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Master Planner
Marilyn Weinstein is using the planning tools she picked up in Atlanta to help a small Michigan city
By Maria Lameiras

Planning Director Marilyn Weinstein says experiencing Atlanta’s explosive growth helped prepare her for her role in Taylor, Mich., where projects include a new downtown development authority and a ring road that is being built in cooperation with two neighboring communities.
Marilyn Weinstein learned her craft in a very large laboratory—Atlanta, population: about two million. She refined her skills helping to bring renewed vigor to Detroit’s struggling suburbs.

Weinstein earned her master’s in city planning from Georgia Tech at the advent of Atlanta’s explosive expansion in the 1980s. Now, she’s applying her talents as planning director for the blue-collar town of Taylor, Mich.

“It was really a good program, and being in Atlanta at the beginning of its growth spurt made it an incredible environment in which to learn about planning,” Weinstein said. “The synergy between what we were learning and the things that were going on around us was amazing. Every planning commission meeting I went to was interesting.”

Though an expert in the field today, Weinstein seemed an unlikely prospect for the profession. In the early ’80s, Weinstein was a young mother of two with an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Sir George Williams in Montreal. But she reconsidered her career path while working with her husband, Jay Weinstein, a Fulbright scholar and sociology professor at Georgia Tech.

After Marilyn earned her master’s in 1986, the Weinsteins moved to Michigan, where Jay accepted a position as head of the sociology department at Eastern Michigan University. Marilyn took a job with the Down River Community Conference, a consortium of 17 communities in metropolitan Detroit. She was the state-funded organization’s assistant director of economic development.

“It was fascinating because the area was so totally the opposite of Atlanta,” Weinstein said. “Michigan was just coming out of a terrible time, a recession that lasted nearly 10 years. There had been a major change in the auto industry, and factories were closing all over. It was really a devastating time for Michigan.

“We had just come from Atlanta, which was booming and had gone from 1 million to 2 million population in a short time, while at the same time Detroit was losing population.”

Weinstein’s department at the Down River Community Conference was responsible for keeping and attracting companies to the mostly blue-collar area, working with the companies to help them grow and prosper. After three and a half years with the conference, Weinstein took a position as zoning administrator in Taylor, one of the conference communities.

She was given nearly free reign to oversee zoning and planning requests as they came in to the city.

“I was the only planner there,” she said. “My boss was an architect, and because this coincided with a time when Taylor had a lot of steady growth going on, then as development came in, we could determine how it would look,” Weinstein said.

Taylor—population 70,000—had seen little commercial development, and no residential development, since the 1970s. New growth provided an opportunity to give the town a much-needed infusion of vitality.

“Things were kind of tired. The area hadn’t seen a lot of investment for a while, but then the city began to jump-start industrial development,” Weinstein said. Clean industries and commercial developments keen on moving into the area were more than willing to grant the planning department’s requests for increased buffers and better landscaping. The suggestions have since become part of the city’s zoning ordinance, which has been recently updated to keep pace with the changing face of the area.

As clean industries and national retailers moved in, so did residential developers. They began to fill a need for “move-up” housing, building homes in the $180,000 to $500,000 range. Nine subdivisions are now under development in Taylor.

Last year, after her boss left his job, the city reorganized the department, creating the position of planning director and putting Weinstein in the job.

Weinstein is still adjusting to her role as administrator, where now she focuses more on long-range planning for the city, after years of putting together letters and proposals to take to the city’s planning commission.

“I kind of miss it,” she said with a laugh.

Now, Weinstein’s time is taken up with several large projects, including a new downtown development authority and a ring-road project with two neighboring communities. But she says the work in her adopted hometown has been satisfying in a very personal way.

“What I’ve absolutely loved is that I can point to things and say, ‘I was a participant in creating that.’ It is very satisfying because you feel like you’re really making a difference.” GT

Maria Lameiras is an Atlanta freelance writer.

The craze exposed students to the bare essentials, but administrators weren’t caught with their pants down
By John Dunn

By the barest coincidence, 25 years ago many Georgia Tech students divested themselves of all encumbrances, faced the naked truth and joined in one of the zaniest phenomena ever to flash across college campuses—streaking.

“Strident streakers stagger snickering spectators; bosoms, bottoms bared in ravenous record race,” read the headline in the March 8, 1974, Technique. The article was accompanied by a judiciously cropped photo of several free-spirited, jubilant male students parading across campus in their birthday suits.

“It just popped up like a wildfire,” said Gary Bottoms, IM ’75, associate editor of the 1974 Blueprint, who vividly remembers the night it began.

A member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Bottoms said someone gave a startled shout and he looked out the window to see “a whole herd of people going down Fifth Street with no clothes on—yelling and cutting up.

“It was a large crowd—a parade—going down Fifth Street,” laughed Bottoms, who now has his own insurance consulting firm and serves on the Alumni Association board of trustees. “It was definitely something to go out and watch.”

David Dinkins was news editor for the Technique working on a deadline at about 2 a.m. when he looked out the window to see streakers dashing through the darkness.

Dinkins, Mgt ’76, now with the Jacksonville (Fla.) Electric Authority, said he and editor Charlie O’Hanlon rushed out to cover—or uncover—the story. “Streaking was a craze happening on campuses scattered all over the country,” Dinkins said, but when it happened at Tech, “it came as a total surprise.”

In what was known as Area III, where the Student Athletic Complex is now, Dinkins said streakers could be seen scampering across the fields.

Dinkins went to the top of what was known as the Commons Building and saw a crowd of approximately 1,000 student spectators gathered below. At 2:30 a.m., the first group of streakers arrived walking nonchalantly down the streets. The next entourage of streakers included men and a few women in vehicles, and a large crowd of male streakers following after a vehicle in which two Tech coeds rode topless.

Later, when it appeared to Dinkins that activities were about to wane, a “new wave of streakers crested the hill across Ferst Drive from Area III. They paused momentarily to organize and watch for traffic and the whole mob flooded onto the muddy Area III soccer field.

“I’ll never forget the scene of all of them coming up over the hill, going down through the plaza and across the grass in front of the student center. It looked like the D-Day invasion—with a big exception,” he laughed.

“There were only about 100 females in the whole school,” Dinkins reckoned. “Guys gathered at the girls’ dorms and called for them to come out.”

Approximately 400 male streakers gathered at Fitten Dorm and chanted, “Streak, streak, streak,” to the female students, who turned a cold shoulder to the prospect. Dinkins rushed over to Armstrong dormitory, where streaking male students chanting “We want coeds” were showered in “a rain of bras and panties.”

At one of the women’s dorms, Dinkins said, the door was left ajar and some exuberant male streakers rushed inside only to be met by a no-nonsense female resident adviser who chased them out with a broom.

The streaking craze did not catch Georgia Tech administrators with so much as untucked shirttails. The first night’s escapade came to an end about 4 a.m. when Dean of Students Jim Dull, appropriately dressed, climbed up on a stump and, surrounded by streakers, led the crowd in singing the Ramblin’ Wreck fight song. He then dismissed them to “go get some sleep.”

When the first incidents of streaking were reported, Georgia Tech put its “emergency plan” into effect, closing off streets with access to the campus, attempting to contain the situation and protect students from over-exposure. No arrests were made, and the only incident Dull recalls was that a nude couple riding a motorcycle suffered minor lacerations when the cycle skidded out from under them. They were treated at the campus infirmary, he said. Dull made his early morning appearance on campus after weary police called to complain that it looked as if activities were going to last all night long.

The campus-wide streaking resumed about 9 p.m. Wednesday, and Dinkins was aboard the first “streaker bus” headed for Area III. Tech students planned to break the standing national record of 500 streakers and rally 600 streakers to the cause.

