Class of 1969

View your classmates' news and accomplishments by selecting your graduation year! The most recent class notes entries appear first on each page. If you have anything that you would like to include as a class note, you may submit a class note online or contact Becky Shepherd.

Terry Russell passed away from cancer on February 28, 2023. Graduating in December 1968, he was a member of the College of Law's charter class, and had been devoted to the law school, and very active in the alumni organization and network. He was also a passionate fan of the Florida State football program. Russell was always grateful to the law school for the opportunity to become a lawyer, and along with his wife Mary Kay, counted their time in Tallahassee as the happiest years of their lives. Posted 3.2.23

William “Walter” Grace Jr. has joined Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP, a law firm specializing in estate and business planning, probate and corporate law. Grace’s areas of expertise include real property, probate and trust. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced as a solo attorney with a Southwest Florida comprehensive full-service law firm and, most recently, a Fort Myers trial law firm. Grace also served as trial counsel for the U.S. Army in the Republic of Vietnam. Posted 2.24.21

John R. Dowd, Sr. passed away on November 8, 2020. He served as county attorney for Okaloosa County for over forty years, and assisted the County Commission in negotiating countless contracts to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Okaloosa County. Posted 12.17.20

Lyman T. Fletcher passed away on February 11, 2020. Fletcher was an Atlantic Beach commissioner from 1991 to 1994 and mayor from 1994 to 1997. Posted 2.20.20

Austin L. Jackson passed away on December 27, 2018. He practiced in Orlando for more than 30 years and taught Government at Valencia Community College. Posted 9.5.19

Stephen W. Buckley celebrated 50 years with Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. in Fort Myers in June 2019. He assists clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, real estate and real property law cases. He and his wife, Bonnie, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2019. Posted 6.25.19

John E. Roberts began his seventeenth year in private practice with his two sons, Russell and John Young, at Roberts, Roberts & Roberts in Marianna. He has served for twenty years on the Marianna City Commission, where he presently serves as mayor. Posted 7.20.18

John W. Frost, II has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. He has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Frost is a founding member at Frost Van den Boom & Sutton, P.A. in Bartow. Posted 7.20.17

The Honorable John D. Southwood passed away on May 12, 2017. He served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court for 12 years, from 1984-1996, until his retirement. Posted 6.8.17