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A Family Affair
GENERATIONS OF BEARS CONTINUE FAMILY LEGACY AT LENOIR-RHYNE

As a fourth-generation Lenoir-Rhyne student, William Fisher, a sophomore in music education, is continuing a tradition that has been in his family for nearly a century.

William’s great-grandfather, Roy Fisher, a member of the Class of 1925, was the first generation in the family to graduate LR. His great aunt Roselyn Fisher Misenheimer graduated in 1952 and his grandfather Carl Fisher in 1955. Carl also graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1958. William’s father, Jeremy Fisher, graduated in 1988, followed by his uncle William Linn Fisher in 1993 and LTSS in 1997.

Since before he could walk and talk, William has attended LR athletic and music events, and since he could listen, he’s heard stories about the “Fling Wide” alma mater and other Bear traditions. With all that tradition, though, it wasn’t automatic that he would attend Lenoir-Rhyne. In fact, for some time, it was anywhere but LR. But when it came time to make a decision, coming to Lenoir-Rhyne felt like coming home to William.

“The night before I was supposed to leave for Western Carolina University, I woke my parents and told them I knew I was supposed to be at Lenoir-Rhyne instead,” William said. “It was then that I knew I wanted to be a part of the Bear family.”

William serves as the band manager and tuba section leader for the Spirit of LR Marching Band. He is also president for Theta Xi fraternity and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the first year at a college or university.

“Upholding our family tradition means the world to me,” William said. “I believe that stories like mine tell the world how much LR does for the community and for families. I love carrying the history and legacy of my family at LR.”

The Bear legacy was also important to Janet Painter ’85, LR professor of education and director of Engaged Scholars. Janet said the campus and people were familiar to her since she grew up around LR.

Janet’s father, Hanley H. Painter ’50, was a part of athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne as player, coach, and administrator for more than 30 years. Her mother, Lorene H. Huffman Painter ’53, was a professor emerita of education and worked at LR from 1959 to 1999. As a student-athlete, Hanley participated in football, baseball, and golf during the late 1940s and was an honorable mention All-American and team captain of the 1949 Bears football squad. He was president of his senior class, voted best All-Around Student that year, and was selected to Who’s Who in College and Universities. During Hanley’s coaching career, the Bears won or shared 12 conference championships. LR competed in three national championship football games, and Hanley was a four-time selection as conference and district Coach of the Year. He served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football Coaches Association and spent 22 years on the NAIA District 26 Executive Committee, six of those as chairman. Hanley was also LR’s athletic director for more than a decade before retiring in 1984. In addition, Janet’s brother Charles N. Painter graduated from LR in 1981.

“I know LR provided us all with something very special at different times in our lives,” Janet said. “My father was on the G.I. Bill and was able to play multiple sports and get an excellent education, as well as set the stage for his coaching career. My mother learned and practiced her vocation of teaching which she passed on to me and many others. My brother and I were able to learn under many influential people and experience many significant events through LR, and I treasure them. We embraced our liberal learning roots and truly enjoyed our education in such an integrated and multifaceted curriculum.”

A third-generation graduate, Rachel Nichols ’90, LR vice president for enrollment management, is one of many in her family to attend the University. In addition to her grandfather Claud Huggins Sr. ’33, her grandmother Nancy Keever Huggins graduated in 1934, and her mother Nancy Huggins Allen graduated in 1959. Nancy’s brother Claud Huggins Jr. graduated in 1956 along with his wife Barbara Obenschain Huggins ’57, sister Sara Huggins Yount in 1964 along with her husband Phil Yount ’60, and sister Elizabeth Huggins ’67. Rachel’s father, the Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen, graduated from LR in 1962 and from LTSS in 1966. He currently serves as LR’s executive director of development for Columbia. Their son, Tim Allen, graduated in 1991 along with his wife, Julie Crohn Allen, in 1994. Sara and Phil’s granddaughter, Lindsay Yount Lyall, graduated most recently in 2010.

“I loved LR from the time I was a child,” Rachel said. “My mother’s family lived in Hickory, and I had fond memories as I was growing up of being in Hickory and visiting LR for various reasons. I know from the time I was 12 or so that I wanted to attend LR. That never wavered and it was the only school to which I applied. We lived in Savannah, Georgia, when I was a senior in high school. I remember my guidance counselor trying to get me to apply to Newberry College because it was also Lutheran and close to our home. I would hear nothing of it.”

The Bear legacy is also important to LaKeisha Ross Johnson ’05, LR assistant director of advancement.

