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Richard Erickson (Grad '71 L/M) has been named 2013-14 commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 96 in Montgomery, Ala.

Posted 03/14/2014

Thomas A. Morris (Law '71 ) received a community service plaque from the Grayslake, Ill., village board for 15 years of public service with the village’s planning commission and zoning board of appeals. During his time on the commission, he participated in rezoning 42 properties, granted 34 zoning ordinance variances, helped create 10 new Grayslake subdivisions and recommended 49 special-use permits for major projects. Mr. Morris is not retiring from village service, but was recently appointed by the mayor and approved by the village board to serve on the board of trustees of the police pension fund, which manages pension fund investments and approves all investment decisions. A retired U.S. Army colonel and former commissioner of the Grayslake Historical Preservation Commission, Mr. Morris has practiced law for more than 40 years.

Posted 03/14/2014

George W. Rooney Jr. (Engr '71 ) has been recognized as a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Rooney is a partner with Roetzel & Andress in Akron, Ohio, where he focuses his practice in the areas of business tort, contract litigation and arbitration, internal litigation, product liability litigation, intellectual property and technology law litigation.

Posted 03/14/2014

Robert M. Centor (Col '71 L/M) has been named the 2014-2015 chair of the board of regents of the American College of Physicians. He has been a member of ACP since 1978, a fellow of ACP since 1985 and a member of the board of regents since 2008. Dr. Centor is currently a professor of medicine and regional dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. Previously, he held numerous positions at the Medical College of Virginia. He is a reviewer for several medical journals and his areas of interest include the diagnosis and treatment of adult pharyngitis, and the clinical diagnostic process.

Posted 05/25/2014

Dean M. Hasseman (Law '71, Darden '78 L/M) has retired after a 42-year career as an attorney serving all aspects of the downstream business of the oil industry. Most recently, he was general counsel and chief compliance officer of Citgo Petroleum Corp., where he worked for 23 years. Before joining Citgo, he worked for Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) and Williams Pipeline Company.

Posted 05/25/2014

C. Bruce Alexander (Med ’71 L/M) is president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Alexander is professor and vice chair of the department of psychology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Posted 01/27/2011

Ryan C. Amacher (Grad ’71 L/M) published A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Their Second Sixties with Sunstone Press. The book addresses baby boomer issues in the context of boomer culture and takes a humorous look at the aging experience.

Posted 08/28/2012

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Peyton Boyd (Arch ’71 L/M) received the 2010 William C. Noland Medal of The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects at the Visions for Architecture gala, held on Nov. 5, 2010, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Posted 01/27/2011

Jerry A. Davis (Law ’71 L/M) retired after 27 years as federal magistrate judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Posted 08/12/2011

Gary W. Kendall (Col ’71) has been recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in Virginia for 2011. He serves persons injured by job-related hazards and toxic materials. He also represents workers suffering from asbestos-related injuries.

Posted 07/05/2011

Kevin Kessler (Col ’71 L/M) retired from the practice of law in Northern Virginia in 2004 after 28 years of trial practice and now sells luxury waterfront property for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Posted 09/23/2011

Louis A. Sherman (Law ’71 L/M) was sworn in as the 55th judge of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 31, 2008.  Judge Sherman previously served as a judge of the Norfolk General District Court for more than 13 years. Judge Sherman and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Eric M. Sherman (Col ’98, Med ’02) and Scott M. Sherman (Com ’01 L/M).

Posted 06/01/2009

Richard B. “Dick” Smith (Col ’71 L/M) retired from the Office of the Attorney General in Virginia. Among other duties during his 35 years in the criminal litigation section, he briefed and presented oral arguments in more than 400 cases in the Virginia and federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Supreme Court of the United States. He and his wife, Jane Atkinson Smith (Educ ’76), continue to reside near Richmond, Va.

Posted 01/23/2012

John S. Taylor (Arch ’71) contributed a dozen drawings to a small desk calendar, the proceeds from which will be donated to two nonprofit organizations doing work in local communities struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region of Japan.

Posted 12/06/2011

William Lee Thuston (Col ’71) was recognized in the 2012 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers. He specializes in the business and corporate practice area at Burr & Forman’s Birmingham office.

Posted 05/21/2012

R. Michael Wells (Col ’71) is president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Posted 07/05/2011

R. Michael Wells (Col ’71) is president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Posted 07/05/2011

R. Michael Wells Sr. (Col ’71) was sworn in as the 118th president of the North Carolina Bar Association at the association’s annual meeting in June 2012.

Posted 08/28/2012

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