Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

This list includes a sampling of some of the University’s most noteworthy alumni. Contact the Office of Alumni Services if you know fellow Railsplitters who consistently represent LMU well.

Sam Anderson
Class of 1993

Mr. Sam Anderson, a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, received the Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Technological University and the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from LMU.  After spending 12 years as an economics and geography teacher in the Knox County Schools, he was named director of parks and recreation in 1987.  His awards include Man of the Year in 1993, Tennessee High School Football Coach of the Year three years, Tennessee High School Coach of the Year four years, Southeastern United States High School Coach of the Year in 1986, Teacher of the Year in 1984, and he is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 1989.

Mr. Anderson has been an active citizen, serving as an elected member and chairman of the Knox County School Board, the Board of Directors of Leadership Knoxville, the Board of Directors for the Knox Area Junior Golf Association, Knoxville Zoological Park Board of Directors, Ijams Nature Center Board of Directors, a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.

During his work as director of parks and recreation, he has had a tremendous impact on the lives of children and adults in the City of Knoxville.  In one of his letters of recommendation for induction into the LMU Professional Hall of Fame one of his associates said, “He has helped provide services to tens of thousands while exercising his management abilities and most agreeable leadership style.
Thomas Bohannon
Class of 1969

Thomas Bohannon completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration in only three years and graduated cum laude.  He was an eager student, especially under the able tutelage of Mr. Roy Floyd.

After his graduation from LMU, he joined Eastman Kodak in Kingsport, Tennessee, and true to his nature, participated in a management training program, working in a variety of departments and learning all aspects of the operation.  He left Eastman Kodak and returned to Orlando in 1971 where he joined Epoch Properties.  After he achieved general partner status, he opened multiple regional offices and expanded operations for Epoch throughout the southern United States.  His success began with his willingness to “sling a hammer,” and his innate desire to achieve his goals the old fashioned way:  through hard work.

In 1980, Tom founded Bohannon Development Corporation in El Paso, Texas.  Since its founding the company has flourished under Tom’s leadership, and he has been involved in the development, capital acquisition, construction management and ownership of over 12,000 apartments in the Southern United States, in addition to single-family homes, condominiums and office buildings.

The facts about Tom Bohannon’s professional accomplishments speak for themselves, and there is no doubt that he has enjoyed a remarkable career.  It is the way he has done it, however, that truly sets him apart.  By all accounts he is, and always has been, an honest, hard-working, goal-oriented man who would never accept any measure of his success at the cost of his character. 
Randy Bumgardner
Class of 1983

Randy Bumgardner is one of two LMU graduates former LMU Professor of History Dr. Joseph Suppiger remembers who “seemed destined to serve their country in the State Department.  “He was always anxious to help others and was intensely curious about other nations and our relations with them.”

Randy Bumgardner (a.k.a. Randy Nolan to students from the early 1980’s) is Assistant Chief of Protocol and General Manager of Blair House in Washington, D.C.  Blair House was a private residence from its building in 1824 until 1942 when the last Blair family member sold the home to Franklin Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was specifically looking for a residence near the White House, which could be used as an official guest house for foreign guests.  The home was immediately put under the control of the Chief of Protocol who coordinates the visits by world leaders.  Today, the complex is a well-fortified home away from home for the nation’s foreign guests.

Bumgardner graduated from LMU in 1983 with a bachelor of arts degree in museum science and history.  According to Suppiger, Randy “was an excellent student of history and, more importantly, a fine and refined gentleman.  The history department of the early 1980’s, then a part of the busy Humanities Division, along with Phi Alpha Theta history honorary and the new Lincoln Museum, all vied with one another for his time.  Graciously, he granted it freely.”

In the summer of 1982 he was accepted into the Summer Intern Program of the Department of State on the recommendation of former Alumni Relations Director Georgia Baker.  He spent three months working at the State Department before returning to complete his last year at LMU.

“Tears always come to my eyes when I think of the late Georgia Baker,” says Bumgardner.  “She was one of the most generous and gracious ladies I have ever known.
She called me one afternoon and asked that I come to her office.  When I got there she told me of an opportunity to spend the summer of my  junior year in Washington at the State Department.  I couldn’t believe it.  She supported the idea totally and instilled in me the real possibility that the State Department would be interested in a kid from the hills of Tennessee.    I did get that summer job, thanks to Georgia, and I often tell people that I am in my 19th year of my summer internship.”

In May 1983 the State Department called Bumgardner and asked if he would be interested in returning on a full time basis.

 “I flew to Washington the morning after graduation,” recalls Bumgardner.  “In mid 1984 it was suggested that I might enjoy working in the Office of Protocol.  An interview was set up, and I met with President Reagan’s Chief of Protocol, Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt.  She was married to Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson.  Ambassador Roosevelt was concerned that my youth might not fit the prestigious office until she asked where I was from.  She was raised in Johnson City, Tennessee, and I was hired into her office.”

Bumgardner began working with the foreign guests of the President and remembers well the first world leader he ever met, Margaret Thatcher.  He volunteered for every assignment he could get, whether it be late nights, weekends or holidays.

Just as he came into the Office of Protocol, Blair House was closing to begin a six-year renovation.  By the time the renovation was nearly complete, Bumgardner’s interest in museum work and history was well known and this prompted  Ambassador Roosevelt to send him to Blair House for one year.

“My assignment,” he chuckles, “was to catalog every object in the 119 room mansion.  Thus, I became intimately acquainted with the house and its contents.  By the time the Deputy General Manager resigned in 1992, I was the candidate of choice to fill that position, and then in July of this year, when the General Manager retired, I was appointed by the current Chief of Protocol to the General Manager’s position.  The rank of the position was also elevated to Assistant Chief of Protocol.”

Regarding his memories of LMU, Bumgardner says there are many good ones.  “For several years after I graduated, I felt a real sense of loss.  LMU had become such a home to me that I missed being there and wanted to be back among the rolling hills of that beautiful campus.

“I tried to get back as often as I could from Washington.  Slowly I began to realize it wasn’t the place I missed as much as it was the people, all those who had become my friends and family.  I still feel that way.  Many of the friends I made at LMU are still my closest friends, and I miss being with them.  That includes students and faculty.
 Gary J. Burchett
Class of 1963

Gary Burchett grew up in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, and has been familiar with Lincoln Memorial University most of his life.  A 1963 cum laude graduate of  LMU, Burchett also received a master’s in student personnel services, higher education administration, and vocational guidance and counseling from the University of Tennessee.  Tennessee Wesleyan College awarded him the honorary Doctor of Public Service and  he holds the honorary Doctor of Letters from Limestone College.

Following a stint as a reading specialist in the city schools in Franklin, Ohio, Burchett became assistant director of admissions and records for the University of Tennessee, coordinating the entire freshmen admissions operation from recruitment through placement and follow-up, working with junior colleges in transfer articulation and process.  In 1969, he was named senior academic counselor in the UT College of Business Administration.

