September 1999: Vol. 78, No. 4

Class Notes, Grad Notes, and Obituaries

Birthday Bash


Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA is one of the great musical experiences of summer, and this year's festival was made all the more memorable when Charles Wadsworth—called "The Man Behind the Chamber Music Boom" by The New York Times—was feted at a 70th birthday concert. Wadsworth (M '50) has been associated with Spoleto for 40 years, first in Italy and beginning in 1977 in Charleston. He made Spoleto USA an instant hit, with both his humorous mix of Italian and English stage narration and his choice of musical talent. "It's important to have people who can communicate on a musical and personal level," says Wadsworth, who values "having that 'friendship quotient' emanating from the stage to the public." Performers Wadsworth has showcased at Spoleto early in their careers include: Peter Serkin, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Kathleen Hendricks.

Fan for Life


Charles Gowen (BL '25) has been attending Georgia football games since he was a freshman in 1920, and he has more hair today than he did for the '20 season opener. Arriving in Athens by train, Gowen made the mistake of asking a group of upperclassmen, "Where's the campus?" According to tradition, they took scissors to his hair—and did such a poor job that Gowen had his head shaved. The Dogs were unbeaten in '20, and Gowen has known nothing but success himself. He got his law degree from UGA and served as a state representative before moving to Atlanta to join King & Spalding. These days, he divides his time between Atlanta and his home in St. Simons, when he's not traveling to Africa or the Caribbean—or watching his beloved Dogs at Sanford Stadium. It's not unusual for four generations of his family to attend games, as evidenced by the photo above where Gowen posed with three of his great-grandchildren: from left, William Spalding of St. Simons and siblings Jack Spalding V and Holly Spalding of Atlanta. William's parents are Charles Spalding (JD '86) and Rita Capitan Spalding (AB '83, JD '86). Jack and Holly's parents are John Spalding (AB '82, JD '85) and Mildred Cross Spalding (AB '81).

Elliott Goldstein (BSC '36) of Atlanta was honored by the Wesley Woods Center at Emory Hospital as a shining example of community enrichment and healthy aging. Goldstein, a corporate lawyer, is a member of the Atlanta Opera's board of directors.

Henry Edward Braselton (BBA '49), mayor of Braselton, reports that the restoration of a 1909 Georgian Revival mansion has been completed. It will be used as the town hall. Joseph Fraser (BBA '49) of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was named to the advisory board of the Liberty Savings Bank.

Frank Irwin (BS '50) of Rockmart signed his 50th year contract with Polk County Schools and was recognized in a Georgia State Senate resolution. Joseph Powell (BSA '50) retired as executive vice president at Regions Bank of South Georgia in Albany after 37 years in the banking business. Richard Bird (BBA '51, MBA '53) was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Portal Rotary Club. Bird is a farmer and a past recipient of the Bulloch County Man of the Year Award and the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award. A collection of clay prints by Marian Bjerken (BSHE '52) were on display at the University of South Carolina-Sumter. After retiring from pharmaceutical sales with Eli Lilly in 1992, Albert "Roy" Chrittenden Jr. (BSPH '54) joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a volunteer. An avid boater, Roy and his wife, Mary Sue, cruise the intercoastal waterways along the Southeast coast aboard their motor-yacht, "Southern Accent."

Ted Harris (AB '55, MA '69, PhD '72) of Waycross was appointed to the Stailla Community Service Board. Ferguson Cowen (BSA '57, EdS '93) of Camilla, an agriculture teacher, received the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's J. Lamar Branch Award for outstanding agricultural leadership in non-farming areas of agriculture. Loy Cowart (BSA '58) of Twin City was elected chairman of the board of directors of Durden Banking Company. He succeeds chairman James Carmichael (BL '41) of Swainsboro. James Laboon (BBA '58) is CEO of Athens First Bank & Trust, which was named one of Georgia's top financial institutions by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Dick Yarbrough (ABJ '59)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

Terrell Benton (BSA '60, JD '63) of Athens has completed his term as president of the Georgia Council of School Board Attorneys. Kenneth Durrence (BSA '61) of Claxton was named Conservationist of the Year by Bulloch County. SunTrust Bank of Northeast Georgia, whose chairman and CEO is Robert Bishop (BBA '61) was recently named one of Georgia's top financial institutions by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Frank Christa (AB '62) of Athens was appointed group vice president of Athens First Bank & Trust. Wendell Dawson (AB '62), chairman of the Oconee County Commission, was elected to the board of directors of First American Bank and Trust. Carol Manter Ellis (AB '62) was elected president of the New York Occupational Medical Association. She is in private practice in Manhattan. Ross Pittman (AB '62) is a trustee with the Tift County Hospital Authority and a member of the finance committee. As president aand CEO of First Liberty Financial Corp., Robert Hatcher (BBA '64) of Macon recently saw his bank named one of Georgia's top financial institutions by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Alex Patterson (AB '64)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

Ted Turner's newest cable offering, The Women's Network, will be launched by Atlantan Pat Mitchell (AB '65, MA '67), who is president of CNN Productions, and a multiple Peabody Award winner—and a former Georgia Magazine cover subject (Sept. '95 issue). David Garrard (BSA '67, MEd '89) of Washington, who has taught agriculture at the high school level for over 30 years, was appointed as superintendent of schools in Wilkes County. The City of Douglas honored Charles Vickers (BBA '67) with a special day in recognition of his long career with the state of Georgia. Vickers is a state auditor. The Atlanta Business Chronicle had accolades for other UGA alums. Franklin Compton's (ABJ '68) company, Sawyer Riley Compton, was named one of Atlanta's top public relations firms. Donald Millard's (BBA '69) company, Matria Healthcare, was named one of Atlanta's "Fast Tech 50." And Richard Morgan's (ABJ '69) company, SpecialNet, was named one of Georgia's top 25 preferred provider organizations. Roy Stewart (BBA '68) of Vidalia, owner of General Office Services, was named the 1999 Lyons Citizen of the Year. Virginia Carson (BSEd '69) of Stone Mountain, department chair and math professor at Georgia Perimeter College, was named a 1999 American Council on Education Fellow. Stevan Crew (BBA '69) of Dallas is president of the Technical Institute Directors of Georgia. Paul Daniels (ABJ '69) of Hilton Head Island, S.C., joined ETA Dunes Marketing Group as a sales associate.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Jim Goodroe (BBA '69)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

