Graduates from the 1970s
Arranged Alphabetically in Graduation Year
Kenneth S. Hemphill (’70, Carswell)
Ken earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1972. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University. Ken started out as a pastor for several Baptist churches and eventually became the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently a National Strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ken married Paula Moore of Greenville, South Carolina and they have three daughters, Kristina, Rachael, and Katherine. Ken is the author of many books and numerous articles and chapters in collections.
Adelaide Alexander Sink (’70, Carswell)
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is a dynamic financial and civic leader whose professional experience and public service have made her a champion for fiscal responsibility and accountability. CFO Sink was first elected statewide in 2006 as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. One of CFO Sink’s most important duties is serving as Florida’s fiscal watchdog, identifying waste and government inefficiencies. Since taking office, she has halted faulty contracting procedures, including putting a stop to Project Aspire, the $85 million over budget and frequently delayed accounting program. CFO Sink is working to develop best contracting practices for state government and is an advocate of increased governmental efficiency. Serving as Chair of the Healthy Kids Board, CFO Sink has worked to streamline the popular program to help more working families purchase affordable health insurance for their children. As the state’s top fiscal officer, CFO Sink’s goal is to understand and prepare for all issues that may affect the future of Florida’s economy. To better understand the potential threat of climate change, she partnered with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Charles Bronson to co-host a series of Cabinet Workshops called “Conversations on Climate Change.” Out of these Cabinet-level workshops, the CFO launched a new climate change website at www.FloridaClimateChange.com, has joined the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) – a national network of investors focused on the business impacts of climate change – and as State Treasurer, has become the first Treasury to ask its investment managers for disclosure of climate risk. Before her election in 2006, CFO Sink had a distinguished private career for nearly 30 years that culminated in her presidency of Florida’s largest bank, Bank of America. While earning accomplishments in the financial world, she always made a strong commitment to public service through civic and community leadership.Governor Lawton Chiles appointed CFO Sink to the Commission on Government Accountability to the People, where she helped lead efforts to make state government more responsive to the people of Florida. A dedicated community leader, her civic involvements have included service with the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, Beth El Farm Workers Ministry, Redlands Christian Migrant Association, and chairman of the board of the United Way of Hillsborough County. Sink’s record demonstrates her firm belief in public accountability, economic growth, fiscal discipline and a devotion to future generations of Floridians. CFO Sink grew up on a farm in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and earned a degree in math from Wake Forest University. She resides in Thonotosassa and Tallahassee with her husband, Bill McBride. They are the proud parents of Bert, a sophomore and football player at Stanford University, and Lexi, a freshman at Wake Forest University. Biography provided by Carol MacMillan, Representing CFO Alex Sink, Florida Department of Financial Services.
James L. Hogan (’71, Carswell)
James earned an M.A. degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University after graduating from Wake Forest. He became a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department. James also served as an Economic/Commercial Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. He has held numerous positions in international and domestic commercial lending, having worked for First Union Bank, Mellon Bank, and Maryland National Bank among others. James is currently working as a Senior Credit Officer for the State of Florida for Colonial BancGroup, a $26 billion bank headquartered in Montgomery, AL. He has been married to his wife, Jane for 36 years and has two children who are making progress in their careers and contributing to their respective communities. James would like to share that everyday he is reminded of the value of the opportunity he was afforded at Wake Forest by way of the Carswell Scholarship. He is convinced that regardless of what career path one wishes to follow, a quality liberal arts education is the necessary first step.
Libby Irene Edwards (’72, MD’76, Carswell, Reynolds)
Libby graduated from Wake Forest University and entered the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1972. She completed her internships at Baptist Hospital in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Part of her residency was spent at Baptist Hospital and part at the University of Arizona Health Sciences center in Tuscon, AZ. She is currently in private practice at Mid-Charlotte Dermatology and Research, Southeast Vulvar Clinic. She also holds the position of Chief, Division of Dermatology at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Libby was named Outstanding Speaker of the Year by American College of Emergency Physicians in 1994 and Mentor of the Year by the Women’s Dermatologic Society in 2007. She has written many books, articles, and publications. Libby is married to Clayton Owens, and has a daughter, Sarah. Today, Libby’s activities include teaching, patient care, research, writing, and raising a daughter.
