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Leighton E. Harrell Jr. D’46 has been elected pastor emeritus at Grace United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Va.


J. Earl Richardson D’51, 92 , is the eldest elder of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The 1974 recipient of the Divinity School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, he and his wife, Alice, reside in Durham, N.C., and attend Duke Chapel worship services faithfully.

William K. Quick D’58 is serving as the pastor-in-charge of Gibson Chapel Mission, formerly Gibson United Methodist Church (Gibson, N.C.), an outreach ministry of the North Carolina Conference, the United Methodist Church, and the Rockingham District. After two decades in pastorates across North Carolina, Quick served as senior pastor of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Mich., from 1974 to 1998. Since 1999, he has served as a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School.


O. Richard Bowyer D’60, D’68 has been elected president of the West Virginia Board of Medicine. Bowyer, who has been appointed to the board by six different governors since 1981, is the first non-physician to hold that office.

Ingram C. Parmley D’64 was inducted into the Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.) Hall of Distinction April 30 during Jubilee Weekend, which coincided with the school’s 139th commencement. After earning his master of divinity degree at Duke, Parmley, an Episcopal priest, completed a doctorate at N.C. State University and became a professor of sociology. He resides in Asheville, N.C.

James H. Charlesworth D’65, G’67 , the G. L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., has published The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2010).

Daniel T. Earnhardt D’65, D’66 , minister of pastoral care at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church in Greenville, N.C., represented Duke University at the inauguration of Mark D. La Branche as the new president of 220-year-old Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.

Stanley E. LaTorre D’68 , now retired from the U.S. Army chaplaincy and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, resides on Edisto Island, S.C., where he was the founding minister of the Edisto Island Community Church.


Darris K. Doyal D’70 of Sevierville, Tenn., has retired from First United Methodist Church, Morristown, Tenn., after 46 years under appointment with particular emphases upon jail ministry, missions, ethnic ministries, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. He was honored with Darris K. Doyal Day in Hamblen County and presented the key to the city.

Louis B. Weeks III G’70 is the author of To Be a Presbyterian: Revised Edition (Geneva, 2010). He and his wife, Carolyn Mang Weeks G’70, live in Williamsburg, Va.

Hope Morgan Ward T’73, D’78 , the United Methodist bishop of Mississippi, has been elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees.

Philip L. “Phil” Hathcock D’74 , former superintendent of the Central District, has been appointed director of connectional ministries and assistant to the bishop for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Ark. He succeeds Roy P. Smith D’80 , who is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church, Russellville, Ark. The United Methodist bishop of Arkansas is Charles N. Crutchfield D’68 .

J. Barney Hawkins IV D’74, G’81 is one of the editors of Christ and Culture: Communion after Lambeth (Morehouse, 2010), the first volume in Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism. He and his wife, Linda Wofford Hawkins WC’72, D’76, D’79 , reside in Alexandria, Va. He is professor of pastoral theology, vice president for institutional advancement, and associate dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Linda is the rector of St. Barnabas’ Church (Episcopal) in Annandale, Va.

Ernest T. “Tommy” Herndon D’77 , who served St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, Va., has been appointed superintendent of the Harrisonburg (Va.) District.

Gregory V. Palmer D’79 , resident bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Area of the United Methodist Church, is co-author of the book Becoming Jesus’ Prayer: Transforming Your Life through the Lord’s Prayer (Pilgrim, 2010). Other co-authors are Cindy M. McCalmont D’91 , minister of spiritual formation and pastoral care at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation, in Ames, Iowa, and Brian K. Milford D’86 , lead pastor of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Each chapter of the book features a story, theological reflection, discussion questions, guidelines for weekly prayer at home and corporate prayer, and hymn suggestions.


Adele Byrum Novotney D’81 of Maggie Valley, N.C., works in the