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Now retired, the Rev. Gary Donald Barber Sr. is writing a book on the significance of the number seven in the Bible. During his career, he served as a chaplain and officer for the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1984, stationed in places such as Alaska, Greece, Thailand and Texas. He then was minister of First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Fla., from 1988 to 1998. Barber is proud of his family’s Wofford legacy, including his son, the Rev. Don Barber ’86, and three granddaughters, Stewart Barber Young ’09, Ellison Barber ’12 and Lindel Barber Waclowski ’14.


In March 2017 Henry M. Smith traveled to Cuba for 10 days. He writes that he traveled “with 20 other kindred souls representing Witness for Peace in an educational-cultural exchange.” After the Cuba trip, Smith made his annual trip to France. He continues to live in Newmarket, N.H.

After serving as public address announcer for Woodruff High School football games in Woodruff, S.C., for 50 years, Milton Smith announced his retirement on Oct. 27, 2017.


Sam Rollins and his wife, Marlene, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 22, 2017. The celebration continued in Newberry, S.C., on Dec. 30, 2017, with their four children and 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Will Willimon presented “Jesus for Today,” a full-day program at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, N.C., on Feb. 3. Willimon, a member of the Wofford College Board of Trustees, is a professor of theology at Duke University Divinity School.


Mike James Foxworth and his wife, Linda LeMaster Foxworth, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 20, 2017.


Tindall Corp. announced David Britt as vice president and general manager of its South Carolina Division. Britt has a 29-year career at Tindall Corp., a national leader in precast, prestressed concrete structures.


The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center named Keith L. Riddle as its new vice president for mission integration.


The Clinton Presbyterian Community, a retirement community in Clinton, S.C., welcomed Jim Elliot Caprell as its chaplain on Dec. 7, 2017. Caprell previously served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C., for 21 years.


Fox News interviewed Van Hipp on Jan. 22 regarding issues of the U.S. military and the effects of the government shutdown on the military. Hipp is chairman of American Defense International Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.

Robert Mitchell retired as deputy director of legal services for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services at the end of June 2017. He served the organization for more than 35 years. Upon retirement he accepted a position as worship and music director at Morningside Baptist Church in Spartanburg.


Countybank of Greenville, S.C., has announced the promotion of Jim Fowler Jr. to the position of executive vice president of corporate banking and strategic initiatives. Fowler is a second-generation banker with more than 34 years of experience in the financial industry. He has been with Countybank for 19 of those years.


Hospice of North Central Ohio welcomed Chris Laux to its board of directors

Glen Padgett recently retired after 30 years as an educator and coach. Most recently, he served nine seasons as Concord (N.C.) High School’s head football coach. His career is highlighted by two appearances in state championship games and the highest winning percentage in Concord’s history (more than 72 percent).


The Rev. Furman Lee Buchanan, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, S.C., coordinated an event with the Islamic Society of Greenville to donate and package more than 31,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger, a nonprofit organization serving developing countries. The interfaith event was featured in the Greenville News.


Will Penny Jr. was recognized as a certified advisor of personal insurance by the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The third-generation president of Penny Insurance Agency lives in Hendersonville, N.C.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently featured Zenobia Edwards and her nonprofit organization I Am. B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. The message of empowerment to young girls has become recognized nationally.

Liem Nguyen announced his new position supporting Honda of Mexico in Celaya, where he will be for the next two years.


Travis Yates was inducted into the Sumter (S.C.) Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2017 class on Nov. 16, 2017. Yates was a standout defensive end at Hillcrest High School, going on to play inside linebacker at Wofford. He led the Terriers in tackles in each of his last two seasons and was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.


Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands has announced Margaret Green Young as a new member to its board of directors. Young is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


South State Investment Services announced the appointment of Harold Lawson as senior vice president and financial consultant for its Spartanburg branches. Lawson brings more than 22 years of investment management experience to the role.

Tracey Pulliam Rogers has been in the real estate business for almost 20 years and recently affiliated with Peace Sotheby’s International Realty in Pawleys Island, S.C. The company specializes in luxury real estate on the Waccamaw Neck.


SouthCrest Bank announced the appointment of 20-year financial services veteran Kristie Wierks McMahan as vice president and portfolio manager on its team serving the metro Atlanta region. McMahan lives with her husband, Scott, and daughters, Lily and Olivia, in Decatur, Ga.


Angel Whitmore Gray is a licensed independent clinical social worker employed at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. She facilitates short-term individual and group counseling for college students struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other ongoing issues.

In October Jan Ruth Streater Mayheu began working at Helping Mamas, a baby supply bank in Georgia, as director of individual support. She lives in Lilburn, Ga.

Linnie Boteler Pawlek is the founder and executive director of Teach by Tech, a nonprofit organization providing financial literacy and business education classes to vulnerable female populations around the world. The organization works with refugees in Colorado and will expand its program to Ghana in 2018.


Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra selected Kathryn Hummers Boucher for the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the flagship of the league’s leadership development offerings. Boucher joined the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra as executive director in May 2014.

