April 23-25, 2010
Secretary: Matt Terrell, 105 Carostone Ct., Cary, NC 27513; 919-475-3271 (c); 919-843-6412 (w); email@example.com
Family, friends, work, and fun are the order of the day for the Class of '90... and several of us seem to be knee-deep in a bit of all of them. So, the easiest way to tell you of our variety-filled lives is not by topic, but alphabetically. Here goes....
Marc Abernathy is working on the next generation of Davidsonians. "My son, Marcus, my wife, Laura, and I all enjoyed a recent weekend back at Davidson, enjoying dorm life again by participating in the McNab Legacy weekend. Marcus tells me, ‘I could see myself at Davidson.'" Smart kid you have there, Marc!
Tami Beckham Bayles checks in with an update on her and Steve. "We are still out here in the Seattle area. I have been exploring Redmond, and looking for a job in the Kirkland area. Steve is still running a tight ship over at Virginia Mason, and climbing up the administration ladder (as well as Mt. Rainier). He is currently the head of the otolaryngology department. We have two boys, Wesley (11) and Drew (7). We love the area.... Life is good in the Pacific Northwest."
Barb Bixby Putman has family news. "Will and I adopted a baby in May. We named him James Bixby Putman, and he's perfect-growing in leaps and bounds, sleeping great, and starting to enjoy music, books, and babbling at us. He's such a blessing, and he was well worth the decade-long wait!" Barb also lets us know that Sarah Abrams Winner and her husband, Dave, welcomed their son, Zachary David, into the world.
Ward Bradley is practicing law in Columbia, S.C. "My wife, Betsy, and I renovated an old house and moved in last fall. Unfortunately, we haven't sold our other house, so if anyone wants a nice house in downtown Columbia...." We feel your pain, Ward! And speaking of pain, Philip Brooks shares his over-40 aches from Germany: "I had the chance to play in the over-40 German national championships with my local basketball club. The weekend was a blast despite tearing my left ACL and MCL. Surgery on July 29!" Philip also took on a new role as the EMEA customer acquisitions sales manager with his company, Polycom. Good luck, and speedy recovery.
Kristi Calhoun Belesca has a family addition, too. "We had a baby girl on April 8-Lucy. She joins Katie (2). Ibby Sowell and her husband, Clark Mente, visited us recently. Ibby is an architect in Austin, Tex., and is doing great." Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher is writing for Corporate Idealist, and you can find her work online. "I'd enjoy any classmates' comments on the posts," she adds.
Tom Edmunds is multi-tasking. "I have recently completed my 51st da Vinci robotic prostatectomy in 1:37." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds cool. His band, Bandkamp, is going strong as well. Pete Halverstadt sends greetings from Nashville, where he recently married the former Ms. Barbara Doak. She is a securities regulation attorney for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Matt McConnell checks in from Greenville, Pa.: "My family has grown by one boy, Jacob Matthew McConnell, born on May 7. My wife, Angela, and I now have two, a little girl, Mia (3), and Jacob. I left the management consulting field many years ago, and have pursued the entrepreneurial route. Currently, I am getting Guardian Filtration Products, a producer of hot tub filter cartridges and swimming pool pleated filter cartridges, off the ground." Robb McDaniel also added to the family. "My wife, Liz, and I welcomed our second baby daughter, Bay Elizabeth, in April. She and our toddler, Lang, are getting along famously." Robb is a political science professor at MTSU, where he was named "Outstanding Teacher" for the 2007-08 year.
Jay Schmitt checks in from Atlanta, where he and Wendy '87 (Warner Schmitt) live with four-year-old Jack ("Two inches taller than I was at his age.") and Emily (age 8, and sporting new braces). In Texas, we find Jerrilyn Woodard-Entrekin. "I am blessed to have my business, Enseniños, experiencing growth into more preschools, where I share the beautiful Spanish language with preschoolers. However, my husband, Andy, and I are having a tougher time maintaining Spanish conversations with our own four-year-old Morrow, since she wants to use her ever-expanding English vocabulary constantly!"
Finally, some housekeeping notes. Mark your calendars for next April, when the Class of '90 reunites in Davidson for our 20th Reunion (yikes!). And if you haven't already, find "Davidson College Class of 1990" on Facebook for current updates. Thanks, and keep the news coming!
Secretary: Robert N. Marshall III, 2804 Rothgeb Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609; 919-260-4363 (c); firstname.lastname@example.org
No notes this issue.
Secretary: Monica Lide Swofford, 11807 Hogan's Alley, Chester, VA 23836; 804-681-0755; email@example.com
Thanks to everyone who sent in updates. Here is what's happening with your classmates:
Congratulations to Matt Matheny, who was recently named the new head coach of the men's basketball team at Elon University.
