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Charla Tolbert McMillian '81 passed away in late November after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.


Sanford Dinkins '97, a Vice President with Cox and Dinkins, a local and regional land surveying, civil engineering, transportation engineering, and landscape architecture firm, has been named to the City of Columbia’s Design Development and Review Commission.

The commission reviews and approves work proposed within Columbia’s historic districts, urban design areas, and designated landmarks. He received two degrees including a B.S. in Civil Engineering and B.S. in Chemistry, both from the USC. Sanford obtained his P.E. (Professional Engineer) license in 2012. He is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified and helps lead the firm's economic and community growth initiatives, continues the advancement of technology within the company, leads a team of the company's land development division, and is the engineering design leader for all federal clients and projects.

“Columbia has always been home to me and I want to make every effort to give back to the City that has given me so much,” Dinkins said. “I am truly honored to serve on this Commission alongside several other knowledgeable and humble city servants.”

Lori Waller Wane '97 has relocated to Sweden and has been married now since August, 2008 to a gentleman by the name of Mattias Wane.  They now have two young sons, Oliver and Lukas.



Asheley Scott St John '98 and Brian St John welcomed Gibson Lawrence St John, "Gibbs" on August 28, 2020. He weighed 8 lbs, 7 oz.



Eboni Lance '99 has completed her PhD and was recently awarded a K23 award for patient-oriented research for four years.  She is doing unique work in sickle cell disease and is becoming a nationally recognized expert in the neurodevelopment problems of the disorder.  She is on faculty at Kennedy Krieger Insitute.



Mimi Dial Bovard '01 passed away on June 5, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. She is survived by her beloved husband, her son, Robert Dennis Bovard, Jr., her twin daughters, Mary Ellison Bovard and Ruth Dennis Bovard.



Gordon McLeod '02, principal of L + M Development in New Orleans has recently been a part of the restoration of the McDonough School House built in 1894.  The building has been abandoned for more than 20 years and sustained several hurricanes and a fire.  To read the full article about this incredible rehabilitation, click here, page 28.  



Trey Murphy '04 and Cassidy Evans were married on September 4, 2020.

Whitney Waites Giomi ‘04, and Frankie Giomi, got married on May 1, 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Elizabeth Koenig '04 and Reed Moore '05 were married on October 12th, 2019 outside of Asheville, NC and celebrated with a lot of Heathwood family and friends.



Lee Ann Foster Bauer '05 and Chris Bauer welcomed their second daughter, Martha Bauer, on May 14, 2020.  The Bauers remain in Columbia.

JD Whalen '05 and his wife Allison welcomed a son, Jeffrey Dominic ‘Tripp’ Whalen, III., born June 2, 2021.



Nancy and Rhodes Amaker '06 welcomed their first daughter, Jane Brasington Amaker, on January 15, 2021.

Lyndey and Peyton Bryant '06 welcomed their first daughter, Ellery Ruth Bryant, on June 10, 2020 weighing 6 lbs, 8oz.

Elizabeth and Allen Wilkerson '06 welcomed their first daughter, Eleanor "Ellie" Griffin Wilkerson on July 2, 2020 weighing 8 lbs, 4oz.

Gus Herlong '06 and Charlotte Harvin were married on June 20, 2020 in Sumter, SC.

Lance Lipscomb, ‘06 and his wife, Amanda, welcomed a son, Walker McGraw Lipscomb, on September 22nd, 2020.

Richard Amaker '06 and his wife Amanda Kern were married on October 24, 2020.

Catherine Hipp Warth '06 and her husband, Gabe, welcomed a son, Thomas Warth, in summer of 2021.

Ali Temple Henderson '06 and her husband, Tyler, welcomed a daughter, Piper James Henderson, on September 3, 2021.

Chase Campolong '06 and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter, Betsy, on September 7, 2021.



Lindsay Crawford ('07) and his wife Nellie Crawford welcomed their first child, Baxter Lindsay Crawford, V on March 19th, 2020. They are hoping that he will follow in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather ('77) and become a third generation Highlander!

Frances Ellerbe Bryan '08 and Bo Bryan '07 welcomed their first child, Blanche Anne, named after two of her great grandmothers, born on August 18 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz.

Cam (Michael Cameron Foster, Jr) '07, 1st Lieutenant U.S. Army stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington married Dr. Rayna Gordon on October 23, 2020.



Cathleen and Thomas Hipp '08 welcomed their first son, Thomas "Hodges" Hipp, Jr, on May 31 ,2020.

Marchant Couick Dillard '08 and her husband Matt got married on July 1, 2017.

Marchant Couick Dillard '08 and her husband Matt welcomed their first son, Campbell Truett Dillard in August 2021.



Kristen Dickerson Fortenberry '09 and  Tim Fortenberry welcomed their first son, Luke Brandon, on May 30, 2020.

The Class of 2009 gathered in Columbia over the 2019 holidays for its 10 year reunion!



Kiaya Demonbreun '10 and Aaron Walters were married on March 21, 2020 in Columbia.

Morgan Whalen '10 and Alison Augsburger were married on July 11, 2020.

Lauren Glazer Trask '10 and Michael Trask welcomed their daughter, Leighton Mae Viola, on August 19, 2020.

Marshall Sanford '10 and Marianna McMillan got engaged in summer 2021.



Chris Barton '11 married Elaine Beck in July 2021 on Daniel Island.

Caroline Welling '11 and Benson Jones were married on January 4, 2020 in Columbia at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.



Christopher Metzger '12 is a research associate for the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), having previously been a program coordinator and research assistant. He develops and implements five of PPD’s grants with private companies, foreign governments, U.S. government agencies, and non-profits. He maintains PPD’s research workstreams on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, urban water finance, domestic resource mobilization, women’s economic empowerment, and youth, peace, and security. He was the lead organizer of the 2019 Global Development Forum, which had over 600 attendees and featured remarks from former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and USAID Administrator Mark Green. While at CSIS, he has organized and participated in case study trips to Uganda, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Italy. Before becoming a program coordinator in February 2017, he worked as an intern for PPD, as well as in a U.S. Senate office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Washington and Lee University and studied at the University of London and Syracuse University’s campus in Florence, Italy.

Burgess Foster, ‘12 and John Fowble, ‘12 were married on October 10, 2020.



Kenzie Gamache Laorenza '13 married her husband, Patrick, in Monetta, SC in Summer 2021.



Laura Hungiville '14  is now a member of the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2023. She is a 2018 graduate of Berry College majoring in Animal Science with Minors in Chemistry and Business.

Neha Penmetsa's '14 research completed during her time at College of Charleston has been accepted for publication in the journal "Personality and Individual Differences." Her paper titled,  "Personality and Substance Use Correlates of E-Cigarette Use in College Students," was the culmination of her college research as a psychology major in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.



William Anderson '15, #14 midfielder, played on the nationally ranked University of South Carolina 2019 Men's Club Lacrosse team which won the Southeast Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Regional Championship and went on to beat Cal-Berkley in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association's (MCLA)  National Championship game played in May 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT.


J.D. Davis '17 has been accepted to Berkeley to complete is Doctoral studies in Physical Chemistry in Fall 2023.


Brandon Stokes '21 made the Clemson University Fall 2021 Dean’s List. He is a Civil Engineering Major.