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’53 Thomas Trimble was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Oklahoma Christian University, where he has served on the board of trustees for more than 15 years. Tom has also served on the board of Pepperdine University for more than 28 years, including several years as chairman or secretary. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Pepperdine University Law School.

’64 Warren Pengilley has recently been awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to the law as a practitioner, regulator, academic and commentator in the areas of trade practices and franchising." Warren recently retired from the law faculty at the University of Newcastle, Australia, having spent 15 years teaching commercial law.

’65 Landis Turner was elected chairman and CEO of South Central Tennessee Railroad Authority in November 2009. From 1977 until 2007, Landis had been South Central's treasurer and general counsel. He is also a candidate for the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners to be elected in August.

’67 Thomas Bost has been named Interim Dean at Pepperdine School of Law. Tom is the former chair of Pepperdine's Board of Regents, and he has served as a professor of law at Pepperdine since 2000. He specializes in tax and corporate law.

Jim Cheek's wife Sigourney died April 26 after a five-year battle with leukemia. Sigourney was an active Nashville philanthropist. "She felt that she had been very blessed in her life, and that she had the opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives," Jim said.

’70 Edward L. Turner (BA'66) has been elected chairman of the board of Lawyers Without Borders, an international non-profit organization which uses volunteer pro bono services of lawyers and judges to advance the rule of law and protect the integrity of the judicial process worldwide. Ed lives in Paris and New York City with his wife, Mary Lee (Hunter) Turner (BA'67). He retired from Shearman & Sterling in 2006 and began working with Lawyers Without Borders as a neutral trial observer of local court trial in Ethiopia and Namibia. He has also conducted training with local legal professionals in South Africa and Turkey.

’71 James Morris has written his first book, The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Paul Hoope. He and his wife Ana live on a farm in Palm Beach County, Florida, from which they run the Hope Farm Foundation, which offers facilities for abused and neglected children in Palm Beach County and Honduras.

’72 Lawrence R. (Larry) Ahern, partner in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA), a nationwide not-for-profit organization serving the needs of business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy practitioners. Larry serves on Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty, where he teaches Secured Transactions, and has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including Bankruptcy Procedure Manual (Thomson West 2009).

Judge Robert Burch was honored for 30 years of service on the 23rd Judicial District Circuit Court in Dickson, Tennessee, in March. Judge Burch was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1980.

Ed Yarbrough will become a partner in Walker Tipps & Malone in Nashville after leaving his position as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2007.

’73 William Corr, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at the law school on April 8. Bill's visit, during which he met with students from Vanderbilt's law and medical schools, was arranged by the student Health Law Society.

’75 Richard Carmody, of counsel to Adams and Reese in the firm's Birmingham office, was officially elected as a director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation at the College's meeting on March 20. In addition to being a director, Richard also serves on the Foundation's Pro Bono Committee.

Kim S. Fennebresque has been named chairman of Dahlman Rose & Company, a leading investment bank specializing in the global natural resources supply chain. Kim has more than 30 years of experience in investment banking. Kim started his Wall Street career at First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) in 1977 and has held leadership positions with Lazard Freres, UBS and SG Cowen, the U.S. subsidiary of Soci t G n rale and predecessor to Cowen and Company, where he served as president, CEO and chairman for most of his tenure. He was recently designated by the U.S. Treasury to the board of GMAC.

Douglas Friedman delivered a talk on Social Security disability at the law school on February 16. His talk was sponsored by the student Health Law Society.

’76 Marnie Huff has been selected as a liaison to the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission, a three-year appointment by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Marnie will represent the Dispute Resolution Section's viewpoints as the commission conducts a thorough review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation.

Mary Jo Middlebrooks has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board-Certified Family Law Trial Advocate. She is a partner in Middlebrooks & Gray in Jackson, Tennessee.

Kim Presbrey, who founded his own firm, Presbrey & Associates, in Aurora, Illinois, in 1981, is the co-author (with Kenneth Werts) of a Quick Reference Guide for All Workers Compensation Professionals. A frequent lecturer and author on workers compensation, Kim has served on the board of managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 1992, and its president in 2001-02. He was also a governor for the Illinois State Bar Association from 2003-09.

’78 Jay Angoff now heads a newly created Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jay was appointed to lead the office by DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius.