Sterling Freeman and his wife, Michelle Graham Freeman '93, live in Durham, N.C. Sterling is the executive director of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, an organization that promotes diversity among up-and-coming leaders in North Carolina. He also received a master of arts in divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., in 1999. Sterling and Michelle have a daughter, Joia (13).
Michael Cathey writes: "On Feb. 10, our first child, Dashiell Stewart Cathey, was born in Los Angeles, Calif. My wife, Kate, and I have returned from my two-year tour in Mexico City, and presently I am at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va., for several months of training. In September we will leave for Bogota, Colombia, where I will do a one-year consular officer tour and a one-year tour in the narcotics affairs section, where we administrate Plan Colombia. If anyone is in Colombia the next two years, feel free to look me up at the embassy!"
Congratulations to Tim Harris and his wife, Langdon, on the birth of their son, Alexander Foster Harris, on Jan. 27. Alex has two big sisters, Julia (9) and Claudia (8).
Congratulations to Beth Gibbins White and her husband, Phil, on the birth of their son, Charles "Charlie" Henry, on Feb. 9.
More baby news: Paul Drobnitch and his wife, Mojdeh, welcomed John Ryan on Aug. 13, 2008. Paul and his family live in Dallas, Tex. Congratulations!
Finally, Jim Carswell writes: "I am living in Charleston, S.C., and practicing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in private practice. My wife, Tracy, and I moved here from Charlottesville, Va., about five years ago, and we have two sons, Walker and Kelly. It's great living in a place that other people visit for vacation.
"We see a good number of Davidson people around Charleston. In fact, when I got your e-mail, we had just gotten back from taking the kids on boats out to the beach with a big group that included Brooks and Bryson Moore '93 Geer and John Rowe '93 and his wife, Karen. Boyd Gillespie '90, who practices ENT at MUSC, lives around the corner from me, and I share several patients with him. We also see Scott Kegel and his wife, Katy. I spent the weekend of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., with Lee Bushkell, who runs multimedia for the PGA. He and his wife, Suzette, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with their little girls."
Keep those updates coming! We love to hear from everyone.
Secretary: Mandy Aycock Rencher, 1024 Heatherloch Dr., Gastonia, NC 28054; 704-867-0067; MandyRencher@hotmail.com
I'm happy to share the arrival of some baby Wildcats. May Martin Bryan and her husband, Cotton, welcomed David Wall Bryan on May 28. He joins big sister, Maggie, and brother, Jake, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Far away in Portland, Ore., Robert DuBose and his wife, RayAnn, had a baby girl, Lyttleton DuBose, on June 11. Her older sister, Kendall, has adjusted to the new arrival with open arms. Robert is a cardiothoracic surgeon at NW Surgical Associates.
Craig Omli has accepted a position as the territory manager for Endura Products. They are a privately held company based in Colfax, N.C., that specializes in innovative door components. Catherine Turner Greene and her husband, Brad, are relocating from Grand Ledge, Mich., to Catherine's hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Terrica Gibson was elected president of the D.C. chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. The Washington, D.C., chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (DC-COPS) provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, as determined by federal government criteria. Terrica's brother was a D.C. metropolitan police officer killed in the line of duty in 1997.
Congratulations to Jessica Reinertsen Clingman for being named "Volunteer of the Year" for the Junior League of Greater Princeton. For the last two years, she has been the classroom chair of the ROCKETS program, which is a theme-based early literacy program focused on improving the math and science skills of preschool children.
Sarah Melson was married in St. Louis on June 20 to Greg Miller. Christy Vacca Wright shares, "She looked absolutely radiant as she walked down the aisle. Everyone could tell that she was ecstatically happy, especially since she and Greg giggled through the entire service!" After honeymooning in Costa Rica, the newlyweds will be back to start their life together in St. Louis.
Secretary: Lisa J. Sitek-Shaver, 21 Birch Ct., Burlington, VT 05408; 802-658-8480; firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer!
Susan Beale Reale and her husband, Todd, welcomed their daughter, Rebecca Victoria Reale, on Feb. 10. Big sister, Lindsay (3), adores Rebecca.
Amanda Lesesne Freer '95 and Chris Freer recently welcomed a third child, Charles. He joins brothers, Henry (8) and Thomas (5). Chris recently finished his Ph.D.
Drew Fassett and his wife, Courtney, moved to Nashville, Tenn., this past year. Drew left IBM after 12 years and is now vice president and general manager of Peak 10.
Clay Hall and his wife, Kellie, announce the birth of their twin boys, Grant McCullough Hall and Brogan Emmett Hall, on Jan. 14. They join big brother, Connor (3). Clay recently joined global premium drinks giant, Diago, as a national account manager who is responsible for on premise chains throughout the United States.
