael McAllister ’83 and Mrs. Maureen McAllister ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey McDowell Mr. and Mrs. F. Lynn McGhee Mr. and Mrs. R. Mitchell McLaughlin Claire Peragine Meaney ’78 and John Meaney ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Randall Merritt Mr. Wayne G. Miesen Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David S. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Page Moir Mr. Michael J. Gartland and Mrs. Cynthia D. Mullen-Gartland ‡ Deceased

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle E. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Lewis G. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Muterspaugh Mr. and Mrs. Bo Naasz Mr. and Mrs. James R. Nichols Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Noftsinger Ms. Jeanne Novas-Busano M.D. Dr. Ronald Oetgen and Mrs. Barbara Oetgen Mr. and Mrs. Durward W. Owen Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pancoast Mr. and Mrs. George E. Parks Jr. Mr. Michael R. Parrish Mr. Jimmie E. Patsell Mr. and Mrs. Terry Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Michael Perry Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Petersen Mr. and Mrs. Alex B. Phillips Dr. Finn D. Pincus, Ms. Holly B. Pincus Dr. and Mrs. George J. Planavsky Ms. Shawna M. Poole Mr. William R. Pratt and Mrs. Sandra C. Pratt Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Rawlins Jr. Ms. Haley H. Rector Mr. and Mrs. David Redmond Mr. Ronald A. Reed Mrs. Melissa A. Reese Brandon and Shannon Reynolds ’00, ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Richards Mr. Daniel J. Riley Ms. Kelsy V. Ross Dr. and Mrs. Martin Roth Mr. Craig S. Rowley Mr. and Mrs. Reese W. Ruppersberger Ms. Leah L. Russell ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Schafer * Charter Members (MC) Marion College (EC) Elizabeth College

Mr. Gerald S. Schafer Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Schroeder Mr. and Mrs. P. Randall Shannon Mr. Daniel A. Shaye Mrs. Maeve E. Shugrue Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Wager Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Sichelstiel Ms. Lindsay A. Skaff Mr. and Mrs. Moses G. Skaff Mr. Adam M. Skaff Mr. Barry F. Smith Mr. and Mrs. James J. Souders Mr. and Mrs. Chad Spangler Mr. Brian P. Spellane Mr. and Mrs. Rodney D. Spickard Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Stone Mr. and Mrs. James Storey Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sturges Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sturgill Mrs. Anne B. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Andrew K. Teeter ’71 Ms. Mary Grace Theodore Mr. Jordan T. Troyer Dr. and Mrs. Norman P. Uhl Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Wagaman Mr. and Mrs. William G. Warner Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Webb Mr. and Mrs. Curtis White Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White Mr. Willard B. Wilhelm Mr. Douglas D. Wilson Mr. Craig Wolfson Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wood Mr. and Mrs. Michael Young Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Zelnik

• SOCIETY OF 1842 • Anonymous (50) Mr. Marc G. Adams Ms. Margaret H. Akers Col. B. B. Albert, USA (Ret.) ’49 Mrs. Lurty J. Alexander Mr. Franklin W. Allen ’71 Mr. M. Scott Allison ’79 Mr. Fred M. Altimore ’63 Mr. Gregory J. Apostolou ’77 Mr. Larry W. Arrington Ed.D. ’63 Mrs. Dorothy E. Arthur ’40 Mr. John M. Atkinson ’57 Dr. Robert C. Ayers ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Ayres ’53 Mrs. Tracie Bush Baetz ’78* Mr. Melvin D. and Mrs. Kathleen M. Bailey The Rev. William R. Balance Jr. Mrs. Donna C. Barker ’64 Miss Carla J. Barnes ’88 Mrs. Helen C. Barranger (MC) ’41, ’67* Miss B. Jean Beamer ’52 Ms. Evelyn Stone Beasley ’49 Mr. Randolph C. Bell ’75 Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Benne Mrs. Charles M. Bergeson* Ms. Nina S. Berke ’81 Mr. Edward J. Bernad ’77 Mr. J. Kermit Birchfield Jr. ’68 Theodore and Lillian Blackwelder ’52, ’53 Mr. Thomas S. Blair, Jr. ’85 and Mrs. Kimberly P. Blair ’93 Mrs. Rosemary D. Blanchard ’44 Ms. Teresa P. Blethyn HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



Mrs. Marilyn Booker Mrs. Robert Bondurant ’40 Mr. Charlie ’74 and Mrs. Martha Boswell Mr. Homer“Major”K. Bowen, Jr. (MC) ’56 and Mrs. Genevieve Bowen (MC) ’56 Mr. Christopher B. Bower ’90 Mr. Grahm E. Boyd ’04 The Rev. Richard E. Boye Mrs. Joyce R. Brace ’48 Mr. and Mrs. E. Cabell Brand The Rev. Lance and Mrs. Norma Braun Mr. William Brenton Jr. ’77 Mr. Joseph W. G. Brooks ’74 Mr. Matthew D. ’00 and Mrs. Kathryn M. Brotherton ’99 Miss Grace E. Brubaker Mr. George J. Buchanan Jr. Mrs. Kathryn K. Buchanan The Rev. Delbert M. Burnett ’64 Mrs. Athena E. Burton ’52 Mrs. Jeanne Buster Mr. Herbert H. Butt ’51 Mrs. John F. Byerly Jr.* Ms. Pamela L. Cabalka ’76 Mr. C. J. Caldwell ’77 Dr. and Mrs. Paul C. Caldwell ’66 Dr. and Mrs. M. Paul Capp ’52 Dr. D. Rae Carpenter, Jr. ’49 Mr. T. A. Carter, Jr. and Mrs. Jeanette Carter Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Case* Mr. Landon J. Catron ’77 Mr. and Mrs. R. Mason Cauthorn III ’70, ’70 Mr. Christopher R. Caveness ’83 Miss June L. Cheelsman’47* Dr. Brian T. Chisom Mr. A. Mark Christopher and Mrs. Leslie Nunnally Christopher ’72 Mr. W. Morgan Churchman ’65 Dr. Gary A. Clarke Mrs. Kelah N. Clarke ’86 The Honorable and Mrs. G. O. Clemens* Mr. Robert G. Clements ’61 Miss Louise Clendenen Dr. William W. Cobbs II ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Collins Mrs. Martha Ann Cook Dr. and Mrs. Robert T. Copenhaver ’54, ’53 Mr. Edward L. Corson II ’71* Mr. Charles T. Coyle III ’76 Mrs. Sally Fishburn Crockett Mr. Gregory D. Cundiff ’84 Mr. Warner N. Dalhouse ’56 Dr. James R. Dalton and Dr. Stephanie Pratola Col. Thomas A. Darnall ’57* Mr. J. Robert Davenport ’52 Mr. Sigmund E. Davidson ’43* Mrs. Kristen Skodje Davies ’79 Mrs. Charlotte Vinten Davis ’53 Mr. Donald B. Davis, Jr. ’81 Dr. Thomas P. Davis ’53 Mary Jane de Carvalho M.D. ’55 Mr. Robert Demarest Sr. ’59


