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Nathan O. Berry of Harlingen, Texas, a retired USDA entomologist, celebrated his 100th birthday Aug. 13, which was declared Nathan Berry Day by the mayor of Harlingen. Berry attributes his longevity to "choosing my ancestors carefully, eating a Texas grapefruit every morning, and an onion every night." Still active, he went sailing on his birthday, travels to Alaska during the summer months, and recently journeyed to Panama.


Retired Congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery has established a consulting business, The Montgomery Group, in Alexander, Va., and also is associated with The Spectrum Group in Alexandria. In April, he addressed guests at the Academic Hall of Fame banquet at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. His presentation concerned his great-grandfather, Col. W.B. Montgomery, who graduated from Erskine in 1848 and went on to take a prominent role in the establishment of Mississippi A&M College in 1878.


Fred Abel (M.S. '58) of Greenville has been named sales manager of Delta & Pine Land Company in Scott. Abel will be responsible for sales and merchandising of D&PL cotton and rice seed for the entire South. He previously was in sales and distribution of specialized farming equipment, and has served as a county agent for the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service.

Jean R. Olivier of Huntsville, Ala., deputy manager of the Observatory Projects Office of Marshall Space Flight Center, has received the Holger Toftoy Award from the Alabama/Mississippi Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Olivier began his career with NASA in 1964 as a senior project engineer at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and went to the Marshall center in 1965. In 1973, he was named chief engineer with the Large Space Telescope (later the Hubble Space Telescope) development team, and in 1974 became chief engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope Project. He was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1991 and the Presidential Rank/Meritorious Recognition Award in 1992.


Wayne H. Brown of Lucedale, president of Batson and Brown Consulting Engineers, has been appointed president of the Mississippi State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

F.W. Ergle Jr. of Charleston, executive director of Tallahatchie General Hospital and Extended Care Facility, has been named to the board of directors of Mississippi Hospital Association Diversified Services.


Jim Lowther (M.S. '62) of Ruston, La., professor and program chair of mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, has received the Louisiana Tech University Foundation's Professorship Award for extraordinary service and performance. He joined the faculty there in 1963.

C.R. "Bob" Montgomery of Canton, an attorney and partner in the law firm of Montgomery, Smith-Vaniz & McGraw, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council. Montgomery is a former state senator and chair of the Finance Committee. The MEC is the state's largest business and professional organization, promoting business education and addressing governmental concerns. Montgomery also is a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi State University Foundation and is a past national president of the university's Alumni Association.


Newt Hamlin of Austin, Texas, and his partners have sold their company, Team Logistics, to McLane Company. Hamlin will remain with the new McLane division, McLane Team Logistics, as a manager. The new firm provides warehousing, inventory tracking, and parcel pickup and delivery services for major corporations.


Dennis S. Nordin (Ph.D. '69) of Lund, Sweden, has published a book with the University of Missouri Press entitled New Deal's Black Congressman: A Life of Arthur Wergs Mitchell. Nordin also is the author of Rich Harvest: A History of the Grange, 1867-1900.

John Barrett Reese of Coppell, Texas, has been promoted to vice president for sales and marketing, expanded shale and clay, for Texas Industries in Dallas. He began his career with TXI in 1967 at the Artesia Cement Plant.


Bill Johnson of Tampa, Fla., has been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Seed Association. He is a vegetable specialist for the southeastern region for Shamrock Seed Co. of Salinas, Calif.

James H. Tumlinson (Ph.D. '69) of Gainesville, Fla., a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is a research chemist with USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville. His scientific accomplishments include discovery of a pheromone that attracts boll weevils, and he has authored more than 200 papers in his 30-year career. He is vice president of the International Society of Chemical Ecology.


Richard C. Adkerson (M.B.A. '70) of New Orleans, La., has been elected president and chief operating officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. He has been with the New Orleans mining company since 1989 and played a key role in its financial restructuring in the early 1990s. He previously was a partner at Arthur Andersen. Adkerson was 1992 College of Business and Industry Alumnus of the Year at Mississippi State. He also is a member of the college's Senior Executive Advisory Board and a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi State University Foundation.

Dennis R. Self (B.B.A. '74) of Birmingham, Ala., is pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational change and analysis at Auburn University.