In 1972, Burchett went to Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, as coordinator of admissions and records.  He stayed at MECC one year until he was lured away by LMU to become assistant to the president.  He later served as vice president for development, contributing significantly to the fund raising efforts of the University, and then as executive vice president, where he became involved in the overall administration of the University while continuing to teach part-time and aid students in their pursuit of a college education.

In 1981, the Board of Trustees name Burchett president of his alma mater.  During his tenure, Burchett led LMU to significant growth in academic programs, enrollment and in the procurement of funds from private sources.  Many physical changes occurred on the campus, and old friendships were rekindled with alumni.

In 1991, Burchett announced that he was retiring from higher education administration to move into the corporate world.  Today, he is vice president of manufacturing at DeRoyal Industries, a job that takes him to cities and countries all over the world.

Burchett is  a member of the LMU Board of Trustees where he serves on the Executive Committee, J. Frank White Academy Committee, Committee on Athletics, Chairperson of the Committee on Marketing and Committee on Properties.  He can be found each Sunday morning hosting a gospel show from LMU’s Sigmon Communications Center.
Lonas Bedford Chapman

Lonas Bedford Chapman was born August 1, 1915, in Cherry Bottom of Campbell County, Tennessee.  He dropped out of high school at the end of his junior year and realized the necessity of an education.  He entered Lake City High School and was greatly influenced by a teacher, Mr. H.C. Slover.  Mr. Slover had a very positive influence on Bedford’s life.  He recognized Bedford’s ability and helped him to enroll at Lincoln Memorial University.

Bedford left for LMU with only $13 in his pocket, but with very high expectations.  He worked on the LMU farm where Mr. C.P. Williams, LMU business manager, observed his good work habits and offered him a job driving the LMU bus for sports and concert trips.  Bedford used the job to stay in school and made arrangements to pay the balance of his tuition after his discharge from the U.S. Air Force.

When Bedford returned from serving in the Air Force he started a lumber business, but a severe accident in 1947 forced him to abandon the business.  In July of that year, Bedford opened the Gateway Hardware and Appliance Company on Clinton Highway while still on crutches.  He quickly gained a reputation as a fair and honest business man.  His personal concern for others and exceptional business vision led to a rapidly expanding operation.  Bedford purchased adjoining real estate and rented facilities to create retail traffic which promoted growth and progress in the community.
Bedford  personally helped clear up the area and worked with the Superintendent of Schools and Knoxville City officials to secure an elementary school.  He convinced the Presbyterian Church to establish a congregation in the community and personally helped with the physical building.  He was a community leader and served as a church elder, Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, and Sunday School teacher.  While his business operations grew and prospered he continued to involve himself in the community and was well respected by his colleagues and all who knew him.

Mr. Chapman never forgot the opportunity LMU provided him and worked to promote the university.  He helped reactivate the Knoxville Area LMU Alumni Club and served as president for several terms.  He helped organize the Norwood Kiwanis Club and severed as its President as well as Lieutenant Governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Kiwanis.
 Phyllis Childs
Class of 1980

Phyllis A. Childs of Nashville, TN, was appointed general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on February 1, 2005.  As general counsel, Childs directs the department’s legal work related to food safety, animal and plant health, pesticides, business regulation, forestry and agricultural development.  She directs legal research and represent the department in civil and regulatory proceedings as well as other legal matters.

In addition to her undergraduate degree in business from LMU, Childs has a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Shannon Coleman
Class of 1996

Shannon D. Coleman graduated summa cum laude from Lincoln Memorial University in 1996.  While attending LMU, Ms. Coleman was a member of the LMU Choral Society, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Chi and the Student Government Association.  Ms. Coleman later earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree, with a business transaction concentration, in May 1999, from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Ms. Coleman currently practices with Kramer Rayson LLP in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Her primary areas of practice include mergers, acquisitions and business transactions, business planning, health care law, and real estate transactions.  Ms. Coleman has been admitted and is licensed to practice in all Tennessee state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Tax Court. Ms. Coleman is a member of the American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations as well as the American Health Lawyers Association.

Ms. Coleman is included in numerous editions of Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who of American Women.
 Deborah P. Davis
Class of 1976

From the small, rural town of Jonesville, VA, to a village in Central America is quite a trek!  But Deborah Davis made it with knowledge, skills and most of all the desire to make a difference in the lives of those persons she would come in contact with, mainly the children in the surrounding villages.  Villages with names unlike those she grew up around –Buttercup, Bermuda Landing, Scotland Half-Moon, Lemonal and, of course, the village where the clinic has been constructed, Flowers Bank, host to 250 species of orchids.

How she got to LMU is a story in itself.   The story begins with Dr. Louis Lutz convincing her family LMU had a place for her in the history of the college, with the culmination being graduation from the University’s first nursing program.  “The instructors shared their knowledge and skills in an effort to assist us in development as competent, efficient nurses, “ says Davis.    “They inspired us to do more than just be a nurse.  We were inspired to take what we had been taught and apply theories/concepts in a clinical setting.  The role models our faculty represented motivated me and other classmates to pursue higher goals.”

Her trek to the jungle was preceded with the acquisition of a BSN from East Tennessee State University; an MSN from the University of Virginia culminating in completion of the graduate nurse practitioner program from University of Tennessee-Memphis.  Along the way she  acquired knowledge and skills from my experience in tertiary facilities as well as a three year hiatus serving as an assistant professor of nursing at East Tennessee State University.

Because of her desire to live in a warmer climate, she chose to relocate to Orlando, Florida.  The transcultural healthcare experiences she has been exposed to led her to meet people from various parts of the world.  Her job as a nurse practitioner in a predominantly Hispanic practice revealed the desperate need to learn a second language.

Her interest level peaked when she decided she needed a new challenge.  Enter Nelson and Millie Tyler, two of her patients in Orlando.  They came to the clinic seeking additional refills of their medications.  She inquired as to where they were going that they could not obtain their medications.  They were on their way to Belize, Central America (Millie’s native home) to establish an orphanage for poor and abused children.  Their plans were to combine a residential home, school and clinic in an under served area.  Through the graciousness of the Belizean government they were given twenty acres of land on which to develop the mission.  Thus it was that Belizean Christian Efforts came to be.  During the course of their clinic visit, she offered to help obtain supplies and equipment for the proposed clinic.  Many pharmaceutical representatives and medical companies donated cases of bandages, medications, instruments, equipment as well as monetary contributions.  Some of the office staff and patients as well as her immediate family members donated supplies.  She hauled approximately 400-500 pounds of necessary items to the airport and was enroute to a place she found on the map and rapidly researched through the internet.  She was enthralled by the natural beauty of the country but was not prepared for the poverty; the lack of electricity or running water.  The coming days would be filled with laughter and tears.  The sights and sounds of the children made each day more bearable in the face of heat and humidity like none she had ever been exposed to.  The welcoming into the villages surpassed her expectations.  Here she was, a white girl from the city, now trying to fit in with the natives of a beautiful Central American country.  Her fears soon abated when she was greeted with welcomes by the people.  The sharing of laughter, food and stories about their lives and the differences in each one of them has made for many an interesting journal entry.
Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk
Class of 1965

Pete DeBusk, owner and chairman of DeRoyal Industries,  founded his company in 1982 at a time when competition and shrinking revenue margins were fierce. This forced him to take a hard look at every part of his business. He knew that DeRoyal’s efficiency would have to improve if his relatively small company was to keep pace with his much larger competitors.
DeBusk says he is no great inventor, but he is an expert at noticing needs and problems and finding solutions. His business has grown from one room in Fountain City to manufacturing plants not only in Tennessee and Virginia, but also abroad.