Spectators had swelled to estimates ranging from between 2,000 and 5,000 students. Overnight, streaking had become much more creative than simply appearing au naturel. Streakers came on foot, via automobile and riding skateboards, motorcycles, bicycles, unicycles and even a pogo stick. And some streakers came adorned only in body paint.

A television crew arrived with a helicopter, and Dinkins said the “streakers rose to the occasion, massing together the largest group of streakers yet assembled.” “The photographers were going crazy,” Bottoms remembered. “We had a lot of friends wanting to come to the Blueprint office to look. The streakers were uninhibited—and it wasn’t just guys. There were a lot of girls, too.”

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Dull made a repeat appearance, again leading the streakers in singing the Ramblin’ Wreck song, before dismissing them to return to their rooms.

“I think some of the students were a little worried about the photographs after it was all over,” Dull said. “They didn’t know if their picture had been taken or where it might show up.”

Dr. Dave McGill recognized several of his students in a photo that appeared in the campus newspaper. Next day, he announced in Dynamics class, “I see in the Technique that some of you are getting a little behind in your work.” Everyone roared but the red-faced guilty parties.

Some of the photographs showed up anonymously and unsolicited in Dean Dull’s office, and Dull couldn’t resist summoning some of the students.

“Can you give me three reasons why I shouldn’t send this photograph to your parents?” Dull would ask solemnly as the squirming student examined the photo. Taking it back, Dull tore the photo into pieces and consigned it to the trash basket, allowing the student to depart with a sigh of relief.

“It was spontaneous,” Bottoms said of Tech’s two-day spree of cheeky students and frivolity. “It was unbelievable; it was weird.” GT

Shuttle Veteran
Astronaut Jan Davis returns to Marshall Space Flight Center

Davis Space shuttle veteran Jan Davis, Georgia Tech’s first female astronaut, returned to the Marshall Space Flight Center in July as deputy director of its new Flight Projects Directorate—the office responsible for overseeing the development of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Operations Integration Center.

Davis, Biol ’75, also will support various elements of the ISS including its environmental and life support systems, nodes, multi-purpose logistics modules and commercial express racks. In addition, she will work closely with the Boeing Co. as it continues construction and structural testing of ISS elements and truss segments.

Davis, who has flown three shuttle missions, was an engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1987 when she was selected as an astronaut.

“Jan has the unique capability of using her vast technical knowledge and her superb interpersonal skills to effectively provide to NASA management timely, objective, non-advocacy assessments,” said Fred Gregory, associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. “She will be greatly missed.”

She has spent more than 670 hours in space over the course of her three flights. Davis first flew in September 1992 on STS-47, a dedicated life-science and materials-processing mission.

Her next flight was in 1994 as a member of the STS-60 crew where she had the primary responsibility for supporting Wake Shield Facility experiments into thin-film crystal growth in a microgravity environment. Her most recent flight was as Payload Commander for the STS-85 mission in 1997. During that mission, she successfully deployed and retrieved the CRISTA-SPAS satellite and demonstrated operation of the Japanese Manipulator Flight Demonstration robotic arm.

“Jan’s experience in mission operations, her excellent relations with the crew office at Johnson Space Center, and her unique understanding of how Marshall and Johnson can work together will be of great benefit to us as the space station is built,” said Art Stephenson, director of Marshall Space Flight Center.

Davis began her career at Marshall in 1979, leading a team responsible for structural analysis and verification of the Hubble Space telescope, the HST servicing mission, and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Prior to being selected as an astronaut, she was the lead engineer for the redesign of the solid rocket booster external tank attach ring. She is a recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, Exceptional Service Medal and Space Flight Medal.

In addition to her Georgia Tech undergraduate degree, Davis did graduate research work at the University of Alabama in Huntsville also has a degree from Auburn University and has earned her doctorate.

During her career as an astronaut, Davis has been a frequent speaker at Georgia Tech Clubs and has returned to campus on several occasions, most recently at a Georgia Tech Women’s Leadership Conference in February, a student-led event which recognized her as an outstanding alumna.

At that event, she recalled being told she was “nuts” to want to go to Tech, to want to work at NASA, to believe she could become an astronaut. Having achieved all three ambitions, she said, “You must hold on to your dreams. If you do, they will become your reality.”

Davis spoke at Tech’s 1993 fall quarter graduation, where she urged students to make their dreams their goals. She quoted Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost—that is where they should be. Now, put the foundations under them.” GT

Don't Look Away, But Play Dixie
When being too touchy about the past doesn’t help the present
By Rick Nowlin

Nowlin When I first stepped onto the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 1979, one of the first things I noticed was the ubiquity of the Confederate flag—on cars, in dormitory windows and especially in fraternity houses.

But did seeing the “Stars and Bars” on a daily basis intimidate me, then an 18-year-old black student from the North? Was I nervous being in the midst of a bunch of Southern rednecks out to do me harm because I happened to be the wrong color?

Not in the least.

Unlike many African Americans who cower at the sight of a rebel flag, I understood the history behind it.

I was reminded of that experience upon learning of the controversy at Woodland Hills High School, where the marching band plans to perform a program of Civil War music. Part of the show includes—gasp!—Confederate flags and a performance of “Dixie.”

So now the Urban League and the NAACP are up in arms, demanding the band either get rid of the offensive parts or else cancel the show.

My advice? Let it go, people. Let it go.

Because whether we like it or not, history can be ugly.

The first thing anyone who knows anything about the Civil War knows is that the two sides did not really take up arms over the issue of black slavery, per se. That came later, to further justify the North’s participation in the war.

What happened initially was that 13 Southern states, generally sensitive to encroachments on their sovereignty even to this day, originally left the Union largely due to resentment over what they perceived as consistent heavy-handedness on the part of the federal government.

As a matter of fact, their unanimous opposition to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s had every bit as much to do with trying to tell Washington, D.C., to go to hell as it did maintaining their brutal racist caste system. (And of course, as I’m sure some Southerners would be glad to remind us, their “Jim Crow” laws were actually inspired by de facto Northern segregation.)

Besides that, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee himself opposed slavery; the union Gen. William T. Sherman, despised to this day for torching Atlanta, couldn’t have cared less.

Even President Lincoln, the “great emancipator,” was hardly liberal on the issue of race, at least by today’s standards. He had stated while campaigning that blacks were an inferior race and should be shipped back to Africa, a popular sentiment in that time even among abolitionists.

Therefore, it is simply coincidental, and not necessarily historically accurate, that the Stars and Bars has become the quintessential symbol for Southern racism. Yes, the Ku Klux Klan generally displays it proudly even now during demonstrations; you must remember, however, that the Klan, originally indigenous to the South, didn’t even begin as a racist organization.

Here, as often elsewhere in American history, blacks were barely an afterthought.

Furthermore, I wonder if it’s ever occurred to anyone that some folks sing “Dixie” precisely because it now has an offensive context.

It happened from time to time at Georgia Tech football games, particularly when the “gentlemen of the Olde South” of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity would “serenade” the university’s Afro-American Association, many of whose leaders came from the North. Perhaps if they hadn’t reacted so strongly, the KAs wouldn’t have done it.

Here’s where it gets ridiculous: Should people protest against The Nashville Network for currently rerunning the late-’70s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard”? If you remember, the heroes’ bright-red "muscle car" sported a rebel flag.

Similarly, what good would come from boycotting the band Chicago’s 1972 live Carnegie Hall album? There’s a snippet of “Dixie” during the flute solo on the anti-war suite “It Better End Soon.” (It should be noted that it was followed immediately with “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”)

Some will tell you that the WHHS band will reopen old wounds by performing what they might consider a culturally and racially insensitive half-time show. Wrong. The overreaction—that’s exactly what it is—demonstrates that those wounds never truly healed in the first place. Desk picture

Despite what they might say, it’s not really the kids’ feelings the grown-ups in this case are trying to protect. It’s their own.

