PDS Names 2011 Distinguished Alumnus - W. Hampton Sides '74

PDS Names 2011 Distinguished Alumnus - W. Hampton Sides '74

Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 9:11am
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hamptonsidesfinal2-lowresPDS is pleased to announce that Wade Hampton Sides ’74 has been named the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, the highest award given to any of our 3,500+ alumni.

Hampton Sides is the author of the acclaimed best-selling narrative histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and most recently Hellhound On His Trail .   He is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and has also written for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Washington Post. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.  Hampton currently lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne and their three boys.  

Save the date for Friday, April 1 when PDS will honor this distinguished alumnus at the alumni luncheon.  Invitation to follow in the mail.

The Saturday edition of The Commercial Appeal contains an article on Presbyterian Day School's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Luncheon and honoree Hampton Sides '74.


Memphis school honors novel career of author-alum Hampton Sides

Hampton sidesBy Jane Roberts

Hampton Sides graduated from Presbyterian Day School in 1974, a diversely talented, thoughtful boy who even his sixth-grade friends knew would grow up to be a writer.

Friday, the old gang was back together to honor their buddy -- the school's distinguished alumnus -- and author of three best-sellers, including "Hellhound on his Trail," subtitled "The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for his Assassin."

He took in all the backslapping and jocular ribbing of the boy coming home and gave them an especially Sides-esque view of modern-day PDS, saying he felt straight out of the "late-Pleistocene Period" when he saw "three-year-old Mandarin students, smart boards -- whatever they are -- and kids creating elements for the Periodic Table.

Article continues at commercialappeal.com
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