Alumni Service Awards

WHO DO THE AWARDS RECOGNIZE?

Each year, the Wofford College Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni and community leaders in the following four categories:

Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award

Previously the Distinguished Service Award, the Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has distinguished himself or herself through dedicated service and commitment to the college. The award was renamed in 2017 to honor Charlie Gray.

Distinguished Citizen Award

The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to a member of the community who has served a distinguished career and has contributed extraordinary service to humanity, reflecting honor upon both the recipient and Wofford College.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has demonstrated professional accomplishment and continued growth as an emerging leader in his or her community.

Pride of Wofford Award

The Pride of Wofford Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has brought honor and distinction to Wofford College through outstanding professional achievement.

The Wofford College Terrier Club recognizes outstanding alumni and community leaders in the following two categories:

Terrier Club Distinguished Service Award

The Terrier Club Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual or group for their faithful service and contributions to Wofford College Athletics and to the Wofford College Terrier Club.

Honorary Letterman Award

The Honorary Letterman Award is presented by the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame to a former athlete or coach who, by outstanding athletic achievement and service, has made lasting and significant contributions to the cause of sports at Wofford, the Spartanburg community, South Carolina and the nation.

WHO ARE THE PAST WINNERS?

Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award

2019 - The Hon. Costa M. Pleicones ’65
2018 - Timothy E. Madden '85
2017 - Charles H. Gray '72
2016 - Ellis D. Colvin '83 (retired)
2015 - Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson '79
2014 - Van D. Hipp Jr. '82
2013 - Marion L. McMillan Jr. '59
2012 - James C. Meadors '81
2011 - Henry G. Kelley Jr. '52
2010 - Albert W. Gray Sr. '71
2010 - Douglas L. Jones Sr. '69
2009 - Lucy B. Quinn '83
2008 - John F. Rhem Jr. '71
2007 - C. Warren Derrick Jr. '58
2006 - Robert E. Holman '53 ‡
2005 - Talmage B. Skinner Jr. '56 ‡
2004 - James L. Blair '83 ‡
2003 - Russell C. King Jr. '56 ‡
2002 - Mack C. Poole III '55
2002 - Melvin D. Medlock '54
2001 - Bobby G. Stephens '57
2000 - Marshall LeRoy Meadors Jr. '55
1999 - David R. Clark '65
1998 - Lt. Col. Joseph B. Miller '32 (retired) ‡
1997 - George E. Tate '41 ‡
1996 - Forrest A. Abbott '43 ‡
1995 - Milton A. Smith, Sr. '49 ‡
1995 - Robert L. Chapman Sr. '49 ‡
1994 - Robert E. Gregory Jr. '64
1993 - Donald L. Fowler '57
1992 - Lewis P. Jones '38 ‡
1991 - Clyde H. Hamilton '56
1990 - Joe T. Pugh '60 ‡
1989 - Walter W. Sessoms '56 ‡
1988 - Charles L. Allen '35 ‡
1987 - Albert C. Outler '28 ‡
1986 - Constantinos N. Papadopoulos '54 ‡
1986 - J. Fisher DeBerry '60
1985 - Ben H. Brown Jr. '35 ‡
1984 - Dennis P. Zimmerman '63
1983 - Marvin L. Holloway '33 ‡
1982 - James S. Fulmer '54
1981 - William J. Colvin Jr. '38 ‡
1980 - Rembert O. Burgess '43 ‡
1978 - Myles W. Whitlock Sr. '31 ‡
