April 21, 2009


Harry M. Wyatt III was nominated by President George W. Bush in November 2008 as the next Air National Guard director with the rank of lieutenant general. He will develop and coordinate policies, plans and programs for more than 107,000 Air Guardsmen nationwide. He succeeds Gen. Craig R. McKinley ’74.


William Frank Carroll was elected to the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors for 2008-10, the Dallas Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Council for 2009 and the American Law Institute.

Janet Bunn Hensell and her sisters, Patricia Bunn Green ’77 and Ellen Craig, mourn the loss of their father, Rufus Eugene Bunn ’46, who died in April.


Reunion: November 7, 2009
Chairs: Steve Morton, Robert G. White Jr. and Brenda Beach White

Gary L. Ingram was chosen a Top Attorney by his peers and featured in Fort Worth, Texas magazine. He is a partner in the Fort Worth office of Jackson Walker LLP and statewide chair of the firm’s labor and employment section.

Deanna Koelling married Steve Blahut in 1987. She is a certified professional coder at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, OK.

Craig R. McKinley was promoted to four-star general, the first in National Guard history, at a Pentagon ceremony Nov. 17, 2008. Present were his wife, Cheryl, son Patrick and daughter Christina. As National Guard bureau chief, he is principal adviser to the defense secretary on all National Guard matters.

Patrick Yack was named Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska – Anchorage.


Radamee Orlandi sold a clinical dental practice after 30 years and is now an assistant to the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Port St. Lucie, FL., working in Christian education and discipleship.

Donnie Ray Albert performed a selection of Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs in February with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and narrated A Lincoln Portrait.

David Bates is a Dallas artist whose painting was featured on the poster for the 2008 Texas Book Festival. A monograph of his work, David Bates (Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in association with Scala Publishers), was published in 2007.

Michael M. Carlson joined the San Francisco office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as a partner in commercial litigation. He has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and was named one of Silicon Valley’s Top Attorneys in 2005 and 2006 by San José Magazine.

Edward B. Rust Jr. is a board member of the Chicago Public Education Fund, which seeks to improve the management of schools and the performance of principals and teachers. He is an attorney and chair and chief executive since 1985 of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

Ralph C. Shive is a chartered financial analyst and former manager of the mutual fund FMIEX. He works in South Bend, IN.

Gary Alan Smith was named by The United Methodist Publishing House as project director and co-editor of the new hymn and worship book authorized by the 2008 General Conference.

John Samuel Tieman (M.A. ’79) presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in January 2009. “The Ghost in the Schoolroom: A Primer in the Lessons of Shame” is published in Schools: Studies in Education (Journals Division, University of Chicago Press) and addresses teachers’ use of shaming in the classroom. He is a widely published essayist and poet.


Arthur (Art) Hains was game-day host for the Kansas City Chiefs radio network in the 2008 season and is in his 29th year as the “Voice of the Bears” on the Missouri State University radio network.

Jeannette Stephenson Keton wrote a second book, a biography of Beatrice Carr Wallace, the first woman to serve on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. Keton coaches Children’s Medical Center executives in Dallas on presentation and communication skills and is in her fifth year as a communications consultant for Trinity Industries.


David Bostick is chief executive officer of Goodwill Fort Worth. He has doubled revenue growth, expanded the number of retail stores, started a recycling program and opened a computer store to provide additional revenue. He started with Goodwill in 1993 as director of rehabilitation.

Valerie E. Ertz was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry of Texas to a second six-year term on the Board of Regents at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. A board member since 2003, she was chair in 2008. She is owner and president of VEE Services.

Ronald (Ron) Gaswirth was selected a 2008 Texas Super Lawyer. He is an employment and labor attorney in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Lisa Loy Laughlin is director of major gifts and planned giving for Communities in Schools Dallas Region Inc., which provides academic and social support services to more than 420,000 children and helps underachieving, at-risk students. She has been an educator, community leader and fund-raiser for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Kendall, have three sons.

Thomas B. Slater (D. Min. ’81) is a New Testament professor in McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta. His article on a key phrase in Revelations 19:11, 21:5 and 22:6 was translated into French for use by ministers in French-speaking African countries.


Reunion: November 7, 2009
Chairs: Patrick F. Hammer, Kevin Meeks and Laura Green Meeks

Martha L. Danhof, DO, is the lead hospitalist and palliative care physician at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. She also is the POD group leader for IPC, a leading national physician group practice focused on hospital medicine.

Doug Adelstein just completed almost eight years of service as a city councilman in Lynden, WA.

Vasile Beluska was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2008 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for helping musicians from Eastern Europe come to the United States to develop their careers. He is a professor of music performance studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Nancy Lowell George and her children, Emily George Grubbs ’08, Adam and Andy, were featured in the December 2008 Guideposts magazine in Nancy’s story of her family’s Christmas 12 years ago when a now-healthy Andy was critically ill with leukemia. She is a senior writer and editor in the Office of Public Affairs at SMU and a freelance magazine writer.