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“Dr. Joe” Gettys

July 2014

Joseph Miller Gettys was born in 1907 at Water Oaks, his family’s 150 acre farm near Tirzah in York County, South Carolina.  He was the eighth of eleven children, all of whom completed college degrees, with several completing advanced degrees.  Dr. Gettys attended Erskine College in Due West, SC, and upon his graduation he enrolled in the Erskine Theological Seminary.  After attending for one year he was offered a three year fellowship at the New York Biblical Seminary.  He moved to New York City and earned a BA and a masters degree in systematic theology there.  He then attended New York University and completed a doctorate of philosophy in 1938.

Dr. Joseph M. Gettys<br />c.1990s
Dr. Joseph M. Gettys

After coming to Presbyterian College in 1956 to teach in the Religion Department, he later served the college as Academic Dean from 1962-69.  He was named the first Kristen Herrington Professor of Bible, a chair later held by Dr. George Ramsey, and currently held by Dr. Robert A. Bryant.  This endowed chair was funded by Mr. and Mrs. John F. McLeod of Chesterfield, South Carolina, in memory of their granddaughter who passed away at the age of four.  Mr. McLeod was a long-time member of the PC Board of Trustees.

After Dr. Gettys retired from PC in 1974, he delivered the 1975 Commencement address, “Computer or Conscience,” also receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from PC during the ceremony that day. Twice after his retirement from PC, Dr. Gettys served Erskine Seminary as an interim faculty member.  In 1984 he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Erskine College and in 2003 was inducted into Erskine’s Academic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Gettys served 44 churches as pastor or interim pastor over the years.  He founded two Presbyterian churches, Westminster Presbyterian in Greenwood, SC and Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC. He was a prolific author of over 20 books, including religious booklets and Sunday school materials for young people. One of his most popular books is What Presbyterians Believe, which sold over 50,000 copies in the first printing.

Dr. Joe’s lovely wife of 67 years, Mary Lou Schirmer Gettys, a Presbyterian elder and gifted church educator herself, was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease in the 1990s.  Dr. Joe kept a journal during that period and was encouraged by nurses at the Presbyterian Community of SC in Clinton where they had been living since 1993 to share his experience with other caregivers for Alzheimer patients.  He wrote Caregivers Can Survive, which went into a second printing in 2004, a year after Mary Lou passed away.  He stated in an interview, “If the sharing helps someone else undergoing a similar experience, then it becomes worthwhile…this is our purpose and this is our hope.”

Dr. Joe tilling his garden at age 105<br />Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina website
Dr. Joe tilling his garden at age 105
Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina website

Dr. Joe played golf into his 90s and until recently, he planted tomatoes, squash, and peanuts outside his apartment at the Presbyterian Community in Clinton.  Growing up on the farm in York County, the family “grew what we ate and ate what we grew,” he stated in a Clinton Chronicle article in May 2010.  He and his brothers and sisters had worked tirelessly to harvest cotton and a variety of fruits and vegetables on the family farm.

Dr. Joe is still busy at age 107, making his morning rounds to greet fellow residents at the Presbyterian Community in Clinton, attending PC Basketball games, tending his garden, and riding the First Presbyterian Church bus to Sunday services each week.  At his 100th birthday celebration in 2007, he was awarded Presbyterian College’s highest honor, the PC Medallion, established in 2001 and given to individuals who exemplify the central characteristics of a Christian leader.  In 2004, Dr. Joseph M. Gettys was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award recognizing his “contributions and friendship to the State of South Carolina and her people.”

On the walls of his apartment hang numerous awards and citations, many if not most were received after his retirement from Presbyterian College in 1974.  He continues to provide pastoral care to his fellow residents at the Presbyterian Community, once stating, “I thank the good Lord for giving me the strength to do all that He’s enabled me to do.”

Hugh Holman, class poet, 1936

May-June 2014

In preparation for Commencement in 1936, class historian and poet, Hugh Holman wrote a poem that was published in the commemorative Commencement program given to the seniors that year.  Hugh Holman went on to become “a versatile South Carolina man of letters,” wrote Ben Hay Hammet in 1959.


Commencement, ’36

No more in lecture rooms and cloistered halls

Will we feel quiet learning’s fervent thrill;

No more will sheltered paths and ivied walls

Be boisterous playgrounds for our youthful will;

The hearts heaped high on our fraternal fires

Will now soon cool to memories’ sweet sad glow;

The fierce wild hope that touched the youthful lyres

Of loyal hearts will fade as dreams move slow;

Our deeds will rest on memories’ trophy case;

Friendships will fade to pleasant reverie,

But ever mounting years can ne’er erase

These college days of youthful ecstasy.

With happy pride we greet th’approaching end,

Yet joy and sorrow now together blend.

Hugh Holman, ’36

Commemorative program from 1936<br />Presbyterian College Commencement
Commemorative program from 1936
Presbyterian College Commencement

Clarence Hugh Holman was born in Cross Anchor, South Carolina in 1914.  His family moved to Goldville, now known as Joanna, South Carolina where he spent most of his youth.  He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1936 with honors, earning a B.S. in Chemistry and an A.B. in English.  Participating in a variety of extra-curricular activities, Holman worked on the staff of three PC student publications during his college years: The Blue Stocking newspaper all four years, serving as editor his senior  year, and The Collegian and the Pac Sac yearbook staffs during his last two years.  Majoring in English and Chemistry, he also served as a student assistant in both departments. Upon his graduation, he was hired to direct public relations at Presbyterian College between 1936 and 1939, a position later filled by Ben Hay Hammet in 1949.  Holman later served as director of the radio department on campus, writing and editing over 100 educational radio scripts for the college. One such script, an adaptation of the story, “Mr. Charles” by Donald Hough, was sold to and heard over the Columbia Broadcasting System.  [PC Archives, Jane Sturgeon scrapbook, c. 1940-41] 

After joining the PC faculty in 1939, Holman was appointed Academic Dean by new president, Dr. Marshall W. Brown in 1945.  Once a professor of Holman’s, Brown stated to The Blue Stocking staff that “I secured his appointment as Dean because years of association with him had convinced me that he had a knowledge greater than that possessed by a number of men who had advanced degrees, an unusual efficiency in routine work, and a great creative talent.” [The Blue Stocking, Dec. 7, 1962]

During his career at Presbyterian, Holman wrote a series of five detective novels.  He was also an academic coordinator and instructor of physics for the 39th Army Air Force college training detachment at PC during World War II.