1978 - Samuel O. Black Jr. '41 ‡
1977 - Charles J. Bradshaw Sr. '59
1977 - Jerome J. Richardson '59
1977 - Turner B. Thackston '23 ‡
1976 - George DeWitt Fields Jr. '52
1976 - William S. Minter Jr. '42 ‡
1975 - John M. Shingler Jr. '51 ‡
1974 - George H. Hodges '13 ‡
1973 - Julian S. Wolfe '15 ‡
1972 - Walton J. McLeod Jr. '26 ‡
1971 - James A. Knight '41 ‡
1969 - Frank F. Roberts '17 ‡
1969 - William K. Child Sr. '25 ‡
1968 - L. A. Odom
1968 - Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore '36 (retired) ‡
1968 - Thomas L. King '31 ‡
1967 - James S. Gillespie '33 ‡
1967 - John C. Otts '30 ‡
1967 - William W. Lancaster '48 ‡
1965 - Bertrand P. Ramsay '26 ‡
1965 - Cleveland S. Harley '50 ‡
1965 - Thomas K. Fletcher Jr. '38 ‡
1963 - John A. White '41 ‡
1963 - Spencer M. Rice '32 ‡
1962 - Frank T. Davis Sr. '23 ‡
1962 - Otis A. Jeffcoat Jr. '29 ‡
1962 - Winston C. Pearcy '22 ‡
1961 - Raymond C. Hill '39 ‡
1961 - Robert N. DuBose '36 ‡
1961 - Samuel P. Gardner '18 ‡
1960 - Grover B. Eaker '34 ‡
1960 - Norris R. Fowler Sr. '35 ‡
1960 - Rev. Ernest P. Bell Sr. '36 ‡
1960 - Victor M. Smith '35 ‡
1959 - George R. Morgan Sr. '50 ‡
1959 - Herbert T. Edwards '24 ‡
1958 - Charles M. Hart '27 ‡
1958 - James M. Bailey '24 ‡
1958 - Ralph A. Durham '25 ‡
1957 - Benjamin S. Hall '31 ‡
1957 - Feltham S. James '28 ‡
1957 - Fred W. Felkel '09 ‡
1957 - James H. Crouch '43 ‡
1957 - Phil M. Jones '51
1956 - Arthur L. Humphries '11 ‡
1956 - George S. Duffie Sr. '30 ‡
1956 - Hon. Edward K. Hardin III '32 ‡
1956 - Marion W. Beacham Sr. '37 ‡
1956 - Robert W. Hart Jr. '26 ‡
1955 - Hugo S. Sims Jr. '41 ‡
1955 - Robert L. Dargan '28 ‡
1955 - Sam T. Holland '41 ‡
1954 - Chesley C. Herbert Jr. '25 ‡
1954 - Eugene P. Pendergrass '16 ‡
1954 - Henry T. Gramling '27 ‡
1954 - James N. Holcombe '26 ‡
1954 - Joseph C. Evans Sr. '37 ‡
1954 - Maj. Gen. John B. Montgomery '33 (retired) ‡
1954 - Maj. Gen. Wycliffe E. Steele '28 (retired) ‡
1954 - Paul Knox '22 ‡
1954 - Robert Gage '05 ‡
1954 - Wallace C. Bethea '14 ‡
1954 - William L. Kinney '25 ‡

Distinguished Citizen Award

2019 - Dr. John W. Simmons
2018 - Sherrie Lynn Hawkins '77
2017 - Marcos Gomez-Agnoli
2016 - Arthur T. Ballard Jr.
2014 - Joella F. Utley
2013 - John W. Pilley ‡
2012 - William B. Drake ‡
2011 - Joel W. Collins Jr.
2010 - Kirk H. Neely
2008 - Stewart P. Winslow
2007 - William Barnet III
2006 - W. Hayne Hipp
2004 - Tad Brown
2003 - Michael A. Dirr
2003 - Richard C. Webel
2002 - Jennifer Evins
2002 - T. Alexander Evins III
2001 - James O. Harmon
2001 - Ronald G. Smith
2000 - James E. Talley
1999 - Harry D. Dobbs ‡
1999 - Walter Raymond Leonard ‡
1998 - Keith E. Laws
1997 - Hugh C. Lane Jr.
1996 - Elizabeth J. Patterson ‡
1995 - Robert V. Pinson
1994 - John W. Fisher ‡
1993 - Jack E. Bresenham
1992 - Hon. Strom Thurmond ‡
1991 - Currie B. Spivey Jr. ‡
1990 - Robert V. Royall Jr.
1988 - Carlos D. Moseley ‡
1987 - Thomas A. Evins
1986 - John H. Lumpkin Sr. ‡
1985 - Jesse B. Davis ‡
1984 - Alice N. Loggins ‡
1983 - A. Foster McKissick Sr. ‡
1980 - Charles C. Boone ‡
1978 - Buck Mickel ‡
1978 - Lois Hyatt ‡
1977 - Philip A. Buchheit ‡
1976 - Conley T. Snidow Jr. ‡
1974 - Roger Milliken ‡
1973 - Vera D. Parsons ‡
1972 - Walter S. Montgomery Sr. ‡
1971 - Johanna Demopoulos ‡
1970 - Hon. Donald S. Russell Sr. ‡
1969 - Broadus R. Littlejohn Jr. ‡
1967 - Frederick B. Dent Sr.
1956 - Joseph A. Edens Jr.
1955 - L. Perrin Smith ‡

