Outstanding Alumnae of 2014


Mary Beth Thomas ’63

Service to the College

Mary Beth Thomas

Mary Beth Thomas ’63 has maintained close ties with Agnes Scott since graduation. She served as an admissions officer at the college before earning her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1972, she served on the selection committee for the president of Agnes Scott. While teaching at Wake Forest University and later the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she represented Agnes Scott at local College Day programs, was an officer of the Charlotte Area Alumnae Chapter and served two terms on the alumnae board. She has also attended most of her class reunions. For the past ten years she has been class secretary and her use of the Internet has helped build a strong sense of class camaraderie. Thomas also has helped organize three mini-reunions and her 50th class reunion.

Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66

Service to the Community

Carolyn Newton Curry

Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66 received her B.A. in English in 1966. In 1979, she earned an M.A. in history and in 1987 a Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University. During her years of research and teaching, Curry was compelled by women’s stories which ultimately led her to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to the special needs of women. Her organization, Women Alone Together, was founded in Atlanta in 2002 and works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about Women Alone Together. Her service to the community also includes work on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where she was also appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Curry also served on the Board of Trustees of Young Harris College and on the Advisory Council for Action Ministries of The United Methodist Church. In March 2014, Mercer University Press in Macon, Ga., published her book, Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907.

Carolyn Clarke ’64 (posthumous)

Service to the Community

Carolyn Clarke

Carolyn Clarke ’64 was born and reared in Montgomery, Ala. She graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and earned a B.A. from Agnes Scott, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. She enjoyed a rich and diverse career in banking, public health and with Coca-Cola USA, from which she retired in 2000. She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and was actively involved in a number of ministries. She was an enthusiastic volunteer with numerous community, neighborhood and women’s organizations.

Portia Owen Morrison ’66

Distinguished Career

Portia Owen Morrison

Portia Owen Morrison ’66 is a retired partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), a global law firm that is now the largest in the world, with 4,200 lawyers in more than 30 countries. Her career with the firm spanned more than 35 years, beginning as a law clerk while earning her J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School. Morrison is a specialist in commercial real estate transactions and debt and equity investments. She is a former chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and a former member of the firm’s Management Committee, the first woman to serve in either capacity. She has handled numerous high-profile transactions for clients, including acting on behalf of Pritzker Realty Group in the sale of Presidential Towers, then the largest real estate transaction in Chicago history.

Morrison is a fellow and a past president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute. She appears in numerous peer-reviewed attorney rankings, including designation as a “Senior Statesman” in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Morrison is a former chair of the board of the Girl Scouts of Chicago and a recipient of the Girl Scouts’ Own Award, recognizing extraordinary service to Girl Scouts of Chicago. She is currently vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and a member of the board of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, the only all-girls school in Chicago public school system.

Kendra Outler ’93

Young Alumna

Kendra Outler

Kendra D. Outler ’93 received her M.P.H. from the Rollins School of Public Health and her M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She is a double-boarded physician in family medicine and anesthesiology. Currently she is a staff anesthesiologist at The President’s Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Center. As one of many civilian physicians, her role in providing critical care and anesthesia has been vital to healing our nation’s brave men and women in uniform. Outler spends her extra time as a volunteer instructor at Georgetown School of Medicine. She is active with the National Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.