SUSAN YBARRA ’92 NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

On August 1, 2020 SUSAN YBARRA ’92 was appointed executive director of Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH). In this role, she leads the institute in connecting the Furman campus and the greater community to optimize health and quality of life. Ybarra also works with Prisma and expands and grows other partnerships to address social determinants of health. IACH’s creation and management of high impact learning experiences for students remains a key priority under Ybarra, who is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive healthcare system. Ybarra spent 16 years in healthcare administration and practice management in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas and the Upstate of South Carolina. She returned to Furman in 2008 as the health careers internship coordinator, playing a pivotal role in creating the Clinical Observation Program and expanding Furman students’ engaged learning opportunities in the local health community. Since then, Ybarra has served as associate director and director of operations for IACH.

1971

JENNIFRIED SNIDER MCNEAL published “Steven: A Runner’s Life: An Ultrarunner’s Journey” about her son’s experiences as an ultramarathon runner.

1979

JOHN S. GREEN published “Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family” under the pen name Papa Green Bean.

1982

R.C. WEBBER’s anthology, “A Balm in Gilead: Eulogies of Comfort,” won the 2020 International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Book Award in the Non-Fiction Religion/Philosophy section.

1983

ROGER N. CASEY, president of McDaniel College, plans to retire in June 2021. One of the longest-serving college presidents in the state of Maryland, Casey took office as McDaniel College’s ninth president in July 2010, and oversees McDaniel’s campus in Westminster, Maryland, and the college’s European campus in Budapest, Hungary. Casey, a first-generation college graduate who majored in English at Furman, holds a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Rollins College in Florida and as associate dean and professor at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. Casey co-founded the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop, earned distinguished teaching awards from Birmingham-Southern and Florida State, and was nominated for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year.


1984

TOM BOUND, a lawyer, published his first novel, “SHARKANO,” intended for young adults. It is a horror/adventure story about a teenage girl, Lexi, who spends the summer with her father, a volcanologist studying a long-dormant volcano in Hawaii.

1987

CHRIS HILEY DONOHUE opened an immigration law firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, in July 2020.

1993

BEN HARTMAN was recognized as a 2020 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend, a statewide business publication.

1994

KELLY JACKSON DAVIS, a public relations instructor at the University of South Carolina, was inducted into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. Davis was one of 15 public relations professionals in the nation selected for the College of Fellows this year.

1995

DEBORAH HARNISH LAROCHE was named program manager for the Lowcountry Region of Reach Out and Read Carolinas, providing medically based literacy intervention for children from birth to age 5.

1996

MAYA PACK was named the executive director of the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health.

2009

MELODY MCGOWIN became corporate counsel in April 2020 at Amazon in Seattle, supporting Amazon Web Services’ Sales and Marketing division. She was previously an associate attorney at the law firms of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht and McKool Smith in New York City.

HOW I GIVE BACK

“Many, many people – some known and others unknown to me – gave so that I could be blessed with an education from Furman. Now, it’s my time to contribute to the family of Furman students. I am blessed to participate through my giving in their and Furman’s future. It’s a joy to share. I am twice blessed.” -Robin E. Sullens ’83

Lauren Few ’06 and Taylor Hollenkamp

A PROPOSAL UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Lauren Few ’06, a psychology major who interned with The Riley Institute and played on the Furman women’s basketball team, hatched her plan to propose to Taylor Hollenkamp with a little help from The New York Times’ call to readers for “gratitude in six words.” Few’s six words? “Will you marry me, Taylor Hollenkamp?” They plan to marry in June.

Alumni Awards

  • Dixon ’04 and Nancy Allen ’04, Frances, Dec. 20, 2019
  • Jade Lawson Fountain ’09 and Jacob Fountain, Nora Jeanne, April 22, 2020
  • John ’11 and Sarah Catmur ’11, Amelia, Aug. 20, 2020
  • Charlotte ’11 and Zachary Garner, Hadley, July 6, 2019
  • Adair Martin Smith ’13 and Marshall Smith, Lee Alice, June 23, 2020

  • Jenna Jordan ’01 and Stephen Squires, May 23, 2020
  • Caroline McMeekin ’12 and John Montgomery, May 23, 2020
  • Madelin Ward ’15 and Hart Zwing ’15, June 6, 2020
  • Carson Priest ’15 and Christina Reinemund ’15, June 20, 2020
  • Meredith Yingling ’11, and Joshua Parmelee, July 18, 2020
  • Anne-Claire Pittman ’18 and Crawford Lewis ’17, July 25, 2020
  • Karolle Rabarison ’10 and David Rose, Aug. 16, 2020
  • Nathan Dale ’19 and Sarah Moyd ’19, Aug. 9, 2020

Sallie J. Grant

Sallie J. Grant, professor of education emerita, died Dec. 11, 2020, in Greenville. She joined Furman’s faculty in 1971 and retired in 1993. A former student noted that “she loved both teaching at Furman and the students she taught.” Grant mentored new faculty with the same care she took in mentoring her students and enjoyed getting to know those new to academia, asking probing questions out of interest in someone else’s perspective or cultural background.

James Pitts ’60

1937-2021

James Pitts ’60

Former university chaplain and Professor of Religion James Pitts ’60 died Jan. 18, 2021, in Greenville, S.C., after complications from COVID-19. He became assistant chaplain in 1967, university chaplain in 1981, and a professor of religion, retiring in 2003. His tenure spanned the first social dance on campus, integration and the Furman chapter of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, the student protest era, the Vietnam War and the draft lottery. Pitts also helped navigate the university through the separation from the Baptist Convention of South Carolina.

