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Four Couples Named Honorary Alumni

Sep 29, 2014

The Alumni Association of Flagler College may grant permanent Honorary Alumni status in recognition of conspicuous, ongoing, enduring, and dedicated service on behalf of the College or the Alumni Association. This designation is a very high honor; prior to 2014, only five members of the College community had been conferred this status: Dr. and Mrs. William T. Abare, Jr., Dr. William Proctor, and Pierre and Shirley Thompson. At this year’s Spring Donor Dinner, Flagler welcomed four couples to Honorary Alumni status. 

Bob and Barbara Carberry are very special to Flagler College. Bob was an early administrator whose dedication as dean of the College from 1970-1989 and subsequent role as a social science professor from 1989-1997 helped shape the trajectory of the institution. He currently holds the title of Dean Emeritus. Barbara worked as a math professor from 1980 to 1997, impacting the lives of numerous students. Since retiring, Bob has held the position of president of the Senior Association of Sociable Saints, an organization that provides scholarships to Flagler students who demonstrate financial need.

The Theatre Arts program at Flagler College was built on the shoulders of Tom and Jean Rahner. After founding the College’s Theatre Arts department in the 1970s, Tom served as chair of the department for nearly 30 years, directing or designing more than 60 productions. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus. Jean served Flagler as a communication adjunct and as host of the WFCF 88.5 FM radio program Kaleidoscope for 17 years. She has also been integral in the St. Augustine theatre community by co-launching the Limelight Theatre and founding A Classic Theatre, Inc. Tom and Jean remain an integral part of the College, with Tom as president of the Senior Association of Sociable Saints and Jean regularly directing plays.

Longtime supporters of Flagler College, The Honorable and Mrs. Howell Melton have been the true definition of friends to Flagler. Judge Melton served 40 years on the Board of Trustees, including two years as Chairman, and currently holds Trustee Emeritus status. In 1977, Judge Melton was appointed by Jimmy Carter to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and in 1991 he assumed his current senior status. Judge Melton and Catherine Melton are generous supporters of Flagler’s Annual Fund, the Flagler Fund for Student Financial Aid, and the renovations to the Proctor Library. 

Champions of Flagler College since its nascent stages, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bailey, Sr. are a treasure for our institution. John served 40 years on the Board of Directors and currently holds the status of Trustee Emeritus. John and Peggy have impacted the lives of former, current, and future Flagler students by establishing the John D. and Peggy Bailey Endowed Scholarship. In 2005 they funded the Bailey Lounge in the Ringhaver Student Center.

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