May 10, 2011


Reunion Chairs: Reunion Chairs: Katherine Glaze Lyle, Cliff Towns

Suzanne Goodrich Greene was named 2010 Texas Art Education Association Educator of the Year. She lives in Houston and teaches middle school art in the Spring Branch School District.

Susan Johnson Parks has worked for 23 years as an educational specialist for the Maine Department of Education. She founded The Poets’ Group, which recently published its second poetry chapbook, Pondtown Poetry II.

Martha Bible Smith, a book reviewer, has published two books of poetry: Yet in 2008 and So in 2010. She is retired after 31 years as a teacher and 15 years as an entrepreneur.

Janita Monghan Thomas and her husband, D. Lee Thomas ’74, vacationed in Kauai last August with Dr. Carole Terry ’71 and her husband, Dr. Alan Fine, both couples celebrating their anniversaries. Janita and Carole, four-year roommates at SMU, have remained friends for 40 years despite thousands of miles between them.


Paul Alfassa operates the general law practice of his late father and serves as docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

Ray Thomas Johnston is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school of social work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, and operates a full-time private counseling practice.


Linda Kretzmeier Parker (M.M. ’75) received the John Batchellor Award for excellence in music education in the state of New Mexico, where she teaches, as well as an outstanding teacher award from BP Oil.


Joe Pouncy (M.L.A. ’82) was named Educator of the Year for 2010 by Christ Community Connection Organization of Carrollton and Farmers Branch, TX. He is principal of Carrollton’s Newman Smith High School.


Cynthia Day Grimes has joined law firm Strasburger & Price LLP in the San Antonio office, representing commercial entities in medical products, medical litigation and personal injury. She was previously at Ball & Weed LLP, where she was a founding partner.

Deborah Nadler Straubinger recently earned her Master’s degree in marketing from Webster University in Orlando, FL.

Sol Villasana has a new book, Dallas’s Little Mexico (Arcadia Publishing, April 2011), a photographic history of that neighborhood.


Reunion Chairs: Roy W. Bailey, Betsy Lane Morton

Arden Bennett serves as chief executive officer and director general of CIMA Hospital in San José, Costa Rica, part of the International Hospital Corp., which also operates hospitals in Mexico and Brazil.

Mary A. Bonnick volunteered at the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center during Super Bowl week in February helping participants test their football-throwing skills in the “let it fly” game.

David (Dave) Dillon is chair and chief executive of Kroger, known for a management style that involves an up-close-and-personal study of Kroger stores and their consumers and employees.

Barbara D. Nunneley heads the Nunneley Family Law Center in Hurst, TX, limiting her practice to divorce, property division and custody disputes.

Gerald S. Reamey (LL.M. ’82), professor of law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, was awarded the Culture Medal of Honor from the City of Innsbruck (Austria) at a dinner last summer hosted by the City of Innsbruck and the State of Tyrol. He and a colleague founded the St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Institute on World Legal Problems, an annual five-week summer session in Austria attended by up to 130 students from law schools around the nation. The program had a successful end to its 25th year.

Andrew Weberhas joined law firm Kelly Hart & Hallman as a partner in the Austin office, heading the public law practice group. Prior to his new position, he was first assistant attorney general at the Texas Attorney General’s office.


Madeline Dunkin joined Clarkson Davis, a Dallas-based boutique consulting firm that provides services for nonprofits in North Texas. Her two children attend Texas A&M and she is involved at Highland Park United Methodist Church as well as the Dallas Opera Women’s Board.

Scott Inman is a senior program manager for military display systems at Planar Systems Inc. in Beaverton, OR. His daughter, Rochelle, is a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

Randy Nickell has published online the Civil War journal of his great-great-grandfather, Andrew Jackson Nickell.


Dick Kendrick and Susan Garbett Kendrick announce the arrival of their grandsons, Cole Evans Estrada in December 2010 and Brody Spencer Stark in January 2011. Susan retired after more than 30 years at First Baptist Church of Dallas, and Dick works for IBM. The couple lives in Frisco, Texas.


Jennifer Bishop Jenkins of Northfield, IL, was selected for the Illinois Women???s Institute for Leadership in 2010.

Alyce Tidball completed a one-year assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and now serves as director for the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.