Memphis University School has many remarkable alumni who enrich their communities in wide-ranging fields. We highlight some of them here.


List of 17 items.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION

    C. Metcalf Crump, Jr. ’60 
    Founded The Crump Firm in 1970 and has overseen MUS campus architecture beginning in 1988; Crump architects have designed over 400 buildings in 37 states, including three major buildings for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Downtown Memphis

    Selden P. “Reb” Haizlip ’73

    Founder and principal in charge of design at Haizlip Studio, a Memphis-based architecture firm known for projects that serve cultural, educational, environmental, or experiential purposes, including the Children’s Museum of Memphis, University Center at the University of Memphis, and MUS Wunderlich Lobby (which includes interactive features that tell the story of sports at the school)

    H. Montgomery Martin ’73

    Founded Montgomery Martin Contractors in 1995 and serves as president and CEO; projects range from industrial to educational to multi-family and include AutoZone Park, Shelby Farms Park, Children’s Museum of Memphis, and the Rudy E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis

    O. Thomas Marshall IV ’77 

    Former Memphis City Council chairman and member for 21 years; architect and partner at O.T. Marshall Architects; transformed 27 acres of dilapidated fairgrounds into Tiger Lane; guided the $200 million renovation of the Pyramid into the 535,000-square-foot Bass Pro retail store and 104-room Big Cypress Lodge

    J. Brett Grinder ’91 and Justin E. Grinder ’97 
    Managing principals of Grinder Taber Grinder commercial and industrial construction firm founded in 1968; projects include Crosstown Concourse and Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education; MUS campus projects include the Kemmons Wilson Leadership Development Center, the Field House, the Kroeker-Petrosyan Fencing Center, the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center, and renovations of the weight room, Owl Room, Buzzard Room, Wunderlich Lobby, and Wiener Hospitality Room; Brett Grinder - MUS trustee (2011 -)
  • ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

    Todd Slaughter ’60
    Professor of sculpture in The Ohio State University’s Department of Art; has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, internationally and nationally; sculptural installations have been exhibited by the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; the Akron Art Museum; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Artists Space and PS 1, New York, NY; and a major retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center; permanent public works in the Midway Airport, Chicago; and Tarifa/Algeciras, Spain; recipient of several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship
     
    Michael O’Brien ’68
    Photographer based in Austin, TX, who has received acclaim for his portraiture and documentary photography, including images of Willie Nelson, George W. Bush, LeBron James, Warren Buffett, and Steven Spielberg; photographed hundreds of people living on the streets of Austin; has created three books: The Face of Texas: Portraits of Texans (2003 and 2014), Hard Ground (2011), and The Great Minds of Investing (2015)
     
    R. Carroll Todd ’72
    Sculptor specializing in “recreating” animals out of sheet bronze; works are in the collection of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, AutoZone, Little Rock National Airport, and Rockefeller Center in New York
     
    Cecil Humphreys ’73
    Attorney-turned-artist who has employed a 3,000-year-old process to create decorative bronze bowls weighing from 20 to 240 pounds; subject of a Metal Museum exhibition in 2013; in 2018 published Memphis Studios: A Visual Tour, a coffee-table book featuring the workspaces of 27 regional artists, including his own studio, a historic icehouse-turned-Esso station on the Highland Strip; a founder of the University Neighborhood Development District, has led efforts to renovate the area
     
    Huger L. Foote ’80
    Esteemed photographer whose photos have been exhibited around the world and even appear in the private collection of Sir Elton John, among others; has photographed for The New York Times, the American, British, and French editions of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post Magazine
  • BANKING, FINANCE, AND INVESTMENTS

    William “Bill” W. Deupree, Jr. ’59 (1941-2020)
    Began his career at First Tennessee, then in 1972 he moved to Morgan Keegan & Co, where he served as company president from 1985 to retirement in 1996; driving force behind the MUS John M. Nail Endowment Fund, established in 1988; MUS trustee (1988-98)
     
    Allen B. Morgan, Jr. ’60
    In 1969 founded Morgan Keegan, a regional New York Stock Exchange member that grew to 300 offices in 18 states; in 1985 Morgan-Keegan opened a 21-story building on the riverfront; father, Allen Morgan, Sr., was instrumental in the reestablishment of MUS in 1955; wife, Musette Morgan, MUS trustee (1999-2007)
     
    P. Trowbridge Gillespie, Jr. ’65
    In 1975 joined Jim Thomas ’58 in founding Southeastern Asset Management; after a decade, along with Thomas and Steve Morrow ’71 founded NewSouth Capital Management; chaired the MUS Doors to New Opportunities campaign, raising $22 million; MUS trustee (1996 -) and chair (2004-08)
     
    Kent Wunderlich ’66
    Practiced real estate law at Baker Donelson before joining Financial Federal Bank, becoming chairman of the board, chief executive officer and general counsel; MUS trustee (1983-2008) and chair (1988-97)
     
    W. Parks Dixon, Jr. ’69
    Leader of the campaign to rejuvenate the nine-hole Overton Park golf course, soliciting gifts and partnering with King-Collins, designer of Sweetens Cove, a course outside Chattanooga with consistently high ratings across America and the world; vice president at G.W. Palmer & Company, one of the oldest produce brokerage firms in the U.S.
     