He founded STAT Medical in 1973 which has grown into DeRoyal Industries, Inc., and its affiliates. Today, it is one of the most well-known aggressive medical device manufacturers in the international healthcare market.

DeBusk’s roots are on a farm in the mountains of Lee County, Virginia, where his father worked away from home either as a  construction worker or a coal miner.  This left DeBusk and his mother to run the farm.  During his high school days, he got up at 5 a.m., fed the livestock and caught the bus to Thomas Walker High School.  When school and basketball practice were over in the afternoon, he hitchhiked home and fed again.

At LMU, DeBusk played basketball for the Railsplitters.  After graduation in 1965, he went on to the University of Georgia at Athens for two years of veterinary school, dropping out to become a salesman.  When he had gotten a few dollars ahead, he started his own business.  That’s where his story began.

DeBusk  was also awarded the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from LMU. He currently serves as chairman of the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees where he has spear-headed numerous projects including the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tennessee’s newest medical school, which opened its doors in 2007, and the soon to open College of Law.
 Zane Duncan
Class of 2008

Zane Duncan,a 2008 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, has recently taken a position in Public Relations with the R.J. Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, Kentucky just outside Lexington, KY.

Rick Corman owner of one of the largest and most successful short line railway companies in the country has asked Zane to work with state governments in the states they have operations primarily in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

Zane attributes the education, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a liberal arts foundation, that he received at LMU as the great asset for this wonderful new opportunity.
Judge Fred F. Fennell
Class of 1932

Judge Fennell was born March 26, 1909, in Grainger County, Tennessee. He attended the rural elementary schools in Grainger County and graduated from LMU Academy in 1928, from LMU in 1932 with an AB and from George Washington University Law School in 1937 with honors.

Judge Fennell carried the mail on horseback on a rural route from the Harrogate Post Office after graduation from college. While attending law school in Washington, he worked as a clerk in the Department of Justice. After graduation he was assigned to the Court Examiners Office to examine offices of the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorneys and Clerks.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to serve with the Counter Intelligence Corps. In this capacity he served in Europe with Normandy Landing. For this service he received two awards and was commissioned a lieutenant.

After the war, Judge Fennell set up a private law practice in Harriman, Tennessee, and carried on a general practice of law. He was elected and served as county attorney for Roane County, Tennessee. During this period he, along with Garfield Drennon (another LMU grad), set up the system for the U.S. government to dispose of the government owned facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at Richland, Washington, and at Los Alamos, New Mexico, to private industry and private home owners.

Judge Fennell then joined the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as an attorney in Washington, D.C. He was highly regarded as an expert in the field of real estate law. After several years at HUD, he retired and moved to Jasper, Arkansas, and again entered into private practice of law. Later he was elected a municipal judge and heard cases for a number of years until he again retired.
 Ernest Fields
Class of 1929

In April of 1930, Ernest Fields, who had just received a BA from LMU, started hitchhiking westward, selling Redbook and Cosmopolitan in the Ozarks and working in the oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma. He was still on this walking tour when he received a letter from the late William Schneck, the senior vice-president and head of Bond Claims of the United States Guarantee Company. It said that if he could be in New York by the following Monday, he would have the job he had applied for earlier. By now, an expert hitchhiker, he made New York in four days and on less than $5.

On that next Monday evening, July 20, after his first day of work at USG, he wrote his mother and father. “I am to learn a special branch of surety bonding. I will take up claims and try to adjust them with as little expense to my company as possible… I may get to travel some.”

During this span of service with USG and Chubb & Son, he earned the reputation of being one of the finest contract and fidelity loss men in the country, settling cases with skill, integrity and good will, and usually for less than the reserve and sometimes with no loss to the company at all. As for the “traveling some,” he flew well over one million miles on business, not to mention many, many more by car, bus and train. His work took him to every state and to more than 20 foreign countries.

Ernie was born on a farm in Scott County, Va, where he attended a one-room country grammar school. During high school days in Castlewood, Virginia, he helped his father in a grocery and dry goods store after school and worked on road and telephone gangs during the summers. He helped himself through college by teaching dramatics and debating his junior and senior years. In the summers, he worked in a tire plant in Akron, Ohio.

Ernie started at USG as Mr. Schenck’s assistant and remained in Bond Claims throughout his entire career at Chubb & Son, becoming manager in 1944 and then vice president. He earned his LLB from New York, the University, attending at night, and was a member of the New York bar.

He was a member of the International Association of Insurance Counsel and served on the Executive Committee, the Casualty and Surety Club of New York, the Underwriters Golf Club and the Drug and Chemical Club. He was a member of the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., and served on the Board of Directors as secretary. He also served LMU as a member of the Board of Trustees and as President of the New Jersey Alumni Chapter.
Mary Betty Ford
Class of 1949

Mary Betty Ford was born in Alabama.  After her high school graduation in 1943, her family moved to Atlanta where Ms. Ford obtained her first job with the U.S. Army.  After two years she decided to continue her education and enrolled at LMU.   Following graduation in 1949, she went to work at Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia, teaching Spanish and speech.
Her love for the theatre drove Ms. Ford to New York where she received a job as reservations sales agent with Eastern Airlines.  She soon transferred back to Atlanta where she could be close to home.

Her career began to parallel the dynamic growth of technology, especially in communications.  In 1963 Ms. Ford transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, and assisted with the opening of the new Centralized Reservations Center.  In 1966 she was transferred to Miami, Florida, where she joined the staff of Marketing Training School as Administrator.  Not only did she train students as part of her responsibilities, she also leased spaced in the community for housing and a training facility, handled budget requirements and monitoring, linked everything with computer services, interpreted corporate policy, administered student discipline and coordinated offices throughout the systems for the training of their newly hired personnel.  Although she retired in 1982 and returned to Atlanta, she continued to work as consultant to Eastern training departments until 1985.

