Class Notes


Shirley Powell McPhillips ’62 is the author of Poem Central: Word Journeys for Readers and Writers, a book for educators in grades 5-12, literacy leaders, and students
studying and preparing for a teaching career.

Emilie Friend Swearingen ’68 serves on the Kure Beach (N.C.) Town Council and is active in several nonprofits and community organizations. She recently spoke at a congressional briefing in opposition to seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. She worked more than 30 years in state and local government after receiving her MPA at North Carolina State University in 1976.


Martha Brown Somers ’79 is pleased to announce that her son, John Somers, will be following in the family tradition by enrolling in fall 2014 as a member of the Longwood Class of 2018. John’s grandmother, his mother, aunt and first cousin all are graduates of Longwood. John is the first male member of the family to
attend the university.


John E. Hudson ’80 is the composer of “Welcome Christmas,” a Christmas carol published by
the General Board of Discipleship for United Methodist Church. The sheet music can be downloaded at

David Whitus ’83 is the first Longwood graduate to lead the town of Farmville as mayor. A native of Farmville, Whitus, the director of administration, marketing and development at The Woodland, garnered nearly 48 percent of the vote in the three-way May 6 contest.


Dr. Tammy Estes Hanna ’92, who received her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, was appointed principal of Edward E. Drew Jr. Middle School in Fredericksburg. She previously was assistant principal at A.G. Wright Middle School in Stafford.

Robin Burroughs Davis ’90, MS ’94, is the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

Dr. Kurt Kreassig ’90 is chair of teacher education and interdisciplinary studies at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Dr. Tracey McGregor Mason ’91 is an associate professor of chemistry
at Stevenson University in Baltimore.


Megan Langley Funk ’05 and her husband, Matt Funk, are the parents of Matthew Whalen Funk Jr., born April 2, 2014.

Meredith Carr Flory ’06 and W. Reese Flory ’06 are the parents of Delilah Flory, their first child, who was born April 25, 2013. In May 2013, Meredith completed her master’s degree in English with a concentration in children’s literature at Kansas State University, where she now works as an instructor in the English department. Reese is also working on a graduate degree at K-State in music education while he serves full-time as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Band Program, where he is a pianist, at Ft. Riley. He completed his first deployment with the 1st Infantry Division in 2012.

Barbara Lenhardt MBA ’08 was installed as the president of the board of directors of the Museum Store Association in April 2014.

Bryan G. Jackson ’08 and Carolyn F. Vargas-Jackson ’08 are the parents of Grant McKinley Jackson, their second son, who was born Feb. 23, 2014.

Lauren Sandridge ’08, who teaches kindergarten at Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville,
was honored with a 2014 Golden Apple Award.

Amanda Fuller ’10, who teaches at Brownsville Elementary School in Crozet, was honored with a 2014 Golden Apple Award.

Kelsey Pardue ’14, former women’s soccer standout, made her debut in June with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. Pardue, who was called up from the Washington Spirit Reserves of the W-League, is the first player from the women’s soccer program at Longwood to play at the sport’s highest level.

Tami Park Farinholt ’02 is assistant director of community outreach and partnerships in the Office of Community Engagement at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Shannon Hersman Nusbaum ’05, MS ’12, is senior assistant director of admissions at Longwood.

Becca Snyder ’05 is associate director of career education and vocational reflection at Hampden-Sydney College.

Cricket Gicz Mansour ’06 is major gifts officer for the Honors College and STEPP program at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

Meredith Carr Flory ’06 is an instructor in the English department at Kansas State University in

Kellie Dixon ’08, MS ’11, is area coordinator for north campus at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

Ashley A. Jones ’08 is a resident director at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Sara Kupferer ’08 is assistant director for student conduct at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Stefanie Mancuso ’08 is assistant director of campus life arts and programs at University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Brantley Willett ’08 is coordinator for community standards at Clayton State University in
Morrow, Ga.

Liz Bosworth ’09 is a residence director at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.

Amy Rose St. John ’09 is the director of supplemental instruction at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

Calla Pavlidis Talman ’09, MS ’11, is an academic advisor in the George W. Woodruff School
of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Ashley Jarrett Crute ’10 is the assistant director of career services in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Cameron Patterson ’10 is coordinator of disability resources at Longwood.

Brandy Jones ’11 is an admissions counselor at Longwood.

Tara Carr ’11 is an admissions counselor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

James Bland ’12 is assistant director of multicultural recruitment and program development at Ripon (Wis.) College.

Heather Corley ’12 is an undergraduate admissions counselor at Marymount University in Arlington.

