July 2013Interview with Tom Brannon '58 Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College? 1958 SC: What courses of study did you Maj


July 2013

Interview with Tom Brannon '58

Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College?

SC: What courses of study did you Major(s)/Minor(s) in?
Sociology and History

SC: What activities were you involved in while on campus?
I was a member of the college choir and the college quartet.

SC: What residence hall did you live in?
Well, I lived at Maurice '39 and Margaret (Nichol) '39 Reed’s house which was straight across the street from Cooper Hall for the first three years. The last year I lived in Campbell Hall.

SC: What are you doing now?
I’m retired and live in Washington in a house overlooking the Columbia River.

SC: Do you have children? What are their names? Did they go to Sterling College?
Yes, I have a son, Michael '88, and he went to Sterling College. He played baseball and was the quarterback on the football team. He now lives in Seattle, Washington. I also have a daughter, Shelley, who graduated from San Jose State University. She now lives in Portland, Oregon.

SC: Where do you live?
Kelso, near Longview, Washington.

SC: How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?

Well, the time and experiences – I was from Pittsburgh where many high school graduates went to work in the steel mill or coal mine and I went to Sterling and realized maybe there was a better way of life. Then I spent 40 years in airplane production and financial computer systems management.

SC: What did you enjoy or appreciate most about Sterling College?
My friends and classmates and in general the whole environment: the teachers, the community, the small town, the Christian environment – it’s stuck with me all my life.

SC: Do you have any children or relatives who attend or work at the College now? No.

SC: How are you remaining involved on the campus?
Well, I try to get back to Homecoming at least every two to three years. I’ve been there a number of times when my son was there of course. I have been back maybe five times in the last ten years or so.

SC: Do you mind if we include an email address so people can get a hold of you?

Make Plans!

Homecoming is Oct. 19, 2013. Make plans now to join us. It is not too early to book your lodging reservations on campus or in the area communities.

We will be having reunions for the following Classes:

Decade reunion for the 1970's
Young Alumni Reunion (Classes 1998-2013).

Come enjoy the annual Lady Warrior Basketball Pancake Feed; Legacy Visit Day - for high school children of Alumni; musical South Pacific; Alumni College; Hangout - complete with bouncy castles, petting zoo, campus tours, and lunch; football game; alumni softball game; and Alumni Banquet - where we will honor alumni honor recipients and Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductees.

Coming to your Neighborhood

July 2013

20 - SC in Portand, Ore.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Gather at the home of Paul Laughlin in Tualatin, Ore. for heavy hors d'oeuvres, SC prizes, and a Sterling College update with Director of Alumni, Amy Thompson '96. The evening is $10/person and should be paid in advance. RSVP to Theresa at 620.278.4219 by July 10.

August 2013

24 - Warriors in the Woods - Estes Park, Colorado

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. Gather with us at the home of SC Chairman of the Board, Heather McCreery '90 and Scott Carter '88. We will have hors d'oeuvres and a College update by Scott Rich, interim president, Dr. Marvin Dewey, vice president for institutional advancement, and Amy Thompson '96, MA, director of alumni and parent relations. Online registration coming soon.

September 2013

6-15 - Kansas State Fair Booth, Meadowlark Building - Hutchinson, Kansas

13 - Mississippi Valley Alumni Chapter

October 2013

18-19 Sterling College Homecoming, Sterling College

Catching up with Campus

Campus is quieting down since graduation has passed. Please read more about our graduation on our website. You can also read about our athletics on the Warrior Athletics website.

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