Class Notes

Howard Chadwick D’42 of Charlotte, N.C., recalls playing Duke intramural basketball against Rose Bowl football players Tom Davis, Bob Barnette, Tommy Prothro, and others. Divinity lost, but he would love to hear news from his teammates.

Henry A. Bizzell Jr. D’52, who is retired in Newton Grove, N.C., enjoyed a Duke Alumni Travel seminar in June in Poros, Greece.

George C. McGill D’52 preached last August at Cordeiro Methodist Church, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 25th anniversary service. He and his wife, June, founded the church. They are now retired in Raleigh, N.C.

E. William “Bill” Rogers D’55 has retired after 18 years of teaching at Shepherd Center in Columbia, S.C. He led more than 1,500 senior adults in a course on inter-religious relations and biblical archaeology.

Donald J. Welch D’55 is now resident minister at the Chapel in the Pines, an ecumenical congregation in Seven Lakes, N.C. He was an assistant dean in the divinity school in the late 1960s and served on the faculty of Wofford College and as president of Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tenn.

C. Fred Harper D’56 of White House, Tenn., and his wife, “Divinity Dames” alumna Patty Sue, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a vacation in Hawaii.

Walter W. Benjamin G’57 of Eden Prairie, Minn., delivered the Shackelford Memorial Lecture last November at the Park Nicollet Medical Center in Minneapolis. The lecture, “My Father’s Black Bag: Medicine during the Great Depression,” reflected upon his father’s experiences.

Donald W. Haynes D’58 writes a biweekly column, “Wesleyan Wisdom,” for the United Methodist Reporter. He resides in Asheboro, N. C.

Barbara Brown Zikmund D’64, G’69 was honored by the 25th General Synod of the United Church of Christ, meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in July, as a recipient of the Antoinette Brown Award for outstanding clergywomen. She was also honored in 2004 with the ninth Distinguished Service Award of the Association of Theological Schools. Dr. Zikmund was the 1994 Distinguished Alumna of Duke Divinity School. She has served as president of Hartford Theological Seminary, president of the ATS, and a leading historian of the UCC.

David H. Aiken D’66 has introduced and edited two new books for the University of South Carolina Press, both by William Gilmore Simms, The Golden Christmas (1852) and A City Laid Waste (1865). David is a professor of English at the College of Charleston.

W. Donald Britt D’69 retired recently as senior pastor of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C. The church has established The Don and Trisha Britt Scholarship at Columbia College in recognition of the couple’s eight years of ministry. The four-year scholarship will be presented each year to a student from one of South Carolina’s rural school districts listed in the documentary “Corridor of Shame.” The documentary presents the story of the eight rural school districts that sued the state regarding what those districts charged was a lack of funding for adequate education. Trenholm Road has formed a “Corridor” task force to study ways to rally other faith communities behind support for the rural schools.

Charles W. Brockwell Jr. G’71 taught local preachers this spring in Brodekwano and Ankaase, Ghana, for the Methodist Church of Ghana. He resides in Louisville, Ky.

James A. McClung D’72 is the new vice president of public relations for the Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. in Richmond.

Jeannette G. Rodenbough D’80 and her husband, Charles, have retired from small town life to Greensboro, N.C., where she plans to write, chipcarve, and serve a Presbyterian church part-time.

Diane M. Christianson D’83 married John Tolson on May 15, 2005, in Pinetops, N.C., Diane serves the Edgecombe United Methodist parish.

Todd E. Outcalt D’85 of Brownsburg, Ind., has published The Healing Touch and The Best Things in Life are Free, 2nd edition (Health Communications, 2005); Ready-to- Go Youth Meetings (Abingdon, 2005); and Before You Say “I Do” 2nd edition (Perigee, 2005).

Lisa Brown Cole D’86 is the new director of pastoral services at Durham Regional Hospital, Durham, N.C.

Charles B. Jones D’88, an associate professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., has written The View from Mars Hill: Christianity in the Landscape of World Religions (Cowley Press, 2005). His specialization is in the study of East Asian Buddhism and inter-religious dialogue.

David Cappel Rice D’88 is dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand, a position he has served for the past four years. Located at the historic heart of the city, St. Paul’s is the southern-most cathedral in the world. Dunedin is the second-largest city of New Zealand’s South Island.

John Wilson, III D’92 and his wife, Carmella, joyfully announce the July 14, 2005, birth of Jadyn Camille. John is the founder and pastor of the Sanctuary of Praise Fellowship in Allen, Texas.

