1969

Edward M. Gouge retired in June 2010 as the Daniel Professor of Chemistry at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and now is an adjunct professor at Presbyterian College’s School of Pharmacy. His wife, Diane Burnette Gouge ’68, retired in June 2010 from Laurens County School District 56.

Candie Gibson Lemaire has written and illustrated a children’s book of poems titled “Li’l Gulp and Friends,” published by PublishAmerica. The book, for children from preschool through the elementary grades, celebrates friendship and environmental stewardship.

1972

Leslie Anderson MPA ’85 (right) received a Downtown Hero Award from the Asheville Downtown Association in February. Anderson received the award, which recognizes organizations and individuals who have shown dedication to the history, growth and sustainability of downtown Asheville, for her nine years (1986-95) as Asheville’s director of downtown development.

1974

Tom Ditt is chair of the WCU Triangle Alumni Club and emergency preparedness coordinator for the N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He celebrated his March birthday with his wife, Shirley, on the court with the Harlem Globetrotters.

1975

Sue Nations MAEd ’76 EdS ’84, (right), superintendent of the Jackson County Public Schools system since 2004, will retire July 1. Nations began her education career in 1974 as a fourth-grade teaching intern at Fairview School. She hopes to spend time after her retirement hiking all the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a goal she has set with her husband, James.

1978

Joseph Suttle teaches art in Union County’s Hemby Bridge and Marshville elementary schools.
For 22 years he has maintained an art studio in downtown Monroe, working as an artist and teaching art lessons. Shown here: “Trebla,” 2006, acrylic on canvas, 30 inches by 24 inches.

1979

Andrea Zaher Cassell (right) has written, published and is now promoting a cookbook of simple Mediterranean recipes, “Nahima’s Hands,” in tribute to her grandmother, Nahima Albert, who died at age 101. Cassell also performs a cooking segment on ABC affiliate KAKE-TV in Kansas and hosts cooking classes twice a month at a local market. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in Wichita, Kan., and has four grown children.

Bobbie Pyron, a librarian for more than 20 years, wrote “A Dog’s Way Home,” a work of juvenile literature published by HarperCollins in March. The book, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl and her dog, who are separated by a car accident. Pyron lives in Utah with her dog, Ted.