|Photos from Alumni Weekend 2011
|Former Dean Richard Ingram and food service
supervisor Yetiva Hill were honored.
|Read the text of the presentation
by Paul Cushman by clicking here.
Read the text of the presentation
by Nan Barnette by clicking here.
Oliver Welch is a 1952 graduate of the Martha Berry School for Boys who
attended Berry College and received his doctoral degree from Georgia
State University. He has distinguished himself in service to several Georgia
governors and earned professional designations in numerous fields,
including urban planning (AIP), accounting (CPA), law (JD), real estate
(CPM) and financial planning (CFP).
Early in his career, Mr. Welch assisted in the establishment of Georgia’s
first statewide budget bureau and was responsible for a report, “Georgia’s
Greatest Investment – Education,” that helped lead to changes in the state’
s education funding formula and the reorganization of the Georgia
Department of Education (GDE). Before the age of 30, he found himself
serving as deputy superintendent of the reorganized GDE.
At 31, Mr. Welch was tasked with establishing Georgia’s first statewide
planning agency, recruiting a diverse group of more than 100 professionals
from throughout the nation to act as a "think tank" for the governor’s office.
Later, he served as the first director of Georgia’s Bureau of Community
Affairs and was chairman of the governor’s computer advisory board.
As his career progressed, Mr. Welch served in executive management
positions in several public and private corporations and established his own
wealth management corporation. He also served on the faculty of several
universities and provided leadership for numerous civic organizations,
among them the Northwest Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
(which he served as president), the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the
Buckhead Business Association.
Most recently, the Atlanta resident co-authored the first book on the history
of the financial planning profession, to be published later this year by John
Wiley & Sons as part of the 40th anniversary of the profession.
|Oliver Welch, Class of 1952
Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award
On July 29, 2011 the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority named the
new activities building in North Floyd Park the "Bill Thornton Recreation Center".
served as Dean of Students for several years. Read more about the event and
see photos of his former Berry players who attended the event by clicking here
or click the photo above.
|Bob Williams, Class of 1962, Inducted
Into Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame
On February 27, 2012 Bob Williams was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of
Fame for his meritorious community service. As an adult Bob began to broadcast local
high school basketball games as well as Berry College basketball games which he
continues to do today. For many years he has generously donated vans from his car
dealership for Berry teams to use for away games. It is for his service to the community
that Bob Williams has been inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.
|J. Ray and Marilyn Allen
Were Honored During Alumni Weekend 2013
The Berry Breakfast Club honored J. Ray and Marilyn Allen with the Outstanding
Faculty/Staff Award during Alumni Weekend May 17-19, 2013. The award was
presented at the annual High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall on May
18th. The Berry Breakfast Club is an informal group of Berry High School and Berry
Academy alumni that meets monthly at the Landmark Restaurant in Rome, usually
on the second Saturday of each month. The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award has
been presented annually since 1994 and seeks to recognize outstanding and
exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy.
It is amazing what 45 years will do to you.
|Bob Williams, Class of '62,
Gives $500,000 for New Berry
Photo courtesy of Alan Story
|Thornton, Shahan Honored at
Alumni Weekend 2014
Former faculty members Bill Thornton and John Shahan were presented the
Berry Outstanding Faculty/ Staff Award on Saturday morning, May 31st at the
High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall. The award is presented
annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and seeks to recognize outstanding and
exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy.
|Celebrating the 50th
Berry's Winningest Basketball Team is Honored
Millard Carlisle (from left), Billy Bell, Jerry Chastain, Coach Jerry Shelton, MVP Tom Butler, Don
Collins, Greyson Whiteside, Bill McWhorter, Manager Fred Beazley and Steve Ellis at Berry College
on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
1964-65 Berry Academy Falcons were honored on the 50th anniversary of their championship
victory in the Rome-News Tribune Holiday Festival Tournament.
Tournament MVP and co-captain Tom Butler (left) and co-captain Jerry
Chastain (right) present the trophy to Coach Jerry Shelton at Berry College
on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
|Tom Raulerson Receives
Award For 2015
Former Berry Academy English and journalism teacher, Tom
Raulerson (right), was presented the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
by Mike Murdock '73A during Alumni Weekend. Raulerson taught and
coached at the Academy for nine years, from 1966 through 1975. The
award is presented annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and seeks to
recognize outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the
High School / Academy.
Dr. Robert Catanzano was presented the Berry Outstanding Faculty/ Staff Award on Saturday
morning, May 21, 2016 at the High School/Academy breakfast in Hill Dining Hall as part of
Alumni Weekend activities. The award is presented annually by the Berry Breakfast Club and
seeks to recognize outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the High School /
|Cohen, Puckett Honored By
Berry Breakfast Club
Roberta Hyers Cohen and Bob Puckett were honored at Alumni Weekend with the
presentation to them of the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. The Outstanding
Faculty/Staff Award has been presented annually since 1994 and seeks to recognize
outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy. In
addition to the award presentation, their names will be engraved on the large
permanent plaque that hangs in the Berry Alumni Center featuring all of the previous
recipients of this award. The award is sponsored by the Berry Breakfast Club, a group
of high school/academy alumni that work to preserve the history of the Berry high
Ms. Cohen was the wife of Franklin Hyers, Dean of Students in the mid-to-late 1960s.
She served as dorm mother in Friendship Hall and ran the school store. She lives in
Waycross, GA. Mr. Puckett was a math instructor in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and
remained in education as a teacher and administrator in Floyd County until his
retirement. He lives in Rome.
