LaGrange College to induct honor alumni
LaGrange College will introduce four new Honorary Alumni during a recognition breakfast Saturday morning.
Those being named as honorary alumni are Dr. Jim Bruce, Martha Estes, Cliff Glover and Dr. Don Jolly.
• Dr. James F. Bruce Jr. was born and raised in Opelika, Ala. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University and his medical degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C.
He did his internship and residency at University of Virginia Medical Center and completed a fellowship in sports medicine and hand surgery at the university in 1991.
Bruce was a member of LaGrange College’s Leadership Council for many years, serving as president from 2003-2004. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2003 until 2012, and is currently in his second term. He also was a member of the President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Athletics.
He founded Orthopedic Clinic of West Georgia in LaGrange in 1982, and established the Southern Center for Orthopedics along with Dr. Daniel Guy and Dr. Robert Comerford in 1995. He joined Emory Healthcare in 2011 and continues to practice orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in LaGrange.
He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Georgia Orthopedic Society, the McCue Society, Troup County Medical Society, Southern Orthopedic Association, Southern Medical Association and American Medical Association, as well as several local and regional associations. He has published a number of articles in professional journals and made presentations at Orthopedic Grand Rounds.
He was a board member and president of Young Life, a member of the planning committee for the Jimmy Carter Work Project and a board member at West Georgia Medical Center. Bruce has worked with the LaGrange College Athletic Department for 30 years, helping care for student-athletes. He also volunteers with Faith in Practice, a medical mission to Antigua, Guatemala.
Bruce was a member of the 2000 Leadership Troup class, and he and his wife were LaGrange Community Hero Torchbearers in 1996. As a side career, he raises purebred Beefmaster cattle.
• Martha Morris Estes is a native of Forest City, N.C. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Greensboro (N.C.) College and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York City. She also did graduate work at Florida State University.
Dr. Max and Martha Estes moved to LaGrange in 1962 when Max Estes began his tenure at LaGrange College as professor of speech and drama and chair of the Fine Arts Division.
In 1980, Martha Estes began directing the Choralaires, a student vocal group, before officially joining the faculty in 1982 as choral director and assistant professor of music.
From 1966 until 1985, the couple produced plays and musicals for the college and led the department’s summer theater program at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. She retired from the college in 1991.
Martha Estes also was involved musically in the community. She was the organist for the Ida Cason Callaway Chapel at Callaway Gardens from 1972 until 1995 and at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in LaGrange.
While a member of First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, she served as a substitute organist and interim choir director.
• Clifford Clarke Glover of West Point was born in Newnan in 1913. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of North Carolina in 1934. Soon afterward, he began a 60-year career at Batson-Cook Co. in West Point, where he served in many positions, retiring as chairman and chief executive officer.
The only disruption of his time at Batson-Cook came during World War II, when he served in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was chief engineer for contractors in the building of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. A part of that project became Cape Canaveral.
At LaGrange College, he has served as a fellow and member of the Board of Trustees.
Glover has been involved with the Boy Scouts his entire life, earning the rank of Life Scout. He joined the executive board of the George H. Lanier Council in West Point and spent many years as committee chairman and council president. He went on to serve on the executive board of the Southeast Region.
His Scouting honors include the Silver Beaver Award in 1974, the Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988, the 1990 Eagle Scout Class honoree of the Chattahoochee Council and the Silver Antelope Award in 1992. He was named the Chattahoochee Council’s 2003 Eagle Class honoree the same night his son, Edmund Glover, was elected president of the council.
Glover has held leadership positions with the Board of Trustees at LaGrange College, West Point Board of Education, Lanier Memorial Hospital, Chattahoochee Valley Safety Council, the United Fund, Georgia Council on Economic Education, Georgia branch of the Associated General Contractors, Joint Tech Georgia Development Fund, West Point Municipal Planning Board, Riverside Country Club, First National Bank of West Point and First United Methodist Church of West Point.
As a member and past president of the Rotary Club of West Point, he is the recipient of the Buck Hill Award and was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
• Dr. Richard Donald Jolly was born in Meridian, Miss. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctoral degree in mathematics education from Auburn University.
Prior to coming to LaGrange College in 1961, he taught mathematics at Colorado Academy in Denver and Steelville (Mo.) High School. He taught airborne electronics at the Biloxi (Miss.) Air Force Base and served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He is a retired officer in the Air Force Reserves.
Jolly was a professor of mathematics and head of the mathematics department at the college for 34 years. He also served nine years as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics. He retired from full-time teaching in 1995 to enter ministry and is currently pastor of Dunson United Methodist Church. He continued teaching mathematics at LaGrange College part-time through 2009.
The LaGrange College yearbook, the Quadrangle, was dedicated to him in 1967-68 and 1987-88.
In 1974, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellow to study computer science at the University of Illinois, and was named to a two-year appointment as Professor of the Flora Glenn Candler Chair at the college in 1989.
He received the Vulcan Materials Co.’s teaching excellence award in 1993. The lecture room in Callaway Science Building was named the Richard Donald Jolly lecture room in 2000.
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