class notes


JIM VICKREY ’64, retired lawyer, university professor and former president of the University of Montevallo, published the book “Roy, ‘Rocky’ & Red Rider; ‘Hoppy,’ Durango & Mo[o]re: Personal Recollections of What They Taught Us on Saturdays, Riding Together into the Sunset of the B Western Movie, at ‘The Strand’ & ‘The Bijou’ and on Radio & TV.”

DON MAGNUSSON ’67 and his wife MARY DELCHAMPS MAGNUSSON ’65(pictured right) write: “The Tradition Continues in Leander, Texas”: After watching the 2019 Iron Bowl win by Auburn on TV, Don and Mary grabbed a roll of toilet paper and headed outside to perform the ritual on their three-foot-tall Auburn Oak growing at their home in Leander. In 2019, Mary attended the spring luncheon of the Women in Agriculture Society held on Auburn’s campus. As the first woman to graduate from the ornamental horticulture department, she was treated like royalty by all and presented with a clone of the Auburn Oaks as a gift. We are prepared to roll it again next year when Auburn beats Alabama in the 2020 Iron Bowl.”

HARRY MOORE ’67 published his fifth book of poetry, “Beyond Paradise: The Unweeded Garden,” through Main Street Rag Publications in Charlotte, N.C.

JAMES A. CORNELISON ’67 writes: “I graduated in the first school of business class in 1967. The learning experience and the Auburn Creed served me so well in my career, which spanned over 40 years in human resource management with BASF, Black & Decker, and Henredon Furniture, a MASCO company. I retired in 2009 as senior vice president of human resources [and] started Carolinas Human Resources Consultants, Inc., assisting small company presidents for over five years. The Auburn Creed served as my compass during my career and I am so proud to be a member of the Auburn Family!”

MITZI MARTIN ’68 retired in 2015 after teaching English for 48 years, practicing employment law for 30 years at Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis, Ind. after extensive travel excursions around the Southeast, she and her husband, Jeff Atwood, have settled in Huntsville, Ala.

RODNEY KOENIG ’68 serves as president of the Midshipman’s Foundation at the University of Texas at Austin and is still practicing law in Houston, Texas after more than 50 years. In 1962, after earning his undergrad at UT Austin, Koenig was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the Destroyer USS Braine (DD630) as a bridge officer and as chief engineer in the South Pacific during the start of the Vietnam War. Thereafter, he was assigned to Auburn University’s NROTC unit as senior class instructor. In 1969 he joined the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and he continues practicing to this day.

Q.V. LOWE ’68 was named to the 2020 class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame by the hall’s board of directors. A former pitcher on Auburn’s baseball team, Lowe was voted All-SEC twice and was named a 1967 All-American who compiled a 23-3 career record and 1.69 ERA in two seasons. He still holds the Auburn record for winning percentage (.885) and ERA. In 1967, Lowe led Auburn to its first appearance in the College World Series before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in that year’s MLB draft. Lowe became a coach and manager for the Cubs, New York Yankees and Montreal Expos, then founded the Auburn University-Montgomery baseball program, where he would amass 1,127 victories as head coach.

BRENDA STRICKLER JOHNSON ’68 writes: “After marriage, two children and four grandchildren, divorce and a career teaching in high school, I left the sunshine of Florida for the snow in Knoxville, Tenn. to reunite with my ‘bestie’ and AU roommate. Auburn will always be in my life and heart.”


W. BLAKE JEFFCOAT ’70 retired from CH2m HILL in 2017 as a member of the board of directors and senior vice president. He now serves as a senior consultant with HDR, an engineering firm in Omaha, Neb.

WILLIAM H. JOHNSTON ’71 retired in 2019 after 42 years of pediatric practice with Birmingham Pediatric Associates, a group he cofounded. Johnston’s retirement coincided with the birth of his granddaughter in October.

