The Berea College Alumni Association enjoys hearing from Bereans from all over the U.S. and the world. The “Class Notes” section of Berea College Magazine reports verifiable news that has been sent to the Association by alumni. BCM reports the news you wish to share with your alumni friends and associates. “Class Notes” reports careers, weddings, retirements, births, and other items of importance to our alumni. Please include your class year and name used while attending Berea. Notes may be edited for style and length. Our print deadlines may delay the appearance of your class news. While we will make every effort to put your information into the next issue, due to printing schedules, some delays are typical. We appreciate your understanding.


Dr. Willard Arnett and Patricia Rae Arnett, ’49, reside at Carolina Village, an extended care facility, in Hendersonville, NC.


James D. Miller, Jr. retired after 36 years as district conservationist and is enjoying good health at 87 years of age. James and his wife, Aileen, enjoyed a visit to campus with their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons at Homecoming 2012 and dined at Boone Tavern. They reside in Owenton, KY.


Dr. Robert L. Glenn retired as a medical physician, and Nancy, his wife, is now retired from nursing. They reside at Westminster Canterbury Retirement Center in Lynchburg, VA.


Jessie Mae Reasor Zander received the C.H. Shorter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Appalachia Training Central Bland Alumni Association in memory of Shorter, an influential African American educator and leader. The Shorter award recognized Jessie for her outstanding leadership, extraordinary contributions, and community service.


Jo Ella Nuckols Sink is retired from teaching kindergarten and first grade and her husband, Jack, retired as professor at University of Georgia. They have three sons and four grandchildren. They spend the winter months in Sebring, FL, where they enjoy golfing, and the summer months in Athens, GA.


Dr. Miles Hayes was honored by the Houston Geological Society, the largest geological society in the world, as a “Legend” in the fields of sedimentology and coastal zone research. He was recognized by the oil and gas industries as having made substantial research and teaching contributions during his 20 years as professor of geology at the Universities of Massachusetts and South Carolina. In 2011, he published Coastal Heroes, which gives tribute to his graduate students and research associates around the world. He is chairman of the board of Research Planning, Inc. He and his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Michel, reside in Columbia, SC.


Dr. G. Keith Parker and his daughter, Leslie Parker Borhaug, ’90, have recently published a historical fiction set in Appalachia titled, Sons of Mercy and Justice: A Transylvania Story, with the assistance of Paul Parker, ’84, and Gwen Brunner Hensley, ’83. Set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, the heavily researched story touches on stereotyping, racism, the Cherokee, moonshining, and county and federal law enforcement along with the polarity of the Civil War in reconstruction. Keith and Jonlyn, his wife, reside in Brevard, NC.


Gloria Calfee Martin and Everett L. Martin celebrated their 50th anniversary. They are retired and reside in Pullman, WA.


Dr. Helen Bessent Byrd has been a professor at Norfolk State University for 36 years and is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She earned a MA degree at Temple University, a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and her M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary. She and her husband, Shedrick, reside in Norfolk, VA.


Dr. Raleigh F. Johnson, Jr. retired from the University of Texas Medical Branch after 40 years of service in the Radiology Department. Raleigh and his wife, Rita Roberson Johnson, plan to travel and spend time with his photography and consulting plans. They reside in Houston, TX.


Rebecca Ansary Pettys represented Dr. Lyle Roelofs and Berea College at the presidential inauguration of Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., at Union College in April 2013.


Linda Stevens Madden retired in August 2012. She worked for 37 years as the public health nursing director of Clay County Health Department in Manchester, KY. She and her husband, Scott, have made plans to travel and spoil their grandchildren. They reside in Manchester, KY.


Dr. Judith Sherrow Conde retired on July 1, 2013, from Franklin County Public Schools after 42 years of teaching. She taught Spanish for 20 years and served as head of the Foreign Language Department and sponsor of the Spanish Honor Society. She has published a variety of articles and a book. She resides in Lexington, KY. Becky Hollen Adams Lewis, Cx’70, is currently vice president of Patient Care at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, OH. She resides in London, KY.