C. Hugh Holman, PC class of 1936
C. Hugh Holman, PC class of 1936

According to an article in the August 29, 1946 Clinton Chronicle, Mr. Holman was granted a three-year leave of absence in 1946 to begin work on a Ph.D. in American Literature.  His dissertation at UNC was titled ”William Gilmore Simms’s Theory and Practice of Historical Fiction.”

Upon earning his Ph.D. at Chapel Hill in 1949, Dr. Holman received Phi Beta Kappa honors and was appointed Kenan professor of English at UNC.  He later served as chairman of the English Department, chairman of the Humanities Division, chairman of the University Press Board of Governors, and dean of the UNC graduate school.  In 1966 he was named the first Provost at UNC.

By 1966, this “writer-teacher-scholar-administrator” was the author of “five books and 50 articles on literary subjects.”  A noted critic on southern literature, he was a recognized authority on the works of Thomas Wolfe and the editor of numerous publications on the author, including a Scribner research anthology titled The World of Thomas Wolfe.  He also revised and enlarged the classic Thrall-Hibbard Handbook to Literature, a standard reference for graduate and undergraduate English students.  [Presbyterian College Press Release, November 16, 1966, Ben Hay Hammet]

Other honors received by Dr. Holman include a Presbyterian College Alumni Citation awarded during the Diamond Jubilee Convocation in 1955,  a PC Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature, a Thomas Jefferson Award from UNC in 1975, a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, and the Oliver Max Gardner Award in 1977.  Holman’s scholarly interests focused on southern literature which led him to become one of the founding editors of the Southern Literary Journal.  He also played a key role in creating the National Humanities Center located at North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.  This center provides scholars the opportunity to spend a year researching and writing on subjects in the humanities. [UNC's The Carolina Story]

Dr. Holman returned to Presbyterian many times over the years.  Because of his scholarly  pursuits and academic success at such a high level, Dr. Holman was selected as the principal speaker at the dedication of PC’s James H. Thomason Library in September 1974.

Presbyterian College is proud to count this accomplished man among both our alumni and our former faculty/staff members.  As we gather to celebrate Commencement after the end-of-year rush through classes, extra-curricular activities, and exams, we look back on the college careers of the members of our senior class.  The words Hugh Holman wrote almost 80 years ago are still remarkably apt today.  Despite today’s personal electronic devices, social media and other technology, the most important things about the college experience which are mentioned in Holman’s poem above have not changed that much through the years.  As senior class poet, he was a young man who possessed the maturity and insight to look back on his college years and reflect on those experiences before he left them behind.

With happy pride we greet th’approaching end, yet joy and sorrow now together blend.

Captain Kimberly Hampton

April 2014

This month, the Theatre Department at Presbyterian College presented Kimberly’s Flight, a new work created by students in PC’s recently formed Centre for Devised Theatre.  In this new course of study, a theme for a play is determined during the fall semester and students in courses focusing on creating theatre write a script.  In the spring auditions are held and students either perform in the play, create the set, or work backstage providing technical support as part of their coursework. This new program is designed to challenge audiences to contemplate important issues in the world.  This year’s offering focuses on one of our own, Captain Kimberly Hampton, PC Class of 1998.

Kimberly Hampton, Women’s Tennis Team Captain<br />SAC Player of the Year 1997, 1998<br />SAC Female Athlete of the Year, 1998
Kimberly Hampton, Women’s Tennis Team Captain
SAC Player of the Year 1997, 1998
SAC Female Athlete of the Year, 1998

Kimberly Nicole Hampton, a multi-talented young lady from Easley, South Carolina had been recruited during her high school career by PC women’s tennis coach, Donna Arnold. Kimberly chose to play Division I tennis at Furman University her freshman year; however, seeking a different type of college experience, Kimberly transferred to Presbyterian College in the fall of 1995 for her sophomore year. Three years later she had won every South Atlantic Conference singles tennis match that she played during her three years at Presbyterian.  She led the team to three SAC championships as captain in 1997 and 1998 and was named the SAC Player of the Year for those years, as well.  In 1998 she was named the SAC Female Athlete of the Year for all women’s sports within the conference.

Not only was Kimberly an outstanding tennis player, but she also excelled in the classroom.  Academic distinction at the college level is demanding for any student and more so for athletes who must plan time for study around practice sessions, travel, and matches.  Kimberly, well organized and self-disciplined, met these challenges and was named to the Dean’s List for five of the six semesters she attended PC.

ROTC Cadet Hampton at Presbyterian College<br />Cadet Commander – Highlander Battalion<br />1997-98
ROTC Cadet Hampton at Presbyterian College
Cadet Commander – Highlander Battalion

Kimberly attended PC on an ROTC scholarship, adding to her daily schedule the early morning PT (physical training) required of ROTC cadets. Knowing that she wanted to be “an aviator and a paratrooper,” Kimberly chose service in the armed forces as her life’s goal.  She served as the PC Highlander Battalion’s cadet commander during her senior year.

