The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association inducted
its 2003 Hall of Fame class during special ceremonies held during
the university's homecoming Nov.1.
the class were presented during halftime of the Southern Miss-Louisiana-Lafayette
football game. The class includes the following:
Over the course
of his professional life, Stone Barefield has given generously of
his time to his community. After graduating from Southern Miss in
1952, he received his juris doctorate degree from the University
of Mississippi. Barefield, a Hattiesburg resident, was in private
practice from 1954 through 1983, then from 1992 until the present.
He was retained as an attorney for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors
from 1969-1984 and was the full-time attorney for the county and
the board from 1984-1991. He served as assistant attorney general
In 1959, he
was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives and served
six consecutive terms. While in office, he authored important pieces
of legislation that impacted the elderly and public schoolteachers,
and was the original author of the Open Primary Election law. Barefield
also secured legislation for the creation of the Pearl and Leaf
Rivers Rails to Trails Recreation District as well as a bond authorization
of $150,000 to acquire and develop the Longleaf Trace.
efforts extend to several organizations as well. He is a member
of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Mississippi Division,
serving as judge advocate from 1993-2003. Barefield is also a member
of the Board of Trustees of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Shrine
and Presidential Library. He is also a Scottish Rite Mason.
Barefield served with the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Marine
Corps. He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children - Stone Jr.,
Allen, Julia and Michael, and five grandchildren.
Buford C. Blount III '71
In March 2003,
Maj. Gen. Buford C. Blount III led the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)
as they spearheaded coalition efforts in the recent Gulf War. Blount,
a Southern Miss ROTC graduate, is commander of the U.S. Army's 3rd
Infantry Division, a post he has held since October 2001. He commands
nearly 20,000 soldiers and 3,000 civilian employees in the mechanized
division and oversees units stationed at Fort Stewart, Hunter Army
Airfield and Fort Benning, Ga.
a long history of outstanding leadership and service in the Army
and for the nation and has served in a variety of command and staff
positions prior to commanding the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).
Command assignments include commander, Combat Support Company and
B Company, 3rd Battalion, 77th Armor, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized),
Fort Polk, La.; commander, A Troop, 15th Cavalry, 197th Infantry
Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.; commander, 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor,
3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), USAREUR and Seventh Army, Germany;
commander, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort
was commissioned an armor officer in 1971, is a graduate of the
Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course,
the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the
United States Naval War College, where he earned a master's degree
in national security and strategic studies.
include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of
Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with
six Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Commendation Medal (with two
Oak Leaf Clusters.)
Blount is married
to the former Anita Barr '69 of Collins. They have two daughters
and one grandson.
in 1964, entrepreneur Gene Carlisle has been dedicated member of
the Southern Miss community. A life member of the alumni association,
he is also chairman of the Southern Miss College of Business and
Economic Development's Business Advisory Council and serves on the
USM Foundation's Board of Directors. Carlisle's service to the university
has been recognized recently. In 2002, he was named the CBED's Distinguished
Alumnus of the Year.
Carlisle is founder and sole shareholder of Carlisle Corporation,
the parent holding company for all subsidiaries including Carlisle
Properties, Carlisle Hotels Inc., Carlisle Media and Wendelta Inc.
The corporation oversees the operations of three Holiday Inn Hotels,
one Hampton Inn, 2,500 apartments and Wendy's Restaurants located
throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.
a trustee for Wendy's National Advertising Program and serves on
the board of directors for Deer Valley Club. In 2003, Carlisle was
nominated for Wendy's International's Founders Award; he was also
nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year for the Ernst and Young Award.
In 2002, Carlisle was a Mississippi Business Hall of Fame inductee,
and in 2001, he was named Operator of the Year, Southeast Region
his wife, Karen, reside in Memphis. They have three children: Courtney,
Chance and Chase.
"Pat" Cruise '63
a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1963, Pat Cruise
devoted her career to teaching. She was employed by the Biloxi Public
School System, the Mobile, Ala., Public School System and the Jones
County School System. Additionally, she was a charter member of
the Jones County American Federation of teachers, serving as treasurer
for 20 years. Cruise received many teaching awards, among them the
Award for Excellence and the Golden Apple Award presented by WDAM-TV
and Alfa Insurance Agency for excellence in teaching.
An active member
of the Southern Miss community - Cruise and her husband, Grover,
are season ticket holders and are members of the Eagle Club and
Hardwood Club - Cruise has also been recognized by her alma mater.
