GC Retiree Association


This was our first "live" meeting in three years, and it was very successful, including a visit from new GC President Cathy Cox.  Here is a video of the meeting for those of you who weren't able to attend (Note:  there was a technical glitch during the Hemphill-Sallstrom Awards presentation):


Congratulations to this year's Hemphill-Sallstrom Faculty Staff Award Winners!

Howard Woodard (Staff) and Martha Colvin (Faculty)

The Hemphill-Sallstrom Faculty/Staff Honors Award is given to one retired faculty and one retired staff member every year.


Having been established through a grassroots effort of retirees, the Georgia College Retiree Association (GCRA), while not officially part of the university’s administrative structure, is pleased to have the support of the university administration.

The GCRA strives to serve the university retiree community and encourages all university retirees – faculty, staff and administration – to join the GCRA and get engaged.


  • Support the retirees,
  • Foster continued involvement of the retirees in the mission of the university,
  • Facilitate communication between the university and its retirees,
  • Promote the scholarly, fiscal, physical, social, and cultural interests of the retirees, and
  • Address matters related to perquisites and resources for the retirees.


  • Mr. David Muschell, Chair (2022-2023)
  • Dr. Ginger Rudeseal Carter, Vice-Chair (2022-2023)
  • Dr. Craig Turner, Secretary/Treasurer (2022-2023)
  • Dr. Howard Woodard (past Chair)
  • Dr. Robin C. Harris, Member
  • Dr. Sandra Gangstead, Member
  • Dr. Ginger Carter Miller, Member
  • Mr. Artis Williamson, Member
  • Dr. Paul Jahr, Chair Emeritus


View GCRA Bylaws (August 2020)
View Getting Ready For Retirement (2020) Brochure
Welcome to the GCRA - Learn More!



Ralph William Hemphill, Jr. 
September 30, 1942 - March 13, 2022 
Macon, Georgia - Ralph William Hemphill, Jr. was born Sept 30, 1942 in Canton, MS. He died March 13, 2022, in Macon, GA, of multiple myeloma and diabetes. He was preceded in death by parents Edna Lillian Hudnall and Ralph William Hemphill of Jackson, MS, siblings Betty Jean Nance, Patricia Ann Harkins, and Donald Wade Hemphill. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Hall Hemphill. 
Ralph graduated from Murrah High School 1961, Hines Community College 1963, and the University of Mississippi, B.A. 1965, M.A. 1966, and Ph.D. 1970. At the University, he served as attorney general of the student body, executive editor of the Daily Mississippian, and news director and station manager of campus radio. He was chosen Social Science Student of the Year and Debater of the Year. 
Ralph Hemphill came to Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, in 1968 to teach political science. He served as assistant dean of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Political and Public Administration. He was selected the college's first Vice President of Academic Affairs in 1977 and immediately assumed much of the day-to-day administration of the college. With relentless energy for the next twenty-two years, he addressed problems of declining enrollment and remained dedicated to ensuring the survival and growth of Georgia College. He was a pioneer in developing instruments for assessments and evaluation. He was always anticipating future changes. Ralph was named distinguished professor in 1975 and served as acting president in the spring of 1998. Before his retirement in 2002, Ralph enjoyed his return to the classroom for four more years of teaching political theory. 
Ralph was grateful for the support he received at Central Georgia Cancer Care, Atrium Health Anderson Infusion Center, Emory University Winship Cancer Institute, and Carlyle Place Retirement Community. 
Ralph requested no service. His ashes were interred in the family lot at Riverside Cemetery in Macon. Donations may be made to the Georgia College Foundation (Sallstrom–Hemphill Faculty Honors Endowment), Box 96, Milledgeville, GA 31061. 


Gregory John Jarvie
June 11, 1952 - February 4, 2022

Gregory John Jarvie, Ph.D., passed away following complications from COVID-19 on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, at the age of 69, with family by his side.
Born on June 11, 1952, in Lafayette, La., he is survived by his long-time partner and wife, Carina, brothers Alan (Rachel) and Jim, sister Jean Lyn (Craig), niece Leslie Colagrosso (Matt), nephews Will and Max, as well as a great-niece Gianna and great-nephew Jonathan. He is preceded in death by his parents, William John Jarvie and Lou Anne Conques Jarvie, as well as by his beloved greyhound Soren, and Soren's brothers, the Italian greyhounds Béla and Paris.
After squeezing seven years of graduate school into ten, Greg graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia (around the time of UGA's first national championship in college football). In 1982, he joined the Department of Psychology at Georgia College and was a vital and integral member of the department until his retirement in 2019. Greg taught various courses over the years but is best known for challenging students' assumptions and pre-existing beliefs in Abnormal Psychology, Aging, Psychology of Gender, X-Files and Madness.
Greg possessed a fantastic sense of humor, and many stories abound, chronicling his antics inside and outside the classroom. He once showed up dressed head to toe in full leathers to lecture on societal definitions of "What is normal?" Greg constantly pulled pranks on the nursing faculty when both departments were in Ennis Hall. He led students, faculty, and staff in the then-famous, or possibly infamous, sometimes traditional, gender stereotype-defying cover band, "The Roids." Greg never failed to capture the attention, hearts, and minds of those around him.
Greg loved music, and on many mornings in the department, you could hear him singing along, most often loudly and off-key, to a wide variety of artists, bands, and genres. "Roxanne" by the Police was a recurring favorite, as was "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift. He also sang along with various selections by Slim Whitman, Green Day, Oingo Boingo, Neil Diamond, The Offspring, The B-52's, Bon Jovi, Paramore, and others.
Greg was responsible for writing/directing/producing/costuming and starring in several short films featuring students and faculty. Some of these received awards at the BALD Shorts Film Festival. He also formed an award-winning (at least two in ancillaries) amateur competition BBQ team comprising departmental colleagues and close friends. He'd complete the application forms, design and acquire t-shirts for team members, and then sit back with a beverage and a cigar and wait to sample the team's creations. And when the team's ribs, pulled pork, chicken, Bloody Mary's, and desserts were not enough, he'd wander off searching for the ever-elusive funnel cake. Greg also loved pie, most any kind of pie, not to mention the biscuits from the Golden Pantry.
Dr. Greg Jarvie was widely known in the local community. For decades, he maintained a private practice in clinical psychology, serving Milledgeville and the surrounding area. After retiring from Georgia College, he provided pre-trial evaluations for individuals housed in Forensic Services at Central State Hospital.
Greg could often be seen around downtown Milledgeville. When his go-to breakfast spot, Mike's Snack Shack, closed, Blackbird Coffee became his favorite morning hang out. Passers-by would often see him waiting, the embodiment of patience, his face sometimes pressed against the glass, as he longed for the clock to strike 7 a.m. He would stroll inside, order his no-frills black coffee, go to his favorite place on the couch, and wait to hold court with the close-knit group of friends he referred to as the "Coffee Clutch." Some mornings, Greg would wander across the street for blueberry pancakes at The Local Yolkal Cafe.
Greg profoundly influenced everyone around him, including his family, students, clients, colleagues, and community. He was always ready to help and gave his resources and time unselfishly. Greg continued to provide psychological services to clients when they experienced financial hardships. He offered insights and provided free mini-therapy sessions to various community members. Over the years, Greg helped a number of students. On more than one occasion, Greg paid a student's tuition. For others, he assisted with bills or medical expenses, and he made sure students were able to attend professional conferences. Greg demonstrated the kind of generosity that often changes the course of an individual's life, while leaving an unforgettable mark on countless others.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Animal Rescue Foundation in Milledgeville.