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In Memoriam

WILLIAM H. ALLEN, Jr., ’57, age 67, of Yuma, Ariz., died June 2, 2002. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1976 after serving 24 years and became a patrolman for the Yuma Police Department.
KENNETH E. ARCHER, Sr., ’51, age 72, of Sweetwater, Tenn., died March 12, 2002. He practiced pharmacy for 45 years and was active in the community.
MOLLIE ANDERTON BALAMUTH ’37, age 85, of Berkeley, Calif., died May 11, 2002. She attended graduate school in zoology at University of California–Berkeley and was her husband’s lab assistant in protozoology. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
ANN WOOD BARBER ’67, age 56, of Houston, Texas, died March 8, 2002. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and taught school in Birmingham, Huntsville and Florida.
ELIZABETH LESLIE BOOKER ’29, age 93, of Birmingham died March 24, 2002. She taught art and fifth grade in Birmingham city schools. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority.
SARA CUNNINGHAM BOWIE ’29, age 93, of Birmingham died March 10, 2002. She was chair of the foreign languages department at Woodlawn High School. She was a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Hypatia honor society and Pi Kappa Tau honor society.
CORRIE ELAINE ANDERSON CREWS ’41 of San Diego, Calif., died Jan. 29, 2002. She was a schoolteacher, actress and writer of children’s books. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority and Miss Entre Nous.
Dr. R. BILL CULBRETH ’44 of Trussville died Nov. 6, 2001. He pastored churches in Miami, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Birmingham.
Capt. STAN DENHAM ’68, age 55, of Yorktown, Va., died Sept. 29, 2000. He was a retired naval officer and former commanding officer of the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown. He was a Samford football player and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
CLAUDINE PAYNE DOBBS ’42, age 94, of Cleveland, Ga., died Feb. 25, 2002. She taught school in Alabama for 27 years, mostly at Leeds Elementary School.

John Fincher Helped in Samford Transformation

Dr. John A. Fincher served at least eight colleges and universities during almost 50 years as an educator. But Samford felt his imprint perhaps more than any other.

Fincher joined Samford in 1946, when it was still Howard College in East Lake. For the next 22 years, he served the school as professor, biology department head, assistant to the president and dean of the college.

He was dean—the position now called provost—when Howard moved to Shades Valley in 1957 and where the school became Samford University in 1965.

Dr. John A. Fincher

When Fincher left to become president of Carson-Newman College in 1968, The Birmingham Post-Herald called his “fine intelligence and great dedication to scholarship . . . a principal factor in the transformation of a liberal arts college into a vital, still very much advancing university.”

Fincher, who died March 4 at age 90, was president of Carson-Newman for nine years. Later, he was acting president of Baptist College at Charleston, now Charleston Southern University, and interim president of North Greenville College.

The Union County, S.C., native was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina in 1933 and began his teaching career there as a part-time instructor. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, he taught at Cumberland (Ky.) College and Millsaps College before coming to Samford.

Fincher retired to Birmingham, where he was active in Homewood-Oxmoor Rotary and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby, three children and five grandchildren. The family suggested memorials to the Fincher Biology Department Scholarship Fund at Samford, the Fincher Scholarship Fund at Carson-Newman or the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church building fund.

