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  • Diane Lauver

    Profile: [Written by Diane Lauver, February 2018] Growing up, I was close to my paternal grandparents; they lived in a pastoral valley looking at Appalachian hills in a northern state. With their 8th grade educations and practical wisdom, they taught … Continued

  • Bob Hartmann

    Profile: [Contributed by Bob Hartmann, February 2017] Rick Davidson has been badgering me for over a year to write a profile. Somehow he enlisted my wife, Mel Welsh, and now she is badgering me! As I read the profiles on … Continued

  • Pete Moss

    [Contributed by Pete Moss and Jennifer Crane, March 2016] Dr. Pete Moss was raised on his maternal grandparents’ farm in Marshall County, Tennessee, while his father fought in World War II. As the eldest of his siblings, he learned responsibility, … Continued

  • Virginia Munford

    [Contributed by Virginia “Ginnie” Munford]  My experience with the Student Health Coalition was working as the first “Staff Assistant” at the Center for Health Services, from approximately 1974 – 1976.  The staff of the Center included Bill Dow as Director, … Continued

  • Bill Corr

    Contributed by Bill Corr, September 2015 I am forever indebted to the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition because my involvement put me on a career path that has enriched my life and given me the opportunity to serve our nation’s health … Continued

  • Rebecca Joffrion Ingle

    [Contributed by Rebecca (Becca) Joffrion Ingle] I was born in Starkeville, MS in 1952, but grew up from age 5 in Huntsville, Ala. This small, sleepy Alabama town exploded in growth and diversity during those years with the coming of … Continued

  • John E. Davis

    [Contributed by John E. Davis, August 2015. Burlington, Vermont] I am the eldest son of a Southern couple who moved north for employment after World War II.  Every June, my parents would “go home,” loading their three boys into a station wagon … Continued

  • Marie Cirillo

    [Contributed by John Emmeus Davis, 2015] Marie Cirillo was born in Brooklyn in 1929.  Her father had emigrated from rural Italy.  Her mother had grown up in a small Catholic community in central Kentucky.  Every summer, her mother returned to … Continued


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  • Stories: Frank Pacosa on Bill Dow and SHC Summers

    [Contributed by Frank Pacosa, April 2017] Memories of Bill Dow and the Vanderbilt SHC Summer Health Fairs It was all about Bill and the world he opened to me. That gravely voice stilled me. And often in his mouth was … Continued

  • Stories: Frank Pacosa in Memory of Bill Dow

    [Contributed by Frank Pacosa, March 2017] Heartfelt memories of my SHC days rumble through Bill was the seminal influence. Never met a man who could say more with so few words. His admonition to always question and look deeper for … Continued

  • Nurse Practitioners, in the beginning…

    Community leaders recognized early on the added value that expanded role nurses brought to the table.  In this video clip, community leaders Marie Cirillo and Betty Anderson recollect their efforts to lobby for legal changes that would support expanded role nurses.

  • Pete Moss Reflects

    On training nurses, reuniting with fellow Coalitioners, and being a non-conformist. Learn more about Pete Moss on his profile page. 

  • The Origin Story: In the words of Bill Dow

    Several years before he died, Bill Dow agreed to participate in recorded conversations about his farming philosophies, with the idea that he would use the recordings to compose a book about sustainable agriculture. He died in 2012, before the project … Continued

  • Mo & Boomer

    On strip mining, community organization, and “[having] fun while trying to change the world.” Interview with Maureen O’Connell and Charles “Boomer” Winfrey, recorded at a May 2013 reunion of the Student Health Coalition in Nashville, Tennessee.  

  • Bill Dow on Healthcare Policy, 1973

    Video clip from Appalachian Genesis courtesy of Appalshop Film Archives (Whitesburg, KY).

  • “Imagine, if you can, these two young Turks trying to give advice to the Governor of Mississippi”

    [Contributed John WIlliams] Bill had a friend named Fortenberry who was a staffer for the Mississippi State Senate in the 1970’s.  In 1976 lignite coal (a low grade of coal) was discovered in Mississippi, so the state started considering the … Continued

  • Bill Dow’s Broccoli Story

    On organic farming and the state’s resistance to nurturing broccoli.  

  • Gathering the Seed Corn: Archiving the Bill Dow Papers

    My name is Biff Hollingsworth and I am the Collecting and Outreach Archivist for the Southern Historical Collection at UNC Chapel Hill. My main responsibility at the Southern is to curate new collections and projects, which means that I work on … Continued

  • The Story Behind the Photograph

    [This story was contributed by Richard Davidson, M.D.] After an initial scouting year in the summer of 1969, the Student Health Coalition began health fairs and community organizing in Appalachia in the summer of 1970. After several months of hard … Continued


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