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Cynthia Gilmore, a custodian in facilities management, passed away Oct. 11. She was 56.

Gilmore was hired to work in the West Center in 2008. She later worked in Dinkins Hall until her death.

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Walter Hardin said of Gilmore: "She displayed a wonderful attitude in everything she did and was always thinking of others and made dear friends in every building she worked."




Carol Ann Ratterree Davis '57, '73, has passed away. She was 79.

Davis was a two-time Winthrop alumna and had worked for more than 20 years part-time at the Winthrop University Bookstore. She was previously an assistant principal and teacher in the Rock Hill school district.

"We were always greeted by a gentle smile whenever we entered her store," Vice President for Student Life Frank Ardaiolo said in an e-mail. "We will miss her."



Dr. Annabelle Spann Boykin, Winthrop's first African-American faculty member, passed away on July 20.

Throughout her career, she earned a bachelor's degree from South Carolina State College, a master's degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, all in home economics education. She also served as a family life specialist in the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C.

She joined Winthrop in 1972 as a part-time professor of home economics education in the School of Home Economics.


Irene Putnam, a former clerical specialist who worked in the Alumni Office, passed away Aug. 1. She was 88. Born and raised in Clover, Putnam worked at Winthrop University from 1969 until her retirement in 1992.

She was the widow of Roy Putnam, who also worked at Winthrop from 1968 until his retirement in 1987.



Former Associate Professor of Speech Anne E. Beard has passed away. She was 85.

Beard earned emeritus status in 2010. She retired from Winthrop. More details from the family will follow.


Dr. Robert Braswell, former professor in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, has passed away. He was 81.

Braswell was born in Atlanta. Though he joined the U.S. Army, he discovered teaching was his true calling. He earned a doctorate from the University of Florida and worked on school integration in Orangeburg, South Carolina, until he and his wife Nell were offered teaching positions at Winthrop. He worked at Winthrop for more than 20 years before retiring.

For more on Braswell, including how to send your condolences, visit the Legacy website.



Kelly Gamble, who worked at Winthrop for 30 years, passed away on April 19. She was 87.

Born in Monroe, North Carolina, Gamble worked in Dacus Library's Louise Pettus Archives from 1964-1992. Her husband, Robert Gamble, was also a professor at Winthrop. She retired in 1992 after 30 years of service. Gamble was very active in community service, including volunteer work at an adult day care center and work in her church, First Presbyterian of Beaufort.

Clarence Hornsby, former Bowater manager, passed away on March 28. He was 88.

Hornsby taught as a professor in the former executive MBA program at Winthrop.

“In our Executive MBA program, Clarence Hornsby was the perfect teacher at the perfect place in our curriculum,” said Roger Weikle, dean of Winthrop’s College of Business Administration. “His strategy course was the capstone course in the final semester of the program. He put all the points the students had covered together into a very applied appraisal. He understood things at a very high level. Personally, he was patient. All the budding young executives admired him and wanted to grow up in their careers to be just like him.”

Clarence and his wife, Lynn, also established the Hornsby Lecture Series in the Master of Liberal Arts program.

"The Hornsbys are genuinely concerned about people and how they interact," former President Anthony DiGiorgio said at the announcement of the series in 1999. "This lecture series will benefit old and young and is a fitting tribute for a couple who has meant so much to Rock Hill."

Fowler, Julie
Julie Gore Fowler ’85, ’88 was recently appointed to the Winthrop University Board of Trustees to represent S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

Fowler, a resident of Piedmont, South Carolina, is a deputy state superintendent at the S.C. State Department of Education. She graduated from Winthrop with a Bachelor of Science in special and elementary education, followed by a Master of Education. She went on to receive principal and superintendent certification and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University.


Former Winthrop University post office worker Louise King died March 5. She was 93.

A graduate of Rock Hill High School, King studied cosmetology in Chester and styled hair from her home for several years. She joined the Winthrop post office, where she worked for 20 years before retiring. After retirement, she remained active at Winthrop events and social gatherings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John's UMC, PO Box 149, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731-6149. Service arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Lori Tuttle
Lori Tuttle is the new executive director for Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. She will assume her duties on March 16.

Tuttle will serve as the chief operating officer for the Winthrop Alumni Association and work closely with the executive board and the university’s more than 50,000 alumni, coordinating communications, affinity group activities, class reunions and annual events such as Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. She also will oversee the Annual Fund, which is a key revenue source for student scholarships, the alumni association, faculty awards and other university initiatives.

Tammy Rashotte, a benefits administrator in the Office of Human Resources, passed away Feb. 14.

