John Bumpus (Col ’71 L/M) has retired from the full-time practice of law in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Throughout his legal career, he was active in Tennessee Republican politics and government. He continues to be active in Baptist denominational work, presently serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes.
Daryl Cumber Dance (Grad ’71) has published In Search of Annie Drew: Jamaica Kincaid’s Mother and Muse (University of Virginia Press). This is her ninth book. Ms. Dance is professor emerita of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.
John R. McCraw (Educ ’71) has been appointed to the college board of Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia, by the Martinsville City Council. He is a retired teacher and administrator for schools in Martinsville and in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
Greg Olsen (Engr ’71 L/M) has been inducted into Cento Amici, a New Jersey philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for underserved students in the state. Mr. Olsen, currently president of GHO Ventures, has served as a research scientist, engineer and entrepreneur, and was the third private citizen to orbit the Earth on the International Space Station. His commitment to education is consistent, and he helps students, especially minorities and women, understand why the varied careers in science, technology, engineering and math are so important.
John H. Pettey III (Com ’71 L/M) was recently included in Barron’s list of the top 1,200 advisors in the country, ranked ninth in the state of Tennessee. This is the fifth consecutive year that he has been included in the list. Mr. Pettey is a managing director with Raymond James & Associates in Memphis, where his group offers its clients financial and estate planning, risk management and investment advisory services.
W. Lee Thuston (Col ’71 L/M) was named CEO of the Year by the Birmingham Business Journal. Mr. Thuston is a managing partner of the law firm Burr & Forman. He works in the firm’s Birmingham office.