M. Ann Huckstep has been named Partner in Charge of Adams and Reese's Birmingham office.

Jane Branstetter Stranch of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings in Nashville was recently elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Jane was nominated in August 2009 by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and awaits confirmation.

’80 Mark Lowes was honored as among Houston's Best Corporate Counsel in the category of Best Team Effort by a Corporate Department by the Houston Business Journal. Mark is vice president of litigation for KBR in Houston. He and two colleagues won the distinction for their work on KBR's February 2009 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Charles H. (Charlie) Ogburn, executive director at the international investment firm Arcapita, Inc., has been named non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Crawford & Company. Charlie was elected to Crawford's board in February 2009.

’81 Mike McWherter is a Democratic candidate for governor of Tennessee. Mike is chairman of the bank board of First State Bank, headquartered in Union City, his hometown, and he also serves on the board of directors for the Jackson Energy Authority. Mike is the son of former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter.

’82 David Beyer, who focuses on corporate franchise law, has joined Quarles & Brady as a partner at the firm's newly established office in Tampa, Florida. As a leader in the development of franchise law in Florida, David has served multiple terms as chairman of the Franchise Law Committee of the Florida Bar.

Robert L. Dietz, a partner in Zimmerman Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando, received the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for 2010 from the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Since Bob began serving as a guardian ad litem in 1986, he has represented more than 100 children in cases involving more than 1,100 hours of work.

’84 Bill Hagerty has joined the board of directors of publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Bill is affiliated with Hagerty Peterson and Company, a private equity advisory firm, and a partner in Tennessee Community Ventures. Until 2008, he was CEO of Lehman Brothers' Asian Asset Management platform.

Paul Ney has joined Waddey & Patterson of counsel. Paul previously directed the Nashville Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development.

’88 Darby Dickerson, dean of Stetson University College of Law, is the St. Petersburg (Florida) Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Business Woman of the Year. Darby received the 2009 Chief Judge's Award from Florida's 13th Judicial Circuit for her outstanding efforts and commitment to the court, and she was elected by the American Association of Law Schools to serve on the executive committees of both the Deans section and the section on Part-time Division Programs. She is also a nationally renowned expert in cyberbullying, legal citation, and higher education law and policy.

John Doran, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Phoenix, has been named to Law360's 2010 Employment Editorial Advisory Board. John focuses on labor and employment and appellate litigation.

Dana Perry has been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Dana is the managing partner at Chambliss Bahner & Stophel. She is a certified Elder Law Specialist and is a frequent speaker on estate planning and elder law.

’89 Henry "Harry" Guy Burnett has joined Crowell & Moring's international arbitration and Latin America practices. Harry is the former co-head of Fulbright & Jawor-ski's international arbitration and Latin America groups.

Joi Morris is the coauthor of Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You're at High Risk of Breast or Ovarian Cancer, recently released by Prometheus Books.

Louis Theros has joined Butzel Long as a shareholder in its Detroit office. He practices employment litigation, labor law, gaming law, and counsels clients on statutory employment compliance.

’90 Stephen Davis has been appointed executive vice president and COO of Ardea Biosciences, Inc., in San Diego. Before joining Ardea, Stephen was president and CEO for Neurogen. Prior to joining Neurogen in 1994, Stephen practiced with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. He is a Certified Public Accountant who has also worked for Arthur Andersen. Stephen was recently appointed to the board of A.P. Pharma.

John Thomas is executive vice president of the medical facilities group for Health Care REIT, a real estate investment trust in Toledo, Ohio. Before he joined Health Care REIT in January 2009, he was general counsel for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.

Gif Thornton (BS'84) was elected chair of the executive committee at Adams and Reese. Based in Nashville, Gif is legislative counsel to businesses, trade associations and governmental entities with interests at the Tennessee General Assembly, and represents clients before regulatory boards and administrative agencies of local, state and federal government.

’91 Timothy Lupinacci, managing shareholder of the Birmingham office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, has been elected to a three-year term on the firm's board of directors. Tim's practice focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring, financial services and transactions, and health law.

Stephanie Rippee, a partner in Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, has been selected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation's leading research institute for the empirical study of law. Stephanie is based in Jacksonville, Mississippi, where her practice focuses on the defense of products liability litigation and commercial litigation. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel, and currently serves on the ABA Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption. She was recently recognized as one of the state's 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal.

