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Summer 2018 Wofford Today
Class Notes

Class Notes

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1954

Dr. Eugene Stamm lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife, Sylvia. He’s now retired.

1958

Reddick Still is appraiser and president of Still & Co. Inc. in Spartanburg, where he lives with his wife, Agnes Wannamaker Still. They have two adult children.

1960

The Class of 1960 produced many military, educational, religious, legal and business leaders heralded over the years in Wofford Today, but many, including the individuals listed below, rank the “stability and joy of their marriage as the most powerful force in their lives”: Mitch and Sarah Allen (51 years), Bill and Edna Ann Belk (51 years), Cecil and Barrie Bozard (41 years), Jerry and Janice Campbell (54 years), Joe and Barbara Carter (47 years), Tommy and Gail Ellison (55 years), Trap and Betty Hart (53 years), Joe and Alice Pugh (54 years), Jim and Gary Stuckey (50 years) and Bill and Martha Tinder (54 years).

Joe Gibson is helping startup companies in upstate South Carolina accelerate their businesses through the Iron Yard. Gibson is the executive in residence on the “floating founders” team of consultants. Also on the team is intern Michael Weimer ’15.

1968

 

Ronald Bruce, class chair

Now retired, Furman Mauldin lives in Greenwood, S.C., with his wife, Carol.

1970

Buzz Rich, class chair

John Linton, special counsel for Duffy Young LLC, has been singled out by the 2015 edition of Chambers USA for special designation in litigation. He also has been recognized as a senior statesman in the publication.

1971

Kenneth Smith, class chair

Hunter Quick, a veteran insurance subrogation attorney, has joined Nexsen Pruet’s Charlotte, N.C., office. Quick has been a trial lawyer for 34 years and has tried more than 80 cases and arbitrations to verdict or award and obtained multiple million-dollar recoveries.

1973

Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney William L. Dennis was selected by his peers as part of Greenville Business Magazine’s 2015 Legal Elite. Dennis practices in the area of tax law.

Chrys Harris, who has practiced marriage and family therapy or psychotherapy since 1975, has received one of the first Lifetime Achievement Awards from the South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He practices at Family Therapy and Trauma Center of Greer, S.C.

George Stewart has joined Reverse Mortgage Funding as a reverse mortgage specialist in Charleston, S.C. He lives in Summerville.

1975

John Moore, class chair

Craig Williams has joined Pinnacle Bank of SC as branch manager of the Powdersville location. He and his wife, Donna, live in the Clemson area. 

1978

Armando Llorente, class chair

The American Bar Association (ABA) has named Tom Bolt chair of the law practice division. Bolt, a member of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, where he served as president and a delegate to the ABA, also is a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is managing attorney at BoltNagi, a firm that focuses on business, real estate, finance and government relations.

Dr. Keith Lentz Riddle has been named director of mission for Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C.

1984

Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

South Carolina’s state treasurer has appointed West Summers to serve as senior assistant state treasurer. He will oversee investment management, which invests more than $14 billion in portfolios and cash, the Local Government Investment Pool and various financial assets for the state.

1986

Brand Stille, class chair

McLeod Health and McLeod Physician Associates announced that they have expanded their OB/GYN practice to include Dr. Lynn Clary. McLeod Women’s Care is located in Florence, S.C.

1990

Scott Cashion, class chair

The Times-News in Brevard, N.C., featured the Rev. Shelly Webb in its June 28 issue for her untiring commitment to social justice. She is the executive director of the Sharing House for Transylvania Christian Ministry.

1992

Nikki Palmieri Chunn, class chair

Three Wofford alumni who are head baseball coaches at the high school level in South Carolina have led their teams to recent state championship games. Billy Keels has led the Leesville High School Lions to two state final appearances since 2010, winning one. Adam Jareki ’90 led his Calhoun Academy team to a state title in a deciding three-game win over Robert E. Lee Academy. Jareki is now teaching and coaching at Wilson Hall in Florence, S.C. Tony Gainey ’88 has led Hartsville High School to two consecutive title game appearances.

1993

Sarah Sawicki, class chair

Courtney Leigh Cockfield and Todd Burkett Avant, both of Columbia, S.C., were married June 6, 2015. She is the director of marketing at HDR ICA. He serves as CEO of NAI Avant.