After retirement, Ms. Ford stayed active by volunteering her time to numerous activities such as the Alliance Theater, the Fernbank Natural Museum, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (cancer home), Atlanta Hospice Association (aid to terminally ill) and the Jerusalem Home (facility for Aids victims).
 Richard Gillespie
Class of 1955

Richard Gillespie, MDA, was born in Coeburn, Virginia, on July 24, 1933.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Lincoln Memorial University in 1955 and his Doctor of Medicine form the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee, in 1959.  His rotating internship was served at Mobile General Hospital, Mobile, Alabama, in 1959-1960.  Then he did a residency in anesthesia at Duke University Medical School and VA Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, in 1961-62.  He was an associate in anesthesia, Duke University from 1963-64 and assistant chief, Division of Anesthesiology from 1963-64, VA Hospital, Durham, NC.
Dr.  Gillespie had a very successful private practice of anesthesia in Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1964-1981 at Fort Sanders Hospital and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

In 1981, he opened the Sullins Surgical Center, the first free-standing center in the area and one of the first in the country.  This was a pioneering position and was a real threat to hospitals.  He ruffled many feathers, but in spite of numerous obstacles he made Sullins a great success.  Dr. Gillespie presented patients with the option of having surgery and being released the same day for home.  He was in the vanguard of what is now an accepted practice.

From 1981-83 he was the medical director and president of Sullins Surgical Center, Inc.  Then in 1983 he became a founder and member of the board of directors of Alternacare Corporation, Los Angeles, California.  Later this corporation was merged with Hospital Corporation of America.

Dr. Gillespie is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, American College of Anesthesiology-Fellow, American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Associate, Tennessee Society of Anesthesiology-President 1984, American Society of Anesthesiology – Alternate Director District 10 – 1984-1985, Knoxville Academy of Medicine, 1986,  Board – F.A.S.A., Second Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee and the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees.
Ginger Glenn
Class of 2003

Ginger Glenn graduated from LMU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.  During her time at LMU, Ginger was active in campus life acting as the Kappa Pi Omega sorority president, the resident director of Liles Hall, an LMU student leader, a Tagge Center tutor and a mentor in the LMU Upward Bound program.

A native of Virginia, Ginger returned there to attend graduate school at The College of William and Mary where she received her Master of Business Administration with a specialty in marketing in 2005.  Post graduation, Ginger accepted a position as a financial analyst with Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  At Krispy Kreme, Ginger facilitated the relationship between the financial analysis and marketing groups, and was able to help improve the analysis and decision making processes of the company’s executive management.  Additionally, she was the primary analyst for new wholesale and retail product launches including shaped doughnuts, whole wheat doughnuts, snack packs and Krispy Kreme ice cream.  In mid-2008, Ginger left Krispy Kreme to take a position at BB&T’s headquarters, also in Winston-Salem.  She is currently working as an internal reporting analyst at the southeastern bank.

Ginger became the current president of the LMU National Alumni Association in October 2008 after serving on the Alumni Board since 2006.
 Jody Goins
Classes of 2004, 2005 and 2007

Jody Goins was named the new principal of Oak Ridge High School, effective July 1, 2009.

Jody Goins, the son of Glenwood Elementary School Principal Pearl Goins (B’70, M’90), has served as vice principal at ORHS since 2007.

Goins earned an educational doctorate degree this year from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history education, a master¹s degree and an educational administration and supervision degree from LMU.
Goins¹ career in education began in 2004 as a social studies teacher at the high school. His coaching career also began in 2004 at Oak Ridge High School where he was an assistant boys' basketball coach. In 2006, Dr. Goins was named associate head boys' basketball coach, assistant athletic director and social studies teacher at Oak Ridge High School. In 2007, he served as Oak Ridge High School's interim vice principal, associate head boys' basketball coach and assistant athletic director.

Goins holds memberships in several professional organizations including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Education Association, Advanced Placement/College Board and International Society for Technology in Education. He is involved in several community organizations such as Leadership Oak Ridge Class of 2010, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce Relocation Specialist Committee and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals' Association.  He also serves as a director on LMU’s National Alumni Association Board.
Pearl Goins
Classes of 1970 and 1990

In 1972 Pearl Robinson Goins made history. She became the first African American woman to graduate from Lincoln Memorial University.  When choosing schools, she felt LMU had a good reputation.  That wasn’t the strongest factor in making her decision though. Originally from Tazewell, Tennessee, Goins wanted to stay close to home.  “I did not have enough confidence to move away and live among strangers.”

Goins majored in education, and she participated in a wide rage of extracurricular activities.  She joined the Delta Theta Sigma sorority, the service group Gamma Sigma Sigma, the Student National Education Association, the Lincoln Memorial University Advisory Board and the Career Awareness Committee. She has been the director of the Glenwood EXCEL program, a representative on the Literacy Council and a member of her church’s Usher Board. Her honors include being named Oak Ridge Teacher of the Year for K-4 and an Outstanding Young Woman in America.

It was at LMU where Goins came in contact with two of the greatest influences in her life: Charles West, who served as dean of students, and President Herbert Livesay. “These two gentlemen went out of their way to make me feel comfortable.  Dr. Livesay would always greet me with a warm smile and inquire how everything was going. Mr. West was always there for me whether it was to offer encouragement or just a shoulder to cry on.”

In 1971, even before her graduation from LMU, Goins began her career as a preschool teacher in Claiborne County. Later, she taught at Claiborne County’s Soldiers’ Memorial Middle School and New Tazewell School. In her spare time, Goins worked as a reading instructor of LMU’s Upward Bound program. In 1990, Goins began teaching at Glenwood Elementary in Greenville, Tennessee, and in the summer of 2001, she was named principal of Glenwood.
Although Goins has seen many achievements over the years, she still counts her graduation from LMU as one of her greatest moments in life.  “I was the first one in my family to receive a college degree,” she said.  Education has remained a value to Goins. She continued her personal education by receiving the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision  and  the educational specialist degree from LMU.
 Anthony Hall
Class of 1990

Anthony Hall is a 1990 graduate of LMU, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Now in his seventh season with the Tennessee Titans organization, Hall is primarily responsible for the premium seat Club area at LP Field, as well as corporate and customer relations. On game day, Hall supervises the Corporate Hospitality area known as the Titans Tailgate Zone. Prior to joining the Titans, Hall worked for several years in the NHL and was with TENNFL for four years as part of the group that marketed PSLs prior to the opening of the Coliseum. Hall started his career with Dun and Bradstreet Corporation (NY) and DeRoyal Industries (TN).

A native of California, Hall also holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and speech from Marshall University (WV).  He and his wife Rose, also an LMU graduate and a physician, reside in Nashville with their children Wesley, Ian and Sam . Tony is a member on several boards including the American Diabetes Association and the Boys and Girls Club. He spends his free time with his family playing golf, coaching baseball and traveling.

