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‘Ground Zero’ Priest, Local Civic Leaders to be Honored

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—The young Episcopal priest whose work near the World Trade Center “Ground Zero” has attracted national attention joins two veteran college physicians and Spartanburg civic leaders Jennifer and Alex Evins in being honored this year by the Wofford National Alumni Association.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony during Homecoming Weekend Oct. 5.

Dr. Mack Poole (Class of 1955) and Dr. Melvin D. Medlock (Class of 1954) will share the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Since 1963, the two partners in family practice have served the medical needs of Wofford students and the greater Spartanburg community.

Poole, who graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1959, served in the Army Medical Corps from 1960-63. He then began a practice with Medlock, a 1958 MUSC graduate.

Jennifer and Alex Evins will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award. Members of the Evins family have been the campus’s neighbors for much of the history of the college. Through 2001, the Evins continued a tradition started by Alex’s father, the late Thomas A. Evins, in hosting a reception on their lawn for the graduating seniors and their families on Commencement Weekend.

Alex, an attorney and a past chairman of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is the current citizen co-chair of the local Share the Vision project. Jennifer is spearheading a campaign to raise funds for a new arts center in Spartanburg. She has been very active in the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and many of its constituent organizations. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, Emily.

The Evinses are historic preservationists, leading the community by example in their restoration of the Evins-Bivings House (1854) next to Wofford on North Church Street.

The Young Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to the Rev. Lyndon Harris (Class of 1983) of Trinity Parish, Wall Street, in New York City. He has been influential in providing relief for the workers and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Harris is a Th.D. candidate in theology at the General Theological Seminary, where he served as a tutor in theology for four years. He is also a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation. Harris lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter, Gaia.

Nathaniel Coburn (Class of 2006) prepared this news release.