We Are Coker College
For over 100 years, Coker College has produced graduates who excel in their careers and are leaders in their communities. The following is a short list-in-progress of notable Coker College graduates.
Martha Chestnut &
Priscilla Perry Arnold
Hattina Washington Osterberg
- Dr. Bonnie Cone (dec.), Class of 1928
Vice Chancellor Emerita and Founder, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
- Evelyn Mayo Snider (dec.), Class of 1928
Prominent educator, “First Lady” of Conway, S.C.
- Ruth Patrick, Class of 1929
Pioneering biologist, National Medal of Science winner (1996); Coker College Alumna of the Century; Philadelphia, Pa.
- Ruth Briggs (dec.), Class of 1930
Lieutenant Colonel and former Paris (France) Section Chief of Armed Forces Soviet Intelligence; Awarded Order of the British Empire
- Marian McKnight Conway, Class of 1958
1957 Miss America: New Robles, Ca.
- Martha Dean Chestnut, Class of 1958
1956 Miss Dixie; 1955 Miss South Carolina; Conway, S.C.
- Dr. S. Anne Hancock, Class of 1960
Presidential appointee (G.W. Bush), Regional Representative of the U.S. Department of Education (ret.); Smyrna, Ga.
- Patricia Engman, Class of 1965
Executive Director (ret.), The Business Roundtable, Washington, DC; Anna Maria, Fla.
- Dr. Judith Bailey, Class of 1968
Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges & Universities; Former President, Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan University; Clemmons, N.C.
- Patricia Stevens Hewitt, Class of 1969
SC Coaches' Hall of Fame (2009); Sports Illustrated Coach of Influence (2005); National Assoc. of Sports & Physical Education Teacher of the Year (2001); Converse National High School Basketball Coach of the Year (1994); Hartsville, S.C.
- Nancy Rogers, Class of 1969
Senior Project Coordinator, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC; Dickerson, Md.
- Judy Southard, Class of 1970
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Louisiana State University; Former chair, NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee; Baton Rouge, La.
- Dr. Gayle B. Sawyer, Class of 1970
Executive Director, S.C. Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA); Rock Hill, S.C.
- Dr. Priscilla Perry Arnold, Class of 1971
Ophthalmologist; namd one of America’s Best Ophthalmologists in 2007, 2008 and 2009; 2007-2009 Best Doctors in America for cataract surgery; Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology & the American College of Surgeons; Blue Eye, Mo.
- Denny Neilson, Class of 1973
S.C. House of Representatives; Darlington, S.C.
- Dr. Richard Simpson, Class of 1975
Neurosurgeon; leading Parkinson’s disease researcher, Houston, Tx.
- Hope Nunnery, Class of 1981
Acclaimed American roots music recording artist; New York
- Dr. Keith A. Alford, Class of 1983
Associate Professor of Social Work, Syracuse University; Leading researcher in child and family mental health and foster care; Manlius, NY
- Stephen Schulte, Class of 1988
Founder, CEO of ProCare - Prosthetic Care Inc., Atlanta, Ga.; Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetists
- Dr. Dorian Houser, Class of 1992
Marine biologist and leading bioacoustics researcher; Santee, Ca.
- Terrance Hayes, Class of 1994
Professor of Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University;
Whiting Writers Award winner; Pushcart Prize winner; Best American Poetry selectee; Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Hoyt Kelley Jr., Class of 1996
Internet marketing entrepreneur, Charleston, S.C.
- Jason Perkey, Class of 1997
Campaign Manager in Virginia; former Field Organizer for Barack Obama Presidential Campaign (Lynchburg, Va.); attorney; campaign consultant; Louisville,Ky.
- Jeff French, Class of 1998
Internet marketing entrepreneur; Columbia, S.C.
- Dr. Phillip Dowdy, Class of 1999
Podiatrist [Jewish Hospital Fellow], Somerset, Ky.; completed residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, Wyandotte, Mich.;
- Dr. Hattina Washington Osterberg, Class of 2000
Pediatric Resident, Carolinas Medical Center; Charlotte, N.C.
- Vicki Cunningham, Class of 2001
Policy Director for DC Alliance of Youth Advocates; former Program Director for the Posse Foundation and the National Coordinator for CODEPINK: Women for Peace (included extended stay in Iraq); 2001 Fulbright Scholar; Washington, D.C.