When Todd Bowman ’90 heard that Ted Blain was retiring from the Woodberry facultyafter thirty-eight years, he wanted to honor thelegendary English teacher’s contributions toWoodberry. So Todd established the W. EdwardBlain Faculty Enrichment Fund in the school’sendowment.
Each year, the income generated by the fund willsupport professional growth and developmentfor faculty members, providing money for themto take courses, attend conferences, or go onsabbatical.
Ted always spoke fondly about the opportunitiesfor professional development that he enjoyedthroughout his Woodberry career. Gifts by pastdonors made it possible for him to see plays,visit new countries, and enrich his knowledge ofEnglish literature before returning to Woodberryeach September. With Todd Bowman’s gift, themen and women who follow in Ted’s footsteps willenjoy similar opportunities.
“I really cannot say enough about the influencehe had on my character,” Todd said about Ted.“There have been few people in my life whom Iwanted to impress and make proud more than Mr.Blain. I consider him one of the four “Woodberryfathers” who molded me into the man I am today,the others being Emmett Wright, Paul Huber, andRichard MacKenzie.
Todd, who now serves as editor and head writerof BeerCharlotte.com, also credits Mr. Blain andother members of the English Department withguiding his growth as a writer.
“I evolved into a writer during my time at theForest. Mr. Blain, Mr. Reimers, and Mr. Manningall were enormous influences on my writing, aswas my time with the Algonquin Society and TheTalon. Essentially, I doubled down on anythingwhere Ted was involved.”
New Faculty Enrichment
Fund Established in
Honor of Ted Blain
The last live events hosted by Woodberry before COVID- 19 began spreading widely in the United States featured two longtime faculty members.
In early March, Ted Blain delivered two “Ted Talks” to alumni groups in Charlotteand Winston-Salem. Ted’s remarks included stories from his many years of teaching aswell as a chance for alumni to ask him questions.
Also hitting the road for Woodberry in March was former art teacher Kelly Lonergan,who retired in 2019 after more than twenty years on the faculty. Kelly spoke to theAtlanta Regional Association and delivered a presentation he’d first shared on campusduring his final days on the faculty.
As some of his colleagues already knew, Kelly arrived at every faculty meeting with apencil and a yellow legal pad. During the meeting, no matter the topic, he’d sit quietly,head down, apparently absorbed in the meeting and taking detailed notes. But whathe was in fact doing was sketching a series of cartoons and caricatures based on thediscussions in those meetings.
Kelly unveiled a selection of those cartoons shortly before retirement in a series ofpresentations to the faculty and in an issue of The Talon. This spring he took his showon the road, to the delight of alumni.
Blain, Lonergan Deliver Alumni Talks
Because of the cancellation of this year’s reunion, we hope that next year will feature two Reunion Weekends. Though planning is tentative and subject tochange given the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic, if it is safe to hold reunions, classeswill gather on back-to-back weekends. This will allow us to create cluster reunions,with the classes of 2000 and 2001 or the classes of 1980 and 1981, for example, sharingthe same weekend. Visit woodberry.org/reunion for more information.
April 9–11: Classes of ’ 45, ’ 46, ’ 50, ’ 51, ’ 55, ’ 56, ’ 60, ’ 61, ’ 65, ’66, ’75, ’76, ’80, ’81, ’85, ’86,’90, ’91, and the class of 1970 50th Reunion
April 16–18: Classes of ’95, ’96, ’00, ’01, ’05, ’06, ’ 10, ’ 11, ’ 15, ’ 16 and the class of 197150th Reunion
Reunions Rescheduled for 2021