On June 1, 1985, with a yellow legal pad and black marker in hand, the late Vernon “Dan” McGrew began the emotionally difficult task of listing the breadth and depth of his longtime friend and colleague’s work at Marietta College.
At the top of the first page, McGrew ’49, the former College historian and administrator, wrote, “An amplification on Ray Guthrie…”
Five years earlier, it was McGrew who had written a touching speech dedicated to Emeritus Professor of Education Raymond Guthrie, and his retired educator wife, Ethel Straw Guthrie, to bestow the two with Honorary Alumni statuses during the 1980 Homecoming celebration. “The Alumni Association has co-winners for this recognition, and no wonder,” McGrew said during the awards ceremony. “Like other famous twosomes — ham and eggs, scotch and soda, Scarlett and Rhett — ours is a prize-winning pair from any perspective.”