Huntingdon honors alumni during Homecoming 2013
MONTGOMERY, ALA.—Huntingdon College honored seven Huntingdon alumni for achievement and loyalty during the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, September 27, part of the College's 2013 Homecoming celebration. Alumni Achievement Award honorees were G. Carlton "Carl" Barker, Class of 1970, of Montgomery; Frances Hastings Moore, Class of 1946, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama; and Dr. James Yarbrough, Class of 1959, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alumni Loyalty Award winners were Montgomerians David Allred, Class of 1992; Glenda Atwell Allred, Class of 1991; and Beverly Gordy McKinney, Class of 1970. Dr. Hope Theresa Richard, Class of 2000, currently of Richmond, Virginia, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Achievement honoree Carl Barker, president and CEO of ServisFirst Bank, Montgomery, earned 40 years of banking experience working with Alabama Bancorporation, First Dallas County Bank, SouthTrust Bank, and Regions Bank. A native of Selma, Alabama, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Huntingdon with majors in business and economics and earned his graduate degree at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. Barker served as chair of the Selma City School Board and serves on the boards for Huntingdon College, Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts, and the Jackson Hospital Foundation.
Alumni Achievement Award recipient Frances Hastings Moore completed her bachelor's degree and teaching certification in English at Huntingdon in 1946. After earning a master's degree in religious education at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in 1950, she served as director of Christian education for United Methodist churches in Montgomery, Tallahassee, Florida, and Tuscaloosa. She joined the faculty at Fayette County High School, where she taught for more than 27 years, after which she served as director of special services at Bevill State Junior College in Fayette. With a heart for service and for the United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school, counseled junior and senior high youth, and directed youth choirs for 13 years at Fayette First UMC. After retiring from teaching she dedicated much of her time in service to the church and was appointed District Lay Leader of the Tuscaloosa District of the North Alabama Conference from 1984 to 1992, followed by six years of service as Conference Lay Leader for the North Alabama Conference, the first woman to serve in that capacity in that Conference. Birmingham-Southern College recognized her church service with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2001. Moore has served several terms on the Huntingdon National Alumni Board and has served as co-class agent for the Class of 1946 for more than 35 years, promoting alumni giving among members of her class.
Dr. James Yarbrough, the third Achievement Award recipient, served as department chair and professor of zoology for 19 years at Mississippi State University, subsequently serving as head of the Division of Structural and Systems Biology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His long-standing research interests focus on the effects of toxic synthetic compounds on vertebrates, a topic upon which he has published more than 70 scientific papers that were consistently backed by the National Institutes of Health from 1969 to 1993. From 1989 to 2000, Yarbrough served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama, where he developed the College's first mentoring program and established a system to identify and track students' progress among at-risk students and high academic achievers. He has overseen the doctoral theses of more than 25 students who work today as professors and researchers at centers such as Cornell, UCLA, and the National Institutes of Health. Yarbrough was not able to be present for the awards ceremony.
Loyalty award winners David and Glenda Allred graduated with degrees in finance and business administration, respectively, and were deeply involved in Greek life at Huntingdon College. David Allred's vocational interests led him to intern with LWT Communications and with a regional brokerage firm while he was at Huntingdon. He joined LWT after graduating in 1992 and became a managing partner just two years later. When LWT merged with Reid-O'Donahue Advertising in 2013 forming the Stamp Idea Group, Allred became a partner in the new firm. He has remained involved with his undergraduate fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, helping them build two chapter rooms on campus and serving as president of the alumni board. Glenda Allred, a member of and vice president for Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity, joined Colonial Mortgage Company and Colonial Bank, where she worked for 15 years after graduating from Huntingdon. In 2007 she began working part-time for LWT Communications and devoted the rest of her time to volunteer work, which led her to accept a role on the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees and to run the campaign for Alabama's State Treasurer, Young Boozer. After Boozer's election Allred was appointed Deputy State Treasurer. The Allreds have remained loyal supporters of Huntingdon College, becoming charter members of the Huntingdon Society in 2003 and funding guidance counselor luncheons around the state to help with recruitment for the College. Both have served on the College's National Alumni Board.
Known for her bright spirit and civic engagement, Loyalty Award winner Beverly Gordy McKinney serves on the Board of Trustees for Huntingdon College and has served on the boards for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Alabama Cancer Society, and the Landmarks Foundation. She is a committee member for the YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Committee and the Cloverdale Playhouse. She is the past president of Women in the Church, past director of the Mission Conference, a member of the Mission Committee, teaches Sunday School and volunteers for Bible School at Trinity Presbyterian Church. McKinney and her husband, the Honorable Reese H. McKinney Jr., Huntingdon College Class of 1972, have long suppored Huntingdon College, each serving on the Inauguration Committee in 2004. Beverly McKinney's support of the Campaign for Cloverdale was instrumental in the expansion of the College across Fairview Avenue. The McKinneys are members of the Huntingdon Society and support the Huntingdon Fund and the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner Dr. Hope Theresa Richard came to Huntingdon from her native New Orleans on an athletic scholarship to play for and manage the women's soccer team. She entered as an undeclared major but soon learned, under the tutelage of Dr. Erasus C. Dudley, that she had an avid interest in cell biology. After graduating in 2000 she was accepted into the medical science graduate program at the University of South Alabama, where she became engrossed in the study of molecular biology and pure hypothesis-based science. Richard earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of South Alabama in 2005, having completed her dissertation on the physiology of acid resistance in Escherichia coli. Her research led to her decision to attend medical school, which she entered at USA in 2005. Her career objectives were further specialized during her second-year pathology course and during her fourth-year electives in surgery and neuro-pathology, where she came to appreciate the neurosurgeon-pathologist interaction and fostered her interest in neuropathology. Research examining various teratomas for the presence of neuronal precursor cells as well as a case report on pediatric gliomatosis cerebri led to her acceptance into the Pathology Residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. During her research at VCU she has evaluated molecular markers in the development of carcinoma and is involved in an ongoing multi-center research project investigating the role of Astrocyte Elevated Gene-1 (AEG-1) gene copy numbers as a potential mediator of malignancy in brain tumors. Awarded the Lyman Research Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth in 2012, she was accepted into the neuropathology fellowship in the Department of Pathology at VCU in July 2013.
Awards were presented by Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West and National Alumni Board President Terri Smith Francis, Class of 1980.