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Mr. Richard DeMartino ’86 Mr. David G. ’65 and Mrs. Patricia T. Dillon Mr. and Mrs. Glenn G. Dillon ’70, ’70 Steven J. ’66 and Marilyn M. Disbrow Dr. Ann-Marie Dixon Mr. Paul R. and Mrs. Carol Dotson ’64, ’64 Mrs. Elizabeth T. Downing Mrs. Cynthia C. Duncan Mrs. Mary Jane Elkins Mr. Philip H. Elliott Jr. ’51 Mrs. Fred Ellis ’63 Ms. Mary D. Ellis ’92 Mr. and Mrs. L. Nichols Fairbanks III ’67 Ms. Barbara Sue Faries ’71 Mr. Richard S. Feller ’68* Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ferguson ’57 Dr. and Mrs. Norman D. Fintel* Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder Fisher ’46 Mrs. Doreen H. Fishwick Mrs. Catherine Fix Dr. Garry A. and Mrs. Susan W. Fleming Mrs. Alice H. Fleshman Mr. Jack W. ’56 and Mrs. Bea Fleshman Mrs. Danae P. Foley ’92 Mr. and Mrs. William A. Fritz Jr. Mrs. Mimi Gerhardt-Roth ’83 Franklin Gilmore ’61 and Gail Gilmore Mrs. Carolyn ’80 and Mr. William Glasgow Mr. Mark L. Gobble ’87 Mrs. Joel C. Goldthwait Mrs. Sam R. Good Ms. Martha H. Goodwin ’64 Dr. Deanna W. ’60 and Mr. Edward Gordon* Mrs. Herschel C. Gore Jr.

ALEXANDRA PULIDO-BALIZCKI ’16 “I plan to graduate with a degree in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. After Roanoke, I plan to enter medical school, with plans to ultimately be a pediatrician. Without scholarship support, I would not have been able to do any of these things. This opportunity has opened so many doors for me.”

Mr. James G. Graham Jr. ’78 Mr. R. Whit Gravely, Jr. ’75 Mrs. Elizabeth L. ’67 and Mr. Douglas T. Gresham David M. and Susan D. Gring Ms. Judith B. Hall ’69 Mr. Michael A. Hamilton ’86 Mrs. Gordon Hanes Mr. and Mrs. James W. Harkness ’64, ’65 Mr. Kevin Hartz ’92 and Mrs. Liz Hartz Mr. Joseph W. ’59 and Mrs. Virginia A. ’62 Hatcher Mrs. George S. Headford Mrs. Jessie Tise Heafner (MC) ’36, ’37 Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Henrich ’55, ’55* Mrs. R. H. Hicks ’42 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Higginbotham ’65* Mr. John M. Hills* Paul J. Hirsch, M.D. ’57 Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hock ’55 Mr. Steven J. Holt ’74 Mr. John F. Horan Jr. ’70 Mrs. Peggy F. Horn ’76 Rev. Pam Berg Horner ’88 The Rev. L. Crockett Huddle ’49 Ms. Margaret S. Hudson ’71* Mr. Marvin R. Huffman ’55 Ms. Anne M. Hughes ’45 Mrs. Emma K. Hunter ’48* Mrs. Sidney J. Hunter Dr. Burton G. Hurdle ’41 Mr. Reginald K. ’52 and Mrs. Mary Alice Hutcherson Mike and Barbara Hutkin Mrs. Suzanne Helm Ingram* Mrs. Robbie P. Irvin Michael R. and Elizabeth J. Johns Harry I. Johnson, Jr. MD ’48 Mrs. Susan B. Johnson Mr. Earl R. Johnston ’56 Ms. Elizabeth M. Jones LTC Harry M. Jones (Ret) Mr. and Mrs. Wayne V. Jordan ’77, ’75 Dr. Darwin D. Jorgensen Mr. George A. Kegley ’49 Dr. John D. ’50 and Mrs. Dorothea Keister Mr. and Mrs. William Keller ’75 Mr. Richard B. Kelly ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Kerr ’60 Mr. and Mrs. James A. King Jr. ’57 Mr. Donald M. Kinzer ’74 Miss Joyce R. Kipps ’50 Mr. Thomas C. Kirby Jr. ’81 Mr. Michael A. Knipp ’03 Mrs. Cynthia A. Koson ’78 Ms. Heidi F. Krisch ’71 Mr. William M. Lane ’74 Mr. John ’72 and Mrs. Diane Lang Mr. Kenneth C. Laughon ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Lawrence III Mrs. Weldon T. Lawrence, Jr. ’49 Mrs. Margaret G. Lawson Mr. and Mrs. Patrick R. Leardo * Charter Members (MC) Marion College (EC) Elizabeth College

