Aug. 28, 2002
COLUMBIA, S.C. –
The Carolina Alumni Association will present honorary life
memberships to Coach Lou Holtz and his wife, Beth Holtz, and retired
Columbia cardiologist Dr. Warren Irvin during the University of South
Carolina’s Homecoming dinner and gala Friday, Oct. 4, at the Sheraton
Hotel in Columbia.
USC will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards to White House
Chief of Staff Andrew Card of Alexandria, Va.; U.S. Army Adjutant
General Kathryn Carlson Frost of Arlington, Texas; and Texas Supreme
Court Justice Harriet S. O’Neill of Austin. Other honorees and their
awards include Greenville business leader and USC trustee emeritus Paul
Goldsmith, Algernon Sydney Sullivan award; 2002 S.C. Teacher of the Year
Traci Young Cooper of Columbia, the Outstanding Black Alumni Award; and
former USC Bicentennial executive director Sally Tibshrany McKay of
Columbia, Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
The event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by
dinner at 7:30 p.m., and will include music by the Ross Holmes band and
dancing. The public is invited; tickets are $38 and are available by
calling the Carolina Alumni Association at 803-777-4111 or
Holtz, named USC’s head football coach in 1998, has led the
Gamecocks to 17 wins and a pair of Outback Bowl victories over the past
two seasons. The Holtzes have been tireless fund raisers for charitable
causes, including the establishment of the Lou and Beth Holtz Library
Endowment for Undergraduate Resources. The couple gave $25,000 to
create the endowment in 2001 and made another $25,000 gift in August.
The Holtzes, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary, have four children, daughters Luanne Altenbaumer and
Elizabeth Messaglia, and sons Kevin Holtz and Skip Holtz, Gamecock
assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
Irvin, who attended USC before earning his bachelor’s and
medical degrees from Duke University, has been a major supporter of
USC’s Thomas Cooper Library. Irvin and his wife, Josie, have
established the C. Warren Irvin Jr. Collection of Charles Darwin and
Darwiniana, which includes the complete collection of first editions of
A lifelong student, Irvin has attended classes at USC for the
past 10 years and was a volunteer with the USC School of Medicine from
1977 – 1990. He also served on the board of the Belle W. Baruch
Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research.
Card, the chief of staff for President George W. Bush, earned a
bachelor’s degree in engineering from USC in 1971. He is a prominent
member of Bush’s administration and was the Massachusetts chairman for
former President George H.W. Bush’s first bid for the Republican
Frost, a Latta native, earned a bachelor’s degree in library
education at USC in 1970 was named adjutant general of the U.S. Army in
1998. She also has been personnel managing officer at Fort Benning,
Ga., deputy commander of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and
commanding general of the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency.
O’Neill, who grew up in Greenville, earned her law degree from
USC in 1982 after graduating with honors from Converse College. She was
elected to the Texas Supreme Court in November 1998. She also was a
justice on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston.
Goldsmith is president of the William Goldsmith Agency Inc. and
chairman of Colliers, Keenan & Goldsmith LLC. in Greenville. A 1956 USC
graduate, Goldsmith served on the USC Board of Trustees for 17 years and
was a member of the USC Steering Committee of the Summit Fund Campaign,
past president of the USC Development Foundation and member of the USC
Cooper, who earned her master’s degree in 1997 from USC, is
South Carolina’s 35th State Teacher of the Year. She taught English
and reading for three years at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia and
was the school’s curriculum resource teacher for one year.
McKay earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass
communications in 1992 from USC. As the university’s Bicentennial
executive director, she coordinated the planning for events associated
with USC’s yearlong observance. She is president of McKay Consulting
in Columbia, which provides professional speech coaching services,
executive training and group seminars.