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National Alumni Awards

August 10, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College National Alumni Association will honor three people during Homecoming Weekend 2006 activities, Oct. 6-8, 2006.

Hayne Hipp, a private investor, former CEO of Liberty Corp. in Greenville, SC, and longtime Wofford supporter, will be presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award.  He is a founder and member of the board of directors of the Liberty Fellowship, a two-year leadership program created by a partnership of Hipp, Wofford and The Aspen Institute and housed at Wofford.  Earlier this year Hipp announced a $2 million gift to the college to endow the Liberty Fellowship Program.

Hipp also serves as chair of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.  He is a former trustee of the Palmetto Business Forum, Greenville County School District, the National Urban League, Washington and Lee University, and the South Carolina Research Authority, as well as the former chair of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.  Hipp is a director of SCANA Corp. and a former director of Dan River Inc., Liberty Corp. and Wachovia Corp.  A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he earned an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and completed additional studies at Harvard University.

Being honored with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award is Dr. Robert E. Holman ’53, a retired physician who continues to make house calls and holds a “free clinic” on the back porch of his home in Elloree, SC, more than 10 years after his retirement in 1994.

A native of Creston, S.C., he was a country doctor for nearly 40 years in rural Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.  He served in the US Navy in World War II and entered Wofford following the war, in 1946.  A serious illness, pulmonary hemorrhage, interrupted his college career.  Ultimately, he returned to Wofford and graduated.  He went on to graduate in 1957 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he met his wife, Patricia Allen of Auburn, AL.  They have two children.  In 1996, Holman wrote and self-published a book, The Black Bag, an account of his life as a country doctor, described as part “thank you” and part salute to the people he served.

The Young Alumna of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Michelle Phillips Hudspeth ’95, a pediatric hematology and oncology fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.

She has been honored by her colleagues with the David M. Kamsler Award for excellence and compassion in pediatric care.  Recently, she completed an appointment as chief resident for the Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane service, where she oversaw 80 pediatric residents and wrote chapters on hematology, immunology and oncology for the Harriet Lane Handbook, a bestselling pediatric guide.

Hudspeth received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  She did her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health.