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    Dr. W. Bedford Waters, BA’70, MD’74, Barrier Breaker

    Dr. W. Bedford Waters (Photo by John Russell) Dr. W. Bedford Waters, president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and the second African American to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, died May 25. He was 71. Waters completed his internship and one-year residency in general surgery at the… Read More

    Aug 20, 2019

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    Benjamin D. Schulman, BE’38, Fostering Diversity

    Ben Schulman (photo courtesy of Scripps MD Anderson) The vision and thoughtful generosity of Benjamin D. Schulman, who died June 2, helped Vanderbilt become a more nurturing and diverse community. Schulman, of Carlsbad, California, was 102 at the time of his death. He had returned to campus in January 2017… Read More

    Aug 20, 2019

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    Bill Yoast, MA’56, EDS’61, Legendary Coach

    Bill Yoast (Photo by James A. Parcell) William “Bill” Yoast, the high school coach who helped unify a racially divided Alexandria, Virginia, during the 1971 football season, died May 23. He was 94 years old. The relationship between Yoast and coach Herman Boone is the crux of the 2000 film… Read More

    Aug 20, 2019

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    Dr. Constance Mobley, PhD’98, MD’03 Transplant trailblazer

    Dr. Constance Mobley is among only 14 female African American physicians in the U.S. who are abdominal transplant surgeons. She directs the surgical and liver intensive care unit for Houston Methodist Hospital. Photo by Tommy Lavergne As a molecular physiology and biophysics doctoral student at Vanderbilt, Dr. Constance Mobley… Read More

    May 23, 2019

  • Portrait of Alumni Association Board President Dan Lovinger

    Message from the Alumni Association President

    Impacting Alumni Careers Dan Lovinger Vanderbilt alumni truly are Vanderbilt for Life. By giving back as volunteers and donors, we directly impact future alumni and prepare them to take the next steps in their lives. Many help students find their way in the real world by… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Student–Alumni Programs and Board Celebrate 10 Years

    Newton Adkins, BS’14 (bottom row, far right), joined the Student Alumni Board as a first-year student. Other members shown from the Class of 2014 board are (back row, left to right) Blake Wulfe, BS; Will Shipley, BA; Christopher Jerrolds, BA; (middle row, left to right) Katie Rose, BS; Hilary Robertson… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Merrily Van Norstrand Talbott, BS’90, Mints for the Mind

    Courtesy Merrily Talbott It was while interviewing travelers for a tourist publication in Breckenridge, Colorado, that high school psychology teacher and writer Merrily Van Norstrand Talbott came up with a fresh idea. A woman who thought she was suffering from altitude sickness told Talbott that she found relief after… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Kim Le, BA’98, Animated Storyteller

    Courtesy of Kim Le After spending nearly two decades as a storyboard artist for Hollywood film and television production companies, Kim Le is guided by a singular imperative: “I want to tell a good story, entertain people, and hopefully make them laugh.” As creative types go, storyboard artists… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Three Decades of Impact

    Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans On clinic day every week, first-year nursing student Brooke Hazen’s 12-hour shift starts at 6:30 a.m. “We’re taking vital signs, helping patients shower and walk, administering shots and IVs, and interpreting lab results,” she says. Hazen is in Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s prespecialty… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Jarred Amato, BA’09, Watering ‘Book Deserts’

    Photo by John Russell Reading, and a child’s access to books, is a precursor to success by all yardsticks. But the lack of reading materials in many neighborhoods across America—regions known as “book deserts”—threatens the educational achievements of countless students. English teacher Jarred Amato decided to do… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    ‘Commodores in the Community’ Celebrates Alumni Passion for Service

    Left to right: Nick Lovinger, BA’15; Jake Goldklang, BA’15; and Liam Byrne, BA’14, braved a snowy Saturday morning with other members of the Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter to volunteer for their service project benefiting the Bowery Mission. Vanderbilt’s long-standing commitment to community service includes strong student traditions such… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Alumna Pays It Forward Through Advocacy

    Karen White, BA’11, was born to be an advocate. Her first experience in advocacy was for herself at the age of 15, when she left a volatile home life and struggled to support herself through periods of homelessness. “I remember sleeping on the couch in the tattoo parlor… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Yvonne Young Clark, MS’72, First Lady of Engineering

    “Y.Y.” Clark at thebeginning of her groundbreaking career. Photo courtesy Society of Women Engineers Yvonne Young Clark, the first woman to earn a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Howard University, the first woman to earn a master’s degree in engineering management from the Vanderbilt University School… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Barbara Tsakirgis, Renowned Scholar of Classical Archaeology

    Photo by Daniel Dubois Barbara Tsakirgis, a noted scholar on ancient Greek domestic architecture as well as a strong community advocate for Nashville’s Parthenon, died Jan. 16. Tsakirgis, 64, had been diagnosed with ALS three years ago and died at her home. She was a professor of classical… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Harold Bradley, ’49, Hall of Fame Guitarist

    Bradley in 1961. Photo by Joe Rudis/THE TENNESSEAN Harold Bradley, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, famed guitarist, and cog in the family that led the ascent of country music in Nashville, died Jan. 31. He was 93. Bradley grew up in Nashville and took up… Read More

    May 23, 2019

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    Everett H. Erlick, BA’42, ABC’s Chief Lawyer

    Everett H. Erlick, a distinguished veteran of the broadcast industry and longtime public servant, died March 8, 2019, at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 97. As executive vice president, general counsel and director of the American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. for 25 years, his expansive portfolio… Read More

    May 23, 2019

  • Portrait of Alumni Association Board President Dan Lovinger

    No one is an island. We are all connected.

    Dan Lovinger Few times in my life has this concept been more evident than while I was a student at Vanderbilt. With access to a broad range of ideas and perspectives, I quickly understood the importance of engaging individuals whose lives and stories could impact my own. At… Read More

    Feb 19, 2019

  • Color portrait of Nicole Feliciano in orange blouse and white pants on a city street

    Nicole Feliciano, BA’92, Putting Moms First

    Nicole Feliciano’s Momtrends blog helps “busy, style-starved women keep in touch with what’s hip and cool.” The website attracts almost 100,000 unique visitors each month. As a working mother of two daughters, Nicole Feliciano, like countless other moms, would love to have an extra hour in the day. Read More

    Feb 19, 2019

  • Alan Hicks, BA’66, left, speaks with Strong Inside author Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, at the San Francisco Commodore Classroom event.

    Perry Wallace’s Story Brings Alumni Together Nationwide

    Alan Hicks, BA’66, left, speaks with Strong Inside author Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, at the San Francisco Commodore Classroom event. The New York Times best-selling book Strong Inside shares the trailblazing Vanderbilt experience of Perry Wallace, BE’70. The story has resonated with alumni everywhere, and Commodore Classrooms events have provided… Read More

    Feb 19, 2019

  • Color portrait of Sarah D'Amico in black and gold Vanderbilt Commodores shirt

    Alumna Grateful to Donors Who Help Her Inspire Young Minds

    Sarah D’Amico, BS’16, takes a moment to put up her feet after a rewarding day of teaching. A classroom of elementary school students in New York City is receiving a well-rounded education thanks to their teacher, Sarah D’Amico, BS’16, who returned to her neighborhood after graduation to pass the… Read More

    Feb 19, 2019