  • Jose Vargas ’44, Oct. 12, 2020, Garrett Park, Md.
  • Eoline Keeter Hord ’44, Sept. 11, 2019, Kings Mountain, N.C.
  • Carolyn Hendricks Furman ’45,  Aug. 31, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Elizabeth Gillespie Julian ’45, Aug. 8, 2020, Cocoa, Fla.
  • Tierce Machen ’47, Aug. 11, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • Bettie Trussell Creel ’47, Sept. 19, 2020, Greer, S.C.
  • Henry Barton ’49, May 3, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Mamie Harris Russell ’51, May 13, 2020, Greenwood, S.C.
  • Frank Thomas ’52, June 16, 2019, Sumter, S.C.
  • James Stewart ’52, Aug. 1, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Alfred Price ’53, June 10, 2020, Lexington, S.C.
  • Bobbie Bowie Smith ’53, Sept. 23, 2019, Lexington, S.C.
  • Norman Gillespie ’54, May 29, 2019, Charleston, S.C.
  • Frances Shell Drury ’54, June 5, 2020, Collierville, Tenn.
  • Elizabeth Swofford Bolt ’54, April 18, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Mary Hines Downs ’54, Aug. 23, 2020, Suwanee, Ga.
  • Ann Phillips Spruell ’55, Sept. 1, 2020, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Sara Higgins Dorn ’55, Sept. 12, 2020, Millburn, N.J.
  • Roland Rabon ’56, May 18, 2020, Camden, S.C.
  • Barbara Fox Leech ’56, July 13, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • William Wallace ’56, Aug. 3, 2019, Slidell, La.
  • Mary Jo Collins Miller ’56, Aug. 7, 2020, Morganton, N.C.
  • Emily Peirano Lynn ’57, July 1, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • Leah Hunter Berni ’57, July 27, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • Andrew Harper ’57, May 4, 2020, Mobile, Ala.
  • John McManaway ’57, May 20, 2020, La Grange, Ga.
  • Gwendolyn Deberry Hendrix ’58, July 17, 2019, Dallastown, Pa.
  • David Daniel ’58, July 23, 2020, Midland, Texas
  • Daniel Vernon ’58, April 1, 2020, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Richard Auslander ’58, Aug. 19, 2020, Leawood, Kansas
  • Harry Lee Eskew ’58, Nov. 29, 2020, Macon, Ga.
  • Bennetta Clary Harvey ’59, Aug. 25, 2020, Summerville, S.C.
  • Buddy Moore ’61, Aug. 25, 2020, Easley, S.C.
  • Michael Cook ’61, Sept. 11, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Nena Richardson Thompson ’62, June 14, 2019, Pendleton, S.C.
  • John McElhaney ’62, June 5, 2020, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Elise Trapp Foster ’62, Jan. 27, 2020, Eastover, S.C.
  • Jacqueline Reeves Timms ’62, Sept. 19, 2020, Spartanburg, SC
  • John Cheros ’62, Sept. 8, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • David Watson ’63, June 18, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Frances McMillan Pinson ’64, June 19, 2020, Honea Path, S.C.
  • Cam Gregory Williams ’65, July 31, 2020, Keswick, Va.
  • Engrum Johnson ’66, Dec. 8, 2019, Taylors, S.C.
  • William Sherry ’66, Aug. 2, 2020, Maysville, Ga.
  • Larry Byars ’66, Sept. 12, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Joseph Keith ’67, Aug. 30, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Kenneth Bridwell ’68, Aug. 4, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Dillard Thompson ’68, Aug. 6, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • John Davis ’68, Jan. 1, 2020, Burnet, Texas
  • Jackson Culbreth ’68, Sept. 1, 2020, Dunwoody, Ga.
  • David Stewart ’69, June 30, 2020, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
  • Barrie Barton ’71, Aug. 27, 2020, Youngsville, N.C.
  • Francee Levin ’71, Mar. 24, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • Betty Gibson Coffey ’71, Sept. 13, 2020, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Rufus Bethea ’72, Sept. 1, 2019, Mobile, Ala.
  • David Gibson ’73, Nov. 22, 2019, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Alice Godwin Wicks ’73, Sept. 15, 2020, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Samuel Catoe ’76, Aug. 19, 2020, Columbia, S.C.
  • Barbara Brown Ciravolo ’76, Aug. 24, 2020, Aiken, S.C.
  • Angelene Williard ’76, Aug. 25, 2020, Cross Anchor, S.C.
  • Barry Williams ’76, Sept. 3, 2020, Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Jasper Huff  ’77, Aug. 30, 2020, Greenville, S.C.
  • Goldie Grier Reeves ’78, Sept. 14, 2019, Greenville, S.C.
  • William Alonso ’89, July 29, 2020, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Regina Fletcher ’90, July 31, 2020, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • Terry Bridwell ’92, July 30, 2020, Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Martine Michelle Boudreaux ’95, Dec.  7, 2020, Summerville, S.C.
  • Susanna Iacovelli ’06, July 1, 2020, New York, N.Y.

Year in Review, volunteering, and groundbreaking research.

South Carolina’s rice history, a lost baby with magical friends, and words that glimmer.

Kim Bohuny ’84 spreads opportunity through basketball.

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