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also is a member of the Alabama
chapter of ABOTA.
emeritus at the University
of Georgia, has published a
reminiscence about music in his
childhood in Georgia Backroads
magazine (“Ruby’s Boys and
Mamie Lee at the Piano,” summer
Murray describes his early
piano studies at the Birmingham
Conservatory of Music (formerly
in then-Simpson Hall at BSC),
including his family’s recording
sessions there in 1949. The 78
rpm recordings were lost, then
eventually recovered recently after
a gap of some 50 years. You can
access his article online.
Rev. Dr.William H. Bostick Jr.
retired from Vestavia Hills United
Methodist Church as executive
minister of congregational care.
Bostick served as senior pastor
from 1964-99 at several United
Methodist churches, including
the Lookout Valley Circuit,
Gardendale-Mt. Vernon, and
Tuscaloosa First. He served as
district superintendent of the
Florence and Decatur districts
from 1999 through May 2006.
He also has served as a delegate
to the General and Jurisdictional
conferences of the UMC.
Albert C. Hughes Jr.
his 25th year of teaching at Martin
Methodist College in Pulaski,
Tenn. He teaches a number
of academic courses, but his
main duty is to direct the Martin
Methodist Concert Choir. In
the past 10 years, the choir has
traveled to NewYork, Chicago,
England, Germany, and Ireland.
I have been truly blessed with a
wonderful group of young people,”
Calhoun County (Ala.) Circuit Judge
Malcolm Street Jr.
retired in June
after more than three decades
on the bench. Street helped
Jacksonville State University begin
its criminal justice program in 1970.
W. Michael Atchison
in the Birmingham office of Burr &
Forman LLP, has been recognized
as an Alabama Super Lawyer in the
practice area of Business Litigation.
He also was ranked as a leading
practitioner in the 2012 edition of
Chambers USA, a highly regarded
directory featuring client-led
intelligence on America’s leading
lawyers for business. Atchison
serves on BSC’s Board of Trustees
as vice chair of the Governance and
For over three decades,
Robert “Bob” Lerer
committed a significant part of
his time, resources, and energy
to delivering medical care to
underserved people around the
world in remote villages and urban
slums through Caring Partners
International, where he serves
as board chairman. His volunteer
work has taken him to Haiti,
India, Nicaragua, China, Russia,
Turkey, Nigeria, Brazil, Ukraine, and
Cuba. Practicing developmental
pediatrics in Cincinnati, he is the
Commissioner of Health for Butler
County, and he has been on the
teaching faculty at the University of
Cincinnati College of Medicine for
nearly four decades.
of Stone Ridge, N.Y.,
aired his new documentary
The Jefferson County Sounds:
Alabama’s Black Gospel Quartets”
on Alabama Public Television this
past February. The film is a tribute
to the distinctive form of African-
American a cappella quartet music
that sprang up around Birmingham,
beginning in the 1940s.
Turner McDonald Jr.
relocated from Philadelphia back
to Columbia (Irmo), S.C. He also
rejoined his former partner in the
consulting business. “It’s great to
be back South!” he said.
Gov. Robert Bentley recently
Dr. Salem Saloom
Brewton to the Alabama Forestry
Commission. Saloom earned his
medical degree from UAB and has
practiced medicine as a general
surgeon in Southwest Alabama for
Dr. Rex D. Matthews
Emory Williams Distinguished
Teaching Award for the Candler
School of Theology of Emory
University. He also received an
Exemplary Teaching Award for
from the General Board of
Higher Education and Ministry
of the United Methodist Church.
Matthews earned his doctorate
in theology from Harvard Divinity
Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick
selected for inclusion on the
Alabama Super Lawyers 2012 list.
He is a trial and appellate lawyer in
the Birmingham firm.
is the newly
elected circuit court judge
of the 21st Judicial District,
which includes the counties of
Williamson, Hickman, Lewis, and
Perry in Tennessee. Binkley has
been an attorney in private practice
for almost 35 years and was a
founding partner of Schell Binkley
Davies LLC in Franklin. Binkley
attended Vanderbilt University Law
School after graduating from BSC.
He took the bench as the new
circuit court judge Sept. 3.
From BSC to M.D.
alumni, now newly-minted doctors, graduated from the UAB
School of Medicine this past May. Pictured in back row (left
Jim Ellison ’07
Bryant Allen ’08
Chris Spiker ’06
Hunter Russell ’04
left to right):
Mary Catherine Stewart Laney ’06
Jackson Smith ’08
Alexandra Abangan Bush ’08