The Living Legacies Oral History Project was begun as a way to honor donors and contributors to Randolph-Macon College, many of whom are alumni of the College, with an emphasis on capturing the essence of the student experience at the College over time. The project has expanded to include interviews with additional alumni and others involved with the College in meaningful ways whose stories need to be preserved.

By adding donors’ remembrances to the permanent collection of the R-MC library, we are honoring them in a significant manner as well as recording their connections to and impressions of R-MC. Interviewees are asked to discuss the motivation for gifts or donations to the College, to provide reminiscences of their first recollections of or connections to the College, and to share their perceptions of both the College community and the surrounding community at the point of their greatest involvement with the College.

This project is the work of Laurie Preston, Associate Professor and Head of Reference at the McGraw-Page Library and Sarah Hendricks, former Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship in the Office of College Advancement. Please contact Laurie by email at or by phone at (804) 752-4718 if you have any questions about the Living Legacies Oral History Project.


Hardaway Abernathy, Class of 1939 Interview with Hardaway Abernathy (.mp3 file, 71 MB, 78 minutes)  
Jim Allen, Class of 1957 Interview with Jim Allen(.mp3 file, 49 MB, 54 minutes)  
John Ames, Class of 1970 Interview with John Ames(.mp3 file, 56 MB, 61 minutes)  
Dr. Ira Andrews III, Class of 1959 Interview with Dr. Ira Andrews III (.mp3 file, 47 MB, 52 minutes)  
Herb Bailey, Class of 1979 Interview with Herb Bailey(.mp3 file, 38 MB, 42 minutes) confessed to dodging all yearbook photos
Tom Bass, Class of 1954 Interview with Tom Bass (.mp3 file, 40 MB, 43 minutes)  
Dr. Frank Boldridge, Class of 1939 Interview with Dr. Frank Boldridge (.mp3 file, 83 MB, 91 minutes)  
Ed Dinwiddie, Class of 1951 Interview with Ed Dinwiddie (.mp3 file, 51 MB, 55 minutes)  
Robert Doggett, Class of 1957 Interview with Robert Doggett (.mp3 file, 84 MB, 92 minutes)  
Rev. Alfred Eastman, Class of 1958 Interview with Rev. Alfred Eastman (.mp3 file, 63 MB, 69 minutes)  
Rev. Richard Faris, Class of 1957 Interview with Rev. Richard Faris (.mp3 file, 46 MB, 50 minutes)
Robin Anne Floyd, Class of 1985 Interview not available online.  
Aldrich (Shim) Forrest, Class of 1932 Interview with Aldrich Forrest (.mp3 file, 59 MB, 66 minutes)
Dick Forrester, Class of 1957 Interview with Dick Forrester (.mp3 file, 43 MB, 47 minutes)  
Hilbert H. (Hibbie) Hayslett, Jr., Class of 1959 Interview with Hilbert H. Hayslett, Jr. (.mp3 file, 57 MB, 62 minutes)  
Dr. Tom Iden, Class of 1941 Interview with Dr. Tom Iden (.mp3 file, 41 MB, 45 minutes)  
Charles Earl Packard II, Class of 1953 Interview with Charles Earl Packard II (.mp3 file, 93 MB, 102 minutes)  
Mary Alleta Pannill, wife of longtime faculty member Dr. H. Burnell Pannill Interview with Mary Pannill part 1 (.mp3 file, 49 MB, 54 minutes)
Interview with Mary Pannill part 2 (.mp3 file, 17 MB, 19 minutes)



Dr. Jerome Clayton Ross, Class of 1975 Interview with Dr. Jerome Clayton Ross (.mp3 file, 62 MB, 68 minutes)  
Jack Russell, Class of 1944 Interview with Jack Russell part 1 (.mp3 file, 76 MB, 83 minutes)
Interview with Jack Russell part 2 (.mp3 file, 61 MB, 67 minutes)

Dr. Les Salmon, Class of 1939
[Charles Lester Salmon, Jr.]
Interview with Dr. Les Salmon (.mp3 file, 70 MB, 76 minutes)  
Curtis Saunders, Class of 1948
[Ritchie Curtis Saunders, Jr.]

Interview with Curtis Saunders part 1 (.mp3 file, 52 MB, 55 minutes)
Interview with Curtis Saunders part 2 (.mp3 file, 8 MB, 9 minutes)

Judee (Atherholt) Showalter, Class of 1984 Interview with Judee Showalter (.mp3 file, 47 MB, 52 minutes)  
Michael Thompson, Class of 1964 Interview with Michael Thompson (.mp3 file, 72 MB, 78 minutes)  
John Vaughan, Class of 1966 Interview with John Vaughan (.mp3 file, 52 MB, 57 minutes)  
Dr. Paul Wornom, Class of 1937

Interview with Dr. Paul Wornom (.mp3 file, 70 MB, 77 minutes)

Dr. Henry E. York, Class of 1950 Interview with Dr. Henry York (.mp3 file, 65 MB, 71 minutes)