    D. Stephen Morrow ’71
    Co-founded Memphis-based NewSouth Capital Management in 1985 along with Jim Thomas ’58 and Trow Gillespie ’65; formerly an investment officer with Southeastern Asset Management and First Tennessee Investment Management; MUS trustee (2004 -)
     
    Paul Tudor Jones II ’72
    Pioneer in the hedge-fund industry; founder and CIO of Tudor Investment Corporation, an asset management firm; launched the Robin Hood Foundation in 1988 to raise funds for poverty-reduction programs; co-founded the Everglades Foundation in 1993 to conserve tropical wetlands in Florida; leased the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Western Serengeti, forbade hunting, and fostered ecotourism
     
    Samuel N. Graham II ’80
    President and CEO of wealth management firm Diversified Trust; served as COO prior to becoming CEO in 2011; has served on the advisory board of The UHNW Institute, an independent, non-profit think tank established to promote thought leadership education and best practices within the ultra-high net worth advisory industry; MUS trustee (2004-20) and chair (2013-20)
     
    G. Staley Cates ’82
    Vice-chairman of Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., an independent global investment management firm; co-founder of New Hope Christian Academy; founding board member of Soulsville Foundation, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation; chairman of the Poplar Foundation, which supports educational initiatives; involved in redeveloping original Stax Records site, bringing the Grizzlies to Memphis, and developing Crosstown Concourse
     
    Gary K. Wunderlich, Jr. ’88
    President and CFO of Live Oak Crestview Climate Acquisition Corp., also president and CFO of Live Oak Mobility Acquisition Corp.; in 1996, co-founded Wunderlich Securities Inc. in Memphis; guided firm’s growth into a full-service investment firm; oversaw successful merger with B. Riley Financial in 2017; MUS trustee (2008-16)
     
    Courtney W. Carson ’98
    Founder and CIO of Hein Park Capital Management. LP, New York-based hedge fund; former Soros Fund Management distressed-debt head
     
    Brandon Arrindell ’04
    Senior analyst and principal at Southeastern Asset Management; investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley (2008-2009); minority owner of Memphis Grizzlies; alumnus and Executive Committee chair of BRIDGES, an organization dedicated to inspiring diverse youth to become leaders in Memphis; MUS trustee (2021- )
  • BUSINESS

    Alexander W. Wellford, Sr. ’30 (1911-93)
    Memphis civic leader, businessman, philanthropist, and tennis player; competed at Wimbledon and the French Championships; founded the Memphis Tennis Association and served as president; played an integral role in the resurrection of Memphis University School in 1955, serving as board chair (1954-77)

    John A. Good ’76
    CEO of NexPoint Storage Partners, an investment group that specializes in self-storage assets; previously served as chairman and CEO of Jernigan Capital, Inc. before its acquisition by NexPoint in 2020; held leadership positions at several nationally known law firms including Morrison & Foerster; Bass, Berry & Sims; and Baker Donelson

    W. Neely Mallory III ’76
    President of Mallory Alexander International Logistics

    Joseph R. “Pitt” Hyde III ’61 
    In 1986 founded AutoZone, and when he retired as CEO and chairman in 1997, it was Fortune 500 company with more than $8 billion in annual sales; philanthropic work through the Hyde Family Foundations has focused on education, civil rights, the arts, and Mid-South quality of life; MUS trustee (1990-2017)
     
    Frederick W. Smith ’62 
    Founder, chairman, and CEO of FedEx, a $75 billion global transportation, business services, technology, and logistics company serving more than 220 countries and territories; cited in Forbes “100 Greatest Living Business Minds” and named a top CEO by Barron’s and Chief Executive magazines

    Henry A. Klyce ’65 
    In 1985 founded Surgical Dynamics to manufacture devices for orthopedics and neurosurgery; 12 years later founded St. Francis Medical Technologies, known for the X-STOP Interspinous Process Decompression System, an implant that relieves lumbar spinal stenosis; more than 70 patents to his credit

    Johnston C. “Johnny” Adams, Jr. ’66
    Former chairman and CEO of AutoZone; has served on the board of trustees for LeMoyne-Owen College; has supported the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Memphis Food Bank, Partners in Public Education, United Way, Memphis Arts Council, and The Memphis Challenge

    Charles F. “Chuck” Smith, Jr. ’66 
    Business leader and conservationist; longtime president of National Guard Products, a window and door hardware company founded by his father as the Memphis Window Guard Company in 1935; in leadership with Ducks Unlimited; MUS trustee (1994-2014)

    William B. Dunavant III ’78
    CEO, president, and member of the Executive Board of Directors at Dunavant Enterprises, real estate developers and logistics group; board member for New Memphis Institute, Jefferson Scholars Foundation advisory board, and Baptist Hospital advisory board; MUS trustee (2014 -)

