Class Notes

Donal M. Squires D’51 of Fairmont, W. Va., was the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2004 at Fairmont State University.

S T Kimbrough Jr. D’62 of Princeton, N.J., is associate general secretary for mission evangelism with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. An international scholar, teacher, and musician, he has recently recorded The Art of the American Song: Songs of the Wild West (VMS Records) and Sacred Songs of J. S. Bach (VMS Records).

James T. Clemons D’63 of Rockville, Md., has been named humanitarian of the year by his undergraduate alma mater, Hendrix College. He works with interfaith services as president of an organization for those who have attempted suicide and survivors.

S. Wyndham Anderson D’65, retired from Pfizer Corporation in New York, now lives in Richmond, Va., where he volunteers as a patient visitor in the palliative care unit at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital and as a docent at the Richmond History Center.

David Gaffron D’66 of Bloomington, Ill., is retiring after 38 years of full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church.

James T. Trollinger D’70 has been named director of connectional ministries for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He moves to that position following service as the district superintendent for Waynesville, N.C.

C. M. Worthy D’70 will be the new superintendent of the Lexington District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has most recently served as pastor of Jamestown UMC in Jamestown, N.C.

Harmon L. Wray D’71 of Nashville, Tenn., has received a Soros Justice Senior Fellowship from the Open Society Institute and will use it to establish a program in faith and criminal justice in conjunction with Vanderbilt Divinity School.

William T. “Bill” Medlin III D’72 of Gastonia, N.C., presided over the June 19, 2004, marriage ceremony in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens of his daughter, Karen Elizabeth Medlin T’98, and Neal Thomas Morgan T’00 who now reside in Chapel Hill, N.C. Grandparents June and W. T. Medlin Jr. D’43 of Lake Junaluska, N.C., were present as well.

Arthur L. McClanahan D’75 is the new director of communications for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served for many years as a United Methodist pastor in Fairfield, Conn. The bishop of the Iowa Conference is Gregory Palmer D’79.

G. Corwin Stoppel D’76, rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Saugatuck, Mich., and an adjunct professor at Davenport University, has published Living Words: The Ten Commandments in the Twenty-first Century (Cowley Press, 2005).

Charles M. Herring D’77, a United Methodist chaplain major with the U.S. Army, was awarded the Purple Heart and a second Bronze Star for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Fallujah. It was his third tour of duty in the Middle East. He is currently a plans and operations training chaplain in Heidelberg, Germany.

Carol Murphy Hubbard D’77, priest-in-charge at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Sparkill, N.Y., is moving with her family to historic Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center located on 1,400 acres in the mountains near Hendersonville, N. C., where her husband, Stanley, has been named the new president.

J. Alexander Ward D’77 will be the new superintendent of the Waynesville District in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has most recently served as pastor of Grace UMC in Kernersville, N.C.

Bonnie Parr Philipson D’78 has been appointed District Superintendent of the Metropolitan District (Portland) of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her husband, Jim Parr Philipson, continues to serve as senior pastor at Tigard United Methodist Church.

Sandra K. McNutt D’83 has been named vice president for seminary relations at Princeton Theological Seminary effective in July. An elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 17 years, she most recently was vice president of seminary and church relations at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Meretle H. “Doc” Wilson D’83 is now pastor of New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Hickory, N.C.

Michelle “Mike” Dickerson Burcher D’84 and her husband, Anthony, direct Makemie Woods, a Presbyterian Church USA camp near Richmond, Va. They recently published Making Fun Out of Nothing at All (Abingdon Press, 2004), a recreation leadership guide for churches, youth groups and camps.

Fred J. Gomendo D’84 retired in 1992 as president of the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe and served for the next decade on the General Committee of the All African Consulate of Churches. Now 80 years of age, he is the interim pastor of Fern Valley UCC in Mutare.

Leonard E. Fairley D’85 will be the new superintendent of the Rockingham District in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has most recently served as pastor of Soapstone UMC in Raleigh, N.C.

