Class Notes

Compiled by Grace Morris and Meg Twomey

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Abit Massey (BBA ’49) was inducted into the Junior Achievement Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame.


Frank Troutman Jr. (AB ’56, LLB ’58) received the William J.  VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award from the Georgia Council on Economic Education for his work as chairman of the GCEE from 1976 to 1981. Rodger Miles (BSPh ’59) received the 50-Year Pharmacist Award from the Georgia Pharmacy Association.


Lee Blakely (BSA ’62) received the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Dairy Products Institute.


Barnie Beasley (BSAE ’73) retired as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Nuclear Operating Company.


Roger Patterson (BBA ’76) is vice president for business and finance at Washington State University. Dennis Swartzell (BSA ’76) is a principal of Horticulture Consultants Inc. in Las Vegas, Nev.  He is the emeritus director of landscape at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and was the first certified arborist in Las Vegas and the first board-certified Master Arborist in Nevada. Chuck Williams (BSA ’77) is the chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association. He previously served as vice chairman of the organization. He was also appointed to the Georgia State Forestry Commission Board of Directors. Alan Durden (BSA ’78) is the new director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension center in Macon County. Ed Grisamore (ABJ ’78) received the 2010 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. Richard Gershon (AB ’79) is the dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He previously served as founding dean of the Charleston School of Law.


The Rev. David Lindwall (BS ’82) is senior pastor at Montgomery United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Texas. Douglas W. Brown (BS ’83) of Columbus is the second vice president of application services in AFLAC’s IT Department. Judson “Jay” Watson III (AB ’83) was named Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, where he has taught since 1989.


Catherine Stone Gordon (BBA ’85) received the regional Service to Mankind Award from Sertoma for her work as director of St. Margaret’s Community Outreach in Carrollton. Jean S. Mullis (BBA ’85) is the Neese district manager for Jackson Electric Membership Corp. She previously served as the Jefferson district director of office services.  Rachael Parr (BSEd ’85) received the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Georgia. Myra Howard (ABJ ’86, MA ’87) is the chief development officer for The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. She was also appointed to the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Dentistry as chair of the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. E. Middleton Thorne III (BSA ’87, BBA ’88) is a managing director at Management Services & Associates in Atlanta. Kelly E. Culpin (ABJ ’89) is an associate at the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman in the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.


Gene Lee Dunn (BMus ’90) is the principal at Alpharetta High School. She was formerly assistant principal at Milton High School. Marqueta Reese (M ’90) is the manager of the Lexington Road branch of Athens First Bank and Trust. Chris Batchelor (BSA ’91) earned a master of arts in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Batchelor owns and operates Skyline Plumbing and Septic Inc. in Hiram. Thomas Rabb Wilkerson III (AB ’91) was appointed district attorney for the Houston County judicial circuit. Michael Sale (BBA ’94) is president and CEO of The Commercial Bank.


Stephen Gurr (ABJ ’95) is a senior investigator in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office located in Gainesville, Ga. Richard H. Williams (BSEd ’95, MEd ’97, EdD ’02) is the interim athletic director at Albany State University. James Dress (BBA ’96) is the international group product manager for Freixenet,  S.A. He lives in Barcelona and markets Cava sparkling wine throughout Europe. Jennifer Bleier Carter (BSA ’97) is the director of outreach for the Society for Science and the Public. She and her husband live in Centreville, Va. Karen Sperber (BMus ’97, MMEd ’99) married Jason Cornell on March 20 at Roswell Presbyterian Church. She is a music specialist at Abbotts Hill Elementary School in Fulton County. Laura Walters (AB ’97) of Brooklyn, N.Y., married Daniel Tamman on May 24 in Venice, Italy. Stephanie J. Kirijan (ABJ ’98) is the president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. She is a senior staff attorney at Georgia Power. Shannon Register (BSFCS ’98) opened Register Real Estate Advisors, a commercial and residential brokerage, in Spring, Texas. She has also launched and Chad T. Miller (BBA ’99) is a partner at Hancock Askew & Co., certified public accountants and advisors. April Griggs Smith (BSFCS ’99) and her husband Trent welcomed their first child, Jillian Kate, on Jan. 26. They live in Athens where April is a kindergarten teacher. Heather Hedrick Teilhet (ABJ ’99) is a government relations representative at Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.