In Memoriam

Listed in order of Class Year

Yancey Brooking Birdsong ’28 died Feb. 25, 2014.
Nellie Bigger Stimac ’29 died May 27, 2014.
Kalypso Costan Furniss ’31 died March 17, 2014.
Nan Edmunds Takacs ’34 died Feb. 24, 2014.
Dora Parker Horton ’36 died May 24, 2014.
Irene Parker Craig ’37 died May 16, 2014.
Aurelia Varner Hazlegrove ’38 died April 5, 2014.
Elizabeth Berryman Gwaltney ’39 died May 20, 2014.
Sarah Haughton Little ’39 died May 29, 2014.
Charlotte Elizabeth Morton ’39 died June 7, 2014.
Fannie West Draper ’41 died Feb. 17, 2014.
Margaretta Gerlaugh Hart ’41 died Feb. 28, 2014.
Dorothy Rollins Pauly ’41 died April 15, 2014.
Evelyn Lupton Potter ’41 died June 9, 2014.
Clara Bain Rogers ’41 died Feb. 12, 2014.
Luella Hall Tatem ’42 died April 1, 2014.
Brooke Benton Dickerman ’43 died April 15, 2014.
Violet Woodall Elliott ’43 died May 25, 2014.
Elizabeth Hardy Hutcheson ’43 died May 13, 2014.
Elva Andrews Jones ’43 died Feb. 8, 2014.
Dorothy Marrow Ward ’43 died Feb. 7, 2014.
Frances Adams Haywood ’44 died April 19, 2014.
Mary Pittard Nash ’44 died Feb. 18, 2014.
Edith Bryant Grizzard ’46 died April 26, 2014.
Carolyn Bobbitt Jones ’46 died March 19, 2014.
Betty Martin Knowles ’46 died April 22, 2014.
Ann Nichols Brickert ’47 died May 12, 2014.
Sarah Hodges Lee ’47 died May 6, 2014.
Shirley Reaves Pool ’47 died May 2, 2014.
Helen Lacy Tokarz ’47 died April 2, 2014.
Elizabeth Keiser Ward ’47 died May 26, 2014.
Dorothy Fultz Elliott ’48 died April 20, 2014.
Christine Bunch Harper ’48 died April 10, 2014.
Dorothy Chambers Oliver ’48 died June 13, 2014.
Esther Marsh Joyner ’49 died March 18, 2014.
Jennie Cross Kalie ’49 died May 28, 2014.
Nancy Roberson Key ’49 died March 29, 2014.
Mary Virginia Teass ’49 died June 8, 2014.
Helen Connelly Button ’51 died April 9, 2014.
Margaret Miller Mason ’52 died May 8, 2014.
Letitia Robins Badger Ward ’52 died Feb. 10, 2014.
Mildred Garnett Woodford ’52 died May 11, 2014.
Marian Amanda Fielding ’53 died March 9, 2014.
Nell Copley Irby ’54 died Feb. 15, 2014.
Nancy Nelson Diggs ’55 died March 7, 2014.
Helen Kelsey Breckinridge ’56 died May 15, 2014.
Mary Lohr Lee ’56 died Feb. 5, 2014.
Marjorie Allgood Harrison ’58 died April 15, 2014.
Judith Eileen Mazella ’58 died March 17, 2014.
Caroline Oakey Talley ’58 died April 11, 2014.
Brenda Green Benson ’61 died June 10, 2014.
Jean Johnson Kemp ’61 died May 1, 2014.
Patricia O’Neil Tedesco ’61 died May 14, 2014.
Virginia Chapman Looney ’62 died May 7, 2014.
Virginia Smith Evans ’63 died May 11, 2014.
Eliza Patterson Hines ’63 died March 11, 2014.
Victoria Johnson Hoffius ’63 died May 11, 2014.
Roxie Haley Snead ’68 died May 4, 2014.
Winifred Bryant Adams ’70 died Feb. 13, 2014.
Gail Douglas Bates ’70 died May 16, 2014.
Sharron Farmer Frahm ’71 died March 22, 2014.
Lynda Stanley Scott ’71 died Feb. 6, 2014.
Theresa Van Dyke Phelps ’73 died Feb. 16, 2014.
Edna Rice Lutman ’76 died March 29, 2014.
Myra Lynn Gwyer ’79 died April 15, 2014.
Cary Brooks Sears ’79 died April 17, 2014.
Claudia Hurley Daniels ’80 died May 21, 2014.
Aleta E. Fears ’80 died June 13, 2014.
William Francis Kelly ’80 died April 23, 2014.
Cathy Garrette Loving ’82 died Feb. 14, 2014.
Patricia Crews McLain ’87 died March 29, 2014.
Brian Kevin Ruff ’89 died Feb. 23, 2014.
Melissa Anne Haislip ’13 died June 18, 2014.

Nursing Scholarship Fund

A Longwood scholarship fund has been set up in memory of Melissa Haislip ’13, a member of the first graduating class in the nursing program, who was killed June 18 in a car accident.

Donations to the Melissa Anne Haislip Memorial Scholarship, which will assist a current nursing student, can be made payable to Longwood University Foundation (in memory of Melissa  Haislip), 201 High St., Farmville, VA 23909. Haislip worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.