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Class Notes Summer 2013

August 5, 2013
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Jerry Wallace Pat McCrory

Wake County Alumni chapter returns with a visit to Governor

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory joined more than 170 Campbell University alumni who gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh on April 16 to mark the first official Campbell University Wake County Alumni Chapter event in over 30 years.

It was the first-ever alumni gathering in the Governor’s Mansion.

“Campbell University is a special place,” Gov. McCrory told the gathered crowd. “I remember basketball camps at Campbell, but I like what you’ve done with your law school in Raleigh and the new medical school. I’m just amazed, and that’s coming from a proud Catawba College grad."

The evening opened with a reception in the public area of the mansion. Guests networked, shared old times and caught up with old friends in the first floor hall, ballroom, dining room and parlors. Campbell alumni toured the floor, took pictures and sampled hors d'oeuvres made from scratch in the mansion’s kitchen and bakery.

Lee Ann Spahr (’77) and Angela Daniels Millenbaugh (’98) also performed for the group in the ballroom. Spahr played the piano and Millenbaugh sang the Martina McBride piece “Anyway.”

The evening concluded with a business session where McCrory and Campbell President Jerry Wallace spoke and the Wake County Alumni Chapter was officially launched. Addressing the standing room-only crowd of Campbell alumni, McCrory welcomed the group to the Governor's Mansion.

"Everyone here should be proud of Campbell, and North Carolina is stronger because of Campbell graduates who work across North Carolina and make vital contributions to our state," McCrory said.

The inaugural Wake County Alumni Chapter Board leadership includes:

President: Paul Garrison (’65)

Vice President: Stephen Safran (’03, ’08)

Secretary: Kay Bissette (’79)

Treasurer: Brian LiVecchi (’11)

Membership Chair: Clay Leary (’11)

Young Alumni Chair: Malia Zaytoun (’11)

At Large Members include: Patricia Barnes (’92), Megan Boyd (’03), Rebecca Brock (’97, ’01), Jack Hyman (’06), Katie Jones (’11), Mike Little (’06), Jeff Wakefield (’93), David Warnick (’12), Taylor Wells (’08), David Werner (’12)


1963 Graduates

Historical Class of 1963 returns to watch graduation 50 years later

On hand to celebrate the Class of 2013's spring commencement ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences in May were about 20 members of the Class of 1963 ... an important class in the 126-year history of Campbell University.

Members of that class — on campus on May 10-11 to celebrate their 50-year reunion — were the first students to graduate from then Campbell College with a four-year degree. Campbell officials voted 54 years ago, as this class was entering its first year of college, to enact a four-year curriculum at the school and shed the name "junior" from its title, Campbell Junior College.

Representing the class at the 2013 commencement at the Pope Convocation Center, the Hon. William H. Ledbetter Jr. (’63) said a lot of people who'd committed to Campbell backed out after hearing the news. Those who stayed, he said, had confidence in the vision of the board of trustees at the time.

"Being back on campus, looking at this graduating class … it gives us a sense of vindication that we made the right choice," Ledbetter said. "Fifty years from now after you’ve completed your long and successful careers, I’m confident you’ll look back and agree with us that you made the right decision.”


Sadie Neel

Sadie Neel (’42) receives Heritage Award

Sadie Neel (’42) received the 2013 Heritage Award from the N.C. Baptist Foundation and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in April at the 13th annual N.C. Baptist Heritage Award luncheon at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro.

The Heritage Award, one of the highest honors given by the convention, recognizes individuals who represent exemplary service and giving to the Baptist State Convention or organizations associated with the convention now or in earlier times.

Neel, currently a homemaker, taught public school for more than 30 years. She graduated from Campbell Junior College in 1942 and went on to graduate from Meredith College in 1944. A loyal Baptist, she is an active member of the Falling Creek Baptist Church in Goldsboro, where she is an organist, teaches a Sunday school class, serves on the Stewardship Committee, and is active in WMU and missions. She has also served as director of her church’s Outreach Committee and as former council representative for the Neuse Association. She does volunteer work in the Association Office.

Neel, who was married to the late Robert Hannibal Neel, has one son, Robert Neel Jr., a 1973 Campbell University graduate, and two daughters, Sara Powell and Eva Wardrup.