Kimberly graduated from Presbyterian College with honors, cum laude with a major in English and a minor in Physical Education in 1998.  That June she was named to the GTE Academic All-American Women’s At-Large Team in District III, an honor bestowed by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Prior to graduation in May 1998, Kimberly received her Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was awarded PC’s Wysor Saber, the Highlander Batallion’s most prestigious award.  That summer she served as a Gold Bar Recruiter for the college’s ROTC Department, then reported to Fort Rucker’s U.S. Army Helicopter Flight School in Alabama that October.

Army helicopter pilots are members of the U.S. Army Cavalry and sometimes wear the Stetson
Army helicopter pilots are members of the U.S. Army Cavalry and sometimes wear the Stetson

Kimberly excelled in the flight training program, graduating second in her class.  Over the next several years, she was stationed in Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

In the Foreword of Kimberly’s Flight, a book written by Kimberly’s mother, Ann Hampton, with Anna Simon, Kimberly’s commander in Iraq wrote of Kimberly: “While most aspiring helicopter pilots in the Army, men and women, choose to serve as Blackhawk or Chinook pilots who ferry troops about the battlefield, Kimberly chose the far more dangerous path of becoming an OH-58 “Kiowa” pilot.  This specialty meant that her mission was to actively seek out and engage the enemy, and it has only been open to women since the 1990s.  She subsequently became one of the first female combat aviation commanders in the history of the 82nd Airborne. It was this decision which inevitably put her at the front lines outside Fallujah, Iraq, on a fateful winter day.” Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq

On January 2, 2004, Captain Kimberly Hampton, lost her life while serving as the commander of Delta Troop, 1st Squadron-17th Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.  She and her co-pilot were searching by air for enemy forces in support of American troops conducting ground force maneuvers.

Captain Kimberly N. Hampton<br />1976-2004
Captain Kimberly N. Hampton

In an email to her parents the previous year Kimberly wrote, “If there is anything I can say to ease your mind…if anything ever happens to me, you can be certain that I am doing the things I love. I’m living my dreams for sure, living life on the edge at times and pushing the envelope. But, I’m doing things others only dream about from the safety and comfort of home. I wouldn’t trade this life for anything, I truly love it!  So, worry if you must, but you can be sure that your only child is living a full, exciting life and is HAPPY!”

Many faculty and staff on campus have fond memories of Kimberly and those who did not know her personally, remember the smile she shared with everyone.  Kimberly lived a life which exemplified the PC Spirit and we will never forget her!

Mouzon Map of the Carolinas, 1777

March 2014

“An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina with their Indian frontiers, shewing in a distinct manner all the mountains, rivers, swamps, marshes, bays, creeks, harbours, sandbanks and soundings on the coasts, with the roads and Indian paths; as well as the boundary or provincial lines, the several townships and other divisions of the land in both the provinces; the whole from actual surveys by Henry Mouzon and others . . .”

One of the treasures held in the special collections of Presbyterian College is the map described above, which was compiled by William Henry Mouzon, Jr. based on his 1771 survey of South Carolina and surveys completed prior to that time by other cartographers.

Mouzon Map of the North and South Carolina provinces displayed in the PC Archives, 2nd edition, George L. LeRouge, Royal Geographer, Paris, 1777
Mouzon Map of the North and South Carolina provinces displayed in the PC Archives, 2nd edition, George L. LeRouge, Royal Geographer, Paris, 1777

An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina  was Henry Mouzon’s lifetime masterpiece.  He was the grandson of Louis Mouzon, a Huguenot immigrant from France to South Carolina around 1705.  Henry was born in 1741 on the north side of the Santee River at Pudding Swamp in Craven County, now known as Williamsburg County, SC.  When Henry was eight, his father died and Henry and was sent to France for the remainder of his education.  There he studied map making and civil engineering.  Upon his return to South Carolina, he was appointed by Governor Lord Charles Greville Montague to survey the boundaries of the civil districts of South Carolina.  He produced several smaller maps of the state when Mecklenburg and Tryon were added to the province.  He also surveyed the westward extension of the boundary between the two states in 1772.

Mouzon had originally planned to produce a new map of South Carolina with Ephriam Mitchell in order to correct inaccurate details they discovered during their surveys of South Carolina in 1771.  After Mitchell withdrew from the project, Mouzon proceeded to plan an original map of the colonies of both North and South Carolina “by consolidating James Cook’s 1773 map of South Carolina with John Collet’s map of North Carolina.  Mouzon drew on his recent surveys in order to show district lines in South Carolina with greater accuracy and to delineate the 1772 western extension of the boundary between the two colonies.”  He corrected faulty perspective in the watercourses and major rivers in the maps of Cook and Collet, as well as the soundings along the North Carolina coast, and placed names of the North Carolina counties so they would agree more completely with their physical boundaries. (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, UNC Press, 1991)

detail of Mouzon’s 1777 map of North and South Carolina<br />Note three inset maps in this 2nd edition<br />~click image to enlarge~
detail of Mouzon’s 1777 map of North and South Carolina
Note three inset maps in this 2nd edition
~click image to enlarge~

The first edition of Mouzon’s map of North and South Carolina was published in London in 1775 by Sayer and Bennett and included two inset maps detailing Charleston and Port Royal.  The second edition of this map, the version owned by Presbyterian College, was published in 1777 in Paris by George L. LeRouge, a royal geographer. It is titled in French and English and includes a third inset map detailing the British attack on Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776 [Attaques du Fort Sulivan près Charlestown dans la Caroline Méridionale par les Anglois le 28 Juin 1776 avec les camps des Amériquains]. Several British ships are represented and named off the coast of Sullivan’s Island in this third inset map.  For more information on this attack, see Fort Moultrie and the Battle of Sullivan’s Island provided online by the Charleston County Public Library.