The Buford City Board of Education hired Linda North Dove (AB '70, MEd '71, EdS '76) as the new director of curriculum and instruction. Randy Kohn (BBA '70) of Beaufort, S.C., was named president of Lowcountry National Bank. Kenneth Townsend (BBA '70), a public accountant in Los Angeles, recently became the Area Industry Leader of the Pacific Southwest for Ernst & Young's real estate division. Bob Izlar (BSFR '71, MFR '72) of Lithonia was chosen as the Selective Service Region II Senior Officer of the Year and Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Charlotte Sacre (BSEd '71) of Rocky Gap, Va., is sales director at Thompson + Litton Engineers, Architects, and Planners. The Georgia Bankers Association named E. J. Vann (BBA '71), president/CEO of Planters and Citizens Bank in Camilla, as vice chairman. Judith Cason Wilson (BSEd '71) of Snow Camp, N.C., received her Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wilson is currently the chief executive director of The SWAN Trust & Foundation and The Center for Consiousness Studies. Frank Butler (BBA '72, JD '75) of Macon was named counsel to the law firm of Haynsworth, Baldwin, Johnson, & Graves. Butler was previously an assistant U.S. attorney, an officer in the Judge Advocate General's department of the Air Force, and a civil lawyer in Macon. The work of Lee Catts (BFA '72) was featured on St. Simons Island's Lighthouse Christmas card. Billy Decker (BSEd '72, MEd '87) was named Oglethorpe County Teacher of the Year and was nominated for the 2000 Georgia Teacher of the Year award. Jonesboro attorney Kirby Glaze (AB '72, JD '75) was named to the 1999 board of directors for Clayton County's Chamber of Commerce. The Heritage Foundation, a prominent Washington think tank, named David John (ABJ '72, MA '77, MBA '77) of Alexandria, Va., as senior policy analyst for Social Security. Karl Kaiser (BBA '72) of West Redding, Conn., was named vice president of food service sales for Readi-Bake. Ray Maddox (BSPh '72) of Richmond Hill was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Memorial Health, which serves southern Georgia and South Carolina, named Ramon Meguiar (BS '72) of Savannah as its Chief of Staff. Art teacher Christy Green (AB '73, MAEd '79) of Hartwell won a merit award at the 1998 Anderson Artists Guild Membership Show and second place in a St. Simons Island art show. Jon Ham (ABJ '73), managing editor for the Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., won third place in the "serious columns" category of the 1998 North Carolina Press Association contest. Charles Hayslett's (ABJ '73) company, Hayslett Sorrel LLC, was named one of Atlanta's top public relations firms by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Thomas H. Jackson Jr. (AB '73) was elected to the 2000 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, his third term in the 1,000-member worldwide governing body, which meets every four years. Shaw McVeigh (BBA '73) of Bruns-wick was named controller of the Sea Island Company. Charlton County teachers chose Mary McQueen (BSEd '73) of Folkston as 1998-99 Special Education Teacher of the Year and 1999-2000 Charlton County Teacher of the Year. Willa H. Alexander (BBA '74) of Macon was elected a banking officer at SunTrust Bank. Kathleen Brady (BSEd '74) of Sugar Hill was named teacher of the year for Buford Middle School. Samee Ellerbee (BSPH '74) of Augusta was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UGA College of Pharmacy. The Atlanta Business Chronicle also named Joseph Terrell's (BBA '74) company, Bullock, Terrell & Mannelly, one of Atlanta's top 25 commerical real estate brokerages.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Diane Smock (AB '74)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

Hall of Famers


We have it on the good authority of Bill Cheatham (AB '95) that if you keep your eyes and ears open in the Sanford Stadium press-box, you can learn a lot about football. That's particularly true if you sit near National College Football Hall of Famers like Bill Hartman (BSC '37) and Charley Trippi (BSEd '51), as Cheatham did at the Tennesee game last fall. Hartman still gets out his stopwatch and times the punters, as he did when he was a coach. And Trippi—one of Georgia's finest all-around athletes—still looks like he could suit up and play for the Dogs.

Humor Man


Leroy Powell was an angler long before he made it in television, and he used his country-boy humor and backwoods philosophy to angle for TV viewers' affection—which they gave him willingly. Powell (ABJ '65) won dozens of state Emmy Awards for being what he termed an "uncommon commentator" for WAGA-TV in Atlanta, and he refused to give in to brain cancer right up until he died in late May.

"The last time he held a fly rod, he could barely walk," says Rebekah Stewart, owner of a fly-fishing operation where Powell served as a guide. "But he caught an enormous 28-pound brown trout."

Powell gave Rednecks a good name long before Jeff Foxworthy, but maintained he wasn't one. "I try to give some food for thought," he said in a UGA alumni magazine story several years ago.

Powell started his WAGA career as a cameraman, then stepped in front of the camera for the first time in 1979 at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta to do a piece on generic beer. Powell referred to this now-forgotten fad as "un-American" and his report drew so much praise that the station gave him more air time. When Sigma Delta Chi awarded him its prestigious Green Eyeshade Award for best TV commentary in the Southeast, Powell had found something he could do as well as fish.

