Alumna or Alumnus of the Year Award

By John Stabinger
Posted on 6 April 2020 | 12:50 pm

Alumna or Alumnus of the Year Award

Celebrating our Alumni leaders

This award recognizes the alumna or alumnus who has contributed significantly to his or her profession, to his or her community, or to the College during the past year.

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2021 Alumna of the Year

FAW-AwardPg-Web-Alumna-of-the-YearMargaret Mungin Patterson ’87

A native of St. Helena Island, SC, Margaret Mungin Patterson majored in elementary education at the College of Charleston and was a student worker in the Robert Scott Small Library. She was actively involved on campus, joining Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. An interest in educating others about public health led to a career with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Atlanta. She earned a master’s degree in public health in 2017.

During her career, Ms. Patterson has received national recognition, including the Secretary’s Award of Distinguished Service, for extraordinary efforts on behalf of the American people in response to the public health emergencies after September 11, 2001. She also received an Honor Award Certificate from the National Center for Infectious Disease.

Today, Ms. Patterson is a supervisor for the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program and a senior public health advisor. This year, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the CDC for her work in supporting the COVID-19 response as regional operations for the State Coordination Task Force.

Ms. Patterson lives in Atlanta with her husband and their three children.

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George C. Rogers, Jr. ’43 *
Julius Burges ’35 *
Patricia Carter ’37 *
Richard H. Gadsden ’50 *
Louise Mosimann Smith ’41 *
Robert C. Heffron, Jr. ’67 *
H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. ’50
Glenn F. McConnell ’69
Troy Cook ’57 *
Bette Smith Griffith ’56 *
Linda Schwartz Lombard ’64
Charles V. Boykin ’37 *
Benjamin H. Cheek ’46 *
Jeanne Campbell Sink ’75
Helen Bradham Furnans ’63
Lu Parker ’90
Edgar V. McKnight ’53
Cheryll Novak Woods-Flowers ’81
Jody L. Stallings ’92
Dave J. Schlachter ’72
Margaret E. Bridges ’69
Laura Jenkins Thompson ’77
Mary Eileen Leonard ’45 *
Paul A. Sandifer ’68
Stephanie Schwabe ’90
John C. Lovell, III ’90
Chandra Fripp Vick ’74
Jeffery E. Kinard ’77
Ron J. Menchaca ’98
Callie Shell ’83
Lucy Garrett Beckham ’70 *
Kellie N. Bentz ‘04
John E. Alessi ’98
Padgett Powell ’74
Cary Ann Hearst ’01
Nafees Bin Zafar ’98
Joni Harvey McLeod ’82
Evan Linder ’04
Quentin E. Baxter ’98
Heidi VanDerveer ’86
Debra J. Gammons ’87
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* Deceased