Wheeling area residents who attended conventions or vacationed at The Greenbrier were accustomed to being greeted by Wheeling native Lynn Rine Swann, longtime director of public relations at the resort in White Sulphur Springs.
Now, however, visitors who want to see Swann "on the job" will have to travel to another legendary resort in that region of the Allegheny Mountains.
She has been appointed director of marketing and communications at The Homestead, a historic southern resort in Hot Springs, Va. The Homestead has launched a $25 million transformation, including Allegheny Springs, a two-acre water attraction, and a new miniature golf course. Additional plans include a spa garden and "new, innovative dining experiences," officials stated.
Prior to joining The Homestead, Swann served more than a dozen years as manager and then director of public relations at The Greenbrier. Previously, she spent eight years in the advertising and marketing field.
Swann continues to reside in White Sulphur Springs, where she is serving her third term on city council.
She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and Syracuse University.
Her parents, former Wheeling residents Tom and Margaret Rine, now live in the Roanoke, Va., area.
Wheeling resident John "Jack" Drury, who died March 31, was a translator of Christian theology and more than 20 other foreign language works, many with themes of social justice. Reportedly, he had knowledge of 15 languages.
Because of his internationally prominent work as a translator, Drury appeared in a feature story in The Intelligencer in the late 1980s. His son-in-law, Bill Broun, said Drury's translation from Spanish of Juan Luis Segundo's influential and still controversial "The Liberation of Theology" in 1976 probably stands as his most defining achievement.
Broun remarked that Drury was perhaps somewhat unusual for Wheeling - an intellectual Irish kid from Manhattan who fell in love with Wheeling's beauty and ended up living here quietly for four decades, rearing a family and translating important works of theology from a home office on Eoff Street.
He is survived by two daughters, a sister, a grandson and his former wife.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net