Tom Beasley, '73, and Flynn family honored for distinguished service

Dean Edward Rubin presents Tom Beasley the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dean Edward Rubin presents Tom Beasley the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Thomas W. (Tom) Beasley, a founder and chairman emeritus of Corrections Corporation of America, was named Vanderbilt Law School's Distinguished Alumnus for 2006 and the Flynn family of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from Dean Edward L. Rubin at the law school's annual Founders Dinner on May 5.

Tom Flynn, a 1999 law school graduate who also earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt; his brother, Tim Flynn, a 1999 Vanderbilt University graduate, and his wife, Andrea Flynn; and their parents, Bill and Katherine Flynn, were honored for their generous financial support of the law school as well as their active involvement.

VU '64 and VULS '67 alum Aubrey Harwell, a friend of the Flynn family, presents Bill Flynn the Distinguished Service award

VU '64 and VULS '67 alum Aubrey Harwell, a friend of the Flynn family, presents Bill Flynn the Distinguished Service award

Bill and Katherine Flynn founded their own company in 1976 in a former tobacco warehouse in downtown Hopkinsville. Today, the warehouse serves as the corporate headquarters of Flynn Enterprises, the Flynns' family-owned garment manufacturing company, which is one of the largest employers in Christian County, Kentucky. "It is a testament to the vision and dedication of the Flynn family that they have been able to succeed in this country in an industry that has seen most manufacturing move overseas," said Aubrey Harwell, '67 (VU '64), who introduced the Flynns during the awards presentation.

Since his graduation, Tom Flynn has served on the law school's National Council and its campaign steering committee as well as teaching a Negotiations seminar with former dean Kent Syverud.

The law school's Flynn Auditorium is named in the family's honor.

Distinguished alumnus Tom Beasley established the Thomas W. Beasley Scholarship in 1997 to award scholarships to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including students who continue on active military service while attending Vanderbilt Law School. Two students - Jeffrey Chesnut, a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and Taylor Hammond, a graduate of Duke University who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1997 through 2001 - are currently attending Vanderbilt Law School with the help of Beasley Scholarships.

Beasley earned his undergraduate degree at West Point and served in Vietnam, in the Panama Canal Zone and in Nicaragua, earning the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for valor, before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. Before founding Corrections Corporation of America, he practiced law and chaired the Tennessee Republican Party. Beasley was born on a historic farm in Smith County, Tennessee, which has been in his family since 1803.