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01/28/2016Long-time Winthrop University Fine Arts Associate Professor Paul Martyka passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The Detroit, Michigan, native taught drawing, painting and printmaking in the Department of Fine Arts. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
At a prayer vigil held Tuesday night at Rutledge Building in the printmaking studio, students and friends came together for a powerful display of love for their professor. As Martyka spent his last hours in intensive care, his students recalled a man who ordered his life so that nothing was wasted, always put the students’ interests first and displayed a quiet compassion and concern for their well-being. One of his favorite sayings was: “Now, get to work.”
His admirers said Martyka had a knack for taking materials, redefining them as sculpture and changing their meaning. His printmaking abilities were equally gifted and were laden with icons and symbolism.
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Ernest Roach, Jr., who worked in Winthrop University's facilities management for 35 years, passed away Jan. 24. He was 88.
A York County native, Roach was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Woodland United Methodist Church.
"Ernie" began working at Winthrop in 1948 after his war service, one of only two electricians on campus. He met and fell in love with Winthrop student Jacquelyn. They were married for 62 years.
Ernie's time at Winthrop--1948 to 1985--saw much change. He and his fellow electrician Johnny Nichols converted the entire campus (lines, switches and transformers) from a 2,300-volt primary system with lots of overhead poles and wires to a 4,160-volt underground system that is still in use today. He was responsible for the star on the Winthrop Christmas Tree every year, a feat that had him climbing an old ladder lashed to the tree's great trunk.
"He was always cheerful and thoughtful and did all his work in a methodical and extremely neat way," said Walter Hardin, associate vice president for Facilities Management. "He was a true craftsman, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and loyal Winthrop employee."
He is survived by his wife; his brother and sister-in law; his son, Ben, who also works at Winthrop; and his grandson.
Geology Professor Irene Boland, 74, a Rock Hill native who earned her Ph.D. 33 years after completing her bachelor’s degree and falling in love with geology, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3.
Her department chair, Pat Owens, said that Boland was a very special person who discovered a love for geology more than two decades after graduating from Winthrop. She was also noted for her love of her students.
Winthrop awarded Boland the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching at the December 2012 Commencement ceremony. She also received the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and served on the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Geological Society and was its president in 2005.
A few years ago, the National Park Service published the Digital Geologic Map for Cowpens National Battlefield. About 90 percent of the map was completed by Boland, an effort that took years of work.
In 2014, Boland established a new Winthrop endowment to assist geology and physics faculty members in attracting and retaining high-caliber students interested in conducting summer research projects.
Obituary: Martin McDonald
Martin McDonald passed away Nov. 2. He was 57.
McDonald transferred to Winthrop in 1979 to pursue his degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science. A decade later, he earned an M.B.A., also from Winthrop.
He returned to Winthrop in 1995 as the information resource coordinator for the accounting and student financial services areas. Throughout his career, he wrote code for numerous special reports, created and maintained accounting schedules for financial statement reporting, and ensured compliance with various tax reporting requirements.
Obituary: Mary Agnes "Aggie" Jones
A former employee of then-Winthrop College passed away Oct. 21 in her home. She was 86.
Mary Agnes "Aggie" Jones was born and raised in Lancaster. She completed a business course at Winthrop and worked as secretary to the executive manager of Springs Cotton Mills. She later worked at and retired from Winthrop. She was a faithful member of Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill for 60 years.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, her daughter, granddaughters and other family members.
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
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."
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 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.
02/16/2015Tammy 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.