Class Notes & Profiles

William Sanford Benbow 1972

William wrote to us of a newly discovered Asheville School connection:

"Well, what a small world!

I moved into an Assisted Living Community Apartment beside a lovely 97-year-old lady. I grilled chicken and Conecuh dogs for her for months. She gave me homemade trail mix in return.

After several months, she told me she ran the kitchen at Asheville School for 14 years. She said my name sounded familiar. I was only there for three years and she arrived in the winter of 1972, three months after I had left.

I regretted to inform her that Jack Tyrer had died last week. She was very taken aback and said that she loved Jack very much.

A sparkle came to her eyes as she mentioned Pop Hollandsworth and his wife, Mr. Ornduff

(I still remember his wonderful quotes that he would put up on the chalkboard), Jim Hollandsworth, Mr. Bromley, Mr. Verduin, Chuck Carter, and so, so many more.

She recalled when Mrs. Hollandsworth couldn't make it up Asheville School Road in the snow because the car would slide in the snow and how she had to abandon the car with her friend and trudge up the snowy road in their high heel shoes.

Tonight, I showed her pictures of the school. She said they gave her an Asheville School chair when she left; I told her I purchased an Asheville School rocking chair after I left.

I took my Asheville School blazer made by Hunter and Coggins and showed it to her and she smiled so wide.

Oh, what a great time we had talking about Asheville School: shredded wheat and applesauce, and what a wonderful experience it was to be there.

How lucky we are... and to realize it after living next to each other for months.

Please post."

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Austin Bell 2006

Austin Bell 2006 and Davidson 2010 had the great pleasure of meeting up with some of the Asheville School Blues who are current Davidson College students in January. Pictured: (l to r) Austin Bell 2006, Sarah Jane Kline 2017, Olivia Ostlund 2015, Niara Webb 2016, Jeffrey Peng 2017 and Eli Abernethy 2015. Chris Amoroso 2017 was also present for the meeting, but he had to rush off to class before this picture was taken.

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