Kathrine Switzer, the runner who broke the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon 52 years ago, will give the keynote address at the University of Lynchburg’s undergraduate Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18.
Switzer attended Lynchburg College in the mid-1960s. She became a pioneer for women athletes at Lynchburg by joining the track team, even though the school only had a men’s track program at the time. After she transferred to Syracuse University to study journalism, she worked out a similar arrangement to practice with that school’s men’s cross country team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public relations at Syracuse.
She registered for the male-only 1967 Boston Marathon using the name “K.V. Switzer.” Her determination to complete the marathon, even when a race official tried to stop her, caught the world’s attention. She later successfully campaigned to officially open the race to women in 1972. In 2017, she celebrated the 50th anniversary of her first Boston Marathon by completing the race again. Read the full press release.
Bob Lemon ’98 MBA
Bob Lemon ’98 MBA, a member of the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees, will speak at Commencement for graduate students at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Turner Gymnasium.
Born and raised in Virginia, Lemon earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Tech in 1982 and Master of Business Administration from Lynchburg College in 1998. After several years on an auditing team at Deloitte in the 1980s, he spent 29 years with Fleet Laboratories, a multinational consumer products and specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lynchburg. He served as the company’s chief financial officer for 15 years.
Since 2015, Lemon has been chief financial officer at Meriwether Godsey, a Lynchburg-based contract dining services firm. He serves as chair of the budget and finance committee of the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees.
He and his wife, Tamara, have two grown children. He enjoys family, fitness, anything lake related, motorcycles, and reading in a wide range of subjects. Read the full press release.
Coretha Loughridge ’80
The University of Lynchburg will hold the 2019 Baccalaureate, a worship service to uplift and inspire the graduating class, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Snidow Chapel.
The Rev. Coretha Loughridge, transitional regional minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia, will be the Baccalaureate speaker. As a lifelong Disciple, she grew up in Pulaski, Virginia, and graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in sociology and religious studies.
Loughridge attended Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she was vice president of the student body. After her ordination, she ministered to congregations in Missouri and Virginia before accepting area and regional assignments for the church. She and her husband, Johnny, a retired Disciples minister, have three children and six grandchildren. Read the full press release.