Distinguished Alumnus: Carlton Tarkington '63

Carlton Tarkington

Carlton Tarkington was a senior at George Peabody College when he was approached by an old family friend and mentor, Judge Benson Trimble of Davidson County's Fourth Circuit Court. When Judge Trimble asked Tarkington what he was planning to do after college, Tarkington mentioned that he was considering a career as a teacher. Judge Trimble had a different vision for Tarkington's future: He suggested that Tarkington consider applying to Vanderbilt Law School and offered to be his "sponsor and guide" there. Tarkington was not only admitted, but was also awarded a scholarship.

If Tarkington's story sounds a bit like a Horatio Alger tale, the comparison is apt. Despite his father's death at age seven, Tarkington managed, through a combination of savvy, pluck, luck, hard work and a number of mentors who stepped in to offer fatherly advice and assistance, to earn...
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Doing Good after Doing Well

Curt Welling '75, honored with Vanderbilt Law School's 2011 Distinguished Service Award, embarked on a second career as CEO of AmeriCares, a global humanitarian aid organization.
Curt Welling '75

In 2000, Curt Welling, Class of 1975, left his position as president and CEO of SG Cowen Securities Corporation to become CEO of a fledgling internet billing company. Welling's position at SG Cowen had been the capstone of a successful career as an investment banker with First Boston, Bear Stearns and Société Générale, SG Cowen's parent company, and though he had held senior executive positions throughout his career, "It was the first time I'd ever run an operating company," Welling recalled. He spent the next year relishing the challenge of taking the privately held, venture-funded company through a complete recapitalization.

By September 2001, Welling had nailed down his financing arrangements. On September 11, he was meeting with his lead investor at his office in Princeton, New Jersey, when someone mentioned that a plane had hit the World Trade Center...
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Lessons in Leadership

Pat Mulloy

As a college freshman, Pat Mulloy spent one long semester at a Texas university too far from home before transferring to Vanderbilt. That move proved to be the start of a life-long Vanderbilt connection not only for Mulloy, but for his entire family.

His two younger brothers, Mark and Tim, followed him to Vanderbilt, earning their bachelor's degrees in 1976 and 1981 respectively. Mark also followed Mulloy to Vanderbilt Law School, earning his J.D. in 1980. Mulloy met his wife, then Francie Olsen, while both were Vanderbilt undergraduates. The couple married in May 1976, while Pat was earning his J.D. and Francie her M.S.; both finished their graduate degrees in 1977. Their daughter, Mollie, earned her bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt in 2005, and Mark's two daughters, Emily Mulloy Prather and Rachel Mulloy, earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees...
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