Class Notes

  • Robert I. Blum 1981


    We have learned that Robert, who is President and CEO of Cytokinetics Incorporated (CYTK), received the 2014 Lou Gehrig Iron Horse Award from ALS Therapy Development Institute ( at the Fourth Annual A White Coat Affair Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The award is the organization`s top honor.

  • Andrew Scott 1994


    Andrew was elected mayor of Kentucky's fastest growing city, Coal Run Village. Follow him on Twitter at @CommissionerKY.

  • Charles W. Upchurch III 1973


    I loved my year at Asheville School, but it was all boys in 1969 and I decided to finish high school at the co-ed Charlotte Country Day School. I received a BA in Psychology and Religion from Rhodes College in Memphis and afterwards followed my life-long dream of travelling the world. I backpacked through Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East and eventually took employment in the offshore oil exploration industry to help keep it going. I worked in Brazil and lived in Scotland and then worked in Canada and lived in the Caribbean. After nine years in the oil industry, I met my Swiss wife in the Caribbean and moved to Switzerland where I worked for SGS, a locally based multi-national company. I worked 16 years for SGS in Geneva, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and New York and ended up as a Senior Vice President. In order to move my family back to Switzerland, I left SGS and began a new career of managing distressed technology start-ups. We rebuilt the first one and achieved a successful exit for the shareholders. I am in the middle of the second one, which has won a global contract with Shell, and we are now starting to deploy our technology in the USA for the first time. I have been married for 26 years; we have three children and live outside of Geneva.

  • Thomas C. Watson Jr. 1959


    Tom was awarded the Regional Chamber's Spirit of the Carolinas Award Oct 16th at the 12th annual Salute to Business and Manufacturing banquet held at the Schiele Museum's Matthews Belk Cannon Environmental Studies Center in Gaston NC. Tom succeeded his father in the business in 1965 and has seen many changes over his 50-year career with the company. Under Tom's guidance the insurance firm his father began in the 1930's now has 70 employees. Ann Hoscheit, the chair-woman-elect of the chamber's board of directors said it is Tom's ability to create personal relationships with his customers, his commitment to employees, and his desire to give back that has allowed him to thrive over the past five decades. Of the award, Tom said it was a "special, humbling honor".

  • William P. Garten 1971


    Bill Garten has published his fifth book of poetry, Box of Pain, Box of Fear. Bill's other five books of poetry are Black Snow, Red Rain, Eventually, and Symptoms. He is the winner of the Emerson Prize for Poetry and The Margaret Ward Martin Prize for Creative Writing. Bill has published poetry in hundreds of literary magazines and academic journals across the United States and has been anthologized in Wild Sweet Notes, And Now the Magpie, and What the Mountains Yield. Bill continues to conduct his Financial practice and when he is not helping people with their retirement plans he conducts creative writing workshops and gives poetry readings across the country.

  • C. Joseph Rainero Jr. 1985


    Joe and his four man relay team (Travis Deckert, Logan Ryan and Sean Casto) took 1st place in the Swim Around Charleston 12 mile open water swim on September 21, 2014. This is the second time that Joe's team has won the relay in the 4 years of the annual event. You can see more here: <>

  • Renee Goodwin 2001


    Renee sent in this update: "This year I became a member of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists IATSE Local 798. This is the national union for Film, TV and theatre. I department headed one feature called Peter and John in Nantucket and worked on two films in Charlotte, Max, in 2002 and Ashby, still not released. I worked on the Cinemax series Banshee as well as numerous national and regional commercials. I also became a regular makeup artist for ESPN and the SEC Network."

  • Parker White 2011


    Parker sent us news that he will be shipping out to Great Lakes, IL on March 10th for basic training. He is joining the navy and entering into their Nuclear Field.

  • Amy (Shivers) Rowe 1995


    Just in from Amy Shivers: "Jamie and I are excited to introduce James Travers Rowe Jr, born Sunday 9/21/14 7 lbs 9.5 oz, 21" long."

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  • Michael W. Holowesko 2014


    Michael Holowesko played defense for the Washington College Shoreman Soccer team on Family Weekend vs. Dickinson on Saturday, September 20. Coaches Davis and Class of '81 Shoreman, Coach Haller, share a picture with Michael after the match.

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