The deeper truth here is that a large segment of the African-American community still suffers greatly from emotional paralysis caused by the understandably excruciating pain of the past. But that’s no way to live, and I for one refuse to let the past dictate my present or future.

At some point, we will all have to confront the truth about our history, regardless of the discomfort it may cause. AA has this as one of its dozen promises to recovering alcoholics: “We will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it.”

Perhaps that’s what adherents of the civil rights movement really should have meant when they sang “We Shall Overcome.” GT

Rick Nowlin, Cls ’84, is news assistant of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After attending his freshman year at Georgia Tech, he went on to earn a degree in media communications from the University of Pittsburgh. He wrote the first-person editorial in response to controversy surrounding the playing of “Dixie” by Woodland Hills High School, in the suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood where he lives. Copyright, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1999, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

The First Rebel Yells
Russell Sorrell’s new book tells how the Revolutionary War was influenced by little-known Southern battles
By Shawn Jenkins

Book Cover Russell Sorrells’ 20-year quest to trace his family tree back to a historical battle has resulted in a first-time novel that explains how the South helped win the Revolutionary War. In his historical fiction The Yelling Boys: A Story of the American Revolution in the South, Sorrells, AE ’62, a descendent of colonial combatants in the Battle for King’s Mountain, S.C., chronicles the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign in 1780-81, which saw hundreds of volunteer riflemen come out of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains to tangle with the British.

Predecessors of the “rebel yell,” these Yelling Boys got their nickname from their hair-raising war cry.

“I just kind of backed into this subject because I had family that fought in that battle,” Sorrells said. “Everyone who has a Southern family background probably has someone who fought at one of the three battles—King’s Mountain, the Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse—that I depict in the book. Those were the three key battles that led to Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown.”

A retired engineer with NASA and the Air Force, Sorrells began investigating his family ties to the skirmish by researching a number of books on the subject and pouring over his own family geneaologies.

“The more research I did, the more I realized that the American Revolution was won in the South,” Sorrells said. “And no one has ever told that story, which kind of mystifies me because we (Southerners) won that one. I thought, ‘Somebody needs to tell that story.’

"It’s been kind of an adventure—an ongoing hobby for 20 or 30 years. When I finally sat down to do it, the writing process took about six months. I did a lot of technical writing when I worked for the Department of Defense, but this is the first fiction I’ve ever attempted.”

The 317-page book, published by Professional Press, is now available in bookstores and via the Internet.

As a member of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, a historical preservation group, Sorrells has worked to make his ancestors’ old stomping ground, the King’s Mountain Battleground Trail, a certified national historic trail. He even pulls out his black-powder musket and ‘coon-skin cap once each year to participate in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of King’s Mountain. GT

Learning for the Love of it
John Bordelon spent 11 years pursuing his dream of a doctorate from Georgia Tech
By Jackie Nemeth

Bordelon Imagine having a full-time job, raising a family and dealing with life’s peaks and valleys—all while pursuing a doctorate at Georgia Tech, a full-time job in itself.

For 11 years, John H. Bordelon did just that, receiving his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering at the age of 57 in June.

"When I started my Ph.D., people thought that it was too late in life to pursue it. They would ask, ‘What’s the point, and are you going to make more money because of this?’” Bordelon said. “Money and prestige weren’t my reasons for doing the degree; I did it because I truly enjoyed it.”

Bordelon earned his bachelor’s from Louisiana Tech in 1963 and his master’s from Georgia Tech in 1967, while working at Scientific-Atlanta. He worked at Lockheed for six years after an unsuccessful doctoral try at N.C. State. After being laid off in 1976, Bordelon began his 23-year career at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), where he is now a senior research engineer in the Electronics Systems Laboratory. That practical experience was part of the plan.

“I had wanted to get a doctorate since I was an undergraduate, but I first wanted the industrial experience, so I could really mentor students,” Bordelon said. “The compensation for my first Ph.D. experience was that I was fortunate enough to work with bright students and young, talented engineers.”

Taking one class per quarter for eight years—with the exception of most summers—homework became an evening and weekend ritual, which Bordelon said was “probably hard at times for my wife and family, but it didn’t seem to be a continual hardship. They understood that this was something that I wanted to do, and that with the job environment, it might be essential.”

He persevered even when times were personally difficult. During this time, both of his parents and his father-in-law died, and Bordelon himself fought cancer in the midst of midterm exams and then another life-threatening illness, which required a month of recovery. A ruling elder at Hope Presbyterian Church, his faith kept him afloat for the duration.

Though a non-traditional college student, Bordelon never sensed a generation gap between himself and his younger classmates. “Combining the younger students’ technical skills with my study habits, discipline, and organizational skills served my project groups and me very well,” he said. “They really accepted me as part of the class.” Also, as a doctoral student, Bordelon taught ECE 4064: Introduction to RF Engineering, under a research teaching fellowship.

During his tenure as a doctoral student, Bordelon and his wife, Carole, a part-time nurse at Kennestone Hospital, put their two sons, Thomas and David, through college. Their daughter, Jennifer, currently works full-time and is a student at Kennesaw State University.

No matter what the sacrifices and difficulties, Bordelon said it was all worth it to get that long-awaited doctorate, which he wants to use in as a teacher after retiring from GTRI in 2001.

“Although I was always interested in electrical engineering, it wasn’t the trying chore that it was when I was getting a bachelor’s and master’s degree,” he said. “As a doctoral student, I truly got more enjoyment out of my learning experience, and it was all certainly worth it.” gt

Jackie Nemeth is an information specialist with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Class of ’49 Reunion

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Buckhead


Norris Kemp Mabry, EE ’50, of Statesboro, Ga., was awarded the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Lifetime Achievement Award by the Statesboro Herald. Mabry is a retired professor with Georgia Southern University.


John C. Cerny, ME ’51, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A resident of Norcross, Ga., Cerny is chairman and principal engineer with Cerny and Ivey Engineers Inc.

Donald W. Richardson, AE ’51, of Falls Church, Va., has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Richardson is corporate vice president of Science Applications International Corp.


Class of ’54 Reunion

Buckhead Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hotel


Maurice “Mickey” Hallum, AE ’57, was appointed state chairman of the Tennessee Tree Farm Committee. Hallum is a retired engineering consultant who lives in Fayetteville, Tenn., with his wife, Pat.


Jerry C. Brooks, IE ’58, of Columbus, N.C., retired as director of safety and loss prevention for Springs Industries on May 4.

Joel H. Cowan Sr., IM ’58, of Peachtree City, Ga., was featured in an article titled “Far-flung interests propel Joel Cowan,” in the May 27 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The “Where are they now?” feature updates readers on Cowan’s latest real estate ventures in China. Cowan is chairman of Habersham & Cowan Inc.


Class of ’59 Reunion

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Buckhead

Craig Kellogg, Chem ’59, PhD ’63, retired after 33 years on the faculty of Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Bernice, live in Statesboro, Ga.


Robert L. Calvert, ChE ’62, of West Point, Miss., has been elected to the boards of directors of NBC Capital Corp. and National Bank of Commerce. Calvert is president of Calvert Spradling Engineers Inc.


Terry L. Gerber, IE ’63, was elected chairman of the Memorial Health System Board. Gerber is president and chief executive officer of Gerber Manufacturing Co. in South Bend, Ind.


Class of ’64 Reunion

Student Success Center

Richard Harwell, IM ’64, of Alpharetta, Ga., has retired from Lockheed and recently opened his own business, System Perspectives.


Phil Armstrong Jr., IE ’65, of Nashville, Tenn., has been promoted to middle-Tennessee and east-Tennessee district manager with the Trane Co.


Ken Adams, IM ’67, of Germantown, Tenn., was named president of Rapac Industries. Adams is a former president of the Central Florida Georgia Tech Club.


Claude Phillips, IE ’68, was named the Mortgage Broker of the Year by the Hawaii Association of Mortgage Brokers. Phillips is president and designated mortgage broker of Mortgage Plus in Honolulu. He lives in Kailua, Hawaii.


