Obituaries: Updated Feb. 9, 2018

Posted by Monica Hoel

        Elizabeth Crowgey Young (’34), Roanoke, Va., died Oct. 4, 2017, just after her 103rd birthday. She studied at East Carolina University, was a teacher and children’s librarian, a devoted volunteer, was still doing volunteer service at her retirement home at the time of her passing. She received the 2008 Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award from the E&H Alumni Association. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Young (’36).

        Penick “Bud” Gentry, Galax, Va., died Aug. 10, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, and studied at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He was a teacher and social worker and also worked for Conoco-Phillips.    

        Louella Hawkins Woodward (’35), Abingdon, Va., died April 22, 2017. She attended Radford University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin. She was a teacher, supervisor for the Maryland Board of Education, and served as a master teacher for the summer school program for interns in the Master of Arts in Teaching at Harvard University.

        Lelia Faye Quillen Casey (’38), Cedar Bluff, Va., died Jan. 18, 2017. She  worked in the Pentagon as a comptometrist, and was later a high school math, drama and science teacher. Among survivors are children Dr. Gary Quillen Casey (’73), Dr. Jerean Casey Grau (’75) and Gizele Casey Bowen (’77).

        Dr. Louisa Littleton (’39), Charlotte, N.C., died May 26, 2017. She was one of only four women in her graduating class at George Washington University Medical School. She was the first female intern at Carolinas Medical Center. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia, and opened a private practice in Statesville, N.C., where she proudly had an integrated clientele and charged $5 per visit.  She worked as a civilian pediatrician at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Orlando. Carolinas Medical Center honored her with the Louisa Littleton Award which is now presented annually to a resident physician. Among survivors is her sister Rachel Littleton Jones (’38).

        Fred Goldberg (Navy V-12), Louisville, Ky., died April 24, 2017. He attended the University of Virginia and completed his Juris Doctor at Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He still maintains the highest bar examination score in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He served for many years on the board for the then Jewish Hospital and was president of the Jewish Hospital Foundation Board.

        Dr. John Calhoun Ellen (’41), Gastonia, N.C., died Aug. 30, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and served for 35 years as professor of history at East Carolina University. When he retired, he was named faculty emeritus and was the oldest living member of the ECU faculty.

        Martha Candler Gilliam (’41), Wise, Va., died June 29, 2017. She began her career as a teacher, then attended the Medical College of Virginia during WWII and graduated as a registered nurse. Among survivors is a sister, Mary Candler Whitesell (’44). Deceased sisters were Madge Candler Greer (’39), Lois Candler Hill (’45), and Clarice Candler Estes (re’39).

        Dr. David Graybeal (’41), Morristown, Tenn., died June 2, 2017. He served in the Navy in World War II, and earned his Ph.D. in the sociology of religion at Yale University. He was chaplain at Emory & Henry. He then joined the faculty of the Drew Theological Seminary. He taught at Drew from 1956 until his “retirement” in 1996, but stayed on part-time for 15 more years as an emeritus. Memorial gifts may be made to Emory & Henry College. Among survivors

are nephews Dr. Dan Graybeal (’92), Rev. David Graybeal (’95), Nancy Graybeal (’85), and sister-in-law Anne Young Graybeal (’52).

        Rebecca Bondurant Lynch (’41), Alexandria, Va., died June 3, 2017. She was a member of Alpha Beta Chi sorority and the Thalian Literary Society. She was preceded in death by brothers Charles Bondurant (’39), Hix Bondurant (’43), Hon. Jack Bondurant (’48), and Jim Bondurant (’48) and husband, Charles Lynch (’42).  Among survivors are her children and a host of nieces and nephews who are E&H alumni.

        Julia Alice Hammer Lundy (’44), Maryville, Tenn., died Jan. 11, 2018. She was a public school teacher, youth minister, and missionary. Survivors include children Tom and Cindy Fairburn Lundy (’71, ’71), Rebekah Lundy Emmerson (’73). 

        Virginia Wright (’44), Chattanooga, Tenn., died Jan. 28, 2017. Virginia was a teacher who taught school for more than 40 years. She was a United Methodist. Among survivors is a sister Ruth Wright Clem (’45).

        Lois Candler Hill (’45), Emory, Va., died Nov. 16, 2017. She was a treasured neighbor and family member, and spent her career as a teacher in Washington County (Va.). Deceased siblings were Madge Candler Greer (’39), Martha Candler Gilliam (’41), and Clarice Candler Estes (re’39). Among survivors are daughter Betty Jane Hill Adams (’68) and Mike (’66) and a sister Mary Candler Whitesell (’44).