Larry W. Holley of Yazoo City has been named vice president for nitrogen production at Mississippi Chemical Corp. He has been with the company since 1974.


John C. Latimer of Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Army upon his retirement from the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, having served in active duty assignments in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., as well as reserve duty assignments at home. Latimer is director of international programs for Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville.

Thomas H. Walker of Lee's Summit, Mo., assistant regional administrator for the General Services Administration's Public Building Service, has received the Building Owners and Managers Association's 1997 President's Award for his contributions in establishing a strong partnership between BOMA and GSA.


Fred Jones of Indianola, Iowa, a professor of sociology and applied science at Simpson College, has been granted a sabbatical for spring 1998 on "The Declining Integration of Males into the American Family."

Tim Lawrence of Jackson has rejoined Smith Barney's Jackson office after two years as manager of its Hattiesburg office.

Donald T. Ward of College Station, Texas, associate professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the National Faculty Advisor Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ward is director of the Texas A&M Flight Mechanical Laboratory.


Nolen Canon of Tunica has received the 1997 Outstanding Rice Producer award from Delta Council for his extraordinary success in production systems and efficient farm management. He is a partner in Canon Farms, chairman of the Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, and past president of the Tunica County Farm Bureau.


Mark Henry of Flowood has been named chief legal counsel for Gov. Kirk Fordice. He previously was Mississippi's deputy state auditor.

Brenda J. McCarthy of Tupelo, a teacher at Rankin Elementary School, has received a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She recently won a prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Liberty B. Moreno of Meridian, a teacher in the Lauderdale County Schools and adjunct professor at Mississippi State's Meridian Campus, has received a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.


J. David Earnest (M.Ed. '81) of Athens, Ga., has completed a doctorate in adult education at the University of Georgia. He is state development director for the Georgia Council on Child Abuse.

Russell B. Hodgins of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been promoted to account manager for Gulf States Paper Corporation's Paperboard Packaging Division. He joined Gulf States in 1986.

Alex Summerour of Humble, Texas, is a drilling engineering adviser with Chevron Petroleum Technology and has worked with the company's floating drilling team since 1991. He joined Chevron in 1978 and has been involved in operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Europe, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.


Brenda Baylot of Birmingham, Ala., has joined Oxmoor House as a financial reporting accountant. Oxmoor House is the book company of Southern Progress, which publishes Progressive Farmer, Southern Living, and Southern Accents magazines, among others. Baylot previously worked for TCI Southeast as a senior accountant.

J. Clifton Huggins of Bloomington, Ind., has been elected to the board of directors of the architecture firm of Odle McGuire & Shook. He is associate principal and project manager for the Indianapolis company.


Betty Sue Adams (M.Ed. '87) of Madison, a math instructor at Holmes Community College's Ridgeland campus, has received a Phi Theta Kappa Continued Excellence Award.

Michael Tyrone Harris of Silver Spring, Md., is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the School of Computer, Mathematics and Physical Sciences-Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland in College Park. He recently received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

Pamela M. Plager of Chappaqua, N.Y., has been named to the Women's Research and Education Institute's Corporate Advisory Council. Plager is director of investment banking at Allen & Company. She is a member of the New York Media Alliance and the Advisory Council for Lincoln Center Business Council of the Consolidated Corporate Fund.


Ken Boschert (D.V.M. '84) of St. Louis, Mo., a veterinarian and associate director of the Division of Comparative Medicine at Washington University, has received an award from the Association for Veterinary Informatics for creating NetVet/Electronic Zoo, a comprehensive online resource on the American Veterinary Medical Association's web site. The site, which contains a wealth of information about pet health, breeders, products, and much more, can be accessed at <>.


Samuel Jones (Ph.D. '88) of Henderson, Tenn., has been named dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson. He previously was chairman of the Department of Behavioral and Consumer Sciences.

Paul D. Smith of Douglasville, Ga., has been promoted to branch manager of Cameron Ashley Building Products, Cameron Division, in Atlanta. He previously was sales manager at Cameron Ashley, Atlanta.


W. Scott Phillips of Hoover, Ala., has been named vice president of Malcolm Pirnie Inc., a national environmental consulting firm. He is responsible for the company's offices in Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.