’92 Pamela Muller Swartzberg and her husband Mark recently welcomed their seventh child, Joseph Henry Tao Feng Swartzberg, age 3. Joseph joins sisters Anna, Allyson and Mary, and brothers Peter, Matthew and Joshua. "Mark and I traveled to China in March to be united with our son," Pamela writes. "He is wonderful, and his siblings are thrilled to add one more to our crew!"

’94 Rupert Byrdsong and his wife Latrice are the proud parents of Rupert Angelo Byrdsong Jr., born February 7. Rupert was recently honored as a 2010 Superlawyer for Southern California, and had been honored as a Rising Star from 2005-08. He practices employment discrimination and civil rights litigation, and has fond memories of working with Professor Emeritus Robert Belton as a research assistant.

Paula (Fernandez) Lutes married William Lutes on October 3, 2009, in Sarasota, Florida. The Luteses live in Boca Raton. Ryan Kilpatrick McMurtry, son of Rick McMurtry, was ringbearer in the ceremony.

Jeffrey Young has joined Ellis & Winters, where he practices contract/UCC, government contract, construction and commercial litigation.

’95 Hugh Marbury has been elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Hugh is a partner in DLA Piper's intellectual property and litigation practices and serves on the firm's policy committee, as the Hiring Partner for the Baltimore office, and as chair of the firm's Marbury Institute. In 2009, he was appointed to the Patent Rules subcommittee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Zackary Walton is a partner and co-chair of Downey Brand's new San Francisco office. Zack was previously vice chair of Paul Hastings' San Francisco office and co-chair of its sustainability and global climate change practice.

’96 Albert Li is now manager of Zimmer Latin America Legal Affairs, where he serves as general commercial counsel for Zimmer's emerging markets efforts in Latin America. Al continues to serve as division counsel for two of Zimmer's emerging businesses based in Austin, Texas, Zimmer Orthobiologics and Zimmer Spine. Al and his wife, Tini Nguyen, enjoy living in Austin with their three children, Lucas (6), Reese (2) and Stella (2).

Brian Rafferty has been appointed chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. Brian previously served as the office's Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was a partner in Dornbush Schaeffer Strongin & Venaglia in New York, where he practiced white-collar criminal defense.

Kara Shea has been named vice chair of Miller & Martin's labor and employment department. She is the co-author of a comprehensive guide to wage and hour compliance and is the co-editor of the Tennessee Employment Law Letter.

’97 Reece Alford has been named corporate counsel and secretary of the St. Joe Company, one of Florida's largest real estate development companies. Reece joined the company in 2005 from Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, where he was a partner.

’98 Gray Sasser has been appointed senior vice president for congressional affairs by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Before joining the Export-Import Bank as executive secretary and senior advisor, Gray was a partner with Miller & Martin, where he specialized in domestic and international business law. Immediately prior to joining the bank's executive staff, Gray served as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Gindi Eckel Vincent and her husband Bray welcomed triplets, Samuel Garrett, Lillian Penn, and William Bray, on October 2, 2009.

’99 Carolyn (Sookram) Cotney recently joined Sutter Health in San Francisco as regional counsel. She was previously general counsel for Surgery Partners in Tampa, Florida.

Brian Michael has joined WilmerHale in Los Angeles as counsel in the firm's business trial, securities litigation and enforcement, and investigations and criminal litigation groups. Brian was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California from 2005-10 and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2003-05.

Erika Singleton Wilson is a patent attorney for Pfizer in New York. She also earned a degree in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt. She is also the creator and designer of Purse Flats, shoes that fold and fit into a matching leather clutch. She used a portion of the proceeds from Purse Flats to fund two scholarships for graduates of the two New Orleans high schools she attended and plans to mentor both recipients.

’00 Jason Cagle was recently promoted to director at Griffith Nixon Davison in Dallas, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation. Jason and his wife Faye welcomed a son, Christopher Lyman, on May 15, 2009.

Derek Edwards and Stephanie (Moss) Edwards '02 welcome a daughter, Crosby Catherine, on August 19, 2009. She joined sisters Emma Paisley (5) and Adelaide (2).