        Jane Easley Thompson McPherson (re’45), Nashville, Tenn., died Aug. 3, 2016.

        Lorraine Thomas Minton (’47), Glade Spring, Va., died Jan. 4, 2018. She was a teacher in the Smyth County School system.

        Anthony Wayne Arrington (’49), Sterling, Va., died Dec. 30, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was assigned to transport the scientists into Hiroshima days after the bombing. He later earned an engineering degree and joined the U.S. Army.

        Donald L. Brown (’49), Ooltewah, Tenn., died in July 2016. While still a student he worked in the hosiery mills in Chilhowie, then later earned a master’s degree at the University of Chattanooga. He served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator. Among survivors is wife June Rice Brown (’49).

        Margaret Jane Drewry (’49), Tuscaloosa, Ala., died July 10, 2017. She studied at The University of Alabama and founded Meals on Wheels in Tuscaloosa in 1977 and led the program for 32 years.

        Dr. David Peck (’49), Demorest, Ga., died April 5, 2017. David was a United States Navy veteran who served in WWII. Dr. Peck was a research chemist who contributed to production of new insecticides, which included amelioration of crop infestations that had led to devastating famines in some parts of the world.

        Kenneth Pickford Stallard (’49), Abingdon, Va., died Dec. 17, 2017. He served in the Army Air Corp in WWII, was a businessman, an educator, a Shriner, and a members of the Lions Club.

        Helen Nave Monroe Grills (’50), Mt. Juliet, Tenn., died Sept. 8, 2017. She earned a degree in Christian Education at Emory University, and was one of the first staff members of Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville. She worked in churches and conference offices in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia. She retired as an ordained deacon of The United Methodist Church.

        Ralph McPherson (’50), Kingsport, Tenn., died April 4, 2017. He worked at Eastman Kodak for 35 years as a chemist. He served in the United States Army, and was stationed in Italy during World War II. He played the trombone in Lock Lowman’s band. He is survived by his wife, Katie Bewley McPherson (’48).

        Lonnie D. Nunley, Jr. (re’50), Bristol, Va., died June 20, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy furing WWII, studied at Steed Business College, and loved farming.

        Dr. Donald R. Farren (’51), Palm Harbor, Fla., died Nov. 22, 2017. He held a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from FSU and served as clinical psychologist at Anclote Manor Psychiatric Hospital. He was a devout Lutheran and a boy scout leader. Survivors include Suzanne Summers Farren (’52).

        Joseph T. Hart (’51), Ferrum, Va., died Dec. 9, 2016. He served in the intelligence corps of the U.S. Army and with the National Security Agency. He served as president of Ferrum College, and led the school from a traditional junior college to a four-year liberal arts institution. During his tenure he also spearheaded the establishment of the Blue Ridge Institute. Among survivors are 16 grandchildren including Jack Morgan (’10) and Andrew Hart (’09).

        Harry Alexander Shannon, Jr., (re’51), Roanoke, Va., died Oct. 2, 2017. He served in the military during World War II and Korea. He retired from Norfolk and Western Railway as chief engineer of buildings.

        Philips K. Foote (’52), Henrico, Va., died Aug. 30, 2017. He served in the Army during World War II and Korea, and served as a Methodist minister in the Virginia Conference and was an Air Force chaplain. He received a host of medals including Air Force Meritorious Service.

        William “Bill” Frei (’52), Roanoke, Va., died April 28, 2017. He was a standout E&H football player named All-Smoky Mountain Guard. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan as part of the post-war occupation force. He worked for Norfolk Southern until his retirement.

        Father Charles Thayer (’53), Sioux Falls, S.D., died April 21, 2017. He earned degrees from Drew University, University of Minnesota, and Nashotah House Episcopal Theological Seminary. He was ordained into the priesthood and served churches in Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia, including St. Thomas Episcopal in Abingdon.

        Dr. John David Fletcher (’53), Biltmore Lake, N.C., died Jan. 24, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, studied at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. He ran a private practice, taught at East Carolina University, and served as Public Health Director of Durham County. Among survivors is a niece, Elizabeth Fletcher (’86).

        Oliver Lee “Ollie” Law (’53), Bluefield, W.V., died Jan. 16, 2018. He was a member of the E&H Tangerine Bowl team, served in the U.S. Army, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He was an energetic community and church volunteer.

