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Alumni News: 1980s

Virginia Crookshanks-Johnson '87 - My husband and I graduated from William & Mary in 1987, he with a degree in history and I with a degree in anthropology. I am a Web content librarian at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. While I did my share of desk work earlier, most of what I do now is writing and editing. The view that studies in anthropology give has been tremendously helpful to me as I write articles and study guides. I've won some awards through the years for the writing and had a popular history on horse racing in Virginia--the college is mentioned--published by The History Press. I get back to Williamsburg when I can and try to spend some time enjoying campus.

It is very pleasant to visit old campus, particularly stopping by the Wren Building, where Dr. Sutlive married us the day after graduation. Please pass on to him if you will that we are doing well. Two grown children, both deaf, which has led to immersion in another culture. My husband teaches history, chemistry, mathematics (and sometimes drama, French, physics and biology) at Saint Michael the Archangel High School. He truly reaps the benefits of a liberal arts education--and so do his students.

Melanie Barbour Economou, '87 - I continued my studies and in 1998 received a JD from Regent University School of Law. I am currently the Assistant County Attorney for York County, Virginia. In addition, I am married to Peter Economou who is the Chief Deputy Public Defender for Newport News, Virginia and we have a seven year old son.

Donald Jones '80 - On August 1, 2011, Dr. Jones was named Director of US/ICOMOS, the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Headquartered in Paris, ICOMOS is a world-wide network of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world's built heritage. US/ICOMOS, one of the largest national committees of ICOMOS, is headquartered in Washington, DC. (03/2013)

Gary Norman, MA '87 - Collections Manager for The Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Collections Management Consultant for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida.

Caroline Peterson '89 - I deeply appreciate the fine anthropology training I received at Wm & Mary and particularly am grateful to Dr. Virginia Kerns, my major professor. I continued on to receive a PhD in applied anthropology and currently am finishing my postdoctoral fellowship as a T32 scholar through the NIH.