Class of ’69 Reunion

Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, Midtown

Julio A. Barea, IE ’69, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was listed as one of the Hispanic Business magazine’s “Corporate Elite” in their Feb. 15 edition. Barea is president and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Underwear.


Melvin L. Hardin, IM ’70, of Tucker, Ga., recently won the comedy competition at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga. He is an electrician for General Motors.

Robert M. Shulman, IM ’70, of Atlanta, was promoted to executive vice president of Pritchard & Jerden Inc., an insurance and risk-management firm.


Malcom Baird, M CP ’71, MS CE ’71, of Nashville, Tenn., received his doctorate in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University. Baird is director of strategic planning for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

James F. Frazier, IM ’71, began a one-year term as chairman of Accounting Firms Associated Inc. Frazier is managing member of Frazier & Deeter LLC. He lives in Atlanta.

Rena Faye Smith-Norby, M Phys ’71, an assistant professor at Black Hills State University, was awarded the South Dakota Governor’s Technology Award for “Multimedia Development for Improving Technology Instruction.” She lives in Belle Fourche, S.D.


Joseph L. Braun, EE ’72, of Potomac, Md., recently received his master’s degree in theology from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. Braun is employed with the George Washington University Health Plan.

Bill Herzig, TE ’72, of Orlando, Fla., was promoted to vice president of seafood purchasing with Darden Restaurants. Herzig is a member of the National Fisheries Institute and serves on the board of the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

Leonard A. “Butch” Hite Jr., ChE ’72, of Kingsport, Tenn., has been named business unit director of polymer additives and chemical specialties with the performance chemical business division of Eastman Chemical Co.

Melton Hood, Mgt ’72, has accepted a position as national account manager with TAPCO International Corp. He and his wife, Lynn, live in Marietta, Ga.

Thomas N. Morton, CE ’72, of Marietta, Ga., has been named a principal with Pond & Co., an architectural and engineering consulting firm. He has been involved in the expansion of Hartsfield International Airport, the toll plaza for the Georgia 400 extension and the revitalization of Zoo Atlanta. Morton serves as secretary of the Georgia section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.


James E. Arnett, IM ’73, of Atlanta, was awarded the I.M. Sheffield Jr. Loyalty Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. The award is presented annually to a loyal member who has made outstanding contributions to the club after serving as an officer or committeeman. Arnett is chairman and chief executive officer of SouthTrust Asset Management Co. in Atlanta.


Class of ’74 Reunion

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Buckhead

Gary H. Webb, IE ’74, of Lilburn, Ga., has joined Utility Service Co. Inc. as vice president of marketing and general manager of the Communications Division.


Charles E. Hodges, ChE ’75, of Brookhaven, Miss., has been named general manager of Leaf River Pulp Operations for Georgia Pacific Corp. at New Augusta, Miss.

Marty McQuade, Arch ’75, has been appointed vice president of DuPont Herberts Automotive Systems, a division of DuPont Performance Coatings. McQuade lives with his wife, Linda, in Rochester Hills, Mich.


Harold Jarrett, EE ’76, and his wife, Beth, announced the birth of a son, Charles Patrick, on Feb. 10. Charles joins his brother, Hal, at the family home in Norcross, Ga. Harold is president of OmniMetrix LLC.

Nelson E. Walters, IE ’76, of Holland, Mich., was named first vice president and branch manager with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.


Rebecca Ellen Capes, Psy ’77, has joined the Forsyth Co. Solicitor’s Office as assistant solicitor. Capes lives in Cumming, Ga.

Scott Davidson, CE ’77, MS CE ’78, of Orlando, Fla., was named a 1999 Florida Engineering Society Fellow in the May edition of the Florida Engineering Society Journal. Davidson is vice president of Ardaman & Associates.

Dwight D. Delgado, IE ’77, of Gaithersburg, Md., has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing for Fusion UV Systems.


Bruce Wittschiebe, CE ’78, of Atlanta, has joined Cousins Real Estate Corp. as vice president of development.


Class of ’79 Reunion

Renaissance Atlanta Hotel, Downtown

Dana M. Hicks III, EES ’79, of Huntersville, N.C., has been appointed senior business development manager in the corporate marketing department of J.A. Jones Construction Co.

Mark S. Larkin, IM ’79, of Munich, Germany, has been named logistics supply chain manager for the information and broadband division of Siemens AG.

Martin McFarland, Arch ’79, and his wife, Elizabeth, announced the birth of triplets, Katherine Virginia, Alastair Campbell and Samuel Ian, on Jan. 23. Martin is senior vice president of Trammel Crow Co. The family lives in Norcross, Ga.

Marc Sorenson, CE ’79, of Atlanta, has been named a principal with Pond & Co., an architectural and engineering consulting firm. He has been involved with MARTA, the Olympic rowing and canoeing venue for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Delta Air Lines and the Department of Defense.


Warren M. Anderson, Chem ’80, MS IM ’82, AE ’84, was promoted to colonel in the Air Force and was named chief, staff group, to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. He also received Vice President Al Gore’s Acquisition Reform Hammer Award for improvements in government training.

Robert C. “Bob” Bills Jr., IM '80, has accepted a position in procurement operations with Bell Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth, Texas. Bob and his family live in Carrollton, Texas.

Marc Corsini, IM ’80, and his wife, Susan, announced the birth of a son, Nicholas Charles, on May 16. The family lives in Homewood, Ala., where Marc is president of Corsini Consulting Group.

Robin R. Murphy, ME ’80, of Tampa, Fla., was published in the December 1998 edition of IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine with her article, “Sensor and Information Fusion for Improved Vision-based Vehicle Guidance.” Murphy is an associate professor in the University of South Florida’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

John Roberts, ChE ’80, has been appointed as planning associate for worldwide polypropylene business with Exxon Chemical Co. He lives in Houston.


Frank Dennis Receives GHA Distinguished Service Award

Frank Dennis Frank S. Dennis Jr., ChE ’43, chairman of the board of University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga., has been awarded the Georgia Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

A businessman and community leader, Dennis was appointed to the Richmond County Hospital Authority in 1974, and continued a 25-year involvement in health care. Founder of Augusta Iron and Steel Works, Dennis serves as chairman of Babb Corp., a truck manufacturing business he owns with his son.

Dennis was instrumental in the University’s development of Health Central, the first hospital-based, free-standing wellness center in Georgia: jointly sponsoring Brandon Wilde Life Care Community, the Resource Center on Aging, and Walton Rehabilitation Hospital with St. Joseph’s Hospital. He led the university’s corporate reorganization that permits university and other not-for-profit community hospitals in Georgia to make healthcare more accessible through satellite centers. He was a member of the University Blue Ribbon Task Force that helped the hospital develop into an integrated delivery system. gt

Stuart Clifton, CE ’81, MS CE ’90, has accepted a position as branch chief of design and construction with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Clifton lives with his wife, Shari, and sons, Ben and Will, in Brunswick, Ga.

J. Dana Eckart, Math ’81, MS ICS ’83, PhD ’87, has been named a full professor of computer science at Radford University and was appointed chairperson of the school’s Department of Computer Science. Eckart lives in Radford, Va.

Bob Engeman, IM ’81, of Hicksville, N.Y., has accepted a position as director of mailing operations with the North Shore Agency.

Stephen Fuller, Arch ’81, president of Stephen Fuller Inc., was featured in the May 1999 edition of Georgia Trend magazine. The article recounts Fuller’s architectural accomplishments and his business plans for the future. Fuller is the designer of Southern Living magazine’s Idea House, a model home on Lake Oconee, Ga. He lives in Atlanta.

Lily Heiner Openshawl, CE ’81, has been elected president of the governing board of the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. A founder of the museum, she previously served as vice president and director of exhibits. Openshawl lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, David, and daughters, Elliana, Sophia and Regina.

