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Joe A. Irvin was honored at a recent ceremony in Pine Bluff, AR, where he belatedly received the Bronze Star and seven other medals for his service in World War II.

Nancy Howell McRae announces the birth of her great-grandson, Nolan Hines Nelson, in June 2009.

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Zane Bruce Hall (M.A. ’53, M.Th. ’55) and Mary Nell Gray Hall ’52 married Aug. 27, 1949, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in Livingston, MT, where they spend summers. They live in Austin.

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Robert H. Dennard (M.S.E. ’56) received the IEEE Medal
of Honor June 25, 2009, at a ceremony in Los Angeles. IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society. Dennard is an IBM Fellow at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

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Art Barnes received the 2009 Highland Park High School Distinguished Alumnus Award April 30. He married Sue McFarland in 1955, and they have two sons and a daughter. Today his sons are in business with him at Barnes Investments.

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Roger W. Blackmar Jr. accepted the 2009 Highlander Award from Highland Park High School last April. He and his wife, Joan, have been married 51 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

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Bert Wallace was elected to a third two-year term as a trustee for the St. Paul-based American Academy of Neurology Foundation, which supports education and research in neurology. He was president and CEO of the LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation in New Orleans from 1991 to 2005.

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Robert Short is an ordained Presbyterian minister and Little Rock author who presents programs on Christian values found in popular culture, literature and art. His books include The Gospel According to Peanuts (1965), The Parables of Peanuts (1969) and The Gospel According to Dogs (2007). His latest is The Parables of Dr. Seuss (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).

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Donna Dean Clark Hutcherson taught elementary school music for 30 years before retiring in 1997. Every summer since 1992, she has worked on a Navajo reservation, and she continues to chaperone the high school band. She has five children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Somanahalli Mallah Krishna, a member of the upper house of India’s parliament, the Rajya Sabha, was appointed the country’s minister for external affairs.

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