Mr. Alexander Y. Lee Jr. ’55 Mr. Charles R. and Mrs. Teri C. Lemons The Rev. and Mrs. Robert J. Lewis Mrs. Angela Lieb ’64 Mr. and Mrs. William J. Linkous Jr. ’51* Dr. Eugene I. Luna ’71 Mrs. M. Joseph Mancinelli The Reverend Dr. and Mrs. J. Luther Mauney Jr. ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Maxey Ms. Carrie H. McAllister ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. McClelland Mrs. Sharon L. McCulley ’69 Mr. Walter McCulley ’69 Mr. James H. and Mrs. Joyce A. McDonald Dr. and Mrs. Bernard C. McDonnell Mrs. Joyce Parr McGrath ’90 Dr. Curtis S. McKee and Dr. Gail H. McKee Mr. James R. McLean III ’74 Mrs. Rural E. Meadors Ms. Kathi Meenehan ’75 Mr. George Mikitzki ’74* Mr. William B. Miller* Mr. William G. and Mrs. Patricia S. Millington ’67 The Rev. Dr. Malcolm L. Minnick Jr. ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Minter ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Moir Mr. and Mrs. Page Moir Dr. Millie J. Moore ’68 Mrs. Suzanne Mott ’60 Mr. W. Raymond Motz ’43 Mrs. John A. Mulheren Jr. ’72 Mr. Robert D. Murphy Jr. ’78 Mr. William A. and Mrs. Clara Johnstone Nash ’74, ’74 Ms. Susan L. Needham ’79* The Rev. Carl O. Nelson Ms. Judith Nelson Lt. Col. Jane E. Norris ’74 Ms. Nina Novak ’74* Dr. Douglas A. Ockrymiek ’67 Timothy J. and Elizabeth G. O’Donnell Mr. Durward W. Owen ’55 Mr. and Mrs. J. Daniel Pace Jr. ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Page Ms. Joan Parrish ’75 Dr. Bruce L. Partin Ms. Peggy A. Patrick ’51 Dr. Mamie S. Patterson Mrs. Rebekah Paulson Mrs. Elizabeth J. Pence Mrs. Mildred Persinger Mr. Roger A. Petersen ’81 Dr. Marvin M. Phaup Jr. ’62 Mrs. Zoe L. Pine ’68 Mr. Dale Pizzini ’74 Richard J. and Brenda P. ’81 Poggendorf Mrs. Cathern Poindexter Mrs. Roy R. Pollard Jr. Mr. Herbert Popper ’44 Mr. Christopher W. Powell Jr. ’80 The Rev. J. Christopher ’75 and Mrs. Terry L. Price ’76 * Charter Members (MC) Marion College (EC) Elizabeth College ‡ Deceased

Mr. Bobby A. Prince ’92 Mr. J. Tyler Pugh ’70 Mrs. Tami G. Radecke ’95 Mr. Peter D. Ramsdell ’84* Captain Arthur F. Rawson Jr. (Ret.) ’41* Mr. James C. Rhodes ’69 Major Barton W. Richwine Jr. ’61 Dr. Robert F. and Mrs. Dorothy Roth Mr. S. White Rhyne Jr. ’52 Mrs. Kathleen M. Robertson ’77 Dr. and Mrs. William B. Robey ’56 The Hon. Gilbert A. Robinson ’50 Mrs. Ray Robinson Mr. Robert J. ’67 and Mrs. Sharon L. Rohrback Stephany J. ’69 and John Romano Mr. and Mrs. Alan E. Ronk ’79 Dr. Stuart F. Ross ’72 Mrs. Lou Ann Toombs Ruppel ’72 Ms. Leah L. Russell ’79 Mrs. Jackie H. Sable ’76 Mr. Michael P. Sable ’77 Dr. Jeffrey R. Sandborg Mr. Robert C. Sargeant Carlton E. ’58 and Peggy Saul Mr. Alexander I. Saunders Mr. Hugh L. Sawyer ’74 Mr. William C. Schaaf ’71 Mr. J. Craig Schisler ’76 Bishop and Mrs. Theodore F. Schneider ’56, ’56 Dr. Susan J. Schumacher-Cox ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Schumann The Reverend Glen Sea Mr. and Mrs. George W. Seals ’70, ’70 Mrs. Deborah H. Selby Mrs. Will J. Selzer Mr. and Mrs. Darell Semones Mr. P. Randall and Phyllis A. Shannon ’66, ’72 Mr. Larry E. Sharpe ’80 Mr. William N. Shearer ’44 Mr. Jim Shepherd ’67 and Mrs. Anita L. Shepherd ’68 Mr. Carl Sherertz ’42 Mr. E. Lee Shiflett Jr. ’63 Ms. Susan L. Sink ’79 David R. Sipes, DDS ’56 Mrs. Eva Lee H. Shober ’53 Mr. J. Donald Shockey Jr. ’64 Dr. J. Martin Sipos Dr. and Mrs. C. Freeman Sleeper Mr. Alvin H. ’52 and Mrs. Betty M. Smith Mrs. Harriet G. Smith (MC) ’59 Mr. H. Jerome Smith ’72 Mr. Brian Snediker ’82 Mrs. Lucile Snow Ms. Karen M. Sohl ’74 Dr. Douglas Spadaro ’78 Mr. Robert P. Spellane ’92 Miss Elizabeth Spraker (MC) ’34 Mr. and Mrs. John R. Stafford Jr. ’57 Dr. Francis J. Stapleton ’73 The Reverend Terrie L. Sternberg

