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Five alumni to receive highest honors during homecoming

10/15/2001
October 15, 2001

Traditionally, the APSU National Alumni Association gives out its highest honors during Homecoming weekend. The 2001 awards will be presented during the Champagne Brunch and Alumni Awards Ceremony slated for 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Nov. 3 under a tent on the front lawn of Archwood.

Receiving the Outstanding Service Award are F. Gene Washer, Clarksville, and John N. Foy, Chattanooga.

For the first time since the inception of the alumni awards program, all three recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award were members of the founding class of the President's Emerging Leaders Program (PELP). Today, each is an example of how PELP develops young leaders.

The 2001 recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumnus/a awards are Marla Crow Brumit, M.D., Mobile, Ala., Toine Murphy, Detroit, Mich. and Marty E. Gamble, D.D.S., Crofton, Ky.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes those individuals who, through fund raising, advocacy or faithful service, have brought honor and distinction to APSU. The Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award, given to an APSU graduate 42 years old or younger, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in one's profession, business, community, state or nation that have brought a high level of honor and pride to APSU.

A 1979 graduate of APSU, Gene Washer is known for his strong work ethic. Although a longtime resident of Clarksville, he grew up in rural Todd County, Ky.

Washer worked his way up the ranks at "The Leaf Chronicle," beginning in 1963 as a reporter, then sports editor, editor, advertising director, general manager, associate publisher and, ultimately, publisher and president.

His community leadership has few parallels. He is serving a second term as president of the Tennessee Press Association. He is chair of the Tennessee Military Affairs Commission, the Clarksville/Montgomery County Economic Development Council and the Clarksville/Montgomery County Industrial Board. He is vice chair of the Clarksville Regional Health System and co-chair of the Economic Development Council's Aspire 2000. He's also a member of the board of Legends Bank of Clarksville.

In addition to his honorary membership in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), his current memberships include the Tennessee Military Affairs Commission and board of trustees of both the Land Between The Lakes and the local museum.

He was a founding member of Leadership Clarksville. Especially noteworthy among his past leadership activities are his services as president of the United Way of Clarksville, chair of the board of trustees of the museum, founder of the Wilma Rudolph Memorial Committee, founder of the Economic Development Commission, and Tennessee president of the Association of the United States (AUSA). He has been president of the local Chamber, Clarksville Rotary and Tennessee-Kentucky Chapter of AUSA.

During 1999-2000, Washer was chair of the board of trustees of the APSU Foundation, previously serving as president, vice president and treasurer. He is past president of the Governors Club and a member of the APSU Tower Club.

His contributions to the community have been recognized in many ways, including his selection as the William O. Beach Montgomery County Citizen of the Year for 2001, one of the top 10 publishers in the Gannett newspaper empire in 2000 and as the1997 Chamber of Commerce's Industrialist of the Year.

Washer is married to the former Ann Turner of Trenton, Ky., The couple has one son, Ben, and Washer has two grown sons, Tom and Jon.

John Foy, a 1965 graduate of APSU, is an ambassador for APSU in the Chattanooga area, where he lives with his wife, the former Patricia White. As executive vice president and chief financial officer of CBL & Associates Properties Inc., a developer of mega-malls, power centers and strip malls, Foy travels to locations throughout the United States where CBL is constructing or considering a project.

CBL has more than 150 malls nationwide. At the end of 1999, CBL owned and managed 36.1 million square feet of shopping center space and generated total revenues in excess of $260 million.

Although Foy has been in the business more than 30 years, it was not what he had in mind in 1967 when he earned his jurisdoctorate from the College of Law, UT-Knoxville. One career move led to another until 1969, when he joined Arlen Shopping Centers Inc.

In 1978, Foy and four others left Arlen to form CBL & Associates. In 1993 CBL went public as a real-estate investment trust, traded on the New York Stock Exchange. As CFO, Foy is responsible for all financial services, including construction and permanent financing for new shopping centers, lender relationships, investor relations and acquisitions.

He belongs to the Tennessee and the American Bar associations. He serves on the boards of the UT at Chattanooga College of Business, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority and the AmSouth Bank of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Foy was chair of the Hamilton County Industrial Development Board and Fidelity Savings Bank, Crossville. President Jimmy Carter named him to the White House Presidential Scholar Committee, and Foy served on the Financial Review Committee of Baroness Erlanger Hospital and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Planning Commission.

To those who knew Marla Crow Brumit as a student at Austin Peay, her continued achievements come as no surprise. Her intelligence and focus on academics were recognized during APSU's May 1993 Commencement, when she graduated summa cum laude in biology and a double minor in chemistry and vocal performance.