She and her family have been enthusiastic supporters of Campbell University and North Carolina Baptist programs for many years. Neel has served four terms on Campbell’s Board of Trustees (1994-1997, 1999-2002, 2004-2007, and 2008-2012). As a trustee, she served as vice chair of the Executive Committee and on the Committee on Institutional Advancement.

"Campbell University is a better place because of the work and legacy of Sadie Neel," Campbell President Jerry Wallace said.


Harold Wells

Remembered in the auto industry as an entrepreneur who led a 1999 auto dealer revolt against factory-owned stores, Harold Boney “Toby” Wells was also a leader at Campbell University, where he served on the Board of Trustees for five terms and served as chairman in 2006 during a time of unprecedented growth at the school.

Wells, of Whiteville, died on Jan. 23, in Cary. He was 81.

For over 50 years, Wells enjoyed a distinguished career as a franchised automobile dealer, with past business interests in Columbus, Brunswick, Duplin and Moore counties. He was past president of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from that association in 2004. He served in various leadership capacities of the National Automobile Dealers Association, and in 2000, he became the chairman of the board, serving franchised automobile dealers throughout the United States.

Wells was elected a director of the Waccamaw Bank & Trust Company in the 1960s. He became one of the original directors of United Carolina Bancshares when it was formed through the merger of Waccamaw Bank & Trust Company and American Bank in 1970. When UCB merged with what is now BB&T Corporation, Wells was one of four UCB directors selected to serve on BB&T's holding company board.

Upon his election as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Campbell in 2006, Wells said, “It's really a challenge, but I feel very optimistic about the long-term growth of Campbell University. With the construction of new buildings, an all-time record of 2,800 plus undergraduate students enrolled on the main campus, excellent leadership, faculty and staff, the future is looking bright."

Wells received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2000 and Lifetime Trustee status in 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Fisher Wells, for whom the fountain in front of Carrie Rich Hall at Campbell University is named.


Jerry D. Taylor

Jennifer Garner Gailey (’95) says there are many things she’ll remember about her math professor at Campbell University, Dr. Jerry D. Taylor — his laugh, his walk, the cream cheese sandwiches he brought to work, his ink-stained pockets, his allegiance to the Democratic party … to name a few.

But what set Taylor apart from her other professors, Gailey says, was his caring and encouraging spirit, his interest in the lives of his students and his “taxicab geometry class.”

“I always enjoyed trying to impress Dr. Taylor,” she recalls. “As intelligent as he was, if I could impress him, I knew I had done something exceptional.”

Taylor, who in his 46 years teaching at Campbell was never too busy to help make math (or life) a little easier to understand, died on Jan. 15, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

He was 74.

Born June 5, 1938, in Plumerville, Arkansas, to William Sherman Taylor and Edna Faye Taylor, he began his working career at 6, selling newspapers. He worked in a movie theater throughout high school and worked in a cotton mill and played in a dance band while he attended Arkansas State Teachers College.

As a child, Taylor had a vision condition known as Duane’s syndrome, which went untreated and resulted in a permanently detached retina at 6, making him legally blind. His condition forced him to develop a strong memory when it came to learning people’s names at conventions, since he couldn’t rely on name tags. He was known for his amazing attention to detail and his dry wit. In his last month in the hospital before his death, Taylor knew the name of every nurse and nurse’s aid.

He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State after getting his master's from the University of Arkansas.

Taylor loved teaching math, and many students loved him and regarded him as a mentor, even students who struggled with math. In 1970, he started at Campbell one of the first math contests for high school students in North Carolina.

He was active in the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served for years on the NCCTM’s State Math Contest Committee. He was a coauthor of the Prentice Hall Encyclopedia of Mathematics, and in 2008, he received the NCCTM’s Rankin Award for excellence in mathematics education.

Jerry was both a Democrat and a democrat. He liked people and took a genuine interest in them. He was as cordial to the housekeeping staff as he was to the college president. And he knew everybody’s name.

Jerry loved his family deeply, and they continue to love him. He is survived by his brother Larry (wife Johnnie); his wife Louise (also a former Campbell professor); his sons Todd, Joshua, and Nathan (wife Erin); and his granddaughter Vivian.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to have learned from such a brilliant man. I am also thankful that he was so caring, complimentary, and encouraging,” Gailey says. “While he was the most challenging teacher I have ever had, he made me a more confident and more successful student. He made me love math more. I wish I could thank him face to face, but that day will have to wait until we meet again in heaven.”


