William and Mary

Alumni Updates: Class Years 1970-79


Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 1970 and 1979. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more updates received this year.

Harold Martin '79 - writes: "Since my graduation from W&M in 1979, I married my college sweetheart, Lela Early, whom I met in an English class in the Wren Building (and who was also an English major in the Class of '79)! I have worked for 25 years in public accounting and specialize in valuation, forensic accounting, and litigation consulting. In addition to my professional practice, since 2005 I have served as an adjunct lecturer for the W&M Mason Graduate School of Business and teach a course on forensic accounting. While one might initially question the usefulness of an English degree to a CPA, I have found it to be invaluable, as a large majority of my time is spent writing detailed reports in which I have to communicate complex concepts to clients, attorneys, judges, and other parties. I have also written numerous articles and co-authored one technical textbook, Financial Valuation, 2nd ed., and have served as a contributing author to another, Cost of Capital, 3rd. ed. After completing my career in public accounting (and putting three children through college), I eventually hope to transition to teaching full time at the university level. (2010)

 Christopher Bram '74 - "In 2006 I published a novel, EXILES IN AMERICA, which is set in Williamsburg on the eve of the Second Iraq War. And in 2009 I published a collection of essays, MAPPING THE TERRITORY, which features two pieces about my time at William and Mary. (2010)

Dale Ramsey '72 English Literature - Dale tells us: "I have been in New York city since 1975, following graduate work at Virginia Tech, where I received a Master's in English.  I subsequently received an MFA in Dramatic Writing in 1981 and began writing plays. I worked in publishing as a book editor for 21 years and helped to found the off-Broadway Pearl Theater Company, now located at the City Center here in NYC. Today I am a writer working in nonprofit fundraising at the Municipal Art Society of New York, and am completing my first novel. I live on the Upper West Side with my wife Sarah Schindler. (2010)

 Leslie (Slemmer) Clark '74 - Leslie tells us: "I have had several careers since graduating and have used my English degree for all of them. Right now I'm in the association management business, where written communication is a big part of what I do. There are a number of former English majors in the industry, all doing quite well. So to all my professors I say thank you!! (2010)

Bruce Replogle '79 - earned his A.B. double major in English and Philosophy, and in his words is "Recently inspired by the wordsmithery of T.C. Boyle, and the author's pithy endorsement of his scribbling "cool", Mr. Replogle is threatening to begin releasing his own short stories to the general public." (2010)

Anna (Barron) Billingsley '79 - Anna received a B.A. in English and now serves as Director of Publications and Design at the University of Mary Washington where she oversees all written material that emanates from campus and edits the alumni magazine. Prior to taking this position six years ago, Anna worked as a daily news journalist, and taught college journalism courses. She earned her M.A. in communications from American University. (2010)

Steven Miller '72 has been teaching English at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He teaches folklore, literature, and writing courses, co-sponsors the English Club, and does pre-law advising. He lives in Lancaster County, noted for tourism, buggies, and shoo-fly pie. "Come visit!" he says. (2007)

Bernard L Herman '73 – went on to pursue a PhD in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is now Chair and Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware.  His books include Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830 (2005), Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic (1997), The Stolen House (1992), A Land and Life Remembered: Americo-Liberian Folk Architecture (1989), with S. Holsoe and M. Belcher), and Architecture and Rural Life in Central Delaware, 1700-1900 (1987). (2007)

John Kimble '73 writes: "After leaving W&M, I graduated from LSU Medical School, did my Internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital and my Residency training at Tulane. It is only fitting that my training is in Otolaryngology (Ear, nose and throat) which includes treatment of communicative disorders. I received board certification in 1981. My only job after graduation has been in private practice in a suburb of New Orleans. I've been here 26 years including the 19 days I stayed in the hospital after Hurricane Katrina. I guess I'm one of the few surgeons who can recite long passages from King Christopher Bram '74 - "In 2006 I published a novel, EXILES IN AMERICA, which is set in Williamsburg on the eve of the Second Iraq War. And in 2009 I published a collection of essays, MAPPING THE TERRITORY, which features two pieces about my time at William and Mary.Lear, Macbeth, and the Canterbury Tales." (2006)

Katherine Winfree '73 was appointed Maryland's Deputy Attorney General in November, 2006. Winfree studied law at the University of Oklahoma after attending William & Mary. She later became a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. before becoming deputy state's attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1999. Her most famous case has been the beltway snipers. (2006)

Christopher Bram '74 continues to pen critically-acclaimed novels. His latest Bram picwork, Lives of the Circus Animals, appeared in 2003. (2006)




Greg Bartholomew '79Batholomew pic practiced law for 18 years but is now a full-time composer. His choral works have been premiered by such ensembles as The Esoterics, the Oregon Repertory Singers, the Ars Brunensis Chorus, the William & Mary Choir, and the American University Chamber Singers, and have received performances by Seattle Pro Musica, Octarium, Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Seattle Bach Choir as well as readings by the Gregg Smith Singers and the Princeton Singers. His choral setting of text "From the Odes of Solomon" is available on CD from Capstone Records. Connecticut Choral Arts (Concora) released "The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan)" on their CD "Songs and Stories of Liberation." Read more. (2007)

 Lisa Sanders '79 worked for ABC News and CBS News following graduation, but endSanders piced up with a degree from Yale medical school in 1997. Her interests came together recently when she began writing a column called 'Diagnosis' for the New York Times. This column in turn inspired the television show 'House'. (2007)

 Martha Hunt – '70 I taught high school English for half a year and then took a different path. I earned an M.Ed from the University of Virginia in Special Education with an endorsement to teach students with behavioral and emotional handicaps. I taught in state institutions for six years and then in the late 70's moved into the local public schools in New Hampshire consulting with teachers of students with emotional handicaps. Later I taught in a public school program with a focus on returning students with these handicaps to regular classrooms. After twenty years, I earned an M.Ed in supervision and administration at the University of New Hampshire and became an elementary school principal. I also earned an endorsement in elementary education at a small private college in New Hampshire. I was a very good teacher, but an excellent principal. I served in two principalships and retired in June, 2006. I am now on the steering committee of the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty returning to the civic activism of my years at the College. I am also the performance narrator for a small ballet company. After many years of budgets, evaluations, data analyses, and other work oriented writing, I am now engaged in creative writing for the first time. I am responsible for creating the narration that I read to support the choreography for our younger or less ballet experienced audiences. Also, at the age of sixty-two, I have discovered crossword puzzles. I continue to be a life-long reader. (10/2011)

Christopher Bram – '74 BA English  After nine novels and a book of essays, I will be publishing my first work of narrative nonfiction in February 2012. EMINENT OUTLAWS: THE GAY WRITERS WHO CHANGED AMERICA begins with such authors as Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg and James Baldwin, then, follows the next generations--Edmund White, Armistead Maupin, and Tony Kushner--right up the present. The book is being published by Twelve. (10/2011)