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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

Berry Alumni Association
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.
Then and Now
It is amazing what 45 years will do to you.
Bob Williams, Class of '62,
Gives $500,000 for New Berry
Football Stadium
Photo courtesy of Alan Story
Thornton, Shahan Honored at
Alumni Weekend 2014
Bill Thornton
John Shahan
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
Anniversary!
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.
Read more about the 1964-65 team by clicking here.
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)
Read more about the 1964-65 team by clicking here.
Tom Raulerson Receives
Outstanding Faculty/Staff
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.
Catanzano Honored
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 /
Academy.
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
schools.

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.