         Rhea Erwin “Bunny” Saltz (’54), Pulaski, Va., died Dec. 19, 2017. He was an athlete who played football for E&H during the Tangerine Bowl era. He studied at the University of Virginia and served in the U.S. Army.  He was a teacher and coach throughout Virginia.

        Guy Grayson Summer, Jr. (’54), Springfield, Va., died Dec. 31, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a civilian employee for the USAF, retiring from the Pentagon after 36 years. He was a community volunteer and loved to travel. Survivors include Clara Jean Trent Summers (’57).

        Bruce Edison Bentley, Sr. (’55), Bristol, Va., died Aug. 22, 2017. He served his country as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He was a supervisor of the chemistry lab at Sperry and retired from Unisys in Bristol. He was an administrator for Washington County, Va. Among survivors are his wife Sally Sprinkle Bentley (’54); children Jo Bentley Adams (’79) and Dr. Bruce Bentley, Jr. (’81); and siblings June Bentley Becraft (’51) and Benjamin Bentley (’50).

        Robert C. Clear (re’55), Kingsport, Tenn., died Nov. 28, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and was Kingsport’s first city planner. He worked for the city for 37 years.

        Sara Virginia “Ginny” Barnett Rogers (’55), Knoxville, Tenn., died Nov. 18, 2017. She was a radiology technician, energetic community volunteer, and world traveler. The Knoxville Museum of Art presented her the Clayton Award for advocacy.

        Sally Jane McKee (’56), Ooltewah, Tenn., died on Feb. 9, 2017. She also attended Virginia Intermont College and held an M.A. in Library Science from George Peabody College.

        Marion Allen Alderman (’56), Hillsville, Va., died June 2, 2017. She spent most of her career as a school teacher in Carroll County, Va., serving as the Hillsville Elementary School librarian. She was a member of the Wytheville Community College Board, and served as vice president of the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Perry Alderman (’55). Among survivors are her children John Owen Alderman (’80), Nancy Alderman McDaniel (’81), her sister Sally Allen Crockett (’58), and nieces Suzanne Crockett Hauschner (’86) and Kathleen Crockett Archer (’94).

        Robert Milton “Bob” Green (’56), Lansing, Mich., died Jan. 21, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Germany, and traveled extensively with his wife. He  worked for General Motors as an automotive engineer for 42 years.

        Shirley Barnes (’57), Toccoa, Ga., died July 3, 2016. She finished at Emory & Henry with a B.S. in nursing, and worked at the Muncie Clinic in Kingsport before moving to Indiana and working at Marion General Hospital for many years. After retirement she worked at the Toccoa Nursing Center, as a Hospice nurse and as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

        Peggy Bellamy Dotson (’57), Pound, Va., died Dec. 8, 2016. She was a registered nurse and taught LPN classes for many years before serving as director of the LPN program at Wise County Vocational School. Among survivors are her husband, Trig Dotson (’56).

        Georgeann Shart Sanders (’57), Newport News, Va., died Aug. 14, 2017. She was a Peninsula resident for more than 50 years and a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church.

        Marlene Carole Lane Tarter (’57), New Bern, N.C., died Aug. 12, 2017. She was part of the nursing program at Emory & Henry, and served as a nurse and nursing instructor for many years. She was active in the Methodist Church, was a member of Junior Woman’s Club, and won many awards for her art.

        Kenneth Wheeler (’57), North Chesterfield, Va., died June 22, 2013. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a graduate of the University of Richmond and the T.C. Williams School of Law. He was a retired partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams.

        Ralph Carson Scott (re’58), Marion, Va., died Nov. 23, 2017. He was a Marine during the Korean War, a rural letter carrier, and a member of the Marion Masonic Lodge No. 31 AF&AM.

        Sally Wilson Webb (’58), Roanoke, Va., died Aug. 6, 2017. She was a teacher for more than 40 years and was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Among survivors are her husband Jim Webb (’60).

        Rev. Williams “Bill” Wells (’59), Johnson City, Tenn., died May 20, 2015. He earned his master’s of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He served more than a dozen congregations of the Holston Conference during his 55 years of ministry. Among survivors is Dr. John Wells (serving as provost of Emory & Henry College).

        Martha “Pat” Daily Looney (’59), Sun City Center, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2017. Among survivors are her husband, Dave Looney (’61), and her brother, Tom Daily (’62).