    William E. Orgel ’81 
    President and CEO of Tower Ventures; preservationist of historic buildings in Downtown Memphis; with his partners has constructed and preserved space for commercial and residential use. Elected member and past chairman of the Shelby County School Board; member of the Grizzlies ownership group since 2013; organizer and director of First Capital Bank; MUS trustee (2014 -)

    James F. “Jay” Keegan ’88 
    Founder and chairman of Bodock, an employer services holding company founded to serve and support its operating businesses, Adams Keegan, The James Group, Staffline, and Level; president and CEO of Adams Keegan; member of the St. Jude Memphis Club; former chairman of EmergeMemphis, a startup accelerator; past director of the Navy League of Memphis; involved in the Chairman’s Circle of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce

    Andrew F. Cates ’89 
    Founder and CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations, developing high-quality outdoor resorts; managing member of Value Acquisition Fund, an acquisition, development, and asset management company; founder of Memphis Fourth Estate, overseeing The Daily Memphian online news publication; founding chairman and project developer of the Soulsville Revitalization Project; worked to bring the Grizzlies basketball team to Memphis and was a limited partner in the original ownership group; serves on the Myelin Repair Foundation board; MUS trustee (2018 -)

    W. Oliver Luckett III ’92
    Entrepreneur and founder of Revver, DigiSynd, and theAudience; chairman of Iceland-based EFNI, a media/news startup; co-author of The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life (2016)

    Eugene L. Wang ’96 
    CEO, Regent Holding Company, leading omni-channel platform for development and distribution of home decor and fragrance products worldwide; strategy consultant for Monitor Group (1999-2001)

    R. Lee Wang ’98
    President, Regent Holding Company, leading omni-channel platform for development and distribution of home decor and fragrance products worldwide; president, Creative Co-op Inc. (2004-17); investment banking analyst, Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong (2002-04)

    Chancellor G. “Chance” Carlisle ’01
    Chief executive officer of Carlisle Corp., family-owned restaurant and hospitality business rooted in real estate development; has developed One Beale, a transformative $400 million riverfront property in downtown Memphis

    Philip Blackett ’03
    President of Cemetery Services Inc.; financial advisor at Merrill Lynch (2018-19); Dean of Operations at Excel Academy Charter Schools (2017-18); sponsor of MUS personal finance course

    Mason H. George ’06
    President, IMC Companies – National Accounts, an industry leader in intermodal shipping

    Chima Onwuka ’13 
    Owner and CEO of Grind City Kicks, an online shoe and apparel retailer that partners with businesses and organizations to impact the community; founder and president of Grind City Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to communities in need; one of Memphis Flyer’s 20 under 30; motivational speaker; recreational therapist at Memphis Mental Health Institute (2018-20)
  • EDUCATION

    Stephen D. Hickman ’76
    Served as vice president, corporate secretary, and director of strategic planning for the Nasdaq Stock Market and National Association of Securities Dealers for 15 years before beginning a career in education administration; roles included headmaster of Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, GA (1997-2000); head of school for Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC (2000-08); head of school at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, AR (2008-14); and president and head of Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, (2014-19)
     
    David H. Montague ’82
    Founder and executive director of Memphis Teacher Residency, working to solve substandard public education; teacher at Campus Crusade for Christ 2006-2008 (East Asia); Director of Service over Self (2000-05)
     
    Braxton Brady ’91
    Head of school at Evangelical Christian School in Cordova and Germantown since 2019; former chaplain and the director of the Building Boys, Making Men Program at Presbyterian Day School; served as chaplain for the University of Memphis football team; former Bible teacher, athletic director, and assistant principal at Central Day School
  • ENTERTAINMENT AND MUSIC

    John E. Fry ’62 (1944-2014)
    Founded Ardent Studios in Memphis; associated with great music since the 1960s – Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, ZZ Top, R.E.M., B.B. King, Travis Tritt, Three 6 Mafia, Al Kapone, Cat Power, North Mississippi Allstars, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan; produced and engineered music for Big Star, with alumni Chris Bell ’69 and Andy Hummel ’69
     
    John S. King III ’62
    Partnered with John Fry ’62 and Fred Smith ’62 to form Ardent Records in 1958; DJ and publicist at Ardent in the 1970s; amassed a personal collection of music containing more than 60,000 singles, LPs, and CDs that now composes Crosstown Concourse’s Memphis Listening Lab
     
    John Michael Beck Taylor ’67
    Known as Michael Beck, studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and has acted in television, movies, and theater; best known as Swan in The Warriors (1979) and Sonny Malone in Xanadu (1980); has narrated audiobooks, including many of John Grisham’s novels and also My Life by Bill Clinton
     
    Chris Bell ’69 (1951-78)
    Musician, guitarist, singer, and songwriter famous for his association with the band Big Star and its first album #1 Record (1972); engineered at John Fry’s ’62 Ardent Studios in Memphis; went on to a solo career
     
