Contributors for the Summer 2011 Issue

Michael Burry

Michael Burry, MD’97, studied economics and premedical training at UCLA before enrolling at Vanderbilt. He continued his medical education as a resident at Stanford University Hospital before leaving after his third residency year to found Scion Capital. Burry’s transition into the world of finance was eased by years of running a finance website that had been chosen as a Forbes “Best of the Web” winner in stock picking. Burry was profiled in author Michael Lewis’ best-selling book The Big Short.

Brian Montague

Brian Montague, BA’81, is a fourth-generation Hattiesburg, Miss., native who has a law practice in his hometown. In 2009, at age 50, he deployed to Iraq, serving as a colonel in the JAG Corps with the 155th Brigade Combat Team, leaving behind his wife and two school-age sons.

Kathy Hutson

Kathy Hutson, MS’70, grew up in South Bend, Ind., and earned her undergraduate degree in speech therapy from Saint Louis University. She spent her career working in Appalachia. In 1999 she moved to Abingdon, Va., to help develop a co-housing community for seniors, the ElderSpirit Community, which opened in 2006. Hutson lives in ElderSpirit ( and participates in committee work and in spiritual and cultural events. She may be reached at

Andrew Krinks

Andrew Krinks is pursuing a master of theological studies degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is editor of The Contributor, a newspaper sold and produced in Nashville primarily by homeless or formerly homeless people. Krinks, co-founder of Amos House, has taught writing and poetry at the Tennessee Prison for Women and has been an activist in petitioning for more low-income housing in Nashville. He received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University, where he served as editor of the student literary magazine, Exordium.

Robert CollinsRobert Collins

Dr. Robert Collins, BA’48, MD’51, has been on the Vanderbilt faculty since 1957. Teaching medical students how to solve problems was his focus for 40 years, during which time he and his wife, Elizabeth Cate Collins, BA’50, welcomed generations of students and faculty into their home. His second career, begun in 1999, currently encompasses writing, collaborative research, and teaching residents microscopy. He has written four books: two in his field of hematopathology, the third a biography of Vanderbilt scientist Ernest Goodpasture, and the fourth titled Ahmic Lake Connections, The Founding Leadership of Vanderbilt University.

Additional Contributors: Carole Bartoo, Joanne Lamphere Beckham, Craig Boerner, Megan Denson, Angela Fox, Patricia Kovalcheck, Peter Letarte, Princine Lewis, Richard McCarty, Missy Pankake, Jim Patterson, Lisa Robbins, David F. Salisbury, Thomas Samuel, Donna B. Smith, Bill Snyder, Dagny Stuart, Cindy Thomsen, Amy Wolf

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