Towner Blackstock and many other Davidsonians, including Kenneth Owen '59 and Elliott Crutchfield '91, got together at the Kendrick family reunion in Charlotte, June 6, hosted by Barbara and Ed Crutchfield '63. All present were descendants of Richard Green Kendrick.
Here are some updates Towner sent in:
Sharon and Francis Mitchell welcomed Graeme Hay Mitchell on Feb. 19. He has already attended the Loch Norman Highland Games.
Major Rafael Candelario is executive officer of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Afghanistan, which means he's second in command. He plans to be home for Christmas.
Sarah Shoemaker Way went back to school to become an ER physician in Texas. Previously she was an attorney. She has three children, Jake (6), Carson (4), and Savannah (2).
Brett Marston is training for the Baltimore Marathon. He recently earned his J.D. at Georgetown. Brett is married to Anita Padmanabhan.
Todd Bowman is the e-commerce creative manager at Belk Store Services.
Suma Desai Jain, M.D., is at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, where she specializes in pulmonary disease. Beth Ann Jayne, MD, works at Huntersville Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
If you haven't had a chance to check out Alenda Links, the new Davidson online community, give it a try. Also, if you're on Facebook, feel free to send me updates that way. It's such an easy way to stay in touch.
Secretary: Yvette Pita Frampton, 280 Elm St., Denver, CO 80220-5739; 303-333-3479; email@example.com
First up: the babies....
Leigh Rawdon Rolf and her husband, David, welcomed "boy number two," Matthew Grady, Oct. 3, 2008.
Mary McCrory Williams and Shelly Mott Diaz wrote in to announce the birth of Lizzie McRee's new baby girl. She and her husband, Phillippe, welcomed Margot Swaim Lundardelli on Feb. 20. She joins big brother, Thomas (2).
Shelly Mott Diaz lives in Oxford, Miss., and is in her final year of law school at Ole Miss. She writes, "My son, Nicolas, turned four in March and does a great impression of Michael Jackson singing ‘Billie Jean' and doing the moonwalk."
Mary McCrory Williams is living in Raleigh, N.C., with her husband, Anthony, and their sons, Ryan (3) and Tyler (1). Mary has been practicing law for almost 10 years at the firm of Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton. Her focus is on employments law, which she says she enjoys-most days! She writes, "When we are not working or chasing the kids around, we try to get to the beach or mountains whenever possible. I have enjoyed staying in touch with other class of '95ers on Facebook recently. If I haven't found you yet, please friend me!"
George Weld and Jennifer Tracy have a new addition, a second little girl. Anna DeRosset Gwathmey Weld was born on May 12. As a nickname, the Welds are "going with ‘Zettie,'" George writes, "Until she has the wherewithal to rename herself." Zettie joins big sister, "M'Lou."
In other news....
Alex Crumbley completed his Ph.D. from City University of New York in clinical psychology and will work at Columbia.
Tamara Tiska wrote in to share that Hue Linh Tran was married last summer on the Brooklyn Bridge to Bernard Peterson.
If you have not done so already, you should check out the new Davidson online alumni community, Alenda Links. It's a great way to submit class notes, keep up with old friends, network with other Davidson alumni, or stalk your ex. You can even post pictures. Fun all around.
Secretary: Jill Dyer, 912 Charles Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205; 646-387-7183; fax, 704-896-4943; firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the news from our class-hope everyone is doing well! Send me your notes....
Congratulations to Matt Griffith, who is now a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. In addition to working at Frank Harmon PA, Matt is also a visiting professor of architecture at the NCSU College of Design, teaching design studios. Matt lives in Raleigh with wife, Ashley, and their three beautiful children.
Katie Robinson Kross has recently joined Duke University as associate director of business and environment education with Duke's Corporate Sustainability Initiative. She and husband, Scott, live in Chapel Hill, N.C., with sons, Wright (2) and Corwin (1).
Martina Love Harris and husband, Paul, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Tripp. He was born May 16, 2008. The family is still living in Santa Monica, Calif., and having a blast with Tripp!
Hiro Iwamoto recently graduated from veterinary school at the University of Georgia and lives in Atlanta.
After six years of living and working for law firms in Atlanta, Peter Varney moved back to Charlotte to become the employee benefits/ERISA counsel for the Lowe's Companies, Inc. in Mooresville, bought Gray Dyer's old house in Dilworth, and got admitted to the North Carolina Bar. He has also become the chapter counselor for the Davidson Sig Eps, and has had a blast getting to know some younger alumni, including masquerading as a student at the Western Carolina basketball game-you may have seen him under the goal, front row student section. In October, he will be serving as a panelist and in-house counsel co-chair of the American Conference Institute's ERISA Litigation Conference. Finally, Peter writes that he is still "childless (and fully committed to remaining that way), single, and gay."