Judy Bales (BFA '75, MFA '83) of Fairfield, Iowa, showcased her work at a sculpture exhibit at Illinois' Monmouth College. The engineering firm Jordan Jones and Goulding presented Mack Cain (BLA '75) of Lawrenceville with the President's Award. The work of Jane Jaskevich (BFA '75) of Atlanta was featured at the Lake Wales Arts Center in Winter Haven, Fla. Her sculptures are also on permanent display at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Fla. James Little (BS '75, MS '78) of Kingsport, Tenn. was named senior research associate at Eastman Chemical Company. Jeff Welch (BSEd '75, MEd '77, EdD '90) of Social Circle was named superintendent of schools for Ben Hill County. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named 360, Inc. one of Atlanta's top advertising agencies and marketing firms and Jackson Spalding Leslie one of Atlanta's top public relations firms. Joel Babbit (ABJ '76) is chairman of 360 and Bolling Spalding (ABJ '78, MBA '79) is CEO of Jackson Spalding Leslie. Susan Derkacz (BFA '76) of New Braunfels, Texas, won two prizes at the prestigious American Quilter's Society Show and Contest. Inc. magazine named Michael McMahon's (M '76) Savannah company, Coating Systems, to its 1998 list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. Kathy Stephens Palmer (BSHE '76, JD '79) of Swainsboro, an attorney and president of the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce, was awarded the Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award by UGA's College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Jane Fugate Thorpe (AB '76, JD '79) of Atlanta was named partner in the Medical Products and Services Practice Group at Alston & Bird, LLP. The Macon Telegraph promoted Ed Campbell (ABJ '77) to assistant advertising director. Also in Macon, Mercer University named George Astin (BSA '78), medical director of Tanner Health System's Community Care Program, to the faculty of its medical school. Ed Grisamore (ABJ '78), a columnist for The Macon Telegraph, is now a member of the Salvation Army's advisory board. Cairo Banking Company named Cuy Harrell III (BSA '78) of Whigham to its board of directors. Jim Hobgood Jr. (ABJ '78) of Rome returned to Calhoun to become publisher of the Gordon County News and the Calhoun Times, his family's former newspaper. The magazine AV Video Multimedia Producer featured Delta video producer Ponch Orendain (AB '78, MA '81) of Marietta on the cover of its March issue. The American Medical Association recently awarded Robert Seligson (BSA '78) of Raleigh, N.C., the Medical Executive Achievement Award. He is executive vice president and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society. Margaret Ogilvie Steinback (BSEd '78) of Fort Myers, Fla., is the new judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Naples, Fla. Cynthia G. Kurtz (AB '79) was named head of Navy recruiting in Georgia and South Carolina. Joe Randall (AB '79) of Atlanta was promoted to group director of Bill Communications' new healthcare group.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Deborah Norville (ABJ '79)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

Engineering and architectural firm DSAtlantic/Tribble & Richardson hired Tom Hurley (BSFR '80) of Macon as a survey manager. Ravonda Bargeron (BFA '81) opened her own graphic design agency in Macon. George Bird III (BS '81, BSPH '84), a gynecologist in Metter, was appointed chief of staff at Dodge County Hospital. SunTrust Bank elected James B. Patton (BBA '81) of Macon to its board of directors. George Ward III (BSAE '81) of Anniston, Ala., was selected by the Army Corps of Engineers as the resident engineer to oversee the construction of a new demilitarization facility. The Television Bureau of Advertising selected Denise Brown (ABJ '82) as a finalist for its 1998 "Research and the Bottom Line Contest." Daniel Forsman (BBA '82) of Lawrenceville was named COO of Prudential Atlanta Realty and Prudential Georgia Realty. Scott Sikes (AB '82), associate director of development at UGA has earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner from the CFP board. Scott is responsible for private gifts of more than $10,000 to the UGA Foundation. Donna Turner (BSHE '82) was named Teacher of the Year by Lincoln County and by Lincoln County Middle School. Phil Bettendorf (AB '83, MMC '91), vice president of Athens First Bank & Trust, was named Employee of the Year for 1998. Jeff Burt (BBA '83) of Union Point was promoted to agency manager by the Greene County Farm Bureau. Following his first session in the Alabama state legislature, Mike Hubbard (ABJ '83) of Auburn was named "Rookie-of-the-Session" following passage of his bill requiring auto insurance for all Alabama drivers. Hubbard is president of the Auburn Network. Lucy Floyd (BSEd '83, MEd '89) of Lavonia was named assistant principal of Franklin County Middle School. Christine O'Connell (BS '83) of Tampa was promoted to director of laboratory operations at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Darrell Adams (BFA '84) of Cartersville, a sixth generation potter, recently judged the Etowah Fine Arts Competition Exhibit. Former Georgia Secretary of State Lewis Massey (BBA '84) of Norcross is starting a payroll services company, Directo, aimed at the Hispanic population in Georgia and Florida.