    Andy Hummel ’69 (1951-2010)
    Bassist and singer-songwriter best known for his association with the band Big Star and their albums #1 Record and Radio City; became an engineer with Lockheed Martin
     
    S. Thomas “Tommy” Peters ’73 (1954-2021)
    “Master of Vibe” responsible for revitalizing the historic Beale Street entertainment district in 1991 with the opening of B.B. King’s Blues Club, with locations in Nashville, Orlando, New Orleans, Montgomery, and even cruise ships; close friend to B.B. King; proprietor of Itta Bena on Beale Street, Lafayette’s Music Room in Overton Square, and Moondance Grill next to the Germantown Performing Arts Center
     
    Joel B. Lazarov ’82
    Emmy-winning television director and producer. Began career as production assistant on television commercials; worked in various capacities on the series Northern Exposure; producer and supervising producer on New York Undercover, Spy Game, The Agency, Threat Matrix, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, The Mountain, Invasion, Psych, and Gossip Girl, where he made his directorial debut in 2008; won 2021 Emmy as co-executive producer of Dolly Parton's Christmas on The Square
     
    J. Sherman Willmott ’84
    Opened Shangri-La Records in 1989 and later began Shangri-La Projects, a record label, production company, and publisher; launched music and culture fanzine Kreature Comforts; first curator of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in 1999; founding board member of Memphis Listening Lab, a collection of more than 67,000 singles, LPs, CDs, and books at Crosstown Concourse, gathered by co-founder of Ardent Records John King ’62; author of Memphis Rocks! a Concert History, 1955-1985 with Ron Hall (2014), Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling (2009) and Will Roy Sanders: The Last Living Bluesman (1999)

    Richard L. Bloom ’94
    Film and television production designer and art director; television credits include production design on USA’s Briarpatch and art direction on season one of the Golden Globe-nominated Homecoming and season two of True Detective; film credits include art direction on Bullet Train, The Matrix 4, Bumblebee, War for the Planet of the Apes and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn; TV commercial credits include art direction on Geico’s Crushed campaign and Target’s Toycracker: A Mini-Musical Spectacular
     
    Elliott L. Ives ’96
    Guitarist for Justin Timberlake and his Tennessee Kids band; collaborator and producer on Timberlake’s music; veteran of Memphis-based bands CYC, Lord T & Eloise, and FreeSol
     
    Harrison M. “Harry” Ford ’01
    TV and film actor; played Angus Leighton, a surgical resident, in all three seasons of the CBS medical drama Code Black; feature film debut was in Joachim Trier’s Louder than Bombs, which premiered at Cannes in 2015; also had a role in the 2015 movie The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul

    Henry P. “Hank” Sullivant III ’01
    Rock musician and record producer; leader of rock band Kuroma; known for early work with pop-rock band The Whigs; toured as guitarist with pop and rock band MGMT; co-founded Georgia-based blues-rock band Blue Blood. Has produced albums for bands including Gift Horse, Wages, and Colour Revolt
     
    Robert A. Baird IV ’05
    Known as Rob Baird, Americana/country artist and singer-songwriter; released debut album Blue-Eyed Angels in 2010; I Swear It’s the Truth, named one of the top 20 albums of the year by Spin Magazine, in 2012; Wrong Side of the River in 2016; and After All in 2019. Songs from his albums used in Lifetime’s Army Wives, CW’s Hart of Dixie, and Netflix original series The Ranch
  • FOOD AND DRINK

    Archie C. McLaren, Jr. ’60 (1942-2018)
    Earned a law degree while teaching five classes at MUS and coaching the 1967 Owls to the tennis state championship; represented a legal publisher for 20 years; in 1985 founded the Central Coast Wine Classic, one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the country; hosted TV and radio shows to share knowledge of wine
     
    Jonathan L. Magallanes ’93
    Opened Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana in Germantown with his father, Pepe Magallanes, to serve authentic Mexican cuisine in 2003; second East Memphis location, a taqueria, opened in 2017
     
    T. Ryan Prewitt III ’94
    Chef and partner at Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans; received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in May 2014; the same year Pêche earned the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant
     
    Christopher W. Canale, Jr. ’97
    President of Old Dominick Distillery and parent company D. Canale & Co. in Memphis; co-founded distillery with his cousin to revive their grandfather’s label in 2017; the renovated century-old distillery building houses a manufacturing plant and a spirits shop; member of the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle
     
    Brice A. Bailey ’02
    Owner of Staks Pancake Kitchen in the Mid-South since 2015; formerly vice president of institutional sales at Stephens Inc. and director of fixed income capital markets at Fifth Third Bank; played professional golf on the Hooters Tour from 2008-11
     
    R.C. McCauley Williams ’07
    President and CEO, B.R. Distilling Company, oldest licensed distillery in Memphis with two flagship brands: Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Rye; provides strategic leadership and planning to establish long-term goals, plans, and policies; attorney with Baker Donelson 2014-2017
  • LAW