“I was accepted to the Honors Program and received the Lineberger Scholarship,” Johnson said. “I was a single mom with a 1-year-old and needed to be close to my family support. Little did I know that LR would be another level of support with being the best student and mom I could be.”

Johnson said her daughter LaTayvia Ross, a first-year student in biology, grew up around the LR campus. “LaTayvia was very familiar with campus and really wanted to go somewhere else, but then she attended Decision Day and looked at LR from the advantage of a prospective student. She was amazed at all LR had to offer. I’m proud to be a ‘mama Bear.’”


FAMILY LEGACIES AT LENOIR-RHYNE

Jesse Goyne ’18
The Rev. Dr. Rachel Connelly LTSS ’90, mother

"I chose Lenoir-Rhyne because the campus felt very welcoming and like a home away from home, and I had heard nothing but good things about the school from family and friends."

Thomas “Alex” Boyles, first-year student in religious studies; minor in psychology
Tom Boyles ’93, father
Bridget Boyles ’93, mother

"I decided to attend Lenoir-Rhyne because I have loved coming to LR since I was a child. I used to thoroughly enjoy coming to the football games as a child and seeing my father walk out on the field as he was honored for his football accomplishments while he attended LR. For me, LR was my home and that it was where I belonged. When doing my college search, LR was always on my list. Compared to all others, it was the one that felt the most like home and that is why I wanted to be a part of the Bear family.”

Matt Cannon, senior in biology
Chuck Cannon ’84, father Jimmy Cannon ’66, grandfather

“Dad and I have a great bond of LR because we are both proud of our University. Both being football players, it was a really awesome experience to follow in his footsteps. I can’t wait to come back for Homecomings and bring my future family around this great University.”

Maggie Lou Alice Carter, first-year student in biology, chemistry
Jerri Alice Carter ’92, mother

“The family tradition means something to me. Knowing that my mother was also on this campus is very nice. I am making memories right where she was years ago. It helps bring a connection that is a big advantage.”

Emily Childers, sophomore in medical studies 3+2
Kent Childers ’91, father

“My dad takes pride in the fact that he was a Bear, so it is special for me to get to carry on that tradition by attending Lenoir- Rhyne.”

Joshua Copeland ’17
The Rev. Dr. Keith Copeland LTSS ’92, father
The Rev. Dr. Judy Copeland Drysdale LTSS ’89, mother

“I decided to attend LR because of the community that I found here. Lenoir-Rhyne is one of the greatest collegiate families in the country, both on campus and off campus. I was enthralled with the music department and the opportunities that LR presented me. I thought that LR presented me with the best opportunities for growth and that is why I decided to attend LR.”

Richard Jordan ’16
Norma Holloway Jordan ’80, mother

“I began college at Lenoir-Rhyne in August 2012, due in no small part to the motivation of my mother, Norma. My mother, indeed, was the sole reason that I desired to go to college. My mother suffered from an aggressive lymphatic cancer, helped in no part by worsening cardiovascular disease. I had sympathy for her, and sympathy for all those suffering. I then made the decision to study medicine, but I knew I had to receive my undergraduate degree first. Every time I tried to think about a possible college, my thoughts always drifted back to Lenoir-Rhyne. There was some indescribable impulse drawing me to the school. In retrospect, I can say that the decision was an incredibly good one. LR was the perfect fit: a reasonable distance from home, a well-established biology program, and a small, intimate campus atmosphere. In other words: a second home.”

Maddie Lutz, senior in exercise science; minor in psychology
Robert Lutz ’85, father
Regina Martin Lutz ’85, mother
Thad “Rocky” Lutz ’89, uncle
Howard Lutz ’53, grandfather
Juanita Lackey Lutz ’58, grandmother

“Yes, I know this school was great when my family came here and they all received great educations and now have great jobs so I wanted to have the same opportunity that they had here. Plus, I think it’s pretty special that you can carry on traditions at the same school that your grandparents went to. I was always brought to the football games and basketball games growing up, and I even had a little cheerleading uniform, so I love being able to sit in the student section and support not only my family’s school, but my school too.”

Sarah Morton, senior in nursing
Lorrie Hopkins Morton ’84, mother

“When I was originally making my decision on where to go to college, my mom was very careful to not steer me in any particular direction. She wanted to make sure that the decision was one I made independently. However, as graduation approaches, a degree from my mother’s alma mater becomes more important. She graduated from the nursing program as well, and being able to share our experiences with each other has been very special. It means a lot to see her proud of me and proud of the University and its growth.”