David Cassels (’73, Carswell)
David worked for 13 years at Wachovia in sales and marketing after graduating from Wake Forest. He left Wachovia in 1986 to found Pike & Cassels Advertising. In 2000, David transitioned Pike & Cassels to Cassels Caywood Love, Inc., and began focusing on brand development. He is currently the chairman of Cassels Caywood Love, a $20 million brand development and advertising agency. David also began a small real estate investment firm with a partner in 2002 called Dawn Enterprises. The firm currently owns six investment/rental properties with a total market value of $7.5 million. David currently serves on the board of Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, Arbor Acres Retirement Community, and First Tee of the Triad. His wife is Deborah Steiner Cassels (’75, MA in Counseling ’77). Their daughter Ashley is currently enrolled at Georgetown Law. Their other daughter, Lindsay is a student at Washington & Lee University.
Suzanne (Shumate) Morrison (’73, Carswell)
Suzanne earned an M.Div degree in Social Ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D in History of Religions from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She spent fifteen years in social work, community organizing, and office management. Suzanne is currently an Associate Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University. Suzanne is married to Thomas J. Morrison and has three felines: Fulanito, JalapeNa, and Maitreya. She would like to thank the various benefactors who endow scholarship programs. Suzanne says that the older she gets, the more she appreciates having had a strong liberal arts education, and she doubts that she would have attended Wake Forest without the Carswell Scholarship.
William T. (Bill) Ross, Jr. (’73, Carswell)
Bill worked for many years in computer applications for the Celanese Corporation after graduating from Wake forest University. He then enrolled in Wharton for an MBA degree. After his first year in the MBA program, Bill remembered his dream to become an academic and left Wharton for Duke University’s Ph.D. program in business. He graduated from Duke in 1988, and has held positions at Wharton, Temple University, and Penn State University where he is currently a Smeal Research Fellow in marketing, Professor of Marketing, and Director of Smeal Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Bill married Elizabeth in September of 1973 and has two great kids, Sara and Will. Sara is a primary school teacher in Columbus, Ohio, where her husband is a doctoral student in International Relations at the Ohio State University. Will is a freshman at Penn State, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Bill and his wife are currently enjoying the first semester of being empty nesters! Bill would like to share that the Carswell scholarship was a significant reason for attending Wake Forest. Bill says this was a lucky break for him because he got a great education and met Elizabeth at the freshman mixer and dated her throughout college. He believes that the emotional support given by the Carswell program influenced his return to graduate school and his perseverance in the academic career that followed. He loves to teach and do research and has had a very enjoyable and successful career.
Beth Fritz Sheretz (’73, Carswell)
Beth earned an M.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1978 after graduating from Wake Forest. She is currently in private practice in Dermatology. Beth held positions as a professor/Vice Chair of Dermatology/Associate Dean for the Bowman Gray Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In 2000, Beth graduated once again from Wake Forest with an MBA degree. Beth has been married to her husband Bob Sheretz (’72) for close to 35 years and considers her lasting and thriving marriage one of her greatest accomplishments. She is also very proud of her two gifted and talented adult children, Eric, a cinematographer, and Betsy, a graphic design student. Beth has also cultivated a unique Asian garden.
Stephen Douglas Berwind (’74, Carswell)
Stephen earned an MFA degree from University of Washington and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre from Louisiana. He has worked at Wake Forest University, Hartman Theatre Co, the Theatre at St. Clements, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Society, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, LSU, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Queen Margaret University, and the University of South Carolina. He is currently a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in Cheshire.
Pamela Richardson Karr (’74, Carswell)
Pamela earned a BA in political science and education from WFU and later obtained a Masters degree in counseling in 1994 after a 20 year career in business. Pamela began working for WFU Department of Counseling while still a student and was instrumental in the program obtaining CACREP accreditation in 1996. She has served as Program Manager since 1995. The Program Manager serves as a resource for faculty, students, applicants and alumni handling many of the program details thus enabling faculty to concentrate on teaching, supervision and research. Pamela served as instructor for the 2008 Masters level elective summer school course “The Vienna Theorists” which took place at the Flow House in Vienna. She team teaches with John Anderson the master’s level course “Theories and Models of Counseling” and also serves as instructor for the popular undergraduate “Career Planning” course. Her primary area of interest is career counseling. She is serving as treasurer of the NC Career Development Association and has twice won “Devoted Service” awards for the NC Counseling Association. Her current research interest is career-related retirement planning and she is developing a series of workshops for persons contemplating retirement within 5 years. Pamela is married to Steve Karr (’76 JD). They have a son, Andy, who graduated from Wake Forest in 2009 with a double major in Politics and German.