    John D. Martin, Sr. 1900 (1883-1962)
    United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee 1935-40; Court of Appeals 6th Circuit 1940-62; Chief Judge 6th Circuit 1959
     
    Chris Craft ’69
    Appointed Shelby County Criminal Court Judge in 1994 and re-elected three times (through 2022), serving as judge in a special prosecution court handling major violators and career felony offenders; vice-president, Tennessee Judicial Conference; chairman, Tennessee Private Probation Services Council; dean, Tennessee Judicial Academy
     
    Dan H. Michael ’72
    Elected judge of the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County in 2014; recognized by the American Bar Association of Young Lawyers for Significant Legal Contribution to Advancing the Welfare of our Nation’s Children and awarded the Child Advocacy National Certificate of Recognition; a member of National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges since 2003 and a member of the board of directors since 2016; served as treasurer, president-elect, and president of the board of directors
     
    Ben C. Adams ’74
    Chairman emeritus of Baker Donelson, the 74th largest law firm in the U.S.; served as chairman and CEO of the firm from 1993-98 and 2003-19; named to the 2021 Memphis Business Journal’s Power 100 list of the most influential business leaders; MUS trustee (1990-2010) and chair (1997-2004)
     
    T. Gaillard “Gil” Uhlhorn V ’93
    Attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims; working primarily with publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and commercial real estate owners, advises clients on the acquisition, disposition, and financing of real estate assets; assisted with Crosstown Concourse financial negotiations; from 2016-21 assisted public and private clients in more than $2.6 billion worth of real estate purchase and sale transactions and $12 billion in financing transactions

     
  • MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Douglas B. Carpenter ’82
    Founder, principal, and executive creative director at Doug Carpenter & Associates; principal at CS2 (1988-2009); owner of Doug Carpenter Advertising (1988-2001); former chairman of the Board of Trustees for Downtown Memphis Ministries; former member of the University of Memphis Tigers Athletic Advisory Board of Directors; founding chairman of the Crosstown Arts Board
     
    Brian S. Sullivan ’83
    Principal and CEO at Sullivan Branding and member of Forbes Agency Council; managing principal at CS2 (2001-2011); senior VP and group account supervisor at Thompson & Company (1998-2001); director of marketing at Harrah’s Entertainment (1995-1998); manager of market analysis and strategy at Promus Companies (1992-1995); serves on The Orpheum Theatre board of directors
     
    Sean A. Alpert ’97
    Senior vice president of Marketing at Salesforce, a cloud-based software company; responsible for pricing, demos, and analyst relations for Einstein Analytics; prior roles with Salesforce include vice president, senior director, director of product marketing, and senior product marketing manager; before Salesforce, worked in marketing at Cisco Systems, Amazon.com, and Appian Corporation
  • MEDICINE

    H. Edward Garrett, Jr. ’71
    Memphis-based vascular surgeon; professor of surgery at University of Tennessee, Memphis, and program director for the Division of Vascular Surgery; involved in many surgical firsts, including first double lung transplant in Tennessee, first mother-daughter living lung donor in Memphis, and first robotic case at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis; after graduating from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, completed general and cardiothoracic surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a vascular surgery residency at the University of Tennessee
     
    Fun H. Fong, Jr. ’75
    Emergency physician at ApolloMD, Smyrna, GA; president of Georgia Chess Association (2011-2013); emergency physician at EmCare (1998-2009); graduate of University of Arkansas College of Medicine followed by residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Michael G. Threlkeld ’75
    Founder and president of Threlkeld Infectious Disease; hospital epidemiologist at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis; assistant professor for University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences; graduated from UTCHS in 1983 with highest honors and trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland before completing his fellowship in infectious disease at University of Alabama – Birmingham

    Stephen C. Threlkeld ’82
    Memphis-based physician; board certified in infectious disease in 1997; managing member of Threlkeld Infectious Disease; 2016 president of the medical staff at Baptist Hospital - Memphis; epidemiologist for the hospital and assistant professor for UTHSC; post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he received awards for clinical excellence
    Lawrence H. Lee ’83
    Internist in Woodbury, MN; formerly served in leadership roles for Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, United Healthcare, and UCare; received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School where he conducted research in the immunology of T cells; served at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as chief medical resident and instructor; received an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School
     
    James Richard Walker ’91
    Interim chair of Emergency Medicine and program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency program at University of Tennessee Health Science Center; CEO and medical team leader for COVID-19 alternate-care hospital built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the former Commercial Appeal building on Union Avenue; MD from University of Tennessee Health Science Center; residency in emergency medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham; fellowship in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, Duke University
     