Northside Realty promoted Greg Billingsley (BBA '85) of Lawrenceville to managing broker of the company's Gwinnett office. Payson Fields (BSA '85) of Kingston opened his own chiropractic practice. Alums Chip Reno (BBA '85) and Tammy New Reno (BBA '85) of Marietta spent close to $2,000 for one of Uga IV's heirs at a charity event benefiting Cobb Family Resources. Carol Bennett (BSEd '86) of Woodstock joined the Gilmer High School administrative team. Karen Stormer Brooks (BFA '86) of Atlanta has completed illustrations for her first children's book,The Always Moon, and and is working on a second, entitled Baby Chick. Cheryl Leverett Hill (BSHE '86) of Lincolnton, a student in the Practical Nursing program at Augusta Tech, was recognized as the outstanding student of the year. Dennis Hood Jr. (BS '86) finished his medical residency in Charleston, S.C., and is returning to Chattanooga to practice. A former member of the UGA Swim Dogs, Robert Kurbes (BS '86) keeps his feet wet by making water safety a concern as the coordinator of the Fayette Safe Kids Coalition. His group was named the Best Coalition of 1998 by the Safe Kids of Georgia. John Maloney (ABJ '86) of San Rafeal, Calif., supervises sales and marketing in the computer industry for Panamax. Florida's First Coast Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa has selected Jill Palmer (BSEd '85), an administrator with Clay County Schools, as Vice President for Programs. William Schofield (BSEd '86, MEd '92, EdS '94) of Athens was named superintendent of the Social Circle School System. Charles Blackburn (ABJ '87) of Richmond, Va., is director of business development for new media at Media General. Paul Collar (BBA '87, MACC '90) of Atlanta is director of managed care at Health Partners Plus/Choice. His company was named one of Georgia's top 25 PPOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Michael Farmer (BSPH '87) of Winder is president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association and recently attended the 100th annual meeting of the National Community Pharmacists Assoc. Barry Gillespie (AB '87) of Owen Cross Roads, Ala., was named general manager for north Alabama by BellSouth Mobility. Robert Ray (BBA '87) of Macon is the top assistant to Secretary of State Cathy Cox (ABJ '80). Kimberly Driscoll Stewart (BSEd '87) of Marietta was named Cobb County Teacher of the Year. Robin Hollar Thomas (ABJ '87) of Marietta, director of research for Turner Network Television, completed the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Lance Bolton (BBA '88, MS '95,PhD '97) of Watkinsville, a scientist at the Agricultural Research Service's Poultry Microbiological Safety Research Unit, helped UGA scientists develop a rapid test for a deadly strain of antibiotic-resistant salmonella. Former UGA football player John Brantley (BSEd '88) has completed his NFL career with the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins and has returned to Athens to head the new Homebanc Mortgage Corp. office. He will share that responsibility with his wife, Diane Forrester Brantley (AB '89), a former Bulldog cheerleader. Joe Brooke (BSA '88) of West Point joined the staff of the Wilkes County Extension Service. Among those mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun was UGA law professor Anne Dupree (JD '88), who clerked for Justice Blackmun in 1989-90. Randolph Handel (AB '88) of Morristown, Tenn., is coordinator of a new writing center at Walters State College. Samuel Studdard (BBA '88) of Commerce has been stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Amy Haywood Hughes (ABJ '89) of Savannah was named director of government and business relations for Memorial Health. Karen Powers (ABJ '89) is director of marketing communications for Peachtree Doors and Windows in Norcross. Her communications team recently won two regional awards of excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators. Joe Walter (BS '89) of Zebulon is now director of planning and zoning for Pike County. Angela Yarman (BSHE '89, MS '91) of Douglasville is president of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Mike Yearty (BBA '89) of Lithonia joined First Edge, a reseller of financial and business software solutions, as a consultant.

Next reunion: Oct. 22-23, 1999
Chair: Jay Dowlen (BBA '89)
For information contact reunion coordinator Susan Bond (800/606-8786) or visit the Alumni Reunions web site for a complete Homecoming/Reunion Weekend schedule.

Kim R. Bryant (BBA '90) of Fitzgerald is the executive director of Communities in Schools in Irwin County. Anna Collins (BFA '90) of Northside is an account supervisor at the Kilgannon McReynolds advertising agency. Lee Oldknow (AB '90) of Decatur joined AidGwinett, an HIV/AIDS service organization based in Lawrenceville, as director of public awareness. Joy Parks (AB '90) of Cleveland is a magistrate court judge in White County. Brian "Buck" Rogers (AB '90) of Atlanta joined the law firm of Finch, McCrainie, Brown, Hendrix, and Sullivan. Paul Smurda (BS '90) of St. Petersburg, Fla., joined the staff of the Center for Women's Health at Washington County Regional Medical Center. Bill Turoski (BBA '90) of Albany joined Regions Bank as a consumer lender. Ronald Weiner (AB '90) of Atlanta is now part of Anrall Golden & Gregory's new Financial Institutions Practice Group. Rob "Roots" Woodruff (ABJ '90), a former Swim Dog who works in the U. of Alabama's athletic media relations department, saw his 1999 gymnastics guide win "Best in the Nation" in the College Sports Information Director's Association's publication contest—for the third time in four years. Donald Fordham (BS '91) of Cornelia opened his own medical practice, Habersham Family Medicine. Raymond Privott (AB '91) of Rocky Mount, N.C., was named teacher of the Year in the northeast region of North Carolina. Billie Sanders (BBA '91, MACC '91) of Gainesville is president of the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ashley Walker (BS '91) of Macon joined Rush Abbot Peace as a partner in general dentistry practice. Brian West (BBA '91) of Moncks Corner, S.C., was named assistant vice president and branch manager of the St. Stephen Office of Farmers & Merchants Bank. Patrick Wilson (BBA '91) of Athens joined the commerical lending area of SunTrust Bank as an assistant vice president. Matthew Brown (ABJ '92) of Americus is the new sports editor at the Americus Times-Recorder. Rosalyn Dunn (ABJ '92) of Macon is the new communications coordinator at the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority. Terry Kennedy (BBA '92, AB '93), a master's candidate in creative writing at UNC-Greensboro, received the $2,000 Randall Jarrell Fellowship. Barry Peavey (BSFCS '92) joined Community Bank in Fitzgerald as a loan officer. Brett Cotten (BBA '93) of Savannah was promoted to assistant vice president at SunTrust Bank. Karl Francis (BSEd '93) of Bridgton, Me., is a part-time hospitality-tourism instructor for the SAD 61 teaching staff. Lt. Christian Hernandez (BS '93) of Las Vegas, Nev., was named a naval aviator. Preston Jones (BBA '93) was named a loan officer of the Palmetto Bank in Anderson, S.C. Joseph Manfredi (BS '93) received his doctor of medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Todd Martin (AB '93, JD '97) of Athens is an assistant public defender for the Northern Judicial Circuit's public defender's office in Georgia. Corey Moore (AB '93) was grand marshal of the Martin Luther Kind Day parade in Glennville. Brian Powers (BBA '93) of Alpharetta has joined OnePoint Communications as a senior manager. Jay Smith (AB '93) and Anneke Brandsma (AB '95) of Marietta were married in May. Jay works for BellSouth Telecommunications as a business analyst and Anneke workes for McGraw-Hill as a technical writer. Charles Briscoe (BSEd '94) of Macon was appointed assistant administrator of Coliseum Medical Centers. Drew David (BBA '94) of Cumming was named a loan officer for the North Atlanta branch of HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. Brian Dill (AB '94) of Rebecca was named economic developer and president of the Chamber of Commerce in Turner County. Holden Hayes (BBA '94) of Savannah was elected a banking officer of SunTrust Bank. Patrick Meyer III (AB '94) of Macon was admitted to the doctoral program in educational psychology and research at the U. of South Carolina. Mike Sale (BBA '94) of Colbert is an assistant vice president and branch manager of the Lavonia office of the Athens First Bank & Trust Company. Amanda Szwast of Atlanta was named a district advertising manager for the Atlanta office of Southern Living magazine.