Colleagues described her as a caring and thoughtful member of the Winthrop family. She began her career at Winthrop in 2009.

A memorial service for Rashotte will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 in the Tillman Auditorium at Winthrop.

Cards and condolences for the family may be forwarded to Human Resources, who will make sure the family receives them.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Rashotte, and other family members.

For more information, check her obituary at the Bass Funeral Home website.


Former Winthrop professor Ann Cain '78 has passed away. She was 81.

Cain earned a master's of education degree from Winthrop and a doctorate in education degree from the University of South Carolina. Throughout her career, she was instrumental in York County Juneteenth programs and served as past chair of York County First Steps. She most recently managed the early childhood education Head Start program for Carolinas Community Actions. She taught in the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

“We at Winthrop often say that we want to leave the university a better place for our having been here,” said Debra Boyd, the university’s acting president in a statement to The Herald. “Ann Cain exemplified that ideal. While we mourn her passing, we are grateful for the legacy of love, learning and community service she has left us.”


Long-time former Winthrop University help desk manager Taylor Glass has passed away.

Glass joined Winthrop as the director of human resources in 1978. In the early 1990s, as desktop technology made its way into faculty and staff offices, he took on the new role of help desk manager. He interacted with almost every member of the Winthrop family until his retirement in 2006.

James Hammond, outgoing associate vice president of computing and information technology, said Glass will be remembered "with fondness as the welcoming and engaging person that he was, always willing to help."


Donald Graham Alpin II, who taught mathematics at Winthrop for 35 years, passed away Nov. 1. He was 77.

Born in California, Aplin moved to South Carolina in 1961 on a National Defense Education Act Fellowship at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a master's in mathematics. He taught at Winthrop until 2000.

He is survived by his wife and various family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202 or to Compass Hospice of Dallas, 13747 Montfort Drive, Suite 107, Dallas, TX 75240.

Sparks, Patty

Patty Sparks is the teacher cadet college coordinator in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. She joined Winthrop in July.

She holds two degrees from Clemson University and worked as an elementary teacher for more than a decade, where she won Teacher of the Year twice. Later, she was a program coordinator, career counselor and ESOL instructor for Rock Hill schools.

Her hobbies include reading, cooking and playing bridge.

David Schary

David Schary joined Winthrop in August as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance.

He previously served as a graduate assistant at Smith College and Oregon State University. He holds a master's from Smith and a Ph.D. from Oregon. 


Cinnamon Hairston
Cinnamon Hairston is an administrative specialist at the James and Susan Rex Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership. The institute is housed in the Richard W. Riley College of Education.


Obituary: Jerry Helton

Music Professor Jerry Helton, who excelled at performing and then brought those same high standards to Winthrop voice students for 36 years, passed away the weekend of Oct. 18.

Helton retired in 2006 with the title of professor emeritus of music. Winthrop honored him in 1987 with the Kinard teaching award and in 2013 with the Medal of Honor in the Arts, which is the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ highest tribute.

Helton started teaching voice performance at Winthrop in 1970 and groomed many students to sing in major opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Newberry Opera Company. Helton has had numerous students place or win in district and regional voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera auditions.

Jessie Hamm

Jessie Hamm is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.

She holds degrees from Berry College, Wake Forest University and Temple University. The Georgia native enjoys cooking, baking, playing with her dog, spending time with family and friends and being active in the messianic Judaism faith.

Owen, Perry

Perry Owen joins Winthrop as the associate field director in the Department of Social Work. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of South Carolina.

The Charlotte resident and his wife have three children. One of his hobbies includes spending time with his family as well as running and swimming.

He was previously an instructor at UNC-C and a school social worker in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.

Caldwell, Sammy

Sammy Caldwell is a new instructor in the Department of Social Work. He holds a master's in social work from the University of South Carolina.

Previously, he was staff development coordinator in mental health in the Columbia area as well as an adjunct faculty member at both Coker College and Johnson C. Smith University.

He enjoys reading and music.

Kimberly Howard

Kimberly Howard joins Winthrop as the assistant director of the Academic Success Center. She was former a graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars at the University of South Carolina.

She holds two degrees from the University of South Carolina as well.

She enjoys running, hiking and photography.

Glover, Crystal

Crystal Glover is a new assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Glover holds an elementary education degree and a master's degree from Winthrop. She also holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she also worked as a clinical assistant professor.

Past career experiences include seven years as a first grade teacher in Rock Hill. While teaching, Glover won the Rock Hill School District 3 Teacher of the Year Award. She is a member of the Early Childhood Assembly, part of NCTE.