Robert P. Laney (’74, Hankins, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Robert earned a J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been an attorney for 30 years; 18 years solo practice, member of Moore & Willardson, Laney & Luck as well as Smith & Laney Law Firms. Robert is currently a member of McElwee Law Firm in North Wilkesboro where he as been since January 2000. His work is primarily concerned with bankruptcy, real estate, civil litigation and workers compensation. Robert has traveled extensively, and has listed a few of his ventures on his website foundhere. Robert was married for a second time in December 2005 to Debbie S. Laney. His daughter, Allison, is in her last semester of 5 year program at NCSU majoring in architecture and she is engaged to be married in May of 2008. Robert just bought 10 acres of land in northwest Wilkes County and he plans to build a mountain cabin this year.
Thomas O. Phillips (’74, Carswell)
Except for four years of graduate schooling Tom has remained at Wake Forest since college. In 2003 he was named director of Wake Forest Scholars, a program to encourage undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent alumni/ae, to consider selective post-graduate scholarships. He is particularly proud of the recent record in the Rhodes and Graduate Study/English Teaching Assistantship Fulbright programs. He has taught more than forty courses at Wake Forest in Interdisciplinary Honors, English, the First Year Seminar program (including Spring 2009), and Reynolda House. He and his family were privileged to be in residence at Casa Artom in Fall 1991 and Fall 1997, and look forward to a forthcoming directorship at Worrell House in Spring 2010. Tom is married to Janine Tillett, the child of two Wake Forest faculty members; Janine is head of reference at the Carpenter Library, WFUBMC. They have two interesting and wonderful children, Lowell (24) and Lucy (19). Tom plays clarinet with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and is active in the University Area Neighborhood Association.
William (Bill) Thomas Wells (’74, Carswell)
Bill has been a financial aid administrator for 30 years and is currently serving as the Director of Financial Aid at Wake Forest University. He is also serving as the Vice-Chair (succeeding to Chair in 2009) of the Financial Aid Standards and Services Advisory Committee, The College Board. Bill earned an M.A.T. degree in History and an M.Ed. degree in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught a First-Year Seminar at Wake Forest University on Occupied France during World War II. Bill is appreciative of the generosity of Wake Forest University and Mr. and Mrs. Carswell and has been happy to give back to his alma maters by administering financial aid at both schools. Bill’s family includes his wife, Sally Wells, and Jonah and Mary Winterhalder, his stepson and daughter-in-law.
Lynne Baker-Ward (’75, Carswell)
Lynne earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Emory University and a Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at NC State University, where she has served on the faculty since 1985, previously as an Assistant then Associate Professor. Prior to coming to State, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Cognitive Sciences at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and she also worked in contract research and developmental evaluation before entering a PhD program. Lynne is married to James Randolph (Randy) Ward (’75, JD’78) and they have two children, Daniel, and Alex (’09). Lynne says that her most significant accomplishment has been maintaining a balance between family and professional responsibilities of an academic career. Lynne would be pleased to talk with any WFU students about NC State’s graduate programs in psychology or summer internship possibilities.
George L. Batten (’75, Hankins, Carswell)
Since graduation, George published four books and a number of scientific papers. He has also won various awards from the companies he has worked for, including an award for clear technical writing. George is currently a Research Director for Seachem Laboratories. George’s past positions include Research Chemist, Engineering Group Leader, and Manager of Technical Services and Applications for various paper and chemical companies. George also spent four years as a high school math teacher. His daughter, Brigid, earned a Master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University and works for the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. George’s daughter, Katie (’05) is a consultant with Accenture in San Francisco. His son, Jason works for PDG Computers as a sales and hardware technician. His son, Reilly, is a sophomore in high school. George predicts that his greatest accomplishment will be helping his four children become productive, useful citizens.
Mark Christie (’75, Carswell)
Mark earned a J.D. degree from Georgetown University after graduating from Wake Forest. He went into private law practice and became Chief Counsel and Director of Policy for the Governor of Virginia. Mark also served as President of the Virginia Board of Education, which governs K-12 public education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mark taught constitutional law at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland through the Fulbright program and he lectured on constitutional law at Duke and University of Virginia Law Schools, where he has been on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2000. Mark is currently the Commissioner for the State Corporation Commission of Virginia, which regulates the energy, telecommunications, banking, securities, and insurance industries in Virginia. He is married to wife, Anita. Mark would like to share, “I would urge all fellow Carswell and other scholarship beneficiaries to contribute “beyond what you can afford” to Wake’s current scholarship funds, because we can never pay back what we received from Wake thanks to prior donors like the Carswells.”