Note family names along rivers and creeks.<br />Portion of Mouzon’s map published in Boddie’s, History of Williamsburg, The State Company, Columbia, 1923.         ~click images to enlarge~
Note family names along rivers and creeks.
Portion of Mouzon’s map published in Boddie’s, History of Williamsburg, The State Company, Columbia, 1923.         ~click images to enlarge~

In addition to the inset maps detailing the coastline of South Carolina in the 1770s, another historical jewel is the addition of the surnames of families that had settled along the rivers and creeks by that time.  On the right is a portion of Mouzon’s 1st edition map which was published in History of Williamsburg by William Willis Boddie in 1923.  Click the image for a closer view of family names in Williamsburg Township.  Kingstree is located south of the large “O” in Carolina in the center of Williamsburg township.

Mouzon’s map of North and South Carolina was used by American, British, and French forces during the American Revolution and remained the most authoritative map for North Carolina until the 1808 publication of Price and Strother’s map.  In 1777 a map of this size, 61 x 45 inches, was produced on four sheets which were then connected, as was PC’s copy of the map.  It is said that George Washington’s copy of this map was affixed to cloth and could be folded up and placed in his saddlebag.  Today, Washington’s copy is held by the American Geographical Society headquartered in New York City.   American ally, Comte de Rochambeau’s copy of the map is at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and Henry Clinton’s copy is held by the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor,  Michigan.

Not only was Henry Mouzon a talented surveyor and map maker, but he also became a military officer during the American Revolution, raising a company of seventy-five troops in and around King’s Tree [South Carolina], and was later named Captain of the 3rd S.C. Regiment.  When Charleston fell to the British in May 1780, the regiment disbanded, then reformed that July under Mouzon and was attached to Col. Francis Marion’s brigade.  Several sources confirm that British General Banastre Tarleton “singled out Mouzon for exemplary punishment,” burning his mansion and fourteen outbuildings at Pudding Swamp that August.  Six weeks later on September 14, with Francis Marion at the Battle of Black Mingo Creek, Mouzon received a crippling wound that ended his service in the Revolution.  Mouzon died in 1807 and is buried at the Mouzon Cemetery eight miles northwest of  Kingstree.

This rare map was given to Presbyterian College by Charles N. Gignilliat, Jr. and Peggy Thomson Gignilliat.  Mr. Gignilliat attended PC from 1925-27 and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1929. During his two years at PC he was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, an intercollegiate debate and public speaking fraternity and the Owl Club, a social fraternity.  He was a partner in the firm of Charles N. Gignilliat and Sons Cotton Merchants and a well known civic leader in Spartanburg, SC.  He was a life member of the Spartanburg County Historical Society and a member of the historic preservation commission of that county, as well.  The map was on display in the President’s Office at Presbyterian College for a number of years until it was moved to the Russell Arnold Archive upon it’s opening in the James H. Thomason Library in 2006.

The Mouzon map is a favorite of map enthusiasts, in fact, some visitors have come to the archives for the specific purpose of viewing this significant artifact of American history.  We welcome visitors anytime we are open!

Further reading:

William W. Boddie, History of Williamsburg, The State Company, 1923.
George Stevenson, “Mouzon, Henry Jr.”, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
The Pac Sac
, Presbyterian College, 1927.

Archivists ♥ PC history

February 2014

This month we’re providing a chronological index to the Blue Notes Archive, columns that were primarily written by Nancy Snell Griffith during her years as Archives and Special Collections Librarian here at Presbyterian College.  Several of these columns were written by PC students completing internships in the Archives and by Sarah Leckie, the Archives Assistant.

Vintage Valentine c. 1945
Vintage Valentine c. 1945

February is the month of love and we hope you ♥ PC history as much as we do!  We are sending this index your way to encourage you to delve into the rich history of Presbyterian College and the people associated with our college over the years.

The Blue Notes titles listed below are in chronological order with some grouping of similar titles, while the end of each blue link gives the date each column was published.  We have added terms in [brackets] which describe the subject of the column when the title does not.  Hopefully, these links will make it easier for our readers to browse through our early columns for information about PC People, as well as historical accounts and anecdotes about Presbyterian College. Enjoy!

The Early Days of Presbyterian College

The Legacy of Women at Presbyterian College

The Turbulent 1960s and 70s

Chill Out! [Campus snow scenes]

Rat Season  [Freshman Orientation]

Pranks  [1913, 1960s, 1970s]

Food, Glorious Food!  [PC Food Service]

Christmas at PC

Record of Garden Successes and Failures  [William Plumer Jacobs' garden journal]

Hard Times  [The Great Depression through World War II]

Memories of the 1940s  [William T. Johnson ’47, World War II]

William T. Johnson  [on Charles B. MacDonald, World War II]

How PC Was Different 100 Years Ago Part 1

How PC Was Different 100 Years Ago Part 2  [Social Life at PC]

School Spirit  [Blue Hose name, Scotsman, Alma Mater, Fight Song, Cheers & Cheerleaders]

Football Legends

The College Seal and Motto

Memories of Doyle  [Mark R. McCallum '82, Judy Bolton Jarrett Brown '63, Doylian Society]

Something Rubbed Off  [Charles Joyner ’56, Race Relations at PC between 1952-56]

Art in the Archives

The Founder’s Library  [personal library of college founder, William Plumer Jacobs now housed in the Archives]

Laurensville Female College  [Presbyterian women's school in Laurens, SC between 1843-1890]

George L. Mabry Jr. ‘40 [awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor]