The alumni association honored her with its Outstanding Service
Award, the Continuous Outstanding Service Award and the Scott Caldwell
Award for Outstanding Chapter President. Presently, she is serving
her third term as president of the Laurel Metro Chapter of the Alumni
Association, a position she held in 1992 and 1996.
devotes her time to the community. For more than 20 years, she has
been a volunteer with the American Red Cross of the Pine Belt and
also works disaster services. She also served for eight years on
the adult staff of the Red Cross Youth Leadership Camp. In 1998,
she and her husband received the "Pine Belt Area Volunteer
of the Year" award from the Pine Belt chapter of the American
her husband have one son, Scott '94, and two grandchildren - Parker,
4, and Marley, 3.
Jeff W. Hammond '78, '83
Jeff W. Hammond's service to his country can be traced back to his
time at Southern Miss. The three-year varsity football letterman
and team captain was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers
Training Corps and earned distinction as a distinguished military
in 1978, Hammond was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S.
Army and chose to pursue a professional active duty military career.
In this regard, he has served with soldiers throughout the world
to include duty in the United States, Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia,
Iraq and Bosnia. Hammond commanded at the company through brigade
levels and has twice served in the Pentagon. Over the years he led
soldiers in combat and peace enforcement operations to include his
current duty assignment with the British Army as a corps operations
officer. In October 2002, Hammond was promoted to brigadier general.
a master's degree in special education from Southern Miss in 1983,
and in 1992, he was awarded a master's degree in national security
and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College.
his wife, the former Diane Centanni of Hattiesburg, have been married
for more than 20 years. They have two children, Michael, 13, and
Megan, 11. The family resides in Rheindahlen, Germany.
W. Johnson '86
A leader in
the advancement profession, Jeffery Johnson's successful career
in higher education began at Southern Miss. As a student, he served
as a resident assistant, vice president of the Student Alumni Association
and a Southern Style ambassador. These experiences led to Johnson
being employed in a full-time position in the university's Office
of Recruitment as a recruiter intern. He served in this position
while still a full-time student, completing his bachelor's degree.
Johnson was offered full-time employment at Southern Miss. He worked
for the university until 1991, when he joined the staff of the Kansas
University Alumni Association. In the five years at KUAA, he received
excellent work reviews and three promotions. In 1995, he earned
a master's degree in higher education administration from KU.
nearing his 20th year in higher education, is president and CEO
of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. He is among the
top leaders in the advancement field and has a strong record of
personal and professional achievements, dedication and commitment
to institutional advancement, and involvement in his alma maters
and other industry organizations. Johnson is sought after to oversee
or help facilitate changes in how not-for-profit organizations,
like many alumni associations, survive in this new economy.
His goal in
the next five years is to develop a comprehensive document that
speaks to the need of the relationship among a campus' alumni association,
its foundation and that of its institution to be as coordinated
and seamless as possible.
his wife, Peggy '88, have two children, Krystal, 16, and Kristopher,
14. The family resides in Ames, Iowa.
Rhea Phillips Jr. '50
Dr. Tom Rhea
Phillips is an active and involved member of the Hattiesburg and
Southern Miss communities. As a student, Phillips was president
of the university's class of 1950, treasurer of the Student Government
Association and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
with Southern Miss didn't end when he graduated. Phillips is a member
of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, Eagle Club, Partners for
the Arts, the Dr. Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies and
the USM Foundation, where he serves on the Executive Committee.
native serves or has served as chairman, president or advisory board
member of several area organizations, including the Salvation Army,
the Mississippi chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Hattiesburg
Historical Society and the Mississippi Dental Association Peer Review
(at the state and district levels). Phillips is a charter member
of the Nathan Bedford Forrest chapter of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans and belongs to the Commander Isaac Carter chapter of the
Sons of the American Revolution. He is a Boy Scouts of America leader
and a recipient of the council's Pine Burr award.
has worked with the environmental agenda, and in 1990 the Mississippi
Forestry Commission named him Tree Farmer of the Year for South
Mississippi. The Audubon Society also presented him with a conservation
award. Additionally, Phillips built the largest, longest and, until
recently, the only covered bridge in Mississippi. He also built
of the Loyola University School of Dentistry, Phillips owns his
own dental practice in Hattiesburg. He and his wife, Barbara '59,
have five children: Tom Rhea III '88, David Michael, Alesia Ann,
John Allen '87 and Barbara Lynn. All of his children either attended
or are attending Southern Miss.