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George C. Megill D’52 is in his 17th year of work with the Kairos Prison Ministry at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C. He was a long-time United Methodist missionary in Brazil.

M. Jolee Fritz Robinson D’54 has retired from her work as a social work supervisor in foster care in Silver Spring, Md. She previously worked with the American Friends Service Committee.


S T Kimbrough Jr. D’62 was guest lecturer for the theological forum at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tenn., on the theme of his new book, The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader (Cascade Books, 2011). He also presented his musical drama, “Sweet Singer,” on the life of Wesley; he was accompanied by his son, Timothy E. Kimbrough T’79, D’83, who is dean of the Cathedral.

Charles M. Smith T’62, D’65 has been presented the Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Council of Churches, celebrating his commitment to social justice and ecumenism. He is a retired pastor and administrator with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and a Duke University trustee emeritus now residing in Washington, N.C.

Donald D. Davis D’69 of Ocracoke, N.C., has published Tales from a Free-Range Childhood (J.F. Blair Publisher, 2011). He is a professional storyteller with appearances over the years on National Public Radio, CNN, and Nightline.


Charles W. Brockwell G’71 of Louisville, Ky., was a delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa, in August 2011.

James G. Mentzer G’72, D’99 is the new president of the United Methodist Foundation of New England based in Hampstead, N.H. A professional financial planner, Jim was previously the director of planned giving for the United Methodist Foundation in Garner, N.C. He has been a frequent writer for DIVINITY magazine.

Daniel H. Ottaviano D’76 , the pastor of Kelley Presbyterian Church in McDonough, Ga., and a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Association instructor, has launched a community outreach program that combines beginners’ tennis clinics, Bible lessons, and youth activities.

Richard A. “Dick” Daily D’78 retired after 36 years in United Methodist parish ministry and now working as a project consultant with Lynchburg Stained Glass Studio and as president of the Haiti Mission Foundation. He is also still coaching track. His wife, Alicia White Daily T’78 , is a professional artist/potter. They reside on a 54-acre horse farm in Goode, Va.

Ronald R. “Ron” Jones D’78 and his wife, Lois, have been re-elected as co-presidents of ARMS, the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses, in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. They live in White Stone, Va.

Thomas A. “Andy” Langford III D’78 and his wife, Sally Overby Langford D’79 , are the authors of Living as United Methodist Christians: Our Story, Our Beliefs, Our Lives (Abingdon Press, 2011). He is a pastor in Concord, N.C., and she is superintendent of the Salisbury District.  

James C. Howell D’79, G’84 is the author of The Beauty of the Word: The Challenge and Wonder of Preaching (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011). He is the senior pastor at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. His and Lisa’s daughter, Sarah Stockton Howell T’08 , a singer and songwriter, is a current Divinity student.


J. David Dawson D’82 is the new president of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. He was a professor of religion and social responsibility and provost at Haverford College (Penn.) since 1987.

Gilbert W. Fonger D’82 has been named president and chief executive officer of Marklund, a nonprofit healthcare organization based in Geneva, Ill., providing quality care for individuals who have severe and profound developmental disabilities.

Priscilla Pope Levison D’83 and her husband, John R. Levison G’85 , were keynote speakers on “The Bible and Feminism” for the Engendered Lives Symposium at Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute in late March 2010. They serve on the faculty at Seattle Pacific University.

Michael D. Kurtz D’84 recently authored his second book, Crossings: Memoirs of a Mountain Medical Doctor (iUniverse, 2010). The book chronicles his recently deceased father’s nearly 50 years of medical service among the people of the Appalachian mountains. Michael is a United Methodist pastor in Oak Ridge, N.C.

Mark L. Barden D’88 was named Communicator of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Communicators at their annual meeting in San Francisco in October 2010. He directs communications for the Western North Carolina Conference based in Charlotte. He also published a 16-page photo spread in Catherine Ritch Guess’s book, Because He Lives (CRM Books,