Jeff Wooden, EE ’81, and his wife, Cheryl, announced the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Louise, on Aug. 8. The family lives in Somerville, Mass., where Jeff serves in the Air Force.


Coleman T. Bentley, ME ’82, was awarded the George J. Malanos Award for graduate academic excellence along with his master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University in December 1998. Coleman is a manager with BellSouth’s Business Repair Centers in Atlanta. He lives in Lawrenceville, Ga., with his wife, Dorothy, and sons, John and Luke.

Mark Collins, BC ’82, of Norcross, Ga., has joined Law Engineering and Environmental as Atlanta business development manager. He is also a visiting professor with Georgia Tech’s building construction program.

William G. Grip, CE ’82, MS CE ’91, has reported to engineering field activity in Naples, Italy, as executive officer. Grip, his wife, Alisa, and sons, B.J. and Corey, will live in Lago Patria, Italy.

Jonathan K. Robinson, AE ’82, and his wife, Tanya, announced the birth of a daughter, Alexis Celeste, on Dec. 20, 1998. The family lives in Hartford, Conn., where Jonathan is an operations manager with Simmons Group.


Robert A. Milton, IM ’83, of Quebec, Canada, was named president and chief operating officer of Air Canada.

Robert G. Whirley, ME ’83, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Whirley is vice president of Triad Vascular Systems Inc. and TransMotive Technologies Inc.


Class of ’84 Reunion

Barbecue, Peters Parking Deck

Kelly Braun, ICS ’84, of Foster City, Calif., has accepted a position as senior usability engineer with eBay, an Internet personal-trading company in San Jose, Calif.

Rosina Maar, HS ’84, of Front Royal, Va., has been appointed chief operating officer for Clinicor Inc. Maar was previously with Quintiles Transnational Corp., where she served as senior vice president of strategic planning and business implementation.

A.B. Maynard IV, IE ’84, has been promoted to vice president for professional services with the global manufacturing and distribution systems market unit of Systems and Computer Technology Corp. Maynard, his wife, Lisa, and their two children will live in Berwyn, Pa.


Collen A. Beard, MS Chem ’85, has joined the intellectual-property law firm of Jones & Askew as an associate. She will practice in the Biomedical and Chemical Technology Group. Beard resides in Decatur, Ga.

Scott Cammack, EE ’85, of Princeton, N.J., has joined LG Electronics.

Amir Ghannad, MS ME ’85, has accepted a position as organizational effectiveness leader at the Procter & Gamble baby wipes plant in Dover, Del.

John Hibbard, CE ’85, received the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Southern District Joe M. Thomas Young Member Award. Hibbard is division manager for the Cobb Co. Department of Transportation. He lives in Marietta, Ga., with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters.

Samuel M. Mercer, ME ’85, of Spartanburg, S.C., has become technical service manager with Reeves Brothers Inc.

Jean Wolf Smith, IE ’85, has accepted the position of vice president of professional services operations with Inacom Corp. Smith and her husband, Paul, live in Alpharetta, Ga.

Shannon R. Soupiset, ME ’85, of Florence, S.C., was promoted to manager of engineering for all medium voltage power-distribution equipment in North America for ABB Power T&D Co. Inc.


Steven H. Fazenbaker, EE ’86, of New Haven, Conn., has been appointed chaplain of Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford College for Women.

Pete Finlay, AE ’86, and his wife, Holly, announced the birth of a son, Matthew Ryan, on May 12. Matthew joins his brother, Alex, at the family home in Albuquerque, N.M. Pete is an aerospace engineer with the Air Force.

Don Greenway, IM ’86, and his wife, Lidell, announced the birth of a daughter, Carmen Anne, on April 15. Don is a financial consultant with the Robinson-Humphrey Co., and he is vice president of the Macon Georgia Tech Club.

Loria B. Yeadon, EE ’86, assistant general counsel for intellectual property for AlliedSignal Inc., was honored with a Professional Achievement Award presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division. Yeadon lives in West Orange, N.J.


Michelle R. Armstrong, EE ’87, of Sykesville, Md., was promoted to chief of emerging techniques & technology in the cryptanalytic field processing division of the National Security Agency.

Steve Cruickshank, ME ’87, and his wife, Debi Bell Cruickshank, IM ’87, announced the birth of a daughter, Dana Lindsey, on March 24. Dana joins her brothers, Nick and Sean, at the family home in Medfield, Mass. Steve is an engineer with Parametric Technology.

Walter T. Davis, EE ’87, and his wife, Colleen, announced the birth of a son, Thomas, on Dec. 13, 1997. Thomas joins his sister, Julianne Christian, and brother, Patrick Ryan, at the family home in Cincinnati. Walter is employed with Procter & Gamble.

William B. Douglas, ME ’87, of Arvida, Colo., has been named vice president and director of Power Equipment Specialists Inc.

George Luis Gomez, ICS ’87, and his wife, Monica, announced the birth of a son, Christopher George, on May 3. The family lives in Roswell, Ga. George is president of Micro Consultations Inc.

Katherine S. Hightower, IM ’87, and her husband, Al, announced the birth of a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, on Dec. 12, 1998. Katherine Elizabeth joins her sister, Sarah Grace, and brother, Chip, at the family home in Carrollton, Ga.

Durand M. Standard, IM ’87, was promoted to assistant vice president of human resources with Coastal Utilities Inc. Standard lives in Allenhurst, Ga., with his wife, Carla.

Paul Taylor, IE ’87, married Trisha Richard on Feb. 13. The couple lives in Cincinnati, where Paul is in network integration sales for Ameritech and Trisha is a dentist.

Linda Vallow, MSci ’87, and her husband, Gene Vallow, EE ’89, announced the birth of a son, William Eugene, on Feb. 17. The family lives in Dallas, where Linda is a sales representative with Boise Cascade Office Products.


Jeffrey B. Bentley, ICS ’88, MS ICS ’89, and his wife, Andrea Clarkson Bentley, ICS ’91, announced the birth of a daughter, Cassandra Lynn, on Dec. 10, 1998. Jeffrey works for BellSouth Communications. The family lives in Norcross, Ga.

Eric Eck, ME ’88, of Decatur, Ga., accepted a position as account manager with Beloit Corp.

John Heath, EE ’88, of Los Angeles, has joined the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski as an associate. Heath is a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the American Bar Association.

Scott Horn, ICS ’88, and his wife, Kelly, announced the birth of a daughter, Clarice “Libby,” on Jan. 20. Libby joins her older brother, Wilson, at the family home in Kirkland, Wash. Scott is group program manager for the Windows CE Development Tools Group at Microsoft Corp.

Warren T. Jackson, Psy ’88, and his wife, Sheryl, announced the birth of a son, Conor Cole, on May 11. Conor joins his brother, Caden, at the family home in Birmingham, Ala. Warren is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Medicine.

Beth Collins Milhollin, IE ’88, and her husband, James Milhollin, ME ’89, announced the birth of a son, Samuel Asa, on June 15. Samuel joins his brother, Thomas, at the family home in Johnson City, Tenn.

Brian T. Singleton, EE ’88, was promoted to electrical engineer leader/facilitator with the property development division of U.S General Services Administration. Singleton lives in Newnan, Ga., with his wife, Crissie, and sons, Mark and Matthew.

Richard C. Staten, AE ’88, of Roswell, Ga., has been promoted to manager of frozen brands engineering with the Coca Cola Co.


Class of ’89 Reunion

Barbecue, Peters Parking Deck

James Milhollin, ME ’89, and his wife, Beth Collins Milhollin, IE ’88, announced the birth of a son, Samuel Asa, on June 15. Samuel joins his brother, Thomas, at the family home in Johnson City, Tenn. James is in his first year of residency in the internal medicine program at East Tennessee University.