Rising Star Award

2019 - Tramaine Brown ’11
2018 - S. Nathan Madigan Jr. '08
2017 - Bernadette S. Gillians '04
2016 - John P. Moore '04
2015 - Benjamin W. Ingram IV '05
2014 - Thomas E. Woods II '00
2013 - Amanda N. Marvelle '03
2012 - Samie Clowney '01
2011 - P. Curtis McPhail '96
2010 - Craig H. Parks '97
2009 - Kristen A. Hite '00
2008 - Monique McDowell '92
2007 - Edward S. Wildrick '90
2007 - John E. Bauknight IV '89
2006 - Michelle D. Hudspeth '95
2005 - James M. Scott '97
2004 - Russell R. Raines '93
2003 - Ann M. Williamson '95
2002 - Rev. Lyndon Harris '83
2001 - Douglas E. Wood '90
2000 - Mary Ann Stevenson McCrackin '85
1999 - C. Phifer Nicholson '82
1999 - Franklin O. Smith III '80
1998 - Gary B. Burgess Sr. '79
1997 - Betsy K. Davis '83
1996 - Alfred F. Chapman '77
1995 - Katherine A. Close '83
1994 - George C. Todd Jr. '77
1993 - John D. Todd III '74
1992 - Daniel B. Morrison Jr. '75
1991 - Daniel H. Hayes '77
1990 - Van D. Hipp Jr. '82
1989 - Woodrow W. Willard Jr. '74
1988 - George S. Tyson Jr. '72
1986 - Kenneth E. Smith '71
1985 - Hon. Dennis W. Shedd '75
1984 - Andrew M. Crane Sr. '68
1983 - J. Harold Chandler '71
1982 - Boyd C. Hipp II '74
1981 - James K. Mancke '71
1980 - Peden B. McLeod '62
1978 - Roger H. Henry Jr. '66
1978 - Thomas L. Tiller Jr. '59
1977 - J. Grady Locklear '65
1976 - William H. Willimon '68
1975 - Daniel S. Lewis '62 ‡
1974 - Hunter R. Stokes Sr. '60
1973 - George Dean Johnson Jr. '64

Pride of Wofford Award

2019 - Wofford Men’s Basketball Team
2018 - Lt. Col. Troy M. Denomy '96
2017 - William C. McGirt III '01

Terrier Club Distinguished Service Award

2019 - Atlanta Invitational Golf Committee

Honorary Letterman Award

2019 - Barry Foy ’66

READ PROFILES ON MOST RECENT ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD WINNERS BELOW.

2019 Alumni Service Award winners

Wofford Men’s Basketball Team

PRIDE OF WOFFORD

The Honorable Costa M. Pleicones, class of 1965, former chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, now serves as special counsel for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia, S.C., advising clients on complex litigation and appellate matters. After law school, he began a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, during which he served as commander of the 12th Legal Services Organization and as a colonel in the Army Reserve. In 2015, he was elected chief justice after 15 years of service as associate justice. Pleicones has been a member the Wofford College Board of Trustees since 2013 and currently serves as secretary of the board.