Jessica Carden Betzel (ABJ ’00) of Macon and her husband Robert welcomed their daughter, Kira, in 2009. Michael Clifford Conley (ABJ ’00) of Sharpsburg, Ga., was promoted to senior manager of marketing communications and distributor relations at CeloNova BioSciences. Dr. Robert “Bob” Hosker (ABJ ’00) and his wife Danielle Mason Hosker (AB ’01) welcomed their son, Mason Jackson, on June 14. Bob earned a degree in medicine from the Medical College of South Carolina in May, and he is radiology resident at Emory University. This year Danielle celebrated the 10th anniversary of Dancefx, a non-profit arts organization she started as an undergrad for the UGA Honors CURO symposium. Scott Hartman (ABJ ’01) and Meimi Hartman (ABJ ’01) welcomed their daughter, Shelby Elaine, on March 22. Carolyn “Carrie” Burnett Brookshire (BFA ’02) and her husband Bradley Thomas Brookshire (BBA ’03) welcomed their first son, Jack, on July 8. Jennifer A. Salyer (BLA ’02) is the registered landscape architect for the Kingsport, Tenn., branch of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon. Christopher E. George (AB ’03) was appointed commander of the Charlie Company, 9th Engineering Battalion, in March. He has received numerous awards and decorations for his armed service, including a Purple Heart. Benjamin Adam Neely (BSES ’03) earned a doctorate of philosophy degree with a proficiency in biochemistry from the Medical University of South Carolina. Matthew C. Allen (ABJ ’04) and wife Abby welcomed their first child, James Brady, on April 14. They live in Hoover, Ala., and Matthew is a marketing and audience development specialist with Shelby County Newspapers Inc. Michael Hall (ABJ ’04) of Cherokee County and Anna Ferguson (ABJ ’05) of Lawrenceville were married on June 17 in St. Simmons. He is the communications coordinator for Padgett Business Services in Athens, and she attends graduate school at UGA.


Oonagh Benson (BBA ’05) is the manager of the downtown branch of Athens First Bank and Trust. Aubrey Miller (AB ’05, MPA ’09) is the assistant manager of the Atlanta Highway branch of Athens First Bank and Trust.

Steven Oxford (BSFCS ’05) is the manager of the Barnett Shoals branch of Athens First Bank and Trust. Augusto Michael Trujillo (AB ’05, ABJ ’05) joined Catholic Charities Atlanta as the communications specialist for Parish & Social Justice Ministries. Lane Woodward (BSA ’05, MAL ’10) received the Star Teacher award for Jackson High School in Butts County. Joshua David Agee (BSFR ’06, MS ’08) and his wife welcomed their daughter, Michaela Scarlett, on June 14.  Joshua is a wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Peter Kehr (ABJ ’06) received top honors in the Atlanta Advertising Federation ADDY awards for his campaign for Dum-Dums lollipops. Andrew D. Oldham (AB ’06) joined Miller & Martin PLLC as an associate lawyer. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2009 and graduated with honors. Allie Randall (BSA ’06, MAL ’10) was named Teacher of the Year at Burke County Middle School. Shannon Danforth (BSA ’07) was named Teacher of the Year at Lanier County High School. Halley Granitz (BSA ’07) is the admissions counselor for academic programs on the UGA Griffin Campus and does landscape consulting in her spare time. Catrina Kennedy (BSA ’07, MAL ’09) was named Teacher of the Year for Burke County High School. Sallie McHugh (BSA ’07) was named Teacher of the Year at Crisp County Middle School. Andrew Bryan Owensby (BSEd ’07) earned a master of divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim Faircloth (BSA ’08) is a sales representative for the Syngenta Corporation. Ben McCorkle (BSA ’08) is currently an account executive at Enterprise Car Sales and lives in Cary, N.C., with Betsy MacMillan McCorkle (BSES ’08) who recently completed an M.S. in environmental economics and policy at Duke University. She is a campaign manager for U.S.  congres-sional candidate Frank Roche. Andrew J. Watson (AB ’08)  received the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Law Scholarship. He currently works at the law firm of McRae, Stegall and Peek. Alison Manley (AB ’09) earned a master of arts degree from The Courtauld Institute