“I often think back at my time at LMU as the greatest four years of my life. I grew up in south central Los Angeles and had a pretty big chip on my shoulder when I arrived in Harrogate, Tennessee. It was rough at first, but I soon realized that on any issue I faced, there was someone who would listen and help if needed. Several people took me ‘under their wing.’  I especially credit Dr. Gary and Frances Burchett for their kindness and support, and the advancement department (Cynthia Whitt) for teaching a young knuckle head how a business really works.”
J. Lamar Hennon
Class of 1959

J. Lamar Hennon is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Memorial University.  He came to LMU in 1955 on a baseball scholarship, where he enjoyed a successful career as a student and an athlete.  After graduation, Hennon returned to his home in North Georgia, where he taught and coached for several years.  In 1962, he entered the carpet business, and since that time, he has been involved in a number of related businesses. Currently, he is president of Carpets of Dalton.  Under his leadership, his business has grown into one of the most highly respected and well-known of its kind in the country.

Dr. Hennon was responsible for the major renovation of the baseball field at LMU in 1989, later named Lamar Hennon Field in his honor.  Dr. Hennon also contributed significantly to the 5,000 square foot auxiliary gymnasium in Tex Turner Arena to serve as a winter home for the University’s baseball and softball programs.  Currently, he serves as chair of the University’s Athletic Committee, which is working towards raising $1 million dollars.  The fundraising campaign will benefit the athletic program at LMU and its many student athletes.

In addition to generously giving of his time and talent to LMU, he is also active in supporting athletics at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia.
Col. Paris T. Houston
Class of 1930

Paris T. Houston was born in a log cabin in a remote section of Union County, Tennessee, in 1906. He attended rural elementary schools. In 1926 he graduated from the LMU Academy, then went on to further his education at LMU receiving a BA in 1930. Five years later he graduated from George Washington University Law School with a degree in juris doctor.  In 1943 he graduated from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army at the University of Michigan.

Houston began teaching elementary school in Union County in 1923.  He was employed as a clerk and accounting clerk in the Department of Justice from 1930-1936.  He then worked as an attorney, also in the Department of Justice, from 1936-1940. From 1940-1943 he was the Assistant United States Attorney or the acting United States Attorney for the Panama Canal Zone. He was the only assistant U.S. attorney and tried almost all of the criminal cases as prosecutor before the United States District Court for the Canal Zone. He prosecuted approximately 500 criminal cases and secured convictions in all of them except five. All of the jury trials for these cases resulted in verdicts of guilty. While in the Panama Canal Zone he was a member of the Bar Committee on Admissions and Grievances.

In 1943 he was commissioned in the United States Army  as a Judge Advocate officer and assigned to defend the War Department before the board of Contract Appeals.  Later on he was transferred to the Army special staff and assigned to the Army general staff as a counsel for the War Department Budget Division and the budget officer.  After release from the Army in 1947, he returned to the Department of Justice and served as Assistant Chief of the Court of Claims section of the Civil Division. He had charge of a large number of trial attorneys who handled cases involving other types of claims against the government.  In one of these cases, he saved the government from a judgment totaling $18 million in a class action suit.  He also successfully defended the government from a class action suit brought by the veterans of the Philippine Army, saving the U.S. Government approximately $1 million.

He retired from the Department of Justice in 1965.   In 1986 he was presented a Citation of Achievement by LMU.  He was also selected as Alumnus of the Year by the Alumni Association of LMU in 1986.
Kenneth Jones

Kenneth J. Jones founded Prestige Remodeling and Construction, Inc. in 1991 as a regional construction firm specializing in residential renovations and improvements. After building an impressive roster of residential projects, and in response to the growing demand for full service contractors, Mr. Jones expanded into the commercial and industrial arenas in 1997. As a result of this expansion, he also changed the company name to Prestige Construction Group, Inc. Subsequently, Prestige has become one of the region’s fastest growing minority-owned construction firms, experiencing a 60% average growth rate over the past four years. The continuing and growing success of Prestige Construction Group is evidenced by recognition by the company’s business peers.

Jones attended LMU from 1975-78 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He was a standout basketball player at LMU and was inducted into the Athletes Hall of Fame as an associate member.
In 1997, the Richmond Council for Minority Business Development named Prestige the Minority Construction Firm of the Year.  In September of 2006, the Central Virginia Business and Contractors Association chose Prestige Construction Group as its Business of the Year.

Jones currently serves on the LMU Board of Trustees.
 James Jordan
Class of 1955

Dr.  James A. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Memorial University in 1955. He attended Indiana University Medical School and completed his internship and residency at the University of Miami.

Dr. Jordan went on to establish a psychiatric practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been very active in the Board of Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. He served as President of the Florida Psychiatric Society and Chairman of The Council Florida District Branches for the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Jordan is a man of integrity who is genuinely committed to the betterment of life for others. He was president of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, alumni chapter for many years, and has spent countless hours on the phone with the local guidance counselors telling them about LMU.
Dr. James A. Jordan has been a well-known physician in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, since 1968. Prior to being a physician in Florida, he also served in the United States Army for two years as Division Psychiatrist in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Dr. Jordan currently serves on the LMU Board of Trustees.
Jack Kirstein
Class of 1958

Mr. Jack Kirstein of Marion, NC, was inducted into the LMU Educators’ Hall of Fame in a special ceremony in The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on November 8, 2003.

Jack Kirsten attended LMU from 1954-1958 on a work program. His duties included cleaning the infirmary and dormitories, working on the farm, and operating a milk route which began at 4:00 a.m. each day.  He graduated with a degree in biology and earned minors in chemistry, physics, and education. He began his teaching career in Tryon, North Carolina, in 1958 and worked on his master’s degree which he received from Appalachian State University in 1961.  His teaching experience eventually led him to Nebo High School, where he taught science from 1966-1969.  Jack quickly earned the reputation for being an outstanding teacher and a student advocate. The personal attention he gave each pupil endeared him to the hearts of those he taught.  In 1969 he was named principal of Nebo Union School, and in 1972 he became principal of the newly consolidated Nebo Elementary School.  It was there that Jack Kirstein garnered attention of colleagues as he spearheaded remarkable achievements in student success, motivation, community service, and school planning.  He was a hands-on administrator during his twenty-one years as principal, and he personally graphed each child’s strengths and weaknesses and involved teachers, specialists, and volunteers in charting an individual course for each student’s success.  He was frequently seen in the cafeteria taking money from his wallet to give to a child who needed help, working alongside the maintenance staff on special projects, or supervising students on the weekend in the school’s gym so they would have a safe place to play.  Superintendent David Ricketts said, “He took Nebo on as his family.”  And Jack Kirstein gave his “family” 110 percent.

Upon his retirement in 1993, a local paper said, “Hollywood legends leave their handprints on the walk of fame, but a McDowell County legend has left his influence on the hearts and minds of hundreds of children.”