Jennifer Moy, ME ’89, married Ben McClure on April 24. The couple lives in Houston, where Jennifer is employed by DuPont (Conoco).

J. Cameron Reebals, AE ’89, of Doraville, Ga., was promoted to U.S. market segment manager for compressed gases with Wica Instrument Corp.

Cindy Bowen Socie, IE ’89, and her husband, Thomas, announced the birth of a daughter, Lindsay Anne, on Dec. 3, 1998. Cindy is an engineer with RDP Electrosense. The family lives in Mohnton, Pa.

Gene Vallow, EE ’89, and his wife, Linda Vallow, MSci ’87, announced the birth of a son, William Eugene, on Feb. 17. The family lives in Dallas, where Linda is a sales representative with Boise Cascade Office Products.

Donald R. Wilson, IE ’89, of Atlanta, has joined Salomon Smith Barney as a financial consultant.


John Barrett, Arch ’90, of Atlanta, has joined Coldwell Banker Buckhead Brokers residential real estate brokerage.

Christopher J. Chan, ME ’90, has joined the intellectual property law firm of Jones & Askew as an associate. He will practice with the firm’s Mechanical Technology Group.

Clifford Clemons, EE ’90, and his wife, Charlene, announced the birth of a son, Chaz Clifford, on March 4. Clifford is employed by Chevron Products Co. The family lives in Mobile, Ala.

Lloyd G. Farr, EE ’90, of Greenville, S.C., has become a partner with the law firm of Dority & Manning.

Carlos Alberto Muniz, EE ’90, and his wife, Alicia, announced the birth of a daughter, Maria Ines, on May 18. Carlos is manager of Latin America business development with IBM Technology Group. The family lives in Framingham, Mass.

James “Jimmy” Piper, ME ’90, MS ME ’96, PhD ’97, and his wife, Claudette Piper, Mgt ’92, announced the birth of a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on Jan. 20. Jimmy is a research engineer with Immunicor and Claudette is a marketing manager with GTE Wireless. The family lives in Roswell, Ga.

David Sides, Mgt ’90, of San Francisco, has been named account manager for Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings’ health-care segment in northern California.

Mike J. Stiglitz, Mgt ’90, and his wife, Margaret, announced the birth of a son, Peter Howard, on March 7. The family lives in Virginia Beach, Va., where Mike is a Navy lieutenant serving as supply officer on the USS Hawes.


Andrea Clarkson Bentley, ICS ’91, and her husband, Jeffrey B. Bentley, ICS ’88, MS ICS ’89, announced the birth of a daughter, Cassandra Lynn, on Dec. 10, 1998. Andrea is a programmer/analyst with Prentice Hall Professional Software, and Jeffrey works for BellSouth Communications. The family lives in Norcross, Ga.

Karen Bell Durfee, IE ’91, and her husband, Paul, announced the birth of a son, McDaniels Bell, on Dec. 8, 1998. Karen is an account executive with Procter & Gamble and Paul is a consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick. The family lives in Decatur, Ga.

J. R. Gray, Mgt ’91, completed his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Georgia Tech and has joined Motorola’s network solutions sector as a software engineering/project manager in the performance modeling group in Arlington Heights, Ill. J. R. and his wife, Janie Torres Gray, Biol ’91, have relocated to Aurora, Ill., with their children, Alexander and Thomas. Janie is a senior technical adviser for Superior Consultant Co.

Stuart F. Humphries, IE ’91, and his wife, Leslie, announced the birth of a son, Zachary Fraser, on March 2. Zack joins his sister, Kylie Rachael, at the family home in McDonough, Ga. Stuart is marketing manager with Swift Creek Environmental Inc. in Macon, Ga.

Cathryn C. Hunt, IE ’91, and her husband, Richard A. Hunt III, EE ’92, announced the birth of a son, Coleman Anderson, on Nov. 10, 1998. The family lives in Rex, Ga.

Richard B. Jeniski Jr., MatE ’91, MS MetE ’93, and his wife, Andrea Carithers Jeniski, IE ’92, announced the birth of a son, Adam Michael, on March 4. The family lives in Pittsburgh, where Rich and Andrea work for Alcoa.

Steven Liotta, ChE ’91, and his wife, Michelle Long Liotta, announced the birth of a daughter, Madison Elizabeth, on Jan. 15. The family lives in Bloomingdale, Ga., and Steven works for Savannah Labs.

Paul Meyhoefer, EE ’91, and his wife, Jennifer Beemsterboer-Meyhoefer, Mgt ’91, announced the birth of a daughter, Geena Leigh, on April 10. Geena joins her sister, Reece, at the family home in Tustin, Calif., where Paul is director of sales marketing for Pioneer Electronics.

Tracy Hogan Robar, CE ’91, and her husband, Dane, announced the birth of a son, Donovan Harm, on Feb. 13. Donovan joins his sister, Savannah, at the family home in Clarkesville, Ga. Tracy is production coordinator at Habersham Metal Products Co.

Robert L. Stephens, CompE ’91, and his wife, Melani Curtis Stephens, EE ’92, announced the birth of a daughter, Victoria Lynn, on May 6. The Stephens live in Peachtree City, Ga. Robert is director of architecture for Magnet Communications Inc.

David C. Wilburn, IM ’91, and his wife, Eileen, announced the birth of a son, Matthew David, on May 6. The couple lives in Norcross, Ga., where David works for Scientific Research Corp.


Holt Bradshaw, ME ’92, married Jenny Grove, BC ’96, on March 27. Bradshaw is a new unit spares engineer with General Electric Energy Parts Inc. and Grove is a senior engineer for Holder Construction Co. The couple lives in Smyrna, Ga.

Michael V. Cowan, Mgt ’92, of Dunwoody, Ga., graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in December 1998 and has accepted a position as product development manager with BellSouth.net.

William Terrance Haber, Mgt ’92, was promoted to director of automotive logistics for Ryder Integrated Logistics. Haber lives in Atlanta with his wife, Shari Lynn.

Keith B. Hughes, IE ’92, of Suwanee, Ga., earned his master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Hughes accepted a position as consumer product stock analyst with SunTrust Equitable Securities.

Richard A. Hunt III, EE ’92, and his wife, Cathryn C. Hunt, IE ’91, announced the birth of a son, Coleman Anderson, on Nov. 10, 1998. Richard is employed by Oglethorpe Power. The family lives in Rex, Ga.

Andrea Carithers Jeniski, IE ’92, and her husband, Richard B. Jeniski Jr., MatE ’91, MS MetE ’93, announced the birth of a son, Adam Michael, on March 4. The family lives in Pittsburgh, where Andrea and Rich both work for Alcoa.

Claudette Piper, Mgt ’92, and her husband, James “Jimmy” Piper, ME ’90, MS ME ’96, PhD ’97, announced the birth of a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on Jan. 20. Claudette is a marketing manager with GTE Wireless, and Jimmy is a research engineer with Immunicor. The family lives in Roswell, Ga.

Steven G. Shockley, Arch ’92, was promoted to associate with Cruickshank Inc. Shockley lives in Atlanta.

Melani Curtis Stephens, EE ’92, and her husband, Robert L. Stephens, CompE ’91, announced the birth of a daughter, Victoria Lynn, on May 6. Victoria joins her sister, Ashly Lauren, at the family home in Peachtree City, Ga.

Neil Williams, Mgt ’92, married Kristy Kottich, Mgt ’92, on April 10. The couple lives in Largo, Fla.


Rawi Abdelal, Econ ’93, has joined the Harvard Business School as an assistant professor. He lives in Brookline, Mass., with his wife, Traci Battle, Biol ’93.

Jeff Baxter, ME ’93, and his wife, Kristie, announced the birth of a son, Jeffrey Parker, on April 22. Jeff is employed by Delta Air Lines as a project manager for new aircraft. The family lives in Newnan, Ga.