        Janice Ward Carter (’60), Knoxville, Tenn., died May 19, 2017. She taught English in the Knox County School Systems for 40 years. She was a master quilter. Among survivors is her sister, Martha Ward Duane (’64).

        Donald Curtis DeBusk (’60), Bluff City, Tenn., died Nov. 27, 2016. According to his obituary, he was the first music major at Emory & Henry, and he spent part of his career in music, serving public schools and church choirs. He also owned a company, DeBusk Associates, that sold church products.

        Jerry H. Jones (’60), Petersburg, Va., died April 29, 2017. He earned his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He practiced with the law firm White, Hamilton, Wyche, and Shell.

        Thomas Eldridge Merrihue (’60), Emory, Va., died April 25, 2017. He was a well-known teacher and principal in the Meadowview community. Among survivors are cousins Linda Catron (’68) and Mickey Catron (’91).

        Dr. Harold Absher, Jr. (’61), Knoxville, Tenn., died Aug. 9, 2017. He earned a master’s degree from Radford University and an Ed.D. from Virginia Tech. He was a coach, teacher, principal, school superintendent and student teacher supervisor. Among survivors are his wife, Linda Faris Absher (’63); sister-in-law Penny Faris Kanney (’68) and brother-in-law Rev. Doug Kanney (’68).

        Robert Quillin Barker (’61), Kingsport, Tenn., died Feb. 27, 2017. A pharmacist by profession, his friends claim he was better known as a fisherman, storyteller and passionate advocate for the environment. He was the founder of American Bass Association and a founding member of the Scott County Humane Society. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Campbell Barker (’69), and Andy Wankle (’94) and Mark Wankel (’97).

        Joseph Hardin Bryant, Sr. (’61), Wytheville, Va., died Jan. 31, 2017. He taught high school at Chilhowie and Martinsville and taught at Wytheville Community College for more than 31 years.

        James Charles Harris (’61), Salisbury, N.C., died Feb. 3, 2017. He was a standout football player, teacher and coach, and decorated State Farm agent.

        Carolyn Ruth Fugate Hobson (’61), Ridgeway, Va., died Nov. 24, 2016. Carolyn also attended Madison College. She taught English and psychology and Spanish at numerous high schools and at the National Business College.

        Dr. Chester I. Jordan (’61), Lumberton, N.C., died Jan. 10, 2018. He studied at the University of Wyoming and Bowling Green State University. He taught theatre and speech at JMU, Sul Ross State University, and UNC Pembroke. Survivors include Marla Johnson Jordan (’61).

        Gene Allen Johnson (’62), Bristol, Va., died April 5, 2017. He earned his master’s degree from Radford College. He was a long-time teacher, principal and assistant principal in the Washington County (Va.) school system for more than 41 years. He also was a VHSL official for basketball and football for many years.

        Samuel “Sam” Ray Shrader (re’62), Pearisburg, Va., died Aug. 4, 2017. He had a 34-year career in banking, and served his country in the United States Army Reserve. He was a past president of the Narrows Jaycees and an active member of First United Methodist Church.

        Robert J. Brooke (’63), Pelham, N.Y., died Aug. 18, 2017. He received a master’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland and worked for Mount Vernon New York Public Schools as a teacher, coach and mentor.     Rev. Edwin Carter, Jr. (’63), Fountain City, Tenn., died Dec. 29, 2016. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Candler School of Theology. He served as a United Methodist minister in the Holston Conference, and was also a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in Korea.

        Dorothy Johnson Greenley (’63), New Castle, Del., died April 27, 2017. Dottie taught for 35 years in the Colonial School District, and was passionate about making a difference for young people. She also held a degree from Virginia Intermont.

        Mary Freeman Williams (’63), Glade Spring, Va., died Jan. 15, 2018. She held a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

        Dr. Preston Steve Winesett (’63), Rocky Mount, Va., died Jan. 1, 2018. He was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine, a retired Navy Lieutenant, and was retired as a physician with the Salem Veterans Administration.

        Robert “Bobby” Powell (’64), Stuart, Fla., died Nov. 17, 2016.

        Dr. John Craig McElroy (’65), Pulaski, Va., died Jan. 20, 2018. He attended Southern College of Optometry  and practiced in Marion and Pulaski for 40 years. He was an Eagle Scout, and traveled with his church’s mission team.

        Ed Wolfe (’66), Anderson, S.C., died Dec. 10, 2017.

