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.

Justin Boyd '95
Research Scientist
From the time he can remember, Justin Boyd has loved science and discovery. Justin is now using those senses daily as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health.
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Barry Moser '58
Artist, Illustrator, Publisher
In a corner of Barry Moser's two-level studio hang his awards – a certificate naming him "A Living New England Treasure," an American Book Award, a medal of the National Academy of Design, a medal of...
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Brett Granstaff '98
Filmmaker, Producer
By the time Brett Granstaff '98 arrived at Baylor as a sophomore, his father, a national sales manager for Northern Life, had moved the family 20 times. When Brett's family...
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Donald Pippin '44
Broadway Conductor

Donald Pippin '44 served for 14 years as Musical Director of New York's Radio City Music Hall and is considered one of Broadway's most honored conductors.

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Philip Morehead '60
Head of Music Staff, Conductor
Philip Morehead '60 does not have a short answer when asked what he does for a living.
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Jenni Kirk Steck '93
Stage Actress
Jenni Kirk Steck '93 has combined her acting, administrative, and teaching skills to make a career doing what she loves.
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Robyn Snyder '93
Child Life Specialist

It's doubtful that Robyn Snyder '93 spent much time growing up plotting how to be more popular with kids than..

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Rachael Miller '98
Theater Educator, Actress
Anyone who knows Rachael would not be surprised that she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in drama and theatre for youth...
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Stephanie Allen '92
Visual Effects and Animation Executive
Ask Stephanie Allen about her most significant high school learning experience, and she doesn't hesitate...
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Laurel Creech '92
Environmental Activist, Nashville Disc Jockey
Not everybody decides to climb the highest peak in the lower 48 states "just for the challenge,"...
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William (Bill) Duff '45
FBI Counterintelligence Specialist, Author
After a distinguished career in the intelligence community, Bill Duff watched with fascination as the Soviet Union crumbled...
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Tene Hamilton Franklin '91
Facilitator, Human Genome Project

An Advanced Placement Biology class with Bill Tatum sparked Tene Hamilton's interest in genetics, and...

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John Johnson '57
Senior V.P., Oceaneering International
Johnny Johnson takes exploration to new heights and new depths through his company Oceaneering International...
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Thomas (Tom) Jolly '73
Editor, New York Times

Tom Jolly was in one of the hottest of the hot seats on Election Night 2000. As part of the team that...

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David Lowance '58
Professor, Emory University, Transplant Specialist
An Atlanta kidney transplant specialist, David Lowance has held close the spirit and values of his Baylor years throughout his career...
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George Mann '60
Conservationist, Museum Owner

When George Mann says he prefers living off the land, he's not kidding. The wildlife museum...

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Arthur Golden '74
Author, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden's first novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, took the literary world by storm, and he's...

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David Yann '92
Real Estate Analyst

Born in Cambodia, David and his family escaped the war-torn country after the North Vietnamese invasion in 1979.

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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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Alan Murray '73
Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.

Murray believes that journalists should gain an appreciation for language and knowledge of the world rather than attend journalism school. His success in his field certainly makes a case for this approach.

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Laurie Speed-Dalton '92
Medical Malpractice Litigator

Laurie Speed-Dalton '92 turned 40 the Friday before she was interviewed for this article. On Saturday she swam ten miles in the Tennessee River in less than four and a half hours.

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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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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, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, known to the English-speaking world as Rumi.

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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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Adam Kinsey '98

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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Ben Farrell '88

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

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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Seth Carico '00

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

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

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

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

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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Lizzie Chazen '02

Former Baylor Player and actress Lizzie Chazen '02 has returned to the local spotlight, sharing her considerable talent on the stage and behind the scenes at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

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John Michael Weatherly '98

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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Francis Fesmire '78

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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Veena Rangaswami '00

"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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Gary Wheeler '71

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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Matt Prater '01

He has earned degrees in archaeology, art history, and ancient civiliza­tion, but Matt Prater '01 says a kinship with Indiana Jones is the real impetus behind his recent global odyssey.

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Ashleigh Dawkins Pipes '94

The stacks of notebooks surrounding Ashleigh Dawkins Pipes '94 for much of last summer and this past fall have been placed in the hands of children 7,000 miles from her home in Jacksonville, N.C.

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Johnny Johnson '57

As oil gushed from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico last summer, efforts to contain the spill on the surface were low-tech in nature: skimming, chemical dispersants, and burning.

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Randy Davis '74

"College is just the training ground for a profession. You've got to get your education before you get to college, and Baylor certainly did that for me."

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Richard Hall '91

"If I could say anything about the Baylor experience – and it's the thing I would want for my son – it is that it instilled the confidence to set my course and pursue my dreams."

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