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. Continue reading “LC in History: Remembering Helen Wood”

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. Continue reading “LC in History: Memories of Homecoming Past”

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. Continue reading “The Great and Powerful Osborne”