November 26th, 2011 in Life Entertainment

McCallie honors 14 with Alumni Achievement Awards

Fourteen McCallie School alumni received Alumni Achievement Awards during 2011 Reunion Weekend festivities.

The awards are presented to reunion-year McCallie graduates who have shown outstanding accomplishments in their chosen careers. Reunion alumni for 2011 included graduates from class years ending in 1 or 6.

This year's recipients included Dr. Ryan K. Berglund, class of '91, urology surgeon; Dixon Brooke Jr., '66, president and CEO of EBSCO Industries; J. Lanier Burns, '61, theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary; Andrew M. Exum, '96, fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Benjamin C. Halliburton, class of '81, founder and CIO of Tradition Capital Management; Rodney L. Kincaid, '51, founder and president of Kincaid Construction; and R. Brittain Leach, '56, television and movie actor.

Dr. Alex G. Little, class of '61, professor of surgery at the University of Arizona; R. Scott Matthews Jr., '66, president of Matthews Farms Inc.; Dr. David P. McCallie Jr., '71, vice president of Medical Informatics, Cerner Corp.

T. Thornton Muir, class of '86, founder and CEO of Service Central Technology; Gordon P. Robertson, '76, CEO of Christian Broadcasting Network; Jeffrey W. Simmons, '96, aquatic biologist for TVA; and Prentis B. Tomlinson, '61, president and CEO of Calibre Energy Inc.

Walker to chair SAIS board

Dr. R. Kirk Walker Jr., McCallie School headmaster and a longtime member of the board for the Southern Association of Independent Schools, has been elected chairman of the SAIS board for 2012. He will begin his term in January.

SAIS is a voluntary organization of independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the Southeastern United States and Caribbean.

"During the nine years that Dr. Kirk Walker has served SAIS on the board of trustees, he has made a significant impact on the association's development and growth," said SAIS President Dr. Steve Robinson. "I am excited to work with Kirk over the coming years as SAIS continues to be the premiere independent school association in its service to schools."

Smith performs at Disney World

Ja Maya Smith, daughter of Briston and Lisa Smith, is one of 500 cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who performed in the UCA/UDA Thanksgiving Tour at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Smith is a student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School.

She performed with the UCA/UDA All-Americans in the pre-parade at the Magic Kingdom Park on Thanksgiving Day.

Lowery is new Eagle Scout

Wesley Lowery of Troop 223 earned his Eagle Scout rank in a recent Court of Honor.

Lowery, son of Gene and Peggy Lowery, is a senior at Soddy-Daisy High School, where he is a member of the Beta Club, DECA Club, bowling and tennis teams, Student Council and is senior class treasurer. He is a member of Hixson First Baptist Church.

For the community service project required of all Eagle Scouts, he scraped, primed and painted all doors and railings at Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church. He also did grounds maintenance, including cutting trees, trimming bushes and mulching.

Artist Lynch wins watercolor award

Mary Britten Lynch won the M. Graham Co. Award for her work, "Garden Walk," at the Southern Watercolor Annual held in Greenville, N.C.

She currently is exhibiting her piece, "Fading Light," in the National Watercolor's 91st Annual in San Pedro, Calif. Other recent exhibitions in which she has been included are the Georgia National at Carrollton Cultural Art Center and the Central South National in Nashville.

Phillips named Bryan trustee

Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church and former Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Bryan College, has been elected to the Bryan College Board of Trustees.

Phillips is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned his doctorate at Grace Theological Seminary. He taught for 24 years at Bryan and served as chairman of the Biblical Studies department. He received six teaching awards, and is author of six books, including "Making Sense of Your World," with William E. Brown.

He has served as an officer in the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He does volunteer work with Bible in the Schools and with The Officer's Christian Fellowship, an organization serving all branches of the military.

He started Signal Mountain Bible Church in 1985 and served part-time for 16 years while continuing to teach at Bryan. In 2001, he became its full-time pastor.

Phillips and his wife, Betsy, have three children and two grandchildren.

Adam Clagg earns doctorate

Adam Clagg, executive pastor of Covenant Church, was awarded a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Liberty University.

He is also a graduate of Berean Academy, Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville and Lee University in Cleveland.

The topic of Dr. Clagg's dissertation was characteristics of Christian schools that produce scholars.

Clagg recently completed his 11th year at Covenant Church. He is an adjunct online instructor for Grand Canyon University and is digital curriculum editor for Randall House Publications. He is board chairman of YMCA Youth Leadership Chattanooga and treasurer for the Tennessee International Missions Board.

He and his wife, Jenny, have one daughter.

Carter receives Humanitarian Award

The Governors Committee on Socioeconomic Issues recently announced recipients of the 2011 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Inc. Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Award.

Dr. Louis L. Carter of Chattanooga received the ACS/PFizer Inc. Surgical Humanitarian Award in recognition of four decades of service to the underserved in 20 countries through 74 mission trips.

After receiving his medical degree from the UT College of Medicine in 1964, Carter and his wife, Anne, spent five months at a mission hospital in Tanzania. He served two years in the Air Force then returned to Africa in 1974 to work at the Egbe Hospital in Nigeria.

In the early 1980s, he enrolled at UT-Memphis to complete a plastic surgery residency before returning to missionary service in Nigeria until 1987.

In 1987, he joined the Plastic and Hand Surgery Groups (now Hayes Hand Center) and was named assistant clinical professor of plastic and orthopedic surgery at UTC. He continued making visits to Africa through 1995.

In 1996, he returned to full-time medical missionary service with Serving in Mission USA.

He has been named Wheaton College's Distinguished Alumnus and received the Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.

-- Compiled by Susan Pierce