Almon Edwin Spencer  [beloved Professor and twice interim President]

Beating the Heat [air conditioning arrives on campus]

Literary Societies at PC [Eukosmian and Philomathean Societies]                                              

The Jones South Carolina Collection  [Dr. Frank Dudley Jones family book collection in the Archives]

PC vs. Davidson  [Football]

January for the “Greatest Generation” [World War II, Bee Mail Letters collection in the Archives]

Chick Galloway, PC’s First Major Leaguer  [Baseball]

Turner Map Collection  [Marvin S. "Steve" Turner '67, historic South Carolina maps in the Archives]

Charles Woodrow “Swamp Baby” Wilson ’28  [Major League Baseball,  PC Baseball, Basketball, Football, Track, 1928 William Laval Medal]

“Two-Gun” Baker  [Ken Baker Jr. ’56, Prof. Kenneth N. Baker, Walter Johnson, 19930s-40s on campus]

Booe Hooe  [Coach Everett Booe, PC's first Athletic coach, Football, Track and Basketball]

Other Brushes with Baseball Glory  [Lou Brissie attended PC '43-44, Coach Carl Vandagrift,  Lawrence “Coon” Weldon ’37, Elton Pollock ’95, Coach Walt Barbare, Coach Claude Crocker, Coach Edward E. Doak

Campus Housing at Presbyterian College          Part I  Part II

Introducing Our Archives Intern  [Tyler Todd '12]

Tyler’s Research  [The Lost Cause, Confederate heritage]

Dr. Anne Austin Young, PC Class of 1910  [first female Ob-Gyn physician in South Carolina]

And In Walked Dr. Frank Dudley Jones!  [Jane Sturgeon ’40 scrapbook]

Martha Duckett Dendy  [African-American woman, Clinton, SC]

“Big Little Celtics”  [Jane Sturgeon ’40 scrapbook, Basketball]

Nancy Snell Griffith  [Biographical sketch written by Teresa Inman upon Nancy's retirement]


Thanks for the memories, Nancy!


1891: Small group of Alumni raise funds for new dormitory

January 2014

In December of 1890,  Presbyterian College of South Carolina received a gift of sixteen acres of land from J. W. Copeland and R. Newton S. Young of Clinton, and the Presbyterian College campus began to take shape across South Broad Street from Thornwell Orphanage. 

The first building erected on the new site was Alumni Hall, now known as the old Doyle Infirmary.  This winter Alumni/Doyle Hall will be taken down 123 years after it was built.

Alumni Hall between Cottage Dormitory and the Mess Hall<br />c. 1892
Alumni Hall between Cottage Dormitory and the Mess Hall
c. 1892

This gift of land immediately sparked the first really productive action on the part of the fledgling Alumni Association which endorsed the plan to raise $2,500 to build an Alumni Hall dormitory on the new site.  J. Ferdinand Jacobs, son of the founder and an 1887 graduate was named financial agent  …[and] went right to work canvassing different parts of the state–raising funds among some of the churches as well as the small alumni body.” (The Spirit of PC, Ben Hay Hammett, 1980)

We need to remember not only that  Alumni Hall/Doyle Infirmary was built by the Alumni Association of Presbyterian College in 1891, but also that there were only 18 alumni of this college at that point in time.  After the founding of the college in 1880, PC graduated its first class of three students on July 5, 1883.  We can find no record of graduates in 1886 or 1888.  Since seven of the first 18 graduates were women, most likely without an independent income, the fundraising of the alumni is all the more impressive.  (Registrar’s Book, Presbyterian College Archives & Special Collections)

By 1892, Alumni Hall, Cottage Dormitory, and a wood frame mess hall were the only campus buildings erected on the hillside above what is now Calvert Avenue.  These buildings provided housing and food service while Recitation Hall on the Thornwell campus remained the primary academic building for the college until 1907.  Today Alumni Hall/Doyle Hall stands between Georgia Hall and Springs Campus Center in the shadow of Neville Hall.

The final cost of the first building constructed on the new campus was $2,700.  “For this sum the College gets a handsome building, three stories high, with six rooms on each floor.  Every room is finished handsomely, has commodious fireplaces, two to four windows in each room, and every room is large enough for two students … the rooms are rented at Ten dollars a year to each student.”  (Our Monthly, September, 1891)

Alumni Hall, Presbyterian College-<br />clipping of unknown source & date<br /><em>PC Archives and Special Collections</em>
Alumni Hall, Presbyterian College-
clipping of unknown source & date
PC Archives and Special Collections

The building was originally stucco, and was used as a residence hall until 1942 when alumnus Dr. E. Clay Doyle of Seneca, South Carolina, provided funds to convert it into an infirmary.  During this renovation, the original stucco exterior was replaced by red brick, and the main entrance was moved from the side to the front of the building.  After Reynolds Infirmary was built on the East Plaza in 1972, Doyle was used only for overflow student housing for several years between 1978-85, then returned to its original mission as a residence hall housing 25-28 students until it was closed in 1999 (Presbyterian College Catalogs).  Since that time Doyle has been vacant.

Mark McCallum ’82, “an original Doylian” overflow student, shared his Memories of Doyle with us for the January 2010 Blue Notes column.

Even though it is sad to see this historic building taken down, we wanted to recognize the dedication of our very first alumni to the future of their alma mater, Presbyterian College.

Old Doyle Infirmary, formerly Alumni Hall built in 1891<br />The first building erected on the Presbyterian College campus is showing its age<br />~Click any image to enlarge~
Old Doyle Infirmary, formerly Alumni Hall built in 1891
The first building erected on the Presbyterian College campus is showing its age
~Click any image to enlarge~

We welcome the comments and recollections of the alumni and friends of Presbyterian College.  Please contact us if you have additional memories or photographs of Old Doyle Infirmary/Alumni Hall that you would like to share with the college Archives.

