College to celebrate honorary and outstanding alumni

Oct. 8, 2013

LaGrange College will recognize three new honorees for its Shackelford Alumni Achievement Awards during homecoming ceremonies Friday, and will introduce four new Honorary Alumni during a recognition breakfast Saturday morning.

This year's Shackelford recipients are Alonzo Harris '04 of Boston; Dr. Moody Clarkson McCall '81 of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; and Dr. Sharlene Donaldson Toney '99 of Newnan.

Those being named as honorary alumni are Dr. Jim Bruce, Martha Estes, Cliff Glover and Dr. Don Jolly.

Shackelford Alumni Achievement Awards

Alonzo Harris
Alonzo Harris

Alonzo Harris received a Bachelor of Music degree in Creative Music Technologies from LaGrange College in 2004. While still a student at LaGrange, he was the first-place winner in the Goliard Competition for his chamber composition "First Impression."

He received a two-year scholarship to the prestigious New England Conservatory  of Music, where he earned  a master's degree in music with a concentration in contemporary improvisation.

Harris serves on the part-time faculty at the Berklee College of Music as an assistant professor of music in ensemble performance. He also served as professor of humanities at Roxbury Community College, an instructor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies  at Northeastern University and international instructor for Seoul Music Institute Summer music program.

He is a respected scholar in African-American musical styles and improvisation methodology and aesthetics. He created a course, Urban Contemporary Music, which he developed while on the Music Industry faculty at State University of New York Oneonta.

He is a musical director, keyboardist, pianist, organist and vocalist. As a producer, songwriter, arranger and composer, he has worked with artists in such diverse genres as gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, hip hop, chamber music and avante-garde improvisation.

He also performs with and arranges music for A7, a musical group made up of him and his brothers.

The accomplished musician has collaborated with some of the country's best production companies. In 2010, he was featured as musical director and keyboardist for Jermaine Paul, the 2012 winner of "The Voice." The next year, he shared a Grammy nomination with Betty Wright in the traditional R&B vocal performance category, and in 2012, he was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Wright's album, "The Movie."

This summer, he worked as composer, arranger and co-producer for a No. 1 album from Atlantic Records while also on a promotional tour with new artists signed to RCA and Interscope/Universal Music Group.

Harris provided music for the last three presidential inaugurations, and his compositions have been heard on TV shows, NPR radio and on various stages. He has been commissioned by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra to provide an arrangement of spirituals for the November 2013 concert.

Dr. Moody McCall
Dr. Moody McCall

Dr. Moody McCall graduated from LaGrange College in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He went on to earn a doctor in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.

He is owner and veterinarian at San Pablo Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Since 2005, he also has been a trainer for Canine Companions for Independence, the largest source of service dogs in the United States. The organization has provided highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge, since 1975.

In 2011, Dr. McCall received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

He is active with professional and community groups, including serving on the board of Canine Companions. He is on the Alumni Council and Admissions Committee at the University of Florida vet school. He is a member and past president of Jacksonville Veterinarian Medical Association.

He participates regularly in tennis tournaments and bike rides for charity, is a member and past trustee for Community Presbyterian Church and volunteers with pet therapy programs at local hospitals, Ronald McDonald House, schools and nursing care facilities.

Dr. McCall's work with Canine Companions includes teaching obedience classes twice a month for puppy raisers of CCI dogs in the Jacksonville area, and providing free vet care and tests to service dogs and puppies in training in the Southeast.

Dr. Sharlene Toney
Dr. Sharlene Toney

Dr. Sharlene Toney , a former LaGrange resident now living in Newnan, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from LaGrange College. She also holds an associate degree in nursing from Columbus State University and a bachelor's degree in education from St. Joseph's College.

At Georgia State University, she earned a master's degree in adult health nursing in 2001, a post-master's certificate in gerontology in 2002 and a doctorate in nursing in 2007.

Dr. Toney serves as the corporate director of Professional Nursing Practice and Development at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. Her previous employment has included director of nursing research and professional nursing practice and development for Emory Healthcare and dean of heath sciences at West Georgia Technical College.

At West Georgia Health in LaGrange, she served as clinical nurse specialist in gerontology and a clinical education coordinator;  coordinator of nursing education; primary nurse in the orthopedic unit; head nurse in the medical unit  and medical/surgical nurse.

She worked as interim director of nursing and education director at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital  and Nursing Home, Valley, Ala., and a urology department nurse at Clark-Holder Clinic.

Dr. Toney's honors include a 2011 nomination for the March of Dimes nurse of the year award in Atlanta, outstanding graduate student in 2002 from the Gerontology Center at Georgia State and graduate achievement award from the master's program at Georgia State in 2001.

From 1998 to 2001, she was the National Basic Life Support Faculty representative for Georgia to the American Heart Association. Her work with the AHA and its Heartsaver-Automatic External Defibrillator Program has brought her awards such as the outstanding service award for basic cardiac life support, AHA emeritus faculty award and the award for outstanding performance and dedication to the AHA Heartsaver AED  program.

Dr. Toney is active in her community. In 2003, she participated in the Jimmy Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity in Troup County and was a member of the Troup County Heart Association.

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Southern Nursing Research Society, National Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau, Georgia Gerontology Society, American Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Association, National Intravenous Nurses Society and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

She served as vice president, secretary and delegate for the Georgia Nurses Association, District 23. She was the first president of the LaGrange College Nursing Honor Society, and the first nursing student representative on the LaGrange College Research Council.