Ms. Patricia Stevens ’71 Mr. Thomas A. Stevens ’90 Mrs. Harriett M. Stokes ’35 Mrs. Laura A. Strausbaugh ’88 Dr. Joseph K. St.Clair Jr. ’57 Derek J. and Beatrice E. Stryker ’63, ’64 Mr. Stuart Parke Sullivan ’87 Mr. Gregory R. Surabian ’76 Mr. Donald M. Sutton ’54* Mr. Donald M. Sutton Jr. ’76 Ms. Gloria L. Tayloe ’60* Mr. Andrew K. Teeter ’71* Mrs. Arlene L. Teitlebaum Mr. David V. Thomas ’02 Mr. Robert D. Thompson ’71 Mr. Glenn O. Thornhill Jr. Mrs. Jack A. Thurmond ’51 Ms. Kathleen L. Toyoda ’68 and Mr. Larry D. Reser Rear Admiral Ross H. Trower Mr. John R. Turbyfill ’53* The Honorable and Mrs. James C. Turk ’49 Mr. S. Maynard Turk ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Turner ’83 Mr. Edward H. Underhill Jr. ’55 Miss Nancy E. Utz (MC) ’67 Mr. Joe A. Vance Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. VandeLinde ’73 Mr. Frans M. VanGelder ’39 Dr. Fred R. Vaughan ’57 Dr. and Mrs. Carlos R. Vest ’56 Mrs. Frank H. Vest Jr. Mr. Louis S. Waldrop Mr. Christopher M. Walters ’00 Mrs. William R. Walton* Dr. Sharon Brown Watkins ’64 and Mr. Thomas Watkins Mr. Stephen P. Watson ’72 Mr. Jeffrey A. Webb ’92 Dr. Gregory L. Weiss and Ms. Janet S. Jonas ’87 Dr. Lucy Cline Weiss ’72 and Dr. Richard G. Weiss Mr. Robert S. Weiss ’92 Mr. John P. Westervelt ’69 Dr. and Mrs. Munsey S. Wheby ’51 Beverly Darden White Mrs. Mary W. Whitmire ’46* Mrs. Dorothy S. Williams Mrs. Frank M. Williams* James F. and Betty G. Wilson (MC) ’51 Mr. J. Richard and Anne M. Wilson ’52, ’55 Mrs. Mary-Starke Higginbotham Wilson ’43* Dr. Betty Jean Winford ’47 Dr. Nancy M. Witt ’51* Mrs. Sandy L. Wolf ’76 Miss Beulah C. Wood ’40* Mrs. Carolyn D. Woodrum (MC) ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Allen O. Woody III ’70 Mr. Robert E. Wortmann ’60 and Mrs. Mary J. Wortmann Mrs. Rebecca C. Wright Mrs. Audrey Wulfken Mr. Robert A. Ziogas ’82 HONOR ROLL 2012–2013



• SOCIETY MEMBERS IN MEMORIAM • Mr. and Mrs. I. Jack Adelson ’31* Mrs. Rose Greer Akers (MC) ’21 Mr. Lurty J. Alexander Mrs. Josephine Minter Almond (EC) ’21 Mr. and Mrs. William Ames Mrs. Anne Wallace Anderson Mr. John Randolph Anderson ’38 Miss Martha Anderson (MC) ’43, ’46 Mr. Willis M. Anderson ’50 Mrs. Jeanne Louise Atkinson ’48 Mr. William H. Baker Mr. Eugene M. Bane ’33* Mr. Samuel H. Barnhart Jr. ’43 Mr. Glynn D. Barranger* Mr. William I. Bartlett Mrs. G. W. Bassett ’36* Mr. C. Homer Bast Mrs. Mary Jane Bast Col. Nicholas Beckett ’25 Mrs. Kathleen Jones Beckett Dr. C. Randolph Benson Col. Charles M. Bergeson* Mrs. Bertie E. Berry Mr. John Clarke Berry ’21 Mr. Russell J. Berry Dr. Robert Bondurant ’40 Mr. Everett B. Bonham Ms. Grace H. Bosworth ’66 Mrs. Mary Mitchell Bowman Mrs. Mildred Boyd Mr. Donald E. Brace Dr. Ralph Braunschweig ’49 Mr. Harry J. Breithaupt Jr. ’35 Miss Anna E. Brown (MC) ’49 Mr. James Russell Brown Mrs. Julian S. Brown* Mrs. Mary Miller Brown Mrs. Sara L. Brown ’52 Mr. Walter E. Brown Mr. Theodore W. Bruegel ’33* The Rev. Willis S. Buchanan ’53 Mr. Melvin F. Buck ’49 Mrs. Kathryn Coffman Buhrman ’35 Mr. Thomas J. Burch ’31 Mr. Richard K. Burton ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bussey ’24 Mrs. Joan J. Butt ’52 Dr. Thomas E. Butt ’57 The Rev. Dr. John F. Byerly Jr. ’50* Mrs. James C. Byrley (MC) ’27 Mr. and Mrs. Clarence P. Caldwell Jr. ’41* Mrs. Isaac Cannaday Mrs. Ruth C. Cannon* Mr. Gene F. Caprio Mrs. Gene F. Caprio ’38 Mr. John P. Carberry ’49* Mr. William R. Carroll ’31 Miss Anne B. Carter ’31* Mr. Harold E. Carter ’38