JULIA LOUISE BAZEMORE GOULD ’37, age 87, of Talladega died May 19, 2002. She was the co-owner of Bazemore Lumber Co.
GEORGE LEE GRAY ’59 of Johnson City, Tenn., died Dec. 14, 2001. He retired as chief of chaplain service, Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tenn.
PAUL L. GUTHRIE III ’95, age 30, of Chicago, Ill., died May 26, 2002. He was employed by Allstate Insurance Company.
CARL HASELTON, Jr., ’53, age 73, of Kinsey died March 29, 2002. He was pastor of churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, most recently serving as associate pastor of Kinsey Baptist Church.
WYNELLE REEVES HURLBERT ’37 died April 25, 2002. She taught in Cullman and Birmingham, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority and an honorary Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Dr. BETTY FRANCES GOODE HUTCHENS ’51, of Tuscumbia died May 26, 2002. She taught school, founded a kindergarten, and was chairperson of the language arts division and an administrator at John C. Calhoun State Community College. A classically trained vocalist, she was a member of and soloist with the Samford A Cappella Choir.
STEVEN MARK JORDAN L’76, age 50, of Enterprise died May 13, 2002. He practiced law in Enterprise. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1978.
ANITA PASS LEWIS ’37, age 85, of Blountsville died April 6, 2002. She was a retired schoolteacher who taught English, French and business at J. B. Pennington High School for 31 years. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority.
RUTH JEWELL MAXWELL ’31, age 94, of Birmingham died May 2, 2002. She was a math teacher with Jefferson County Schools for 44 years, retiring as head of the Shades Valley High School math department.
HOMER EDWARD McNARON ’52, age 75, of Anniston died April 13, 2002. He owned and operated West Anniston Drug Store and held a doctorate in pharmacy from Auburn University. He was active in Pharmacy International, serving as a pharmacist in the Netherlands in 1960. He was also a leader in the Stop Polio vaccination program of the 1950s.
EDWARD T. NUNNELLEY, Jr., ’56, age 67, of Birmingham died April 25, 2002. He retired from the Social Security Administration after 30 years. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was also a graduate of Birmingham School of Law.
Dr. RUTHERFORD BROWN POLHILL Jr., M.B.A. ’98, age 60, of Vestavia Hills died April 5, 2002. A pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
SARAH JANE TROBAUGH PRIESTLEY ’53 of Hueytown died in January 2001. She taught music in Birmingham for many years.
JOHN WILLIAM STAPP ’60, age 83, of Selma died Feb. 19, 2002. He was a pastor and public accountant. He served many Baptist churches. After retiring from the Baptist Association, he was minister for several Presbyterian churches.

Patsy Thomley Was Dedicated to the Success of her Students

Former Cumberland School of Law professor Patsy W. Thomley was known as a teacher who “always went the extra mile for her students.” That’s how her colleague, law professor Carolyn Featheringill, remembers Thomley, who died last Nov. 13.

Her willingness to help included giving thoroughly graded practice exams, which “essentially doubled her own work,” Featheringill remembered. Thomley also offered an optional class designed to help first-year students with the rigors of law school.

Thomley retired in May 2001. She had been a member of the Cumberland faculty since 1981, serving as director of continuing legal education, admission, the trial program and legal research and writing in addition to teaching.

Thomley was an honor graduate of Auburn University with a master’s in mathematics from Samford. She earned a law degree from Cumberland in 1980, graduating summa cum laude and second in her class.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, a 1973 Cumberland graduate, three children and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Patsy W. and Jerry J. Thomley Scholarships.

JOE W. VAUGHN, Jr., ’31, age 92, of Pensacola, Fla., died April 9, 2002. A musician and orchestra leader in Europe in the late 1920s, he was later a member of the Birmingham Banjo Band and a Dixieland band. He was employed by WVTM, Birmingham, for 33 years.
RICHARD HUGH WOOD ’68, age 55, of Thorsby, died May 21, 2002. He owned Wood Drug Company for 32 years.

Professor Robert Riegert, Commercial Law Expert, Dies at 79

Retired law professor Robert A. Riegert, who died July 2 at age 79, taught at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law for 25 years. He was a well-known teacher of commercial law chosen to revise a noted text in the field, Braucher’s Case Book on Commercial Transactions, during the 1970s.

Professor Riegert taught at Cumberland from 1971 until retirement in 1996. He established Cumberland’s summer program for American students at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Riegert was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School with a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Heidelberg. He practiced law in Germany during 1954–67. He was also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Riegert taught at Southern Methodist University Law School during 1967–71. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps.

Riegert is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Professor Robert A. Riegert Scholarship Fund at Cumberland.


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Summer 2002
Vol. 19, No. 2

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