Honorary Alumni Awards

Dr. James F. Bruce Jr.
Dr. James F. Bruce Jr.

Dr. James F. Bruce Jr. was born and raised in Opelika, Ala. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his medical degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

He did his internship and residency at University of Virginia Medical Center and completed a fellowship in sports medicine and hand surgery at the university in 1991.

Dr. Bruce was a member of LaGrange College's Leadership Council for many years, serving as president from 2003-2004. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2003 until 2012, and is currently in his second term. He also was a member of the President's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Athletics.

He founded Orthopedic Clinic of West Georgia in LaGrange in 1982, and established the Southern Center for Orthopedics along with Dr. Daniel Guy and Dr. Robert Comerford in 1995. He joined Emory Healthcare in 2011 and continues to practice orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in LaGrange.

He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Georgia Orthopedic Society, the McCue Society, Troup County Medical Society, Southern Orthopedic Association, Southern Medical Association and American Medical Association, as well as several local and regional associations. He has published a number of articles in professional journals and made presentations at Orthopedic Grand Rounds.

He was a board member and president of Young Life, a member of the planning committee for the Jimmy Carter Work Project and a board member at West Georgia Medical Center. Dr. Bruce has worked with the LaGrange College Athletic Department for 30 years, helping care for student-athletes. He also volunteers with Faith in Practice, a medical mission to Antigua, Guatemala.

Dr. Bruce was a member of the 2000 Leadership Troup class, and he and his wife were LaGrange Community Hero Torchbearers in 1996. As a side career, he raises purebred Beefmaster cattle.

Martha Morris Estes
Martha Morris Estes

Martha Morris Estes is a native of Forest City, N.C. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Greensboro (N.C.) College and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York City. She also did graduate work at Florida State University.

Dr. Max and Martha Estes moved to LaGrange in 1962 when Dr. Estes began his tenure at LaGrange College as Professor of Speech and Drama and Chair of the Fine Arts Division.

In 1980, Mrs. Estes began directing the Choralaires, a student vocal group, before officially joining the faculty in 1982 as Choral Director and Assistant Professor of Music.

From 1966 until 1985, the couple produced plays and musicals for the college and led the department's summer theater program at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. Mrs. Estes retired from the college in 1991.

Mrs. Estes also was involved musically in the community. She was the organist for the Ida Cason Callaway Chapel at Callaway Gardens from 1972 until 1995 and at St. Peter's Catholic Church in LaGrange.

While a member of First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, she served as a substitute organist and interim choir director.

Clifford Clarke Glover
Clifford Clarke Glover

Clifford Clarke Glover of West Point was born in Newnan in 1913. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina in 1934. Soon afterward, he began a 60-year career at Batson-Cook Co. in West Point, where he served in many positions, retiring as chairman and chief executive officer.

The only disruption of his time at Batson-Cook came during World War II, when he served in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was chief engineer for contractors in the building of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. A part of that project became Cape Canaveral.

He has served LaGrange College as a fellow and member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Glover has been involved with the Boy Scouts his entire life, earning the rank of Life Scout. He joined the executive board of the George H. Lanier Council in West Point and spent many years as committee chairman and council president. He went on to serve on the executive board of the Southeast Region.

His Scouting honors include the Silver Beaver Award in 1974, the Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988, the 1990 Eagle Scout Class honoree of the Chattahoochee Council and the Silver Antelope Award in 1992. He was named the Chattahoochee Council's 2003 Eagle Class honoree the same night his son, Edmund Glover, was elected president of the council.

Cliff Glover has served his community faithfully. He has held leadership positions with the Board of Trustees at LaGrange College, West Point Board of Education, Lanier Memorial Hospital, Chattahoochee Valley Safety Council, the United Fund, Georgia Council on Economic Education, Georgia branch of the Associated General Contractors, Joint Tech Georgia Development Fund, West Point Municipal Planning Board, Riverside Country Club, First National Bank of West Point and First United Methodist Church of West Point.

As a member and past president of the Rotary Club of West Point, he is the recipient of the Buck Hill Award and was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Richard Donald Jolly
Dr. Richard Donald Jolly

Dr. Richard Donald Jolly was born in Meridian, Miss. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master's degree from the University of Illinois and a doctoral degree in mathematics education from Auburn University.

Prior to coming to LaGrange College in 1961, he taught mathematics at Colorado Academy in Denver and Steelville (Mo.) High School. He taught airborne electronics at the Biloxi (Miss.) Air Force Base and served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He is a retired officer in the Air Force Reserves.

Dr. Jolly was a professor of mathematics and head of the mathematics department at the college for 34 years. He also served nine years as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics. He retired from full-time teaching in 1995 to enter ministry and is currently pastor of Dunson United Methodist Church. He continued teaching mathematics at LaGrange College part-time through 2009.

The LaGrange College yearbook, the Quadrangle, was dedicated to Dr. Jolly in 1967-68 and 1987-88.

In 1974, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellow to study computer science at the University of Illinois, and was named to a two-year appointment as Professor of the Flora Glenn Candler Chair at the college in 1989.

He received the Vulcan Materials Co.'s teaching excellence award in 1993. The lecture room in Callaway Science Building was named the Richard Donald Jolly lecture room in 2000.

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