Class News and In Memoriam – Sept 2017

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Elizabeth “Betty” Hunley Barrett‘s son, Dan, became a senator in the North Carolina legislature on August 24, 2017.  Her son, Jim, directs Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, North Carolina.


Ann Hatchett Herlong-Bodman has a book of poetry, Loose in Far-Away Places, that has been published.  All are invited to the book release party on October 19th 5:00-7:00pm at Buxton Books in Charleston.  After graduating from Columbia College, Ann taught at USC’s College of Mass Communications and Lander University.  She has published a variety of journals across the country and is an active member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina.


The cover of Loose in Far-Away Places, written by Ann Herlong-Bodman ’53.


Melody Harlow retired as a teaching assistant in October 2015.  She is looking forward to the upcoming marriage of her daughter in December.


Winnie Hicklin Rickenbaker retired from Lexington School District One in June 2016.  Winnie was an educator for 37 years, teaching at Pinewood Elementary, Calhoun County schools, and in Lexington School District One.  She has also worked for several years with the South Carolina State Department of Education.


Denise Henry is in her 22nd year as a school counselor in North Carolina.  She is currently a second year divinity student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and takes online classes.


Rebecca Robbins Derrick is the photographer and graphic designer for Women’s Orthopedic Global Outreach (WOGO).  Her group recently traveled to Guatemala and Tanzania documenting the ongoing efforts of an all-female orthopedic surgical team that does joint replacements in areas of the world where women do not have health care and desperately need knee replacements.  Rebecca is also a graphic designer for SouthData in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  She has two children, Callan and Wesley.  Callan graduated from Randolph College in Lynchburg and is employed with Abbott Laboratories.  Wesley started his freshman year at UNC Wilmington.  Rebecca is married to James Derrick, and they reside in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  She is an active member of Rotary and met another Columbia College graduate, Mary Blackwell Kilby ’72, who belongs to the same club.


Kimberly Y. Honeycutt, co-founder and executive director of icuTalks, will be speaking at the Tedx Charlotte event on October, 13, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Margaret “Meg” Brandt Lane was named Spaulding Elementary School’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.


Sonya Hodges Grantham, sole Restorer and Curator of Childs Cemetery and 371st descendant, has invited alumnae to the unveiling of a historic marker in tribute to and honor of the African American heroes of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division of World War I.  The unveiling will be September 28, 2017 at Childs Cemetery (2000 South Beltline Blvd, Columbia SC 29201, on the grounds of the former Intertape Polymer Group) at 12:00pm.  Space is limited.


Reverend Tiffany D. Knowlin served as the keynote speaker for Wesleyan College’s Opening Convocation on August 29, 2017.  Reverend Knowlin is the pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.


Stacey Rohman Gantt welcomed a son, Parker Joseph, on Sunday, August 20, 2017.


Heather Siegfried Turner welcomed a daughter, Kylie Ann, on September 15, 2017


In Memoriam

Retired Faculty Member

Dr. James Leroy “Doc” Caldwell

Columbia, S.C.

August 26, 2017

Dr. Caldwell received his BME from Howard College and then entered the Army.  He received his Masters in Music from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.  After completing his education at Florida State University with a PhD in Music, he was called to chair the Music Department of Columbia College.  Dr. Caldwell was the Fred and Carolyn Parker Professor of Music and retired from Columbia College after 31 years of dedicated service.



Connie Carter Galloway

Pawleys Island, S.C.

August 8, 2017



Mary Elizabeth “Libba” Hiers Flowers

Walterboro, S.C.

August 17, 2017



Betty Jo “B.J.” Kaiser Epps

Columbia, S.C.

August 27, 2017