Alumni Notes

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.

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.

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. 

Rev. Edsil H. Bragg ‘74

Fairmont State has been very good to him. He attended as an older student. He had great relationships with Instructors, especially with Mr. Neives. He has had a wonderful life. He has been a licensed minister since August 24, 1950, first in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and in 1968 they merged with the Methodist Church. He has served loyally in the new organization, the United Methodist Church. He has a wonderful, supportive family. He retired in June 1995, but continued and still continues to do supportive ministry with the Church where He now attends. He now resides in Lexington, SC near his daughter and son-in-law. They have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Life is good, all the time!

Sgt. Bryon Keegin Hennessey ‘09

Bryon has been with the Morgantown Police Department since Feb. 1995. During his career, he has served as Bicycle Patrol Officer, Detective, Member of the SRT team, Field Training Officer, and as the Fellowship Officer to the 144th Basic Class at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He is a certified instructor in Emergency Vehicle operations, traffic stops, and Radar/Lidar. He is currently assigned to the Honor Guard and as the training coordinator for the department where I oversee the Field Training Officer program, and Records and Communications Division. During his career, He has been humbled to be awarded 2 medals of Valor and 2 lifesaving awards. He has been fortunate enough to travel around the county as a guest speaker for the National White Collar Crime Center as well. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Bartlett House Inc., a local organization that serves the homeless community of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

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. 

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