Dana McKim D’85 leads the critical incident stress management team of the North Carolina Special Operations Response Team, a resource of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The team was deployed to Melbourne, Fla., during Hurricane Frances. He also serves as coordinator of the Archdale, N.C., Police Department chaplain’s program.

Kenneth P. “Kent” Thompson D’85 of Perry, Fla., is on the adjunct theology faculty of Barry University and continues to work with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He and Alise were married in 2001, and they share three sons.

Barry White D’85, a chaplain in the U.S. Army, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel on Jan.1, 2005.

Mike Stanton-Rich D’86 has published his first work of fiction, At Home: On Carpenter’s Knob (2005, Lulu Press, Inc.). This collection of short stories is set in the fictional town of Carpenter’s Knob, N.C. A United Methodist pastor, Stanton-Rich has served churches in Western North Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. He is the pastor of Kobe Union Church, an international and interdenominational church in Kobe, Japan.

M. Claire Clyburn D’87 and Henry S. McKeown were married on April 17, 2005, in Snow Hill, N.C., where she is a United Methodist pastor.

Holly Jones D’87 married Bob Falls on Dec. 13, 2003 in Asheville, N.C.

Mark D. Evans D’89 graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2004 with a doctorate in educational leadership. He is a United Methodist pastor in Mocksville, N.C.

Thomas C. Broom Sr. D’90 is on the executive board for Casa de la HOPE, an ecumenical mission providing food and clothing for the needy in Tucumcari, N.M., and assistance to transient people along historic Route 66.

J. Burton Palmer Jr. D’90 is serving at the Westchase Campus of First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Tobias Winright D’91 and his wife, Elizabeth, are delighted to announce the Feb. 13, 2005, birth of their first daughter, Clare Niamh. Currently at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, Toby and family will move this summer to Saint Louis University where he will teach Christian ethics in the department of theological studies.

Bobby P. Tyson Jr. D’92 and his wife, Christie, announce with joy the Dec. 10, 2004, birth of Abigail Grace. He is a United Methodist pastor in Greenville, N.C.

Mark Kurowski D’96 was approved as a candidate for Holy Orders in the Roman Catholic Church in December 2004. Beginning in July, he will work as a pastoral associate at Saint Thomas More Church in Munster, Ind., while attending Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.

Wendy Sue Earle Kissa D’97 and her husband, Karl Kissa T’82, share the good news of the Jan. 14, 2005, birth of Emily Elisabeth. The Kissa family lives in Simsbury, Conn., where Wendy serves as pastor of East Granby Congregational Church.

Jason Byassee D’99 and his wife, Jaylynn Warren Byassee D’01 welcomed Samuel Davidson born on Aug. 31, 2004. Their home is in Skokie, Ill. Jason is the assistant editor of The Christian Century.

Prince R. Rivers D’99 and his wife, Monica, celebrate the April 8, 2005, birth of Prince Corbitt. The Rivers live in Tidewater Virginia where Prince is pastor of Wesley Grove United Church of Christ.

Mary Allen Dye D’01 and her husband, Mark D. Conforti D’03, are the proud parents of Connor Allen who was born on Feb. 8, 2005. They reside in Davidson, N. C., where Mark is associate minister at Davidson United Methodist Church.

Kristen Richardson-Frick D’01 and her husband, John, announce with joy the Jan. 4, 2005, birth of John Edward. They live in Wagener, S.C.

Ginger A. Thomas D’01 and her husband, L. Roger Owens D’01, along with their son, Simeon, are delighted to announce the birth of Silas Zacharias who was born April 12, 2005, in Durham, N.C.

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Berry D’02 was ordained with the Alliance of Baptists in December 2004 and now serves as staff chaplain at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Tyson Ferguson D’02, his wife, Erin, and their daughter Haylee welcomed Logan Tyler who was born on Dec. 9, 2004. The Fergusons live in State College, Penn., where Tyson directs campus ministry with the Wesley Foundation at Penn State.

Jamalyn Peigh Williamson and David Williamson, both D’03, have completed a two-year tour as Family Health Ministries missionaries in Fondwa, Haiti. Jamalyn and David will be commissioned for ministry as probationary members of the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church during Annual Conference in June.

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