Eric MacLeod, wife, Anne DeDeyn MacLeod, and big brother, William (3), welcomed a baby girl, Avery Carson, on April 3. Eric just completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Utah, and the family now lives in Rome, Ga., where Eric joined the Rome Orthopaedic Clinic specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery for the shoulder, knee, and hip. He is also the team physician for the U.S. freestyle kayaking team and a team physician for the U.S. snowboarding team.
That's all this time-let me know what's going on with you (you can e-mail, call, or send me a note on Facebook-whatever works!).
Secretary: Charlotte Seigler, 1816 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Apt. 408, Washington, DC 20009; 202-387-3896; 202-812-5985 (c); email@example.com
From the Alumni Office:
Katherine Weeks Mulford gave birth to a baby boy, Hobson Whitney Mulford, on June 29. Proud grandpa, K.D. Weeks '69, has already has him "Early Decision" for the Class of 2031!
Ben and Christine Hudson Goldman are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Anne Turner Victoria. She was born on Jan. 7 in Birmingham, Ala. "Ben and I had to miss the last few minutes of the Duke vs. Davidson game this winter to welcome Anne Turner. To further tie her to Davidson, my freshman roommate, Allison Good Runge, and her husband are her godparents."
Kathleen Cook Shimp and Kevin Shimp are happy to announce their marriage on Nov. 22, 2008, in Jupiter, Fla. They currently reside in Fort Myers, Fla. The ceremony was attended by a number of Davidsonians.
In May, Jenny Everett graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business with an M.B.A.
Secretary: Mary Margaret Porter, 1222 Myrtle Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203; 704-331-2667; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Alumni Office:
Dax and Denise '99 Hernandez Cross announce the birth of their daughter, Sabina Leonie Cross, on Feb. 2. We're told that big brothers Javy and Thad love their new little sister!
Asher Wood wrote, "In April, we welcomed our son, Presley, into our world. He's awesome. Our daughter, Gaia, loves him a lot already."
Amy Biber Usry wrote, "My husband, Rob, and I welcomed a healthy son, Jack, into the world on Feb. 10. Big sister, Addie, is doing great. I am part-time teaching high school math in Spartanburg, S.C."
Secretary: Hunter McEaddy Dawson, 10 Council St., Charleston, SC 29401; email@example.com
Hello, Class of 1999! I hope that this issue of the Davidson Journal finds you all recovering from a wonderful summer. I enjoyed seeing so many of you at our 10-year reunion in April. It was wonderful to catch with you all. I loved meeting spouses and children, as well as celebrating old friendships and our wonderful alma mater. It was so nice to come "home" to Davidson; it certainly did not feel like it had been 10 years! If you were unable to attend, we missed you! I hope that everyone can make it next time! Now on to the news:
Jason Lea and Catherine Mary Servant (Connecticut College) were married Oct. 12, 2008, at St. Luke's Church in Barrington, R.I. A reception followed at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Among the groomsmen were Scott Reeder, Mark Goodman, and Clayton Schloss. Jason is vice president and director of annuity sales at Brokers' Service Marketing Group in Providence.
Jeff Mittelstadt and Natalie Stavas were married on June 20 in The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist in Charleston, S.C., with family and friends all in attendance with big smiles. The festivities continued long into the night at the reception at the Charleston Place Hotel. Davidson folks were many: David Slenzak served as Jeff's best man, and the wedding party included Ian Campbell, Cabell Fisher, Drew Lindsey, Mike Daly, Matt King, and Will Dawson. Appropriately, the happy couple danced their first dance to Cast Iron Filter's "American Motel." In addition to the wedding party, there was a large number of Davidsonians in attendance and on the dance floor. After the wedding, Jeff and Natalie took off for Naples, Fla., where they totally relaxed for the first time in months (years?!).
John Leslie married Sara Witzman in Buda, Tex., on June 6. It was a beautiful Texas evening and a number of classmates were present to enjoy the celebration.
Jason Allen recently finished his general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Tex. He is now in Chicago for a yearlong, subspecialty fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at University of Illinois Chicago.
Kelly Westbrook Mitchell spent last year working as a hospitalist. She has now returned to training and started a fellowship in oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Conner Eldridge is a nominee for U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas. Currently, Conner is chief executive officer of Summit Bank in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Congratulations to Nick Paul, who is currently an assistant professor of history at Fordham University. He received the Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors and will be a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for 2009-10.