Carter S. Askren D’93 was ordained and installed as a pastor in the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on April 1, 2005, at Grace Lutheran Church in Washington, N.C. Askren, who served as the divinity school’s director of communications before entering seminary in 2000, and his wife, Susan Howard Askren G’87, B’93, have two young daughters.

Joseph D. “Jody” Flowers D’94 was the clergy recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award at the 2005 session of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference meeting in Spartanburg. He is a pastor in Chapin, S.C.

George B. Walker Jr. D’94 was ordained this spring in the United Church of Christ. His work is focused on outreach within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at the Human Rights Campaign located in Washington, D.C., where he is adjunct minister at Peoples Congregational UCC.

Eric S. Porterfield D’94, D’96 and his wife, Alicia Davis Porterfield D’97 are pleased to announce the August 22, 2005, birth of Thomas Shadden. Alicia serves as a chaplain in a retirement community in Pinehurst, N.C. and Eric is a Baptist pastor in Sanford and current president of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

Christal M. Jackson D’99, founder of Sisters with Wings in Missouri City, Texas, was named one of “Thirty Leaders of the Future” by Ebony magazine in 1999. She is the editor of Women of Color Pray: Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope and Courage (Quality Paperback Original, 2005).





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Since she arrived as a Kelly Girl in 1974, Sarah Freedman has worked with some of the divinity school’s best-known scholars: first with the late W.D. Davies, a renowned New Testament scholar, and, for the past decade, with Stanley Hauerwas, whom Time magazine in 2001 named “America’s Best Theologian.”

She remembers Davies as an “adorable” Welshman, an archetypal “absent-minded professor.” She refers to Stanley Hauerwas as the “phenomenon,” making clear her dedication over the past 10 years to the “Hauerwas Project.”

Sarah Freedman herself defies ready description. During 30 years at the divinity school, she has been known for the surprising range of her interests, the depth of her knowledge, and the irreverence of her wit.

Both alumna and employee, Freedman earned a master’s in theological studies in 1992. Taking one course per semester, she completed the two-year full-time degree program over eight years. The final year was devoted to writing her thesis, “Some Views of Jews in the Fiction of Walker Percy.”

As faculty, staff, family, friends and retirees gathered in the Alumni Memorial Common Room to celebrate her retirement on July 15, she was presented with a garland of fresh flowers, which she put on her head, quipping, “You can call me Diana.”

Moody Smith, another New Testament scholar with whom she worked, remembered that when his festschrift was published there was no source mentioned for the cover illustration. “Who is that on the cover?” he asked. “It’s God,” Sarah responded. In fact, the illustration, Smith learned, was from Michelangelo’s fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But how did she know, he asked. “I know God when I see him,” said Freedman.

Equipped with 20 years’ experience at the divinity school and a master’s in theology, she found working with Stanley Hauerwas challenging. “I had to use everything I had learned, or knew,” she says.

Most of Hauerwas’ voluminous correspondence over the past decade was transcribed by her. She worked with his scholarly articles, lectures and books, helping prepare them for publication and with students attracted to Duke by the Hauerwas Project, which “for output, influence and audience is hardly surpassed in the English-speaking world.”

And in what may be the highest tribute to any center for theological learning, Freedman added that her work at Duke required that she continue to learn. “We go on learning, don’t we?” she says. “This is a place a person can do that.”

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Edgar DeJesus D’00 and his wife, Judy, announce the Aug. 3, 2005, birth of their second daughter, Elaine Kairos. Edgar is a United Methodist pastor in Raleigh, N.C.

David C. Newton D’00 is the new director of academic operations for the Pastoral Counseling Department at Loyola College of Maryland. He and Joy reside in Arnold, Md.

T. Judson Dunlap D’01 and Laura E. Autry D’05 were married on May 8, 2004, in Union City, Tenn. They are living in Norlina, N.C., where he is a United Methodist pastor.

Samuel W. Jones D’01 and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of Jack Nolan, who was born on March 15, 2005. Sam is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Conroe, Texas.

Jay Blossom G’03 of Philadelphia, Pa., is the new editor of In Trust magazine, a quarterly publication for leaders in theological education.

Amanda Miller Garber D’03 and her husband, Jack, are delighted to announce the May 17, 2005, birth of Abigail Kate. The Garbers live in Newport News, Va., where Amanda is a United Methodist minister.

Jared A. Hanson D’04 and his wife, Jenny, are the proud parents of Andrew Parker who was born August 6, 2005. Jared is a United Methodist pastor in Elon, N.C., where the Hansons reside.

Ashleigh Joyner D’04 is the new associate minister at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.


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