Tyler Oliver, ’18
Charles “Skip” B. Downs ’68, grandfather
Shelly Greer Oliver ’95, mother

“My family and I value being LR Bears. The LR experience has made me part of who I am today, and I look forward to continuing my graduate studies in a place I call home.”

Megan Shackelford, sophomore in elementary education
The Rev. Dr. Mike Shackelford ’89, LTSS ’97, father
Carolyn Blossom Shackelford ’91, mother

“I chose LR because of the programs it had to offer. When I came for a tour the campus instantly felt like home. The marching band was growing, and I thought it would be so cool to be a part of the legacy that is now The Spirit of LR Marching Band. My mom also had an impact on my decision. She is a fifth grade teacher and one of the reasons that I want to go into education. If LR was able to provide her with the experiences and tools that made her the educator she is now, I was confident it could do the same for me.”

Wes Tolbert, first-year student in nursing
Ray Turner ’72, grandfather
Sharon Danner Turner ’73, grandmother

“As a child, I enjoyed attending Lenoir-Rhyne sporting events with my grandfather. I learned about the history of Lenoir-Rhyne and its beautiful campus. Being from out of state, I was not sure if I would be accepted, but I applied anyway. I appreciated the sense of family/community and the passion of the professors. The small campus seemed like a place that I could call home away from home.”

Carter Woolly ’18
The Rev. Dr. Rhodes Woolly ’88, LTSS ’96, father
Beth Woolly Trump ’81, aunt
The Rev. Dr. Donald Woolly ’55, LTSS ’58, grandfather

“I love history and tradition, and Lenoir-Rhyne is one of those schools that is short of neither. I always love talking to alumni and learning about their LR experience. I felt honored to walk in the footsteps of such great people.” ■ LaTayvia Ross (right) with mother, LaKeisha Ross Johnson ’05 Jesse Goyne ’18 with mother, The Rev. Dr. Rachel Connelly LTSS ’90 Pictured left (from left to right): Nancy Allen, Robert Allen, Rachel Nichols, Tim Allen, Julia Allen, Phil Yount, Sara Yount, Barbara Huggins, Libby Huggins

PLEASE SHARE YOUR LEGACY STORY with the Office of Marketing and Communications by contacting alumni@lr.edu.


 

  • Alumni
A Family Affair
LRU
GENERATIONS OF BEARS CONTINUE FAMILY LEGACY AT LENOIR-RHYNE

As a fourth-generation Lenoir-Rhyne student, William Fisher, a sophomore in music education, is continuing a tradition that has been in his family for nearly a century.

William’s great-grandfather, Roy Fisher, a member of the Class of 1925, was the first generation in the family to graduate LR. His great aunt Roselyn Fisher Misenheimer graduated in 1952 and his grandfather Carl Fisher in 1955. Carl also graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1958. William’s father, Jeremy Fisher, graduated in 1988, followed by his uncle William Linn Fisher in 1993 and LTSS in 1997.

Since before he could walk and talk, William has attended LR athletic and music events, and since he could listen, he’s heard stories about the “Fling Wide” alma mater and other Bear traditions. With all that tradition, though, it wasn’t automatic that he would attend Lenoir-Rhyne. In fact, for some time, it was anywhere but LR. But when it came time to make a decision, coming to Lenoir-Rhyne felt like coming home to William.

“The night before I was supposed to leave for Western Carolina University, I woke my parents and told them I knew I was supposed to be at Lenoir-Rhyne instead,” William said. “It was then that I knew I wanted to be a part of the Bear family.”

William serves as the band manager and tuba section leader for the Spirit of LR Marching Band. He is also president for Theta Xi fraternity and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the first year at a college or university.

“Upholding our family tradition means the world to me,” William said. “I believe that stories like mine tell the world how much LR does for the community and for families. I love carrying the history and legacy of my family at LR.”

The Bear legacy was also important to Janet Painter ’85, LR professor of education and director of Engaged Scholars. Janet said the campus and people were familiar to her since she grew up around LR.

Janet’s father, Hanley H. Painter ’50, was a part of athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne as player, coach, and administrator for more than 30 years. Her mother, Lorene H. Huffman Painter ’53, was a professor emerita of education and worked at LR from 1959 to 1999. As a student-athlete, Hanley participated in football, baseball, and golf during the late 1940s and was an honorable mention All-American and team captain of the 1949 Bears football squad. He was president of his senior class, voted best All-Around Student that year, and was selected to Who’s Who in College and Universities. During Hanley’s coaching career, the Bears won or shared 12 conference championships. LR competed in three national championship football games, and Hanley was a four-time selection as conference and district Coach of the Year. He served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football Coaches Association and spent 22 years on the NAIA District 26 Executive Committee, six of those as chairman. Hanley was also LR’s athletic director for more than a decade before retiring in 1984. In addition, Janet’s brother Charles N. Painter graduated from LR in 1981.

