Mary Brooke Casad ’77

BluebonnetCoverMary Brooke Casad has revised Bluebonnet of the Texas Hill Country, the first title in her nine-book Bluebonnet Armadillo adventure series for children. The publication of the revised edition coincides with the 90th anniversary of Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas, where Casad spent her childhood summers and was first introduced to armadillos.

In the book, Bluebonnet, dubbed “everyone’s favorite armadillo” by Texas Highways magazine, is nurtured by her armadillo family until it’s time to leave the burrow. When she discovers a camp by the Guadalupe River, she longs to be a camper. That’s when the fun and unexpected adventures begin.

The book, illustrated by Benjamin Vincent, is available from publisher Eakin Press of Fort Worth.

Casad resides in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SMU


Raylan Loggins ’76

Raylan Loggins graduated from Harvard University with a master of liberal arts degree in management in May. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Cathy. He is active on the 40th Reunion Committee and in the Harvard Club of Dallas.


Clayton Oliphint ’88, ’96 And Mary Brooke Casad ’77

Clayton Oliphint ’88, ’96 and Mary Brooke Casad ’77 are co-authors of The Basics, a new Bible study series that focuses on Christian identity, practice and service. The Basics, available now through Abingdon Press, comprises three studies that can be covered separately or sequentially as a s 12-week course on the basics of living as a follower of Jesus.

Clayton Oliphint
Clayton Oliphint ’88, ’96

Oliphint and Casad are siblings who share a rich heritage of faith and ministry. The series is written on a very personal and practical level with stories reflecting the blessings of family, friends and faith communities.

“The stories shared within these studies illustrate a practical application to faith. They offer readers new insights on how to make connections with faith and what’s happening in their lives,” Casad says.

“We wrote these studies as we found that people were looking for practical help with their faith,” says Oliphint. “They wanted answers to questions such as ‘How do we live our faith?’ ‘Who are we as Christians?’ ‘What are we supposed to do with our lives?’

“How we live our faith is more than what we do on Sunday,” he adds. “It’s who we are and what we are about in our lives.”

The three books in the The Basics series are Citizens of Hope: Basics of Christian Identity, The Road to Amazing: Basic of Christian Practice and Get in the Game: Basics of Christian Service.

Mary Brooke Casad ’77
Mary Brooke Casad ’77

Created especially for busy people with many demands on their time, each book offers short, readable chapters with highlighted subtitles. At the end of each chapter, readers will find a “Reflect” section to record their thoughts on the major points and Scripture lesson. Leader Guides for each of the four-session studies include everything a group leader needs to plan and facilitate the study.

About the authors

Since 2001, Clayton Oliphint has served as senior pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. Oliphint received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity degrees from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He serves on the steering committee of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of The United Methodist Church, and is secretary of the Texas Methodist Foundation Board. He and his wife, Lori, both “preacher’s kids,” are the parents of three children.

Mary Brooke Casad is former executive secretary of the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church, a trustee and immediate past chair of the Foundation for Evangelism Trustees, and a director of the Texas Methodist Foundation Board. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SMU and is the author of the popular Bluebonnet the Armadillo children’s books. She is married to the Rev. Vic Casad, and they live in Sulphur Springs, Texas. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.


Richard O. Faulk ’77

FaulkRichardORichard O. Faulk, a nationally known appellate law attorney lauded for his work in environmental litigation, is returning to Houston to become a partner with Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP (ADJT) – an internationally recognized appellate boutique law firm with offices in Houston, Austin and Dallas.

Faulk received his law degree from SMU’s Dedman School of Law.

Faulk, who will now split his time between Houston and Washington, D.C., was most recently with Washington, D.C.-based Hollingsworth LLP since July 2013. Prior to that, Faulk was a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Houston for 17 years, where he chaired both the firm-wide litigation and environmental practices for several years.

One of the first lawyers to be board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1987, Faulk’s focus on complex toxic tort and environmental litigation has led him to argue cases before the United States Supreme Court and a number of federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. He is best known for cases involving the permissible scope of regulatory policies and penalties, climate change, and the degree to which courts may defer to administrative agency interpretations of statutes and regulations.

In 2015, he won his fourth William Burton Award for Legal Writing at ceremonies at the Library of Congress, a prestigious national awards program recognizing achievements in law. He is one of only a few to receive this award multiple times.


John H. Phillips ’75

John H. Phillips has joined Burette & Rice in Dallas, where he serves an “of counsel” role. Phillips has been board certified by the State of Texas as an estate planning and probate attorney since 1981. He earned his Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1975 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He served as a captain in the United States Air Force, 1968-73.


Kimberly Yamanouchi ’78

Kimberly Yamanouchi has been honored by the Junior League of Dallas as Sustainer of the Year. She will be recognized at the Junior League’s Milestones Luncheon on November 12.

Yamanouchi, an anesthesiologist who recently retired as assistant professor at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, serves on the boards of Camp John Marc, the Dallas Summer Musicals, Children’s Health System of Texas, St. Mark’s School of Texas and other organizations. Dr. Yamanouchi is also an active supporter of her alma mater, most recently serving on the SMU Centennial Host Committee.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from SMU and a medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Her son, Barton Sackett, is a 2013 graduate of SMU.


Pamela Nelson ’74

PamelaNelsonArtworkPamela Nelson, noted mixed-media artist and arts advocate, is showcasing her work in Pamela Nelson’s Circle of Life. The exhibit is open through November 22 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts  Justus Sundermann Gallery, 5100 Ross Ave. in downtown Dallas.

Nelson’s work has been shown at more than 100 art institutions across the United States, and her public artwork can be seen in four local DART stations and at DFW airport. She has earned local and national accolades for her art. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed her to the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington D.C., a position she held for 10 years.


John McClellan Marshall ’75

JohnMcClellanMarshallJohn McClellan Marshall was elected international vice president of Phi Delta Phi (PDP) international legal honor society at the organization’s convention in Savannah in August. Marshall, who earned a Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, serves as a senior judge, 14th Judicial District of Texas. PDP, founded in 1869, is the oldest legal student association dedicated to the promotion of ethics and professionalism in the legal community. Membership in Phi Delta Phi is by invitation to students who are in the top one-third of their law class, and its members include Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, members of Congress, judges, law professors and many of the best practicing lawyers in the United States.


Bill Van Devender ’73

VanDevenderBill Van Devender is among seven distinguished alumni honored by the University of Mississippi Alumni Association as part of its 2015 homecoming. Van Devender earned a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 1971 before receiving an MBA from SMU. Shortly after graduating from SMU, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked for four years before returning to Mississippi to begin his business career.

Van Devender’s career began in the oil and gas industry, followed by investments in real estate development and the forest product industry, where his family is primarily involved in timber management and lumber manufacturing. He has served as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality since 1998 and joined the board of the Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1997. Van Devender served on the board of Mississippi’s Young Life organization and the Mississippi Baptist Health System.


Janie Bryan Loveless ’70, ’74

Janie Bryan Loveless, a member of Park Cities Rotary, is the new District 5810 Public Image Chair. A consultant for Carlisle women’s apparel, she is a communications specialist and freelance writer, editor, public relations and marketing professional. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1970 and a master of liberal arts degree in 1974 from SMU. While a student, she was editor of Rotunda (1970) and Mustang Magazine (1973-74). She served as a full-time faculty member in Communication Arts, 1988-1997.