Alumni Notes


Betty Simmons ’60 and her husband J.T. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a 10-day trip to Scotland.

Konrad White ’65 has retired as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, CA, as of October. He and his wife, Elizabeth, will be living in Savannah, GA.

Jane Swett ’68 will retire from Mississippi State Government service in October and continue in a counseling practice at Applied Psychology Center, P.C. in Biloxi.


Mary Lynn Darden ’75 is working as the Assistant to the President of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Mary Lynn is also the Organist/Music Associate at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn, GA.

Judy Mayo Vander Ploeg ’75 returned overseas in December 2007 after a seven year stateside assignment at the Wycliffe/JAARS Center in Waxhaw, NC. Now living outside of Madang, Papua New Guinea, Judy and her husband, Don, are part of the Pacific Area Orientation Course staff. Don serves as the Center Manager while Judy is involved with hostessing, finances and the one-room schoolhouse.


Louie E. Means ’81 has started his 26th year of coaching, the last 24 of which he has spent in Deer Park, TX.

Ron Dill ’83 joined the staff of Disetronic USA as the National Account Manager of Managed Care for the South Central and Mid West States.

Jean Brumfield ’84 has been working with her family’s architecture firm, Brumfield & Associates Architecture, for 18 years as an Administrative Assistant.

Mike Eby ’89 and Erin Holmes Eby ’89 live in Kennesaw, GA with their two daughters, Hannah and Cameron. They are actively involved in their church, where they work as advisors to the senior high youth program. After a sixteen year career as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines, Erin completed her master’s degree in Secondary Education and has been teaching middle school for two years. Mike is also a teacher.


Jennifer Hardy Barclay ’99 along with her husband, Russ, and daughter, Noelle, joyfully welcomed Joshua Reece Barclay into the world on December 7, 2007. The family still lives in Minneapolis.

Dr. Glenn Brien, Jr. ’98 and Courtney Martin were married on May 14, 2008 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia. In August, Andy started a one-year Fellowship at Baylor University in Sports Medicine. Courtney is employed at the University Medical Center as an orthopedic nurse. Following the Fellowship, the couple plan to be back in the Jackson area, where Andy will work with the Capitol Orthopedic Group of Jackson.

Dayton Castleman ’98 has just accepted a tenure-track position in sculpture at Trinity Christian College in suburban Chicago. His wife, Karen Hamm Castleman ’00, has been offered a dancing job with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Katina Seymour Williamson ’99 has joined Mississippi Children’s Home Services as Director of Corporate Compliance.


Ellen Roberts ’00 began her position as the Office Administrator at the Governor’s Office.
Phil Bryant ’01 started full time at Christian Brothers University as a Professor and also serves as Executive Director of CBU’s new Family Business Forum. Phil is also working on completing his Ph.D. at the University of Memphis and is looking to complete all requirements for the program in January 2009.

Sarah Niewola Kitterman ’01 was married to Mike Kitterman in March. The couple moved from Houston to Bryan-College Station, TX, where Sarah continues to teach dance. Sarah was also certified in Reformer Pilates.

Paul Gundy ’02 and Annie Roberts Gundy ’03 have just moved to the Mississippi Gulf coast where Paul is the Dentist for the Seabee 74 Battalion. He served in Kuwait. Paul and Annie have two daughters, Averie Jane and Olivia Mae. Rebecca Melvin Harvey ’02 was promoted to Estate Planning Specialist for the state of South Carolina.

Sarah Link ’02 is now working with MadGENIUS, Inc. in Jackson as a traffic manager.

DeLitha Epps ’03 was promoted in May to the position of Membership Coordinator with the State Veterinary Association in Georgia.

Michele Painter ’03 is a current graduate student in Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Stacy Smith ’03 was married to Wesley Dawsey on March 7, 2008. Stacey is employed by Pearl River Community College. Wesley works for Corr-Williams in Columbia.

Beth Tisdale Kirchner ’04 is employed as the Area Coordinator and Resident Director for Mississippi College Residence Life. Beth and her husband, Jacob, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Isabella Kirchner, on August 6, 2008.

Jennifer Coronado Wolfram ’04 is a full time Student-Pilot at Falcon Aviation Academy working towards her rating as a Commercial Pilot. She is employed with Airtran Airways.

Richard Breazeale ’05 was married to Jessica Bueto on July 26, 2008 at Wesson Baptist Church. Richard is working toward his master’s degree at Liberty University and is employed by Abercrombie and Fitch.

Tiffani Coquat ’05 and Richard Ferguson were married on June 5, 2008 in Negril, Jamaica. Tiffani teaches Algebra 2 and Pre-Algebra and is also the head fast-pitch coach at Wesson Attendance Center. She is seeking a master’s degree in mathematics at Mississippi College. Richard is a part owner of All-American Housing in Brookhaven.

Rachel Davis ’05 was married to William Blount on June 21, 2008 at Ascension Lutheran Church in Jackson. Rachel teaches first grade at Richland Elementary School.

Tamekia Foley ’05 graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. During her six weeks of training Tamekia studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies. She also performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relationships.