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Lee Burgstiner (BBA '95) of Savannah joined Mason Ind./Office Furniture as an account executive. Kristin Hackler (ABJ '95) of Nashville, Tenn., was promoted to assistant account executive at the public relations firm McNeely, Pigott and Fox. Cynthia Jennings (AB '95) was named activities advisor for the Student Activities Council at Wichita (Kan.) State. Carrie Johnson-Mahanes (BSEd '95) of Powder Springs has switched career paths from physical education to accounting, and has joined the Collegiate Licensing Company in Atlanta as a royalty analyst. Jimmy Keller (AB '95) of Savannah has been named branch manager of the Medical Shopping Center office of Savannah Bank. Claire Henderson Smith (BSEd '95, MEd '96) of Winder was named Barrow County Teacher of the Year for 2000. Jonathon Tuggle (BBA '95) was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia after completing law school at Mercer University. He is associated with the firm of Moore, Ingram, Johnson and Steele in Marietta. Tiffany Upshaw (AB '95, JD '98) of Hinesville, law clerk for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, is now a member of the Georgia Bar Association. Jon Banks (BBA '96) of Alpharetta is a corporate pilot for The Computer Shop. Lauren Caswell Brooks (ABJ '96) of Birmingham was promoted to assistant editor in the homes department of Oxmoor House, the books division of Southern Progress. Andy Cargile (AB '96) of Ocilla is now associate pastor and minister of education at the First Baptist Church on St. Simons Island. Nikki Nicholson Chester (BS '96) of Athens, former UGA All-American volleyball player, was named assistant director of development and special events for the UGA Athletic Association. Meredith Rooks Dixon (BFA '96) of Mableton graduated from Officer Candidate School. Washington County named Jessalyn Jordan (BMUS '96) its teacher of the year. Kara Robertson (BSEd '96) of Greenwood, S.C., accompanied the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl in Miami as a Falcons cheerleader. Douglas Sams (AB '96) of Norcross joined the staff of the News Observer in Blue Ridge as a staff writer. Charles Bittner (AB '97) of Dacula, a Navy Petty Officer, completed the Navy's Cryptologic Technician Maintenance Course. Russ Davidson (AB '97) of La Grange is a commercial lending associate at SunTrust Bank. Mara Fogarassy (BSFCS '97) of Raleigh, N.C., joined Howard Perry and Walston Realtors/Better Homes and Gardens as a sales and marketing executive. Kelly Oliver (BFA '97) of Athens joined the Macon consulting, engineering and architecture firm of Tribble & Richardson as an interior designer. Jeff Peavy (BBA '97, MACC '98) of Monroe joined the staff of the accounting firm Moore Stephens Tiller. Beth Register (BS '97) has begun medical school at Mercer University. Andrew Wahlers (BLA '97) of Athens is the retail operations manager for The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium. Joy Adams (BBA '98) is an agent with the New York Life Insurance Company in Atlanta. Barrett Cook (ABJ '98) of Savannah joined The Hauser Group as an account coordinator. Jason Gamel (ABJ '98) of Powder Springs is a resident director for Cobb Hall at Reinhardt College. Jason Gillespie (BSAE '98) of Macon is a project engineer for the environmental group of Tribble & Richardson. Beth Haggerty (ABJ '98) of Marietta joined Atlanta-based Sawyer Riley Compton as a creative coordinator. John Honaker (BBA '98) of Macon was named manager of The Depot package store. Herman Johnson Jr. (BSEd '98) of Marietta earned an academic excellence award from the United Auto Workers/General Motors Educational Program. Geoffrey Probst (AG '98) of Carlisle has begun law school at Penn State. Tiffany Rhodes (BBA '98) of Hawkinsville is consumer awareness and marketing coordinator for Bibb Distributing Company. Thomas Segars Jr. (AB '98) of Commerce has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Compiled by Jena McGregor

