All Hail!


Charles Wright ’57 was named United States Poet Laureate by The Library of Congress. A retired University of Virginia professor, Wright is the author of more than two dozen collections of verse. As a Davidson student Wright was a history major and won the college’s Vereen Bell Prize for writing. Davidson awarded Wright an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1997, the year before he won the Pulitzer Prize.

George House ’69, partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of environmental law.

Margaret Noel, M.D. ’79, editor of The Memory Care Plays, has received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, from among more than 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces and 32 countries overseas. Noel is the founder of MemoryCare, a non-profit in Asheville, N.C., that has provided integrated services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their caregivers, since 2000.

Kearns Davis ’91, partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, was recently appointed to the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, established in 2005 by the North Carolina Supreme Court. Davis leads Brooks Pierce’s practice in white-collar criminal defense, felony trials and appeals, grand jury proceedings, and government investigations. He was among the attorneys recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Davis is a former assistant U.S. attorney and a former law clerk for Judge Sam J. Ervin III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Marie Louise Ryan ’98 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study and research in Nepal for the academic year 2014–15. She is pursuing double master’s degrees at Iowa State University in sustainable agriculture and community planning.

Richmond Blake ’09 has received the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award of the U.S. Department of State. While serving at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Blake overcame Bolivian government hostility and intimidation tactics to advance key U.S. human rights priorities. He spearheaded a 21-episode radio soap opera to raise awareness about human trafficking, and through a series of creative low-cost initiatives he modeled how embassies can promote the rights of members of marginalized populations.


About Author

John Syme '85

Senior Writer John Syme graduated from Davidson with a French degree in 1985. After gigs in newspaper, advertising, translation in France and cross-country travel writing in the United States, he returned to alma mater in 2001. He has no immediate plans to graduate again.

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