Teresa Inman, Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Presbyterian College





Christmas 1943: the Aviation Training Program

December 2013

In March of 1943, the United States War Department began a pre-flight training program on the campus of Presbyterian College. Over the next sixteen months, approximately 1600 Aviation Training Program cadets attended classes and lived on campus as part of this program.

39th College Training Detachment of the Army Air Force<br />Aviation Training Cadets standing in the snow at Neville Hall on the Presbyterian College Campus, c. 1943
39th College Training Detachment of the Army Air Force
Aviation Training Cadets standing in the snow at Neville Hall on the Presbyterian College Campus, c. 1943
Brannan Woodham’s fellow cadets in the ATP<br />Close-up photo in front of Neville Hall, c. 1943<br />~click images to enlarge~
Brannan Woodham’s fellow cadets in the ATP
Close-up photo in front of Neville Hall, c. 1943
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Studying here in complements of 400, the Aviation Training Program cadets who sat in PC classrooms totaled approximately 1,600 by the time the program ended in July, 1944.  This period of full operation brought the dining hall change from the seated family-style meals to the cafeteria system.  A separate curriculum was installed for the air cadets, to run simultaneously with PC’s regular civilian curriculum.  While the military gave overall administrative direction to its program, Dean Brown served in the extra capacity of academic director.  Some regular professors taught in both programs, and several new teachers had to be added for the pre-flight curriculum. [quoted from The Spirit of PC, Hammet, 86-87]

The cadets received special instruction in physics, mathematics, geography, navigation, and astronomy.  They also received special flight instruction to prepare them for more advanced flight training once they entered the service.

In addition to this war effort, “Presbyterian College also sent approximately 1,500 alumni into the fighting of World War II.  They served in every branch, but most of them were the infantry products of ROTC … the battles took a heavy toll–and by the time it was all over, 65 PC men had paid the ultimate price in helping to secure victory.” [Hammet, 86-87]

Brannan Woodham near Laurens Hall and the Bell Tower, c. 1943<br />A note with the photo says the patch on his sleeve is an ATP cadet emblem
Brannan Woodham near Laurens Hall and the Bell Tower, c. 1943
A note with the photo says the patch on his sleeve is an ATP cadet emblem

These photographs are part of a gift to PC from Brannan David Woodham of Alabama, one of the cadets in the program.  Mr. Woodham did not graduate from PC but went on to graduate from Alabama Polytechic Institute (Auburn University) after the war, earning a Bachelor of Industrial Management in 1949, continuing his service at Kelly Air Force Base, and ending his career as Chief of Avionics at Robins AFB.  Mr. Woodham passed away in 2010.

Of the 16 million WWII vets who returned to the U.S. after the war, approximately one million survive today and are at least in their 80s. []

Let’s remember those we lost in WWII during this holiday season and be sure to thank those few who remain with us for their service and their gift of freedom as we meet them on the street, at worship, or while holiday shopping.


Home-Coming 1925 and things discovered along the way

November 2013

Last fall we were asked about the number of Homecoming celebrations that had been held over the years at Presbyterian College.  Our best calculation after considerable research and subtraction of several years during WWII when celebrations were not held placed 2012 as the 78th year of Homecoming festivities at PC.  You might think we have lists in the Archives for this sort of information, however, most questions we receive in the Archives take detailed research and close reading in several different sources.

Football Schedule, 1925<br />Blue Stocking, Sept. 26, 1925<br />~click images to enlarge~
Football Schedule, 1925
Blue Stocking, Sept. 26, 1925
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Last week, while perusing the bound volumes of the student newspaper, The Blue Stocking, I found in the September 26, 1925 issue, that Presbyterian was scheduled to play Oglethorpe on Home-Coming Day, Nov. 13th of that year.  The discovery of this information negates the 78th Homecoming theory.

It is not unusual for us to find interesting information when looking for something on a completely different topic.  After finding the clipping on the right,  I  followed up by reading subsequent Blue Stocking articles throughout the fall of 1925.  Click on the images for larger, easier to read views.

You might notice on the football schedule that our first game of the season in 1925 was against “Clemson at Clemson.”  Our 14-9 win that day was reported the next week as “Blue Stockings tame Tigers for first time in histry.”  Normally the paper was published and distributed on Saturdays, but this particular issue was published early, before the game – it appears that everyone wanted to attend the afternoon game at Clemson….see what I mean about finding other information in the middle of research?

Home Coming November 13<br />The Blue Stocking<br />October 24, 1925
Home Coming November 13
The Blue Stocking
October 24, 1925

A few weeks later on October 24th, The Blue Stocking reported the following:  “Plans are fast taking shape for P.C.’s greatest Home-Coming Day.  This year Home-Coming Day will be on November 13th and it’s a Friday….in addition to the football game, the Oglethorpe orchestra will perform in Clinton on the night of the 13th under the auspices of the Clinton Kiwanis Club.  Reports reaching Clinton at present from the Georgia school are that they are going to come to P.C. in force, bringing a band and approximately 100 students.  If this is the case, P.C. will need all possible support.  Make your plans now, Alumni and be in Clinton on the 13th.”

I imagine that the Oglethorpe crowd may have come to Clinton on the train during that fall of 1925.  The writer of this column actually came to PC on the train once during high school in the late 1960s. Yes, passenger service was still available between Atlanta and Clinton at that time.