Grad Notes


South Georgia College displayed the art work of Vincent Keesee (MFA '65, PhD '72) of Tifton, retired art professor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The Indiana Athletic Drug Testing and Toxicology Laboratory, under the direction of Larry Bowers (PhD '75), has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to provide drug testing for athletes at the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bowers, who lives in Carmel, Ind., is on the faculty of the IU School of Medicine and became director of the testing laboratory in 1992. Robyn Ice Sosebee (MFA '76) of Atlanta, a partner in the law firm of Alston & Bird, is the first recipient of the Philip H. Alston, Jr. Award, which recognizes Sosebee's extensive pro bono commitments. Patricia Barefoot (MA '78) of St. Simon's Island has begun writing book reviews for the Islander newspaper. Representative Page Walley (MS '82, PhD '84) of Toone, Tenn., was the honored guest at a meeting of the board of directors of the National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology. Walley, a psychologist, is the minority whip in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Kathy Brittain McKee (MA '83, PhD '92) of Mount Berry, a professor of journalism at Berry College, has been named dean of academic services for the college. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art's Wednesday lectures featured Joe Remillard (MFA '86) of Atlanta, an assistant professor of art at Kennesaw State. Emma Kennedy Pettyjohn (MM '90, DMA '97) of Winterville and husband Marvin are proud to announce the birth of their son, Calvin James. Donna Bowman (MA '93) accepted a faculty position in interdisciplinary studies at the Honors College of the University of Central Arkansas. She and her husband, Noel Murray (ABJ '92), moved to Conway, Ark., this summer. Judson Nichols (MA '98) of Culleoka, Tenn., joined Exploration Resources as a visual basic programmer.


Georgia Southern's interim president, Harry Carter (PhD '75) of Statesboro, was named vice president for academic affairs and dean of The Citadel. Robert Hilson (MBA '82) of Coral Gables, Fla., is president of NationsBank in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where he was previously senior vice president of Nationsbank's Commercial Banking Group. Janet Colbert (PhD '84) of Bowling Green, Ky., was appointed by Governor Paul Patton to a four-year term on the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy.


Karen Woodward (MEd '69, EDd '76), superintendent of Anderson School District Five, was recognized by the Anderson Independent-Mail in its annual Leadership Survey. Sidney Brown (MEd '70, EdS '74, EdD '77) of Athens, former associate vice president of academic affairs and off-campus programs. The art work of Leo Twiggs (EdD '70) of Orangeburg, S.C., was featured at the Fine Arts Center, Greenville County's arts magnet school. Gloria Phillips Turlington (MEd '72) of Greensboro, N.C., completed the Doctor of Education degree program at the UNC-Greensboro. Gail Sherer (MEd '73, EdD '81) of Conyers, a seventh grade language arts teacher in Henry County, was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Sherer was one of only 29 teachers in Georgia who have been certified by the NBPTS. Martha Puckett (MEd '74) of Jesup was named teacher of the year at Martha Puckett Middle School in Wayne County. Brenda Kelley (MEd '75) of Toccoa was named principal of Stephens County Middle School, and William Randy Howell (MEd '76, EdS '78), also of Toccoa, was named principal of Stephens County High School. Dan Callahan (EdD '79) of McDonough is the new director of building services at DeKalb Medical Center. Joann Collins (MEd '80, EdS '84) of Lincolnton, a business education teacher at Lincoln County High School, was one of 15 teachers selected to represent Georgia in the Virtual High School Cooperative, where she will teach a multi-media course via the Internet to students from across the country and around the world. Jackie Collins (EdD '84), superintendent of Floyd County Schools, and Craig McDaniel (EdS '87), president of Coosa Valley Technical Institute, both of Rome, were named co-chairs of the education division. Jimmy Chupp (MEd '90, EdS '94) of Snellville is head football coach at the Greater Atlanta Christian School. Susan Carse-McLocklin (EdD '92) was named minister of program development at Athens First United Methodist Church after holding a similar position at Winder First United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Boyd McLocklin (AB '63), and their daughter, Abby, live on a farm in Statham where they raise beef cattle and quarter horses. Cheryl Avery Wilson (EdS '92) of Lawrenceville is now principal of Rock Springs Elementary. John DeCotis (EdD '93) of Fayetteville was named superintendent of the Fayette County School System. Deborah Ledford Fondow (MEd '96) of North Augusta, S.C., was named teacher of the year by the South Carolina Business Education Association. Troy Inman (MEd '98) of Atlanta joined AidGwinett's HIV/AIDS prevention team as a health educator.


Norman Brunswig (MS '73) of Ridgeville, S.C., a wildlife sanctuary manager, was appointed executive director of the National Audobon Society's South Carolina state field office.


Superior Court Judge Kenneth Kilpatrick (LLB '56) of Clayton retired after 13 years in that position. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham (JD '70) of Atlanta was guest speaker at a luncheon during Fort Valley State's 12th Annual Black History Month Observance. Walt Adams (JD '72) of Tucker is the DeKalb County assistant commissioner of the unemployment insurance division in the state labor department. Stephen Melton (JD '75) of Columbus is president and CEO of Columbus Bank & Trust, which was named one of Georgia's top financial institutions by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. E. Clayton Scofield III (JD '75) of Atlanta is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. James Bethel (JD '77) was named president and COO of J & J Industries in Dalton. Johan Droogmans (LLM '87), James Jordan III (BSPC '79, JD '88), and Douglas Arnold (JD '91) of Atlanta were all named partners in the law firm of Alston & Bird. Two UGA law grads recently joined Jones & Askew, the South's largest intellectual property law firm. Lisa Cobern Elsevier (BS '92, JD '98) of Atlanta joined the firm's Biomedical & Chemical Practice Group and Stephen Hemenway (JD'88) of Decatur joined the firm's Electrical Technology Group. Murray Weed (JD '90) of Valdosta joined the law firm of Fincher & Hecht, where he will work with local government clients. Holmes Hawkins III (JD '93) of Atlanta was named partner in the law firm of Jones & Askew. Jami Leeson Huber (JD '96) of Dania, Fla., joined the Boca Raton law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley as an associate. Matthew Strickland (JD '98) of Macon is an associate with the law firm of Jones, Cork & Miller.