James R. (Jim) Schulz (’75, Carswell)
Jim graduated from Wake Forest and went on to attend New York University School of Law to earn a J.D. degree. After graduating from law school, Jim went to work for a Park Avenue firm in New York City as an associate. He then moved to Atlanta and worked as an associate at Powell Goldstein until he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for courtroom experience. He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to become a partner with a bankruptcy firm and moved to his present firm which has a more diverse practice. While Jim was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he served on the faculty of the Kessler-Edison trial techniques program at Emory University Law School. He is currently a partner with Miller, Hamilton, Snider & Odom, LLC. Jim has also been the president of St. Anne’s Terrace, director of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, a vestry member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, and vice president of the Atlanta Jaycees. His family includes his wife, Alexandra, and children, Nicholas, Derek, Robert, and Elizabeth. Nicholas is currently a freshman at Wake Forest and plays wide receiver on the Wake Forest football team.
Mark S. Thomas (’75, JD’78, Carswell, Carlyle)
Mark served three years active duty in U. S. Army JAG, 1978-1981 (primarily in Germany), returned to NC. in October 1981 and joined the Raleigh firm of Maupin Taylor & Ellis, PA. He has stayed with that firm up to and including its merger with Williams Mullen in March 2007. He married Sally Thomas in June 1988. Dr. Sally Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies at Campbell University. Observing his daughter Lizzy’s (’11, Presidential-Theatre) experiences as a Wake Forest undergrad has brought home the importance that the Wake Forest college and law school experiences had in Mark’s own life, and have highlighted many continuities and changes since 1978.
Taylor Field (’76 Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Taylor earned an M. Div degree from Princeton Seminary and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. Taylor has been the Pastor/Director of Graffiti Community Ministries for 21 years. He works with people in difficult situations in New York City and continues “walking the streets at dawn in the city”. Taylor has written three books: A Church Called Graffiti (2001), Mercy Streets (2003), and Squat (2006). Taylor has a wife, Susan and two children, Freeman and Owen. His son is about to graduate from Wake Forest and when Taylor visits, he walks the campus feeling great gratitude to the people who have helped him and his children “along this river of time.”
Susan Rink Getman (’76, Carswell)
Susan says that like many other Wake Forest graduates, she has been able to apply lessons learned here at Wake Forest to her jobs and volunteer commitments. As an English major at Wake Forest she wanted to write, but she never anticipated that she would spend the majority of her time writing grants, program plans and proposals. She says that Wake Forest also cultivated compassion and an “innate urge to help others” which led to a career in human services of more than 25 years. Some of Susan’s professional accomplishments include founding the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in Salem County, New Jersey, developing a resource center for grandparents who are raising grandchildren, leading two major capital campaigns and construction projects that successfully renovated four historic buildings for adaptive reuse for senior programs and housing, and coordinating the development of the Delaware Aging Network. Susan says that the most significant accomplishments of her life are more personal: her 31 year old marriage that gets better each year, and helping her children discover their abilities, deal with mental health crises, and become contributing adult members of the community. She offers that the keys to all of her successes in life have consistently been “faith, family, and a good sense of humor – and of course, being a loyal Demon Deacon!” Susan earned an M.A. degree in Counseling from Rider College. She has a husband, Bill, and three children, Dan, Jeremy, and Liz. Dan graduated from University of Tampa in 2006.
Janet Marlene Hyatt (’76, Carswell)
Janet graduated from Wake Forest in 1976 and earned a J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1980. In November 1986 Janet became the first woman elected as a resident superior court judge. She is also the first woman to serve as an elected senior resident superior court judge. She is currently a senior resident superior court judge for Judicial District 30B. Janet has a cat named Grayson Lafayette Hyatt.
Todd C. Johnson (’76, Carswell)
Todd graduated with an M.D. degree from the Bowman gray School of Medicine in 1980. He is currently retired. He is married to Mary Johnson and they have three children, Sarah, Rachel, and Clare.
