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winter 2018
Class Notes

Class Notes

Updates from Wofford alumni — click “Submit News” in the Quick Links menu to submit your news to be considered for the next issue of Wofford Today.


Robert Allen and his wife, Mary Buice Allen, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 23, 2015. They met on a blind date in 1942, and in 1945 he returned briefly from his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps to marry her. They live in Gastonia, N.C., and still enjoy spending time with their five daughters, sons-in-law, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.


The memoir of the Rev. Harold W. Syfrett, “The Life Story of a Country Boy from Orangeburg, South Carolina,” is now available from Amazon. The story follows Syfrett's journey as a pastor, from service in the U.S. Navy to ministering to South Carolina Baptist congregations for more than 50 years. The memoir includes tales from the USS Yorktown to campus ministry to life as a husband and father of five.


Neil Bonds sent us a note sharing news of Harry Gall Jr. of Florence, S.C. Gall is a resident of Faith Nursing Home. Although confined to a wheelchair, Gall is busy creating a library at Faith. Affectionately known by the title of "Senator" as a Wofford student, Gall enjoys hearing about Wofford and from Wofford friends. He is one of a handful of surviving members of the students who rechartered Pi Kappa Alpha's Nu Chapter at Wofford in 1951.

William Light "Bill" Kinney Jr. received the state's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, on Oct. 12, 2015. Kinney is editor and publisher emeritus of the Marlboro Herald-Advocate, with a 57-year career as a journalist. A renowned philanthropist, Kinney helped create and fund the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, the Marlboro Civic Center and the Pee Dee Coalition's emergency safe shelter for abused women and children. He has served as chairman and president of many boards, including the South Carolina Historical Society and the South Carolina Archives and History Commission at the state level and the Library of Congress American Folklife Center at the national level.


Dr. Don Fowler continues to serve as president of Fowler Communications in Columbia, S.C., and as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina.


We were sorry to hear about the death on July 22, 2015 of Sybil McElreath Farrow, wife of Billy Jones Farrow. They were married for 63 years. She was a nurse and an "Army wife" who followed her husband wherever he was assigned. They enjoyed spending time with their family and traveling in their motor home, which took them to all of the lower 48 states.

A retired educator, Denny Hammack is now working as a part-time fitness instructor with the Siskey YMCA in Matthews, N.C.


Stewart Johnson and Donnie McDonald, class chairs

Dr. Charles C. Thomas II has been recognized in “Leading Physicians of the World” in the area of diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. He works with Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina in Clyde and Franklin, N.C.


Richard L. Myers, class chair

Tommy Young and his wife, Catherine, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this fall.


Buzz Rich, class chair

Don Dean is working with the National Institutes of Health to develop the next generation of cancer therapies—MET inhibitors. Dean has a rare hereditary condition that causes cancerous tumors to continually grow in his kidneys. Since his first visit to the NIH in 1992, he has had one kidney and nearly 100 tumors removed.


John Moore, class chair

David Parsons is an account representative with Motion Industries in Birmingham, Ala. He lives in Charlotte, N.C. 


The Rev. Norman Band is the pastor at Pacolet Mills Baptist Church. He and his wife, Angela, have four children, Carmen, Kaylee, Syble and Jayden.

Brad Smith was named Teacher of the Year at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C., for the 2015-16 academic year. He was one of five finalists for the county Teacher of the Year award. Smith teaches health science and biomedical science. He and his wife, Cindy, live on Lady's Island with their son, Ellison, and niece, Samantha. 


Wade Ballard, class chair

Retired Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson was named the new president and CEO of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Anderson was honored at Wofford during Homecoming weekend with the college's Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Wofford College Alumni Association.


Paul Kountz Jr., class chair

Scott Heath has joined Wells Fargo Advisors Private Client Group in the Spartanburg office. He is a first vice president of investments and a PIM portfolio manager. 


Patrick Watson, class chair

After 21 years in Aberdeen, S.D., 18 as a general internist in private practice and three as a hospitalist, Dr. Alec Adams has relocated and started a new medical practice in Elgin, S.C. He has been taking new patients at Sentinel Health Partners since August 2015. He lives in Lugoff, S.C., with his wife, Sandra. They have four children.