Everette Salley (DVM '58) retired and closed the Salley Animal Hospital that had been a tradition in Orangeburg, S.C., for 75 years. After 20 years of service, Col. David Moore (DVM '77), deputy commander of the U.S. Army's Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, retired from active duty. Ward Phillips (DVM '96) and his wife Lynette, who live in High Shoals, have purchased the large animal practice from Monroe Veterinary Clinic.


As GM was going to press, we learned of the passing of D.W. Brooks (BSA '22, MSA '24) of Atlanta, retired founder of Gold Kist and Cotton States Insurance—and the seminal figure in Georgia agriculture—who died Aug. 5, 1999, at the age of 97. Brooks taught agronomy at UGA at the age of 19, but left in the 1930s to start the company that later became known as Gold Kist. It is now the second-largest poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales of $2 billion. Brooks was an adviser to seven U.S. presidents, and in recent years had served as a visiting professor at UGA—making him, as he was fond of noting, the oldest member of the faculty.

Arthur Davis Sr. (BLA '64) a noted golf course architect from Gainesville, died Jan. 31, 1999. He designed more than 150 courses worldwide, including the Atlanta Country Club, Dunwoody Country Club, Cherokee Town Club, Stouffer PineIsle Resort, Cross Creek Golf Club, Stonebridge in Rome, and Fields Ferry in Calhoun. His courses can also be found in Egypt, Japan, and Puerto Rico.

Roy Gatchell (ABJ '66) of Athens died Jan. 29, 1999. He was the archives director for the UGA Athletic Association, and those who had the pleasure of visiting his treasure trove of Bulldog memorabilia in the basement of the Coliseum will remember him as one of the nicest guys on earth.

Greene Johnson (BSC '25) of Bogart, a trustee for the UGA Foundation for many years, died May 8, 1999. He was one of the first alumni to be honored for outstanding service from UGA's business school in 1963. He worked for the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York and later served as vice president for Metropolitan Life Insurance. As a member of the board for the National Council of Alcholism, he worked to persuade businesses to view alcholism as a disease and to provide treatment for employees.


Linda Piper of Bogart, who taught history at UGA for more than 30 years, died Jan. 21, 1999.


Sarah Gottlied Loef of Athens died Dec. 17, 1998. She was a homemaker and president of the Sisterhood of the Congregation Children of Israel.


Edgar Blalock Sr. (BSC '21) of Jonesboro died Feb. 9, 1999. He founded the Blalock Oil Company and the Blalock Hauling Company, and also served Clayton County as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. Clark Gill (BSPh '21) of Ellaville died Jan. 17. 1999. James "Miller" Byne Jr. (M '26) of Waynesboro, a doctor and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, died Nov. 12, 1998. He served Burke County for 40 years as an internist and family physician, and he was instrumental in the establishment of Burke County Hospital and the Burke County Board of Health. He also served on the state board of health for 29 years. John Graham Sr. (ABEd '26) of Foley, Ala., died March 22, 1998. Herschel Harris Jr. (M '28) of Watkinsville, Ga., who served as chief of staff at St. Mary's Hospital for a number of years, died Jan. 29, 1999. At 92, he was believed to be the oldest living graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. Sarah Noell Wilson (ABJ '28) of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died July 21, 1998.


Fred Hodgson Jr. (BSC '32) of Roswell, who retired from Coca-Cola, died Jan. 4, 1999. Mildred Bennett Smith (BSHE '32) of Washington, a former school teacher, died Dec. 15, 1998. Robert Dunlap Jr. (AB '33) of Macon, the retired owner of Dunlap Chevrolet, died Jan. 10, 1999. William Dean (BSPh '35) of Townsend died Nov. 28, 1998. He was retired from American Home Products Corp. William Gwyn (BSC '37) of Duluth, who retired as senior vice president of what is now SunTrust bank, died Jan. 13, 1999. John Dorsey (ABJ '39) of Rock Hill, S.C., a retired salesman for Pennsylvania Life, died Nov. 2, 1998. Mary Grantham Wood (AB '39) of Spartanburg, S.C., died Nov. 30, 1998.


Kenneth Brown (BSC '40), the president of Louisville Fertilizer and Gin Co. and officer and director of the First National Bank of Louisville, died Nov. 19, 1998. Miles Lewis (JD '40) of Greensboro died Jan. 25, 1999. George Stanley (BSF '40) of Houston, Texas, died Dec. 11, 1998. He began his career with Kirby Forest Industries as a forest engineer in 1950, and retired in 1982 as senior vice president and member of the board of directors. He also served as director of the Texas Forestry Assoc. Thomas Dunn Jr. (BSEd '41) of Stone Mountain, who retired as a regional sales manager for Universal Pictures, died Jan. 21, 1999. Robert Sewell (BS '41) of Anderson, S.C., a family doctor, died Nov. 21, 1998. Emory Brinson (BSA '42) of Sylvania, a retired assistant commissioner of agriculture for Georgia, died Jan. 2, 1999. He was also a former county agent with UGA's Cooperative Extension Service. Gertrude McDuffie Gear (BSHE '42) of Gray died Feb. 9, 1999. Barbara Johnson (BBA '42) of Athens, who retired from Western Union in Atlanta after 42 years of service, died Jan. 7, 1999. William "Tommy" Malone (M '42) of Inverness, Fla., who retired from the retail business, died Jan. 12, 1999. Manley "Lee" Markell Jr. (BSF '42) of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Jan. 3, 1999. Duncan McRae (M '42) of Mount Vernon died Nov. 26, 1998. Joe Murrow (M '42) of Farmington died Dec. 16, 1998. He founded Murrow Brothers and was a founding member of the Georgia Crop Improvement Assoc. Frances McCurley Nash (BSEd '44) of Tulsa, Okla., head of the music department at Emmanuel Academy and Junior College, died Jan. 25, 1999. Jeanette Cross Roberts (BBA '44) of Sonoma, Calif., died in March 1998. Sara "Kitty" Arnold Moore (AB '45) of Athens, a homemaker, died Jan. 22, 1999. Fred King (M '46) of Panacea, Fla., a retired tool and die maker for Lockheed Aircraft Corp., died Dec. 29, 1998. Lamar Miley (BBA '47) of Snellville, who retired from the Life Insurance Company of Georgia as an accountant, died Dec. 21, 1998. Vernon Glenn (BBA '48) of Shreveport, La., died June 28, 1998. Julia Orme Martin (M '48) of Atlanta died Jan. 6, 1999. She was a landscape designer who helped restore and preserve Ansley Park. Willis "Frank" Dobbs Sr. (BSPh '49, MBA '54) of Athens died Jan. 29, 1999. He was a retired professor from the pharmacy school, where he received the outstanding teacher award.