J. Lloyd Nault II (’76, ’78 J.D., Carswell)
J. Lloyd graduated from Wake Forest and then continued on for a J.D. degree from Wake Forest University Law School. From 1978 to 1980, he worked in private practice. Since 1980, J. Lloyd has enjoyed his legal specialty of Corporate Compliance work with BellSouth/AT&T. He has also enjoyed his family life over the years and being involved in his children’s school and sports activities. He is looking forward to an early retirement. J. Lloyd is married to Sharon Nault and they have two children, Chris and Emily. J. Lloyd says that most of his life long friendships were made at Wake Forest and they continue to thrive even today.
C. Clifton Black (’77, Carswell)
Clifton graduated from Wake Forest and then earned an M. Div degree from Emory University. Clifton also earned a Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Clifton is currently the Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author and co-author of several books and many articles. You can find Clifton’s professional website here. Clifton has a wife, Harriet, and a daughter, Caroline. His hopes are that one day Caroline, a recent applicant to Wake Forest, will also get to share her successes and achievements in a similar way.
Jean Gordon Carter (’77, Carswell)
Jean earned a J.D. degree from Duke University Law School after graduating from Wake Forest University. She is currently a partner in a successful law practice. She married Michael Carter and they have two children, Christy, a junior at Wake Forest University, and William.
Thomas Arthur Edgerton (’77, Carswell)
After graduating from Wake Forest, Art continued his education at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Art completed a general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at NC Baptist Hospital in 1987 and 1989 respectively. He has practiced cardiothoracic and vascular surgery since that time, initially in Charlotte and currently in Rock Hill, SC at Piedmont Medical Center. Art married Ann Edgerton (maiden name, Killian) a fellow Wake Forest graduate (’78). Ann is a Physician Assistant. They have two children, Anna Edgerton, who graduated from Wake Forest in 2007, and Colston Edgerton, a pre-med student at Wake Forest who graduated in 2009.
Karen Elkins (’77, Carswell)
Karen graduated from Wake Forest and then earned a Ph.D. degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Duke University in 1982. Karen has worked on research regarding protective immunity to intracellular pathogens and vaccine development for tuberculosis and tularemia. She is currently a senior investigator directing a research group and managing regulatory reviews of new vaccines at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. FDA. Her significant accomplishments include staying funded, keeping publications happening, and gaining notoriety for her expertise in funding for infectious disease biomedical research. Karen has also become the go-to person in the U.S. for information on a bacterium that landed on the top of the bioterrorism list and thus has “backed into the weird world of biodefense.” Karen’s husband is Jerry Weir, Ph.D. They currently live in Chevy Chase, MD.
Virginia (Ginny) Espenshade (’77, ’81, Carswell)
Ginny went on to attend Wake Forest Law School and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1981. Ginny and her husband, Paul, drove from Winston-Salem, NC to Homer, Alaska summer of 1982 just for the adventure. They stayed in Alaska until November, then drove back to NC to work another year, say proper good-byes and get married. Their first 12 years in Homer were spent in a one room cabin without electricity or running water. Ginny and Paul are still rabid Deacon fans and they couldn’t be more proud of the Field Hockey Championships (Ginny played for Wake sophomore and junior years, and played volleyball and basketball freshman year). Ginny still plays soccer (she played on the men’s club team senior year at Wake) but now in community pick up games with her daughters. Ginny’s family has hosted three AFS exchange students, inspired by her life changing experience in the Wake Forest/ Bogota Colombia exchange program her senior year at Wake. Her job running two youth court programs on the Kenai Peninsula is a dream job in that it allows her to apply her law degree, teach young people and help juvenile offenders. Ginny was awarded the South Peninsula Women’s Services “Women of Distinction Award” in 2005, the inaugural year of the award, and she won a “Women Helping Women Award” by the Homer Soroptimists in late 1990’s. Both those awards honored her volunteer work in legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In the summer of 2005, Ginny received a Sabbatical Award from the Rasmusen Foundation, which funded a summer off and travel with her eldest daughter to start her life in college. Ginny was a member of the founding task force that established the National Association of Youth Courts, and she is a member of the National Training and Technical Assistance Committee of same. Ginny and Paul will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this fall. Their daughters were born and raised in Alaska, and were adventurous enough to head for the East Coast for their college years. Ginny says, “They are as at home on the DC Metro as they are on an Alaskan Fishing vessel.” Ginny lists her proudest achievement as being able to provide opportunities for a life of service and learning for her daughters.
