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A March Madness tribute?

This cartoon has been sitting on my desk for several months, ever since I wrote a Wofford Today column on Dr. C. C. Norton, Wofford's longtime dean of the college and professor of sociology.  Dr. Norton was best known for his annual presentation of A Christmas Carol, but he was also known as a caricaturist […]

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Financial Hard Times from 1893

It's going to start looking like I get new papers, photographs, documents, and other goodies in the mail every week.  Would that it were true!  This makes two weeks in a row that something arrived on my desk that I immediately thought was worth sharing with a wider audience.   Considering what's going on in […]

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“Knotty” Rembert

I'm not quite sure why they called him "Knotty."   Of all the reasons I've read, the one I like best, the one that sort of goes to the heart of teaching and mentoring, is that Dr. Rembert was always asking questions that were difficult to answer, posing problems that made students think.  Or perhaps […]

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“Amazing” DuPre

Maybe students still have nicknames for professors and administrators.  If they do, then I'm pretty sure the professors and administrators don't want to know what those are.  In years past, faculty collected nicknames, flattering and otherwise, from students, and they seemed to stick through several different generations of students.  Sometimes the nickname had something to […]

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James A. Chiles: Teacher and Scholar

When James A. Chiles came to Wofford in 1914, he joined a faculty of thirteen professors. He became part of a core group of faculty members who, with only a few changes, taught together for a generation. Seven of these thirteen professors, Chiles included, retired together in 1947. Through difficult economic days all of these […]

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John Quitman Hill – from Textile Mill Worker to Rhodes Scholar

Only five Wofford graduates have been named Rhodes Scholars, three in the earliest years of the program and two since World War II.  One of these five, Professor John Quitman Hill, has a particularly interesting biography. A childhood illness prevented him from attending school until he was eleven years old.  Many children would never catch up after such a late […]

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“Brighten the corner where you are:” Coleman B. Waller’s Wofford

Coleman B. "Frog" Waller was a longtime member of Wofford's science faculty, serving from 1904 to 1947.  Yet he's one of those names that has sort of disappeared into the annals of campus history, referenced only at the annual presentation of the chemistry department's senior award, which is named for him.  Dr. Waller was  Born […]

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President Pendleton Gaines’ First Chapel Address

Francis Pendleton Gaines became Wofford's 6th president in 1952. In this selection, he is introduced by Dean of the College C. C. Norton and talks about his background, the importance of tradition, and the college's strong reputation. The selection lasts a little over 4 minutes. If you are reading this on a feed reader, you […]

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Larry McGehee and Wofford

Larry McGehee wasn’t born at Wofford College, but he got here as soon as he could. Much has been said about Larry around campus, in telephone conversations, on various blogs, and in print since word came of his death last Saturday evening.  His students over the past ten years in the Religion 340 – Religion […]

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A Few Words, by Larry McGehee

Many people may be interested in the text of Dr. Larry McGehee’s 1972 Commencement address that he gave at the University of Alabama.  The address won him recognition in Time Magazine for its brevity.  There’s a DVD copy in the Wofford archives and in tribute to Larry, I transcribed it this morning.  It’s vintage Larry. […]

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