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WilliamVincent McGucken
II ’70
of Selma, on Aug. 16,
McGucken was a retired
schoolteacher in Dallas County.  He
established the first computer
lab for Southside High School.
Survivors include his wife,
Bennett McGucken ’70
Herbert Assad Bolus ’78
Birmingham on Nov. 5, 2011.  He
was a retired mathematics teacher
from the Alabama School of Fine
Arts, a real estate agent with
RealtySouth, a substitute teacher
in the Mountain Brook school
system, and a math tutor for many
students in the area.
James Harold Sanders ’79
Columbia, S.C., on July 7, 2011.  He
was a gifted artist and a talented
Alfred Marriner Naff Jr. ’88
Birmingham on Sept. 25, 2011.  He
loved history and music.
Betty Reeves Montgomery ’90
Mountain Brook on Jan. 24, 2012.
Her late husband, Robert Munger
Montgomery, was the grandson of
Robert Sylvester and Mary Collett
Munger, who were instrumental
in forming Birmingham-Southern
College by merging Southern
University with North Alabama
College and by funding Munger
Hall. Betty was an avid gardener
and member of numerous
community and civic organizations.
At the age of 72, she decided to
complete her college education,
and was in the same 1990
graduating class as her grandson,
Phillip Hurst
of Orlando, Fla.
Jeremy “Jay”Thomas Hudson
of Sylacauga on June 7,
Hudson was an avid
outdoorsman who loved hiking,
wildflowers, and photography.  He
earned master’s degrees from
Auburn University and UAB.  He
was a science teacher at Bumpus
Middle School in the Hoover school
Thomas Richard “Tripp” Head
III ’92
of Homewood on Nov. 17,
Head received his master’s
in biology from the University of
South Alabama where he realized
his passion for environmental law.
He earned his J.D. degree from
Samford University’s Cumberland
School of Law and his master
of law from George Washington
University.  Head was a partner
at Balch and Bingham LLP and
an adjunct professor at Samford. 
He also dedicated his time to the
YMCA’s Camp Cosby.
Larry Lee Guthrie Jr. ’93
of Birmingham on April 8,
Guthrie earned his J.D.
degree from Samford University’s
Cumberland School of Law.  He
furthered his education with a
master’s of law in taxation from
the University of Denver.  He had
experience with law firms in both
Alabama and Tennessee.  At the
time of his death, Guthrie was
employed in the Office of Disability
Adjudication and Review of the
Social Security Administration as a
writer, with a dream of becoming a
judge.  Survivors include a brother,
Dr.Walter G. Guthrie ’94
Patrick Christopher Bodnar ’94
of Birmingham, on July 21, 2011.
After BSC, Bodnar attended the
Seibel’s Institute of Technology in
Chicago where he graduated from
the Master Brewery Program.  He
loved to travel and spend time
outdoors, and he enjoyed skiing,
snowboarding, and hiking.  Among
his survivors is a brother,
Michael Bodnar ’93
of Trussville.
Bryan James Middlebrooks
of Birmingham on Sept. 16,
Middlebrooks completed
a master’s program in education
from UAB.  He was an avid reader,
a music lover, and an amateur
painter.  Survivors include a
Allen D. Middlebrooks
of Birmingham. 
Rev. Julius Logan Brasher
Brasher Springs, Ala., on May
11, 2012.
Brasher attended
Birmingham-Southern and
graduated from Asbury College
in 1937. He received his divinity
degree from DrewTheological
Seminary. Brasher served as
pastor of United Methodist
churches in numerous towns and
superintendent of the Northern
District of the Northern New
Jersey Annual Conference. He
was widely respected for his
leadership in social justice
issues. Gifted with a beautiful
baritone voice, he pursued many
hobbies and interests, including
singing, repairing and remodeling,
cave exploring, archery, tennis,
golf, softball, ping pong, hiking,
swimming, nature study, carpentry,
and teaching. He was the father
of Dr. Lawrence Brasher, Denson
N. Franklin Professor of Religion
at BSC.
Wallace R. Bunn
of Mountain
Brook on Aug. 26, 2011.  He served
three years in the U.S. Coast
Guard during World War II.  During
his telecommunications career,
Bunn served in various capacities
in 14 different cities.  He was the
founding chair and CEO of the
BellSouth Corp. in Atlanta, retiring
in 1984.  Bunn also served on a
dozen corporate boards.  He was
awarded an honorary Doctor of
Laws degree from BSC in 1979.
Dr. Dean Calloway
of Louisville,
Ky., on Feb. 27, 2012.  Calloway
earned his bachelor’s degree at
Millsaps College and his doctorate
at the University of Alabama.  Most
of his 30 years of teaching in the
sciences was at Birmingham-
Southern.  He retired in 1987 and
was an emeritus member of the
American Chemical Society.
John Jordan Cowin
Birmingham on Nov. 15, 2011.
Cowin had a long and successful
career as the president and
CEO of Cowin and Co., a mining
engineering firm started by his
father in 1929, and as longtime vice
president of Cowin Equipment Co.
He served during the Korean War
from 1952-53 as a first lieutenant
in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Cowin was the longtime president
of CCI Insurance Co. He served
on the BSC Edward Norton Board
of Advisors for Management and
Professional Education.  
Dorothy “Dodie” Jemison Day
Birmingham on Jan. 3, 2012.  Day
was the wife of BSC Trustee
Horace Corbin Day.  She graduated
from Bennett College in Millbrook,
N.Y., and had an active curiosity for
art and nature.