The Honorable Costa M. Pleicones ’65

Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award

The Honorable Costa M. Pleicones, class of 1965, former chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, now serves as special counsel for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia, S.C., advising clients on complex litigation and appellate matters. After law school, he began a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, during which he served as commander of the 12th Legal Services Organization and as a colonel in the Army Reserve. In 2015, he was elected chief justice after 15 years of service as associate justice. Pleicones has been a member the Wofford College Board of Trustees since 2013 and currently serves as secretary of the board.

Dr. John W. Simmons

Distinguished Citizen Award

Dr. John W. Simmons is a man of firsts. Simmons was the first resident in the Family Medicine Residency at Spartanburg General Hospital (now Spartanburg Medical Center), the first chief medical officer at Spartanburg Regional Hospital and the first to propose and teach a course on health and the environment at Wofford. Throughout his medical career, Simmons has had an interest in spirituality and healing. After completing the program at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Mind Body, he has instructed hundreds of people on mindfulness and mediation, including students in the Wofford’s Lifelong Learning at Wofford program. At the age of 75, Simmons teaches Health and the Environment at Wofford and chairs the Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee.

Tramain Brown ’11

Rising Star Award

Tramaine Brown, class of 2011, has a knack for developing community partnerships – something he has done in his hometown of Spartanburg and in the nation’s capital. Brown is an external relations program manager on Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity Team in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on building partnerships within the community to create opportunities for underrepresented minority college students interested in STEM careers in technology. Prior to joining Apple in 2015, Brown served in the White House as associate director of scheduling and advance, helping First Lady Michelle Obama engage with communities across the country and world. At Wofford he initiated the Wofford Math Academy, a tutoring and mentoring partnership with Cleveland Academy of Leadership.

Atlanta Invitation Golf Committee

Terrier Club Distinguished Service Award

The Atlanta Invitational Golf Committee, represented by Frank Herndon, class of 1980, received the Terrier Club Distinguished Service Award. The committee was co-founded by Terrier baseball teammates, trustees and model alumni, Russell King and Walt Sessoms, both 1956 graduates. Raising funds by holding an annual golf tournament and supporting other initiatives, the committee supports student-athletes on the Wofford baseball team through the Terrier Club. Herndon is the committee co-chairman and a former Wofford basketball player. A Terrier Club member for more than 35 years, Herndon is passionate about providing scholarships and other resources for student-athletes. The Atlanta Invitational Golf Tournament, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship dollars for Wofford student-athletes.

Barry Foy ’66

Honorary Letterman Award

Barry Foy, class of 1966, founded Britton Medical Inc. and led the company as president for 18 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Terrier Ball Auction and Gala, an event that celebrates its 20th anniversary of raising scholarship dollars for Wofford student-athletes this year. At Wofford, Foy was a student-athlete on the basketball team and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is a former Terrier Club president and Wofford Alumni Association board member. He is also a Terrier Club Board lifetime member and has been a loyal Terrier Club donor for 32 years.

WHAT IS THE NOMINATIONS PROCESS?
  1. The Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the college community. Nominations are accepted throughout the year by the Alumni Association. Any alumna/us may be nominated for an award, regardless of class year. Non-graduates are also eligible for the Distinguished Citizen Award. Nominations in any given year that are not selected are held for consideration for two additional years. After that point, nominations must be updated and resubmitted by a nominator to be considered.
  2. All nominations and supporting documentation must be received by August 1st.
  3. There will be no notification if a nominee is not selected for an award; however, interested parties may contact Dina Roberts at 864-597-4198 after October 1st to learn results.
  4. Awards are presented and recipients are recognized at a morning reception during Homecoming Weekend.
HOW ARE SELECTIONS MADE?

A committee of board members reviews the submitted materials and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. Electronically submitted nominations are provided to each committee member no later than one week following the August 1 deadline so that nominations can be thoughtfully reviewed. The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. All deliberations are kept confidential.

DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have any further questions, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@wofford.edu or 864-597-4185.