Alumni Notes

Larry Wilson Carr ‘73

Following graduation from FSU, he began his career as a Naval Aviator serving as Navy Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer, Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander in various Navy P-3 Orion squadrons. He retired from the Navy March 1, 1993 as Lieutenant Commander. This overlapped with his American Airlines career which began in 1987. He flew the Boeing 727, DC-10 and MD-80 and was based in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following 9-11-01 He volunteered, trained and served as a Federal Flight Deck Officer as the armed pilot branch of the Federal Air Marshall Service. After 20 years as a navy Pilot and 24 years with American Airlines, he retired as Captain on October 1, 2011. Larry and his spouse, Carol live 50 miles south of San Francisco on a 10 acre ranch in South Santa Clara County.

Lorin James Elder ‘87

After retirement in 2004 Lorin and Linda have traveled the Eastern US Main to FLA and now are slowing a bit. They are both thankful to their Creator for each day together and all of their fond memories. He enjoyed his time at FSU as a student and as a member of the Campus Police where he hopes he made a difference for the better while in that position. 

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Dr. Wilbert R. Ball ‘57

Fairmont was the perfect place for him to begin the college journey. F.S.C. gave him the confidence and courage to continue studies in higher education at Miami University and Indiana University. These degrees were instrumental in opening his path to a successful career in higher education at East Carolina University 1964-1997. He spent six years in public schools in Ohio and Arizona before joining the faculty ranks at ECU Greenville, NC. He spent 34 years at ECU. The first three years were on the faculty as Assistant Professor at Industrial Tech. The next 31 years were at the Counseling Center. He ended his career at ECU as Professional Director of Counseling Center in 1997. He enjoyed his time at ECU, and working with students was a bonus. While he enjoyed his career, it was time for a change. He therefore retired and left the computer on the desk, professional licenses on the wall, journals and books in the office, and closed that chapter. Since then Wilbert and Doris have enjoyed country living. He performs with his son Micah and grandson Alex in the Wilhersville Band (his band) and occasionally writes about his roots in Barbour County, WV. Wilbert and Doris have three children with successful careers. Micah is an attorney, Susan works with contracts at E.C.U., and Donna works with hospice in Western, NC. Everyday has been Saturday since retirement.

Brent Lloyd Van Deysen ‘98

Brent`s favorite college memory was working for Professor Glenn Harmon preparing income tax returns in the basement of his home, with snacks provided by his lovely wife. He thanks Professor Glenn Harmon, CPA, Professor Gary Bennett, CPA, and Dean Richard Harvey, JD, for shaping him professionally. Without their influence and without the wonderful learning environment of Fairmont State he would not have been able to attend WVU Law School and become an attorney.

Tonya Kay Hughes ‘81

After graduating from Fairmont State, Tonya lived in West Virginia for 5 years. She then moved to Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and then to Florida, where she has been for the last 22 years. She has one son, age 25, that lives in Orlando, Florida. She continues to work in the field in which she graduated from college. It has been quite a ride and she looks forward to many more years in the laboratory field. She thanks Fairmont State for providing her with the knowledge and skills she needed to perform her jobs over the last three decades. 

Frank Pulice, Jr.

Fairmont State Alumni Board member, Frank Pulice, Jr., retired from his 35 year post as the director of the Fairmont General Hospital Foundation. He is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and keeping up with his other civic activities.

 

Matt Swain '06

Matt Swain ’06, Deputy Chief of Police at Fairmont State, will be attending the FBI National Academy beginning October 5th. This prestigious, nomination-based academy is very selective and a huge honor to Swain and FSU.

 

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George Zaki '07

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (“Janney”), a leading full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., announced the hiring of Steven Guggenheimer as Executive Vice President/ Wealth Management and George Zaki as Vice President/Wealth Management to the firm’s New York, NY branch office located in Midtown. The team brings with them more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

“Like many other professionals in the industry, Steven and George found the firm to be their destination of choice because of our operating platform, client-centric philosophy, and the quality of our employees,” said Michael Drumm, New York Complex Manager. “We welcome Steven and George to our team and anticipate that their wealth of experience helping clients achieve their goals will be instrumental in Janney’s continued success.”

Guggenheimer, a graduate of Haverford College, and Zaki, a graduate from Fairmont State University, both began their careers at Neuberger and then worked at Merrill Lynch. They join Janney having been most recently at Barclays.