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The mysteries of early football

This morning I received a call from an alumnus who wanted to know if I had a photo of the last Wofford football team to defeat South Carolina, which would have occurred sometime around 1900.  He had seen the photo somewhere and wondered if he could get a copy. I didn’t recall seeing the photo, […]

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Henry Z. Nabers

Students asked their professors for letters of recommendation even in the 1890s. Some time back, I got a collection of letters about an alumnus named Henry Z. Nabers, an 1893 Wofford graduate.  Most of the letters were about him rather than by him.  In this case, they were letters from professors and employers attesting to […]

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Bishop Cyrus Dawsey and Methodism in Brazil

Nearly a dozen Wofford alumni have become bishops in the Methodist Church, and two of those have the distinction of having served as bishop in another country.  One of those, Bishop Cyrus B. Dawsey, was a missionary in Brazil for some 32 years before becoming the bishop of the Methodist Church of Brazil. Born in […]

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What alumni have done for Wofford

Today I made some brief remarks to Wofford's Heritage Society – the group of students who have ancestors who graduated from the college.  They gathered for lunch on this day before Commencement with their parents and other family members, many of whom are alums.  Charlie Gray '72, who admitted me in 1990, asked me to […]

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Alumni Notes, 1897

One of the most popular sections in each issue of the Wofford Today is the alumni news and notes.  Various college publications have carried alumni news over the years.  In the 1890s and early 1900s, before a separate alumni magazine or campus newspaper existed, the Wofford College Journal, the literary magazine, carried alumni updates.  Here’s […]

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Patterson Oral Interview Part 5

This is the final segment of the D. F. Patterson oral interview – it runs about 10 minutes. In it, he talks about some of the college's fund-raising experiences from his time on the board in the 1950s and 1960s as well as his optimism for the college's future.  This tape was recorded in 1980. […]

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D. F. Patterson Alumni Memories Part 4

This is the fourth segment of former board chairman D. F. Patterson's 1980 oral history interview. In this portion, he talks about President Snyder, fraternities, and some trustee issues from his time on the board. Running time is about 6 minutes.

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Election Day special

In celebration of the political process, here are the names of Wofford's alumni who have served in the United States Congress.   Eight alumni have served in the House of Representatives.  Samuel Dibble, who was Wofford's first graduate in 1856, served five terms in the House, from 1881 to 1891.  He represented the district around […]

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Part 2 of D. F. Patterson’s alumni memories

This segment includes comments on student dress in the 1920s, on desegregation and coeducation, on football, and on the Old Gold and Black.  This is the second portion of an interview prepared by students in Dr. Lewis Jones' 1980 Oral History Interim.    

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Alumni memories- D. F. Patterson

This recording is the first eleven minutes of an interview with D. F. Patterson of the class of 1929. Mr. Patterson went on to become chairman of the Wofford Board of Trustees in the 1950s. In this segment, recorded in 1980, he talks with a Wofford student about Spartanburg, memories of the faculty, and the […]

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