    David Y. Hwang ’97
    Neurologist at Yale Medicine, specializing in neuro-critical care; team leader in the neuro-ICU; studies the accuracy and thought processes of clinicians when predicting functional outcomes for neuro-ICU patients, and the experiences of family members of neuro-ICU hospitalized patients; received his medical training at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Van K. Morris II ’98
    Assistant Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; MD from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, MS in biomedical sciences from University of Texas Health Science Center, residency at Duke University, clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology Division of Cancer Medicine, University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Robert B. Shappley ’98
    Chief operating officer at Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ; prior to joining Carondelet, was COO for the Abrazo Community Health Network, Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo Central Campus in Phoenix; has also held healthcare leadership positions in southern California and Tennessee
     
    Esmond L. “Lou” Arrindell, Jr. ’99
    Neonatologist at East Memphis Neonatology; named chief fellow in Neonatology in 2013; serves on the board of directors at Grizzlies Prep; received his bachelor’s in sociology from Princeton University and his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MILITARY

    Charles H. “Bert” Johnston ’66
    Rear admiral in the United States Navy; appointed vice commander of the Naval Air Systems Command at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in December 2001; served in other roles, including in Attack Squadron 15 aboard USS America, flying the A-7E Corsair, and as commanding officer at the Naval Plant Representative Office in Melbourne, Australia; received Legion of Merit award
     
    William M. Gotten, Jr. ’90
    Chief, Office of Liaison Administration, U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong and Macau; technology-oriented, career naval aviator with significant experience living and operating overseas, particularly in the Far East / Western Pacific; served as deputy undersecretary of the Navy and commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP), headquartered at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA
     
    Trevor B. Benitone ’91
    Retired in 2015 as Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after 24 years of service; served as commander of the Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field in North Florida; returned to Memphis and joined Adams Keegan, serving as executive vice president/chief revenue officer
     
    James A. Zanella ’95
    Lieutenant colonel in the United States Army; program manager: USA Military Assistant Group and deputy program manager: director of acquisition, plans, and programs, Office of the Program Manager - Saudi Arabia; formerly director of operations, U.S. Army Futures Command and commander, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment (IBOLC) at the U.S. Army Center of Excellence
  • PHILANTHROPY, NONPROFITS

    Robert M. Fockler ’77
    President at Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, whose mission it is to strengthen the Memphis community through philanthropy; managing director for Morgan Keegan Mortgage Finance Division from 1984-2002; managing director at FTN Financial from 2002-06; MUS trustee (2011 -)
     
    Richard C. Greenwald ’83
    President and CEO of Soulsville Foundation whose mission is to “perpetuate the soul of Stax Records by preserving its rich cultural legacy, educating youth to be prepared for life success, and inspiring future artists to achieve their dreams”; executive director and assistant to Mayor Michael A. Nutter for youth violence prevention in the City of Philadelphia (2013-2016); board member of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color
  • PUBLIC SERVICE

    Robert Davis McCallum Jr. ’63
    During the George W. Bush administration, served as associate attorney general of the United States from 2003-06 and deputy attorney general from 2005-06; appointed United States Ambassador to Australia from 2006-09
     
    Keith M. Ingram ’73
    Has served in the Arkansas state legislature since 2009 and was elected to the state Senate before the 2013 session; represents District 24, consisting of Crittenden County and parts of Cross, Lee, Phillips, and St. Francis Counties; mayor of West Memphis, Arkansas, from 1987-95; formerly vice president of Razorback Concrete
     
    Frank H. Colvett III ’88
    Member of the Memphis City Council representing District 2, elected in 2015, 2020 vice-chair and 2021 chairman; realtor with Remax Experts; former chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors; past president of the Phoenix Club benefitting the Boys and Girls Club; served as alternate on the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board and as chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment
     
    Chaseton R. “Chase” Carlisle ’05
    Member of the Memphis City Council, serving Super District 9, Position 1; chair of the Personnel and Government Affairs Committee; City Council Liaison for the Airport Authority and Healthcare Oversight Committee; senior member of the leadership group at Avison Young’s Memphis office; director of Real Estate and Development for Carlisle Corporation (2010-2017); serves on the boards of the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame
     
    David C. Bradford, Jr. ’95
    Shelby County Commissioner for District 2 since 2018; Principal/Memphis MEP Operations Director Smith Seckman Reid Inc.; a licensed professional engineer, he is licensed in eight states
     
    Brian K. Kelsey ’96
    Tennessee General Assembly senator for District 31; chair of the Education Committee, member of the Rules and State and Local Government committees; sponsored two successful amendments to the state constitution: one prohibiting a state income tax, and the other a model for selecting appellate judges; senior attorney with The Liberty Justice Center
     
    Jonathan Worth Morgan ’05
    Member of the Memphis City Council, representing District 5; chairman of the Budget Committee; council liaison for Memphis Zoo; White House intern (2008); Memphis office manager for Bill Haslam during the 2010 campaign
     
  • PUBLISHING, JOURNALISM, WRITING

    T. Nash Buckingham 1898 (1880-1971)
    Outdoor writer and conservationist; wrote nine books including his collection of short stories, De Shootinest Gent'man (1934), and hundreds of magazine articles often accompanied by his own photographs
     
    Richard Halliburton 1915 (1900-1939)
    Author and adventurer; published eight books about his travels, including More Worlds to Conquer (1929), which included the famous stunt of swimming the Panama Canal; lost at sea in 1939 attempting to sail a Chinese junk from Hong Kong to San Francisco
     
    Eugene R. Dattel ’62
    Cultural and economic historian; spent 20 years in global finance and authored three books, The Sun that Never Rose (1994), Cotton and Race in the Making of America (2009), and Reckoning with Race (2017)
     
    Wylie McLallen ’69
    Author of Tigers by the River (2017), a true story about the early years of pro football in America, Unbridled Dreamer - Hemingway and the Rise of Modern Literature and Man of Modern Letters (2021), all published by Sunbury Press.
     
