Archive for the ‘Alabama’ Category

Jack Robert Arthur (’87)

Jack “Bob” Arthur, 82, died peacefully on May 22, 2020. He will be laid to rest with his family at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL Bob attended Phillips High School in Birmingham, graduating in 1956. After graduation, he joined the Army and served with the DMZ Military Police in Korea. He briefly attended the University of Alabama before moving to Texas to attend the University of Houston, where he graduated with a degree in Psychology much later in life Bob was fascinated with aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license and spent his weekends parachuting with friends. He was a storyteller and loved reminiscing about classmates and Army buddies. He also enjoyed surf fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast. An avid pool player, Bob and his teammates won many billiard tournaments Bob is survived by his children and their spouses; Jenny and John Harris, Bobby and Leslie Arthur, Randy and Jennifer Arthur, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by his father Jack, mother Estha, and sister Janice The family would like to thank the staff at Greene County Nursing Home and Hospice of West Alabama for their loving care and support.

Mary Shannon MacMichael (’76)

Mary gives a life update:

Graduating in 1976 first job was as a Physical Education instructor with the Houston Independent School District at the Roberts Elementary Magnet School. I was hired with 3 other young Phys.Ed. teachers Pat Sutton, Tom Brewer and Andre Hornsby and supervised by our experienced coordinating teacher, Marion Kirk. I taught for 3 years at Roberts and then worked with my best friend, Valerie (Schneider) Reis, UH ’76, in the Alief Independent School District. Marriage came along in 1980, baby girl in 1981 and moved to Roanoke, VA in 1984. Full time wife and mother occupied most of my time as well as substitute teaching and part time youth work! Covenant Presbyterian hired me for what was to be a 2 year term as Youth Director/Church Activities Director, as my husband returned to school. That 2 years turned into a total of 31 at the Church and I retired in 2016. After my husband retired in 2017 we moved to Mentone, Alabama to be near our only daughter, her husband and our granddaughter and to become involved community members in this beautiful area of the country.

Ashley Wurzbacher (Ph. D. ’16)

Ashley Wurzbacher has written a book titled Happy Like This. She has been honored for the 2019 National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ award.