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Mrs. Juanita F. Carter Mr. Dennis G. Case ’55 Miss Edith A. Cerretani ’38 James P. Charlton, M.D. ’51 Mr. Eugene W. Chelf Mrs. Frances Miller Clark (MC) ’28 Mrs. Louise K. Clark (MC) ’34 Mr. W. Arles Clark Jr. ’37 L. Robert Clough, M.D. Mrs. Kathryn Woods Cobb Ms. Kathryn Cobb Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Coiner ’29 Beth A. Collins, M.D. ’61 Lady Ethel MPH Collins HRH* Mr. Cecil E. Conner ’45 Mr. Peter C. Connolly ’88 Mrs. Joan I. Conrad ’47 Mr. Ronald R. Cope ’71 Miss Margaret Sue Copenhaver (MC) ’32* Mrs. Anita Myers Cranford ’43 Mrs. Racella S. Crews ’34 Mrs. Jane Spencer Cromer ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Cundiff ’38 Mrs. Marie Collett Curtis ’40 Dr. Charles E. Davis Jr. ’37 Dexter Davis, M.D. ’33 Mr. J. William Davis Mr. William Vernon Davis ’31 Mr. Frank W. DeFriece Jr. ’46* Dr. Byford H. Denman ’20 Miss Hazel Diuguid Mrs. Betty Dooley Mr. Robert J. Downey Mrs. Robert J. Downey Mr. Carroll A. Downing Jr. ’62* Mr. James C. Downs ’59 Miss Mary E. Driscoll ’35 Mr. Henry A. Dudley ’35 Mr. John Duncan Mrs. May C. Duncan ’34 Mrs. Evelyn B. Eckman Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher Elan (MC) ’36 Mr. Morris M. Elan Mrs. Wanda S. Elliott Mr. Fred Ellis Mrs. Beverly Eyerly Dr. Rodolfo F. Fasoli ’30 Mr. Alex E. Fenik ’52 Mrs. Betty J. Fenik ’49 Mr. William B. Figgat ’27* Dr. Charles H. Fisher ’28* Mr. Lawrence D. Fisher Jr. ’35* Mrs. Lawrence D. Fisher Jr.* Mrs. Lois Carlin Fisher* Mr. Robert S. Fisher ’36 Mr. John P. Fishwick’37 Mrs. Mary Flickinger Mr. Ernest L. Folk ’52 The Honorable and Mrs. Henry H. Fowler ’29 Mr. Horace G. Fralin

Dr. Herta T. Freitag Miss Susan B. French ’29 Mrs. Bertha J. Gale Mrs. Edith C. Garber Mrs. Ann H. Gardner-Gray* Mr. Lewyn H. Gardner ’25* Dr. Patricia M. Gathercole Dr. Aline Garretson Mr. George D. Garretson ’64 Mr. Olin Garrett* Mrs. Thelma M. Garst Mrs. Lounelle P. Gearing Mr. Robert Jenkins Geer ’75 Mrs. Mary B. Girdon Mr. and Mrs. Keith M. Glendening ’44 Dr. Joel C. Goldthwait Mr. Sam Good ’50 Miss E. Gay Goodwin (EC) ’18 Dr. Carl W. Gottschalk ’42 Mrs. Sultana B. Grayeb ’52 Dr. R. Clark Grove ’22 Mr. Dillard L. Grubb ’36 Mr. Richard D. Guy ’38 Miss Annie B. Hackley Mr. Lawrence H. Hamlar Mr. E. Howard Hammersley Jr. ’38 Mrs. Isabel M. Hancock Mr. John W. Harkrader ’38* Mr. Charles N. Harner ’25 Mr. Harold W. Harris ’29* Mrs. Sue L. Harvey ’57 Mrs. Bessie Bennett Hauer Ms. Anne L. Haulsee ’68 Mr. George S. Headford Dr. Thomas R. Henretta ’58 Dr. R. H. Hicks ’48 Mr. Joe L. Hill Mr. Bentley Hite ’23 Mr. Richard Q. Hite ’54 Mrs. Cassandra Hite Mrs. Stella Heath Hodges Mr. Duke A. Hoffman ’23 Mr. Pendleton Hogan ’29* Mrs. Marie Utt Hoal Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hood III ’37, ’39 Miss Helena Mae Hoover Mr. Burt C. Horne Jr. ’37 Mr. Samuel Hoshour ’14 Mrs. Irene L. Howland ’48 Dr. Joseph L. Hundley ’30* Mr. Richard W. Hunt ’51 Mr. Onza M. Hyatt ’27* Mr. Sidney Louis Hyatt Mrs. W. Oscar Hylton* Mrs. E. Burwell Ilyus* Mr. Wilbur H. Inskip ’32* Mrs. Eleanor Greever Jones (MC) ’34 Mr. Leonard Kefauver ’33* Mr. William E. Keister ’45 Mrs. Edwina G. Keith (MC) ’40 * Charter Members (MC) Marion College (EC) Elizabeth College

Mr. Joseph M. Keller ’43 Mr. Carlisle J. Kennett ’29* Mrs. Clarinda M. Kennett* Dr. Henry L. Kennett ’39 Mr. James G. Kesler ’70 Mr. Gustav E. Kiligas Mr. R. Sagen Kime ’14* Miss Alice Kimmerling (EC)* Mr. Karl Kimmerling* Mr. Hartselle D. Kinsey ’21* Mr. Robert F. Kirchert ’36* Mrs. Cecile Dix Kirchner (MC) ’25 Mrs. Virginia T. Kirkwood (MC) ’27, ’31 Mrs. Dorothy Knee Mr. George F. Krafthofer ’60 Mary B. Kulik Mr. James H. Landis ’42 Mr. Anthony and Mrs. Jessie ’48 Lang Mr. Herbert S. Lauck ’21 Mr. Weldon T. Lawrence Jr. ’49 Mr. Creed K. Lemon ’34 Mrs. Sarah Lee Lemon Mrs. Leta Mae Lester (MC) ’45 Mr. Blake W. Liddle ’48 Mr. Robert W. Lieb Jr. Mrs. George O. Linberg (EC)* LTC James L. Linebarger ’65 Mrs. Pauline S. Linebarger (MC) ’32 Ms. Katharine D. Lord ’63 Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Zoe Lovendahl Mr. Carter Lowance Mrs. Elizabeth Lowance Mr. Joseph A. Lucado* Mr. Herman J. Lukeman ’29 Mr. Elmer E. Lyon, Esquire* Mr. Bruce A. Mahan ’77* Mr. William A. Mahler ’21* Dr. M. Joseph Mancinelli ’39 Mr. and Mrs. Noble G. Marshall ’35 Mr. T. Chandler Martin ’28* Mrs. Audrey Mathews The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. J. Luther Mauney ’30* Mrs. June M. McBroom* Ms. Marguerite McNeil Mr. Harry D. McReynolds* Mr. Rural E. Meadors ’35 Mrs. Lucy E. Meiller Mr. Bruce E. Melchor III ’72 * ‡ Mrs. Blanche Virginia Menefee Mr. Arthur V. Merkel Ms. Gertrude Michel-Brown Mr. and Mrs. Norwood C. Middleton ’39, ’41 Dr. Barbara Jeanette Miller Mr. R. Jennings Mitchell ’23 Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Mitchell* Dr. and Mrs. William M. Moir ’25 Mrs. Margaret Moore (MC) ’29, ’31 Mrs. Chalmers Morehead Mrs. Eleanor C. Morley Mrs. Doris W. Morris * Charter Members (MC) Marion College (EC) Elizabeth College