    Linton S. Weeks ’72
    Founded the Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation, an organization dedicated to honoring the lives of his two sons, who were killed in an automobile crash in 2009, with the mission to “do good while having fun”; founding editor of Southern Magazine in Little Rock in 1986, which was bought by Time Warner in 1989; became managing editor of The Washington Post Magazine in 1990 and was the first director of the Post’s online services; joined National Public Radio in 2008 as national correspondent in digital news
     
    John E. Marcom, Jr. ’74
    Founding editorial director at Repustar, an online fact-checking platform; led the international businesses of Time Inc. in the late 1990s and again in 2015-18; senior vice president of international operations at Yahoo! Inc. from 2003-07
     
    Robert J. Gordon ’79
    Emmy and Grammy Award winner; producer/director of eight feature documentaries, including the 2017 Emmy-winning Best of Enemies; author of six books focusing on the music and art of the South, including It Came From Memphis (1995 and 2020)
     
    W. Hampton Sides ’80
    Non-fiction writer of articles and adventure stories; bestselling histories include Ghost Soldiers (2001), Blood and Thunder (2006), Hellhound On His Trail (2010), In the Kingdom of Ice (2014), and On Desperate Ground (2018)
     
    Asher Baruch (Robert) Wegbreit ’80
    Rabbi at K.L.M Kavannah LeMitzvos in Jerusalem, Israel; Torah scholar and author of Ashrei - Its majesty, meaning and significance (2008), The Power of Aleinu (2011), Opening the Gates of Teshuva: A Contemporary Commentary on Rabbeinu Yonah’s Shaarei Teshuva (2017), Vilna Gaon on Megillas Esther (2020)
     
    Edward H. Felsenthal ’84
    Editor of TIME; oversees domestic and international editions of the magazine, TIME.com, and TIME for Kids; in previous roles, led digital content and growth across a dozen brands, including Time, Money, Southern Living, Travel & Leisure, and Food & Wine; led major expansion of TIME’s digital footprint, including establishment of a 24/7 newsroom and video operation; began his career at The Wall Street Journal, overseeing its lifestyle sections; founding editor of Personal Journal, where he guided the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes; co-founded The Daily Beast as executive editor (2008); admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and Tennessee
     
    J. Sidney Evans, Jr. ’87
    Editor-in-chief of Southern Living; responsible for the editorial vision, direction, and content for the multimedia brand; ensures the digital franchises, special issues, books, events, and licensed products reflect the brand’s mission and values; previously vice president and editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun and editor-in-chief of Field & Stream

    William Griffin “Griff” Jenkins ’89
    National correspondent for FOX News since 2003; has covered Congress, the White House, presidential elections, war zones, hurricanes, and the Mexico border
     
    Siddharth A. Kara ’92
    Author, researcher, screenwriter, and activist on modern slavery and related human rights issues; authored Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (2009); Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia (2012); and Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective (2017); adapted Sex Trafficking into the film Trafficked (2017); adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Henry D. Gayden ’98
    Screenwriter best known for writing the films Earth to Echo (2014), Shazam! (2019) and There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021); served as entertainment editor for The Daily Texan while at the University of Texas at Austin

    R. Evan Linder ’00
    Playwright, actor, and director and founding member and the former co-artistic director of Chicago’s The New Colony, a theatre company devoted to world premiere plays and musicals; also has taught playwriting at the University of Chicago; plays include Byhalia Mississippi, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness, B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (which was named Best Overall Production at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival)
  • REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT

    Clyde L. Patton, Jr. ’58
    President at Patton, Taylor & Ryan Land Developers; the company has developed over 3,000 home sites, creating such communities as Kimbrough Grove, The Fairways, Wilsford, Sterling Square, The Lakes at Bonne Terre, Shaw's Creek, and Brunswick Forest; served as president of the Home Builders Association of Memphis in 1978 and was elected Builder of the Year in 1979
     
    Henry M. Turley, Jr. ’59
    Founded Henry Turley Company in 1977; credited with works of urban revitalization in Memphis and Jackson; created major developments in Memphis, including Downtown’s South Main, Harbor Town, South Bluffs, South Junction, and just north of Downtown, Uptown
     
