1980-1989

December 15, 2020

’80

Kim Hutchins joined commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews as senior vice president at its Bellevue, Washington office. Dr. Paul N. Renton was named a 2020 Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He is president of Radiology Associates of Wichita Falls in Texas. Linda Weinfield received the 2019 Paul Johnson Service Award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Foundation to recognize her outstanding volunteer and service. Weinfield practices dental care in Oak Lawn, Ill.

’81

Steven L. McDonald joined Titan Bank N.A., in Dallas, as president and CEO. Carol Mani Johnston was named to the Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors 2020 list for her work at UBS Global Wealth Management. Raymond W. Schutts and Caroline G. Seay, who continued their college friendship across the country from one another for more than 35 years with once-a-year Christmas card letters, reunited and were married on July 16, 2019. They live in Louisville, Kentucky. Regina Taylor, award-winning actress and playwright, was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) as a member of the 2020 Distinguished Writers class. The Black Alumni of SMU Board also selected her as the 2020 History Maker Award recipient, recognizing her at the Black Excellence Ball in February. She currently serves as a member of the Meadows Executive Board. Jennifer Wise Kimball (J.D. ’84) was named Board Chair of the New Mexico Tourism Commission. She has served as an at-large commissioner for seven years. Jana Russell was named executive director of Kilgore Economic Development Corp., where she has worked since 2009.

’82

Liz Martin Armstrong and Bill Armstrong have endowed the Armstrong Visiting Artist-in-Residence in Ballet at Meadows School of the Arts for the 2020-21 academic year, filled by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Silas Farley, who retired from New York City Ballet in May after eight years with the company. Bill serves on SMU’s Board of Trustees and Liz serves on the Executive Board of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Their past contributions to SMU include gifts for the Armstrong Residential Commons and Armstrong Fieldhouse, part of SMU’s Indoor Performance Center. Gina Elder Betts, a partner at the Dallas Law firm Dorsey, is a business partner for the The Hopemore, the first specialty spa in Dallas-Fort Worth to specialize in services for those experiencing injury, illness or elective procedures. The spa is located in Neiman Marcus’ downtown Dallas store. Martin Flanagan has joined SMU’s Board of Trustees. He is the president and CEO of Invesco Ltd., in Atlanta. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019.  Tracy Harrison published a book of poetry The Fruit of Love and Grief, by Finishing Line Press.

’83

Antonio O. Garza was inducted into the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. Garza serves on the SMU Board of Trustees. He received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and the Dedman Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. Garza is a director of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and COMEXI, the CFR’s Mexican counterpart. He has been honored with the “Aguila Azteca,” the Mexican government’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign national. Jane Kiernan joined the Board of Directors of Endologix, Inc., a developer and marketer of innovative treatments for aortic disorders. Kiernan is co-founder of K2 Biotechnology Ventures investment firm, which focuses on university and medical center innovations. Monika Linehan, an Oklahoma-based figurative artist, was among 145 artists worldwide to be included in the Strokes of Genius 11: Finding Beauty annual drawing competition. She is a professor of art at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. Chris C. Paul joined real estate firm Colliers International as an executive vice president in its Dallas office.

’84

Juli Eckleberry Dewar is one of three new owners of 3 Marthas, a Texas brand offering hand-sewn baby products to consumers. Dewar serves as the brand’s head of design and product development. Eric Dickerson was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. The NFL Hall of Famer is a former Mustang All-American player and a member of SMU’s famed Pony Express. As a student-athlete, Dickerson led the Mustangs to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles. Randy Laser has joined Monaker Group, Inc., a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, in the new position of vice president, products and revenue management. Larry McCord is in his 13th year as a full-time faculty member in the music department of Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, and in his sixth year as Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church Red Oak. Recent career highlights include winning two Faculty Study Grants to research the ’60s-’70s music scene in Los Angeles and to attend the Association for Popular Music Education Conference in New York City. He also received the Champion of Hill College Award for his work with the first class of students at the new Burleson Collegiate High School. Paula Selzer published the biography, Adolphe Gouhenant: French Revolutionary, Utopian Leader, and Texas Frontier Photographer (UNT Press, 2019). Wendy Williams Whiteman (J.D. ’87), an elder law attorney, has published Creative Caregiving and Beyond: Helping Mom and Dad.

