Alumni News – Spring 2011

Mystic Circle

Judge John W. Coleman ’43, 90, entered the Mystic Circle June 27, 2010, at his residence in Talladega, Florida. He grew up in Eutaw, Alabama. His grandfather, Thomas Wilkes Coleman, served on the Alabama Supreme Court, as did his oldest brother, James Samuel Coleman Jr. His parents were James Samuel Coleman and Marybelle Peteet Coleman, who was editor of The Green County Democrat. His other two brothers were Dr. Wilson M. Coleman and Charles H. Coleman. Judge Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a law degree from the University of Alabama Law School. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in France and Germany during World War II in the 36th Texas division. After the war, he married Mary Dowdell Welch and practiced law with her father, Gordon T. Welch, in Talladega for over 25 years. Their office building is now known as the Welch-Coleman Ballroom. He was elected to the district court judgeship for northern Talladega and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989. He was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Talladega, a post commander for the vFW, president of the Kiwanis Club, Alabama state chaplain for the Gideons, general chairman of the countywide Crusade for Christ in 1966 and a co-founder of the Samaritan House. Judge Coleman is preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Coleman Humphreys (Mike), sons John Woodrow Coleman Jr. (Cindy) and Gordon Welch Coleman; nine grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.



Alumni Update

Robert P. Denniston ’41 was a self-employed lawyer until he retired in 2010. He and his wife, Juanita, have a son, Michael, and live in Mobile, Ala.


Donald W. Muir ’50, David D. McMullin ’54, and Allen Tutwiler built a 16-foot flat bottom boat, bought a used 3 1/2 horsepower outboard motor, and sailed 361 miles down the rivers from Tuscaloosa to Mobile after summer school in 1948.


C. Randall Clark ’61 and his wife, Jan, live on a lake south of Lexington, Ky., with a covered boat dock and a tram to whisk them from their screened porch to the lake. They enjoy the lake as often as possible, dividing their time between grandchildren, three dogs, and Jan’s horse. E-mail:


Yancy D. Lott ’61 was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 to celebrate his 50th anniversary of serving as one of two captains of the first University of Alabama swimming team.


Dan Dumont ’72 serves as executive director and in-house counsel for Alabama Forest Resources Center in Mobile, Ala.


Richard S. “Sam” Meador ’75 is secretary and treasurer of Meador Warehousing & Distribution Inc. in Mobile, Ala. His son, Dr. Richard S. Meador Jr., joined nephrology Associates of Mobile. Sam and his wife, Deborah, have one other son, Philip. Email:


John W. Cline Jr. ’85 and his wife, Linda, live in Birmingham, Ala., and have four children: Reagan, Hunter, Will, and Catherine. John is chief executive officer of STX Healthcare Management Services. E-mail:


David G. Zeringue ’89 guides deer hunts with West Texas Trophy outfitters,, and urges his brothers to come on an expedition. E-mail:


Daniel K. McAleer ’92 enjoyed the class of 1992 reunion last September in Destin, Fla. He lives in Mobile, Ala., and owns Coastal Appraisal Inc. E-mail:


Fred B. Carrington ’00 and his wife, Julia, welcomed a son, Fred Blackwell Jr., on March 11, 2010. E-mail:


C. Bennett Long ’01, his wife, Janie, and son, Charlie, live in Mobile, Ala., where Bennett works as a general counsel for orange Beach Marina/Bluewater Yacht Sales and as a principal for The Cirrus Group real estate services.


Dr. Robert B. “Ship” Maitre ’03 and his wife, Julia, welcomed their first child, Mary Sisson, on September 2, 2010. Ship and Julia live in Mobile where Ship practices dentistry at Maitre and Crabtree Dental Group. E-mail:


Hyatt W. Thompson ’05 lives in Dallas, Texas, and works as an associate at Swearingen Reality Group.

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