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Alumni Association to honor two alumni, supportive family

Montgomery Family
2009-09-18

Awards program set for Oct. 3 as part of Homecoming Weekend 2009

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College National Alumni Association will honor two alumni and a family with a tradition of supporting the college during Homecoming Weekend 2009 activities, Oct. 2-3, 2009. The awards will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Lucy QuinnLucy B. Quinn (Class of 1983) of Spartanburg, former college registrar, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. The Montgomery family – Walter and his wife, Betty, and sister, Dr. Rose Montgomery Johnston – will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award. Kristen Anne Hite (Class of 2000), an environmental attorney in Washington, D.C., will be recognized as the Young Alumna of the Year.

Recipients of the awards are chosen by the Wofford Alumni Executive Council, whose co-presidents this year are Dorothy Acee Thomas (Class of 1996) and Bill Hamilton (Class of 1983).

Quinn began working in Wofford’s registrar’s office on Oct. 1, 1963. During the 1970s, she began working part-time on her Wofford degree, which she completed in 1983, graduating magna cum laude. She also received her master’s in education degree from the University of South Carolina. Quinn was named registrar at Wofford in 1987 upon the retirement of the late Edward B. Sydnor (Class of 1955). During her tenure, she has been a valued mentor to countless numbers of Wofford alumni. She retired on Aug. 31, 2009.
Kristen Hite
The Montgomery family has a long history as generous contributors to the quality of life in the region. Walter Montgomery Sr. was the founding benefactor of the Spartanburg County Foundation and was instrumental in the formation of dozens of charitable organizations in the area. Betty and Walter Montgomery Jr. have served as directors of the Spartanburg County Foundation and have been involved in a myriad of charitable and civic interests, most notably Converse College; Christ School in Arden, N.C.; the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg; the Noble Trees Foundation, and the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg. Mrs. Montgomery is a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Wofford.  Dr. Rose Montgomery Johnston is a practicing psychologist in Memphis, Tenn. She is a member of the board of trustees of Converse College in Spartanburg. She also is a director of the Memphis College of Arts and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. She is a member of the vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis and is a past director of The Episcopal Church Foundation in New York City. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the University of Memphis.

Hite was Wofford’s first Udall Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Blue Key. Taking advantage of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she enrolled in a master’s program in environmental management in Ecuador, where she prepared a government-approved plan to secure legal protection of 3,000 acres of Amazon rainforest. After co-founding the national non-profit SustainUS and serving as an international youth spokesperson during U.N. negotiations for sustainable development, Hite completed her J.D. degree at the Georgetown University Law Center. She served as an executive editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and continues to publish academic articles in both English and Spanish.

She began her legal career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans only a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina. She has since practiced law with the Environmental Defense Fund and, most recently, with the Center for International Environmental Law. She is currently active in U.N. negotiations working toward a new global climate treaty. She also co-teaches an international environmental law class at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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