Mr. Lynn Morris Mr. Allen A. Mott Mr. and Mrs. Walter Muir Mr. John A. Mulheren Jr. ’71* Mrs. Dorothy Garst Murray The Honorable Leonard G. Muse ’20 Mrs. Lillian R. Muse Mr. Patrick D. Nalley ’73 Mr. and Mrs. E. Lucian Neff ’31* Mr. Richard M. Newman ’40 Mr. Thomas H. Nicholson Jr. ’51 Mr. John A. Noon Mrs. Sarah K. Norman Mr. Allan C. Otey ’31* Martha S. Palmer Dr. and Mrs. Joseph N. Payne ’49, ’50 Mr. James E. Pellett ’61 Mr. Richard B. Persinger ’33 Mr. Timothy L. Pickle III* Dr. Martha Kime Piper ’53* Mr. Joseph H. Poff ’25* Mr. Roy R. Pollard, Jr. ’40 Mrs. Elizabeth Powell Mr. W. Bruce Powell Dr. and Mrs. Cornelius Ramsey ’44 Mr. D. Woodson Ramsey Jr. ’28 Mr. and Mrs. Irving W. Ramsey ’25 Mr. Kenneth J. Randall Mr. Jay E. Rauch Mrs. Katherine T. Reed ’41 Mr. John J. Ribar Jr. ’74* Mr. and Mrs. George W. Ritter ’32 Mr. Roy H. Ritter ’26* Mr. Talmage E. Roberts ’35 David W. Robinson, Esquire ’19 Mr. Ray Robinson Mrs. Mabel Rosen (MC) ’17* Dr. Frank E. Rowell ’49 Mr. Reuben Roy Rush Mr. Thomas D. Rutherfoord ’37 Dr. John A. Sanderson Mrs. Robert C. Sargeant Mr. Steven K. Saunders ’71 Mrs. Martin L. Shaner Mrs. Isabel S. Shannon Mrs. Carl Sherertz ’45 Mrs. Clara Gardner Shires Dr. and Mrs. James B. Shuler ’31 Mr. James Wallace Sieg* Miss Katharine G. Sieg (EC) ’25* Miss Martha Davies Sieg (EC) ’27* Mrs. Marian B. Sisson Mr. William K. Skolfield* Mrs. Estelle P. Smith Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith ’36* Dr. Mary P. Smith Mr. Stanley R. Snidow ’39 Mr. William B. Snyder ’50 Mr. and Mrs. William R. Spencer Jr. ’45* Ms. Margaret L. Spradlin ’46

Ms. Mary Jane Spratt Mr. Edward A. Stanley ’14 Mrs. Marguerite M. Stanley Mr. Charles L. Stumpp Mr. Curtis A. Sumpter ’29 Miss Hannah Surh ’55 Mrs. Donald M. Sutton* Mr. J. H. Tabb Mrs. Evelyn B. Taney Mr. Robert L. Teitlebaum Mr. and Mrs. James W. Thompson ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Thompson ’42 Mr. David F. Thornton ’48* Dr. Jack A. Thurmond ’50 Miss Marguerite Tise (MC) ’31, ’33 Mr. Deal H. Tompkins ’29* Ms. Betty L. Toone Mrs. Eva Rose Trexler Mrs. Margaret E. Trower Dr. Edward L. Tucker ’46 Dr. and Mrs. Charles G. Tusing ’32* Mr. William S. Tyrrell Mrs. Ruth V. Umberger Mrs. Katharine VanMeier The Rt. Rev. Frank H. Vest Jr. ’59 Mrs. Claiborne W. Vinyard ’37 Mr. and Mrs. George Emery Wade ’36 Mr. John L. Walker ’25 Mr. William R. Walton* Miss Anna W. Warren Miss Nina Jo Warren Mrs. C. Davis Wassum* Mr. Leo J. Wellhouse Jr. Mr. Dudley E. Wells Mr. Lewis H. Wessinger Mr. Francis T. West ’41 Mrs. Esther Whitman Mr. Forrest S. Williams Dr. Frank M. Williams* Dr. Robert F. Williams ’29 Dr. William C. Williams ’43* Mr. R. C. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Wilson ’28, ’34 Mr. and Mrs. John M. Wilson Jr. Mrs. Josephine D. Wilson ’48 Mrs. Mary H. Wise Mrs. Ruth Light Wise Dr. Luther Horn Wolff ’28 Miss Gladys C. Woodbury ’47 The 2012-2013 Associates, Young Associates and Maroon Club members listed in this Honor Roll are as they appear in Roanoke College’s records for July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The Society of 1842 members are listed as they appear in College records as of Oct. 31, 2013. Although we make every effort to ensure that all information is accurate, there may be occasional errors or omissions. If your name does not appear or the information listed is incorrect, please Laura Rawlings at (540) 375-2088 or regarding Associates, Young Associates and the Maroon Club, or Nella Hamm at (540) 375-2483 or regarding the Society of 1842.

