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R. Wright Spears D’36, who served as president of Columbia College, Columbia, S.C., from 1951 to 1977, has been awarded the Sesquicentennial Medallion. The honor recognizes him as the individual who has had the most significant impact on the college in its 150 years, as well as his lifetime of exceptional service to the United Methodist Church, the city of Columbia, and the State of South Carolina. He resides at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Kenneth Carroll D’49, G’53 gave the 2004 historical lecture for Irish Friends, speaking June 24 in Dublin on “William Edmundson, Ireland’s First Quaker” as part of the 350th anniversary celebration of the introduction of Quakerism into Ireland. He lives in Easton, Md.

Kenneth W. Howard D’54 traveled the greatest distance for his 50th Reunion gathering at Duke in October. He served United Methodist parishes in Okla. and S.C. for 40 years and now resides in Cathedral City, Calif. In retirement he has traveled in 83 countries as a volunteer chaplain on cruises.

Tom Davis G’69, chaplain emeritus and former professor of religion at Skidmore College, has published Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances (Rutgers University Press, 2004). The book features stalwart Methodist supporters of the movement, including Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam.

Jackson W. Carroll D’65, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. professor emeritus of religion and society, was presented with the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award on Oct. 11, 2004.

 Jackson W. Carroll D’65 received the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award. Carroll, above with his wife, Anne, and daughters Susan Whitcomb and Frances Strumph.

The annual award recognizes graduates of the Duke Divinity School for service to God, the church and the community. Established in 1973, it is the highest honor given by the Divinity School Alumni Association. Carroll currently is project director for Pulpit & Pew: Research in Pastoral Leadership, a major study funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and based at the divinity school.

The award was presented during Duke Divinity School’s annual Convocation & Pastors’ School, a three-day event that includes class reunions, other alumni events, continuing education seminars and daily worship.

A native of Chester, S.C., Carroll received his A.B. degree ( magna cum laude ) from Wofford College in 1953, his B.D. degree from Duke University in 1956, and his Ph.D. (with honors) from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Wofford in 1990.

Carroll came to Duke Divinity School in 1993 from Hartford Seminary, where he was professor of religion and society and founding director of the Center for Social and Religious Research. He served as vice president of the seminary from 1988-89, and interim president between 1989- 1990, when he was named the William Douglas MacKenzie distinguished professor.

A retired member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Carroll served parishes in Dumfries, Scotland (1956-57) and Rock Hill, S.C. (1957-1961) before serving as Methodist chaplain at Duke. He served on the faculty of Candler School of Theology, Emory University (1968-1974) before moving to Hartford Seminary.

He also is author, co-author, or editor of 13 books, including Bridging Divided Worlds: Generational Cultures in Congregations, Mainline to the Future: Congregations for the 21st Century, and Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools. Being There received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

An active member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, Carroll and his wife, the former Anne Ewing of Ellerbe, N.C., have two daughters, Susan Carroll Whitcomb and Frances Carroll Strumph, both of Durham, and six grandchildren.


Charles Brockwell G’71 was named pastor emeritus at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Louisville, Ky., in June. He continues to teach at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Lydia “Dee” Rainey Herndon D’72 is co-pastor with her husband, R. Knox Herndon, of His House Community Church in Senoia, Ga.

James A. McClung D’72, a United Methodist pastor in Norfolk, Va., recently completed a CD of his Christmas music entitled Who’s the Little Man? He was featured in the Virginian Pilot newspaper in an article, “A Life in Verse.”

Michael Thomas Cash D’75, currently executive director of the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission, in Fairfax, Va., has recorded his first CD, “Dancing My Name.” More information is available at www.bluelizardmusic.com/.

Pamela Haddon Ford D’76 of State College, Pa., completed the doctor of ministry degree at Drew University in May 2004.

Thaddeus “Thad” L. McDonald III D’77 was recently promoted to the rank of clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, N.C. He practices at WakeMed in Raleigh, where he is currently president of the medical staff.

John Patrick Colatch D’79 is the new director of religious life and chaplain at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He had worked in a similar capacity at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., since 1994.

Timothy E. Kimbrough T’79, D’83 has been elected to the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School. He is rector of the Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Bruce W. Smith D’84 is now assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Deborah A. McLeod D’85 has been elected to the National Alumni Council for the Divinity School. She is superintendent of the Broward-Palm Beach District of the United Methodist Church in the Florida Conference. Debbie and her husband, Thom McLeod D’85 who is a chaplain with Vitas Healthcare hospice ministries, and family reside in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Mike Stanton-Rich D’86 has published It’s My Job (Lulu Press, 2004) a collection of short stories used in elementary classrooms and in teaching English to Japanese college students. He is pastor of Kobe Union Church, an international and interdenominational church in Kobe, Japan.

Mary Cartledgehayes D’94 published “Blue Christmas” in the Dec. 27, 2004, Christian Century . The essay received an honorable mention for best religious writing of the year from The Associated Church Press. She led seminars on writing spiritual memoir and preserving contemporary history for UMC clergywomen in Chicago, Ill.; presented a lecture, “How to Write a Beautiful Sermon,” at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; appeared on panels at the South Carolina Festival of the Book and the Virginia Festival of the Book; and led retreats on writing and spirituality in North Carolina and in Colorado. Her spiritual autobiography Grace: A Memoir received the National Federation of Press Women's award for best religious book.

Laurie Clark D’94 and Greg Moody joyfully share the news of the birth of their son, Luke Clark Moody, on Jan. 16, 2004.

Kelly Sprinkle D’94 has been appointed interdenominational Protestant chaplain of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University. He had served previously as a campus minister at Michigan State University.

Timothy F. Tate D’95 and his wife, Teresa, welcome with joy their third child and first daughter, Anna Elizabeth, born Oct. 13, 2004. The Tates reside in Williamsburg, Va., where Tim serves as pastor at Wellspring UMC.

Michelle Kallock Knight D’96 and her husband, Eric, are the proud parents of Diana Elizabeth, born on Sept. 8, 2004. Michelle serves Calvary UMC in Brownsburg, Ind.

Jason Jouett D’97 and his wife, Ann Catherine, welcomed Caroline Elizabeth, who was born on Sept. 22, 2004, in Houston where he is associate pastor at John Wesley UMC. Caroline has two older brothers: Walker and Corbett.

Nancy Dixon Walton D’97 and Lin Dixon Walton D’98 are currently serving as missionaries in Belize.

Doug Koskela D’98 was married to Jamie Walter on Aug. 28, 2004. They reside in Seattle, Wash., where he is an assistant professor in theology at Seattle Pacific University. Christian S. White Jr. D’98 and his wife, Katherine Shewey White, are the proud parents of Taryn Cooper White, born May 6, 2004. The Whites live in Alexandria, Va., where Christian is a United Methodist pastor and Kasey is with the Joint Oceanographic Institutes.

Dawn R. Marta D’00 earned the doctor of psychology degree in July 2004 from Argosy University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She is an outpatient therapist in Cherokee County, N.C.

Tony Ruth Phillips Smith D’01 and Wesley Smith were married on Nov. 13, 2004, at First United Methodist Church in High Point, N.C., where they are both under appointment as associate pastors.

Lauren Tyler D’03 married Brent Wright D’03 on Sept. 4, 2004, in Columbia, S.C. They reside in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is a United Methodist pastor.

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