Dr. Bill Williams '35 plays the Alma Mater on his harmonica.
Dr. Bill Williams '35 of Bethany,
Okla., prepared for Homecoming by practicing the Samford Alma
Mater on his harmonica. That way, he would be ready to perform
at the Golden Anniversary reunion, which he did.
His former classmates joined the spirit
of the performance, jumping to their feet and singing along.
For Carolyn Yeager Robinson '60 of Palmdale, Calif., it was Homecoming
in more ways than one. She ran into her husband Mike's cousin,
Bill Sumner '54 of Moraga, Calif. Neither knew the other was
"We haven't seen each other in
25 years," said Robinson.
Samford student body president Scarlett Stewart of Orlando, Fla.,
E-mailed Dr. Gary Barkley '77, a missionary to Japan, about attending
a ceremony to dig up a time capsule buried in 1976. Barkley was
student president when it was buried.
Barkley E-mailed back that he would be delighted to attend. He
was just across campus in Chapman Hall, serving as a visiting
Christine "Tina" Weeks
Martin '68 of Thousand Oaks, Calif., combined Homecoming with
a visit with her mother, Grace Ezell Marquez '42, the former
Spanish professor who taught four members of Samford's current
Howard Williams '50 of Columbus, Miss., attended his first Homecoming
since graduation, as a member of this year's Golden Anniversary
reunion organized by Malcolm Miller '50 of Birmingham.
And Dr. Wayne Flynt '61 returned as a visiting author in the
Live at the Library series, admitting that he wrote manuscripts
for his 10 books longhand on yellow legal pads. "I like
to feel the words flow from the pen to the paper," he said.
It was that kind of Homecoming for some
3,000 alumni in attendance, with events ranging from a rock concert
to a sock hop, from football and barbecue to a worship service,
from balloon rides and moon walks to moments for just sitting
| Homecoming Queen Lena Godwin of
Hoover and King Andrew Dye of Franklin, Tenn., enjoy the momment.
Robert and Peggy Youngblood look
over a model of the new Samford Science Center during Homecoming.
The Center will be completed during the fall of 2001.
Gloria Gibbs Lovell of Birmingham
chats with fellow members of the Class of 1957 during the Homecoming
Barbecue Nov. 4.