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Louise O’Neal, Wellesley Hills, Mass., retired chair and director of the athletics department at Wellesley College, received the second annual Heights Award, presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery to recognize significant contributions to women’s athletics. She is credited with raising the profile of women’s college basketball as a coach and administrator. In addition to work at Wellesley, Dartmouth and Southern Connecticut State, she served on the U.S. Olympic selection committee in the 1970s and coached the U.S. Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the 1979 International Tournament.


Dennis Dunkins Sr., Fort Worth, was elected president of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators for a two-year term. He is ombudsman for the Fort Worth ISD.


Gary W. Hill, Bentonville, Ark., serves as vice president and chief ethics officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He is responsible for Wal-Mart’s global ethics program of education, training and investigations for more than two million employees worldwide. He has been married to Dorthea Watkins (’64) for 44 years.


Monte Blue ('72 M.A.), Pasadena, president of the Central Campus of San Jacinto College, is leaving after 37 years of service. He joined the college in 1971 as a faculty member in the art department and was dean of student services before being named president in 1983.

*Michael Wims, Salt Lake City, Utah, was appointed to a three-year term by the defense secretary as one of the two public members of the Code Committee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The committee meets periodically to advise the court on matters involving military justice.

Stanley D. Zinn (’73 M.B.A.), Houston, retired as vice president of labor relations of the West Gulf Maritime Association. He and his wife, Rebecca, are enjoying cruising throughout the world since he also retired in 2001 from competitive slow-pitch softball. He played on and coached the “War Ducks,” which won an Amateur Softball Association National Coed Class A Championship, had three runner-up finishes and won 22 Texas Coed State Championships between 1990 and 2000.


Gerald Cagle (M.S., ’72 Ph.D.), Fort Worth, senior vice president of research and development for Alcon Laboratories Inc. and chief scientific officer, received the 2008 People of Vision Award from the Fort Worth branch of Prevent Blindness Texas. The award was presented for his years of commitment to advancing technologies and therapies in the field of ophthalmology. He is retiring this summer after 32 years with Alcon.

Darrell C. Donaldson Jr., Houston, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hot Shot Delivery Inc. He is the founder and CEO of the full-service delivery and logistics company.


Linda Barron Sullivan (’71 M.Ed.), Clearwater, Fla., was named Pinellas County’s Counselor of the Year for 2008. She has been a teacher and counselor in public schools in Keller, Houston, Mexia, Carrollton and Clearwater for nearly 40 years. While a counselor in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, she was given many awards for her service, including a lifetime membership in the Texas PTA. In 1982, she was noted in Notable Women in Texas, and she was named one of the Top 10 Educators of the Year in Florida in 1989. Outside of school, she is active in church, civic and community affairs and enjoys visiting her daughter in Nevada.


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