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1953

Raymond L. Tanner
Raymond L. Tanner
Raymond L. Tanner (BS) received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Physics from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in July. Tanner earned a master’s in physics from Vanderbilt University and taught physics at the U of M from 1955-62. After receiving his PhD from UCLA, he taught at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for 34 years, retiring in 2001.

1960

Louis F. Allen (BS), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.

Richard Holley (BS) is co-owner of Happi-Stores with his wife, Carol.

1965

Ben Madden (BFA) is chair and chief deposit officer of Metropolitan Bank.

1967

David S. Kennedy (BS, JD ’70), a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on the need for additional bankruptcy judges.

1968

Andrew Morgret (BSEd, MEd ’71, MBA ’86) is an assistant professor in the School of Business at Christian Brothers University. He retired from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics School of Accountancy after 27 years.

Glen G. Reid (BBA, JD ’71), a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was named as a leading attorney in the area of litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Donald J. Valdez
Donald J. Valdez
Donald J. Valdez (BS, JD ’75), of counsel to Decker Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates, has been selected chair-elect of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also was chosen by his peers and Fort Worth magazine as one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s top attorneys. Valdez is an attorney with the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Decker Jones.

1971

Judge Robert L. Childers (BBA, JD ’74) was appointed to a third term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance.

Richard C. Raines (BBA, JD ’74), a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was named a leading attorney in the area of real estate by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

1972

Janis L. Wilson (BA, MA ’75), an attorney with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in Philadelphia, received the highest possible rating for legal ability and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. She also was recognized for her commitment to mentoring young lawyers.

1973

Elaine P. Millen (BA) was named a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Art Institute of Charlotte. She also has served as a national judge in the student scholarship competition.

C. Barry Ward
C. Barry Ward
C. Barry Ward (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.





1974

B. Douglas Earthman (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.

David E. Ferguson (BS, MPA ’78, JD ’82) is a child support magistrate for Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County.

Charles W. Hill
Charles W. Hill
Charles W. Hill (BA, JD ’77), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.





John Noland
John Noland
John Noland (JD) was included in both the 2009 Florida Super Lawyers and the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America. He is chair of the commercial litigation division for the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt of Fort Myers, Fla.

1975

Maria A. Holmes (BA) earned her MA in educational leadership and counseling in August from Sam Houston State University, where she is senior coordinator and academic adviser for the Honors Program. She and her husband, Frank Holmes (BA), live in Huntsville, Texas.

1976

Ed Hargraves
Ed Hargraves
Ed Hargraves (MS), a senior partner in Askew Hargraves, Harcourt & Associates, was elected president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, which represents more than 100 engineering firms statewide.

Larry Rice (JD), senior partner at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, spoke at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago in July. He recently gave a lecture in the Caribbean on divorce practice. Rice is certified as a family law specialist by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Board of Specializations.

Jim Summers
Jim Summers
Jim Summers (JD), an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was included in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.

Ellen B. Vergos (JD), an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, was included in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.


1977

John Doherty (BSCE), vice president of Boyle Investment Company, achieved the designation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Dr. Craig Formby (MA), distinguished graduate research professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama, developed the Roto-Tilt Chair, which will aid in the study of dizziness and the inner ear. The invention rotates, twirls and eventually will spin test subjects and patients head-over-heels so researchers can gather data on how the inner ear contributes to balance and why the system sometimes fails.

Sonya Herron
Sonya Herron
Sonya Herron (BA) was appointed a missionary by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. She and her husband, James, are assigned to evangelism and church planning in Uganda.




R. Hunter Humphreys
R. Hunter Humphreys
R. Hunter Humphreys (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was listed in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America. 




Robert Orians (JD), an attorney with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, was included in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.

1978

J. William Appling
J. William “Bill” Appling
J. William “Bill” Appling (BBA), president of Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group, was named to the American College of Medical Practice Executives.




Douglas P. Quay
Douglas P. Quay
Douglas P. Quay (JD), an attorney with Glanker Brown, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.




Linda Warren Seely (BA, JD ’81), director of pro bono projects for Memphis Area Legal Services, received the President’s Award from the Tennessee Bar Association. She lives in Jackson, Tenn., with her husband, Carl Seely (JD ’85), who owns the law firm Divorce Incorporated.

1979

Eugene “Buddy” Bernstein Jr. (BA, JD ’82) was selected for inclusion in the 2009 The Best Lawyers in America in real estate law. He is coach of the 2009 Tennessee state champion White Station High School mock trial team.

Linda Brigance (BA, MA ’91) is an associate professor of communication at State University of New York Fredonia. Her recent presentations and publications have focused on the representation of gender by women’s history museums and historical sites.

