The 1959 Byrnes Scholars Comment
John David Monroe graduated from Clemson University.
Thomas W. Molair earned his degree in business administration
from USC. He is a self-employed claims adjuster as the owner of his
own company. He and Ruthie have two children, William and Allison.
Donna Allison Messerschmidt attended Emory University.
Jeannie McMillin VanWinkle has two children, David
Emerson Wood and Elizabeth McMillan Farrar. Jeannie, a professor of
pathology, earned her BA in chemistry at Converse College, graduating cum
laude, and her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. She
was a Fulbright Fellow in Chemistry.She was awarded an honorary D.Sc.
degree from Converse in 1986. Besides being a member of numerous professional
organizations, Jeannie serves on the editorial boards of several scientific
publications and on several national committees. She has published
nearly one hundred articles on subjects in her field. She writes: "I
am pleased to see that so many people have been helped. I have very
pleasant memories of the Byrnes' home and all of the autographed photos
of very famous people."
Katherine O. McCoy graduated from Lander College.
She is a Grants Administrator with a major public university. She served
as a Byrnes Scholars director 1974-81.
James W. Burns graduated from Furman University.
Owen Mitchel Martin Jr., earned his BS in mechanical
engineering from Clemson University and also earned his MS in management.
He and his wife have two children, Steve and Kate.
Robert R. Mallard received his BA degree from the
Citadel and his JD degree from the University of South Carolina School
of Law. He and Ruthie have five children, Robert, Timothy, Scott, Sissy,
and Patrick. Bobby is a retired family court judge who has been called
"active duty." He served as Byrnes Scholars Director in 1965
and president in 1966. He was a Byrnes Foundation Director from 1973-94,
serving as vice-president from 1988-94. He received the Jake Salley
Award in 1985. The Mallards take a personal interest in the Charleston
area Scholars, hosting the fall dinner each year. He is probably best
known among the Scholars for his rendition of "On Top of Old Smoky" at
the Super Weekend each spring.
Charles (Charlie) Grover Coble majored in agricultural
engineering at Clemson. He earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees at
North Carolina State. He is a professor a major agricultural university.
He and his wife, Sally, have two sons, Bradley and Todd. Charlie says, "My
last contact with Governor Byrnes was at a luncheon and I do not remember
which year. He was an excellent host and introduced the speaker. Many
South Carolina politicians were in attendance. He spent most of his
time talking with Scholars."
Jane Kinard Bourdon graduated from the University
Thomas Hollingsworth received his BS in chemistry
from Newberry College. He is vice-president of a major textile firm.
He and his wife have four children, Barker, Martha, Ruth and Croft.
Jean Gasque Hilton graduated from Columbia College.
She is an accounts analyst. She has one daughter.
Patricia Herlong Fralick received her BS in education
from Winthrop. She has three children, Christy, Lisa and Rusty.
Beth George Wright graduated from Furman University
with a BS in chemistry.
Lorraine Mahaffey Waterfall is a graduate of Converse
College, earning her masters in speech pathology from USC. She and
her husband, Gaillard, have two sons, Charles and Christopher. She
is a speech and language pathologist.
Rebecca Wilburn Whelan graduated form Brenau College.
Elizabeth Weeks Whetsell graduated form the University
of South Carolina.
Anne Swygert Shealy received her BA in education
from Winthrop. She and her husband have a son, William.
James T. Rambo received his BS in accounting from
Erskine College. He is plant controller for a major textile firm. He
and Louise have a son, Jimmy, who is a college student. Jimmy served
as Byrnes Scholars Director eight years and was president of the scholars
organization in 1980-81. He was awarded the Jake Salley Alumni Service
Award in 1988. He is a member of Gideons International and the Lions
Club. Jimmy says:
"When I received my scholarship in 1959, the scholarship winners
spent a Saturday at the Byrnes home. This really impressed me. I will
never forget that day."
Samuel Pinckney Purcell graduated from the University
of South Carolina.
Linda Weathers Dudycha graduated from Columbia College.
Harry Waikart graduated from Furman University.
Sam C. Weigle earned his BS from USC and his M.D.
from MUSC. He is an anesthesiologist. He and his wife, Linda, have
two children, Samuel Jr., and Daniel.
Carolyn Wingate Neyman received her BA from the University
of South Carolina.
Rebecca Morrell Roach graduated from Winthrop College
with a BA in sociology and psychology. She recently retired from government
service, having worked for the social security administration for 35
years. She received numerous awards for superior service. She has two
sons, John and Daniel. She has three special memories of Gov. and Mrs.
"(1) having lunch with Gov. and Mrs. Byrnes at their home; (2)
corresponding with Gov. and Mrs. Byrnes; (3) attending several annual
meetings of Byrnes Scholars when Gov. and Mrs. Byrnes were present."
Felicia Sloan Henry graduated from Winthrop College.
Nancy Norton Poston earned her BA in English from
Francis Marion and her masters in social work from USC. She has four
children, Ray, David, Elizabeth, and Robert. She and her husband, Jerry,
are enjoying her recent semi-retirement. She is now working as a contract
social worker. Nancy serves as secretary for the James F. Byrnes Foundation
Board of Directors. She was awarded the Jake Salley Alumni Service
Award in 1996. She says: "I remember the first time that I met
Mom and Pop Byrnes and the shyness and awe that I felt in their presence.
It wasn't long, though, before they put me at ease with their graciousness
Judy Moseley Rougeau graduated from Columbia College
and received her MS in education from California State University.
She is a reading specialist and has been recognized numerous times
for her work, including Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator. She is
married to Paul Rougeau. She is grateful for the scholarship that made
it possible for her to graduate from Columbia College, where she made
many lasting friendships.
M. Franklin Scott graduated from Furman University.
Deceased: Mary Wheeler Davis.