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Pictured above are Wofford alumni who received medical degrees from USC School of Medicine on May 9, 2014 - Back row: Duncan Norton '07, Jonathan Hufford '10, Sammy Nassri '10, Richard O'Neal '10, Andy Steadman '10, Mazi Alimohamed '09, Branson Hyatt '10. Front row: Amanda Ruscin Vartanian '09, Monica Ploetzke '10, Erin Herstine '08, Aubrey Senn Sowell '98, Meredith Calcina '10.


50 Year Club Chair - Harry Williams ’42

Walter Hammond shared news of the death of his wife, Carmen Hammond, on March 11, 2014. The Hammonds were married in 1946 and had six children. Those children then gave the Hammonds 14 grandchildren. Hammond writes that the family as a whole holds 34 college degrees plus several year-long special training courses. “We credit Wofford and Winthrop for giving us a good foundation to build upon,” writes Hammond.


In April, the University of South Carolina honored Dr. Don Fowler, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former chairman of South Carolina’s Democratic Party. He has taught courses on politics and the mass media for 50 years.


Class Chair - John Brown

Myles Whitlock Jr. was honored in April when the Spartanburg Water System officially renamed the Lake Blalock Water Treatment Plant in his honor. Whitlock served as a commissioner of public works for 24 years.


Class Chair - Bill Bradford

Dr. William H. Hester has been appointed assistant dean for medical student education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s new medical education campus in the Pee Dee area. Beginning in summer 2014, USC medical students will spend part of their clerkship rotations in Florence.


In April, the Salvation Army recognized Spartanburg oncologists, Dr. Julian Josey and James Bearden, at its annual Toast of the Town event. Josey and Bearden spearheaded a campaign that led to the creation of the Cancer Care Committee and the Gibbs Cancer Center. Josey also helped establish a dedicated oncology floor at Spartanburg Medical Center. In May, the University of South Carolina Upstate awarded Josey an honorary degree.


Class Chair - Richard Robinson has featured Don Jones in the May 29 online issue. Jones, who is retiring after 14 years as executive director of the Henderson County Education Foundation, loves to tell stories of the children who the foundation has helped as well as stories from his college days playing Wofford football with Jerry Richardson ’59.


Class Chair - Hayne Culler

The Beaufort Gazette featured Stiles Harper Jr. and his famous collection of orchids in the May 23 issue. More than 1,000 attended an event that showcased Harper’s flowers, home and riverside property. Harper also is known in the Bluffton community for his gourmet cooking, farming and music.


The Greenville News featured William Brown for his work in establishing Legacy Charter, a K-12 school in Greenville, S.C. The article, published in the April 13 issue, discusses Brown’s journey from CPA and business owner to school founder.

After 46 years of service to Spartanburg School District 7, Tommy Stokes retired in May. Stokes spent the past six years as principal at Houston Elementary School. Before that, he spent 25 years as principal of Pine Street Elementary School. He will continue to work with young people in the district.


Class Chair - Ronnie Bruce

The Rev. Dr. Bert Blomquist, interim pastor at Morningstar United Methodist Church in Canton, N.C., offered the sermon during the Canton Community Lenten Service in April.


Attorney and partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, S.C., William Dennis was named by South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in 2014. Fewer than 5 percent of attorneys in each state are selected for the list.


Class Chair - John O. Moore

John Riddick has joined CresCom Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer. He is based in the downtown Charleston, S.C., branch.


Class Chair - John Gandy

Greenville business leader Jackson Hughes Jr. has been elected president of the Carolinas Golf Association. Hughes was a student-athlete on the men’s golf team at Wofford. He earned co-medalist honors at the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur in Fort Worth, Texas. Hughes is the president of Hughes Commercial Properties Inc.


Bill Comer was the speaker during University of South Carolina Union’s spring commencement. A CPA and fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Comer spoke of the importance of his liberal arts and professional education.

Kaiser Permanente has named Dr. Frank M. Flowers Jr. as its area medical director for the Riverside, Calif., area.

In his role as Chattooga River manager for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Dave Perrin was interviewed for an article that was published in the Greenville News on May 11, 2014. Perrin, who has lived and raised his family on the river, encourages others to enjoy swimming, wading and rafting.


Class Chair - Armando Llorente

Jerry Vevon has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of the firm’s enterprise information technology solutions division. He has 35 years of federal government and private-sector experience.


Class Chair - Wade E. Ballard

As assistant treasurer for Oglethorpe Power Co. in Tucker, Ga., Lansing Patterson is responsible for cash, debt and investment management. OPC is the nation’s largest electrical cooperative with revenues in excess of $1.2 billion and assets of $9 billion.

