Susan Ybarra


Tom Flowers ’50, who was an art professor at Furman from 1959 to 1989 and died in 2020, received a South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts (Lifetime Achievement) from the S.C. Arts Commission. During his career, he was selected as one of the 100 Artists/100 Years exhibit at the State Museum in Columbia, S.C., and he was one of 12 artists from the state whose works were presented in the South Carolina National Bank exhibit “The Bicentennial, An Interpretive Approach.” Flowers’ work was also included in the “Portrait of the South” exhibition in Rome, Italy. He was president of the Greenville Artists Guild, a board member of the Guild of South Carolina Artists, a member of the board of trustees of the Greenville County Museum of Art, a state representative of the American Craft Council, a member of the advisory board of the Guild of South Carolina Artists, and a Pickens County arts commissioner.


The Furman Board of Trustees proclaimed April 17, 2021, “Tommy Stevenson Day,” in honor of Tommy Stevenson ’65, the proprietor of Greenville’s storied Country Ham House. Stevenson announced his plan to retire in the spring, following 36 years in the restaurant business —during which he provided Friday evening meals to Furman football teams, numerous other Paladin squads, groups, fans and even opponents.


Daniel Washington ’76 was awarded the annual Shirley Verrett Award by the University of Michigan Women of Color in the Academy Project. Washington, a bass-baritone, is a professor of music (voice) at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and an honorary professor (humanities) at the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music.


Maggie Long McGill ’82 became a corporate, finance and investment paralegal with King and Spalding LLP in Charlotte, N.C.


Margaret ’83 and Robert Hill ’83 received the OneJax Institute’s humanitarian award. OneJax, in Jacksonville, Fla., is a non profit interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all people and promoting diversity as the foundation for a strong community.


Benjamin Moore ’84 retired in May from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo., where he founded the Center for Bosnian Studies. His book, “The Names of John Gergen,” was released in March by the University of Missouri Press.


Lea Noblin Marshall ’89 received the Florida Education Innovator of the Year Award by the James Madison Institute.


Jenny Adamson ’99 joined Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP’s Greenville, S.C., office as special counsel.


Ed Waller ’01 graduated from the Basic Strategic Art Program at the U.S. Army War College and is serving as an Army strategist at the National Guard Bureau in the Strategic Plans and Policy Division.


Sean Atkinson ’04 published a new course with The Great Courses. “Music Theory: The Foundation of Great Music” is about the inner workings of Western tonal music.


Mason Freeman ’08 was elected partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP. He practices out of the firm’s Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C., offices.


Melody McGowin ʼ09 started a new position in April 2020 as corporate counsel at Amazon in Seattle, Washington, supporting Amazon Web Servicesʼ Sales & Marketing division. She was previously an associate attorney at the New York City office of the law firms of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht and McKool Smith.


Saul Rivera ’13 published “Are You Our PawPaw?”in November 2020.


Erin Van Meter ’15 earned a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of South Carolina in August 2020 and accepted a position with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital –Upstate, Kidnetics.


Nathaniel DeSantis launched a media company called Amalfi Media in December 2020 that produces podcasts and videos on a range of pop-culture topics. Among the hosts are Nathaniel’s siblings Sara DeSantis ’17 and Matthew DeSantis ’02, their father, Blaine DeSantis ’75, Joe DePinto ’19 and Chase Pittman ’21.


Robyn Andrews, who was named “Staff Member of the Year” in May by the university staff, has served Furman for 13 years as the libraries circulation supervisor, diversity coordinator, and Pathways advisor. She also received the Meritorious Award for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. What memories has she gathered over the years? “From Styrofoam cakes to graduation hugs, dunk tanks to ‘Mamma Mia,’ being honored in a printed senior thesis to surprise visits from alums, and watching my student assistants and Pathways advisees grow, they are all so special and so memorable.” -Robyn Andrews

Alumni Awards

  • COURTNEY TOLLISON ’99 and SEAN HARTNESS (trustee emeritus), Margaretta, Feb. 24, 2021, and Catherine, Feb. 5, 2021
  • ED WALLER ’01 and Ginny Waller, Isabelle Mary, Oct. 9, 2020
  • LAURA STAIR ’04 and Jonathan Stair, Caroline, Feb. 28, 2021
  • ELIZABETH LINEBACK GOODIN ’10 and Anthony Goodin, Wren, Jan. 13, 2021
  • KAYLEE WALDREP ’08 and Brant Waldrep, Caroline Mae, July 21, 2020
  • LISA SCHAEL VARANDAS ’82 and Kevin Shelly, July 20, 2020
  • VICTORIA DEICHERT LAWSON ’93 and Hugh A. Stoddard, May 23, 2020
  • KAYLEE NUCKOLLS ’08 and Brant Waldrep, July 13, 2019
  • CAROLINE MCMEEKIN ’12 and John Montgomery, April 11, 2021
  • JAQUELINE FISCHER ’15 and Matthew Kish, Oct. 10, 2020
  • CATHERINE BADALAMENTI ’16 and MAC FELMLY ’11, March 13, 2021