Christin Camp Lumpkin is division general counsel for Global Payments, Inc., which provides electronic transaction processing services. Before joining Global's legal team in November 2005, Christin was an associate with King & Spalding. Christin and her husband Michael live in Atlanta.

Austin McMullen and his wife Kelly welcomed a daughter, Mary Austin, on February 15. Mary Austin joined older brother Reagan, age 4.

Mark Plotkin and his wife Emily celebrated the birth of a son, Hunter Maxwell, on March 14. The Plotkins live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kathryn Hannen Walker has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation.

Phillip G. Young Jr. has joined Garfinkle McLemore & Young in Columbia, Tennessee, where he will focus on bankruptcy, reorganization and complex business litigation.

’01 Mark Backofen has joined Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in Dallas.

Christopher Booth and his wife, Evelyn "Lawrie" (Wiesman) Booth (Owen '02), welcomed a daughter, June Darby, on January 4. "I also successfully ran the JFK 50 Mile Race along the Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal in November," Chris writes.

Ekumene Lysonge is a senior director with Churchill Downs, Inc. Before joining CDI, he was a vice president with the Pedcor Companies in Carmel, Indiana.

James "Randy" Michels (BA'98) has joined Stites & Harbison in Nashville.

’02 James A. (Jim) Beakes III has joined the litigation team at Miller & Martin in Nashville.

Stephanie (Moss) Edwards and her husband, Derek Edwards '00, welcomed a daughter, Crosby Catherine, on August 19, 2009. Crosby joined sisters Emma (5) and Adelaide (2).

John L. Farringer IV has joined Sherrard & Roe in Nashville, where he focuses on business, commercial and tort litigation.

Jessica Green Gichner has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville.

Laina Reinsmith Miller and her husband Stuart welcomed a son, Alex Benjamin, on October 12, 2009. Alex joined big sister Julia Mae. Laina practices commercial litigation with Shipley Snell Montgomery in Houston.

Tyson D. Schwerdtfeger is a partner in GableGotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he focuses on oil and gas law, commercial litigation, and products liability. Tyson joined GableGotwals in 2003 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Claire Eagan, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He and his wife Kenna are the proud parents of Owen (3) and Kate (1).

’03 Cara Tuttle Bell has joined the staff of Northwestern University as the Director of Programs for the Women's Center. Cara lives in Chicago.

F. William DuBois has joined Saul Ewing as special counsel. He was previously a senior associate with DLA Piper. He focuses his practice on environmental, administrative and energy law, with a particular focus on air quality regulations.

Gerard Stranch, a member of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings in Nashville, has been listed as a "Rising Star" for Class Action / Mass Tort Litigation in Tennessee Super Lawyers.

Erin Terrell and her husband, Clay Holloway, welcomed their first child, Michael Timothy, on February 7.

’04 Michelle Bedoya Barnett has founded a boutique employment law firm, Alexander DeGance Barnett, with two partners. The firm, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the city's only freestanding practices representing management in labor and employment law.

John Brown and Lauren (Gudritz) Brown welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Saylor, on October 9, 2009.

Meredith Werner and her husband, David Dinkins, welcomed a daughter, Natalie Lauren Dinkins, on September 14, 2009.

’05 Kathryn Whitfield married Adam Fotiades on June 13, 2009, in New York. The couple lives in New York, where Kathryn is a member of the private clients practice of Shearman & Sterling, and Adam is a member of the litigation practice of Kirkland & Ellis.

’06 Ann DeSear Wiles has joined BuckleySandler, a financial services boutique firm in Washington, D.C. She was previously an associate with Ropes & Gray.

Sarah Krause has joined the law department of Amgen, Inc., in Thousand Oaks, California. Sarah serves as in-house counsel for employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Jared Looper, assistant attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, delivered a talk on criminal appellate litigation at the annual Southwest Oklahoma State University Social Sciences Department Law Day program. Jared represents the State of Oklahoma before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and all federal district courts in Oklahoma.

Ajay Pandey, who earned his LL.M. at Vanderbilt as a Fulbright scholar, has joined the faculty of the Jindal Global Law School as Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Programmes. Ajay was previously Director for Policy, Governance and Advocacy at the Seghal Foundation, an NGO focused on rural development in India.

’07 Dorothy Brackett has joined the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago as a staff attorney in the legal and compliance service department.