Friends We will Miss

Lewis D. Johnson (’43), Feb. 8
Debra A. Pressley (’83), Feb. 10
Edward S. Long (’40), Feb. 12
Andrwe M. Albright (’92), Feb. 23
Renita Logan (’96), Feb. 23
Preston K. Sutton Jr. (’65), Feb. 26
Dr. James G. Hall (’47), March 2
Ronald C. True (’85), March 3
Zua H. Moore (’40), March 3
Donald J. Godwin (’80), March 13
Rachel H. Taylor (’56), March 13
Geraldine E. Baxter (’45), March 14
James W. Rowell (’78), March 19
Janie S. Malpass (’69), March 19
Rev. T. Lloyd Pendergraft (’56, ’63), March 20
Doris G. Adams (’53), March 21
Dr. Milford R. Quinn (’43, ’99), March 22
Mary W. Watterson (’38), March 22
Lt. Cmdr. Roy V. Thornberry Jr. (’52), March 26
Mary B. Smith (’65), March 26
Iris N. Hardwick (’08), April 2
Rev. Ronald J. Byrd (’91), April 5
Julius D. Hays (’57), April 6
Nancy D. Cox (’54), April 6
Cynthia A. Wallace (’67), April 7
Eugene D. Rhodes (’70), April 7
Gloria T. Childress (’80), April 7
George T. Staley (’51), April 8
Arlen R. Rash (’76), April 10
Kaitlyn N. Elkins (’10), April 11
Willard S. Perry Jr. (’73), April 12
Ruby W. Long (’44), April 12
Mrs. Glenn L. Wilson (’44), April 17
William A. Bell (’65), April 19
Michael H. Stephenson (’78), April 22
Louis J. Bateman (’48), April 25
Larry M. Hamilton (’98), April 30
Stephen G. Hooten (’70), May 1
Louis G. McCotter III (’70), May 4
Bradley S. Danner (’97), May 6
Keith R. Thomas (’75), May 11
Estelle A. O’Brian (’48), May 15
Dr. Douglas K. Bennenhausen (’92), May 17
Helen S. Davis (’56), May 18
Thomas A. Stephenson (’72), May 21
Cathy L. Harding (’71), May 22
Grace D. Dunkley (’37), May 22
Gary E. Stobel Jr. (’94), May 26
Deborah C. Chapman (’93), June 3

Class of ’78

Easther Parker (’78 BBA,  ’84MBA, ’07 MDiv), is the minister of children and families at Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham.

Class of ’79

Judge John M. Tyson (’79 JD) received the 2013 James E. Cross, Jr. Leadership Award from the N.C. State Bar on April 5, and the Centennial Award from the N.C. Bar Association on April 19.

Class of ’80

Sam Clawson (’80 JD) of Clawson & Staubes was tabbed “Lawyer of the Year” in Insurance Law by Best Lawyers 2013. Clawson also serves on the Campbell Law Board of Visitors.

Class of ’83

Mimi Kirkland, granddaughter of N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Marie Calabria (’83),(’89 BA), made her feature film debut in “Safe Haven,” the adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Class of ’85

Shelby Benton (’85 JD) of Benton Family Law received the Litigation Practitioner Award at the 2012 Women of Justice Awards on Nov. 15.

Joseph F. Silek Jr. (’85 JD) was selected as chairman for the Valley Health System Board of Trustees. He opened his law practice, Lawson and Silek, in 1995. He and his wife Jane have two sons.

Class of ’87

P. Marshall Yoder (’87 JD) was selected by his peers as a 2012 Virginia Legal Elite lawyer in Virginia Business magazine.

Class of ’88

Sam Hamrick (’88 JD) was honored as the 13th recipient of the prestigious Angie Award at the annual meeting of the Federal Court Clerks Association.

Paul Worley (’87 BA) a 25-year department veteran, is the new director of the Rail Division for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Paul is the longest-serving employee in the division.

Ron Jones (’88 JD) participated in an “off-the-record” panel of top-25 law schools discussing issues associated with prospective female students.

Class of ’91

Penny Shelton (’91 PH) was named chronic care pharmacist of the year by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. The award was presented at the Association’s 2013 Chronic Care Practice Forum on March 21.

Class of ’92

Rebecca J. Britton (’92 JD) was named to the 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers list.

Class of ’93

Tim Brown ('93 PH) was appointed vice chairman of Board of Pharmacy Specialties Council of Ambulatory Care. The council is comprised of nine members from across the nation with each member being selected based on their involvement with the advancement of pharmacy practice in the ambulatory care setting.


