Shenandoah loves its SU Sweethearts!
Estale Harris ’56 and Dick Daniel ’56 met on the Shenandoah campus in Dayton, Va. They went sledding on their first date 60 years ago — on January 31, 1954 — and married 10 days after graduation. After Dick passed away in 2011, Estale and her sons established the Richard L. “Dick” Daniel Scholarship in his loving memory.
“Dick completely worked his way through Shenandoah Conservatory. He washed dishes, took care of the laundry and did dance jobs,” explained Estale. He earned a Bachelor of Music at Shenandoah and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Maryland. He taught instrumental music for 30 years and was affectionately called “Mr. D.” by his students.
“He loved teaching and working with young people,” Estale said. “There were many highlights of his career. His bands played for three presidents, won first place at an international music festival in Mexico City and his jazz band played at Radio City Music Hall.”
Since Dick was the first saxophone major (tenor) to graduate from Shenandoah, the scholarship will benefit students majoring in saxophone.
“Dick would be very proud to help other students financially, since he personally knew what a hardship it can be,” Estale affirmed.
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Did you know that as SU Sweethearts, a single gift to The Shenandoah Fund counts as TWO alumni giving back to SUpport the student experience?
Participation matters! Every sweetheart couple. Any amount. Every year.
Give today to the designation of your choice and count for two alumni gifts!
Matthew '12 and Renoula Jones '11 Griffin
"We gave our annual gift last year and learned that it counted as two alumni gifts. It's encouraging to know that our one gift as a couple helps to increase our alma mater's participation rates, which is SO important for the future of our school."
Dick '52 and Clara Hull '55 Ward
"We were part of a magical group at Shenandoah. There weren't as many students at Dayton, so we were all into everything! We still keep in touch with many of our Shenandoah alumni friends."
John '91 and Charlene Baughan '91 Romano
"You know your gift is going to help the school where your relationship started. There are certain places on campus that are different than in 1989, but walking around still takes us back. SU is still providing that same caring and challenging experience that we had for this generation and generations to come."
SU Sweetheart Gallery
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David '10 and Elysia Greene '13 Merrill
Roger '70 and Lynne Northam '70 Immell
Marco '01, '03, '04 and Kimberly Schulteis '01, '03 Pineda
Brandon '12 and Emily Klug '11 Smith
Donald '09 and Cameron Miller '10 Aufforth
Alex '05 and Stephanie Hower '06 Lane
Brian '10 and Lauren Wall '10 Cook
Andrew '12 and Kaitlin Sommer '11 Fleischman
Jeff '92, '06 and Stacha Schiller '92 Stinson
Timothy '76, '79, '83 and Lisa Ereditario '77 Fritts
Michael '09 and Becca Castonguay '03 Parker
Joey '11 and Kelly Kantner '09 Moray
David '76 and Charlotte Hickerson '76 McKee
Nicholas Edrman '12 and Kaitlin Robinson '14
Brian '10 and Lauren Wall '10 Cook
Jason '01, '04 and Kirsten Wilcox '01 Simmons
Steven '07 and Anna Rhyne '03, '05 Brady
Adam '13 and Angela Gravante '13 Kursey
Zack '10 and Briana Barron '11 O'Brien
Cory '12 and Haley Smith '13 Nelson
James '86 and Roberta Lisonbee '74 Szoka
Ryan '09 and Kamie Hagedorn '01 MacRae
Carl '11 and Katie '11 Chapman
Mark '07 and Stephanie Smith '04 Turner
Paul '81 and Valerie White '81 Ritter
Pete '61 and Caroline Bateman '61 Phillips
Lamont '05 and Joia Davis '06 Moore
Sean '98 and Cat Shoemaker '98 Ramey
Eric '13 and Agnes Froehlich '14 Gleason
Michael '71 and Judith Mills '70 Neller
Brent '12 and Jamie Tinsley '13 Tacy
Bob '69 and Jane Burwell '69 Beery
Tyler '12 and Corey Lilley '12 Jumper
Arthur '02, '04 and Lori Sherman '02, '04 Lievre
Jeff '86 and Susan Cusick '82, '84 Carpenter
David '08 and Kate Tinney '08, '10 Divine
Keith '97 and Andrea Hazen '98 Cottrill
Tony '08 and Melissa Landon '08 Bernal
Taylor '09 and Kate Tomasello '10 DuFrene
Ray '75 and Ann Werner '68 Van Dyke
Timon and Maresi Minton '00 Brown
Naj '03 and Erin Hocking '04 Quresh
Jamey '99 and Melinda Gulino '98 Walters