Coker Gamble Powell, who lives in Spartanburg, works for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is responsible for the organization’s largest fundraising campaign, Light the Night, in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. The fundraiser earns more than $70 million annually.


Radiology Associates of Macon, Ga., announced the addition of Dr. Joshua Cooper to its practice as a diagnostic radiologist.

Maj. Philip Shields received his doctorate in executive leadership from the University of Charleston (W.Va.) in May 2017. He is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and works as a manger for a General Electric company. Shields and his wife live in Spartanburg with their children, Allie (7), Walt (3) and Emmalee (2).


The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced Kimberly Dawn Grande as the new executive director of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Board. Grande has practiced law for more than a decade and previously held a position with the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she was an assistant attorney general.

William Hardwich Rhodes received advanced-level training from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys on defending against hospital blood tests. He is a full equity partner in the Burts Turner & Rhodes law firm.

William “Strat” Stavrou Jr. practices law in the Columbia, S.C., office of Wilson Jones Carter & Baxley. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2005 and practices exclusively in the area of worker’s compensation defense. He and his wife, Emily, have three children, Liza, Will and Kate.


Tripp Bradley and Carolyn Laffitte were married on July 29, 2017, in Greenville, S.C. The wedding party included Lindsey Batavia, Kay Garrett, Adrienne Lowe, Lauren McWilliams, Amanda Parker, Pierrine Thomas, Van Horger ’01 and more than 50 other Wofford friends.


Virtudent, the first commercial teledentistry practice in the U.S., founded by Dr. Hitesh Tolani, was featured in a HuffPost article on Jan. 5, 2018, “How Virtudent is working with HR teams to increase access to healthcare.” Since its founding in 2014, Virtudent has partnered with such companies as Microsoft, Uber and Wayfair.


Wofford football defensive coordinator Shiel Wood joined the staff at Georgia Tech, coaching safeties and assisting on special teams for the Yellow Jackets.


South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Magazine selected Joseph Bias as one of its “Leadership in Law” honorees for 2018. Bias is a managing attorney at the Vernis and Bowling law firm in Columbia, S.C.

Jesse Cole, owner of the Gastonia Grizzlies and the Savannah Bananas of the wood-bat collegiate summer Coastal Plain League, recently published “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to be Successful by Standing Out,” a book sharing his message of uniqueness and positivity.

Richard Lofton Cox joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Greenville, S.C., in late 2017 as a broker associate. 

Melissa Fried and Sam Spence were married on Oct. 14, 2017, at St. Luke’s Chapel in Charleston, S.C. A reception followed at the Gov. Thomas Bennett House. She is an associate attorney with Nexsen Pruet.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLC announced Emily Luther as a new partner in its Columbia, S.C., office. Luther advises and represents public and private organizations in the areas of public finance and economic development.


Katherine Aul and Michael Cervoni were married on Aug. 19, 2017, in Ballston Lake, N.Y. Michael is a digital director for MRM/McCann, and Katherine is the founder and principal of a landscape design/build firm. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tyler Colpini and his wife, Lilla, welcomed daughter Laura McCants “Lolly” Colpini on July 24, 2017. She joins brother William (2).

Mike Greene and his wife, Leigh, recently relocated to Cary, N.C., where he accepted a corporate counsel position with HCL America Inc. The couple also welcomed their first child, Patrick Christopher Greene, on Oct. 3, 2017.

Eric Lance and LeAnn Lancaster welcomed a baby girl, Claire Holland Lance, on April 26, 2017.

Catherine Jones Miller and Hunter Miller announce the birth of Mary Hunter Miller born Dec. 27, 2017. The family lives in Harrisburg, N.C.

Ty and Meg Morrison Peebles welcomed daughter Margaret Marion “Maggie” Peebles on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Derek Michael Swindall graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law with a master of laws in taxation in 2017.


Max Martin LaPrade married Joanna Capelin on Oct. 14, 2017, in Durango, Colo.

Sarah McClure was named one of South Carolina’s Chef Ambassadors for 2018. She is  chef and manager of Southside Smokehouse in Landrum, S.C.

Tidelands Health has announced the addition of Dr. Lash Springs to its medical staff. Springs’ interests include pediatrics, sports medicine and geriatrics.


John Marion Campbell III and Carolyn Roena Vaught were married on Oct. 21, 2017, at the home of the bride, Hobonny Fields, in Timmonsville, S.C. The couple lives in Chapel Hill, N.C.

After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Capt. Edward Henderson and his wife, Christie, moved to Florence, S.C. He continues to serve as a civil affairs team leader. Their son, Roger Edward “Hank” Henderson III, was born on Oct. 20, 2017. Henderson also began working with the law firm of Turner Padget Graham and Laney in late November.

Brent Owen was named among “Colorado’s 2017 Class of Up and Coming Lawyers” by Law Week Colorado, an award that recognizes lawyers who have been in practice five years or fewer and achieved significant accomplishments in their careers.


Kyle Raymond Bateh and Stephanie Ann Alley exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 4, 2017, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Little Rock, Ark. A reception followed at Chenal Country Club.

Branson William Hyatt and Kaley Joy Smith were married on July 1, 2017, at The Standard in Knoxville, Tenn. The couple lives in Knoxville. The groom is in his fourth year of ob-gyn residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and the bride is director of special events and catering at Café 4.


Charles LaPrade married Ashley Simon on May 27, 2017, in Greenville, S.C. The two met in June 2012 when attending a mutual friend’s birthday celebration, both of them wearing tie-dyed shirts. During the wedding ceremony, a ring-warming ceremony was held in which LaPrade hung his band from a tie-dyed shirt.

Krista Jones Redding graduated with an M.A. in organizational leadership from Columbia College on Aug. 5, 2017. She is a leadership giving officer at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Scott Schultz Jr. and Molly Nicholson McCrory were married on Nov. 18, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. They live in Jacksonville, Fla., where Schultz is an orthopedic surgery resident.


Lizzie Lambert and Dallas Cox were married on April 22, 2017. Lizzie works at Scroggin & Co. as an attorney with a focus on estate planning, business law and tax planning. 

Atticus Fehl and Natalie Hamrick were married on Sept. 2, 2017, at Mauldin United Methodist Church in Mauldin, S.C.

Hallie Marie Willm married Brooks Biediger on Jan. 20, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C. They live in Columbia.

Bedford McNair Wooten and Sarah Elizabeth Monroe ’14 were married on Nov. 4, 2017, at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, S.C. The couple lives in Columbia, S.C.


Gaston Albergotti and Allen Pennell were married Sept. 2, 2017, at All Saints Church in Linville, N.C.

Franklin Cole Brown and Caitlin Michelle Felkel exchanged vows on Jan. 27, 2018, at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens in Mount Pleasant, S.C. They honeymooned in the Bahamas and now live in Greenville, S.C.

William Brooks DaSilva and Kackie Lewis Smith were married on Jan. 27, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter, S.C. The groom is employed with BB&T Government Finance as a sales officer. The bride works for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking as a relationship manager.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured Mary Frances Flowers’ store in a Valentine’s Day-themed article on Jan. 24, 2018. Mary Frances Flowers & Gifts specializes in handmade women’s jewelry and men’s goods, such as cufflinks and tie bars.

Charles Malcolm Turner and Alex Heil were married on Jan. 6, 2018, at Greenville Country Club in Greenville, S.C. They honeymooned in Colorado and now live in Greenville.

Hunter Holladay and Louise Alsbrooke Smunk exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 30, 2017, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church in Kingstree, S.C.

Jenny Simons Welter married Kevin Horn on Oct. 7, 2017.


Chadwick Walton and Cameron McNair Crawford wed on Oct. 21, 2017, at the Village Chapel in Pinehurst, N.C. The couple honeymooned on the Dutch Caribbean island of CuraÇao. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

David McCutchen Jr. and Elizabeth Anne Seabrook exchanged wedding vows on Dec. 16, 2017, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. The couple lives in Greenville, S.C.


Connell Anderson joined Johnson Development Associates in May 2016 as industrial development manager. He lives in Nashville, Tenn.

FC Cincinnati, a soccer club, announced the addition of Forrest Lasso as a defensive player in November 2017. Lasso spent the past three seasons with the Charleston Battery and was voted the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.


Robert Massey and Katy Hinson were married on Oct. 7, 2017, at Converse College. They live in Darlington, S.C.

Maude Porter McBride received her MBA in December 2017, from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She married Christopher McBride in July 2017. The couple now lives in South Korea.

Matthew Waldman has taken a position as the concessions manager for the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va. He oversees concessions operations for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs professional hockey team as well as theater performances, concerts and other special events.

In an NBC Sports article on Jan. 22, 2018, Katherine Whisenhunt was featured for her participation and success in a baseball arbitration competition. The University of Virginia Law School student and her partner, Luke Zaro, won the competition. Reporter Craig Calcaterra wrote this about their win: “I had the privilege of seeing them argue in preliminary rounds as well as the finals and can say that their victory was well-earned. Some opposing attorneys are going to have their hands full with these two one day.”


Caroline H. Dillon is attending the masters in management program at Wake Forest University. She will graduate later this year.

Andrew Novak qualified for the RSM Classic, allowing him to make his PGA Tour debut, after facing more than 90 golfers in competition on Nov. 13, 2017. The RSM Classic was held at the Seaside and Plantation courses of the Sea Island Golf Club and ran from Nov. 16-19. It marked the first time that two Wofford men’s golfers played in a PGA Tour event as Novak joined current PGA Tour professional William McGirt ’01. Novak also medaled at the Highland Oaks PGA Q-School tournament in Dothan, Ala.

Katherine Elizabeth Schwarzentraub is employed with the University of Maryland as an education abroad administrator.

Sam Veremchuk is the outreach coordinator at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. GoUpstate recently featured Veremchuk’s work, which involved scattering art throughout the community with newly designed utility box covers.

The Washington Wild Wings of the Frontier League announced the signing of Carson Waln to its 2018 roster as a catcher. For his four-year Wofford career, Waln hit .285 with an on-base percentage of .377.