James L. Taylor Jr. of Pearl River, La., has joined the John C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis as a test and project engineer for the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program. He previously worked for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for nine years.


Alan Hoops of Ridgeland has joined Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects as a landscape architect.

Joseph Orr of Madison has been promoted to associate at Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects.


Todd R. Besselievre of Ridgeland received his M.D. degree from the University Medical Center in Jackson in May. He is an anesthesiology resident at UMC.

David Boswell of Madison was named Salesperson of the Year for 1996 for Martin's Herend Imports and PresTense Inc. Boswell is in charge of sales for a six-state area for the Sterling, Va.-based company.


Allen D. Jenkins of Gulfport, president of PowerLines Advertising and Design and the first African-American president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Advertising Federation, has been named diversity coordinator for the American Advertising Federation's 7th "Deep South" District. Earlier this year, the federation named Jenkins Copywriter of the Year (for the second consecutive year) and he previously was the organization's Art Director of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. His company also has been honored with five prestigious ADDY awards and two Citations of Excellence by the American Advertising Federation.

Adele D. Johnson of Madison has been promoted to assistant vice president at Deposit Guaranty National Bank in Jackson.


Marc Anthony of Starkville is general manager of The Lodge, a souvenir and sportswear store in Starkville, and managing partner of University Screenprint and The Lodge-Books and Copies, a new college textbook and student supply venture.

Walter N. Bone of Memphis, Tenn., has started a multidiscipline design firm offering engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture, and land surveying services.

Lewis Griffin of Columbus has been promoted to associate at Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects.

Patricia George Permenter of Starkville has been named assistant to the director at Carden Preparatory School in Columbus. She previously was a teacher with the Tupelo Public Schools.

Douglas Thornton of Tupelo has been promoted to associate at Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects.


Bruce Reeves of San Diego, Calif., has been honored by the 3M Company and American Tool as the 1997 Young Retailer of the Year, chosen from among 20,000 independent hardware store owners worldwide. Reeves opened an "upscale" hardware store in his neighborhood three years ago. The business also has received the 1997 Ace Store of the Year for Southern California award and is the local Chamber of Commerce's 1997 Business of the Year.

Richard Swann of Starkville works for the Office of Internal Audit at Mississippi State.


Jaquator Hamer (M.S. '94) of Fayetteville, Ark., has been promoted to assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student services at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She also is pursuing a doctorate there in adult education.

Todd Hunt of Tupelo has been named director of the Tupelo Coliseum. He previously was assistant director of the facility, and prior to that was assistant director of operations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Arena.


Brian Morgan of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been named assistant director of media relations at the University of Alabama.

J. Gibson Prichard of Nashville, Tenn., has joined WZTV Fox 17 and WUXP UPN 30 as information services engineer.


David R. Dueitt of Dallas, Texas, has been named staffing manager at Computer Horizons Corp., servicing the telecommunications market in the Dallas area.

James Medlin has joined Gulf States Paper Corp. as a programmer/analyst in the Information Services Division in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He previously was a software engineer with Computer Sciences Corp. in Montgomery.

Barry Wise Smith of Birmingham, Ala., has been named promotion coordinator at Oxmoor House, the books division of Southern Progress Corp., which publishes Southern Living, Progressive Farmer, and a number of other magazines. Smith previously was assistant editor of American City and County magazine in Atlanta.

David Prather Taylor of Birmingham, Ala., is a physics teacher at Erwin High School in Birmingham.


Lainie Tubertini Anthony of Starkville is an elementary schoolteacher at Starkville Academy.

Lisa Gwyn Keeton of Birmingham, Ala., has received a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She is serving her primary residency in internal medicine at UAB Medical Center.

Sherry Medders of Columbus, chief of public affairs at Columbus Air Force Base, has graduated from the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.

Cynthia Moncreiff of Ocean Springs, botanist and associate research scientist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, has been named academic coordinator at the Institute of Marine Sciences.


Amy Henderson Batson of Ridgeland works for Advanced Impact Marketing.

David Scott Batson of Ridgeland works for Frito-Lay.

Steven Charles Clayton of Dalton, Ga., has been named plant engineer at Shaw Industries' Color-Tech carpet manufacturing plant. Shaw is the world's largest carpet maker. Clayton, at 25, is the youngest plant engineer in the company's history.

