Book Talk Today Benefits Dr. Ken Orr Endowment

A book about a subject on the other side of the world has financial importance here in Laurens County. Dr. Ruth Douglas Currie will be at Presbyterian College this afternoon to give a talk on her new book, “Kwajalein Atoll, the Marshall Islands and American Policy in the Pacific.”

The book talk and signing are to benefit the President Emeritus, Dr. Kenneth B. Orr Memorial Endowment for a Faculty Research Fellowship. Revenue from the sales of this book at the event will go directly to the Orr Memorial Endowment. The fund was established last year by Currie to memorialize her late husband, Dr. Ken Orr.

Alex Scull, Director of College Advancement, said  “We are thankful for Dr. Currie’s continued support and interest in the advancement of Presbyterian College.” Scull said “Her willingness to use book sale revenues from this event shows just how important she views the endowment she has created to memorialize her late husband, President Emeritus Dr. Kenneth B. Orr.”

Currie is a professor emerita in the history department at Appalachian State University. She served four years as command historian for the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command and recently retired as history and political science professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

The talk and book signing event is free and open to the public. It begins at 5:00 this afternoon in the Chapman Conference Center at PC.