1994

Alicia Truesdail, class chair

Newberry College has appointed Dr. Krista E. Hughes director of the newly formed Muller Center and associate professor of religion. The Muller Center will provide programming and resources related to ethics, vocation and civic engagement. Hughes had been at Hanover College in Indiana, where she taught in the theological studies department.

Dr. Geoff Steinkruger is a dentist with Charleston (S.C.) Endodontics. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Jillian, and their 3-year-old son, William Jacob Steinkruger. 

1996

Curt Nichols, class chair

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, announced that Margaret Key has been named CEO, Asia-Pacific. Key is based in Hong Kong. She had served as chief operating officer for Asia-Pacific for the past year and was the acting Hong Kong market leader.

1999

Zach Atkinson, class chair

T. J. White, 11-year-old son of Elizabeth Wells-White and Terenthial White ’01, debuted on the Major League Baseball Network (mlb.com) as the starting pitcher for the Columbus Cobras 11U Travel Baseball Team. The game was part of the USSSA Summer Championship Series. The Whites live in Pickerington, Ohio, and have two other children, Tyler (8) and Morgan (6).

The Rev. Lisa Yebuah was the first guest preacher during the Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series, which started on June 14. She is the pastor of Inviting Ministries at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C., where her passion is “cultivating a marriage between the church and the world—making God famous—catching glimpses of resurrection.”

2000

Anthony Hoefer, class chair

Meredith McKay Brogdon and Robert Ryann Gallagher were married on July 11, 2015. She earned her senior professional in human resources certification in 2011 and is employed as vice president of human resources with The Citco Group in Charlotte, N.C. He is director of project management with Baker & Taylor, also in Charlotte.

R. Montague Laffitte III, a central South Carolina region president at South State Bank, earned the South Carolina Bankers Association Outstanding Young Banker award. He is the former chairman of the SBA’s Young Bankers Division.

Will Rhem joined The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, N.C., as upper school director. Previously he was the English department chair and head of teaching and learning at Kents Hill School in Maine.

2001

Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

Meredith Paige Fox was married on June 14, 2015, to John Lawrence Dunn. She is a program officer in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions in Washington, D.C. He is a director in the Washington office of Daversa Partners.

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands honored Jil Littlejohn as one of three women of distinction at its annual Women of Distinction awards dinner in September. Littlejohn, president and CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate and a member of Greenville City Council, was named the Blazing Trails Young Professional.

2002

Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Jaime Lin Bedford Waggoner and her husband, Paul Andrew Waggoner, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Aug. 31. They live in Charlotte, N.C. 

2003

Tracy Howard, class chair

Now living in Greenville, S.C., Amanda Osborne Odom and Andrew Julien Parker were married on June 27, 2015. She is a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Spartanburg. He is a compliance and audit manager at InvestiNet in Greenville.

2004

Fred Byers, class chair

Steven and Anna Richardson ’09 Blanton announce the birth of Caldwell Lewis “Wells” Blanton, born March 10, 2015. The Blantons live in Gaffney, S.C.

Patrick Kay is the executive director of Manistee Development Main Street in Manistee, Mich. He and his wife, Jami, have an 8-year-old daughter, Brooklyn.

Columbia, S.C., pizza magnate Joe Walker is making his mark in the competitive $46 billion pizza industry as CEO of a 14-store Marco’s Pizza franchise with 400 employees and sales of $11 million, according to a story distributed by the Tribune News Service. Walker has the distinction of opening the company’s 500th franchise on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, S.C.

2005

Ryan Waller, class chair

Sarah Cannon has accepted a position as director of global internal communications for Nike. She previously served as director of communications and campaign operations for Coca-Cola North America. She and her family—husband, Ned Cannon ’04, and infant son, James—have relocated from Atlanta to Portland, Ore.

Dr. Landa Foster is a chiropractor with Foster Chiropractic and Wellness in Marietta, Ga. She and her husband, Derrick, have two children, Landon (5) and Christian (2).