Chuck Talbert and Diane Hurst Talbert live in Charleston, S.C., where Chuck is a partner with Webster Rogers LLP, a major CPA firm serving the Southeast. His professional experience includes specialized industry knowledge in manufacturing, distribution and utilities along with corporate governance consulting experience. Talbert also has extensive experience in the governmental and non-for-profit sectors providing audit and attest services.


Class Chair - Paul Kountz

Joe E. Taylor Jr., who helped recruit the Boeing 787 assembly plant to North Charleston, S.C., while serving as head of the S.C. Commerce Department from 2006-2011, is launching a new South Carolina-based private equity firm. Southland Capital Partners, based in Columbia, will fill the state’s need to help fund promising start-ups or companies with serious growth prospects. An article about Taylor’s new venture appeared in the Sunday, May 11, 2014, Charleston Post and Courier. Taylor also is a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees.


Class Chair - G. Patrick Watson

Danny Trapp is the executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries in Charlotte, N.C. He and his path to the ministry were featured in the Our Towns section of the Montgomery Herald in Troy, N.C.


Class Chair - Madison Dye

A third-grade teacher at E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary in Fayetteville, N.C., Karen Thomas Callahan lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Dennis, and their children Adam, West Point class of 2016, and Hope, an eighth-grader.

The American Gem Society elected Spartanburg jeweler Louis Smith of Smithworks Fine Jewelry as president of the society’s board of directors. Smith will hold the presidency until April 2016.


Class Chair - C. Lane Glaze

Walt Barefoot writes that he enjoyed seeing fraternity brothers and friends at his 25th class reunion in 2013. “It’s hard to believe it has been that long since we graduated,” he writes. Barefoot is an attorney with MGC Law in Florence, S.C.


Class Chair - Michael R. Sullivan

As an education specialist with the Delaware Department of Education, Lynn Fulton-Archer coordinates and supports the implementation of 20 elementary immersion programs in Spanish and Chinese as part of the Governor’s World Language Expansion Initiative.

The School District of Pickens County board of trustees has named Danny Merck as superintendent of schools. Merck had been serving as principal at Daniel High School in Central, S.C.

In November, Phillip Merry was re-elected to a four-year term on the Aiken (S.C.) City Council representing the sixth district. Merry is a business development officer with Hutson Etherredge Companies.

Eva Smith has been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of business and organizational leadership by the Brevard College Board of Trustees. Smith also does research in hospitality and tourism business and education trends and serves as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators.


Class Chair - Nikki Palmieri Chunn 

Karen Rush and Nathan Whaley were married on March 8, 2014, in an intimate ceremony with family and a few close friends, including Karen’s Wofford roommate, Lori Bartel Child. Karen is a teacher with Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, and Nathan is an engineer with General Electric.

The chief financial officer of North American Rescue, a company that specializes in rescue and first aid equipment, Stephanie Brown Coates lives in Boiling Springs, S.C., with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Grace.


Class Chair - Sarah C. Sawicki

Rich Williams has been named senior vice president, growth markets, at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. in Columbia, S.C. He is responsible for leading the company’s brokerage, direct, large-account and public-sector marketing programs and services.


Class Chair - Curt L. Nichols Jr.

Mark Alexander is CEO of Innovative Therapy Concepts in Hawkinsville, Ga. The company provides health therapy staffing and management. He lives in Greensboro, Ga.

Mike Gentry has been chosen as the new director of athletics at Landrum (S.C.) High School. He has been serving the school as a mathematics teacher and offensive coordinator for the football team as well as assistant boy’s basketball coach at Chapman High School.

The Clinton Chronicle featured Dr. Stanley Walsh Jr. in its Feb. 26, 2014, edition. He enjoys life as a doctor in a small town; no two days are the same, and he is able to spend quality time with his family. Walsh also enjoys participating in community activities, including local Laurens County Community Theatre performances. He played the apple seller in a recent production of “Annie.” According to the paper, Walsh’s line, “Get yer apples! An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples!” got quite a chuckle from the audience.


Class Chair - Casey B. Moore

David Gibson IV is the vice president of Gibson & Associates Inc., an insurance brokerage firm, in Columbia, S.C.


Class Chair - Zach O. Atkinson

Robert Wilkins is a partner and the owner of Wilkins & Bouton in Greenville, S.C. He and his wife, Stephanie Elgin Wilkins ’02, have two children, Whit and Clary.


Class Chair - Anthony D. Hoefer, Jr.