Looking ahead in The Blue Stocking to the November 14 issue published the day after the Home-Coming game, we are told in the headline that the “BLUE STOCKINGS COMPLETELY OUTCLASS OGLETHORPE TEAM: However, Georgia Lads Win Hard Fought Game By One Point Margin.”  A detailed description of the game filling three long columns includes statements like, “the South Carolinians out drove, out passed, out punted and out generalled the Petrels, but the lucky S.I.A.A. champions won on two bad breaks in the second quarter” and “the fact that the Blue Stockings garnered 12 first downs to 9 for Oglethorpe is only a slight measure indicative of how the charges of Walter Johnson played rings around the much-vaunted eleven from Atlanta.”

The Editorials column for Nov. 14th has numerous short statements including this rather interesting item: “College of Father versus College of Son – may they meet again.”  This, of course, is in reference to William Plumer Jacobs’ college, Presbyterian College, playing the college of his son, Thornwell Jacobs, President of Oglethorpe College for nearly three decades, 1915-1943.  Sorry, off on a tangent again…

The Blue Stocking<br />Nov. 14, 1925
The Blue Stocking
Nov. 14, 1925

The article about the PC Alma Mater to the right was also found in the November 14th, 1925 issue of The Blue Stocking.  The Presbyterian College Alma Mater in use in 1925 had been written by  John Henry Townsend, Director of the Glee Club and other musical activities at the college.  Professor Townsend taught at PC from 1923-1926 [Presbyterian College Catalogs 1923-26].  The words to Townsend’s Alma Mater as well as our current Alma Mater written by William Plumer Jacobs III  can be found in the Blue Notes Archive, in the School Spirit column written by Nancy Griffith in  September 2009.

Near the bottom of the article on the right, one can feel the reverence with which the song was held in 1925.  This excerpt of verse two of Townsend’s Alma Mater says it all:

All honor to thy learned walls,
Thy campus and historic halls,
We’ll sing thy praise through all our days,
Our well loved Alma Mater.

If any of our readers are aware of Homecoming festivities that occurred at Presbyterian College  before 1925, we would love to hear from you in order to get the most accurate history of this event possible.  Our historical record is a group project and we appreciate your comments, recollections, and photographs.

Bob Waters, personification of the PC Spirit

 October 2013

Presbyterian College has produced many star athletes during its 125+ year history and one of the finest is Bob Waters; however, his athleticism is far from being the most remarkable thing about him.

Bob Waters with ECU Game Ball, 1958<br />PC 24 – ECU 16
Bob Waters with ECU Game Ball, 1958
PC 24 – ECU 16

Robert Lee Waters, a native of Sylvania, Georgia, earned eleven athletic letters in three sports at Screven High School.  Waters started college in 1956 at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida as a freshman quarterback, however when Stetson eliminated its football program at the end of that season, Bob Waters left Stetson after one semester. (Tribute to a Champion-the Bob Waters Legacy, Western Carolina Athletics website) 

Waters transferred to Presbyterian College in 1957 to play under Coach Frank Jones and started in the quarterback position for the next three years.  An outstanding student leader, “he compiled an excellent academic record while holding the positions of student body president and ROTC battalion executive officer.” (PC Department of Public Relations news release, 5/31/1966)  Waters had been selected for Who’s Who and Blue Key as well as participating in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Block P, the college letterman’s club.  Selected as an All-American quarterback in 1959, he led the Blue Hose team to a 9-1 record during the regular season, then to the Tangerine Bowl (later Citrus, now Capital One Bowl) against Middle

Tangerine Bowl Team Fall 1959<br />~Click images to enlarge~
Tangerine Bowl Team Fall 1959
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Tennessee State University  in January 1960.   An account of the bowl game can be accessed online in the college yearbook, the 1960 Pac Sac, which is hosted by the Internet Archive.  After being chosen as the MVP of that game, which PC lost 21-12, Bob Waters was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers following his June graduation from Presbyterian.

According to the Los Angeles Times (5/31/1989), Waters “is remembered in California as one of the National Football League’s three original shotgun formation quarterbacks. Waters, in fact, threw the first touchdown pass ever from a shotgun formation. That was in November, 1960, when, in a 30-22 upset, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Baltimore Colts.”  The Colts had won the two previous NFL championships.

Playing in San Francisco for several years, Waters returned to Presbyterian College temporarily during the NFL’s off-season in 1962 to assist Coach Clyde Erhardt with spring football practice and track and field coaching.

Assistant Coach Bob Waters c.1966
Assistant Coach Bob Waters c.1966

In six seasons with the 49ers, Waters played offense and defense until he was sidelined with a knee injury.  Upon leaving San Francisco in 1966, Waters completed work on a Masters degree in History from Georgia Southern University.  Waters, who had met and married his wife, Sheri, in California, returned to Presbyterian as a full-time assistant coach that year, working with quarterbacks and pass offense under Coach Cally Gault.  In 1968 he accepted an assistant coaching position at Stanford University (CA).  After he was named head football coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Waters and his young family returned to the east coast in 1969.  He spent the next twenty years coaching the Catamounts and serving as Director of Athletics.