Class of ’95
Scott Brewer (’95 PH) accepted the Community Impact Award from the United Way of Richmond County on behalf of Family Pharmacy, which he owns with his wife, Tanya Brewer (’97 PH)


Class of ’96

David G. Martin (’96 JD) was selected by his peers as a part of Business North Carolina magazine’s 2013 North Carolina Legal Elite.

Melissa Culbreth (’96 BA/’00 MDiv) was promoted to the rank of major on May 29 at the NCNG Joint Forces Headquarters.

Class of ’97

Jennifer (Hallstrom) Benoit (’97 BA) and husband Daniel Benoit welcomed their son, August Paul Benoit on Feb. 1. August weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

William Foos (’97 MBA)was named senior director of security services of Gannett Fleming in Harrisburg, Pa. He provides security and force protection consulting services for the firm.

Class of ’98

Mary Herring Parker (’98 PH) is currently serving as the president of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Kathy Kelly (’98 BS) joined Viewmont Surgery Center as the facility administrator in January. Kelly graduated with a bachelor of nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Master of Science in nursing from Walden University. She lives in Hickory with her husband and two children and is an active member at Christ Church.

Beth Pruden Mills (’98 PH) has returned home to Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Her practice site is at Benson Area Medical Center where she is an ambulatory care specialist.

Ron Smith (’98 PH) was appointed chief operating officer at Biologics, Inc. In his role, he oversees all operational initiatives throughout Biologics with particular emphasis within care integration, oncology pharmacy, patient access and clinical research services.

Class of ’99

Holly Walker McLean (’01 PH) and husband William McLean (’99 MBA/BA), welcomed their son, William Walker, on Sept. 16, 2012. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

Class of ’01

Nicole Braswell Emswiler (’05 PH) and Dave Emswiler (’01 MBA) announce the birth of their son, Seth Buchanan Emswiler, on April 5. Seth weighed 8 punds, 2 ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long. Seth was welcomed by big brother John (2).

E. Wyles Johnson, Jr. (’01 JD) was recently certified by The National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney and by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in elder law.

Leslie G. Van Der Have (’01 JD) opened her own practice in Greenville, and became certified as a specialist in family law.

Class of ’02

Scott Smith (’02 PH) and wife Ashley welcomed their second son, Chase Mills, on Aug. 6, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Chase was welcomed by big brother, Cannon Michael (3).

Amy Stertz (’02 MDiv) was elected moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina. She has served as associate minister in Christian Education at First Baptist Church, Aiken, S.C., since 2008. Previously, she served at churches in North Carolina and Virginia. Her husband, Joe Stertz (’00 MDiv), is a human resources specialist for Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health.

Brian M. Williams (’02 JD) was named partner at Yates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP, as well a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Jennifer Oakes (’02 JD) of Bell, Davis & Pitt was named a “North Carolina Rising Star for 2013” by North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Class of ’03

Melanie (’03 MDiv) and Chris Walk (’13 MDiv) announce the birth of their son Elijah Christopher, born on Feb. 6.

Amber Bedenbaugh Brantley ('03 PH) and husband Mark Brantley (BS '99) announce the arrival of their daughter, Cecily Paige on Dec. 4, 2012. Cecily weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Cecily was welcomed by big brother Ian (7) and big sister Trista (3)

Class of ’04

Samuel G. “Bo” Thompson (’04 JD) was named partner at Yates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP. He was also named a 2013 North Carolina Legal Elite lawyer by Business North Carolina magazine and a 2012 and 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyer.

Melissa J. Essick (’04 JD) of Rosen Law Firm was certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in family law.

Allison (’05 BA, ’08 MDiv) and Jared Collier (’04 BS, ’08 MDiv, ’12 MEd) announce the birth of Liam Foster on Feb. 27.

Class of ’05

Paul Granger ('05 BA) and Becca Granger just celebrated the birth of their first child, Timothy Arthur Granger, in January.

Melissa Walker (’05 JD) of Lewis & Roberts was named president of North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys for the 2013 year.

Hayes Ludlum (’05 JD) was certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in criminal law.

Class of ’06

Drew Phillips (’06 MDiv) was commissioned as a CBF missionary at the General Assembly in June.

Mary Whitehouse (’06 MDiv) received her PhD in psychology from North Carolina State University in May.