Ben Ingram, the 2014 “Jeopardy” Tournament of Champions winner, was the 2015 distinguished graduate at The School Foundation’s 14th Annual Celebration Gala in Florence, S.C. Ingram graduated from Wilson High School and was highlighted this year as Florence School District One’s top graduate.

Allyn Steele graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School this spring and was the recipient of two awards: the Nella May Overby Memorial Award for honors in the field of education and the Umphrey Lee Dean’s Award for exemplifying the mission and vision of the Divinity School.

2006

Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Meg Beacham Conner and Garrison K. Conner ’09 announce the birth of Beacham Kennedy “Beach” Conner, born March 22, 2015. The Conner family lives in Arden, N.C.

A doctor of physical therapy, Kathryn Lister has joined the Physiotherapy Associates Clinic in Washington, D.C. She earned her degree from Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

2007

Hunter Miller, class chair

More than 450 people packed into St. Patrick Cathedral, with dozens more spilling out from all three entrances, to witness the ordination mass of Santiago Mariani. Mariani has been assigned as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Monroe, N.C.

2009

Peyton Hray, class chair

Jessica Dowd Crouch and her husband, Phil, have opened Crouch Distilling in Columbia, S.C., where they distill a line of whiskeys from non-GMO, food-grade grain and corn. They mill, mash, ferment, distill and age on site and are open for tours and tastings. Visit crouchdistilling.com for more information. Jessica also is a member of the faculty at the University of South Carolina and is the archivist processing the papers of novelist Pat Conroy.

Seth Chandler Goldwire and Crystal Lynn Glover were married on May 30, 2015. They live in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He just graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a physician practice manager at Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.

2010

Kari Harris, class chair

Mallory Brooke Haynie and Dr. John Philip Bell ’11 were married on June 6, 2015. She holds a master of science degree from Clemson University. He just graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. They live in Chattanooga, Tenn., where John is an orthopedic resident at Erlanger Hospital.

The Spartanburg County Foundation named Hilary Lewis executive assistant and a development and donor services specialist. She previously worked with Coldwell Banker Caine.

Laura Lucius Taylor and Joseph Anton Warman were married on May 30, 2015. He holds a master of science in accountancy from the College of Charleston and is employed with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. She is a nurse with the Medical University of South Carolina. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

2011

Nam Pham, class chair

Holly Holladay started her own publishing company, Holladay House Publishing, a traditional, independent book publishing house founded with an emphasis on Southern writers and literature, especially Southern fiction.

Abigail Elizabeth James and Christopher Adam James were married on June 27, 2015. The couple lives in Charlotte, N.C.

2012

Hallie Willm, class chair

Marshall Andrew Diven and Morgan Victoria Amick ’13 were married on May 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. They live in Greenville, S.C.

2013

Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

Wofford roommates Justin Buchanan and Jake MacDowell have started their own distilling business that harkens back to the state’s colonial days when rum reigned. Red Harbor Rum, locally made in Charleston, S.C., looks to expand distribution within the next few months.

A day deal analyst with Huguenot Fuels Inc. in Charleston, S.C., Joshua Alexander Grimes married Allie Harper Hiott ’14 on July 11, 2015. They live in Mount Pleasant. Allie is in medical school (Class of 2018) at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Brian McCracken was featured in the Greenville Journal for his new book, “Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War,” the first in a trilogy. The book follows the actions of special ops leaders of their respective political parties as they seek to locate the stolen Declaration of Independence and uncover a global conspiracy. He is currently at the Duke University School of Law pursuing a dual degree in international and comparative law. Find “Proverb” on Amazon, iBooks and Nook.

Laurel Noelle Rosenberger is the assistant construct administrator for the Salvation Army, Golden State Divisional Headquarters. She lives in San Francisco, Calif.

2014

Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Now living in Lawrenceville, Ga., Jen Harlan has accepted a position as study abroad adviser for the University of North Georgia, where she also is working on her M.A. in international affairs.

Chris Summers is a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America in Spartanburg. He lives in Rock Hill. Summers has three children, Matthew (14), Jacob (12) and Grace (9).

2015

Maggie Stroud, class chair

Cody Allen Watson and Laura Kathleen Settle were married on Aug. 1, 2015. They have moved to Williamsburg, Va., where Cody is in the Ph.D. program in computer science at the College of William and Mary.