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maroonmusings BY PAU L D EL L I N G E R ’ 6 0

Remembering C. Homer Bast

Homer Bast, right, with Al Stump ’52, a former Maroon runner, at Bast’s home in 2012.


he tributes I’ve seen to the late Homer Bast focus on his accomplishments as coach for a quarter century of Roanoke College’s track and field team. Team members included my classmate, Dick Emberger, who went on to compete in the decathlon in the 1964 Olympic Games. All that praise of Bast is assuredly deserved, but my own memories of him are the two semesters I spent in his world history class during my freshman year. Bast seemed to tower at the front of that classroom, his lectures supplementing the material in each semester’s “Civilization Past and Present,” each volume more than 600 pages of densely-packed material. (They are among the few college text-


books I’ve kept all these years, not least because of their association with their teacher.) His lectures were never calm or placid. I still picture him slamming a fist into his palm to emphasize the point he was making. To this day, I can recall his comparisons of the various theories of history: the “Great Man” school associated with Thomas Carlyle, in which great leaders are seen as the most influential factors; the economic determinism of Karl Marx, where economic factors are supposedly key; the seasonal theory associated with Otto Spengler, where empires and nations go from powerful springs and summers to fading falls and winters.

His lectures were never calm or placid. I still picture him slamming a fist into his palm to emphasize the point he was making. But the one lecture Bast seemed to favor was the “challenge and response” theory of Arnold Toynbee, who contended that great civilizations arose in response to special difficulties that called for unprecedented efforts. And that was also what he called for from his students. “Lose yourself in something greater than yourself,” he would say. “You must evolve.” That last phrase echoed through our Wells Hall dorm frequently, a joking reference on the surface (we sophisticated college guys hated to appear too serious) but one that had obviously been embedded and which has stuck with me, and the other students who repeated it, I’m sure, over the years. I cannot imagine how many times my first-year room-

mate and I called up those words as the denouement of whatever conversation we might be having. I did not know at the time that Bast had served in the Navy during World War II and in Korea, or that a recall to the service interrupted his career at Roanoke College and that he ended up as a lieutenant commander. When he returned, he served as an associate professor until 1959, and it would have been during that period that I was fortunate enough to have him as a history teacher. I seem to remember knowing somehow that he had served the College in many other capacities. I did not know specifics then — coach, registrar, admissions director, teacher and more, but I did have the impression that he was something of a legend on campus, even then. And you couldn’t put anything over on him. One day, as we were leaving for our next class, Bast casually asked a student walking beside me why he had not been keeping up with his textbook readings. The student tried to protest that indeed he had, but Bast merely pointed to the uniform whiteness of the pages of the closed book the student clutched and said that obviously he had not. Astonished, I looked at my own textbook and, sure enough, as far as I had read in it and fingered its rather thin pages, there was a grayness that stood out in contrast to the pristine whiteness of the pages that had not yet been fingered. It was probably Bast who first showed me, through a comment in one of his lectures, that it was no sin to write in a book. In fact, it was a good idea, a way to emphasize important points and add other information to them. It actually increased the value of those textbooks as learning tools. Those penciled-in marks on those pages are still legible today, after all this time.RC Paul Dellinger is a former reporter for The Roanoke Times. He lives in Wytheville. Roanoke College Magazine


C. HOMER BAST, a legend at Roanoke for his work in the classroom and on the track, died May 20, 2013 at his home in Salem, Va. He was 98.

“The Bast Boys” — written several years ago by Larry Arrington ’63, a former Roanoke track athlete and head Cross Country and Track coach, who later served as Dean on Men — chronicles Bast’s teams and his coaching influence.

Bast’s words of wisdom inspired throngs of Roanoke College cross country and track athletes. Many still recite Coach C. Homer Bast’s encouraging words today.

Though Bast graduated from the University of Virginia, he embraced Roanoke as his own. He was inducted into Roanoke College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1978, Bast was named an honorary alumnus by the College’s Alumni Association. Upon his retirement in 1979, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

“The real champ is the one who can come back no matter what the cost. Run through the tape!” “I am a salesman of self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for hard work. These are things to follow not only on the track but in the Battle of Life. For life’s battles do not always go to the stronger or faster man but soon or late the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” Bast held many positions at Roanoke from 1946 to 1979: coach, registrar, history professor, director of admissions, director of the summer program and director of the evening program. His Roanoke College career began as an assistant history professor and he was named associate professor in 1949. He was recalled to active duty by the Navy, and later returned to the College as associate professor until 1959. He served simultaneously as director of admissions (1950), and registrar from 1954 until his retirement. Bast became coach of Roanoke College’s track & field team in 1947 and is credited with reviving and building the College’s track and cross country programs into national powerhouses. He rebuilt the College’s rarely used track and trained numerous exceptional athletes during his 25 years as a coach, including U.S. Olympian Dick Emberger ‘60, who competed in the decathlon in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Emberger was the first Roanoke College graduate to be an Olympian.