Trude Heller


Trude Heller died May 11, 2021, in Greenville, S.C. As a teenager in Austria, she fled the Nazis and came to Greenville where she soon married Max Heller, who had escaped to Greenville earlier. The couple, who had known each other in Austria before the war, became pillars in Greenville civic life, helping bring a renaissance to the city’s downtown and building a shirt company, Maxon Shirt Co. They became deeply involved with Furman, a relationship that started when Furman’s president at the time, John Plyler, contacted Max to offer help after reading about him in the newspaper. In 2002, the Collegiate Educational Service Corps was renamed the Heller Service Corps in honor of the Hellers’ history of community service and philanthropy. Max Heller, who served as mayor of Greenville, died in 2011.

Edgar V. McKnight


Edgar V. McKnight, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion Emeritus, died Dec. 29, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. He joined Furman in 1962 and taught for 35 years, during which he served terms as chair of the classical languages department and religion department, and was an associate dean for academic affairs. An internationally known scholar and shaper of New Testament interpretation in the latter part of the 20th century, he was one of the first biblical scholars to explore the aesthetic dimensions of biblical literature and the role of the reader in the interpretive process.

Tom Flowers ’50


Tom Flowers, professor of art emeritus, died Dec. 13, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. He joined the art department at Furman in 1959 and served as department chair for many of his 30 years on the faculty. He was an active and influential member until his retirement in 1989, impacting generations of students and colleagues, and maintained his connection to the Furman community for the rest of his life. In 2018, he participated in a multi-generational family exhibit, “Lineage: Tom Flowers and Family.” In his earlier life, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