In addition to graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA, she was one of the APSUlute Singers and the APSU Concert Choir. In 1990, she reigned as Homecoming Queen.

Brumit received the President's Emerging Leaders Program Scholarship and Center for the Creative Arts Music Scholarship. In 1992, she was recipient of the Outstanding Student Leader Award. Other awards included the John A. Hageman Biology Award and the John Bond Award for Outstanding Pre-Medical Student. She was president of Gamma Beta Phi, Tri-Beta and Phi Kappa Phi, all national honor societies.

In 1993, Brumit enrolled in the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, where she maintained her outstanding record. She served as a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges Organization of Student Representatives and was appointed to numerous committees within the medical school.

She was co-president of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society in 1996 when the Quillen group was named Chapter of the Year. She received the American Society of Clinical Pathologist Medical Student Pathology Fellowship, and in 1997 she was named the Quillen's Outstanding Graduating Medical Student in Internal Medicine.

In 1997 she completed an internship in public health with the State of Tennessee, and in 1996 served in Haiti as a medical missionary. Brumit has made several professional presentations and co-authored articles published in medical journals. She belongs to Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, American Medical Association, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, American Association of Blood Banks, College of American Pathology and American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

In 1998, Brumit completed an internal medicine internship in the ETSU Department of Internal Medicine. She is a resident in combined anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, where she is administrative chief resident. Brumit has been named a Fellow of Transfusion Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during 2002-03.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marlon Crow, Clarksville, she is married to Mark Brumit, M.D. Her father is Marlon Crow, associate director of the Center of Excellence for Creative Arts.

Toine Murphy transferred to APSU in 1990 from Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, Mich., where he was captain and MVP of men's basketball and Junior College Academic All-American.

Today Murphy has turned his APSU learning experiences into a successful life.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance. In addition to his leadership on the basketball court, he was a community-leader-in-training in the President's Emerging Leaders Program (PELP). He was named MVP of APSU's men's team and received the Acme Boot Scholar Athlete Award.

After graduation, Murphy was drafted to play pro ball by Continental Basketball League. During 1993-97, he played in France, Canada and Mexico and toured with Team Reebok. After leaving pro ball, he worked as a physical therapy assistant and then as a professional trainer before finding his niche in the world of finance as vice president for sales and marketing for Ability Mortgage Co., Southfield, Mich., during 1997-99.

Today he is managing partner of Lighthouse Mortgage, LLC of Detroit; marketing consultant to Gourmet Services Inc., Atlanta; and works in real estate for R/T Investments, LLP of Southfield, Mich. And he occasionally works as a professional model.

Perhaps most significant, Murphy founded Positive Image Inc., Detroit, in 1997. As CEO of Positive Image, he helps young people by motivating them to become tomorrow's leaders. Positive Image Inc. grew directly out of Murphy's own experiences in PELP. By providing educational, technological and athletic training and mentoring, he hopes to help shape the future of young people, many of whom would have little opportunity otherwise.

Speaking of her husband, APSU alumna Christine Manauis-Murphy, said, "His determination to overcome obstacles is to be admired. Whether personal or professional, he takes the challenge, gives it more than 100 percent-and conquers it. Each challenge he meets is fuel for the next. He has a passion for everything he involves himself with."

Dr. Marty Gamble returned to Clarksville, where he joined the dental practice of Dr. Tom Hartz after graduation from the UT-School of Dentistry in Memphis.

A year later, he and his wife, Vickie, who is a registered dental hygienist, decided to leave a secure job behind, move to Crofton, a rural town in northern Christian County, Ky., and set up their own practice. They established Crofton Dental Center PLLC in August 2000. Within one year of operation, the practice increased beyond their wildest dreams.

Gamble did not go directly to dental school from APSU. For a year, he attended a program in radiation therapy technology at Vanderbilt School of Allied Health, earning certification in 1994. He worked as a radiation therapist at the Regional Medical Center, Madisonville, Ky., until beginning dental school in 1995.

At APSU, Gamble was a President's Emerging Leaders Program Scholar and received a one-year scholarship for the highest grade-point average in general biology. In 1992, he received the George M. Rawlins Chemistry Award, which goes to the graduating senior with the highest GPA in chemistry.

He was consistently named to the Dean's List and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was listed in Who's Who Among American College Students. Once in dental school, he continued to make the Dean's List.

Gamble is a member of the American Dental Association and Kentucky Dental Association and held membership in the American Student Dental Association. He was president of Govs Civitan and was on the Adult Literacy Council, Clarksville, in 2000.

The cost per person for the Brunch and Alumni Awards Program is $30. Friends and relatives of the honorees are encouraged to make reservations early. For more information or to make reservations, telephone 7127 or 1-800-264-ALUM