        Bruce Douglas Dickens (’67), Henrico, Va., died Nov. 23, 2016. He earned a degree from the University of Virginia, and worked for 36 years for the Henrico County Public School system as a teacher and administrator.          Preston ”Butch” Miller (’67), Nanticoke, Md., died May, 2017. He was a pitcher for the Emory & Henry baseball team, and a long-time baseball coach at Mercy County Community College in Trenton, N.J.  Following his death, a baseball pavilion at the community college was named in his honor. He is survived by his wife Charlene, and his son Stewart. Barbara Bennett Sedia (’67) is Stewart’s mother.

        Paige Yoder (’67), Topeka, Kan., died Dec. 11, 2016. He was a research toxicologist for the Food and Drug Administration.

        John Eric “Johnny” Anderson (’68), Lexington, S.C., died Aug. 25, 2017. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a sales representative for Unverferth Manufacturing Company for more than 42 years. He earned his master’s degree from VCU. Among survivors are his brothers Carey Anderson (’66) and Marshall Anderson (’61).

        Jerry Catron (re’68), Saltville, Va., died Feb. 25, 2017. He was a teacher in Smyth County public schools, a historian, a member of Madam Russell UMC, and a Revolutionary War re-enactor. 

        Ruth Anne Farley Davis (’68), Richmond, Va., died April 13, 2017. She was a mathematics teacher in the Richmond area, beginning her career at Tuckahoe Middle School and helping to open Byrd Middle School where she was chair of the math department. She was a recipient of the Henrico County Gillman Award for teaching excellence. In 2013 she was a co-recipient of the Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry Award given by the E&H Alumni Association. Among survivors is a sister Hettie Farley Barnes (’78).

        Samuel Dixon Clark (’69), Ruckersville, Va., died May 3, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy, and held management roles at Comdial and Sperry Marine/Northrup Grumman. He was an active member of his church. Among survivors are his wife, Nancy, and his brother, James Wallace (’75).

        Sherrill E. Griffin (’69), Bristol, Va., died Oct. 27, 2017. She was enrolled in the Church of God Ministerial Internship Program where she had completed the first level of an Exhorter.

        Robert Rood “Bob” Moore (’69), Nicholasville, Ky., died Sept. 28, 2016. He was a faculty member at Asbury University for more than 28 years. He was a member of Wilmore United Methodist Church. He was an ordained United Methodist minister and an veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

        Jerry Catron (re’68), Saltville, Va., died Feb. 25, 2017. He was a teacher in Smyth County public schools, a historian, a member of Madam Russell UMC, and a Revolutionary War re-enactor. 

        James Gail Rutledge (’69), Matthews, N.C., died January 31, 2017. He served as a teacher and then worked for Bankers Life and Casualty. Among survivors is his wife, Jane Woolwine Rutledge (’73).

        Thomas Christian (’70), Goose Creek, S.C., died Jan. 9, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and had a career in human resources. He was perhaps best known for his work as Radford’s most well-known caterer, operating Chris’ Catering for many years. Among survivors is a sister, Gayle Christian (’64).

        Thomas C. Johnson (’70), Marietta, Ga., died Feb. 25, 2017.

        Harold R. Hicks (’71), Gretna, Va., died July 5, 2016.

        Gretchen Hill Davis (’72), Warrenton, Va., died March 21, 2016.

        Laura Blackburn Davis (’72), Jacksonville, Fla., died March 21, 2017. She combined her love of fashion with a part-time career in modeling. She also enjoyed growing orchids and making art quilts.  

        Carol Guinter Pomelear (’73), Hamilton, Mont., died Aug. 17, 2017. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Virginia. She devoted her life to family, teaching and volunteer mission work.

        Myra Jo McBride-Knowlton (’74), Portsmouth, Va., died Jan. 17, 2017. She was a social worker and volunteer resource coordinator for the city of Hampton, and was a local political activist and advocate for those marginalized.

        Mike Taylor (’78), Saltville, Va., died June 6, 2017. He was the town manager for the Town of Saltville and a former employee of Rick Boucher. He was a member of the William King Masonic Lodge and was chairman of the Saltville Labor Day Committee. Among survivors is a niece, Kim Taylor Hayden (’05).