  • WINIFRED “WINK” JONAS ’46, April 13, 2021, Brethren Village, Pa.
  • JEANNE EVELYN BURDINE GRIFFIN ’49, April 14, 2021, North Augusta, Ga.
  • THOMAS DIXON ’57, March 28, 2021, Lavonia, Ga.
  • WALKER BRELAND ’58, March 28, 2021, Charleston, S.C.
  • BENNETTA CLARY HARVEY ’59, Aug. 25, 2020, Summerville, S.C.
  • DAVID WATSON ʼ63, June 18, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • DAVID B.ZIPPERER’63,April 10, 2020, New York, N.Y.
  • JOHN MULLEN ʼ64, Dec. 25, 2019, Greer, S.C.
  • FRANCES MCMILLAN PINSON ʼ64, June 19, 2020, Honea Path, S.C.
  • FRANCES TURNER WILSON ʼ64, July 22, 2019, Seneca, S.C.
  • JANE LOOPER WILSON ʼ64, Dec. 26, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • CAROL JOY METCALF ʼ65, Jan. 14, 2020, Lena, Miss.
  • JAMES EDWARDS ʼ65, Feb. 13, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • CHRISTINE NIX JULIAN ʼ65, Oct. 21, 2019, Easley, S.C.
  • BRAD COX ʼ65, Jan. 2, 2021, Manassas, Va.
  • TERENCE WILLIAMS ʼ65, Oct. 29, 2019, Keswick, Va.
  • CAM GREGORY WILLIAMS ʼ65, July 31, 2020, Keswick, Va.
  • WILLIAM SHERRY ʼ66, Aug. 2, 2020, Maysville, Ga.
  • LARRY BYARS ʼ66, Sep. 12, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • ENGRUM JOHNSON ʼ66, Dec. 8, 2019, Taylors, S.C.
  • GAIL GILREATH MITCHELL ʼ66, Jan. 29, 2020, Clemson, S.C.
  • DOUGLAS SIRINEK ʼ67, Oct. 19, 2020, The Villages, Fla.
  • SUSAN SENN-DAVIS ʼ67, Feb. 27, 2021, Augusta, Ga.
  • JOSEPH KEITH ʼ67, Aug. 30, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • DONNA GRAHAM RONE ʼ67, Jan. 18, 2020, West Columbia, S.C.
  • MARION BARRS ʼ68, Oct. 29, 2019, Wellington, Ala.
  • JACKSON CULBRETH ʼ68, Sep. 25, 2020, Dunwoody, Ga.
  • WILLIAM FRAZIER ʼ68, Oct. 1, 2019, Dalton, Ga.
  • LEWIS TATE ʼ68, Nov. 7, 2020, Savannah, Ga.
  • DIVVER HENDRIX ʼ68, March 2, 2021, Charlotte, N.C.
  • KENNETH BRIDWELL ʼ68, Aug. 4, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • CHARLES HUFF ʼ68, Dec. 7, 2019, Greer, S.C.
  • GEORGE RICHARDSON ʼ68, Oct. 31, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • DILLARD THOMPSON ʼ68, Aug. 6, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • JOHN DAVIS ʼ68, Jan. 1, 2020, Burnet, Texas
  • SHARON FEASTER-LEWIS ʼ69, March 3, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • DAVID STEWART ʼ69, June 30, 2020, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
  • WILLIAM TANKERSLEY ʼ70, Feb. 15, 2020, Greensboro, N.C.
  • ROBERT LANSBERRY ʼ70, Jan. 19, 2021, Doylestown, Pa.
  • THOMAS HALL ʼ70, Jan. 18, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • JEAN MCGEE ʼ70, March 23, 2021, Mauldin, S.C.
  • JERRY STYLES ʼ70, Oct. 24, 2019, Leesville, S.C.
  • BARRIE BARTON ʼ71, Aug. 27, 2020, Youngsville, N.C.
  • ELIZABETH HUGHES HARRY ʼ71, Nov. 19, 2020, Salisbury, N.C.
  • BETTY GIBSON COFFEY ʼ71, Sep.13, 2020, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • MELINDA QUINN FURMAN ʼ71, Dec. 27, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • FRANCEE LEVIN ʼ71, March 24, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • DORIS JARRARD STEPP ʼ71, Jan. 22, 2021, Cleveland, S.C.
  • DAVID GIBSON ʼ73, Nov. 22, 2019, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • EVELYN PAXTON WALDROP ʼ73, Oct. 20, 2019, Florence, S.C.
  • ALICE GODWIN WICKS ʼ73, Sep. 15, 2020, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • EDITH COX ʼ74, July 18, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • PETER MURRAY ʼ74, Nov. 26, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • CLARENCE JONES ʼ75, Dec. 31, 2019, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • HENRY MEYER ʼ76, Jan. 22, 2021, Greenville, S.C.
  • SAMUEL CATOE ʼ76, Aug. 19, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • BARBARA BROWN CIRAVOLO ʼ76, Aug. 24, 2020, Aiken, S.C.
  • ANGELENE WILLARD ʼ76, Aug. 25, 2020, Cross Anchor, S.C.
  • BARRY WILLIAMS ʼ76, Sep. 3, 2020, Rock Hill, S.C.
  • SARAH BELL ’77, Dec. 28, 2020, Watkinsville, Ga.
  • DAVID BALDWIN ʼ77, May 1, 2020, Annandale, Va.
  • DORIS CARPENTER KHOE ʼ77, Oct. 29, 2020, Greer, S.C.
  • LISA BURNETT LYONS ʼ78, Oct. 30, 2019, Piedmont, S.C.
  • GOLDIE GRIER REEVES ʼ78, Sep. 14, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • PETER SCHNEIDER ʼ79, April 5, 2021, Greenville, S.C.
  • ERIC ROBERTS ʼ81, Oct. 16, 2019, Silver Spring, Md.
  • BENJAMIN BARNETT ʼ81, Jan. 21, 2021, Richmond, Va.
  • ALLISON STINE CHATHAM ʼ82, Feb. 26, 2021, West End, N.C.
  • EDDIE SEPTON ʼ82, Feb. 8, 2021, Greer, S.C.
  • MARK BOWLING ʼ83, Oct. 20, 2020, Lamar, S.C.
  • DAVID HUNT ʼ84, March 27, 2021, Franklin, Tenn.
  • WALTER RICE ʼ86, July 11, 2019, Columbus, Ga.
  • JAMIE KUNTZ HALL ʼ87, Jan. 19, 2021, Greer, S.C.
  • KRISTIN LOFYE GHEESLING ʼ88, Nov. 20, 2020, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • WILLIAM ALONSO ʼ89, July 29, 2020, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • REGINA FLETCHER ʼ90, July 31, 2020, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • CORNELIA LEE MARR ʼ90, Feb. 22, 2021, Greenville, S.C.
  • CHARLES STANDEFER ʼ91, Oct. 9, 2019, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • TERRY BRIDWELL ʼ92, July 30, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • MILTON GLOVER ʼ93, March 4, 2021, Anderson, S.C.
  • ELAINE BELANGIA ʼ95, Oct. 4, 2020, Orangeburg, S.C.
  • MARTINE BOUDREAUX ʼ95, Dec. 7, 2020, Summerville, S.C.
  • TRAVIS JOHNSON ʼ98, Feb. 13, 2020, Bundibugyo, Uganda
  • NATALIE BYARS FISHER ʼ00, Jan. 10, 2020, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • KRISTIN BLACKWELL FOSTER ʼ00, July 18, 2019, Clarksville, Tenn.
  • JOHN PHILLIP BURROUGHS ’06, April 17, 2021, Gainesville, Ga.
  • GRADY ANTHONY ʼ10, April 8, 2021, Greenville, S.C.
  • SUSAN SIMMONS ʼ18, Feb. 10, 2021, Simpsonville, S.C.

Year in Review, volunteering, and groundbreaking research.

Time travel, a mother’s haunting words, food and inequality, and a new life in a new land.

Paula DeCesaris ’96 is part of the effort that will land the first woman on the moon and send us to Mars.

The work of the first graduating cohort of Furman’s Master of Arts in Strategic Design.