Environmentalist to speak at LC commencement

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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LaGRANGE — International environmental advocate Laura Turner Seydel will be the featured speaker at LaGrange College’s graduation ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21.

During the event, Amos Theodore “Ted” Beason of LaGrange will be presented an honorary doctorate and Stan W. Moor — class of 1972 — will receive the Distinguished Service Alumni Award.

The Rev. Dr. David S. Naglee — class of 1975 — will deliver the baccalaureate address at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, at LaGrange First United Methodist Church.

Seydel was born in Macon and graduated from Rabun Gap High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in 1986 from Oglethorpe University. After college, she worked with Greenpeace International in England to oppose the whaling industry.

After returning to Georgia, she joined the Georgia Conservancy. In 1994, she and her husband joined with Sally Bethea, LaGrange College trustee, to co-found Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Seydel serves as chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which is dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for children by promoting hands-on environmental education projects worldwide.

She is a director of the Environmental Working Group that works to limits the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air with Stephanie Blank to provide information about the harmful health effects of poor air quality, especially as it affects children. The effort produced a collaboration of health and environmental community partners to help improve the air quality in Georgia.

Seydel serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. She also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

She is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the National Society of High School Scholars World Betterment Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy Honoree and an inductee of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

Seydel lives with her husband and her three children in Atlanta. Their home, EcoManor, is the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.

Beason was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1961 and began his career at The Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York. He moved on to positions with First Boston Corp., Printon Kane & Co. and First Commerce Corporation.

In 1995, he began a three-year stint as senior staff member of the House Banking Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He returned to his finance career with Morgan Stanley and its predecessor companies in 1999, and in 2014, co-founded Lakeview Capital Partners.

Beason served as a member of the college’s Leadership Council from 2001 to 2007, and then was named to the Board of Trustees in 2008. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Investment Committee. He also served on the board of Friends of the LaGrange College Library from 2001 until 2003.

In the community, he is a member of LaGrange Rotary Club and the Community Foundation of Troup County. He was a founding director of DASH for LaGrange and launched Big Brothers Big Sisters in Troup County. He served on the board of Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange — actively serving 2000-2003.

He and his wife, Ann Hutchinson Beason, a native of LaGrange, helped launch the Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow (LIFT) initiative at the college in 2013, which includes an Outward Bound experience in the mountains of North Carolina for 10 LaGrange College freshmen every year.

The Beasons have two sons, Amos and Edward, and four grandchildren.

Moor earned a bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College, a master of arts degree in teaching from Georgia State University and did post-graduate work at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

He teaches Spanish at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where he also serves as Community Service Coordinator. Moor also co-teaches a philanthropy class every summer.

Moor was awarded the William A. Parker Mentoring Award in 2004 and 2014. Other honors include the Merrill Award, Westminster Alumni Fellows Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award and 1980 Teacher of the Year at Walton High School.

Moor’s volunteer activities include an ambassador for Books for Africa and board member for Global Health Action, as well as work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

At LaGrange College, he is a member of the Quadrangle Society. He was a member and class coordinator of the Alumni Council, a member and president of the President’s Leadership Council and as a host for various alumni gatherings. He was named to the college’s Wall of Outstanding Alumni in 2006.

Dr. Naglee was born in Cuba, New York, to Dr. David Ingersoll and Elfriede K. Naglee, and spent his childhood in New Jersey. His family moved to LaGrange when he was 13.

He is a graduate of LaGrange High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from LaGrange College in 1975, followed by a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Doctorate of Ministry in 2001 from the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

His father taught Religion and Philosophy at LaGrange College from 1966 until 1995.

Dr. Naglee has had appointments at United Methodist churches in the LaFayette Circuit, Suwanee, Cleveland, Barnesville, Rome, Douglasville and Decatur. He also served as a district superintendent in the LaGrange District from 2000-2003. Today, he is the district superintendent for the Rome-Carrollton District.

He is married to Cynthia Purcell Naglee — class of 1976 — and they have a son, Phil Naglee — class of 2002 — and a daughter, Kara Naglee Johnson — class of 2004. He also has four sisters: Mariam Naglee Fuller — class of 1979; Deborah Naglee Polk — class of 1978; Joy Naglee Burnham — class of 1981; and Joanna Naglee Frickert.

From a press release submitted by LaGrange College. Submit your organization’s press release to editor Matthew Strother at mstrother@civitasmedia.com.