The C. Homer Bast Physical Education and Recreation Center was named in his honor in 1982. Roanoke’s track was named for the storied coach in 2006. Bast was not one to focus just on athletics. A Rhodes Scholar himself, Bast was involved in Roanoke College’s first application to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. When Roanoke’s Nu of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was installed in 2004, Bast was named a foundation member of the chapter. Bast received several degrees at University of Virginia (B.S., History, 1936; M.A., History and Political Science, 1938), where he also pursued doctoral studies. He taught economics and English history at UVA from 1938 to 1940. He also taught history and coached track at Staunton Military Academy from 1940 to 1941. A decorated Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, he left the service at the rank of lieutenant commander. Bast is survived by son and daughter-in-law Steve and Rebecca Bast ’75, ’75, of Roanoke; son and daughterin-law Mike ’72 and Joanne Bast, of Edgewater, Md.; grandson Chris Bast and his wife Caitlin, of Seattle, Wash.; grandson John Bast, of Roanoke; a brother, Robert Bast, of Peachtree City, Ga.; and extended family.

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at $40,000 to $50,000 — not a small sum then. But “impact” goes far beyond additional money in governmental coffers and citizens’ pockets. There is also an abstract impact that is more difficult to assess. Certainly, merely having what was then the Virginia Collegiate Institute and, ultimately, the College, in one’s town was a source of pride and status, especially considering that a college education — even a year or two — was reserved for the very, very few. It said something positive about Salem and helped attract new residents and investors. In a town whose population approximated 600 in 1860, 1,600 in 1876, and reached 3,200 by 1890, faculty were respected leaders of the

A mid-1880s publication estimated the College’s contribution to the Valley’s well-being at $40,000 to $50,000 — not a small sum then. Mathematics professor Henry Osborne painted this picture of the College’s anticipated front range of buildings in 1856 as a fund-raising project. It is the earliest rendering of the College campus.


odern colleges like to tout their monetary contribution to the local economy. Currently, Roanoke College boasts its impact on the Roanoke Valley at a little over $100 million annually. Interestingly, the 19th century was no different, and, perhaps, even more dramatic. In its first 20 years in Salem, the College built three brick buildings, with a fourth completed in 1878. With our move to Salem, local builders benefited greatly, erecting four brick structures in the first 30 years, as well as two on-campus frame buildings and several nearby faculty houses. Salem women added to their household incomes by providing rooms and board, as well as laundry and sewing services. Area farmers and tradesmen supplied candles or oil for lighting, wood or coal for heating, food and other supplies. A mid-1880s publication estimated the College’s contribution to the Valley’s well-being


community. Co-founder and Institute principal Christopher Baughman helped organize the town’s Lutheran church in 1852. He, and later, the Rev. David Bittle, the College’s first president, pastored the church in addition to their numerous College duties. Other faculty members preached to various Lutheran congregations, sometimes doing duty at more than one church on any given Sunday. In 1884, after two years of feverish building in the newly established City of Roanoke, Salem established a Citizens’ Executive Committee to promote the advantages of their community, targeting northern investors. Articulating their mission and focus at the first meeting was Roanoke’s third president, Julius Daniel Dreher, class of 1871. Dreher had developed many northern contacts, having spent much time there, knowing then that generous donors for the College were more readily found in the North than in the South. The Committee — whose executive secretary was John Crabtree ’1872, Roanoke’s assistant professor

of ancient languages (later superintendent of the Lutheran Children’s Home) — produced a 68-page booklet, touting the beauty and advantages of Salem. Roanoke College figured prominently among those advantages. The cultural enrichment brought by the College is immeasurable. Even the student body represented a host of states and countries. While most were Virginians and North Carolinians, the deep South and, occasionally, such faraway places as Florida, Michigan, Connecticut, Louisiana and California, sent its sons to Salem. On an international level, Roanoke educated students from the Choctaw and Oneida nations, Mexico, Japan, Korea, China and other countries. These students broadened the world view of the College and the community as they learned English, attended churches and socials, gave speeches about their countries and their people, and wrote articles for “The Collegian.” Conversely, as alumni, they acted as cultural ambassadors for the College and the country when they returned home. Townsfolk were invited to many College events, often held in Salem’s Town Hall. Debates, oratorical contests, plays, musicales and even the 3or 4-day-long Commencement activities were open to guests. Prominent among attendees were Salem’s young women, many of whom found their spouses among these well-educated young men. Consuls and ministers, governmental dignitaries and prominent speakers — religious and secular — graced the parlors of the College and of Salem. Roanoke’s influence was felt through those alumni who became leaders in education, medicine, law, finance, agriculture and religion. Eleven graduates between 1855 and 1903 became college presidents. Three were the first Lutheran missionaries to Japan. One was co-founder of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Another developed the cigarette rolling machine. And what would Virginia be without Colonial Williamsburg, dream child of an alumnus who, in the 1930s, convinced John D. Rockefeller to fund its development? All in all, it’s incredibly impressive for a small southern college in the 19th century. RC Roanoke College Magazine

838 roanotes Think you know a lot about Roanoke College? Chances are you do. But here are some facts that even those most thoroughly versed in all things Maroon probably never knew.

50-75% Amount of wood saved from the Bittle Tree after it was cut down and removed in April.

$8,580.27 Amount of money the NokeA-Thon dance marathon raised for the Children’s Miracle Network and Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital on Oct. 5. (The goal for the charity event was $8,000.) Pictured here, from left to right, are dance marathon participants Elaina Furr ’16, Emily Morris ’15 and Rachaelle Benons ’15.

fifty-three Number of Roanoke College Choir members who performed at the Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 27. More than 700 people attended the performance, including a number of alumni and College friends. 68

Number of likely voters in Virginia interviewed in The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research poll conducted between Oct. 21 and 27. This was the last IPOR poll conducted before the Nov. 5 Virginia gubernatorial election.

$256,118 Off-campus Maroon Card spending in Salem during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


Approximate number of colleges and universities nationwide, including Roanoke, that are partnering with TurboVote, a non-partisan group that helps Americans, particularly college students, manage the election process online.


Number of countries represented in the 2013 student body. (Number reflects only those students with international student visas.)

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