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Distinguished Alumna or Alumnus Award

Celebrating our alumni leaders

This award was established in 1983 to recognize those alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions or to their communities over a long period of time, and thus reflected very favorably on the College of Charleston.

2018 Distinguished Alumna Award

Patricia Ricketts Scarafile ’66 

An English major at the College of Charleston, Patty Scarafile graduated in 1966 and started her professional life as a teacher. In 1977, with three young children as her top priority, she accepted a part-time job with a real estate company, hoping to have a more flexible schedule. Advancing through the ranks, she was named Vice President of the company in the late 1980s, and in 1999, became President and CEO when the company merged with Prudential Carolina Real Estate. Today she is CEO and majority owner of Carolina One Real Estate Services in Charleston with approximately 950 agents and 150 employees. She has four children, two of whom are CofC graduates, and seven grandchildren.

In 2015, she offered guidance, support and leadership in building the first Collegiate Recovery Program in South Carolina at the College of Charleston. She lent her expertise in the formative stages of the program, generously contributed financially, championed the cause, and helped garner community and philanthropic support. Her support was a game-changer. Her acute business acumen combined with her passion for this cause rocketed the program into existence. As an advocate for therapy and recovery programs, especially for young adults, Patty Scarafile had a direct and powerful impact on students at the College, helping them get in and stay in recovery from additive disorders. Due to her generosity, progressive outlook and sheer willingness to fight for the cause of collegiate recovery, the message is spreading on campus, in the community, and throughout the state.

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Pierrine Smith Byrd '22 *
Willard N. Hirsch '24 *
F. Mitchell Johnson '37*
Gus H. Pearlman '33 *
John Arthur Siegling '28 *
Louis E. Condon '50 *
George B. Buell '22 *
Paul M. Macmillan '03 * 
Frances Smythe Edmunds '39*
Carl J. Likes '37 *
James B. Edwards '50 *
Richard H. Gadsden '50 *
C. Desmond Koster '43 *
E. Lawrence Powers '38 *
Richard F. Dame '64 *
Myrtle Craver Riggs '46 *
Frank W. Ryan '40
Margaret Virginia Smith Townsend '40 *
Frances Gooding Buell '24 *
William H. Grimball '38 *
John A. Hamrick '37 *
Solomon Breibart '36 *
Louis D. Rubin '44 *
Hall T. McGee, Jr. '35 *
Angelo Peter Creticos '42 *
Peter C. Gazes '42
H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. '50 
Suzanne Fair McCall '79
Marjorie E. Peale '36 *
David A. Caldwell '76
Anne Bellinger Villeponteaux '58 *
William E. McLeod '06 *
Nadine Orsoff Vogel '85
Jeanne Fowler Stiglbauer '76
R. Keith Sauls '90
Jean Rouse Spell '58
James F. Hightower '82
Joseph W. Cabaniss '47
H. Davis Adkisson IV '84
Morris D. Rosen '42 *
Arlinda F. Locklear '73
Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo, Jr. '72
Sharon Brock Kingman '80
Neil W. Draisin ‘65
Mel Marvin '62
George B. Rabb '51 *
Mariana Ramsay Hay '82
Brucie Howe Hendricks '83
Michelle Asha Cooper '95
Stephanie B. Wheeler '03

 * Deceased