Madison Dye Jr., class chair

South State Bank named Rhett M. Baker market president for Greenwood, S.C., and the surrounding counties. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment sales, retail banking and commercial banking. 


W. Scott Gantt, class chair

The Hon. Perry H. Gravely, a South Carolina circuit judge in Pickens, S.C., is about to have another Wofford graduate in the family. His daughter, Karen, is a senior at Wofford and will graduate in May.


Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

Catherine Cubbage Brown received the Employee of the Quarter award at the Upstate Evaluation Center, where she works as a special education teacher and school 504 coordinator with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She says she uses her psychology degree from Wofford on a daily basis.

Ava Thacker has joined Upstate Forever as a development associate. She will focus on maintaining and using the organization's new membership database to cater to the individual interests of members.


Tim Madden, class chair

Three years ago Duffie Stone, 14th Judicial Circuit solicitor, created an externship program designed for law students who wish to devote themselves to public service in the field of criminal prosecution. This year, Stone extended the program to undergraduates and chose Colin Hayton ’17 for one of the five coveted spots in the Externship and Career Prosecutor Program. Hayton worked cases from arrest to deposition and had the opportunity to observe and assist with trials. To learn more, visit


Lane Glaze, class chair

Donnie Cranfill is the chief vision officer of Camp Nana Papa, an online shopping and social media platform launched in 2015 designed to strengthen the bond between children and their grandparents. The platform allows customers to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It also offers a children's book series.


Leslee Houck Page, class chair

Nelson Lindsay, Richland County's first economic development director, has joined the South Carolina Commerce Department as director of global business, a new position within the agency. He will manage project managers and be responsible for the recruitment of new companies.


Nikki Palmieri Chunn, class chair

On Sept. 27, 2015, John Critchfield completed his first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Ironman is a 140.6-mile race, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a full 26.2-mile marathon. Chattanooga was a little different; the bike portion was 116 miles. Critchfield completed the race in 13:54:27, well below the 17 hours allowed for completion. He gives credit to his wife, Theresa, for helping him stay the course and complete the event. 


Sarah Copeland Sawicki, class chair

Jennifer Pearsall is serving as the principal of Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, N.C. She had worked as the executive director of CMS English Language Learner Services.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, welcomed Lee Pitts as an instructor of journalism and communications. He is a Fulbright specialist roster candidate with the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education.


Alicia Nunamaker Truesdail, class chair

Duane Harvin Sr. recently opened a State Farm Agency in North Charleston, S.C. He and his wife, Monica, live in Mount Pleasant with their two children, Duane Jr. (16) and Delores (14). 


Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair

The Florence Morning News featured Dr. James Smith for his work in treating cancer. Smith has worked with McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates for the past nine years. The article, “Using teamwork to battle breast cancer,” ran in the Oct. 21, 2015 issue.


Casey B. Moore, class chair

After more than six years at the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, Suzanne Hollifield White, who was serving as assistant deputy attorney general, has returned to Spartanburg and is now an assistant public defender in Spartanburg County. 


Zach Atkinson, class chair

Stacey Kelley Bannister and Brooks Bannister Jr. announce the birth of their son, Wells Brooks Bannister, born May 12, 2015. He joins big sister, Ellis.

Dr. Michael Patrick O'Quinn and his wife, Nikole Marie O'Quinn, announce the birth of Poppy June O'Quinn, born Sept. 2, 2015. They have an older son, Oliver Townes O'Quinn. 


Anthony Hoefer, class chair

Walt Gray has joined the North Carolina Department of Transportation team as the new chief deputy secretary. Gray was hired for his strong finance and management background. He previously served as administrator of the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Dr. Anastasia "Stacy" Wright Lin is the assistant dean of student research and associate professor of English at the University of North Georgia. She manages UNG's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities as well as the university's nationally competitive scholarships office. She also teaches multi-ethnic literature.


Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

This fall IES Abroad recognized Amy Lancaster, dean of international programs at Wofford, as its Volunteer of the Year. The award cites Lancaster's work as chair of IES Abroad's Barcelona program review as well as her many site visits, service on the IES Abroad Academic Council and presentations during the Forum on Education Abroad Conference and the IES Abroad Annual Conference.


Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Maj. Charles Richard Dixon and Beth Hawley Dixon announce the birth of Matthew Charles Dixon, born Oct. 7, 2015. He joins big sister, Emmy.

Avery Greenlee has joined TowneBank Mortgage as a mortgage loan officer based in the Summerville, S.C., office. He has more than 10 years of mortgage industry experience.

Will Johnson, a shareholder and chairman of the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd statewide manufacturing industry team, recently received the Past President's Award for Best National Report in the field of tax law at the International Association of Young Lawyers Annual Congress in London. The report addressed the complex income tax situations of athletes and entertainers who compete or perform in foreign countries. He practices in the areas of tax and economic incentives.


Tracy Howard, class chair

On Sept. 27, 2015, the Rev. Will Malambri ’98 baptized Craton Lee Selander, son of Dr. Craig Selander and Dr. Sara Shields Selander ’05. The baptism was held at Central United Methodist Church in Florence, S.C. 


Fred Byers, class chair

Dr. John Matthew Ferguson has relocated his family medicine practice to Mount Pleasant, S.C. Through Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, he offers comprehensive primary care to infants, children, adults, women and geriatric patients. Ferguson and his wife, Lisa Ackerman Ferguson, have two children, Jack Harris Ferguson (2) and Charles O'Neal Ferguson, born June 22, 2015.

Dr. Jennifer Clyburn McMaster and her husband, Donnie, announce the birth of Adalyn Elise McMaster, born May 20, 2015. She joins siblings, Douglas and Victoria.

In October featured John Moore of Moore Capital in the Entrepreneur's Corner. Moore is the principal of the company he founded to transform former peach orchards into the Upstate Corporate Park. In July, Dollar Tree announced plans to invest more than $100 million to build a new distribution center at the park and create 400 jobs. Moore believes the investment in the park eventually will create more than 2,000 jobs and $500 million in investments in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties.


Ryan Waller, class chair

A 2015 M.Ed. educational leadership graduate from Winthrop University, Kristen Keroson Clements is a literacy facilitator for Berryhill Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. She and her husband, Jonathon Lennon Clements ’04, have one child, Bellamy, born Sept. 23, 2014.


Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Brad Anderson teaches seventh and eighth grade social studies at Brentwood Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. He also serves as the assistant football and head powerlifting coach at Kennedy High School.

Amy Livingston is a business development officer for the town of Mount Pleasant, S.C. She previously worked as a program manager for the city of Charleston's Digital Corridor and as an industry liaison with ECPI University.


Hunter Miller, class chair

Attorney Joel Alexander Kozak married Lacy Randal Lee on Sept. 19, 2015. They live in Columbia, S.C. 


Lauren E. Bailey recently joined Hatcher Law Group in Charlotte, N.C., as a family law attorney. She will assist clients with a variety of issues, including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence and property distribution.

Dr. Anna Collins married Peter Sami Salib on July 11, 2015. They live in Charlotte, N.C., where Anna is a pediatrician with Arboretum Pediatrics.


Peyton Hray, class chair

James F. Bakker and Elizabeth Lamance were married on April 18, 2015. Elizabeth is an attorney. They live in Greenville, S.C.


Nam Pham, class chair

Wilson Douglas Jr. and Sarah Johnson Douglas live in Charlotte, N.C., where Wilson is a senior account executive with Mythic Advertising. Sarah graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is now on the employment litigation team at Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein.

David Trant and Kit Candler ’12 were married on Aug. 1, 2015. The wedding and reception, attended by Wofford friends, ended with a Wofford photo and the singing of the alma mater. 


Hallie Willm, class chair

Josh Fester and Kaitlyn Culpeper Fester announce the birth of John Reece Fester, born June 22, 2015.


Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

Jonathan Foster is a first-year doctoral student in mathematics education at the University of Georgia. He was a High Impact Fellow at Wofford. 


Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Jack Wisham of Inman, S.C., is a master's student at the University of South Carolina.