The award ceremony took place on Saturday, May 20th in Hill Dining Hall as part of
the high school/academy alumni breakfast during Alumni Weekend.
|Julia Belvin Receives First Ever
High School and Academy Work
Julia Belvin, a sophomore from Acworth, GA, has been selected as the first recipient
of the High Schools and Academy Work Scholarship. Julia is majoring in Early
Childhood Education and she works on the Mountain Campus in Hamrick Hall at the
Elementary Middle School (EMS).
The scholarship was created by the Academy class of 1964. It was established in
memory and in honor of all students, faculty, and/or staff who attended or worked at
the Boys Industrial School, Mount Berry Farm School, Foundation School, Martha
Berry School for Girls, Mount Berry School for Boys, and/or Berry Academy.
The purpose of the Berry High Schools and Academy Work Scholarship is to help
preserve and teach the rich history and heritage of the Berry high schools by
assisting needy students in pursuing their education at Berry College.
According to Lori Frederick, Director of the EMS, Julia is responsible, dedicated,
smart and very capable of "thinking on her feet". She is a problem-solver, one who
applies common sense and intelligence to her work. She is a very fitting recipient for
Sports Hall of Fame
One hundred and ten former Berry athletes, coaches and administrators were recently inducted
into the newly established Berry High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame. The mass induction
ceremony took place in The Cage Center arena on October 7, 2017 as part of Mountain Day
Weekend activities. About 350 people attended the most impressive dinner and induction ceremony.
The creation of the Hall of Fame received the enthusiastic blessing of Berry College President Dr.
Stephen Briggs and represents one more initiative by Berry that is aimed at preserving the rich
history of the Mount Berry School for Boys and Berry Academy. The new Berry High
School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame is meant to honor those who made exceptional contributions
as a student-athlete, coach or administrator and who demonstrated the highest levels of integrity,
character and sportsmanship. An interactive kiosk detailing the accomplishments of each inductee
is located in the upper level of The Cage Center in the Edward and Garland Dickey Hall of Sports
Over two years ago, a Hall of Fame Selection Committee was formed with by-laws that were
approved by the college. The committee was chaired by Todd Brooks, Berry College Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics, and it included several college administrators plus numerous alumni from
the high school and academy. Former coaches at the high school and academy were heavily
involved in the selection process as consultants and advisors.
Nominations were solicited from all Berry alumni and members of the Berry community. The
selection committee worked for over two years gathering information, researching newspapers,
yearbooks and Georgia High School Association records for information to be used in the
evaluation and selection process.
The large induction class of 110 individuals is a unique aspect in the establishment of the Hall of
Fame. The Selection Committee decided early on to have one large induction ceremony. Since the
Academy closed in 1983 and no “new” alumni are being “created”, the rationale was to honor
everyone all at once while most are still living, rather than honoring much smaller induction classes
year-after-year over an extended period of time.
For an alphabetical list of the inductees, CLICK HERE.
|Crowd Of 350+ On Hand For Induction Ceremony
|Alumni Share Their Experiences
With Berry Elementary Students In
Each year the Berry College Elementary Middle School (BCEMS) located on the Mountain Campus
celebrates Mountain Day with their own Heritage Day. The reason for this is because their students are
too young to participate in the Mountain Day activities. On Friday, September 28, 2018 the BCEMS invited
seven High School/Academy Alumni to sit on a panel discussionin the Hamrick Hall auditorium.
The alumni on panel were Jim Morris ‘79A, John Shahan ‘64A, Greyson Whiteside ‘66A, Teresa Puckett
‘75A, Bob Williams ‘62H, Bill Thornton (former coach and Dean of Students) and Wayne Howard ‘72A.
Jim Morris reflected on the event, “Though it still hurts that the Academy isn’t there anymore, I can promise
you that the spirit of the Berry schools and the philosophy of heads, hands and hearts is still very much
alive there now. What a special day I had today at BCEMS… The panel spoke about what life was like way
back in the dark ages. The students and staff were polite and attentive and it was so cool to see the Berry
traditions being carried on. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and then closed with the Berry Alma
Mater which was student led. It had been a long time since I had sung that song... I’m sure that
something got in my eye during that… It was a fun, rewarding day!”
Members of the alumni panel were (L to R) - Jim Morris 79A, John Shahan 64A, Greyson Whiteside 66A,
Teresa Smith Puckett 75A, Bob Williams 62H, Bill Thornton (former coach and Dean of Students) and
Wayne Howard 72A.
Renny Bryner, 61H, Inducted into
Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame
Renny Bryner, ‘61H, was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame in Rome, GA on Monday night,
Feb. 25, 2019. Renny led his Mount Berry School for Boys basketball team to two consecutive state
tournament appearances in 1960 and 1961. Renny was named high school All-State in 1961 and he
continued his education at Berry College. He was an all-conference baseball pitcher and he became the
all-time leading scorer in Berry basketball history when he graduated in 1966. He was named as an NAIA
All-American in 1966. He is pictured here with his wife Judy. Renny and Judy reside in Blairsville, GA.
Renny coached high school and college basketball for over 30 years. He is the only Berry high school
graduate to ever become the head basketball coach at Berry College.
Reverand Dr. Luis Leon, Berry Academy class of 1967, welcomes
President-Elect Donald Trump to a morning worship service at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, just hours before Mr.
Trump's inauguration. Known as "The Church of the Presidents", St. John's is
located across Lafayette Square, just north of the White House. Reverend Luis
Leon was featured as the "Power Player of the Week" on the January 20, 2013
edition of Fox News Sunday. Click here or on Rev. Leon's photo to watch the
video, which runs just over three and a half minutes.
Berry Alumnus in the National Spotlight