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Alumni events at GSC to add to weekend crowds

Along with hundreds of BBQ competitors, judges and aficionados, Barnesville will be hosting several hundred Gordon grads for alumni weekend April 22-24. Alumni registration begins Friday morning. The artwork of faculty and staff will be presented all day Friday in the foundation room in the student center. At 3 p.m. Friday, The Bach Society of Atlanta will present a free concert in the GSC fine arts auditorium in honor of the late Doris Watson. The concert will feature three soloists, soprano Shala Whitehead, tenor Khary Wilson and Victoria Wilson, who will perform selections by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. Bach Society of Atlanta President John Johnson attended the high school division of Gordon Military College from 1969 to 1970 and is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Education. He said Watson was one of his all-time favorite teachers and he wanted to honor the impact she had on his life. Watson taught at the Gordon Grammar School while a student at Tift. She later taught English literature in the High School Division of Gordon Military College before a long career at R.E. Lee Institute in Thomaston. She passed away in 2014. Additionally, the Class of 1966 will host its 50th reunion Saturday evening beginning at 5:15 p.m. Saturday’s events will include tours, a faculty-student art show and a picnic lunch at 11:30 a.m.The alumni barbecue will be held in Highlander Hall from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring local band Junkshun. Over 225 people are signed up for the barbecue. The weekend’s oldest registered visitor is Ellis Parker Mosely who graduated from high school at Gordon in 1940 and GMC in 1942. He is coming from Texas in an RV with family members. His family lived here for an extended time and his father taught mathematics at Gordon from 1915-1921. His two sisters, Jo and Ruth Brady, also attended Gordon in the 1930s.

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