The letters of recommendation the Hall of Fame Committee received on Mr. Kirstein’s behalf are replete with anecdotes of his devotion and his efforts toward helping children in his charge.  There is also a list of community and state-level awards and recognitions that covers several pages.  Included among the honors are his Principal of the Year recognitions and the naming of the street in front of Nebo School as Jack Kirstein Circle.

As evidenced by the testimonies of those who know him, he has lived and worked by this, his adopted creed:
“What WILL matter most one hundred years from now? It will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like.  But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.”
 James K. Mathews
Class of 1934

Bishop James K. Mathews has this to say about his LMU experience.
“Never in my whole life did I experience time dragging on in seemingly endless more than I did during this interlude, the year after high school.  My income during that period was supposed to have been put aside for college expenses. As it happened it actually went toward family support. I did not resent this. It was just a fact of life for me.  Nevertheless, I was determined to get university training somehow, somewhere.  A boyhood friend of my father was chancellor of Lincoln Memorial University. He invited me to study there. One could attend LMU tuition-free and work to cover all the expenses, a little after the manner of Berea College in Kentucky. This appealed to me, for I arrived on campus with only $100 to my name. Thirty-three months later (for I took no school holidays) I emerged with a Bachelor of Arts degree and $30 in hand.

‘ It was tough going. Through that period I worked at all manner of things for an average of four hours a day, for which I was credited with thirty cents an hour toward my expenses. Most of the other students had to do much the same. We quarried limestone, an exhausting and dirty task. We also dug ditches, did farm work, moved lawn, scrubbed floors, made soap, washed windows, baked bread, served as butchers, made jam and apple butter, washed dishes, and waited tables (at one time or another , I did all of these).   My academic record was good, for I graduated from college as valedictorian and became known as something of an orator. Prizes came my way in speech, debate, and premedical studies.

“Lincoln Memorial University was not an Ivy-league institution, but some of our professors were of that caliber, offering excellent teaching in English, chemistry, physics, social science and philosophy. As in primary and secondary schools, I feel lasting gratitude to my professors. The mountain people were as solid and unpretentious as they were reputed to be. I developed good friends among both benders, but since my subsequent work took me far afield, those friendships were not to be lifelong.

‘I fully intended to become a surgeon and pursued studies to that end. That was to change radically during my second year. I was then redirected toward the Christian ministry. Several persons influenced me in this change.’
Tom Milhorn
Class of 1960

Tom Milhorn graduated magna cum laude from LMU with a double major in mathematics and physics and a minor in chemistry.  At the end of his first year in college, he received an award for having the highest academic average in the freshman class.

Upon graduation he received an award for having the highest academic average in scientific subjects. The same year, he received a National Institutes of Health graduate fellowship, making it possible for him to do graduate work. Under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Guyton, he obtained his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1964. Afterwards, he did a biomathematics postdoctoral fellowship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

In 1964, with the beginning rank of assistant professor, Dr. Milhorn joined Dr. Guyton’s department. Afterwards, he received a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award that allowed him the freedom to pursue his career. During this time he was the director of the Mississippi Biomedical Engineering program, a joint program among the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. In 1975, he received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a family practice residency and is board certified in that specialty. He is also certified in addiction medicine by The American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a Licensed Certified Mental Health Therapist. From 1964 to 1992, he did research on a variety of topics dealing with the human respiratory system (funded by The National Institutes of Health and The National Aeronautical and Space Administration), as well as research in the family medicine area. He also taught medical students, nursing students, graduate students and residents. He has spoken all over the United States, including universities, medical schools, medical association meetings, physiological conferences, biomedical engineering conferences, various engineering society conferences (IEEE, ASME, AIChE), and lay meetings. He has participated in medical programs in Spain, England, Sweden and, just before its collapse, the Soviet Union.

In 1992, Dr. Milhorn retired from the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with the ranks of professor of family medicine, professor of physiology and biophysics, and associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior. After five years in private practice in Meridian, Mississippi and four years of doing addiction medicine and general medicine at East Mississippi State Hospital, he is now permanently retired, except for reading, writing, web design, and various other hobbies.

Dr. Milhorn is the author of well over 150 research and medical education papers and chapters as well as several books.
 Mark Padgett
Classes of 2000 and 2002

Mark Padgett graduated from LMU in 2000, receiving the Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education and received the Master of Business Administration from LMU two years later. As an undergraduate, Padgett was a member of the Railsplitter basketball team.
Since completing his MBA, Padgett has found success in both the public and private sectors. While still a graduate student, Padgett became an integral member of Phil Bredesen’s gubernatorial campaign team in Knox County. After winning in a highly contested Knox County, Bredesen publicly lauded Padgett’s efforts. He went on to assume a position in state government under Governor Bredesen.

While in Nashville, Padgett developed a business plan for products that would assist city and county governments across the state and in 2005, that plan became eGovernment Solutions, LLC. Today, eGovernment Solutions provides numerous online services to counties across Tennessee that assists county clerks in meeting titling and registration needs. The company also became the first vendor to offer online car tag renewals.
Kelli Parker
Class of 1999

Kelli Parker grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., dreaming one day she would be able to surround herself with a variety of interesting people and somehow relate and touch people through her words and actions.

She discovered at a very early age television is where she could fulfill those roles. Many of her childhood friends and family were certainly glad to hear she chose this career path, after all for years she made them play meteorologists, sportscasters and even health reporters when she would tape mock newscasts on her family’s video camera.

While attending Lincoln Memorial University, on a tennis and academic scholarship, she got her first real taste of broadcasting at the University’s television station in Harrogate, Tenn., then known as W18AN.

It was there she earned her first broadcasting honor, being named the recipient of the Sigmon Award of Broadcasting Excellence.

After graduation she followed her dream and her new husband to Clarksville, Tennessee. She landed her first job at WKAG, a station in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and worked her way up from a one-man-band, to a full time reporter and prime-time anchor of the 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 newscasts.

Returning to live in Knoxville, Kelli was offered a position as news anchor at CBS-affiliate WVLT-TV.  She served the Knoxville area in this capacity for several years before taking a hiatus from television to raise her two sons.
 Jeanne Hahn Pedigo
Class of 1949

Jeanne Hahn Pedigo is a 1949 LMU graduate and member of the Professional Hall of Fame.  In 2003, she was elected to the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

An aeronautical engineer, with degrees in physics and mathematics and graduate work in aviation management, she did aviation research at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field, which later became NASA.  Pedigo was on design teams for the F-86 Saber Jet aircraft, the F-100 Super Saber jet aircraft at North American Aviation corporation in Englewood, California, and at the Missile Division in Downey, California, where she worked on a design for a stellar supervised guidance system for unmanned missiles.  She later became technical service analyst for the program conducting briefings for Pentagon officials.

