TMI Today | August 2022

Looking Forward to a GREAT Year

As TMI begins the new school year and I settle into my new position as Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, I can’t help but feel incredibly blessed. As a parent, I have been a part of the TMI community for many years and now I have the opportunity to work with the best of TMI… YOU, the alumni.

I am excited to help plan opportunities for you and your classmates to reconnect and socialize in the near future. I look forward to having you visit TMI’s beautiful campus to reminisce about your school and the programs that helped build the foundation for your life. Most of all, I look forward to working with you to build a more robust and engaged Alumni Association.

It’s easy to stay up to date on events and happenings of our TMI alumni. Here’s how: 1) Start by taking a few minutes to read the redesigned TMI Today that you’ll receive monthly. 2) Follow us on the TMI Alumni Facebook page. Comment on what you see and share what’s going on with your friends and family. 3) Check the TMI Alumni page on the TMI website.

You can help by making sure your contact information is current so you don’t miss emails, mailings, and phone calls. If your information has recently changed, email the updated information to Share what’s going on in your life so we can pass along the good news to the Alumni Association. I would love to hear from you.

Here’s to a wonderful school year. I look forward to working with each of you!

Heather Finerghty,
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

Save the Dates
2022 – 2023 Alumni Events

Modified Clay Shoot and Salsa Competition
Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Click here to register

Homecoming Pass in Review
Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Click here to register

Alumni Homecoming BBQ and Reunion
Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
Click here to register

Veteran’s Day Pass in Review
Monday, November 14, 2022
Click here to register

Alumni Day and Hall of Fame Awards
Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Click here to register

For more information or to help with an event, please email

Alumni Sporting Clay Shoot and Salsa Competition

You’re invited to join us for fun and fellowship at the 21st annual TMI Alumni Association Modified Sporting Clay Shoot and Salsa Competition. The event is open to alumni, families, and friends of TMI. Click below to register an individual shooter or team, enter your finest salsa for the people’s choice award, or support the event by becoming a sponsor. Dinner will be provided by Taco Palenque and Wayo Canales ’91.

If your are interested in learning more or getting involved with the event, send an email to Proceeds support the TMI Alumni Association Scholarship.

Friday, September 16, 2022
Check-in starts at noon; shoot times from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
San Antonio Gun Club
928 E Contour Dr., San Antonio, TX 78212

Scott Petty, Jr. ’55 to be Honored at Entrepreneur & Innovation Award Luncheon

The TMI Entrepreneur & Innovation Award is a prestigious honor celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in collaboration with the school’s commitment to excellence, service and leadership.

The annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates success in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the characteristics of TMI’s core values: Wisdom, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Reverence. Past honorees include TMI alumni, the late Robert Ayres ’44, the late Tom Frost ’45 and Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury ’61.

TMI will honor Scott Petty, Jr., 1955, by celebrating his work and accomplishments during the program. Mr. Petty is a San Antonio native, TMI alumnus and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Petty is a lifelong leader in geophysics, engineering, ranching and investment business. Throughout his career, he has held numerous executive positions within his companies, including Petty Geophysical Engineering Company and C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc., dba Pioneer Flour Mills, and has been recognized for his leadership within the science and engineering industry.  In addition to his successful career, he has served on numerous boards of various civic groups, including Chancellor’s Council of The University of Texas System,  the Development Board of The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at Austin’s Centennial Commission, the Commission of 125, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association, is a Life member of the Texas Wildlife Association and a member of the Explorers Club, all while giving back countless hours to the community.

TMI Episcopal is hosting the Entrepreneur & Innovation Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 3, at the San Antonio Country Club, 4100 N. New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209. 

Welcome Back Home, Panthers!

On April 1, 2022, TMI welcomed back nearly 250 alumni and guests during our 2nd Annual Alumni Day – an afternoon of celebration, tradition and community.  The festivities included the 2021-2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Alumni Reunion and Welcome Back Reception.  

Established in 2015, the TMI Hall of Fame is an honorary society recognizing the exceptional contributions of outstanding alumni, with Distinguished Servant Leader awards for former faculty, staff and friends of the school. Inductees are recognized for exemplifying one or more of the TMI Core Values: Wisdom, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Reverence.

The 2021-2022 Hall of Fame inductees included Sergeant Major(Ret.) Turner McGarity, Deputy Commandant 1993-2009, Señora Sylvia González, Spanish Teacher 1997-2017 (posthumous) and the South Texas Academic League Championship Basketball Team 1961.  As part of the special program, honorary alumna, Alex Hernandez, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, was also honored in recognition of her legacy of 41 years of service at TMI. Congratulations!  

Every one of our alumni, friends, current and former faculty and staff who attended the event added something special to the occasion. 

We hope you can save the date for the next Alumni Day and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 21, 2023

Rising Alumni Luncheon a Success

TMI Alumna, JuliaGrace Walker ’17, engages with Seniors at the 2022 Rising Alumni Luncheon

On April 20, 2022, our TMI Alumni Association hosted its first-ever Rising Alumni Luncheon honoring the Class of 2022.  The purpose of the event was to congratulate and welcome the newest alumni to TMI’s Alumni Association.  