        John Vetter Barthelmess (’83), Tallahassee, Fla., died in early 2017. He was a manager for private country clubs and acted as culinary director in Mississippi, Virginia and South Carolina. He was an avid sportsman.
        Dr. William Garfield Weldon (’83), Christiansburg, Va., died March 3, 2017. He was a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He retired from Montgomery County Schools and was a United Methodist minister. He studied at Emmaus Bible Institute and Duke University.

        Ralph Benton Tudor (’86), Glade Spring, Va., died March 30, 2017. He was retired from C.A. Barrs as a construction foreman. He was a former member of the Emory & Henry Alumni Board of directors. Among survivors is Kari Kemper Tudor (’82).

        Vivian Ruth Yonkey, (’86), Johnson City, Tenn., died Oct. 11, 2017. She served in the U.S. Army and worked for East Tennessee public libraries as a children’s programming specialist.

        Susan Wagner (’86), Charlotte, N.C., died May 31, 2017. She worked more than 25 years for Wells Fargo.  

        William Douglas Sykes (’95) died in Abingdon, Va., Sept. 14, 2015.

        Molly Dalton Hester (’01), Marion, Va., died April 18, 2017. She was a former crisis intervention counselor with the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marion.             

        Ashleigh Langbein (’16) died Jan. 9, 2017. She enjoyed living in many places while her father was in the military, and at the time of her death was living in Meadowview, Va.


Former Employees

        Lamarr Smith, El Paso, Tex., former E&H professor of English, died March 17, 2017. After 20 years at Emory & Henry he became a nurse and nursing administrator, and continued to share a love of literature with all.

        Dr. Margaret Hutson, Emory, Va., former Emory & Henry coach and professor, died June 7, 2017. She established an accredited athletic training major at E&H – at the time of its founding it was one of only seven such programs in Virginia.  She coached basketball and volleyball at Emory & Henry. Before coming to E&H, she coached the Lady Vols basketball team at UT, introducing their orange uniforms. She was followed in that position by Pat Summit. She is a member of the E&H Sports Hall of Fame. Among survivors is a devoted Scottish Terrier, Wee Bonny Lass. 

