Notable Alumni

Baylor School has many remarkable alumni/ae, some of whom are profiled here. Many of our graduates have distinguished themselves in major fields ranging from education and law to medicine and journalism.

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  • Callie Taintor Wiser ’98

    Writer, Producer, Director

    “Creativity and problem-solving skills are absolute necessities in the world of television,” Wiser says. “Nothing prepared me better for that than my time at Baylor.”

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  • Dr. George Smith ’87

    US Department of Education

    Dr. George Alan Smith ’87 is wholly content serving as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education in Washington, D.C.

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  • Dr. Coleman Barks ’55

    Poet, Author, Teacher

    Dr. Coleman Barks ’55 was 39 when he was first introduced to the work of the 13thcentury Persian poet, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, known to the English-speaking world as Rumi.

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  • Adam Kinsey ’98

    Co-owner, Track 29 Performance Venue

    Track 29 entertainment co-owners, Adam Kinsey ’98 and his wife, Monica, deserve a round of applause.

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  • Carl Schow ’05

    Co-owner, The Antiquarians

    As co-owner of The Antiquarians, Carl Schow, '05, made more money in his first eBay transaction than he did in two weeks at his part-time job.

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  • Lauren Templeton ’94

    President, Lauren Templeton Capital Management

    From the time Lauren Templeton ’94 was eight years old, her room in Winchester, Tenn., was decorated with certificates of the stocks she selected for purchase each month. The bedtime stories her father told her were tales of investing.

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  • Mariah Mayfield ’93

    Owner, Shadowbox Paperie

    Mariah Mayfield ’93 has found a niche in the nostalgic. The owner of Shadowbox Paperie, Mariah sells customized wedding invitations, birth announcements, personal stationery, greeting cards, and other miscellaneous paper items.

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  • Jacob Young ’74

    Writer, Editor

    “Baylor had instilled the notion that I could do all the things on my to-do list.”

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  • Lyndsay Thurston Botts ’93

    Chief of Staff

    “This school produces leaders. You stand a little taller and walk a little prouder knowing that you’ve gone to Baylor.”

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  • Ben Farrell ’88

    Auctioneer

    If anyone could convince you to exchange thirty dollars for a twenty dollar bill — and to do so gladly — it would be licensed auctioneer Ben Farrell ’88.

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  • Kelli Howard Smith ’95

    Varsity Softball Coach

    Raising money and awareness of breast cancer has become a personal mission for head varsity softball coach, Kelli Howard Smith ’95

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  • Capt. Marisa Catlin ’97

    U.S. Air Force

    Capt. Marisa Catlin’s childhood fascination with planes has taken her around the world but not as a typical passenger.

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  • Seth Carico ’00

    by Barbara Kennedy

    If bass-baritone performer Seth Carico ’00 hadn’t been eager to impress a high school date, chances are he might not have become the international opera performer he is today.

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  • Charles Mayfield ’92

    by Barbara Kennedy

    The combination of competitive drive and cooking didn’t immediately click with Charles Mayfield ’92, but once it did, it was only a matter of time before he had a best-selling cookbook on his hands.

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  • Owen Roberts ’03

    by Rachel Schulson

    When Owen Roberts ’03 was interviewed for this article, he had just returned from Haiti, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll soon be packing for another adventure.

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  • Jack Studer ’01

    by Rachel Schulson

    Jack Studer ’01 and his partners selected the name Lamp Post Group for the company they co-founded because it works on many levels. The lamp post is a landmark in the country of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series. It plays a part (likely a tribute to Lewis’s classic books) in the television series Lost, and of course a lamp post helps light the way in darkness.

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  • Ashley Farless ’94

    by Rachel Schulson

    Ashley Farless ’94 wasn’t asked to write this alumni profile. But she thanks Baylor almost daily for instilling the skills she would need had she been called upon to do so.

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  • Francis Fesmire ’78

    by Barbara Kennedy

    Fesmire's book, “Nashville Skyline is a moving story of human weakness and redemption. Fueled by Southern history and classical mythology, Fesmire’s story of Gabe Rutherford’s journey will stir anyone who remembers the sting of a lost loved one or the heartbreak of lost love.”

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  • Gary Wheeler ’71

    by Rachel Schulson

    Gary Wheeler ’71 who is now a professor and pediatric specialist in immunology and infectious diseases, points to many aspects of his Baylor years as having had an influence on his choice of college and career.

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  • Veena Rangaswami ’00

    by Rachel Schulson

    “One of the main reasons I got interested in working abroad was my experience in Jamaica [on the spring break community service trip] my senior year,” said Rangaswami. “It led me to think about what I wanted to do with my life.

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  • John Michael Weatherly ’98

    by Barbara Kennedy

    If you’ve been wondering what former Baylor Player John Michael Weatherly ’98 has been up to lately, just check out Robert Redford’s movie “The Conspirator,” which opened nationwide in April starring Robin Penn Wright, James McAvoy, and Evan Rachel Wood.

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