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Michael D. Pierce ('65 M.A., '70 Ph.D.), Stephenville, retired in August as department head and professor of history at Tarleton State University after 32 years of service. He says by virtue of alphabetical order, he was awarded the first history doctorate at North Texas. He also says those contemplating a retirement gift will be interested to know his favorite single malt is The Macallan's.


Ray Carter ('66 M.B.A.), Mexia, retired in 2004 as president of Tejas Fabrics Inc. He is past president of the Mexia Lions Club, was president of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and is a founding member of Habitat for Humanity there. He says he is enjoying retirement, traveling with his wife, reading from his extensive library and writing letters to the editor.


George Boles, Cedar Hill, retired after 31 years as a cosmetic chemist at Mary Kay Cosmetics, where he developed a wide range of skin care products. After graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy on board the U.S.S. Concord and worked five years in the Neurophysiology Research Lab at Southwestern Medical School before joining Mary Kay.

Harris Bonnell, Haleiwa, Hawaii, retired from Bell Helicopter in 2003 after almost 30 years of service. He lives on the North Shore of Oahu with his wife of 41 years, Merle Dean Nicholson Bonnell ('65).

Ron Wagley, Westlake Village, Calif., retired in July as chair and CEO of Transamerica Corp. He served on the boards of various organizations, including Independent Colleges of Southern California and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He frequently speaks about leadership to business students at Pepperdine University.

*Michael D. Wims, Salt Lake City, Utah, received the 2007 Mr. Delta Sig Award, the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity's highest award. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel 15 years ago and recently retired after 37 years as an attorney. He served as a judge advocate in many capacities, including chief of the Military Justice Division in the Pentagon. He also served in the Utah Attorney General's Office. The New York Times bestseller Under the Banner of Heaven details one of his capital murder cases. His wife is Pamela Page Wims ('69).


*Rhys J. Best, Dallas, was elected to Austin Industries' board of directors. He was most recently chair of Lone Star Technologies Inc. and was named Ernst & Young's 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region - Manufacturing.

Geneva Robinson Day, Jacksboro, is the region advisor for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America - Texas Association. She taught family and consumer sciences for 30 years in Granbury, Bryson and Jacksboro before retiring from the Mineral Wells ISD while serving as director of career and technology education.


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