Robert Scott Hunt of Carbon Hill, Ala., graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in May. He received the American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Prize for the third-year student with the highest grade in land-use law at the university.

John F. "Jay" Perry III of Jackson has graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was student body vice president. He passed the Mississippi Bar exam in February and subsequently clerked for Justice Edwin L. Pittman of the state Supreme Court. In August, he joined the Jackson law firm of Heidelberg & Woodliff as an associate.

Melvin A. Swann, a Navy fireman, is on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates.

Tamra Hannon Swann of Starkville works for the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Karen Lynn Olenick of Westminster, Colo., recently received the second highest score in the nation on the Certified Management Accounting exam.

Sonya Denise Robertson of St. Louis, Mo., is travel coordinator for Monsanto Enviro-Chem System in St. Louis.


Susan Renee Taylor of Hattiesburg recently joined the Forrest General Hospital marketing department as a public relations specialist.


Kimberly Nobile of Jackson has joined Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects as a marketing assistant.

  • Jamie Lane Anthony, April 25, 1997, to Marc Anthony ('88) and Lainie Tubertini Anthony ('93) of Starkville.
  • Megan Marie Brown, May 27, 1997, to Suzy Peacock Brown ('84) and husband Tom of Bethesda, Md.
  • David Scott Carlson, April 11, 1997, to Jeff M. Carlson ('89) and Renee Russell Carlson ('87) of Cypress, Texas.
  • Margaret Katherine Crocker, June 1, 1997, to Ken L. Crocker ('91) and Amy Jenkins Crocker ('92) of Madison.
  • Noah Alexander Dodson, Feb. 26, 1997, to Jim Dodson ('90) and wife Angela of Gautier.
  • John Straton Garrard, June 2, 1997, to Bubba Garrard ('92) and Kristi Toney Garrard ('93) of Brandon.
  • Jacob Norman Horton, Feb. 26, 1997, to Steve Horton ('93) and Jennifer Yelverton Horton ('92) of Kingwood, Texas.
  • Grace Hale Hubby, June 10, 1997, to Elizabeth Pettey Hubby ('86) and husband Timothy of Shreveport, La.
  • Kathryn Sophia Hudson, February 1997, to Chuck Hudson ('89) and Karen Spence Hudson ('87) of Baton Rouge, La.
  • Andrew Coggins Huffman, Dec. 5, 1996, to Ronda R. Huffman ('93) and husband Robert of Mathiston.
  • Joseph Walker Jenkins, May 2, 1997, to Lori Jones Jenkins ('89) and husband Kelly of Albany, Ga.
  • Matthew Thomas Jones, to David Jones ('91) and wife Melinda of Decatur, Ala.
  • Victoria Lyn Kohler, July 1, 1997, to David W. Kohler ('86) and Cheryl Lyn Kohler ('87) of Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Mason Christopher Mann, April 17, 1997, to Christopher Wayne Mann ('90) and Paula Bridges Mann ('90) of Clinton.
  • Marley Elizabeth McInnis, May 8, 1997, to Bill McInnis ('91, M.B.A. '92) and wife Amanda of Collierville, Tenn.
  • Hallie Elizabeth Moore, Feb. 4, 1997, to Danny Blair Moore ('91) and Martha Lynne Peden Moore ('86, '94) of Murfreesboro, N.C.
  • Kaylan Nicole Myers, April 9, 1997, to Chodie Terrell Myers III ('86, '87) and wife Stephanie of Calhoun City.
  • Patrick Dylan Rose, April 13, 1997, to Pam Loveless Rose ('87) and husband Phil of Memphis, Tenn.
  • Bryan Hayden Sanderson, July 18, 1997, to Jon B. Sanderson ('88) and Cindy J. Sanderson ('89) of Germantown, Tenn.
  • Ann Morgan Sowell, June 18, 1997, to Myna Dickerson Sowell ('91) and husband John of Collierville, Tenn.
  • Rebecca Lee Swann, July 25, 1997, to Richard Swann ('89, '90, M.B.A. '94) and Tamra Hannon Swann ('94) of Starkville.

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Mail: Allen Snow, Mississippi State Alumnus, P.O. Box 5325, Mississippi State, MS 39762-5325
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