Stephanie M. Glenn (’77, Carswell)
Stephanie continued on at Wake Forest University after graduating in 1977 attending the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and earning an M.D. degree in 1981. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. She is currently working at Charlotte Primary Care in Charlotte, NC. Stephanie was a board member of the Medical Alumni Association in the years 2000 to 2004 and she is currently a board member for 2008. Stephanie enjoyed many extracurricular activities during her time at Wake Forest. She traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as well as Casa Artom in Venice, Italy.
Ann (Russell) Taylor Kimmer (’77, Carswell)
Ann continued her education at Wake Forest and earned an M.A. degree. After teaching at Wake Forest for one semester, Ann spent 10 years at home with her sons. Since then, she has taught high school Mathematics at Forsyth Country Day School, Calvary Baptist High school, and then back to Forsyth Country Day in 2003, where she currently teaches and serves as the Department Chair. Ann loves teaching and interacting with teenagers. She appreciates the scholarship opportunities offered to her during both her undergraduate and graduate years at WFU. Ann says that she could not be doing what she is dong without the encouragement of John Baxley and Howell Smith as well as the scholarship she received in graduate school. Ann has received 3 teacher of the year awards, two at Forsyth Country Day, and one at Calvary Baptist High School. She was also nominated for an AP award last year. Ann says that the excellence expected of a Carswell Scholar has transferred to her work since graduation. Ann’s husband is Tross T. Kimmer, Jr. She has three sons, Andrew R. Taylor, Robert D. Taylor, and Stephen R. Taylor. Andrew married Ginger Clayton (both ASU graduates) in May of 2003 and they have two children, Braden, and Gracie. Andrew is a pilot for Republic Airlines. Robert graduated from Mars Hill College in May of 2007 and works for Gleim Publications in Gainesville, FL. Stephen is currently a freshman at UNCW.
Thomas Albert Bland Jr. (’78, Carswell)
In the midst of a long but fulfilling period in preparation for a career as a college English professor, Thomas gradually and then definitively went into the Christian ministry. Thomas received an M.A. degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in English from UNC. Having grown up in Wake Forest, NC and then having entered the university with fall of 1974, Thomas was blessed to encounter caring faculty members who embodied for him, with absolute integrity, “a blending of the intellect and faith, a synthesis that I still treasure and find deep inspiration in”. Thomas earned an MDiv degree with Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a pastor at First Baptist Church in Morganton, NC. Thomas’ wife is Patricia Bland and they have two children, Eleanor and Edward.
Susie Knutson Gibbons (’78, JD’81, Carswell, Carlyle)
Susie has been a lawyer with Poyner & Spruill for 25 years, and has had the good fortune to practice law with excellent partners, challenging and fascinating clients, and a wonderful work environment. She is married to husband, Chip, and has two sons, Will and Jake. Susie says, “Without the support of Bill Starling and the Wake Forest community during my college years, I would not be where I am today. As Dean of Admissions, Bill arranged financial aid/scholarship for me when difficult family circumstances left me without the financial means to continue at Wake Forest. In his typical understated fashion, Dean Starling made arrangements for my tuition and board to be paid, and simply told me to go back to class and do my best. Grateful for the opportunity to stay at Wake, I worked hard, and was able to graduate with sufficient grades to earn a scholarship to law school. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have had as a result of the support I received at Wake Forest.”
Candace Hope Haigler (’78, Carswell)
After receiving her Ph.D. in Botany from UNC, Candace worked between 1982 and 1986 as a postdoctoral research fellow in Athens, Georgia, Cambridge, England, and Austin, Texas. In 1986, Candace then moved to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and began work as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Candace advanced to the rank of Professor there. In 2003, she relocated to North Carolina State University, Raleigh, as a Professor in two departments, Crop Science and Plant Biology. Candace has published numerous scientific papers, mostly dealing with cellulose synthesis and the control of plant secondary wall deposition, for example those found in cotton fibers. As a first generation college student from two families of farmers who immigrated to North Carolina in the 1700s, Candace’s years at Wake Forest were pivotal in her personal and academic development. The Carswell Scholarship and the support of her parents, Everette and Geraldine Haigler, made it possible for her to attend Wake Forest without financial worries. Candace says, “I enjoyed my dedicated professors and academically focused friends, as well as the fact that we had to work hard to do well in class. (Yes, really.) I continue to appreciate the fact that the liberal arts tradition at Wake Forest resulted in a broad education. I will never forget taking Romantic Poets with Provost Ed Wilson or an assignment from Dr. Howell Smith that required me to write a term paper viewing my own heritage and family through the lens of history. My undergraduate research experience with Dr. Veryl Becker let me know that I enjoyed scientific research and life in the lab. He and Dr. Mary Beth Thomas had a profound influence on my life when they arranged for me to accompany a graduate class to visit the research of Dr. Malcolm Brown, then at UNC-Chapel Hill. I enrolled in graduate school there, began to work on cellulose synthesis, and have never stopped. I enjoy my life as a professor very much, both doing research and aiding the education and career development of the next generation of plant scientists.” Candace is married to Richard L. Blanton.