1980

Glenda Faye Pryor-Johnson
Glenda Faye Pryor-Johnson
Glenda Faye Pryor-Johnson (MEd), a retired professional school counselor with Memphis City Schools, has published several articles in Memphis Parent and Grace magazines.



1981

Dr. Linda Finch (BSN, PhD ’02) was appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the U of M’s Loewenberg School of Nursing. She had been an associate professor on the nursing faculty. Finch also works as a nurse practitioner at a long-term geriatric facility.



Ronald Hart (BBA, MBA ’83), a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta, was named one of the nation’s top financial advisers by two publications. Registered Rep magazine and its Web site, registeredrep.com, named Hart the No. 4 financial adviser in the country based on assets under management; Barron’s named him the 54th top financial adviser in the U.S. based on its scoring system. He is a syndicated columnist and the author of the book There is No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler, published in November.

Steve McCleskey (JD), an attorney with Glankler Brown, was appointed to the Shelby County Ethics Commission.

1982

Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Kaplan (JD), an attorney with Kieswetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was named one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute.



Robert Leech (MPA) is vice president for Home Health at HealthSouth Corp. He lives in Birmingham, Ala., with his wife, Tyann Hall (BBA ’86), and their children.

Peter Voss (BBA), director of personnel for the City of Bartlett, was elected treasurer of the Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council.

1983

Jud Cannon (BBA) is CEO of the accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount.

Eric Jerome Dickey (BSET), 11-time New York Times best-selling author, published his 17th novel, Resurrecting Midnight.

1985

Suzanne Landers (JD) was named chair of the board of directors of the Memphis Development Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates The Orpheum Theatre.

Gary Shorb (MBA) was named to The Foundation for Evangelism board of trustees. He is president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Philip Siegel
Philip Siegel
Philip Siegel (DBA) was selected for the Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair of Accounting in the Knox School of Accountancy at Augusta State University.



1987

Tucker Beck (BBA) is a broker/vice president for Crye-Leike Commercial Inc.

Howard Caplan (JD), an attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., wrote the article “It’s All About the Trademark,” published in the summer edition of The Franchise Lawyer. He is chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Mark E. Opalisky
Mark E. Opalisky
Mark E. Opalisky (JD) was named a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor. He practices in the subrogation and recovery department, with a focus on insurance subrogation.





1988

James R. Mulroy II
James R. Mulroy II
James R. Mulroy II (MBA), resident manager of the Memphis office of the Jackson Lewis law firm, was named president of the West Tennessee Family Solutions board of directors.




1989

R. Andrew Belew (BPS) joined Habiterra Architecture & Landscape Architecture as director of architecture.

Ed Bryant (BA) was selected as one of St. Louis’ Inclusive Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal and Webster University. He is director of science and medical public affairs for Pfizer Inc.

Julia C. Stanz
Julia C. “Cathy” Stanz
Julia C. “Cathy” Stanz (BFA) received her MAEd with a certification in library science from Union University-Germantown. She is the librarian for Sunny Hill Elementary School in Haywood County, Tenn. Cathy and her husband, Tim Stanz (BBA ’82), live in Fayette County, Tenn.




1991

Ted C. Raynor (JD) joined the law offices of Burch, Porter & Johnson. He previously was vice president and senior counsel for Hilton Hotels.

Stephanie Richardson (MS), an independent sales director with The Pampered Chef, received Top Performance Cluster awards in personal sales, first line cluster sales and overall cluster sales.

Dannah Scott (BSEd) was promoted to director of sales for the Madison Hotel.

Tracy Speake (MBA), managing partner with Paradigm Realty Advisors, joined Hope House as president of its board of directors.

1992

Lisa Piefer (BSEd) received the 2009 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Fellow Award, the association’s highest individual honor. She is purchasing officer for the City of Germantown.

1993

Denise Burke (JD), an attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, was named to the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America.

Joel Hurd (BA) is production manager at North Country Public Radio at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Michelle Miller (MPA) is director of recruitment and community involvement for AGAPE Child and Family Services.

Cheyenne Widdop (BA) was named president of the Junior League of Memphis.

1994

Bill Breen (MBA), CEO of Health Choice, received the Certified Medical Practice Executive designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Kirk Caraway
Kirk Caraway
Kirk Caraway (BA, JD ’97), an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, was named a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. He also was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2009 “Top 40 Under 40.”  

1995

Thomas Coupé (BA) was certified as a juvenile law and child welfare specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He is a staff attorney with Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and serves as coordinator of the Judge’s Action Center.

Neeraj Kumar (MCRP) earned certification as an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Richard Evan Sorin (JD), a member of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of the law.