Pamela Baldwin Ray retired on January 3, 2013, after 35 years of service with the Internal Revenue Service. She resides in Schuyler, VA. David B. Sloan was recently appointed by Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear to the Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission for a term, ending in May 2016.


Roger L. Marcum serves as vice chair of the Kentucky Board of Education. His wife, Bobbie Gibson Marcum, ’75, retired December 2012, after 37 years of service as a pediatric RN and OBGYN nurse practitioner. They reside in Bardstown, Kentucky.


Gerald “Jerry” Ammons is a programmer-analyst at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and his wife, Joellen Shank Ammons, is a preschool teacher at Kids R Kids in Lexington, KY. They reside in Nicholasville, KY.


Sandra Bowling retired on May 29, 2013, as an elementary teacher with 34 years of service given to Scott County School District #1 in Austin, IN, where she currently resides. James Stratman is currently studying the field of parapsychology at the Hypnosis Clearing House Institute in California under the mentorship of Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.


Pat Ballinger was elected the new president of People’s Bank in Berea, KY. Larry Harrison, President Emeritus, congratulated him for “his dedication and service.” He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Berea, KY. Jan Paige has been employed at Great Eastern Sun since 1994. She was recently promoted to general manager. She resides in Asheville, NC.


Mark A. Shelton has just retired from Kingsport City School system in Kingsport, TN. “Thirty years sure does go by faster than you’d think. I owe a lot of my success in being able to retire to Berea College and friends I had there.” Feel free to contact Mark at


Rev. Jeffrey McDowell earned a master’s of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and has been affiliated with the North Central New York Annual conference since 1988. He was ordained in 1991. He served Clyde United Methodist Church from 1988 – 1997 in Wayne County, NY, and the Centenary UMC in Steuben County, in Bath, NY from 1997 – 2013 ongoing. He and his wife, Barbara, have two sons. They reside in Bath, NY.


Stephanie Stamm recently published her first novel, a young adult fantasy titled Light-Bringer Series, A Gift of Wings. She presently resides in Kalamazoo, MI.


Barry Poynter accepted the appointment of vice president for finance and administration at Eastern Kentucky University’s Operations and Administration. He joined EKU in 2005 as associate vice president for financial affairs—financial services and since April 2012 has served as the interim vice president for financial affairs. Prior to joining EKU, he held business and financial management positions at Berea College and Cumberland College. He resides in Berea, KY.


Leslie Parker Borhaug and her father, G. Keith Parker, ’58, have recently published an historical fiction set in Appalachia titled Sons of Mercy and Justice: A Transylvania Story, with the assistance of Paul Parker, ’84 and Gwen Brunner Hensley, ’83. Set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, the heavily researched story touches on stereotyping, racism, the Cherokee, moonshining, county and federal law enforcement along with the polarity of the Civil War in reconstruction. She and her husband, Tore Borhaug, ’90, reside in Brevard, NC.


Joseph Arthur Tipton completed his doctorate in Greek and Latin at the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches in the Classics Department at University of Massachusetts in Boston. He and his wife, Michelle Smith Tipton, reside in Quincy, MA.


Birth: a son, Gavin Len Davis, was born to Elizabeth Davis and John Len Davis on April 3, 2013. They reside in Lexington, KY.


Alice Driver was interviewed by Robin Morgan, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, about her research in Juarez, Mexico. The interview aired on CBS Radio on May 11, 2013. Alice currently resides in Mexico City, MX.


Birth: a daughter, Kyri Jaysen Marie Link, was born to Hollie Marie Link and David John Link on January 31, 2013. They reside in Lexington, KY.


Dr. JoEllen Grace Pederson has been awarded a doctorate of philosophy and sociology by Florida State University. JoEllen is the daughter of David and Lucy Peters Pederson, ’66. She accepted a tenure track position at Longwood University. She resides in Farmville, VA.


Birth: a son, Elijah Roy Fox, was born to Amanda Ginn Fox and Caleb Fox on December 11, 2012. They reside in Louisville, KY.


Birth: a son, Liam Daniel Arthur, was born to Candis Arthur and Eric Arthur on February 8, 2013. They reside in Berea, KY.
Liam Daniel Arthur


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