Julie Doris Butler, IntA ’93, MS PubP ’95, was promoted to representative for industry affairs with Delta Air Lines. Julie and her husband, Gary Butler, EE ’91, Mgt ’93, live in Fayetteville, Ga.

Christopher F. Seay, IE ’93, of Franklin, Tenn., has been accepted into the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Michael T. Strayhorn, MS OR ’93, of Atlanta, was promoted to director of revenue management development with Bass Hotels & Resorts.

Paul W. Sturges, AE ’93, married Lisa Fuller on June 26. The couple lives in Las Vegas, where Paul is a transportation officer with the Air Force and Lisa is an elementary school teacher.

Amy Sullivan, Mgt ’93, of Arlington, Va., has accepted a management position with NET-tel Communications in Washington.

Walter J. Wise, Mgt ’93, and his wife, Leigh, announced the birth of triplets, Katheryn Lacy, Jeffrey Coleman and Elizabeth Leigh, on April 14. The family lives in Jonesboro, Ga.


Class of ’94 Reunion

Barbecue, Peters Parking Deck

Jason Leslie Dorris, IE ’94, received his master’s degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Dorris will work as a consultant with Bain & Co. in Dallas. He and his wife, Leslyn McNabb Dorris, IE ’95, live in White River Junction, Vt.

Jennifer Flamm Fortner, AE ’94, of Winston-Salem, N.C., graduated from the University of Miami Medical School and will study psychiatry at the Wake Forest University Hospital.

Ji-Taek Hong, MS CS ’94, was promoted to project leader of software development with Mobius Management Systems. Hong lives in Flushing, N.Y., with his wife, Soojin, and daughter, Elaine.

Kenneth Starks, Chem ’94, of Atlanta, has published his second volume of poems, Beauty Sleep.


Brian Cooler, ME ’95, and his wife, Stacey, announced the birth of a son, Zachary Brian, on Jan. 31. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C., where Brian is an engineer with Solectron Technologies.

Ryan C. Martin, Mgt ’95, and his wife, Stephanie, announced the birth of a son, Tucker Coleman, on March 31. The family lives in Acworth, Ga., where Ryan is employed by Kirschner & Associates.

Charles Reyner Jr., CE ’95, married Mary Catherine Wall, Mgt ’96, on May 22. Charles is employed by Windsor-Aughtry commercial real estate firm. The couple will live in Greenville, S.C.

Dave Snell, Econ ’95, a Navy lieutenant, was promoted to Naval Security Group Activity at Fort Gordon in Hanover, Md. He was also redesignated as a Navy cryptologist.


Karen Crutchfield Gallen, ME ’96, married Kevin Gallen, Biol ’96, on Feb. 27. Karen is a design engineer with Arthrex Inc., and Kevin is an athletic trainer with Naples Community Hospital. The couple lives in Naples, Fla.

William J. Grizack, ME ’96, and his wife, Teresa Robertson Grizack, ME ’96, announced the birth of a daughter, Emma Nicole, on Oct. 20, 1998. The couple lives in Indianapolis.

Jenny Grove, BC ’96, married Holt Bradshaw, ME ’92, on March 27. Grove is a senior engineer for Holder Construction Co., and Bradshaw is a new unit spares engineer with General Electric Energy Parts Inc. The couple lives in Smyrna, Ga.

Daniel C. Prudhomme, Mgt ’96, received the 1999 Leadership Award from the Central Intelligence Agency where he serves as a contact officer. He lives in Fairfax, Va., with his wife, Allison Prudhomme, IE ’97.

Mary Catherine Wall, Mgt ’96, married Charles Reyner Jr., CE ’95, on May 22. The couple will live in Greenville, S.C.


Xandra Ruth Garanzuay, ChE ’97, MS EnvE ’99, of Marietta, Ga., began service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the water sanitation group in Honduras.

Abbey House, Biol ’97, of Bethesda, Md., has completed her master of public health degree at George Washington University and is working as a pharmacy research analyst at the George Washington University Health Plan.

Jonathan Byrd McDonald, ChE ’97, married Kristy Leichliter, Chem ’98, on May 15. The couple will live in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Allison Hogg Prudhommme, IE ’97, has accepted a position as production manager with iXL in Washington. Allison and her husband, Daniel C. Prudhomme, Mgt ’96, live in Fairfax, Va.


Jefferey Burrell, Biol ’98, an ensign in the Navy, received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.

David Crapps, MS CE ’98, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., has joined Wright Padgett & Associates as a structural engineer.

Brian D. Gray, EnvE ’98, of Savannah, Ga., has joined the civil engineering section of General Engineering.

Racheal Jackson, MS IntA ’98, of Decatur, Ga., has joined the Savannah staff of The Hauser Group as a media specialist.

Kristy Leichliter, Chem ’98, married Jonathan Byrd McDonald, ChE ’97, on May 15. The couple will live in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Casey Strine, IE ’98, of Atlanta, has been appointed district chief of Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity. Strine is a staff consultant with Ernst & Young LLP.

Neil F. Yeomans II, ChE ’98, and his wife, Beth, announced the birth of a son, Jesse Bryant, on May 13. Neil works with Allied Signal. The family lives in Richmond, Va.

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Former Trustee Warren Shiver Dies

Shiver Warren Shiver, ME ’64, MS ME ’66, a member the Alumni Association Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1998, died of cancer on May 21. Mr. Shiver was a partner with Newcomb & Boyd. He was a fellow and past president of the Atlanta chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Atlanta Rotary Club and the Alumni Professional Advisory Board of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Survivors include his wife, Isabelle; son, Warren D. Shiver II, ME ’93; and daughters, Sarah and Catherine. GT

Alumnus, Student’s Mother Slain in Shooting Rampage

Dessert Georgia Tech alumnus Joseph James Dessert was killed July 29 when a losing day-trader who faced homelessness because of divorce opened fire in an Atlanta office building.

The mother of Georgia Tech student Arti Muralidhara was also killed in Georgia’s worst mass murder. Vadewattee Muralidhara, who was attending a class at the Buckhead office complex, was among the 12 slain. Another 12 people were injured in the shooting spree.

After opening fire in two different office buildings with two different weapons, Mark O. Barton, was cornered by police at an Acworth, Ga., gas station, where he took his own life. Days earlier, Barton killed his estranged wife and two children.

Dessert, Cls ’63, of Marietta, Ga., was working as a real estate broker with Stanfield York Co. He was 60. An avid Yellow Jackets football fan, he was a contributor to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund for 40 consecutive years.


John Herschel Dugger, GE ’29, of Atlanta, on May 12. Mr. Dugger was retired as manager of railway sales, southeast division, with Texaco.

Edward C. Hammond, Com ’24, of Atlanta, on June 18. Mr. Hammond was retired as vice president and secretary of Georgia Power Co. He also served as director of First Georgia Bank. Mr. Hammond was president of the Atlanta Kiwanis Club and served as governor of the Georgia district of Kiwanis International.

Emory B. Rumble, ME ’26, of Macon, Ga., on May 5. He was a retired manufacturing supervisor with Hoffman Electronics Corp., and was a member of Tech’s ROTC program. He and his brother, Alfred Rumble, EE ’24, were featured in an article, “A Lifetime in Radio,” in the fall 1997 edition of Tech Topics.


Frank Harrington Baker Jr., GS ’35, of Macon, Ga., on March 28. Mr. Baker was retired as a colonel with the Army Reserve, and he was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a past president of the Middle Georgia Tech Alumni Club and a former trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.

John A. Carran, AE ’38, AE ’38, of Kansas City, Mo., on March 19. Mr. Carran was a retired aerospace consultant.

J. Tom Daniel Jr., Cls ’32, of Thomasville, Ga., on Jan. 8. Mr. Daniel was retired from The Coca Cola Co.

Walter E. Gay, GS ’35, of Atlanta, on Nov. 6, 1997. Mr. Gay was retired from Butler Tire Co.