She married Roanoke businessman William Pedigo and moved back to Virginia.  Governor Holton appointed her to the Virginia Aviation Board in 1971 where she served until 1986 having been reappointed by Governors Dalton, Godwin and Robb.  For six years she served as chairman of the Aviation Board, the only woman ever to hold that position.  She resigned in 1986 to re-enter private industry, serving as director of Business Planning and Governmental Affairs for Campbell and Paris Engineers in Chantilly, Virginia.  In 1998, Governor Gilmore appointed her to serve another term on the Aviation Board.  She left the Board and the engineering firm in 2002 and now does some free-lance consulting for the aviation industry.  Pedigo continues to be active in many aviation-related organizations.  She is a member of the Hall of Fame for the Salem Educational Foundation in Virginia.
Don Pope
Class of 1952

Alexander Pope said, "All mankind's concern is charity," and Donald Eugene Pope is a man who has spent his life putting legs to love and charity toward his fellow man. When he learned that two of his friends who could not otherwise have gone to college were able to attend Lincoln Memorial University because of scholarships they received, he decided an institution that showed such concern for human beings was the place for him. He enrolled at LMU in 1951 and was a student here until his education was interrrupted by the Korean War.

After Mr. Pope returned to civilian life, he began a highly successful career in manufacturing, constructing steel buildings and working in real estate development. fro condominiums, residential neighborhoods and farming. Throughout his life, Mr. Pope has been a man who has quietly gone about doing things. He has helped a multitude of people, and he does his good deeds quietly without fanfare. He has given selflessly to many causes and he has frequently aided individuals. He is devoted to his family, and yet he finds time to be a remarkable public servant and community-minded citizen.

His name on Pope Hall on the main campus of LMU is a wonderful reminder of what the generosity of a giving hert and the hard work of a dedicated spirit can accomplish.
 Lon Reed
Class of 1926

Dr. Reed was born in Sneedville, Tennessee, son of the late Henry S. and Sara Morgan Reed. Coming from a family of staunch pioneers, Lon Reed and his father rode mules to LMU from Sneedville in order for Lon to attend LMU. He graduated cum laude from LMU in 1926 and then graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1935 and served his internship with the U. S. Naval Hospital in New York.

His wife was from Collierville, Tennessee, and completed a nursing program at the UT Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met Dr. Reed. Dr. Reed was superintendent of schools in Trenton, Georgia, for five years  .Mrs. Reed’s father, a dentist, had a friend in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who needed a young doctor to help him in his medical practice. They went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and began a general practice which was to span a period of 40 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hot Springs, past president and member of the Mid-South Post Graduate Medical Association, member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Arkansas Medical Society and the Garland County Medical Society.  He was a member of the Hot Springs Lodge 62 P. & A.M., 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, Royal Order of Jesters, first president of the Hot Springs Shrine Club and received his 50 year Masonic pin in 1977.  He was also a life member of the Elks Club.

When Dr. Lon and Elizabeth Parr Reed passed away (in 1980 and 2003 respectively), their plans for giving to Lincoln Memorial University continued to reflect their special love for this institution where he got his start in life.  In October 2007, LMU dedicated  the medical library as The Lon and Elizabeth Parr Reed Medical and Allied Health Library, which is located in the Carnegie-Vincent library, in honor of the Reeds.
George Scarbrough
Class of 1947

George Scarbrough was born in a clapboard cabin in Patty, Polk County, TN, in 1915.  He was the third of seven children in a family of sharecroppers which moved frequently around the County during his early years.  He was an avid reader from his earliest years, and showed literary inclinations which seemed very strange in the County at the time.  George attended the University of Tennessee in 1935-36, the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, for two years on scholarship during the war in 1941-43 and then taught at several schools.  He entered LMU and graduated with a B.A. degree cum laude in 1947.  He received a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1954, and later attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

He has published poetry in more than 65 magazines and journals over many years, and was published in poetry five times in 1997.  He has also published five major books of poetry and one novel.  Scarbrough’s first book of poetry, Tellico Blue, was published by E.P. Dutton in New York in 1949.  Dutton also published two additional Scarbrough books of poetry:  The Counse is Upward (1951) and Summer So-Called in 1956.  Iris Press published Scarbrough’s New and Selected Poems in 1977, and it was greeted with widespread acclaim.  St. Lake’s Press published Invitation to Kim in `1989, and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1990.  Iris Audio Publications published an audio tape of Scarbrough reading and commenting upon a selection of his poetry in 1997.  The tape is called Ice Storm and Other Poems read by the Author, George Scarbrough.

Critics have been uniformly ecstatic about George Scarbrough’s writing over the years, and it seems clear that he will occupy an important place in 20th century literature.
 Scot Shields
Class of 1997

As many baseball players have done, former Railsplitter pitcher Scot Shields had been in the minor leagues for several years, inching his way toward making it to play in the big leagues.  A 38th round draft pick by the Anaheim Angels organization in the 1997 major league baseball draft, Shields started his professional career with the single-A Boise Hawks in Boise, Idaho.  He posted a 7-2 record in his first season, while accumulating a 2.94 earned run average.

In 1998, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he again played single-A baseball, and in 1999 he was transferred to the Lake Elsinore single-A farm club.  There Shields seem to shine, and represented Lake Elsinore in the 1999 California League-Carolina League All-Star game, and was the Angels’ 1999 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

In 2000, Shields was moved up to AAA ball in Edmonton, Ontario, Canada, where he had a successful year for the Trappers.  And in 2001, he was moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he pitched 11 innings for the Stingers before getting moved up to the Anaheim Angels, making his major league debut on May 26, 2001.  While his time on the mound was limited that season, it appeared that the former Railsplitter had finally arrived professionally.  He pitched in the 2002 World Series which Anaheim eventually won.

Today, Shields is still on the Angels 40-man roster and is referred to by Manager Mike Scioscia as the “team's most valuable pitcher from last season,” and the way the reliever is pitching in 2005, he's not close to handing over his title.
Roy Shoffner
Class of 1950

Roy Shoffner, Jr. came to LMU after graduating from Middlesboro High School in 1946 and graduated in 1950 with a major in English.  He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and upon discharge, returned to Middlesboro where he was a successful businessman in many different ventures.

These ventures include: starting his own plastic pipe manufacturing company, the Drua-Lina Corporation; four Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, located in Middlesboro, Harlan, Cumberland, Kentucky  and Tazewell, Tennessee; owner of the Shoffner Gulf Service; Director of the National Bank; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Middlesboro Federal Savings and Loan Company.

Roy brought Middlesboro and the area to the attention of the national media in 1992. He financed an expedition to bring a World War II P-38 fighter plane out of the ice in Greenland where the downed plane had rested since July of 1942.  This plane is also referred to as the “Glacier Girl” because Shoffner rescued it from  under 268 feet of snow in  Greenland.
 Henry Spencer
Class of 1947

Dr. Henry Spencer received his BS from Lincoln Memorial University in 1947 and continued his education at the Medical College of Virginia where he earned his MD. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-45.