During the luncheon, Seniors were seated with alumni and were able to visit and share about their common experiences of being a TMI Panther.  A special highlight of the event was the presentation of alumni lapel pins that were given to Seniors to mark their achievement and signify the pride and membership as a Forever Panther.

We look forward to making the Rising Alumni Luncheon a new tradition at TMI.    

Thank you to Ryan Kohnen ‘98, Alumni Association President, for helping facilitate and host the event. Special thank you to Corinne Kennedy Kurth ’93, Dr. Rudyard Hilliard ’95, Aralyn Hilliard ’21, JuliaGrace Walker ’17 and Moramay Braunstein ’16 for participating in the panel. Other alumni in attendance were Justin Sanderson ’05, Beth Hawkins ’97, Ricardo Mattoso ’92, David Pavelka ’88, Maj. Felipe Galvan ’91, and Daniel Gonzalez ’13. Not pictured, Rev. Richard Aguilar ’75, Stephen Santos ’13, and Matthew “Matt” Ridewood ’01.

Class Reunions
Once a Panther, Always a Panther!

Are you planning your class reunion? Let us know! We are happy to help gather information you may need to spread the word. Send an email to telling us what you need. We look forward to hearing from you.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Jennifer Olin ’81 for sharing her experience and photos from the TMI 2020 Reunion. Click below to read her recap and see the fun photos.

Alumni News

Kyle Ensley ’02 recently completed a 3 year tour of duty as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) Honolulu.  CEU Honolulu is the equivalent of a small architect-engineering firm and is responsible for $15M/year in facilities maintenance and environmental restoration efforts in support of the Coast Guard’s $750M facilities portfolio located across the Pacific in Hawaii regional US Territories and several partner nations.  Kyle was simultaneously promoted to the rank of Commander and will transfer to Boston, MA where he will attend school at MIT. 

Tell Us Your Story

Do you have news or announcements you’d like to share with our Alumni community? This can be a major achievement at work, a birth or wedding announcement, or any other great news in your life that you would like to share. Click below to share your announcement

In Memory

TMI celebrates the lives of members of our alumni family.  Here in TMI Today, we pay homage to fellow Panthers who we have received notice that have recently passed away.  If you wish to submit information on an alumna or alumnus who has passed away, please email  Please note that all information will be verified before your notice is published.

Frances Covey Weeks ’76

Frances Covey Weeks passed away on December 29, 2021. During her senior year at TMI, Frances was co-editor of the yearbook, served on the student council, the student civilian committee, the hospitality committee, and was a class officer. Click here to read the full obituary.

Alfred M. Stringfellow ’65

Alfred M. Stringfellow passed away on April 26, 2022 at the age of 75.  During his senior year at TMI, Mr. Stringfellow was the Captain of the Varsity Football team, was Captain of the Varsity Baseball team, served as President of the Student Council as well as President of the Honor Council.  He was Dorm Commander, Winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award and winner of the Youth Appreciation Award for Athletics and Military. Click here to read the full obituary.

Joe E. Carmack ’53

Joe E. Carmack passed away on May 22, 2022 at the age of 86.  While at TMI, Mr. Carmack served as Master Sergeantof Company “A”, was a member of the Honor Guard, and played golf. Click here to read the full obituary.

David J. Straus, II ’40

David Jay Straus passed away on May 28, 2022 at age 98.  During his time at TMI he played on the football team, was a member of the Cotillion Club, and served as Sergeant in Company “B”. Click here to read the full obituary.

John E. Kennedy ’64

John E. Kennedy passed away on June 25, 2022 at the age of 75.  Upon his many accomplishments at TMI, Mr. Kennedy served as Major Battalion Commander, was Class President, participated in tennis, soccer, and the Cotillion Club.  Mr. Kennedy was a National Merit Finalist and was the Editor of Panther. Click here to read the full obituary.

George Sealy ’44

George Sealy passed away on July 23, 2022 at the age of 95. As a student at TMI, Mr. Sealy was a member of the “Best Company” and “Best Platoon”, was named Best Private and won 1st place Manual of Arms. He was a member of the Rifle Team, was an Expert Rifleman, and was the Lt. Col. Battalion Commander. Click here to read the full obituary.

Col. Manuel Lopez ’56

Col. Manuel Lopez passed away on August 3, 2022 at the age of 84. During his time at TMI, Col. Lopez served as a 1st Sergeant and 2nd Lieutenant of Company “C”, played varsity football, and was a member of the Honor Guard. Click here to read the full obituary.

Col. Phillip L. Blake ’56

Col. Phillip L. Blake passed away on July 30, 2022 at the age of 84. As a student at TMI, Col. Blake served as Class President, played football, was on the TMI Varsity Swim Team, was President of the Jr. Literary Society, served as a member of the Honor Council and the Honor Guard, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also served as Sergeant and Captain of “C” Company. Click here to read the full obituary.

Margene Blakemore ’79

Margene Blakemore passed away on August 12, 2022. Margene was a beloved member of the TMI community who never met a stranger and lived to help others. Click here to read the full obituary.


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