Dave L. Dixon ('06 MDiv) received an Outstanding Preceptor Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy Class of 2013.

Class of ’07

Michelle (’07 MDiv) and Ben Anderson announce the birth of Hannah and Noah, born on April 10.

Chip Grammer (’07 MDiv) is the pastor of Sherwood Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

Robert Carpenter (’07 JD) of Adams, Hendon, Carson, Crow & Saenger was tabbed as a North Carolina Rising Star for 2013 by North Carolina Super Lawyers, as well as “Legal Elite” in the area of employment law by Business North Carolina magazine.

Kimberly Miller (’07 JD) of Owens & Miller received the Rising Star Award at the 2012 Women of Justice Awards on Nov. 15.

Class of ’08

Nick (’08 MDiv, ’10 MA) and Angie Dejesus (’10 BA) announce the birth of their daughter Nadia Josephine on March 30.

Cara B. Williams (’08 JD) is now an associate with Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP. Cara was previously the assistant clerk attorney for the Wake County Clerk of Court. She will focus her practice in the areas of creditors’ rights litigation and foreclosure.

Elizabeth Huff Botner (’04 BS/’08 MA) earned her Doctor of Education in counseling psychology with a minor in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University in August 2012.

Dale St. Clair (’08 PH) and Kimberly Childers St. Clair, along with big sister Isabella, announce the birth of Kipton Dale St. Clair on April 22. Kipton weighed 8 pounds, 3.5 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.

Benjamin McDonald ('08 BS) and wife Lori (Layman) ('09 BS) announce the birth of their daughter, Brenna Michelle. Brenna was born at Wake Med Raleigh on March 30. She weighed 9 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

Suzanne P. Shankar (’08 JD) received the Pro Bono Service Award for Young Lawyers from the North Carolina Bar Association on April 19.

Jonathan (’08 BS) and Angela Rooks Soles ('10 PH) of Whiteville announce the March 29 birth of a son, Blaine Alexander, in Columbus Regional Healthcare. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

Nicole C. Shoemaker (’08 JD) has joined Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo in Wilmington.

Lydia Karen Stephenson was born on June 1, 2013. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her father, Mark Stephenson (’10 BBA, MBA), works as an underwriter at Nationwide Insurance Company and her mother, Abby Nery Stephenson (’08 BSW,’11 MEd), is the guidance counselor at Micro Pine Level Elementary School. The family resides in Garner.

Kris Dohrmann (’08 MACE, MDiv) was called to pastor Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Tenn.

Jonathan Altman (’08 BBA, ’11 MDiv) was awarded a PHD Fellowship from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jenny Lee (‘08 BA, ’11 MDiv) was ordained at First Baptist Church of Asheville on April 14.

Class of ’09

Jonathan D. Rhyne (’09 JD) is now an associate with Smith, Debnam, Narron, Drake, Saintsing & Myers, LLP. He works primarily with clients in the mobile software and related technology industries.

Thomas Allen (’09 MDiv) has been called as the minister to students at Deermeadows Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. He and his wife Ashley Allen announce the birth of Adelaide Hart born on April 2, 2013.

Christie Burley (’09 MDiv) is the new program manager for public health in the Campbell College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. She will continue her ministry as pastor at Cokesbury United Methodist Church.

Elizabeth Smith Moynahan ('09 PH) and husband Will announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Reese on March 12. Caitlin weighed 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

Rustin Duncan (’09 JD) was recently named partner at King Law Offices.

Brandon Jaynes (’09 JD) was recently named partner at King Law Offices.

Class of ’10

Stephanie Owens Gearhart (’10 JD) joined McAngus Goudelock & Courle in Raleigh.

Class of ’11

Elizabeth Warren Kuhn (’11 JD) and Christopher Robert Hicks were married at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill.

Jeff M. Martin (’11 JD) joined Grimes Teich Anderson LLP in Greenville, S.C.

Tim Lendino (’11 JD) joined Smith Moore Leatherwood as a litigation associate in Charlotte.

Class of ’12

Lt. Sean A. Valdez (’12 PH), Medical Service Corps, was commissioned as an officer into the United States Navy in May 2012. Valdez thanks his Campbell family for helping him achieve his goals.

Phillip “Hunter” Gillespie (’12 JD) joined Auger & Auger in Charlotte as an associate.

Polly Lamberth (’12 MDiv) was ordained at First Missionary Baptist Church in Clayton on May 4.

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