Bill and Carolyn first met in the fourth grade in College Park, Georgia in 1951. During their sixth grade year, Bill announced to his father that he intended to marry Carolyn Newton. His father replied, “Son, that’s the best idea you have ever had.”

SUFFER & GROW STRONG

The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (1834-1907)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CAROLYN NEWTON CURRY, Ph.D. AUTHOR OF SUFFER & GROW STRONG
FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF WOMEN ALONE TOGETHER

Carolyn Newton Curry, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Women Alone Together, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that addresses the special needs of women. Supported through grants and other contributions and partnering with Agnes Scott College Alumnae Association, the foundation works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice, or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

Compelled by women’s stories shared with her during years of research and teaching, Curry founded Women Alone Together in Atlanta in 2002. Since then, she has led the organization to become the dynamic, viable entity it is today.

In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on those issues and about Women Alone Together.

Formally, she served on the Board of Directors of The American Heart Association and Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she was also appointed by the Governor to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Curry also formally served on the Board of Trustees of Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia and on the Advisory Council for Action Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

She has taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1993, Curry received the Smith-Breckenridge YWCA Distinguished Woman of Achievement Award in Kentucky. In 2011, she received the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Community Service Award. Curry is also the 2014 recipient of the Agnes Scott College Distinguished Alumna Award – Service to the Community.

In 1966, Curry received a B. A. degree in English from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. In 1979, she earned an M.A. in history and in 1987, a Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Curry is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907 (Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia 2014).

For more than 50 years, she has been married to Bill Curry, who is the former head football coach at Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia State University. He was an ESPN Football Analyst for eleven years. They have a daughter, Kristin Hunter, a son Bill Curry, Jr., and seven grandchildren.