In her spare time, she loves football, baking, scrap-booking and arts and crafts.

Gibson, Allison

Allison Gibson has joined Winthrop as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work.

All three of Gibson's degrees--including a doctorate--come from The Ohio State University. She previously worked as a social worker for the Alzheimer's Association and a researcher with the Community & Youth Collaborative Institute.

Aysa-Lastra, Maria

Maria Aysa-Lastra is a new assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Previously, she was an assistant professor for nearly a decade at Florida International University.

She holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Her special interests include diversity/multiculturalism, international migration, the labor market and social integration.

Bell, Gregory

Gregory Bell joins Winthrop as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He holds degrees from the College of Wooster, Duke University and a Ph.D from Duke as well.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, Medieval Academic of America and the Society for the Study of the Crusades and Latin East.

He enjoys swimming and poetry.

Karen Trunk

Karen Trunk returns to Winthrop as the Eagle Club membership coordinator in Athletics. Previously, she worked as administrative specialist for the Winthrop Foundation for five years. She received a presidential citation for service to the community from Winthrop.

Trunk holds a degree in biology from College of Charleston.

She is a member of the Northwestern Trojan Club Executive Board and auction chair and the Eagle Club Auction committee. Her hobbies include scrap-booking and college sports.

Sarah Pankratz

Sarah Pankratz is the assistant director of student activities for fraternity and sorority affairs on Student Life.

Sarah herself is a member of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity. She was a graduate assistant in Greek life and learning community programs at Ohio University, where she earned a master of education degree. She also holds a bachelor of science in education and human development from Bowling Green State University.

Her most recent position was in Greek Affairs and Patterson court adviser at Davidson College.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, movies, playing sports and volunteer work with her fraternity.

Pamela Wash

Pamela Wash is the new chair for the Department of Counseling, Leadership & Educational Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Wash is a program reviewer for the CAEP/NSTA Board.

She held an assistant professorship at Lander University for four years and then an associate professorship at USC-Upstate from eight years.

Cindy Van Buren
Cindy Van Buren '88, '90 has been appointed by S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais as his designee to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. She has worked at the S.C. State Department of Education since April 2013. She is currently the deputy superintendent for school effectiveness.

Previously, Van Buren was a tenured professor at Newberry College for seven years. Six of those years she served as chair of the Department of Education and spent one year as assistant dean for academic affairs. During her time at Newberry, Van Buren oversaw a teacher education program that increased from 60 teacher candidates to more than 325 students and also added three new majors leading to teacher licensure.

Van Buren has earlier ties to Rock Hill. She worked at Winthrop as director of teacher education and at Rock Hill High School as an assistant principal and teacher.


Obituary: Elizabeth Louise Dunlap Patrick

Winthrop University alum and avid supporter Elizabeth Louise Dunlap Patrick passed away on Aug. 1. She was 78.

Elizabeth, a Rock Hill native, graduated from the then-Winthrop College in 1958, the same year she married husband Wayne Patrick. The couple spend their life together giving back to the Rock Hill community. Elizabeth volunteered for the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross as both a trainer and board member. In 1980, she was awarded the Clara Barton Volunteer Award. The family's endowment is present at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House.

Elizabeth was also a big supporter of the arts through the Arts Council and was awarded Winthrop's Medal of Honor in 2001. An arts gallery in Rutledge Building is named in honor of her.

To read more about Elizabeth, visit the Legacy website. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Online condolences may be registered at www.basscares.com.

Tammie Phillips

Tammie Phillips is the new executive assistant for the Winthrop University Foundation. Originally from South Carolina, Phillips has lived in Rock Hill for more than 20 years .

Phillips holds a degree in English education with a business administration minor from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a certificate in nonprofit management from Winthrop. She has worked in administration and operations management for many years at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

She and her husband, Craig, have two grown daughters, Brittany and Allison, and a furry friend, a cat named Summer. Phillips enjoys and beach and taking long walks with the family dogs.

Ken Sheetz
Kenneth L. Sheetz will join Winthrop University on July 1 as associate vice president for institutional advancement.

Sheetz will oversee all fundraising activities, including planned giving and annual giving operations as well as development operations. The Ohio native also will supervise management of employee relations for the Office of Development.

Sheetz’s career in fundraising in non-profit management spans 24 years in a variety of fields, including higher education, performing arts, K-12 schools, health care and community organizations. He comes to Winthrop from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he worked as associate vice president of development and reorganized and focused the university’s planned and major gift program.

