The Asheville chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy awarded membership in June to Margaret Lane, a daughter of Confederate veteran Preston Lane. Preston was 60 years old when he married Margaret’s mother and died when Margaret was 10 years old. Margaret Lane attended WCU in 1937-38 and took graduate-level courses as late as 1965. She taught 43 years at Dana Elementary School and, 91 this year, lives in Hendersonville’s Carolina Village.


Born Jan. 27, 1909, Samuel P. Hyatt MAEd ’58 of Arden is Western Carolina’s oldest living alumnus, according to available alumni records. Hyatt spent his career as an administrator at Cherokee High School, retiring in the 1960s, and earned both his degrees while working full time, said daughter Theresa Hyatt Cotton. “As far as I know, all of his education was at Western Carolina,” Cotten said. Hyatt began a teaching career before he turned 20, and met his wife, Mursetis Young Hyatt, when they both taught in one-room schoolhouses in Swain County. The couple had three children and were married for 75 years before Mursetis Hyatt died in 2007. Hyatt, who is in good health, now resides in an assisted-living home in Arden, but is originally of Jackson County’s Shoal Creek community.


Richard Shaw has qualified for membership in the 2008 Million Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals. Shaw, of Sumter, S.C., has represented Allstate insurance since 2002.


Brian Bennett MAEd ’72, a retired professor who spent 15 years in the natural resource conservation and management program, will soon celebrate 40 years of marriage to his wife, Margaret Splawn Bennett, who is retired from Haywood County Schools.

Leslie “Les” G. Robinson MAEd is a member of the Grinalds Group, higher education consultants in the area of leadership development and based in Charleston, S.C. Robinson has long involvement in college athletics programs and was an assistant coach on the WCU basketball team while earning his degree. He is a former men’s basketball coach at The Citadel (where he retired in 2008 as director of athletics), East Tennessee State University and N.C. State.


The late retired Lt. Col. Harry Joe Rhinehart MA ’72 published a novel, based on his combat experience in Vietnam, titled “The Iron Triangle” just before his May 2008 death.


Ted Luckadoo, former Catamount running back, was head football coach for the South Carolina team in the 72nd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas last December at Wofford College in Spartanburg. South Carolina defeated North Carolina 24-16. Luckadoo has a nearly four-decade coaching career, with 25 years at Westside High School in Anderson, S.C., where he is head football coach and athletic director.

Dorothy Dendy Smith MAEd ’02, Jill Fisher DeMarco MS ’90 MAT ’07 and Martha Worley have authored a book titled “Literacy Beyond Picture Books,” published in June by Corwin Press. The textbook focuses on teaching secondary students with moderate to severe disabilities. Smith and DeMarco work in special education with Buncombe County Schools. Karena Cooper-Duffy, an assistant professor of special education in WCU’s department of human services, wrote the book’s foreword.


Dot Reid Case MAEd was named Henderson County Public Schools 2009-10 teacher of the year, receiving a plaque and $1,000 from SunTrust Bank during a May ceremony. A Henderson County native, Case has taught in the county for 40 years, including teaching history at North Henderson for the past 15 years.


Jon Wiggins MIE ’76 has just completed 31 years as a professor at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Mo., where he has taught classes in construction management and technology, and agriculture teacher education. His wife, Kenna Wike Wiggins ’73, a native of Waynesville, is a reading specialist with the Springfield school system. The couple have two grown daughters.