4 AHS grads to be honored

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Four men will be recognized as outstanding Andalusia High School graduates during ceremonies slated for homecoming day, Oct. 3, 2014.

The Outstanding Andalusia High School Graduate Committee selected Rudy Bray, Bill King, DeJuan Stroud and Les Rue as the 2014 honorees.

Bray is a 1948 graduate of Andalusia High School and an engineer. He is an owner of the Pensacola-based Vertec, Inc., and holds 14 patents, many of them medical-related. Among the items he developed are a telephone monitoring system for checking pacemakers; a communications unit for nonverbal patients; a nerve stimulator to relieve pain; and ATM machines. The company recently developed a small boat that is used to train military pilots in the use of drones, and is working on a walker that prevents patients from falling.

King is a 1969 graduate of Andalusia High School who has practiced family dentistry in Andalusia since 1976. He also has served 18 years on the Andalusia Board of Education, and is active in civic affairs.

Stroud is a 1978 graduate of AHS. With his wife, Andalusia native Debra Merrill Stroud, he formed DeJuan Stroud, Inc., a New York event design company. He is known as a premiere event designer and has lectured and appeared extensively on such media outlets as Martha Stewart Radio, CBS, NBC, WE, the Oxygen Network, Modern Bride, the New York Times, Southern Accents and People.

Rue is a 1963 graduate of AHS. He is an author and retired university professor who holds the title professor emeritus of management, Georgia State University. He also has taught at Indiana University, worked in the Pentagon, and began his career as an industrial engineer for Delta Airlines.

The 2014 inductees will be honored with a luncheon, and will participate in the homecoming parade.

The AHS Outstanding Graduate Committee, founded by the Class of 1948 Foundation, is chaired by Earl Johnson. Other committee members are Suan Riley Salter, Harvey (Pete) Donaldson, Sheila Williams, John Thompson, Daniel Shakespeare, Linda Whitman, Ted Watson and Michele Gerlach.