Additional career highlights include launching and managing the first comprehensive capital campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The campaign raised $75 million, surpassing the original $50 million goal. Sheetz also managed a $70 million comprehensive campaign that raised $74 million at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. During his time at Wittenberg, he also secured a gift totaling $10 million – then the largest gift in the university’s history.

Caroline Rust Ward

Caroline Rust Ward '97 is the new donor relations coordinator in the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts from Winthrop. Her professional experience from the past 20 years includes adjunct professor of art and design at two universities, commercial art gallery manager and arts administrator as well as many other roles.

Her recent accolades include artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council in addition to “Best in Show” by E. Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum, during the exhibit From A Different Point of View 2012 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She is also an active member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City.





Mary Mintich, professor emerita of the Department of Art and Design, recently passed away. Mintich, who joined Winthrop in 1973 and retired in 1999, helped set the standards for the art and design programs of today. She was a fearless advocate for art and design, her students, and the resources that the art and design programs required.  A leader in the Charlotte art scene, she left a valuable mark on many cultural institutions. She left Winthrop a lasting legacy including an endowed Mary Mintich sculpture scholarship, which is awarded annually. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

randy imler

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Randy Imler '87, '00: of Tega Cay, S.C., is the executive director of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. He still plays an active role at Winthrop, where he conducts the Winthrop University Collegiate Choir and the Winthrop University Jazz Voices. Imler earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Winthrop and is a past recipient (1999) of Winthrop’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He earned M.B.A. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina.

scott middleton

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Scott Middleton '81: Middleton, of West Columbia, S.C., is the founding equity owner and CEO/president of Agapé Senior Services, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Winthrop and is an active member of the College of Business Administration's Health Care Management Program Advisory Board.

Eduardo Prieto

Eduardo Prieto brings 21 years of enrollment management experience to his new position at Winthrop: vice president for access and enrollment management. He begins his duties on Jan. 27.

He will oversee the recruitment and retention of traditional, post-traditional, and graduate students to Winthrop. Prieto has experience working in recruitment, competitive admission efforts, budget management, team-building, territory management and financial aid at public and private higher education institutions.

Most recently, Prieto worked as an associate vice president for enrollment management for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While at Embry-Riddle, international enrollment increased, SAT and GPA scores climbed, more females enrolled, a new recruitment office opened in Dallas, and a new customer relationship management recruitment database was implemented.

Read more about Prieto in this university release.

Jeff Perez

Jeff Perez will serve as the president's senior counsel for public affairs beginning Feb. 1.

Perez, vice president for external affairs at The Citadel, was chosen as Winthrop’s public affairs strategist and communications adviser to the president as well as the president’s advisory council. He will be the principal institutional spokesperson on matters involving public policy and will lead Winthrop’s work with local, state and federal officials.

To learn more about Perez, read the press release about his appointment.

Veronica Orange

Welcome to Winthrop

Veronica Orange is a new concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She was previously a human service specialist at the Department of Social Services and holds degrees from Limestone College and Webster University.

In her spare time she enjoys drawing and puzzles.

LaTasha Kennedy

Welcome to Winthrop

LaTasha Kennedy is now a contract monitor in the Department of Social Work. She holds degrees from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, one of which is an educational specialist degree in individual and family counseling. At USC, she was president of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

She previously worked for the Bair Foundation and the Department of Social Services.

Her hobbies include reading and play therapy with children.

Denise ONeal

Welcome to Winthrop

Denise O'Neal '88 joins Winthrop as a concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She held the position of human services specialist at both the Darlington and Dillon County Departments of Social Services.

She is a graduate of Winthrop.

She is active in her church -- Gresham Chapel FWB Church -- and serves as an usher president and member of the Missionary Department. She enjoys floral arrangements in her spare time.

Vanessa Oliver

Welcome to Winthrop

Vanessa Oliver is also a parent locator in the Department of Social Work. She comes to Winthrop from SMX Staffing and the Palmetto Health Cancer Initiative.

She enjoys reading, shopping, friends, traveling and spending time with family in her spare time.

Melissa Johnson

Welcome to Winthrop

Melissa Johnson is now a parent locator in the Department of Social Work. She holds an associate degree in business management from Midland Technical College. She was formerly an agent with Direct Auto Insurance and TD Banks.

Johnson enjoys traveling, shopping, going to the movies and reading.

Clarissa Elmore

Welcome to Winthrop

Clarissa Elmore is the new residential learning coordinator and academic associate in the Department of Residence Life. She was formerly a community director at Saint Augustine's University and an area coordinator for student leadership and new student orientation at Louisburg College.

She holds two degrees from Winthrop in social work.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing acoustic guitar.