“Prior to his arrival, WCU had posted only five winning football records in 20 seasons, while 13 of Waters’ 20 teams turned in winning ledgers.”  He was named Southern Conference Coach of the year in 1983 after WCU was undefeated in conference play. “In 20 seasons at the helm of the football program, he guided the Catamounts to 116 victories, produced 13 All-Americans, 54 first-team All-Southern Conference selections and brought the University more positive publicity than could ever be measured in monetary terms.” (Tribute to a Champion, WCU Athletics)

In 1984, Coach Waters was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Paying tribute to this courageous man on Bob Waters Day, November 27, 1986, during the Bronze Derby football classic, PC president, Dr. Kenneth Orr, recognized Waters’ achievements as a player and coach saying, “even more we appreciate all that he contributes to the field of athletics as a gentleman of integrity and high sportsmanship.  These attributes and his courage in the face of adversity make Bob Waters a man of special worth, whose example is an inspiration to others.” (Press Release, PC Public Relations Office, 1986)   In his remarks that day, Waters said of his family, “We have the PC Spirit.” (Presbyterian College Report, December 1986)

After Water’s six year battle against ALS, and upon his death in May 1989, Cally Gault stated, “he set a great example long before his illness.  The way he handled his life before and after his illness was an inspiration to all of us.” (Presbyterian College Report, Fall 1989 His funeral was held on the playing field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium at Western Carolina, which had been named “Bob Waters Field” in 1988 in recognition of his service to the school.

His courage and perseverance in facing a diagnosis of ALS, inspired Presbyterian College and the Scotsman Club in 1987 to establish the Bob Waters Award, honoring PC alumni in the athletic coaching profession who personify the values and qualities of excellence and integrity held dear to Presbyterian College.  Bob Waters was a living example.

In looking through his file in the Archives, I noticed his response on an Alumni form he filled out in June of 1984 to the question:  “What was the most positive aspect of your PC Experience?”  His response was simply put: “Football.”  While he is certainly remembered at PC and elsewhere for his skill as a football player, he is remembered even more for his sportsmanship, his integrity, and his courage.

PC Football, a 100 Year Tradition

September 2013

This fall marks the 100th year of intercollegiate football on the Presbyterian College campus.  We’d like to share a list of the fifteen men who have served Presbyterian as Head Football Coach, as well as information on the PC alumni who have been awarded the Bob Waters Award by the Scotsman’s Club.

The coaches listed below represent a small fraction of the men who have shaped or have been shaped by the football program at Presbyterian College.  Not only have there been too many beloved assistant coaches to name here, but several eventually became PC’s head football coach themselves.  Many other talented assistant coaches have served PC over the years, some who went on to coach high school and other college teams.

PC Football Head Coaches:
Gault with his assistant coaches in 1966<br />L-R Billy Tiller, Cally Gault, Joe Nixon, Bob Waters
Gault with his assistant coaches in 1966
L-R Billy Tiller, Cally Gault, Joe Nixon, Bob Waters

Everett Booe 1913
Erling C. Theller 1914
Walter Johnson 1915-1917
Gifford Shaw 1918
Walter Johnson 1919-1940
Lonnie McMillian 1941-1953
Bill Crutchfield 1954-1956
Frank Jones 1957-1961
Clyde Erhardt 1962
Cally Gault 1963-1984
Elliott Poss 1985-1990
John Perry 1991-1996
Daryl Dickey 1997-2000
Tommy Spangler 2001-2006
Bobby Bentley 2007-2008
Harold Nichols 2009-present

A large number of our student athletes have also made their mark on coaching at the college and high school levels.  In the 1970s it was thought that over fifty coaches in South Carolina were Presbyterian College graduates, many of whom played under Lonnie McMillian (John Marett Outz, History of Intercollegiate Football at Presbyterian College, 1975).  These seeds of the PC Spirit have been scattered all over the southeast, some as far away as Texas and beyond.

Eleven Presbyterian College alumni have been honored as recipients of the Bob Waters Award, named in honor of Robert Lee Waters, PC class of 1960.  An upcoming column will more fully explore Bob Waters’ life and legacy.  The award established in his name by Presbyterian College and the Scotsman’s Club is presented to

PC alumni who have provided outstanding leadership and service to society in the
profession of athletic coaching and who personify the values and qualities of excellence
and integrity held dear to Presbyterian College.

The recipients of the Bob Waters Award include the following men and women:

John McKissick ‘51:  current head football coach at Summerville (SC) High School, serving for over 61 years; most wins [600+] in United States football history

Art Baker ‘53:  former head football coach at East Carolina University (NC), Furman University (SC), and The Citadel (SC); former assistant coach at Clemson University (SC), Texas Tech University, and Florida State University; retired from University of South Carolina Athletics as Associate Athletic Director and Gamecock Club Director

Keith Richardson ‘64:  former head football coach at Clinton (SC) High School; won over 200 games and six state championships

Charlie Davidson ’50:  former head football coach at Washington Wilkes (GA) High School and Darlington School (GA); led Washington Wilkes to four state championships in football and several in golf; won over 250 football games

Allen Morris ’56:  former head tennis coach at University of North Carolina and Presbyterian College; was also a quarter finalist at Wimbledon in 1956

Shell Dula ’69:  former head football coach at Greenwood (SC) High School, Union (SC) High School, and Ninety Six (SC) High school; won six state championships; currently serves as Executive Director of the SC Athletic Coaches Association

John Franklin Thames ‘58:  42 years as head coach in different sports at Manning (SC) High School; won two state championships as women’s basketball coach

Luther Welsh ’55:  former head football coach at Thomson (GA) High School; won over 333 games and three state titles for Thomson; ranked 4th all time in victories among coaches in GA

William “Lefty” Johnson ’56:  former head football coach at Whitmire (SC) High School; led Whitmire to state championship in 1978

Barbara Frady Nelson ’85:  former head women’s basketball coach, Wingate University (NC); coach of the USA team winning gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championship in France

Sam Paul ’83:  current men’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina; active coach with most wins in the ACC; and the fourth winningist coach in league history with his 324 overall wins and his 122 ACC regular-season victories; Paul achieved his 300th victory in March 2011

The Bob Waters Award honors our PC graduates coaching not only football, but any sport for men or women at the high school or college level.  These eleven alumni have been living examples of excellence and integrity for countless others who work with our young people on athletic fields and courts everyday.