’85

Angela Braly, a former top corporate executive, is the founder of The Policy Circle, a national nonprofit that aims to bypass partisanship by bringing together women in the same community “to learn from fact-based research and strengthen their voices in public policy dialogue.” Jack B. Blount joined Intrusion, Inc., a cybersecurity products provider, as its president and CEO. John L. Briggs joined the commercial real estate firm Cresa Dallas as senior vice president. John Chrisman has returned to Dallas after 30 years abroad. He works as a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. Dr. Barbara L. Dutrow (M.S. ’80) was honored by gemological researchers who named the newly discovered mineral species Dutrowite in her honor. Dutrow is the Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University. Henry H. Moomaw III joined U.S. Oral Surgery Management as chief financial officer in its Irving, Texas office. Suzanne Parker Devoe spoke at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market in Walterboro, South Carolina. She regularly speaks about women’s history and the suffrage movement. George Killebrew was named the new League Commissioner of Major League Rugby, which will grow to 12 teams in 2020 as it enters the third season. He was the former executive vice president and chief revenue officer of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He served 27 years with the Mavericks in sales, marketing, ticket sales, corporate activation and arena management. He also has worked for SMU Athletics, the Dallas Sidekicks indoor soccer, Professional Sports Publications and Learfield Communications. He currently is chair of the SMU Alumni Board. Joan Sharp joined the Board of Directors of Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She is the founder of financial planning firm River Family Advisers, LLC in Wilmington, Del. Jean Streepey has been appointed to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification by Gov. Greg Abbott. She is a seventh-grade math teacher at Highland Park ISD.

’86

David Haley has joined SMU’s Board of Trustees. He is the president of HBK Capital Management, in Fort Worth, Texas. Jeff Hawn joins investment firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice as a partner in its New York office. Marcia Stolee Zeidler was named state chair (Minnesota) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association in May. In January, she was honored by her alma mater, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, as its 2020 “Traditions of Excellence” speaker. She is an attorney and a professional pilot, flying for 3M. In August 2019, she was upgraded from the rank of captain to international captain for 3M Aviation. She is 3M’s only female pilot and the only female captain in the 70-year history of 3M’s aviation department.

’87

Penelope Logan Furry has been appointed chair of the development task force for the new Coppell Arts Center. The $20 million facility opened in May.

’88

Suzanne Galvin has joined the law office of Thompson Coburn in St. Louis with her husband, John Galvin, from the firm formerly known as Fox Galvin LLC. The Rev. David Henry has published three choral compositions in the past year: Mustard Seed Faith (published by Chorister’s Guild, of Dallas) and Shout for Joy! and Music When Soft Voices Die (both published by Alliance Music Publishers, of Houston). Michael Mansbridge joined Colorado-based Sensi Media Group LLC as its president. Kathleen Mulligan recently performed the one-woman show The Belle of Amherst by William Luce at the Zoukak Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. Mulligan and director Dr. Norm Johnson were guests of The American University in Beirut. Upon return to her home in Ithaca, New York, Mulligan performed the play at The Cherry Arts’ festival of one-woman shows, “Listen to Her.” Thomas Warsop joined the workers compensation provider One Call as CEO.

’89

John M. Carradine joined Surgical Notes, a nationwide provider of revenue cycle services and solutions for the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and surgical hospital markets, as CFO. Dr. Mary Norman was named among D Magazine’s list of Best Doctors in 2019, the eighth consecutive year she has received this honor. Norman is the medical director and staff physician at Erickson Living senior living community in Dallas. Brian Ragsdale joined Pacific Oak Capital Advisors LLC as its executive vice president of Asset Management. He oversees loan origination and underwriting. John Ratcliffe was confirmed by the United States Senate as director of national intelligence. He had served as a Congressman from Texas. Sean M. Walsh has joined the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., law firm of Plunkett Cooney in its Commercial Litigation Practice Group.