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James P. Wilson ’80

James P. Wilson practices anesthesiology in Charleston, SC, and volunteers with the organization Women’s Orthopedic Global Outreach. He has traveled with five women orthopedic surgeons and staff to Nepal and Guatemala to do total joint replacements and plans a trip to Tanzania in 2014.

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Laura Lane McNeal ’80

Laura Lane McNeal will have her first novel published in June 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books. Dollbaby is set in New Orleans beginning in 1964. A young girl is left at her grandmother’s dilapidated Victorian mansion where she meets Dollbaby, the maid who guides her through the ghosts of her

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Charles E. Hardy ’80

Charles E. Hardy is a partner with Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, LLP in San Antonio, elected president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists for 2013-2014 at its annual meeting last August. He also has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in family law for 2013 by Texas

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Louis G. Fuller ’80

Louis G. Fuller is an attorney at Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC in Jackson, MS, selected for the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of litigation and controversy and tax and tax law.

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Rod MacIlvaine ’78 and Cindy Funkhouser MacIlvaine ’78

Rod MacIlvaine and Cindy Funkhouser MacIlvaine celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary last spring along with the arrival of their sixth grandchild. Rod continues as senior pastor of Grace Community Church and adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. His article, “The Apologetic Value of Religion and Wellness Studies,” was published

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Lisa Loy Laughlin ’78

Lisa Loy Laughlin was named director of philanthropy for Communities in Schools Dallas Region, Inc.

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Valerie Pohl Ertz ’78

Valerie Pohl Ertz has been appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Trinity River Authority board of directors.

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C. Wade Cooper ’78

C. Wade Cooper, an attorney in the Austin office of Jackson Walker, is included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, called by Corporate Counsel magazine “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

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David R. Cassidy ’78

David R. Cassidy in the Baton Rouge office of law firm Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP has double honors: a listing in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana and selection by his peers for The Best Lawyers in America for 2013. Tax law is his specialty.

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Milam (Randy) Pharo ’77

Milam (Randy) Pharo has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP in Denver as Of Counsel in the firm’s natural resources department. His practice focuses on oil and gas, public lands and corporate law. Previously he was senior vice president and general counsel at SM Energy Company and vice president, general

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