Auburn graduates Tom Plott ‘73 and Fran McCurry ’73 knew of each other during their years growing up in Opelika, Ala., but it wasn’t until October 2010, more than forty years later, that they reconnected through Facebook.
One three-hour-long phone call and several months of long-distance dating later, unbeknownst to Fran, Tom traveled from Panama City, Fla. to Opelika to visit Fran’s father, a fellow Auburn graduate who was a patient at the East Alabama Medical Center at the time. In traditional Southern gentleman fashion, Tom told Mr. McCurry of his feelings for Fran and his desire to ask for her hand in marriage, with Mr. McCurry’s blessing. After granting his blessing, and receiving an Auburn University ball cap from Tom, Mr. McCurry asked, “Tom, did you really drive four hours just to see me?” to which Tom replied, “No sir, I drove eight; I have to go back!”
After Auburn won the 2010 National Championship game, Tom and Fran stood under the mighty oaks that were streaming with toilet paper and dripping with icicles from an unusual ice storm. There, on January 11, 2011, at 1:11 a.m., Tom asked Fran to be his wife. They were married by an Auburn graduate minister on February 11, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
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