“I know LR provided us all with something very special at different times in our lives,” Janet said. “My father was on the G.I. Bill and was able to play multiple sports and get an excellent education, as well as set the stage for his coaching career. My mother learned and practiced her vocation of teaching which she passed on to me and many others. My brother and I were able to learn under many influential people and experience many significant events through LR, and I treasure them. We embraced our liberal learning roots and truly enjoyed our education in such an integrated and multifaceted curriculum.”

A third-generation graduate, Rachel Nichols ’90, LR vice president for enrollment management, is one of many in her family to attend the University. In addition to her grandfather Claud Huggins Sr. ’33, her grandmother Nancy Keever Huggins graduated in 1934, and her mother Nancy Huggins Allen graduated in 1959. Nancy’s brother Claud Huggins Jr. graduated in 1956 along with his wife Barbara Obenschain Huggins ’57, sister Sara Huggins Yount in 1964 along with her husband Phil Yount ’60, and sister Elizabeth Huggins ’67. Rachel’s father, the Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen, graduated from LR in 1962 and from LTSS in 1966. He currently serves as LR’s executive director of development for Columbia. Their son, Tim Allen, graduated in 1991 along with his wife, Julie Crohn Allen, in 1994. Sara and Phil’s granddaughter, Lindsay Yount Lyall, graduated most recently in 2010.

“I loved LR from the time I was a child,” Rachel said. “My mother’s family lived in Hickory, and I had fond memories as I was growing up of being in Hickory and visiting LR for various reasons. I know from the time I was 12 or so that I wanted to attend LR. That never wavered and it was the only school to which I applied. We lived in Savannah, Georgia, when I was a senior in high school. I remember my guidance counselor trying to get me to apply to Newberry College because it was also Lutheran and close to our home. I would hear nothing of it.”

The Bear legacy is also important to LaKeisha Ross Johnson ’05, LR assistant director of advancement.

“I was accepted to the Honors Program and received the Lineberger Scholarship,” Johnson said. “I was a single mom with a 1-year-old and needed to be close to my family support. Little did I know that LR would be another level of support with being the best student and mom I could be.”

Johnson said her daughter LaTayvia Ross, a first-year student in biology, grew up around the LR campus. “LaTayvia was very familiar with campus and really wanted to go somewhere else, but then she attended Decision Day and looked at LR from the advantage of a prospective student. She was amazed at all LR had to offer. I’m proud to be a ‘mama Bear.’”


FAMILY LEGACIES AT LENOIR-RHYNE

Jesse Goyne ’18
The Rev. Dr. Rachel Connelly LTSS ’90, mother

"I chose Lenoir-Rhyne because the campus felt very welcoming and like a home away from home, and I had heard nothing but good things about the school from family and friends."

Thomas “Alex” Boyles, first-year student in religious studies; minor in psychology
Tom Boyles ’93, father
Bridget Boyles ’93, mother

"I decided to attend Lenoir-Rhyne because I have loved coming to LR since I was a child. I used to thoroughly enjoy coming to the football games as a child and seeing my father walk out on the field as he was honored for his football accomplishments while he attended LR. For me, LR was my home and that it was where I belonged. When doing my college search, LR was always on my list. Compared to all others, it was the one that felt the most like home and that is why I wanted to be a part of the Bear family.”

Matt Cannon, senior in biology
Chuck Cannon ’84, father Jimmy Cannon ’66, grandfather

“Dad and I have a great bond of LR because we are both proud of our University. Both being football players, it was a really awesome experience to follow in his footsteps. I can’t wait to come back for Homecomings and bring my future family around this great University.”

Maggie Lou Alice Carter, first-year student in biology, chemistry
Jerri Alice Carter ’92, mother

“The family tradition means something to me. Knowing that my mother was also on this campus is very nice. I am making memories right where she was years ago. It helps bring a connection that is a big advantage.”

Emily Childers, sophomore in medical studies 3+2
Kent Childers ’91, father

“My dad takes pride in the fact that he was a Bear, so it is special for me to get to carry on that tradition by attending Lenoir- Rhyne.”