Camille Cantrell joined the Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell & Thackston on February 22. Camille's practice involves multi-jurisdictional toxic tort litigation, including asbestos product liability litigation.

Joe Chase has joined Gunster in West Palm Beach, where he will focus on business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital. He was previously an associate with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.

C. Dawn Edwards is a fellow at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) in Atlanta. Dawn previously served as a staff attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid in Cobb County, Georgia.

Ashlee Gray Johnson married Eric Johnson on May 23, 2009, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where the couple lives. Courtney Wingate was a bridesmaid. Ashlee is a litigation associate with the St. Thomas firm of Dudley Topper and Feuerzeig.

Jaime Muscar has joined Gilbert in Washington, D.C., as an associate. She was previously an associate with King & Spalding in Atlanta.

Brad Preston has joined the wealth planning group at Reed Smith in Chicago as an associate.

Jessica (Justema) Williams and her husband Evan welcomed a son, James Crews, on October 21, 2009.

’08 Laura Gary has joined Miller & Martin in Atlanta, where she will practice business and tort litigation. She was previously an associate with King & Spalding. In addition to her legal practice, Laura is a national award-winning published playwright and an award-winning songwriter.

Ashleigh Harb has been appointed general counsel of the Tennessee Young Republican Federation. Ashleigh is an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution practice at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville.

Frederick Landry (LL.M.) works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a contract specialist. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Cassandra Stekly. The couple was married in October 2009.

Emoke Pulay has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where she will practice in the firm's litigation group.

Nolan Shenai has joined the litigation group of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel in Philadelphia.

Scott Tift has been elected president of the Nashville Chapter of American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Scott is an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution practice at Bass Berry & Sims.

’09 Lara Flateau has joined Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner's Nashville office, where she will practice in the firm's corporate, litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice groups.

Lauren Gaffney has joined Bass Berry & Sims' Nashville office, where she will focus on healthcare.

Michael Mills has joined Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner's Nashville office, where he will practice corporate law.

Charles T. Switzer has received LEED® certification from the Green Building Certification Institute. Chuck practices in Baker & Daniels' construction and real property litigation group.

In Memoriam

William P. Ortale '55 died May 21 after a valiant battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Horner Ortale, their six children, and eight grandchildren. He and Jean married in 1952, the year Bill began law school at Vanderbilt. Bill cofounded Ortale Kelley Herbert & Crawford in 1971. He was a fellow in the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations and active in the Tennessee Defense Lawyers and the law school's National Alumni Council among numerous professional, community and charitable organizations.

Stanley Chernau '56 died May 15 in Nashville. Stan also earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt, and had a civil trial practice in Nashville until he retired in 2009. He is survived by his wife Betsy, two children, and six grandchildren.

Philip Peeler '56 died May 13. Philip served in the Navy during the Korean conflict and had a successful career in his hometown, Memphis.

A Harrison "Harry" Johnson '64 died May 1 in Nashville. Harry earned his undergraduate degree at the University of the South. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, he had a long, successful career in real estate law. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary, their two children, and two grandchildren.

Marvin Powers Nunley '65 died May 22. Marvin was a partner in McCarroll Nunley and Hartz. He served as a Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky from 1975-83. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Kentucky Defense Council. He is survived by his wife, Deborah May Nunley, their three children and eight grandchildren.

Peter T. Dole '72 died on March 15. Peter was the owner of Dole Law Practice in Paris, Indiana, having joined his father as a partner in the practice in 1980. He served in Vietnam as a radio operator and paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles," later earning two Bronze Stars for his service in the Green Berets. After he earned his law degree at Vanderbilt, he spent two years working at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and then returned to Paris in 1975 and was elected to a term as Edgar County State's Attorney. He is survived by his wife, Becky McCarty, their three daughters, and three grandchildren.

Edward J. Walinsky '79 died of lung cancer on February 28. Ed was a partner at the law firm Shoun Bach Walinsky and Curran in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he specialized in family law. He was an expert in adoption law who was in private practice before joining what is now Shoun Bach Walinsky and Curran 18 years ago. He served the Circuit Court of Fairfax County as a neutral case evaluator and as a conciliator. He was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a top area lawyer in family law. He served in the Army Reserve assigned to the Judge Advocate General's Corps and retired in 1992 at the rank of major. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Frances, and their three children, along with his parents.