Dr. Spencer was been published in the Virginia Medical Monthly for his research on the limitations of the Oral Cholecystogram.  He also did clinical research as part of the original trial on Cholegrafin with 200 patients with Drs. Groover, Christe and Merrett and Dr. Charles Bickam prior to its release in 1995-96.

Dr. Spencer taught medical students on a rotational basis  and also lectured to family practice residents.

He was chairman of the board of the Christ Church School, and was third district chairman, president of the Vam Pac; president of St. Luke’s Education Trust, chief of radiology, Sheltering Arms Hospital and Chief of Staff, Welfare Board of the City of Richmond.  He also served on the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees and the Abraham Lincoln Museum Board of Visitors.

Dr. Spencer’s hospital appointments included: Chief of the Department of Radiology at McGuire Clinic St. Luke’s Hospital; Imperial Hospital, Westbrook Psychiatric Hospital; President and Chairman of the Board at McGuire Clinic, Inc.; President and Chairman of the Board at St. Luke’s Hospital and also as Chief of Staff.

Dr. Spencer retired from the McGuire Clinic – St. Luke’s on December 31, 1987.  After his retirement he ran a private practice in radiology and did several hours a week of church work for the Presbytery as Chairman of the Church Development Committee.  Dr. Spencer also served LMU as President of the Washington-Richmond Alumni Chapter.
M. Burns Stanley
Class of 1941

M. Burns Stanley was born in McClure, Virginia, May 19, 1920.  He attended junior high and high school in Bluefield, Virginia, but graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1937.

After two years at Frostburg State Teachers College, he transferred to LMU where he became active in numerous organizations.  He was associate editor of Blue & Gray (the LMU newspaper), associate editor of the Railsplitter yearbook and a member of the Tau Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  In 1941, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Mr. Stanley earned the master’s degree in history from Emory University in 1942.  He then entered the Marine Corps and soon found himself fighting in World War II, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in critical battle engagements.  Mr. Stanley later retired as a marine colonel.

He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1950 and a master’s degree in law from Wayne State University Law School in 1959. Mr. Stanley was hired as assistant attorney general for the State of West Virginia in 1949 and in 1951 he went o n to work for Ford Motor Company as an attorney.

In his 31 years of service as an attorney at Ford. he was  instrumental in developing guidelines for state taxations of large businesses.  He was the founding member of the Committee on State Taxation and served as president of International Tax Executives Institute.  He also served as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University from 1957-77.  He was  a speaker on state, local, federal and international taxes before numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, Canadian Tax Foundation, United States Tax Foundation, California Taxpayers Association and the Michigan Bar Association.  His biography has appeared in both Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
 Eugene “Mose” Ward
Class of 1956

The Eugene “Mose” Ward bridge, an overpass on I-81, was named in 1976 for the February Person of the Month.  “I’m not sure I like the idea of having a bunch of people driving their cars over me, but naming a bridge for me was an honor,” Ward said.

Ward resigned from the Tennessee Public Service Commission as assistant general counsel in 1980.  That same year he was appointed staff attorney for Nashville Electric Service; in March 1986 he was named general counsel for NES, the 10th largest publicly-owned electric utility in the United States.  He also heads up Government Affairs for NES, serving as lobbyist, both on the stte and Congressional levels.

The writer of three songs with Webb Pierce (“I Miss the Little Things,” “Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful” and I’m Going to be a Swinger,” “That was before the word became objectionable,” he stressed, Ward is a member of the Country Music Association and former member of the ASCAP.  He serves as counsel for the Reunion of Professional Entertainers, Inc., a non-profit organization seeking to establish a retirement home for musicians and performance artists.

Some of the other organizations which count Ward as a member are the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Legal Committee.
Dudley Williams
LMU Academy, Class of 1929-30

Dr. Dudley Williams held the AB, MA and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina.  He was a student at the high school of Lincoln Memorial University in 1929 and 1930, during which time he was inspired by such instructors as Vernon Baldwin, Frank Grannis and Professor LeRoy Johnson.  He was an excellent chemistry and physics student and had a most distinguished career as a professor which spanned 60 years.

Dr. Williams was an instructor at the University of Florida until 1941 at which time he went to the M.I.T. Radiation Laboratory where he worked for one year.  He then went to the University of Oklahoma where he was an assistant professor.  During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos Laboratory, University of California.  He was an associate professor at Ohio State University where he was acting chair for two years.
Dr. Williams was a Guggenheim Fellow at Zeeman Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, and at Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford in 1956.

He was N.S.F. Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute d’Astrophysique, University de Lege, and National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, in 1961-62.

From 1963-64, he served as professor and head of the department at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

He went to Kansas State University as Regents Professor of Physics in 1964, and was there until 1982.

Among his honorary and professional memberships were Fellow of American Physical Society, National President of the Optical Society of America and Associate Editor of that association’s journal, member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, President of Ohio Chapter of Sigma XI and President of Kansas State Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Williams had hundreds of articles in print which are used all over the country.

Other Noteworthy Alumni
 Class of 1944, Wilson Scoggins –  career in teaching and in professional research spanned more than 30 years.  He was a faculty member at LMU from 1949-1952, and again from 19955-1957.  Scoggins also served two stints with Phillips Petroleum – 1952-1955 and 1957 until his retirement in 1982.  With Phillips, he conducted research in organic analytical chemistry with emphasis on determining very low concentrations of various organic species used in petroleum refining processes.
Class of 1984, Lisa Sanford Howard – successfully manages her own optometry practice in nearby Middlesboro, KY.  She is an active alumnae in LMU’s music program, frequently participating in the community chorus.

 Class of 1985, Rachel Peach Denton – a teacher and coach in Rowlett, TX, received the 2004 Sharon Smith Memorial Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year Award for the Dallas Metropolitan Area.  The presentation was made at the Dallas FCA Tom Landry Golf Classic Tee Banquet. She was also inducted into LMU's Athletes Hall of Fame in 2008.
Class of 1996, Anil Kumar Agrawal – was named one of 40 Under Forty in the September 2003 issue of The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/ Virginia.  Agrawal is the chief operations officer at EcoQuest International, Inc., a multi-million dollar marketing and manufacturing company based in Greenville, Tenn.  In his spare time, he volunteers at the Regional Indo-American Community Center, where he has significantly contributed to the development of a worship hall and community center. "The individual attention I received from faculty and the opportunities I had to work closely with several student organizations and administrative departments at Lincoln Memorial University prepared me to be a successful leader in the business world and in community development. I don't believe that I would have had these opportunities at a larger university. The hospitality and friendliness of administrative staff and faculty was also wonderful and left me with great memories and relationships that I will cherish forever."
Class of 2000 – Nicole Hamati Justice – is a teacher in Orlando, Florida.  Before entering the classroom, Nicole served as a sea turtle specialist at Nova Southeastern University.  One of her duties was to patrol the beaches of Florida and Costa Rica rescuing baby sea turtles as they hatched.