Joe Edwards (M '50) of Sandy Springs, an attorney, died Jan. 22, 1999. Charlie Stowe (M '50) of Warrenton died Jan. 23, 1999. George Childs Jr. (BSAE '51) of Cairo died Oct. 4, 1998. Mona Mayhorn (BSPh '53) of Jefferson died Jan. 27, 1999. Bernard Herring Jr. (AB '57) of Olympia, Wash., died Nov. 24, 1998. Grady Johnson Jr. (BSA '55) of Swainsboro died Feb. 3, 1999. Jonathan Fox Sr. (BBA '53) of Leesburg died Sept. 13, 1998. Robert "Donald" Barnett (BSAE '54) of Miami, Fla., who was employed by Ralston Purina for 25 years, died Feb. 11, 1999. Ashley Morgan Jr. (BSEd '55, EdD '64) of Decatur, a professor of science education at Georgia State for 22 years, died Jan. 3, 1999. He was also an active volunteer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Herman Westmoreland (DVM '55) of Macon died Dec. 10, 1998. Hugh "Titus" Singletary Jr. (EdD '57) of Sandy Springs died Jan. 6, 1999. He spent 40 years in the education field, including a 17-year stint as associate state school superintendent. Henry Cowart Drake (BS '58) of Fair Play, S.C., died Dec. 14, 1998. He practiced medicine in Newnan and Peachtree City. Henry McDonald Jr. (BSA '59, MBA '61) of Athens, a retired military officer, died Feb. 11, 1999. After his retirement, he taught economics and real estate in UGA's Terry College of Business, where he also served as an undergraduate advisor. James Alexander Robertson (BSF '59) of Glyndon, Md., died Nov. 28, 1998. He was senior vice president of Sun Trust Banks in Nashville, Tenn., where he managed the corporate services division.


Joseph Bishop (BBA '60) of Warner Robins, a retired Air Force captain and former teacher, died Nov. 15, 1998. He was also a former musician with the Columbus Symphony. Edythe Whitehead Marshall (BSEd '60) of Watkinsville, a retired Oconee County school teacher, died Feb. 3, 1999. GM just received news of the death of Almon Hill (MEd '62) of Cumming, a retired school superintendent for Forsyth County, but we have been unable to determine when he died. Wayne Olson (BS '66, BSPh '69) of Griffin, who was employed by the Georgia Experiment Station, died Jan. 26, 1999. Philip Reed (BBA '67) of Atlanta, the president of Reed and Sheppard Associates Inc., died Jan. 13, 1999.


Stephen Lehman (BBA '70) of Inman, S.C., a self-employed tax attorney, died Oct. 30, 1998. William "Tiny" McRae (BBA '71) of Swainsboro, owner of Waller-McRae Insurance Agency, died Dec. 3, 1998. James Emerson Ray (AB '76, MBA '78) of Plano, Texas, who was employed by Brinker International, died Dec. 22, 1998. He was director of human resources for Romano's Macaroni Grill. Stephen Holliday (BS '77, BSPh '77) of Savannah, a pharmacist with CVS Pharmacy, died Dec. 17, 1998.


Robert "Ned" Bridges Jr. (MEd '81, PhD '88) of Athens, a founding member of the Athens Folk Society, died Jan. 17, 1999. He was a rehabilitation consultant for Sink Caldwell & Gannaway. Sybil Campbell Sanders (PhD '81) of Shannon died Oct. 30, 1998. She was an English professor at Floyd College. Caileen Ballard Shelton (MSW '87) of Scottsboro, Ala., died Dec. 16, 1998. She was employed with the Department of Human Resources in Jackson County, Ala. Carol Brown Cherry (EdS '89) of Bonaire, the principal of Lindsey Elementary School, died Nov. 2, 1998. She was also a past Teacher of the Year at Centerville Elementary School.


Mary "Becky" Bowden Graddy (MEd '91) of Eufaula, director of food services for the Quitman County School System, died Dec. 8, 1998. Thomas Kontonickas II (AB '93) of Grayson died Feb. 10, 1999. He was the vice president of operations for Platoon Uniforms and Sportswear Company. Jason Alan Green (BSFR '94) of Cedartown, owner of Green Tree Service, died Dec. 17, 1998. Walter "Trae" Hays III (AB '95) of Roswell died Jan. 9, 1999. He had completed one year of graduate study in anthropology at UGA.


Deanna Armstrong of Gray Court, S.C., died May 17, 1999. Ronald "Blake" Rakestraw of Conyers died May 16, 1999.

Compiled by Stacie Sutton

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