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,175,175/9429_lisa_jordan_3.jfif" alt="Lisa Jordan, Emory & Henry Class of 1984" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni">Lisa Jordan Honored by the E&H Alumni Association</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Lisa Jordan, Emory & Henry Class of 1984, has been named the 2021 recipient of the E&H Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded annually by the Emory & Henry Alumni Association. (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">Read more about E&H Alumni Awards.</a></span>) <a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,56,744,800/9085_Amanda_Porter.jfif" alt=" Amanda Gravatt Porter, Emory & Henry Class of 1997. " class="lw_image" width="345" height="225"/></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts">Amanda Gravatt Porter is the COO for Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> If you’ve ever been involved with Girl Scouts, you probably thought a troop of 8 was a lot to handle. But imagine being responsible for 10,000 Girl Scouts. <a href="/live/news/1554-amanda-gravatt-porter-is-the-coo-for-girl-scouts" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1130-gerald-caldwell-isnt-your-typical-boss"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,3,418,422/7383_IMG_0893.rev.1580224605.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,3,418,422/7383_IMG_0893.rev.1580224605.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,3,418,422/7383_IMG_0893.rev.1580224605.jpg" alt="Gerald Caldwell (E&H Class of '90) sipping coffee at The Coffee Shelf." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="418" data-max-h="419" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1130-gerald-caldwell-isnt-your-typical-boss">Gerald Caldwell Isn’t Your Typical Boss</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> But this coffee shop owner has found success in doing things differently. <a href="/live/news/1130-gerald-caldwell-isnt-your-typical-boss" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/56-rhythm-roots-had-a-little-lamb"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/568_brent.rev.1505410086.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/568_brent.rev.1505410086.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/568_brent.rev.1505410086.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/568_brent.rev.1505410086.jpg" alt="Brent Treash is serving as the 2017 Rhythm & Roots President" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/568_brent.rev.1505410086.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/56-rhythm-roots-had-a-little-lamb">Rhythm & Roots Had A Little Lamb</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> …and his name was Brent Treash, E&H Class of ’01. He served as president of the 2017 Rhythm & Roots Festival. <a href="/live/news/56-rhythm-roots-had-a-little-lamb" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2145-hooked-on-matt-reilly-fly-fishing"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.jpg" alt="Matt Reilly Emory & Henry Class of 2018" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/189,93,1245,1149/10693_271340844_659435785235455_4346640775979836869_n.rev.1641946454.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1056" data-max-h="1056" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2145-hooked-on-matt-reilly-fly-fishing">Hooked on Matt Reilly Fly Fishing</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Matt Reilly says of his job: “I take people fishing.” But is <em>that</em> ever an understatement. <a href="/live/news/2145-hooked-on-matt-reilly-fly-fishing" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg" alt=" Dr. Linda Coutant Emory & Henry Class of 1989 " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="2131" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful">Linda Coutant is Being Mindful</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Linda Coutant, Class of 1989, heard that Appalachian State University (ASU) was aiming to be a “mindful campus,” she felt an electrical jolt go through her whole body. “I felt it on a cellular level.”</span> <a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1903-liberty-sheppard-life-is-never-going-to-go-like"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.jpg" alt=" Liberty Sheppard Emory & Henry Class of 2020 " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1440,1440/9937_Liberty.rev.1624482662.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1440" data-max-h="1440" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1903-liberty-sheppard-life-is-never-going-to-go-like">Liberty Sheppard: Life is never going to go like you planned – so find the joy and adapt</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> What happens when a pandemic changes all your plans?<br/>You succeed. <a href="/live/news/1903-liberty-sheppard-life-is-never-going-to-go-like" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/945-mike-chitwood-is-finalist-for-library-of-virginia"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/82,0,282,200/6801_Chitwood-Michael_MG_7181-300x200.rev.1567128095.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/82,0,282,200/6801_Chitwood-Michael_MG_7181-300x200.rev.1567128095.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/82,0,282,200/6801_Chitwood-Michael_MG_7181-300x200.rev.1567128095.jpg" alt="Michael Chitwood, E&H Class of 1980." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/945-mike-chitwood-is-finalist-for-library-of-virginia">Mike Chitwood is Finalist for Library of Virginia Literary Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Chitwood will speak at Emory & Henry on Sept. 10. <a href="/live/news/945-mike-chitwood-is-finalist-for-library-of-virginia" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.jpg" alt="Mark Arrington, E&H Class of 2002." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="324" data-max-h="278" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching">Mark Arrington Honored for Innovative Teaching</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mark was honored by VAHPERD as their 2019 Teacher of the Year. <a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2010-eamph-rampr-party-goes-hybrid-for-2021"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/124,0,368,244/10186_rr.rev.1630438448.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/124,0,368,244/10186_rr.rev.1630438448.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/124,0,368,244/10186_rr.rev.1630438448.jpg" alt="" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="244" data-max-h="244" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2010-eamph-rampr-party-goes-hybrid-for-2021">E&H R&R Party Goes Hybrid for 2021!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Bristol’s big music festival, Rhythm & Roots, is Sept. 10-12, and whether you’re attending or staying home, we’ve got a way to help you celebrate the music you enjoy and the college you love. <a href="/live/news/2010-eamph-rampr-party-goes-hybrid-for-2021" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,263,342/7887_Bodenhorst_2.rev.1585598935.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,263,342/7887_Bodenhorst_2.rev.1585598935.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,263,342/7887_Bodenhorst_2.rev.1585598935.jpg" alt="Jeoff Bodenhorst, Sr., E&H Class of 1975" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="263" data-max-h="342" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need">Serving America in a Time of Need</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Jeoff Bodenhorst, E&H Class of 1975, has turned his business into a factory that is making supplies for front-line health officials battling COVID-19. <a href="/live/news/1182-serving-america-in-a-time-of-need" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1532-tommy-britt-was-the-founding-faculty-member-for"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,182,185/9019_tommy_britt.rev.1605898387.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,182,185/9019_tommy_britt.rev.1605898387.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,182,185/9019_tommy_britt.rev.1605898387.jpg" alt="Tommy Britt, Emory & Henry Class of 2002" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="182" data-max-h="185" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1532-tommy-britt-was-the-founding-faculty-member-for">Tommy Britt Was the Founding Faculty Member for the Film Department at George Mason University</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Being the first person to do something can be very exciting, but also a little daunting. <a href="/live/news/1532-tommy-britt-was-the-founding-faculty-member-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/9592_miriam.rev.1616516796.jpg" alt="Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin, Emory & Henry Class of 1963" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more">Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin is Shy No More</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">Dr. Miriam Macfarlan Herin</a></strong></span> gained more than a degree at Emory & Henry; and her life lessons paired magically with her education to make her a celebrated author. <a href="/live/news/1696-dr-miriam-macfarlan-herin-is-shy-no-more" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>