Mary Wayne Watson (' 69 ABED, ' 72 MAT) of Knightdale has been promoted to the posi- tion of dean, curriculum programs for Nash Community College in Rocky Mount.
Gilbert Alfred Daley (' 69 LDA), 75, of
Baltimore, Md.;Aug. 23, 1999. Daley was a
professor at Coppin State College for 33 years.
The faculty and students there labeled his
tenure "a class act." A Shakespearean scholar,
Daley was a former professor at Shaw Uni-
versity and directed the "Shaw Players," a
Sam Quinby Carlisle II (' 70
AB) of Pinehurst has been certified
as a Superior Court mediator
and will handle cases statewide from there.
Rev. Timothy Thomas Hogan (' 70 AB),
51, of Bend, Ore., clinical social worker for
Central Oregon Home Health; Sept. 23,
1999. Hogan was a Navy veteran. .o- Roger
William Smith (' 70 MA), 86, retired Army
captain of Grifton; Sept. 23, 1999. Smith
served in WW[[ and the Korean War. Among
the commendations and medals he received
were the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster
and a Presidential Citation for Bravery. He
retired from active military duty after 20 years
of service. Smith later was a colunullst for
.0- Frank Chorn Wilkerson III (' 70
MSW), 55, of Petersburg, Va., social worker;
Sept. 9, 1999.
Todd Cohen (' 71 AB) of Raleigh
has joined the AJ Fletcher
Foundation, creating and editing
an Internet news service that covers philan-
thropy and non-profit organizations in North
Carolina. E-mail: email@example.com. .0- Mark
Quinton Huggins (' 71 BSBA) has joined
Imperial Sugar Co. of Sugar Land, Texas, as
managing director and chieffinancial officer.
.0- Sara Margaret "BuflY" Queen ('71AB)
of Waynesville recendy co-produced, co-wrote
and co-starred in an independent feature film,
filmed in Haywood County.
The feature won a writing award at the N.C.
Film Festival and has been picked up for dis-
tribution by 50th Street Films in New York. It
also was presented to the international film
market in Cannes and Milan. Queen's partner,
William Spainhour Olsen (' 75), directed.
A New Hue in Town
' 71 has known since the eighth grade that she wanted to
be a journalist. At Guy B.
Phillips Middle School in
Chapel Hill, Alexander
Julian ' 69, her classmate
and the editor of the school
paper, asked her to write
an advice column. Julian
went on to become a world-
famous fashion designer,
introducing a retail line
called "Colours." Last May,
however, Jurgensen became
the first woman editor of
newspaper and one recog-
nized for making color a staple in a
traditional "old gray lady" industry.
And yet, despite her prominent new
position, Jurgensen still calls herself a
"townie" and credits her years in Chapel
Hill as the most formative of her life. She
grew up next door to legendary journalism
professor Walter Spearman ' 29, a man
described by Jurgensen's stepmother, Paquita
Shafer, as a family friend and a mentor to
Jurgensen. Like Spearman, Jurgensen, who
earned an English degree at UNC, wrote
The Daily Tar Heel.
"The people who influenced me most
were the people at the
were putting out a paper
every day and going to
Journalism gave Jur-
gensen a chance to meet
new people and satisfy
her curious nature, but
she also saw it as an
opportunity to give."It
seemed like a way to
contribute to society,"
she said."The times were
such that you wanted to
women have moved out of the women's
departments and up into management."
As a result, her recent promotion does
not come as a surprise, she said, calling it a
"natural progression in the work force" and
applauding Gannett Co. Inc.-the company
to diversity. But she did admit that she felt
a little extra pressure in the early years of
her career."I used to feel like I had to work
twice as hard and twice as well, and I had
to speak for all women," she said.
Now, a lot of that pressure is wearing
off, as are the "McPaper" jokes from those
who criticized the paper's unconventional
use of color and graphics when it first hit
make a difference." "I don't worry about the McPaper
Jurgensen took advantage of her oppor- days," she said. "We still get criticism, but
tunity to make a difference by working her from critics who haven't picked up the
way up the ranks of a male-dominated paper in 10 years. When you look at
industry, from the
you find a 'complete, substantive
editorial desk. report. We're committing good journalism
Looking back at her career, she said, the here and will do more in the future."
newsroom is not the same place it was In Jurgensen's mind, there are greater
when she began nearly 30 years ago. rewards than pleasing the critics.
"At most newspapers, women were largely "As a journalist at
relegated to the women's sections and were across the country and find people everywhere
not part of the management structures," reading the paper," she said. "It's a gift."
she said. "Over the course of my career, -
Jenni Brewer ' 99
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