Cuthbert G. Giles, IM ’38, of Atlanta, in July 1998. Mr. Giles was retired from Southern Railway.

Herbert Preston Haley, ME ’33, of Albany, Ga., on July 7. Mr. Haley was president of the Haley Group Coca Cola Bottling Cos. He was on the national advisory board for Georgia Tech and was chairman of the board of First State Bank & Trust Co. in Albany and Cordele, Ga. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Engineering. While at Georgia Tech, Mr. Haley was a charter member of Pi Tau Sigma honorary fraternity and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi fraternities.

John H. Hayes, ME ’38, of Acworth, Ga., on Sept. 12, 1998. Mr. Hayes was retired as an engineer with GRG Vanderwald Inc.

Carlton S. Hulbert, ME ’34, of Holland, Pa., on April 17. A former Georgia Tech co-op student, Mr. Hulbert was retired from Conrail.

Alexander M. Myers, TE ’36, of Trion, Ga., on March 15. Mr. Myers was retired from Regal Textile Corp. He was a member of the Georgia Tech baseball team.

Rufus K. Smith Sr., ChE ’32, of Cumming, Ga., on Feb. 1.

Isaac A. Stanton III, AE ’39, of Deland, Fla., on April 26. Mr. Stanton was retired from Pan American Air Lines.

Arnold B. Vickery, Cls ’39, of Union, Ga., on April 3, 1998. Mr. Vickery was retired from Arnold Vickery Insurance.

Guy H. Wells Jr., IM ’38, of Ranger, Ga., on May 3. Mr. Wells was a retired Cobb County employee.

John R. Wilcox, GS ’37, of Athens, Texas, on May 9. Mr. Wilcox was the retired owner of John R. Wilcox. He was a decorated Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. While at Tech, Mr. Wilcox was a three-year letterman on the Yellow Jackets football team and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Foster Yancey Sr., Cls ’35, of Marietta, Ga., on July 19. Mr. Yancey was retired as a manager with Atlanta Gas Light Co. A president of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, he was a member of the American Red Cross, Rotary Club International and Gideons International. Mr. Yancey served as treasurer of the Georgia Arthritis Foundation, and he was a lifetime member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

David H. Young Jr., CerE ’35, of Chattanooga, Tenn., on March 9. He is survived by his son, David H. Young III, IM ’63, vice president of finance for Electrical Systems Inc.


Stephen P. Aichel, IM ’46, of Atlanta, on May 13. Mr. Aichel was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Yellow Jackets track team.

Ernest R. Allen Sr., CE ’44, of Antioch, Tenn., on Oct. 9. Mr. Allen was a member of the Naval Reserve and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Marcus L. Boggs, MS ME ’48, of Spartanburg, S.C., on Dec. 15, 1998. Mr. Boggs was a Navy veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific.

Wayne R. Covington, ME ’43, of Seattle, on May 5. Mr. Covington was a retired staff engineer with Boeing. He was a recipient of NASA’s “Silver Snoopy” award for outstanding contributions to the Space Shuttle program.

Donald M. Cox, IE ’49, of Louisville, Ky., on Feb. 17, 1998. Mr. Cox was retired from Saratoga Knitting.

Robert W. Eckis, EE ’40, of Lantana, Fla., on March 4. Mr. Eckis was a retired owner of Frozen Meat Packers.

Jack U. Greenlees Sr., IM ’49, of Marietta, Ga., on April 21. Mr. Greenlees was retired owner of Jack Greenlees Co. He was a Navy lieutenant who served as a pilot during World War II.

Harry F. Hardy, Text ’49, of Racine, Wis., on Oct. 16, 1998. Mr. Hardy was retired from the J.I. Case Co.

Clarence C. King, CE ’48, of Atlanta, on Dec. 19. Mr. King was retired from Weideman & Singleton.

E. Darnell Rucker, EE ’47, of Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 1995. Mr. Rucker was a professor emeritus of philosophy with Skidmore College.

Milton Schiffman, EE ’49, of Sanibel, Fla., on April 6. Mr. Schiffman was retired as manager of special projects with General Electric Co.

William McGee Simpson Sr., Arch ’42, of Atlanta, on June 13. Mr. Simpson was a retired architectural consultant with Rosser International. He served with the Naval Reserve during World War II as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Phoenix and the USS Honolulu. While at Tech, Mr. Simpson was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

C.W. Stapleton, IE ’41, of Greenville, S.C., on March 24. Mr. Stapleton was retired as vice president of engineering with Continental Field Services.


LeRoy D. Bradford, Arch ’50, of Independence, Mo., on Nov. 16, 1998. Mr. Bradford was a retired architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Delbert D. Flanagan, IM ’50, of Smyrna, Ga., on Jan. 30. Mr. Flanagan was retired from Caterpillar Inc.

A.L. Glisson Jr., CE ’50, of Wilmington, Del., in August 1993. Mr. Glisson was retired from DuPont de Nemours & Co.

Roger Hodgson, ChE ’50, of Alamo, Calif., on June 29. Mr. Hodgson was retired from Imperial West Chemical. He served as an officer in the Navy’s underwater demolition team, later known as the Navy Seals.

Barto L. Phillips, ME ’59, of Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 23, 1998. Mr. Phillips was engineering section manager with ITT Corp.

Frederick E. Riles, IM ’53, of Cordele, Ga., on May 10. Mr. Riles was retired from Carlton Co.

Robert G. Slaughter, EE ’53, of Torrance, Calif. Mr. Slaughter was a retired staff engineer with Aerospace Corp.

Robert H. Taylor, Arch ’52, of Reno, Ohio, on Feb. 26. Mr. Taylor was owner and partner with Taylor Construction and Development Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

John H. Tolan, Phys ’50, of Rocheport, Mo., on May 26. Mr. Tolan was a retired employee of the University of Missouri.

William A. Townsend Sr., CE ’53, of Brunswick, Ga., on April 3. Mr. Townsend was retired as chief engineer and estimator for Seaboard Construction Co. He was a former president of the Southeast chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers who served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II.

James F. Watson, IM ’53, of Atlanta, on July 2. Mr. Watson was president and owner of Data Systems Inc., and later of MD Systems. He was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a member of ANAK.


John Eliot, AE ’69, of State College, Pa., on Dec. 25, 1995. Mr. Eliot was a lieutenant in the Army.

James R. Griser, EE ’62, of Birmingham, Ala., on May 9. Mr. Griser was a retired director with Lucent Technologies.

Ron LaChance, IE ’60, of Cumming, Ga., on May 19. Mr. LaChance was a limited partner and stockbroker with J.C. Bradford & Co.

Walter C. Wright, IM ’64, of Martinez, Ga., on May 17. Mr. Wright was president of Walter C. Wright accounting firm.


David M. Bolton, IM ’70, of Griffin, Ga., on May 18. Mr. Bolton was owner and operator of the Griffin Hardware Co. He was a past president of the Griffin Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Retail Association. He served as a board member with Servistar, United Bank and the Salvation Army, and he was a retired lieutenant with the Army Air Defense and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Harold J. “Hal” Roberts Jr., CE ’76, of Euless, Texas, on Aug. 22, 1998. Mr. Roberts was director of technical services with RMAX Inc.

Ronald E. Stemmler, PhD ’71, of Greensburg, Pa., on Dec. 26, 1998. Mr. Stemmler was a former assistant director of research administration at Georgia Tech. He was founder and president of RESA Professional Consultants and founder of Computer Centerline Inc.


John Edwin Husted, of Salem, Va., on April 30. Dr. Husted was an emeritus professor of chemical engineering at Georgia Tech, where he taught for 27 years. He was a graduate of Hampden Sydney College, the University of Virginia and Florida State University. Dr. Husted was a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, and he was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. GT