When Sherman Hendrix '61 returned to teach at Gettysburg just three years after his own graduation, he needed a little bit of time to get used to the adjustment. "Those who had been my professors," he explains, "were now my colleagues!" Nevertheless, Dr. Hendrix built up a fruitful career in the Biology Department over the course of 47 years, witnessing the terms of no fewer than five college presidents and served as College Marshal for three of them.
Sherman's wife Carol Seibel Hendrix '63/'80 had an even more unusual educational experience. Though she withdrew from the College two years before her scheduled graduation to get married, Carol returned seventeen years later as a part-time student to complete her undergraduate degree. The College provided tuition support for both her and for their two children. She went on to earn two masters degrees at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, always recognizing that Gettysburg's challenging academic standards had prepared her well for life as a pastor and synodical bishop.
Sherman and Carol are both proud members of the 1832 Society, a distinction they earned by including the College in their estate plans. "Gettysburg College is a very special place for us," says Carol. "Sherm and I both received very fine educations here, without which we would have not gone in the professional directions we did. We want to provide for others what Gettysburg did for us."__________________________________