    Scott P. Ledbetter, Sr. ’60
    In 1969 founded the real estate division of Cook Industries, which became a major international player; his SPL Corporation was acquired by CB Richard Ellis Multifamily; founder and past chairman of LEDIC Management Group, Inc.; helped steer the deal between the city and Bass Pro Shops
     
    Henry W. Morgan, Sr. ’61
    At Boyle Investment Company, shifted the focus from land investments to developing income-producing properties; has directly overseen the development of nearly 7 million square feet of commercial space with a value of $800 million; MUS trustee (1978-92)
     
    Russell E. Bloodworth, Jr. ’63
    As executive vice president at Boyle Investment Company developed dozens of office buildings and millions of square feet of both residential and commercial space across Memphis and Nashville; at MUS provided funding, research, and design input for Bloodworth Studio; accomplished watercolorist and author of three books on Christian themes: Visions, Dreams & Encounters (2018), The Emerging Ekklesia (2019), and Who Are You Anyway? (2021); MUS trustee (1990-2010)
     
    Frank Z. Jemison, Jr. ’66
    Founded ALCO Management in 1974 and over the years acquired, developed, and managed thousands of apartment communities across many states, with an emphasis on affordable housing
     
    Mark J. Halperin ’67
    As executive vice president and CEO at Boyle Investment Company has overseen the leasing and management of more than 2 million square feet of office space in buildings ranging in size from 10,000 to 200,000 square feet; served as president of Temple Israel Memphis, president of the Board of the Memphis Jewish Home, and on the Board of the Union of Reform Judaism; MUS trustee (1998 -)
     
    Joel J. Hobson III ’72
    Principal broker and owner of The Hobson Company, a real estate agency founded in 1972 by his parents, the late Jane and Joel Hobson, Jr; began selling real estate in 1978 and took over management responsibilities in 1989
     
    Robert E. Loeb ’73
    President of LPI Memphis, a commercial real estate investment, development, management, and brokerage company; the visionary behind the revitalization of Overton Square, which earned him the 2014 Memphian of the Year by Memphis magazine; MUS trustee (1999-2017) and chair (2008-13)
     
    Paul T.J. Boyle ’87
    President, Boyle Investment Company in Memphis, overseeing all company operations, including reviewing the operation of the company’s land, residential, office and retail departments; has served on numerous boards, including Baptist Memorial Hospital, Chairman’s Circle of the Memphis Chamber, the Memphis and Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Executive Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Owners Alliance 
     
    Darrell T. Cobbins ’91
    Established Universal Commercial Real Estate in 2007 and serves as president and principal broker; named to the Tennessee State Board of Education in 2018; serves on numerous boards, including National Civil Rights Museum, Rhodes College, 100 Black Men of Memphis, and Leadership Tennessee Advisory Council
     
    McLean T. Wilson ’96
    Principal at Kemmons Wilson Companies since 2007; led the redevelopment efforts of the 1.5 million square foot and $250 million Sears Crosstown Redevelopment Project in Memphis; serves as the CIO of the Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners and its fund; president of Valor Hospitality Partners in addition to overseeing all of KWC’s real estate activities
  • SPORTS AND SPORTS BROADCASTING

    Malcolm S. “Mac” Cone ’70
    Horseman who won an Olympic silver medal in team show jumping for Canada in 2008; started show jumping at age 11, around the same time he became an MUS student
     
    D.F. Sellers Shy, Sr. ’90
    CBS Sports lead golf producer since January 2021; joined CBS in 1997, serving as a replay producer, associate director, and producer for PGA TOUR coverage, The Masters and PGA Championship, as well as for the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and Latin America Amateur Championship
     
    Michael M. McCarley ’93
    President of Golf for NBC Sports Group and has been at the helm of Golf Channel since February 2011; oversees all of NBC Sports Group’s golf-related businesses and content, including Golf Channel, broadcast golf coverage on NBC, Golf Channel Digital, GolfNow, and the company’s portfolio of golf lifestyle brands
  • TECHNOLOGY

    David O. Sacks ’90 
    Founding COO of PayPal pivoted the company from a PalmPilot app to a website focused on emailing money; founded the enterprise social-networking service Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion; produced the 2005 satirical film Thank You for Smoking; in 2017 co-founded the venture-capital firm Craft Ventures in San Francisco
     
    Reynaldo D. Flemings ’91
    Internet entrepreneur and media executive; CEO of web applications foundry Particle; founder and CEO of the image-tagging company Stipple; founder and CEO of The Blue, a luxury services company
     
    Edward E. Aftandilian ’97
    Principal researcher, Office of the CTO at GitHub in California; builds tools to help developers be more productive and write better code; staff software engineer at Google for nine years; received Ph.D. in computer science from Tufts University, 2011; undergraduate degrees from Harvard University
     
    John M. “Jay” Schoenberger ’00
    Principal and co-founder at Dakota Power Partners, a company that works closely with local communities, landowners, and utilities to develop large-scale clean energy projects; has participated in the development of more than 1,100 MW of operating and in-construction projects; creator of I am Coyote: Readings for the Wild (2014), an anthology of great wilderness writings