David Carlton, associate professor of history at Vanderbilt, has devoted his career to studying the industrialization of the South. He is the author of Mill and Town in South Carolina, 1880–1920, which is still in print after a quarter century. More recently, he was co-author, with Peter A. Coclanis, of The South, the Nation and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development. Carlton coordinates the joint major in economics and history at Vanderbilt.
Ray Waddle, MA’81, lives in Connecticut, where he is editor of Reflections, the theological journal of Yale Divinity School. A journalist for more than 20 years, Waddle from 1984 to 2001 was religion editor of The Tennessean, to which he continues to contribute pieces about religion. The author of Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes, he also contributed a chapter on religion for the book Nashville: An American Self-Portrait.
Before moving to Knoxville so his wife could study law at the University of Tennessee, Skip Anderson held several editorial positions at Vanderbilt, including service as founding editor of Commodore Nation sports magazine, editor-in-chief of the university’s faculty/staff newspaper, and editor of The Vanderbilt Lawyer alumni magazine. A fan of all Commodore sports, he considers Vanderbilt baseball his true love. Before the advent of Charles Hawkins Field, Anderson’s late golden retriever, Aaron, was a mainstay at home games for several years.
Judy Komisky Orr, BA’82, assistant vice chancellor for creative services at Vanderbilt, majored in English and minored in fine arts. She was director of publications at the Country Music Foundation and Ingram Book Co. before returning to her alma mater in April 1997 as director of publications and design. She has worked in the publications field more than 30 years.
Neil Brake was an award-winning photographer who worked at Vanderbilt eight years. Before that, he worked at newspapers and freelanced for wire agencies, including the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. His work was published in several books as well as national magazines and newspapers. Brake won numerous awards from the Alabama Press Association and The Associated Press, and was named Photographer of the Year in 2001 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. A native of England, Brake became a U.S. citizen in 1976. He died last November and is survived by his wife, Becky; a daughter, Brandi; and a stepson, Bradley Steward.
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