JACK LAYFIELD ’74 completed the 2,192-mile Appalachian Trail from March 4, 2019 to Sept. 22, 2019.

LEAH HOFFMAN ’75 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Recreation and Park Association at its annual conference in August 2019 (page 28). The award reflects Hoffman’s many years of involvement with the association and her continued effort in promoting parks and recreation throughout the state. A member of the association since 1980, Hoffman served in a variety of capacities, including president, before her retirement in 2017.

SUSAN CANNON REMILLARD ’75 retired as superintendent of schools for Gordon County, Ga. after serving in the role since 2013. She and her husband built a house at Lake Martin, Ala. to be closer to Auburn after retirement.

LARRY LAWHON ’79 and his family are celebrating the official designation of their farm as an Alabama Century and Heritage Farm by the State of Alabama Dept. of Agriculture and Industries. The program recognizes farms that demonstrate the durability and love of the land that are the heritage of the state of Alabama. Lawhon’s grandfather purchased the land just west of Sulligent, Ala., in 1919 and raised cattle, corn, hay, soybeans and dairy. The Lawhon family plans to continue this tradition through hard work, mutual cooperation, love and dedication for another 100 years — “the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”


JAMES RYAN ’81 joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a full-time associate professor in the Foisie Business School. Prior to joining WPI, Ryan was an associate professor of information systems at Auburn University Montgomery. For the past 22 years, he has run his own business, J. Ryan Consulting, focusing on information technology applications and telecommunications.J.

CHRISTOPHER MURPHY ’81 accepted a new position as chief security officer for Great Southern Wood Preserving in Abbeville, Ala. He also recently published his autobiography, “In His Majesty’s Secret Service,” about his 40 years in law enforcement, including his time with the Auburn Police Department and a 21-year career with the U.S. Secret Service. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, iTunes and more.

LISA MILLER ’82 was elected chairman of the board for the nonprofit Main Street Alabama, which emphasizes public-private partnerships, community engagement and strategies that create jobs, spark investment and spur growth. Having served on the Main Street Alabama Board of Directors since 2015, Miller is also the manager of communications & marketing for the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) in Montgomery.

JANE (YOUNG) FREDERICK ’82 was inaugurated as the 2020 president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Dec. 13, 2019 after holding various positions, including 2019 AIA vice president, South Atlantic regional representative on the Strategic Council; at-large director on the national board and president of AIA South Carolina. Her award-winning firm, Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, S.C., was honored with AIA South Carolina’s 2017 Firm Award, as well as Southern Living Magazine’s Best Renovation of 2009.

CAROLYN CLARK ’82 and her husband PAUL CLARK SR. ’82moved to Niceville, Fla. after living in the Washington, D.C. area for 21 years. Paul is the inspector general at Eglin Air Force Base and Carolyn retired after 40 years in the federal government.

FAIRFIELD BAIN ’83 was recently promoted to associate director, Equine Life Cycle Management with Merck Animal Health, where he works in product discovery and development. He resides in Placitas, N.M.

KEN JACKSON ’83 and wife GAIL JACKSON ’85 write: “we are thriving in Auburn and enjoying tickets to three different spots. After graduating five kids and a daughter-in-law from Auburn, there’s a grandchild now, too. Their youngest child went to that other state school, and they’re just as proud [of them].”

JAN ZIGLAR EUNICE ’86 is a retired public early childhood educator with the Eufaula City Board of Education. She currently performs as a flute soloist in the Tri-State Community Orchestra in Dothan, Ala., assists in flute clinics in the Auburn area with Professor of Music Emerita Dr. Karen Garrison and volunteers with the Eufaula City Middle School Band.

DR. STUART NOEL ’88 (pictured below on left) was a special guest, along with his dear friend Princess Tina Radziwill, at the Truman Capote Festival in Monroeville, Ala. Noel founded the Truman Capote Literary Society and is a professor of English and film at Georgia State University in Atlanta.