Amy Harper Leon ’05 was married on April 18, 2008 to Michael Leonin Westminster, CO. Amy is dancing professionally with Boulder Ballet.

Joseph Liberto ’05 was married to Jennifer White on July 19, 2008 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Joseph is employed by Medstat.

Joseph “Joal” Rankin ’05 and Dana Spong Rankin ’07 were married on June 2, 2007.

Diana Allgaier Scarborough ’05 and her husband, Jonathan, just bought their first home in June 2008. It has lots of character and they feel very blessed.

Dinah Williams ’05 works as the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Her daughter, De’Jorae will be attending Belhaven in the fall as a Visual Arts major.

Betty Bateaste ’06 was married to Tyrone Green on June 7, 2008 in the Percy Quin State Park. Betty works as a dispatcher for the Gloster Police Department.

Priscilla Rogers Morgan ’06 was married to Ryan Morgan on May 17, 2008 in Mobile, AL. They reside in Waleska, GA where she is an Administrative Assistant/Coordinator of Activities for Lake Arrowhead Yacht & Country Club.

Ashley Morgan ’07 and James Braxton were married on April 26, 2008 in Austin, TX at Green Pastures. Ashley is employed by Baynes-Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk, LA.

Stephanie Cooper ’08 was hired in August as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investment Firm in Gaithersburg, MD.

Blaise King ’08 and Ashley Cosbey ’08 were married on June 14, 2008 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch, MS. Blaise is now a graduate student at Nicholls State University.

Melissa Smith Holt ’08 was married to Jonathan Holt on June 7, 2008 in Baton Rouge. Melissa is teaching at a local school.

Nolan Coward ’08 was married to Adria Johnson on October 25, 2008 at Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, MS. Nolan is employed by Entergy Nuclear as a Workforce Planning Specialist. Adria works as an MRI Technologist at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson. The couple now resides in Brandon.

Mario Katengell ’08 has been accepted to Texas State University for the Health Administration graduate program, and has also secured a job with John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch.

In Memoriam

Mary Frances Harris Jones Woods ’34 died on February 12, 2008 in Venice, FL. at her daughter, Jean Shaw’s home. She was 92 years old.

Eleanor Strowd Shaw ’35 died on May 28, 2008 at the age of 90. She was a dedicated Ole Miss fan and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2007.

Annie West Smiley Boone ’36 passed away on September 19, 2008 in Holly Springs, MS. She taught Sunday school and Bible study for many years in the First Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member.

Elizabeth “Tay” Powell Wise ’37 passed away at the age of 93 on July 19, 2008. Tay and her late husband, Sherwood, had 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Tay was also a very active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral as well as in the musical community in Jackson.

Beverly McLaurin Howell ’40 passed away on June 26, 2008 at the age of 89. Beverly was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. She and her husband, Irl, moved to Azalea Trace Retirement Facility in Pensacola, FL in 1998.

Charlotte Lillian Bardwell Wallace ’43 died on June 2, 2008 in Knoxville, TN. She is survived by her son, Lee Wallace, daughter Suzanne Stowers, nine grandchildren, and nephews Andy and Mark Bardwell.

Mary Edith Durst Walker ’43 passed away on June 21, 2008 at the age of 87. Mary was an elder at Leland Presbyterian Church as well as an officer in the Leland Garden Club.

Jane Ramsay Lowry Dunham ’44 died on October 24, 2008. She was 85.

Anita Margaret Fagan ’44 passed away September 1, 2008 at the age of 87 in Laurel, MS. Anita was an active, lifelong member of First Baptist Church, and was greatly involved in the community.

Harry “Brook” Jacobs ’44 died August 28, 2008. Harry was the owner of Greenbrook Flowers and the founder of “Good Neighbor Day”. He was a Director of FTD and floral retailer of the year. He was also honored for his work with the Diabetes Foundation of MS and Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Marion Howard Robinson ’44 died on August 24, 2008 at the age of 86. Marion and her husband, Sidney, were lifelong residents of Jackson, members of First Presbyterian Church since 1959, and raised three children together. Marion was involved with several charitable organizations and was known for her artistic eye and excellent taste.

Mary Taylor Sigman ’44 passed away at the age of 85 this May after briefly battling cancer. Mary served as the organist at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church for forty-five years and was an active and dedicated musician.

Jeanne H. Suttle ’44 passed away in her home on August 21, 2008. Jeanne was a former school teacher and member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Martha Collins Harris Campbell ’53 died on October 15, 2008 at St. Dominic Hospital. She and her husband, Jim Campbell, raised four children together. Martha was a member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church and was involved in many social and philanthropic activities.

Mary Frances “Fran” McGehee Schorr ’56 passed away on May 28, 2008 in Bethesda, MD. Fran was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well as a community volunteer.

3 thoughts on “Alumni Notes

  1. Bob Philpot ’83 and his family live in Savannah GA. where he serves as a Physician Assistant Department Chairman at South University. He has just signed a contract with Mississippi College to start the state’s first Physician Assistant Training program. He and his family will be moving back to Jackson soon.

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