The Evolution of LC Thanksgiving

Dr. Cliftion W. Potter Jr., LC History Professor~

By the time you read this column, Thanksgiving Day will be just one week in the future.  This long-awaited holiday is like the last long descent on a roller coaster—after “turkey day,” it is all downhill to exams. Read More


LC in History: Remembering Helen Wood

Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. LC History Professor~

Last Sunday afternoon my wife and I attended the unveiling and dedication of a Virginia Historical Marker celebrating the life and contributions of Helen Pesci Wood to the Commonwealth’s musical heritage. It stands near her former home on Fort Avenue which is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Lynchburg. Read More



LC in History: Memories of Homecoming Past

Dr. Clifton W. Potter, LC History Professor~

Another homecoming has passed into history. When I left the campus on Friday afternoon, after my last class, alumni ranging in age from their early twenties to—well, never mind—began arriving. The white tents were in place and preparations were advanced for the tailgate parties on Saturday. Next April, the class of 1973 will be welcomed into the Westover Society which is composed of Lynchburg College’s senior graduates. Read More


LC in History: The Tie-Raid of 1957

Dr. Clifton W. Potter, LC History Professor~

This week I was able finally to take some of my fall jackets out of the closet and wear them for the first time since last year. That is one of the few advantages of the arrival of cooler weather. What about sixty years ago, what did we wear then?   Read More


The Great and Powerful Osborne

Dr. Clifton W. Potter, LC History Professor~

From 1955 until his retirement in 1987, Dr. Paul Osborne was a member of the biology department. These are the simple facts of his tenure at Lynchburg College, but the story of “Oz, great and powerful” encompasses more than two dates separated by a hyphen. Actually, the hyphen is what really matters. During his thirty-two years as a member of the faculty, Dr. Osborne was one of our most popular professors.  He was not the performer that Dr. John Mahan was, although he had a wonderfully dry sense of humor. He did not enjoy the celebrity of Dr. Ruskin Freer, whose name was almost a household word in Central Virginia, but the mere mention of Dr. Osborne will elicit a host of memories from alumni. Read More