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Alumni Updates: Class Years 1970-79

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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)

 Anna Bilinsgsley Barron – ’79 BA English I serve as Associate Vice President for University Relations at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. In this capacity, I oversee all of our editorial, design, media relations, web, and marketing functions. (10/2013)

Amy Jarmon- ’71 AB English, ’83 EdD Higher Education, ’92 Law My current position is Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Instructor at Texas Tech University School of Law. I love combining my education and law backgrounds to assist law students in their academic studies. My first career in student affairs with undergraduates (ten of those years at William and Mary) provides me with an excellent background for my current work. I use my three W&M degrees regularly. In the summers I teach a legal writing segment for our Introduction to Legal Studies course. I teach a course in European Union Law and a Comparative Law course alternate spring semesters. My book Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers was published by the American Bar Association in April 2013. The book is focused on helping attorneys with five or less years of experience to be more efficient and effective in their work. I also regularly write articles on law school study for the Student Lawyer, the magazine for the ABA's Student Division. I am one of the Co-Editors for the Law School Academic Support Blog. (10/2013)

John Hare – 77 MA English It's been a long trip, sometimes strange, but mostly interesting. After finishing my degree, I worked as a writer/editor in government and the private sector for thirteen years. Then I had the good fortune to get laid off. After a year of teaching part time, I got a full time job at Montgomery College, a community college outside of Washington D.C. This is my twenty-seventh year. I was department chair for six years and chaired governance bodies at the campus and collegewide levels. My students honored me four times by nominating me for Who's Who Among America's Teachers; each National Dean's List Student was allowed to identify one teacher who had the greatest impact on him or her. I was also included in Who's Who in America. I earned my PhD in American Studies at University of Maryland while teaching full-time. My dissertation was published as "Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845." My focus seems to have shifted to public history/public memory, my motorcycle, and my granddaughters, not necessarily in that order.(10/2013)

Joseph Carlin – ’78 BA English ’80 MBA Finance I published the following biography: J. Van Lindley His Ancestors, Life, and Legacy
Authored by Joseph C. Carlin
Link: https://www.createspace.com/3636138
Several generations of the Lindley family were an integral part of early American and Quaker history. From 1615 to 1918 they participated in migrations seeking religious freedom and economic opportunity. This story follows their journey from England to Ireland as they became some of the first American Colonists of Pennsylvania and then central North Carolina. The Revolutionary War "Battle of Lindley Mill" that was fought on the land of Thomas Lindley, Sr. is detailed in this book. It continues following them to Indiana as some of the first settlers before returning later to North Carolina. Joshua Lindley, J. Van's father was one of the first fruit tree growers, a Pomologist, in both Indiana and North Carolina.
In North Carolina, the focus is on J. Van Lindley, whose life and ambitions represented the fulfillment of the American Dream. Born in Indiana in 1838, he grew up in modest circumstances, with limited education, then became a man who built multiple companies that provided employment for many of his fellow Southerners. These companies included Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance, Pomona Terra Cotta, J. Van Lindley Nurseries and J. Van Lindley Orchards. His 1000-acre orchard between Southern Pines and Pinehurst, NC marked the start of the peach industry which still thrives in Moore County. His extensive land holdings within present day Greensboro, NC were developed into suburban neighborhoods, including Lindley Park.
J. Van Lindley's involvement in creating and building professional associations and civic, educational and philanthropic groups helped to provide a solid base for these organizations. Many of these organizations are still in existence and have passed the century mark. These include Guilford College, John Van Lindley Elementary, Children's Home Society, Southern Nursery Association and the park he donated: Lindley Park in Greensboro, NC.
The inspirational story of his life and on-going legacies challenges each of us to look close to home and find where we can make a difference by being involved in our businesses, churches, local governments, schools and communities. About the author: Joe Carlin grew up in Northern Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he majored in English, then completed a Masters in Business Administration.
After a 30 year business career, Joe began writing and this is his first book. John Van Mons Lindley, who preferred to be known as J. Van Lindley, was the great-grandfather of Joe's wife Shirley. Her family gatherings always included stories about a person they referred to as "John Van Lindley." Researching J. Van and his family revealed a lot of information that confirmed, and some that contradicted, the family stories. This book, citing over 100 sources, takes advantage of Joe's research and business background as he documents the evidence left by this line of the Lindley family and how they intersected with well-known historical events. (10/2013)

Ron Brown – ’75 MA English Taking advantage of a new job opportunity at Ektron in Nashua, NH. I'm still doing technical writing after all these years. The job title may be the same, but the tools, technologies and subject matter couldn't be more different. From data element dictionaries and solid propellant rocket motors in Virginia, to factory automation systems and all manner of software products in New England, it has been one continuous learning curve. The one constant about the work is the satisfaction of turning facts and figures into information for human consumption, and the joy of a well formed sentence. (10/2013)

