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Tallman to Speak at TCHS Alumni Event

October 11, 2017
Tyler Star News

Gary Tallman grew up on Elk Fork Road and attended Number 3 School and then Ellsworth Elementary. After graduating from Tyler County High School in 1967, he enrolled as an English major at West Liberty State College. An influential professor and his high school experiences with Audra Brewer led him to change his major to Biology in his freshman year. He graduated with an A.B. in Biology Education in 1971. Tallman intended to teach high school biology, but upon graduation another professor helped him secure a research fellowship to pursue the Ph.D. in Biochemical Genetics at West Virginia University. He finished the Ph.D. in 1976 and moved to the Biochemistry Division at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS where he conducted research on the structure of chromosomes in cancer cells. In 1978 Tallman became an Assistant Professor of Biology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. At Pepperdine, he taught undergraduate courses in cell biology and genetics and shifted his research to engage undergraduate students in studies of stomata, microscopic valves on the surfaces of leaves that control water loss from plants. Tallman and his students perfected methods for isolating the cells that surround stomata and growing them in test tubes, a technology that led to the discovery that heat stress blocks the function of the major growth hormone in plants.

Tallman rose to the rank of full professor at Pepperdine, serving as President of the faculty. His grant-funded research led him to stints at Stanford, UCLA, and Lancaster University in England. In June, 1989, he was traveling with a delegation of American scientists in the People's Republic of China.

The delegation was in Tiananmen Square the evening the government forcibly cleared student protestors from the Square. In 1996 Tallman moved to Willamette University in Salem, OR to become the University's first Endowed Chair of Science. He continued his teaching and federally funded research at Willamette. In 2012 his lab was the first to report that heat stress blocks plant growth hormone action by preventing plants from synthesizing a gas required to activate the hormone. In 2005 Tallman became the founding director of Willamette's faculty grants office. Since its inception the office has helped faculty members raise $13.5 million in grants for teaching, research and artistic projects. In 2011 Tallman was honored with the Mentor Award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon; he is the author of 35 scientific research articles and book chapters. He retired last May

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The Tyler County High School Alumni Association has selected October 14, 2017, as the date for their 68thAnnual Tyler County High School Homecoming. This year's theme is "Memories of the Past". Gary Tallman, Class of '67, will serve as our banquet speaker.

The day will start with a Breakfast Buffet at the Middlebourne Fire Hall from 7 am - 10 am. This is open to the public. Menu includes pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit salad, coffee and orange juice. The cost is $7 each.

The parade entries will meet at the Senior Center at 10:15 am. The parade will start at 11 am. For more information contact Bill Henderson, 304-758-2342. While the parade is being lined up, traffic in and around the Senior Center, formerly Ellsworth Grade School will be limited to parade entries only. Starting at 11 am all traffic will be stopped on Main Street (Rt. 18) through Middlebourne during the parade.

The Social Hour starts off our evening at 4:30 p.m. in the gymnasium to be followed by the banquet at 5:30 p.m. Menu for the evening is baked steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, hot rolls, Texas sheet cake, coffee and iced tea. All tickets for the dinner will be sold in advance. We need the dinner reservations by Friday, October 6, 2017.

To receive tickets by mail, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope when returning your Alumni dues/reservations to: TCHS Alumni Association, P. O. Box 183, Paden City, WV 26159. Contact person is Dianna Ash Stevens, '67, 304-337-8579. If no envelope is enclosed, tickets will be held at the door.

The following people have agreed to serve as a contact for their class. This is not necessarily the person organizing events, but if you have questions, you may contact the listed person for information.

Class of '51 - Mary Neff Baker Stewart - 304-337-8987 - Reunion Friday @ Noon - Court Restaurant

Class of '53 - Betty Ruth Ice Rush - 304-652-2142 - Reunion Friday @ Noon - Court Restaurant

Class of '57 - Janet Yeater Smith - 304-337-4332, Virgil Templeton 740-296-3785

Reunion - Friday @ 6:00 Candlelight Restaurant

Class of '62 - Pam Moore Farhatt 304-482-5358 Call if interested in having a reunion.

Class of '67 - Diane Wyke Mason 304-758-2237, Diana Ash Stevens 304-337-8579

Reunion Friday 4:00 Middlebourne Fire Dept.

Picnic - Saturday 12:00 to 3:00 at Middlebourne City Park Shelter

Class of '72 - Patty Weekley 304-758-4324

Class of '77 - Kim Myers Boggs 304-758-4062 - Reunion after parade Senior Center (Ellsworth School)

Class of '82 - Danny Fisher - 845-300-3898

The class chairperson will be responsible to come to the gym before the function and reserve seating for classmates who have requested prepaid tickets.

The 2017 Tyler Consolidated scholarship recipients were Justin Brinkmeier and Shalya Griffey.

The Alumni Golf Tournament will be held, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Riverside Golf Course. Contact: Jason Weese 740-458-0557or Michael Bonner - 304-904-9267.

We hope you will come home and enjoy the planned festivities!



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