Carol Sample & Ben R. Condray
Carol Kvinge Condray was born in Watertown, South Dakota, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1942. The encouragement of Pastor James and Mary Rhoads influenced her decision to attend Southwestern Junior College the following fall. After graduating from Union college in 1947, Carol began her teaching career in Texas at Jefferson and Valley Grande Academies. A move to Tennessee enabled her to earn a M.A. at the University of Tennessee in 1962, and the following fall found her teaching English she was hired at the Spencerville Academy Maryland. The following year Columbia College hired Carol as an English instructor, a position she held from 1963-1967.
In the fall of 1967 Carol came back to Keene as English Department chair, and the following year she began graduate work at Texas Christian University where she received her Ph.D. in 1975. The year of her retirement in 1990 the students dedicated the 1989-90 MIZPAH to her. The last paragraph of the dedication follows: "Most of all we will remember how your love of Christ and your desire to share that love shines through everything you do." You are the picture that comes to mind when Chaucer describes a person 'that gladly would he learn and gladly teach.' "We thank you for sharing your joy of living, learning, and teaching with us, Dr. Carol Sample."
In 1992 the College Board voted her professor Emeritus and in 1993 she was one of four alumni chosen for the Hall of Fame. Her name also appears in the eleventh edition of WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN.
Ben Rogers Condray retired from East Texas Baptist University in 1987 after spending his entire thirty-seven years teaching career in that institution as a chemistry professor where he was also chairman of the department for twenty- five years. Ben received his M.A. from Purdue University in 1950 and his Ph.D. from Baylor University in 1963. In addition to his academic career, Ben has been active in church activities and served his country in World War II in the European theater in the 101st Regiment of the Yankee Division. On April 29, 2012, he married Carol Sample and the two of them embarked on an entirely new and rewarding adventure.