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Two Catawba Grads Tapped As Distinguished Alumni During Homecoming Weekend

October 09, 2004

Category: Alumni, Events


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Two graduates of Catawba College were recognized as Distinguished Alumni Saturday, Oct. 9 during the College’s Homecoming Weekend activities. Their award presentations occurred during a noon barbecue luncheon for alumni held in the Goodman Gymnasium prior to the College’s football game against Wingate University.

D. Bryan Jordan ’84 of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and LTC Chester C. “Trip” Buckenmaier III, M.D. ’86 of Gambrills, Md., received Catawba’s Distinguished Alumnus Awards, given annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.   They join a cadre of other alumni cited for their service to their communities, their prowess in their professions, and their service to the College community.

D. Bryan Jordan is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Regions Financial Corporation in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to his current position, he was employed with Peat, Marwick, Main & Co. and then, First Union in Charlotte.

A member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, Jordan serves as the United Way of Birmingham’s corporate campaign co-chair, and has participated in both Leadership Charlotte and Leadership Birmingham.   He is a member of NCACP and AICPA and serves on Catawba’s Board of Visitors.   He is married to wife Kimberly and the couple has three children.

Dr. Buckenmaier is chief of the regional anesthesia section with the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.     He served four months in Iraq last year and is currently doing extensive research in groundbreaking, battlefield anesthesiology.   In addition to applying for and receiving many government and corporate grants to support this research, he often speaks on the subject and makes presentations.   He is also in the process of writing chapters in several medical textbooks.

Following his graduation from Catawba, Buckenmaier earned his master's degree in biology from East Carolina University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.   He and his wife have three daughters.