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
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.,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.