1970-1979

Gilbert “Pete” Peterson, III ’72

Gilbert “Pete” Peterson, III of Alpine was appointed chair of the Texas Historical Commission by outgoing Gov. Rick Perry in January. Peterson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in broadcast and film art from SMU. Peterson is the investments officer at West Texas National Bank in Alpine. He is president of

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Susan Williams Avant ’79

Susan Williams Avant was featured as one of the top real estate agents in Texas by Top Agent Magazine in December 2014..

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Michael Toland ’77

Michael Toland, who earned a master’s degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, retired in June 2013 with 41 years service in the Texas Annual Conference.  He and his wife, Vivian, have chosen Jacksonville, Texas, for their retirement home.

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George C. Burke, III ’70

George C. Burke, III, recently retired as a full professor of health administration from Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from SMU, a master’s degree from George Washington University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas School

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Thomas Slater ’78, ’81

Thomas Slater, who earned M.Div. ’78 and D.Min. ’81 degrees from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, recently preached two sermons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, GA, where former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn are members. In the photo, Slater, professor of New Testament Studies at McAfee School of Theology at

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John S. Tieman ’75, ’79

John S. Tieman recently became co-chair for the Schools Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He also chairs the subcommittee for the association’s annual Educational Achievement Award. He earned an undergraduate degree in applied sciences from SMU in 1975 and a master’s degree in history in 1979. He studied child and adolescent development

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David R. Cassidy ’78

Attorney David R. Cassidy has been recognized in the 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana in the area of Corporate/M&A: Tax. Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas based on in-depth, client-focused research. Cassidy, a 1978 graduate of SMU’s

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Keith Karnes ’77

Keith Karnes has been named president of BTerrell Group and CodePartners. BTerrell Group, LLP is a Dallas-based consulting firm focused on implementing and optimizing ERP, CRM and HRMS systems for mid-sized companies. Karnes joined BTerrell Group in April 2013 to lead the company’s efforts in launching the company’s Intacct practice, after providing similar

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Steve Jenkins ’73

Steve Jenkins has joined Jackson Walker, LLP, as a partner in the Real Estate practice group. Jenkins has more than 40 years of experience in the full spectrum of real estate transactions, enhancing Jackson Walker’s ability to serve the growing needs of its commercial real estate clients in the Dallas market, as

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George Tobolowsky ’70, ’74

Sculptures by George Tobolowsky are featured in The Elements of Hanukkah at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas through January 26. Among the large, welded steel works in the exhibit are “The War Menorah,” a menorah created from an actual bombshell to represent conflict in Israel; “The Maccabean Warrior” illustrating

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