Jennifer Anne Chapple Jacobson is chief financial officer for Research Planning Inc. in Columbia, S.C. She and her husband, Eric, have two children, Eli (5) and Sophie (2).

Blair Goodrich Baumgardner and her husband, Neil Baumgardner of Falls Church, Va., announce the birth of John Allen “Jack” Baumgardner, born June 11, 2014.


Class Chair - Jenna Sheheen Bridgers

Living in Greenville, S.C., Elizabeth Blalock Fletcher is the vice president for strategy and business development for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Mac Leaphart now calls Nashville, Tenn., home. He hosts a songwriter’s night, Southpaw Supper Club, each Thursday at Soulshine and continues to play with a variety of bands including Damn Fine Company, Five Way Friday, and Truth & Salvage Co. He returned to South Carolina in April and May for several shows and a benefit concert and just recorded an album “Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth.”

NAI Avant awarded Macon Lovelace with its Top Overall Producer award in the Columbia, S.C., market. Lovelace, a broker with the firm, is currently a member of the 2013-14 class of Leadership South Carolina.

Bari and Keith Schiff announce the birth of Harvey Jameson Schiff, born Nov. 27, 2013. They live in Greenville, S.C.

Hilary Ward Sill and Kevin Jacob Sill ’00 announce the birth of Garrett Ward Sill, born Sept. 10, 2013. They live in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Class Chair - L. Yorke Gerrald

Nancy Dubuisson Barker lives with her husband, Zachary, in Lafayette, La. She is an anesthesiologist with Lafayette General Medical Center/Parish Anesthesia.

Coldwell Banker Caine welcomed Fred Blevins as a residential sales agent in its Greenville, S.C., office. Blevins and his wife, Rebecca, live in Greenville with their daughter, Miller (3), and their son, Bo (10 mos.).

Will Johnson, an attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, received the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award on March 13, 2014. Johnson practices in tax and economic incentive matters.

Eric Nash and Dr. Erin Caudill Nash announce the birth of Mills Joseph Nash, born May 2, 2014. The Nash family lives in Spartanburg where Eric is an assistant football coach for the Terriers.

Tony and Libby Stephenson Prestipino announce the birth of Charles Robert Prestipino, born April 4, 2014. The family lives in Columbia, S.C.

A major in the U.S. Army, Tanner Spry serves in the operations office for the 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade based in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2013 he received a master’s degree in military and strategic studies from Australian National University.


Class Chair - Fred Byers II

Working as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University, Dr. Gray Camp lives in Palo Alto, Calif. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2012.

Mary Bates Cooper was born June 30, 2013, to Paul and Elliott Bates Cooper, They live in Charleston, S.C., where Elliott is a development officer with The Citadel Foundation.

The Charleston (S.C.) Regional Business Journal featured Simons Johnson in its May 4, 2014, issue. Johnson is principal, corporate real estate adviser with Colliers International. He works in corporate, industrial real estate assisting clients with lease negotiations, site selection, strategic planning and more. In 10 years, Johnson has completed more than 5 million square feet of transactions.

Jarvis H. Jones joined Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in August 2013 as a financial aid and student services specialist at the Carolinas Campus. Jones is active in the Spartanburg community as a member of the Partners for Active Living board of trustees, Spartanburg Young Professionals board of trustees and the United Way of the Piedmont Nonprofit Fellows Program.

Kat Taylor Oswald was born Dec. 6, 2013. Proud parents are Jeremy and Chelsea Grimsley Oswald. They live in Atlanta, Ga.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Rhem and Matthew Cavenaugh on their March 8, 2014, wedding. They were married in Houston, Texas, where Liz works with Dini Spheris, a consulting firm in the non-profit sector.


Class Chair - Ryan M. Waller

Beth Butler Paschos is now living in Seoul, South Korea, where her husband, a pilot, is stationed. “It’s been a great experience learning a new country, culture and language,” she writes.


Class Chair - Hadley Green Inabinet

In April, Jacquelyn Shurburtt Burkhead was promoted to commercial finance manager with Johns Manville. She leads a finance team responsible for monthly, yearly and long-term sales planning and reporting for the insulation systems division. She lives in Spartanburg.


Class Chair - Hunter L. Miller

Wilson Grandy and Tippins Crosby Grandy ’09 announce the birth of John Wilson “Wils” Grandy III. Wils, born Aug. 25, 2013, joins big sister Eloise Tippins Grandy.

Playing the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Matias Mariani wowed audiences in the Greenville (S.C.) Little Theatre’s production of the musical. According to an article in the Greenville News from May 18, more than 201 actors auditioned for the 36 roles on the show. Mariani, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and now a music recruiter for Converse College, says the role of Valjean is one of the toughest he’s ever faced, but he has enjoyed this opportunity to step outside of his comfort zone.

