Class Notes Submitted in 2013

Carson H. Barnes, Jr. (M.Ed. ’59) Carson Barnesreceived his J.D. from William & Mary Law in 1975. He played varsity baseball and football at Randolph Macon College and played six years semi-pro baseball in the Eastern Shore League. He began his career in the field of education as a teacher of history and government and was a football and baseball coach at Parksley High School from 1952 until 1954. He served as Ferrum College’s assistant dean, professor of history, and football coach from 1956-1959. (more…)

Rennie Coleman (M.Ed. ’71) is writing a book due out spring 2014. It is the life story of an Alabama son from the hills of north Perry County whose high school principal informed him that Latin was for college bound students, not “Red Clay farm kids.” This farm kid made it any way: US Army for 24 years, retiring as LTC. He went on to earn a  BS from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree at the University of Virginia. He then spent 18 years as a teacher and assistant principal at Fairfax High School–not too bad for a Red Clay farm kid. The book is about the use of  life experiences in the daily pursuits of the learning process.

Ronald L. Coleman (M.Ed. ’69 Admin & Supv) , 71, died Thursday, June 13. Coleman was a dean of students at Ferrum College in the 1970s. He  later became the director of continuing education at Virginia Western Community College, where he remained until his retirement in 2006.  He also helped establish the Franklin County Workforce Development Consortium, now known as The Franklin Center. Read a beautiful tribute to Coleman written by one of his former students for The Franklin News-Post: Just keep smiling: Remembering Ron Coleman

Anne Constant (M.Ed. ’72, Ed.D ’79 English Ed) says, “I took a different path from my classmates at U.Va. and used my Ed.D. as a management consultant. It was excellent training for conveying information and skills in a business environment, including sales force training and major account selling. I retired from Ernst & Young and fulfilled a dream of opening my own fitness center for women, where I teach classes and manage a center that supports women in attaining a health lifestyle–both inside and out!”

Anne Constant's Curry Memory

“I especially loved working with the student teachers in our seminars and videotaping them/discussing their classes afterward. Questioning technique was the most interesting part of learning how to teach socratically.”

Susan Brown Craig (B.S. 61) “In 1989, my husband Sam (College ’61) was asked by the Pennsylvania State System of Education to teach for a semester at the University of Paris XIII, representing a joint effort by the State System of Education and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. The students that Sam taught were all business/marketing students who expected to come to Pennsylvania for 6 months. Their goal was to assist businesses that were looking to export to the European Community. They had the language skills, the knowledge of the ECC regulations and business preparation to be useful. Sam did this for two years, and both years found us searching for positions for the students, as the Chamber was unable to divert personnel for this after several weeks. We were able to find the positions. (more…)

Susan Brown Craig (B.S. 61)
Living on the Mountain.
by Susan Brown Craig.
Published 2006.
Burnt Tower Press.
A memoir of growing up on Mr. Jefferson’s Mount Alto. Available at the U.Va. Bookstore

Marby Davis (B.S. ’47) “In 1997 when I went for my 50th reunion and became a member of the Thomas Jefferson Society, those with whom I talked with did not know women had attended the University before the 1960s.  It was from the Curry School of Education that I graduated in 1947. (more…)

John Deupree (M.Ed. ’71) I worked at U.Va. from 1968 until 1972. I was a research administrator for one year and the rest of the time I worked for the School of General Studies. From 1972 until 1985, I worked as the Registrar at Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ. From there I worked as registrar at Texas Christian University and then Western Carolina University. I at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College until I retired in 1995, officially from Western Carolina University. After that I had a several part-time positions and finally worked as an ESL teacher  from 2001 to 2012. I worked at AB-Tech, Blue Ridge Community College, and finally at Durham Tech Community College.

John Deupree (M.Ed. ’71 Couns Ed) retired from 27 years of working in higher education in 1995. The first 4 years was spent at UVa working in sponsored research, about one year, and the other 3 years in continuing education. For the remaining 23 years. I worked as a registrar at various colleges and universities. My M.Ed. degree in Counseling was very helpful during my years as a registrar with both students and faculty. (more…)

Dorothy Drake (M.Ed. ’86 Admin & Supv) Dorothy Drake in front of Sphinxis a retired elementary teacher from Henrico County Schools in Virginia. “After retirement, I was invited to become an ambassador for People to People. This experience afforded me the opportunity to travel to other countries. Though the delegation spent the first days visiting the university and schools, the highlight was always Cultural Day. I am sharing pictures to attest to my visit to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the temple of the mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in legend and mystery. (more…)