Spotlight on Alumni
Sara Stafford Gayhart Irby '58 retired from the Department of Education and turned her hobby into a business. She sells artwork in her studio in Fredericksburg and paints wall murals and tiles on commission.
Clare Baxter '78 was inducted into the Mercer County Softball Hall of Fame and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Kathy Murphy Carroll '78 choral director of Rockdale County High School in Georgia, was one of twelve winners in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Honor Teacher Awards. Nearly 500 teachers were nominated this year from metro Atlanta and the state. The four top-place winners each received $10,000. Mrs. Carroll was one of eight other finalists, each of whom received a $2,500 award.
Jim Crites '79 has two patents issued for his development of processes and equipment for GaAS (gallium arsenide) wafer chips. He serves on the Board of Directors for the ManTech Conference, a worldwide conference on development and manufacturing of GaAS communication chips.
Paula Johnson Card '81 her husband and three friends began the South Central Virginia Genealogy Society in 1999. The society, which focuses on 13 counties, has a web site www.rootweb.com/~vascvg/.
Dr. R. Kenneth Marcus '82 Professor of Chemistry at Clemson University, won the 2001 Governor's Award for Excellence in Science for outstanding achievement in the field of scientific research. His work has been crucial in the development of new chemical instrumentation to analyze materials. He recently served as chairman of the Piedmont Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and serves on committees of the national society. Dr. Marcus also serves on the Editorial Working Team of Spectrochimica Acta B (Electronica).
Chanel Vaughan Leslie '87 has been named one of 12 recipients of the NASA/NAFFO Louis Stokes Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship program is "to strengthen the delivery, management and program outcomes of NASA-sponsored research and educational programs in historically black colleges and universities and other minority institutions."
Brian Kenneth Brown '90 won the 2000 best in show award from the Virginia Press Association for a four-part series on speeding. This series was chosen by judges from the New York Press Association as the best among weekly newspapers in the state.
Charlie Fultz '92 was featured in the August 2001 issue of Golfdom Magazine, a national golf publication. Fultz is superintendent at the Country Club of Culpeper and is known for his skill in repairing greens in poor condition.
James Beckley '00 was named Southeast Region Outstanding Earth Team Volunteer for his efforts with the Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District. These activities, begun during his years as a student, led to full time employment with the Piedmont Region TMDL
(Total Maximum Daily Load) Initiative.
Mandy Beamer '01 won the Virginia Women's Amateur Golf Championship in July.