Joshua Copeland ’17
The Rev. Dr. Keith Copeland LTSS ’92, father
The Rev. Dr. Judy Copeland Drysdale LTSS ’89, mother

“I decided to attend LR because of the community that I found here. Lenoir-Rhyne is one of the greatest collegiate families in the country, both on campus and off campus. I was enthralled with the music department and the opportunities that LR presented me. I thought that LR presented me with the best opportunities for growth and that is why I decided to attend LR.”

Richard Jordan ’16
Norma Holloway Jordan ’80, mother

“I began college at Lenoir-Rhyne in August 2012, due in no small part to the motivation of my mother, Norma. My mother, indeed, was the sole reason that I desired to go to college. My mother suffered from an aggressive lymphatic cancer, helped in no part by worsening cardiovascular disease. I had sympathy for her, and sympathy for all those suffering. I then made the decision to study medicine, but I knew I had to receive my undergraduate degree first. Every time I tried to think about a possible college, my thoughts always drifted back to Lenoir-Rhyne. There was some indescribable impulse drawing me to the school. In retrospect, I can say that the decision was an incredibly good one. LR was the perfect fit: a reasonable distance from home, a well-established biology program, and a small, intimate campus atmosphere. In other words: a second home.”

Maddie Lutz, senior in exercise science; minor in psychology
Robert Lutz ’85, father
Regina Martin Lutz ’85, mother
Thad “Rocky” Lutz ’89, uncle
Howard Lutz ’53, grandfather
Juanita Lackey Lutz ’58, grandmother

“Yes, I know this school was great when my family came here and they all received great educations and now have great jobs so I wanted to have the same opportunity that they had here. Plus, I think it’s pretty special that you can carry on traditions at the same school that your grandparents went to. I was always brought to the football games and basketball games growing up, and I even had a little cheerleading uniform, so I love being able to sit in the student section and support not only my family’s school, but my school too.”

Sarah Morton, senior in nursing
Lorrie Hopkins Morton ’84, mother

“When I was originally making my decision on where to go to college, my mom was very careful to not steer me in any particular direction. She wanted to make sure that the decision was one I made independently. However, as graduation approaches, a degree from my mother’s alma mater becomes more important. She graduated from the nursing program as well, and being able to share our experiences with each other has been very special. It means a lot to see her proud of me and proud of the University and its growth.”

Tyler Oliver, ’18
Charles “Skip” B. Downs ’68, grandfather
Shelly Greer Oliver ’95, mother

“My family and I value being LR Bears. The LR experience has made me part of who I am today, and I look forward to continuing my graduate studies in a place I call home.”

Megan Shackelford, sophomore in elementary education
The Rev. Dr. Mike Shackelford ’89, LTSS ’97, father
Carolyn Blossom Shackelford ’91, mother

“I chose LR because of the programs it had to offer. When I came for a tour the campus instantly felt like home. The marching band was growing, and I thought it would be so cool to be a part of the legacy that is now The Spirit of LR Marching Band. My mom also had an impact on my decision. She is a fifth grade teacher and one of the reasons that I want to go into education. If LR was able to provide her with the experiences and tools that made her the educator she is now, I was confident it could do the same for me.”

Wes Tolbert, first-year student in nursing
Ray Turner ’72, grandfather
Sharon Danner Turner ’73, grandmother

“As a child, I enjoyed attending Lenoir-Rhyne sporting events with my grandfather. I learned about the history of Lenoir-Rhyne and its beautiful campus. Being from out of state, I was not sure if I would be accepted, but I applied anyway. I appreciated the sense of family/community and the passion of the professors. The small campus seemed like a place that I could call home away from home.”

Carter Woolly ’18
The Rev. Dr. Rhodes Woolly ’88, LTSS ’96, father
Beth Woolly Trump ’81, aunt
The Rev. Dr. Donald Woolly ’55, LTSS ’58, grandfather

“I love history and tradition, and Lenoir-Rhyne is one of those schools that is short of neither. I always love talking to alumni and learning about their LR experience. I felt honored to walk in the footsteps of such great people.” ■ LaTayvia Ross (right) with mother, LaKeisha Ross Johnson ’05 Jesse Goyne ’18 with mother, The Rev. Dr. Rachel Connelly LTSS ’90 Pictured left (from left to right): Nancy Allen, Robert Allen, Rachel Nichols, Tim Allen, Julia Allen, Phil Yount, Sara Yount, Barbara Huggins, Libby Huggins

PLEASE SHARE YOUR LEGACY STORY with the Office of Marketing and Communications by contacting alumni@lr.edu.


 

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