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.”
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
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.
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.
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.