Dr. Leandra Parris, an assistant professor at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., completed her Ph.D. in 2013 from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Ben Griffin, live in Bloomington.

A logistics officer with the U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas, Roshonda “Ro” Rogers lives in Killeen with her husband, Stephen Thomas, and their 1-year-old daughter, Julianna.

Bascom Lawrence Self was born on March 07, 2014. He is the son of Justin and Laura Studstill Self. They live in Columbia, S.C., where Laura is a senior auditor with Elliott Davis.

John Thomas Whitmire and Anne Pearce Thrailkill were married March 8, 2014, in Greenville, S.C., where they live and work.

Dr. Robert Sidney Williams is a professional development analyst for UnitedHealthcare in Westerville, Ohio. He lives in Columbus.


Class Chair - Nathan Madigan

Austin Michael Baker married Lauren Patricia Robbins on March 8, 2014. He is a teacher at Dorman High School in Spartanburg. She is a teacher at Sara Collins Elementary School in Greenville. They live in Duncan, S.C.

Living in Gainesville, Va., Joshua Collier works as an air traffic control specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Randolph Chapman Revercomb Jr. and Melissa Anderson Williams ’10 were married on April 5, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. She is employed by The McCammon Group in Richmond, Va. He works with Wurth Revcar, also in Richmond.

Whitney Steelman earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington. He now works with Walgreens.

Andrew and Laura Lynn Williams Stubbs welcomed Anna Kate Stubbs, born Feb. 12, 2014. The family lives in Rock Hill, S.C.

A physician with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., Dr. Elizabeth Steadman married Michael Andrew Talley on March 9, 2014. They live in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Living in New York, N.Y., Susan Simons Swanson is an associate of Crescent Capital Group focusing on investor relations. She previously worked in the marketing group at Apollo Global Management.

Mary Blanton Wheeler married Dr. Jeffrey Covell, Sept. 28, 2013. They live in Lexington, Ky., where Mary Blanton is a clinical pharmacist in cardiology at the University of Kentucky.


Class Chair - T. Peyton Hray

The Rev. Josh Blackwelder is associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C. He graduated from Duke Divinity School with a master’s degree in divinity in 2012. Blackwelder was ordained as a full elder by the South Carolina Conference in June 2014.

Ad Boyle is a benefits broker handling insurance sales and employee benefits with KeenanSuggs BowersElkins in Columbia, S.C.

On May 11, 2014, Andrew Paul Dobson married Sarah Marie Yates. Dobson is a CPA with McAbee, Schwartz, Halliday & Co. in Spartanburg.

Samantha Jenaye Hall lives in Charlotte, N.C. and works as a commodity manager for Electrolux.

Thomas Michael Weber lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is a sales analyst with Pepperidge Farm Inc. He earned his MBA from Xavier University in 2013.

Concetta Wilson has taken a position as career services adviser with Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tenn. She now assists current law students in acquiring jobs and internships in the legal field.


Class Chair - Kari Harris

Steven Kenneth Fagan Jr. and Katelyn Faith Christopher were married on March 8, 2014. Steven is the director of web services at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C.

Michael Gault recently joined the Spartanburg-based law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. He graduated from the Charleston School of Law in 2013. He will practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and general civil litigation.

A physician assistant with Southeast Lung Associates in Savannah, Ga., Nancy Ellerbe Halligan graduated in March with a Master of Science degree from South University.

Virginia Regan and Dr. Jonathan Foote were married March 9, 2014. They live in Charleston, S.C.

Jared Tetrick is the CEO and manager of Happy Valley Memorial Park in Elizabethton, Tenn. He manages day-to-day operation for the perpetual care cemetery.


Class Chair - Nam Hai Pham

Monier Abusaft had his first article published in the Washington Times. “Left Jab at Affirmative Action” was published in the March 5, 2014, issue. Abusaft graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in May.

Emily Uldrick and Daniel Hall were married on July 27, 2013, in Piedmont, S.C., surrounded by family and lots of Wofford friends. Emily is finishing her third year of pharmacy school at the Medical University of South Carolina. Daniel is a third-year dental student at the Medical University of South Carolina. They live in Charleston.


Class Chair - Hallie Marie Willm

Neely Rose Bailey and Andrew Chandler Darr were married on March 8, 2014, in Spartanburg. Neely is the Internet sales manager for Vic Bailey Automotive.


Class Chair - Morgan Victoria Amick

Seth Knight is a financial analyst with Raymond James in Charlotte, N.C.