Kathryn A. Lee (’78, Carswell)
After graduation from Wake Forest, Kathryn attended Johns Hopkins for graduate school in Political Science. Kathryn intended for International Relations to be her subfield, but switched to public law. She became a tenured faculty member at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, but returned to the East Coast to take a position at Eastern University. In a “mid-life crisis of sorts” Kathryn completed a law degree at Temple. She had two summer positions with the U.S. Department of Justice. One was in D.C. with the Educational Opportunities Section and the other was in San Diego with the Executive Office for Immigration Review which sparked her interest in immigration law and policy. Kathryn took a one-year leave of absence from teaching to clerk for Justice Charles Z. Smith of the Washington State Supreme Court. In 2004, Kathryn took a trip to the U.S./Mexico border near Nogales, AZ with a social justice organization. She stayed with Mexican families at a Catholic migrant shelter in the small town of Altar, Mexico which is a staging area for border crossers. She recently had an article published, The Religious Imagination, Empathy, and Hearing the ‘Other’: Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. and Immigration. University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. 83 (Summer 2006) 923-46. Kathryn says that she has enjoyed reading about the developments at Wake Forest over the years. She continues to be proud to be an alum. She is also proud of the academic accomplishments of Wake’s students and faculty and the curriculum innovations taking place. She says that she would love to come back and take advantage of some of those innovations including taking Spanish!
Kathryn Webb Bradley (’79, Carswell)
Kathryn earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1988. She spent 6 years as a public school teacher following her time at WFU. She then attended law school at UMD and held two judicial clerkships in the US Supreme Court. Kathryn became a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP before teaching at UMD Law School as an adjunct professor. Kathryn is now the Senior Lecturing Fellow and Director of Legal Ethics at Duke Law School.
David C. Sane, M.D. (’79, Carswell, Reynolds)
After graduating with a B.S. degree in physics, David earned an MD degree from Duke University. He received all medical training at Duke, and also received post-doctoral training in molecular biology. In 1986, David married his wife Aneysa who also went to Duke Medical School. In 1993, he returned to Winston-Salem, where he is now a faculty member in Cardiology. His wife, Aneysa is in Allergy/Pulmonary Medicine. David has received several NIH grants and is also an active clinical cardiologist. They have been very busy raising 5 wonderful children. Their oldest daughter is an excellent flute player and was recently nominated for district level competition. They have triplet daughters with a variety of interests and a son who receives lots of attention from all of his sisters. The Sane’s are active members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Graduates from the 1960’s
Arranged Alphabetically in Graduation Year
Linda C. Brinson (’69, Carswell)
During her time at Wake Forest, Linda was a member of Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, and she was editor of the Old Gold and Black. Linda graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Linda spent several years working with alumni productions at Wake Forest. Most of her career has been in newspaper journalism, working as a copy editor, reporter, and editorial writer and editor. Linda rose to the highest position in news (as opposed to features) that a woman held up to that time at The Sun in Baltimore, Maryland, working as the assistant national editor during the Watergate era in the mid 1970’s. Linda and her husband then moved to a farm in Stokes County, North Carolina, where she went to work at The Sentinel, a former afternoon newspaper in Winston-Salem. She then moved to the morning paper when The Sentinel closed. At the Journal, Linda has become the first woman editorial-page editor and first woman to appear in the newspaper’s masthead. She also taught Journalism part time at Wake Forest for several years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Linda has earned an MFA degree in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro. Linda’s husband is Lloyd Brinson. She has two sons, James C. Brinson, who graduated from Wake Forest in 2000, and Samuel F. Brinson who is currently attending the Naval Academy.