1996

Richard Hulshof (BA) was promoted to sergeant in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He has been stationed in Iraq and Kuwait with the 1174th Transportation Unit as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

1997

Chad Mains (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for fixed income sales at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.

Michael E. Stuart (BBA) earned his MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University. He is a budget analyst for the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Tanja Thompson
Tanja Thompson
Tanja Thompson (JD), an attorney with Kieswetter Wise Kaplan Prather, was named one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute.



1998

Romelin Adams (BBA) was named an All-Star of Technology by Women of Color magazine. She is a senior systems analyst with Lockheed Martin in Hampton, Va.

Joey Watson (BA, MA ’03) is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University, where he also teaches film and media arts. He was recognized for his film South of Lost, which pays tribute to the late Robert Altman, who directed more than 50 films.

Meredith L. Williams (BBA, JD ’02), director of knowledge management and staff attorney for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, was named conference vice president for the International Legal Technology Association.

1999

Edward K. Box (JD) is a member of the law firm Gault, Marshall & Box of Paducah, Ky., which has a primary concentration in maritime law.

Scott Brown (BS, MS ’06) is chief technology officer for RocketFuel.

Nancy Kessler (JD) is a child support magistrate for Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County.

2001

Cannon Parkerson (BBA) was promoted to senior manager within the audit and enterprise risk services practice of Deloitte & Touche.

Jeremy West (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan & Company.

Mark Yakich (MFA) is the author of the poetry collections Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross, The Making of Collateral Beauty (winner of the Snowbound Series Chapbook Award) and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine. He is an associate professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans.

2002

Justin Fox Burks (BFA), a professional photographer, taught a U of M Continuing Education class in vegetarian grilling. He blogs at chubbyvegetarian.blogspot.com.

2003

Kenneth Siegfried
Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried
Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried (BSEd) was named director of development for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. He had worked for five years in the U of M’s  Department of Athletics.





Joey Valdez (BM) is a corporate sales executive for the Mid-South Fair and plays keyboards and guitar in two bands.

2004

Frank M. Gallina (JD) was named a partner in the Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean. He practices in the areas of tort and personal injury, insurance defense, product liability defense, collections law and workers’ compensation defense.

2005

Sally Gates and Danny Parish
Sally Gates and Danny Parish
Sally Gates (BA) and Danny Parish (BA ’04) live in Knoxville, where Sally is assistant director of student orientation and leadership development at the University of Tennessee and Danny is an attorney with Linda G. Welch & Associates. 




Victor Hugo Agudelo Ramirez (MM, DMA ’08) won the Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his composition “Continental Prism.” The award is presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Chris Terry (MA) was promoted to manager at Deloitte & Touche.

2006

Zachary Barker (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.

Ryan Lasiter
Ryan Lasiter
Ryan Lasiter (MBA) represented his firm, Doyle Rogers Company, in the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, hosted by the mayor and City of Little Rock in August. MICD works in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation in assisting cities in developing a revitalization strategy for their downtown areas.

Melanie Towery (BBA) joined archer>malmo as an account executive.

Robyn Wolfe (BA) was promoted to associate vice president for operations at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.

2007

Amanda Anglin (BBA) is an accounting project analyst for Kraft Food Ingredients, a division of Kraft Foods North America. She had been an internal auditor with FedEx Corp.

Bruce Angotti (BBA) was promoted to associate vice president for wealth management services at Morgan Keegan & Company.

Kittrell Smith (BBA, MS ’08) was promoted to associate vice president for corporate trading at Morgan Keegan & Company.

2008

Mark Bollobás (BA) held his first solo photo exhibition at the Fészek Klub in Budapest, Hungary, in October. “Memphis Through My Eyes” featured photos of the city’s African-American community.

Caren Carson (BFA) was selected by Teach for America to head a high school theatre program in Forrest City, Ark.

Lindsay Kelso (BBA) joined the audit department of Cannon & Company CPAs.

Yigit Kolat (MM) was named the 2009 Tennessee Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year. A native of Ankara, Turkey, Kolat received a $1,500 commission to compose a work that will be premiered at the TMTA conference next June.

Patrick Salland (MA), a PhD student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, was awarded the William Kelly Simpson Internship for Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this summer.

2009

Sarah Chandlee (MA) received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Arabic in Jordan. The program offers intensive overseas study in critical need foreign languages. Chandlee plans to continue her studies in Egyptology and pursue a PhD in the field.

Sharon Oh (BM) was chosen to attend the prestigious Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, on a full scholarship. Each summer the festival attracts some of the most gifted string and piano students from leading conservatories and universities.

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