John Gibney – ’73 BA English I'm not sure whether I mentioned this to my friends in the English department. In 2010, President Obama nominated me to be a United States District Judge. In December, the Senate approved my nomination by voice vote, and on 12/26/10, I was sworn in as a judge. I sit in Richmond. Professor Conlee was kind enough to attend my investiture. I am now embarking on a one-judge campaign to eliminate the use of "impact" as a verb, except when referring to impacted teeth or colons. Passive voice will be frowned upon as well. In passing, i would like to mention that both my children graduated from the College of Knowledge. After graduation, my son (John III) spent several years in Teach for America, and is now a school administrator in Philadelphia. My daughter (Sarah) is wrapping up a stint in the Peace Corps in Namibia. I am extremely proud of both of them. To my fellow English majors, if any of you pass through Richmond, please stop by for a visit. If you are indicted for a federal offense in Richmond, I guess I'll see you then as well. (10/2013)

Ron Brown – ’75 MA English Taking advantage of a new job opportunity at Ektron in Nashua, NH. I'm still doing technical writing after all these years. The job title may be the same, but the tools, technologies and subject matter couldn't be more different. From data element dictionaries and solid propellant rocket motors in Virginia, to factory automation systems and all manner of software products in New England, it has been one continuous learning curve. The one constant about the work is the satisfaction of turning facts and figures into information for human consumption, and the joy of a well formed sentence. (10/2013)

John Gibney – ’73 BA English I'm not sure whether I mentioned this to my friends in the English department. In 2010, President Obama nominated me to be a United States District Judge. In December, the Senate approved my nomination by voice vote, and on 12/26/10, I was sworn in as a judge. I sit in Richmond. Professor Conlee was kind enough to attend my investiture. I am now embarking on a one-judge campaign to eliminate the use of "impact" as a verb, except when referring to impacted teeth or colons. Passive voice will be frowned upon as well. In passing, i would like to mention that both my children graduated from the College of Knowledge. After graduation, my son (John III) spent several years in Teach for America, and is now a school administrator in Philadelphia. My daughter (Sarah) is wrapping up a stint in the Peace Corps in Namibia. I am extremely proud of both of them. To my fellow English majors, if any of you pass through Richmond, please stop by for a visit. If you are indicted for a federal offense in Richmond, I guess I'll see you then as well. (10/2013)

Carol Anne Vogel Jones – ’75 BA with Honors English After receiving an MA in English Renaissance Literature at UVa in 1978, I worked for several years as Editorial Manager of the Shakespeare Quarterly published by the Folger Library. After raising two sons with my college sweetheart Kevin Jones (W&M '75, JD at UVA '78), I returned to the workforce as an Associate Editor for MENC (National Association for Music Education), editing six periodicals and several books. I then became a Director of Religious Education at several parishes in Northern VA for about ten years. Beginning in the early 1990s, I also published articles in the St. Austin Review, Crisis, Sacred Architecture, Catholic Faith, Voices, and Celebrate Life, with poems in America and Celebrate Life. Currently, as sole proprietor of my own publishing business Coronae Rosarum, I offer enrichment materials that I have developed for religious education programs. I also lead a book/film discussion group on Shakespeare's plays. Thank you to all my profs for bearing with me and giving me a solid foundation in both literature and composition!!! (10/13)

Anna (Barron) Billingsley '79 - B.A. in English and now serves as Associate Vice President of University Relations and Communications at the University of Mary Washington. She is married to Robert T. Billingsley ‘76 and is the proud mother of Leslie H. Billingsley, a member of the W&M Class of 2013. Previously, Anna worked as a daily news journalist and taught college journalism courses. She earned her M.A. in communications from American University. (10/2013)

Greg Bartholomew '79 B.A. in English and Government. I am extremely pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed trumpeter James Ackley has released a new CD titled "New American Works for Trumpet" that includes my "Summer Suite" as well as Robert J. Bradshaw's new ballet, "The Girl in White," and Gordon Goodwin's "Sonata for Trumpet & Piano." James' playing on the CD is amazing throughout and I think you will really like it.
"Summer Suite" is a 3-part suite originally for trumpet & string quartet, with alternate arrangements of the accompaniment for piano, sax quartet, string orchestra, chamber orchestra and concert band. For this CD, at James Ackley's request I made a special arrangement combining the piano and string quartet accompaniments, and I think the combination turned out great.
You may listen to previews of all tracks on the CD on iTunes at: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=rYX8Brp1KcM&offerid=146261&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=1826&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Falbum%2Fnew-american-works-for-trumpet%2Fid545389243%3Fuo%3D4%26partnerId%3D30
The CD is available for purchase on amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and on my website (www.gregbartholomew.com/cd.html). (10/2013)