GARY JONES ’91 was promoted to director of marketing for Astroturf Corporation from his previous role as communications manager, where he oversaw all internal and external company messaging and managed the company’s sponsorship and advertising programs. Jones lives in Calhoun, Ga., with his wife, Christa, and their two daughters, Ansley and Elise.

LIZ HUNTLEY ’93, a member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, was named an Alabama Law Foundation Fellow. Of Councel for Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC Huntley is a committed children’s advocate who provides legal and consultation services to organizations that serve families and children. The foundation established its fellows’ program in 1993 to honor lawyers who have been members of the bar for at least ten years and have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their profession and community.

CHRISTY CROW ’94 is serving as the 144th president of the Alabama State Bar this year. Crow is only the third woman to ever hold this role and is the first bar president from Union Springs, Ala., where she continues to practice law.

DEREK MEEK ’96 was named the 2020 global president of the Turnaround Managing Association (TMA). Meek serves a one-year term as president of the corporate restructuring organization, which boasts nearly 10,000 members internationally. At appellate litigation group Burr & Forman LLP, Meek is a partner in the firm’s Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala. offices, focusing on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He will be inducted as a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in March 2020.

CHRISTIAN FLATHMAN ’97 was named marketing manager, OEM and Franchise at Exxon Mobil Corporation located in Houston, Texas. In addition to the promotion, Flathman completed his master’s degree at Northwestern University.

DEREK DOYLE ’99 was named vice president, controller and chief accounting officer at Louisiana Pacific, a leading building supplies and Fortune 1000 company based in Nashville, Tenn. Doyle will lead LP’s accounting, budgeting, internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, governance and compliance for the company’s financial statements and disclosures.

LAURA BOLSEN ’99 has accepted a new position as founder and executive director of the Atlanta-based STEM for Every Child. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower underserved children to explore and learn using STEM-based technology and resources.


ABBY WHITTINGTON ’00 was named director of the macromolecular science and engineering (MACR) Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech University. The program is part of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII), an interdisciplinary science and research center focused on polymeric materials.

ARTIE VAUGHN ’02 transitioned from active duty Air Force to the reserves in September 2019 and is currently assigned to the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. In his civilian capacity, he is working as a Title IX & EEO investigator in the Auburn University AA/EEO & Title IX Office.

RONNIE BROWN ’04 was named to the 2020 class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame by the hall’s board of directors. The 2003 Citrus Bowl MVP, Brown remains seventh-most in rushing yards and fifth-most in rushing touchdowns in Auburn history. The second overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Brown spent six seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans before retiring from the NFL in 2014.

SARA CARLINA MARTINEZ ’06 married Steven Lawrence Kline on Dec. 31, 2019 in Grass Valley, California.

BRIAN RICHARDSON ’07 was named a Rising Star in the 2019- 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers list. Richardson is a Birmingham-based attorney with Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, practicing coverage and commercial litigation, insurance coverage, construction, employment, wrongful death and more.

KATHERINE KINGTON NORTH ’09 was named communications director for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball. A Louisville, Ky. native, North most recently served as communications director for the personnel cabinet, overseeing communications for cabinet policy initiatives and public engagement. 2010s

BRITTANY HENDERSON ’11, a trial lawyer at law firm Edwards Pottinger representing crime victims in civil lawsuits, is currently litigating for numerous victims of the late billionaire and alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Together with her law partner, Brad Edwards, she co-authored the book “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein,” published in March 2020.

MICHAEL LEE ’11 and MARLYE ARMSTRONG LEE ’11 were married on Feb. 2, 2019 in Auburn, Ala.

KATHERINE AMOS BEASLEY ’11 became a shareholder with Wilmer & Lee, P.A., a business-oriented law firm that provides legal services to a variety of government and privately-owned businesses.

FRANK BERNARDO ’12 was promoted to senior director, strategic sourcing for Conifer Health Solutions in Frisco, Texas