LaGrange College names four honorary alumni

Fred Lamar Jones of LaGrange was named an honorary alumnus of LaGrange College during the annual homecoming alumni recognition breakfast Saturday. He joined other honorees Charles A. Thompson, Charles H. Evans and Marie Moshell.

Martha Pirkle, director of alumni and community relations at the college, said she was overjoyed to salute the new honorees.

“Every one of these remarkable people has made a significant impact to enhance the educational experience for our students,” she said. “It is such an honor to be able to recognize their dedication and what they mean to LaGrange College.”

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, continued training in technology and business, as well as completed basic and advancer U.S. Army Officer Training. He was a first lieutenant with the Army in Korea, serving as a company commander.

Other than his time in the Army, he worked his entire career with General Electric in basic and succeeding levels of engineering, marketing and management. His work took him to South America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. He retired as regional manager for the Southeast, where he was headquartered in Atlanta. His area included offices from Philadelphia to Miami and Memphis to New Orleans. He continued to work as an independent consultant for firms in South America following his retirement.

Dr. Thompson of Hamilton earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota; a master’s of divinity from Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois; a master’s in sociology from Wichita (Kansas) State University; and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

He began his career as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mulvane, Kansas; then as assistant to the bishop for the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (headquartered in Atlanta); pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Albany, Georgia; and currently is part-time pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Plains, Georgia. His career in higher education includes jobs as an instructor at Wichita State University, an associate professor and assistant professor of sociology at Augustana College (South Dakota); and adjunct professor of sociology at Darton College in Albany and at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia.

Dr. Thompson’s work with LaGrange College includes time as associate dean and director, as well as director of graduate studies at LaGrange College at Albany.

Dr. Evans of Greensboro, Georgia, earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude), a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in experimental psychology, all from the University of Georgia.

He was a research assistant at UGA, an assistant and associate professor of psychology and chairman of the social science department at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina and professor of psychology at LaGrange College from 1981 until his retirement in 2011. While at LaGrange, he won the Hines Research Award and was named a Flora Glenn Candler professor and Professor Emeritus. 

Dr. Evans was a volunteer with West Georgia Hospice and a volunteer coach for recreation league baseball and basketball. He worked as a member of the board of directors of Offender Aid and Restoration in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the LaGrange Historical Society, a board member and officer for Community Action for Improvement in LaGrange and a volunteer at Unity Elementary School. He also was a volunteer fundraiser for the National Arthritis Foundation.

Moshell was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She earned an associate degree in recreation from Columbus College and worked as a recreation specialist at Bradley Center Hospital.

At LaGrange, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006, where she also worked on the board solicitation committee for the Defining Moment: The LaGrange College Campaign for Distinction. The Moshell Learning Center in the Frank and Laura Lewis Library is named in memory of her late husband.

Moshell has served for 30 years for the Pastoral Institute Board and is immediate past chairman of the board. She also works with the St. Luke School Board of Trustees and the St. Francis Women’s Hospital Advisory Committee.

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