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2008 Distinguished Alumni
Mr. Paul Brewer
Class of 1956
Distinguished as an artist, portrait painter, illustrator and teacher, Paul Brewer has received over 100 awards for his art work. His paintings are in many private and permanent collections.
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Paul graduated from Bolton High School and then Louisiana College in 1956. His father, Ralph Brewer, was a well-known artist and, also, editor of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk newspaper. His mother, Marguerite, was a columnist for the newspaper. Paul has two brothers, Ralph Jr., who is a lawyer in Baton Rouge, and Foster, who is a businessman in Houston, Texas.
Currently, Paul is listed in the following biographies: “Who’s Who in American Art,” “Who’s Who in America,” Who’s Who in Finance and Business,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” “Outstanding People in the 21st Century,” “The Cambridge Blue Book of Foremost International Professionals,” among others.
Paul is an elder in his church and is very active in teaching Sunday school, as well as, working on committees that reach out to the needy and indigent.
Paul is married to Carole Kuhrt Brewer, a writer, editor and reporter for Chicago broadcast. They have three children, Nicole, Luana and Brett and they also have two grandchildren Dylan Patrick Walsh and Luana Walsh.
Mr. Tommy Davis
Class of 1972
Tommy Davis attended Louisiana College from 1968 to 1972 and graduated with a majoring in sociology. He earned a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University and later a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University.
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker he has worked with adults, children and adolescents through the State of Louisiana Office of Mental Health. He served as the Regional Director for the Region VI that included eight parish Office of Mental Health Community Mental Health service systems. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Chief Executive Officer for Central Louisiana State Hospital. Since his retirement from State service in 2007, Tommy has provided mental health services to the 9th Judical District Juvenille Court in Rapides Parish.
In addition to his professional duties, Tommy has served in various volunteer roles including approximately 18 years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, Red Cross disaster response work, service on the Regional VI Mental Health Advisory Council, and service on the Supervisory Committee of the Cenla Federal Credit Union. He has been active in church work and has served as a fifth grade Sunday School teacher for over 25 years and as a deacon. He is currently involved in starting a new church, serving as Chair of the Administrative Council of New Life Community Church in Pineville.
Mr. Sammy Tippit
Class of 1967
Sammy Tippit graduated from Louisiana College in 1967 with a major in Religion and a minor in Sociology. Originally from Baton Rouge, Sammy began his love for speaking to audiences in high school when he participated in a study group from Louisiana at the United Nations in 1964. He was awarded “Most Outstanding Youth Speaker in North America.”
In August of 1965, Sammy experienced his conversion to Christianity and surrendered to the call to ministry. That fall he began his studies at Louisiana College. After graduating from LC, Sammy was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister. And just a few years later founded an evangelistic organization, God’s Love in Action (now called Sammy Tippit Ministries).
After founding his ministry Sammy began evangelizing and traveling extensively throughout the United States and the world. He has proclaimed God’s message of peace in stadiums in war-torn Burundi, met with government and religious leaders shortly after the attempted genocide in Rwanda, and brought hope to persecuted believers in the former Soviet-bloc nations. To date, Sammy has preached and proclaimed the gospel in more than 80 countries throughout the world.
Sammy and his wife, Debara “Tex” Sirman, reside San Antonio, Texas and they have two children Dave (36) and Renee (31). They are also the proud grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren.