2006 Legends & Leaders Awards bestowed
The UTC Alumni Board recognized Chief Justice William M. “Mickey” Barker and J. Lewis Card, Jr. at the 2006 Legends and Leaders Awards Banquet.
Barker was honored with the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award. A native of Chattanooga, Barker graduated from Chattanooga High School. In 1964, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, serving as social chairman, rush chairman, and pledge trainer for fraternity. He joined Westminister Fellowship, IFC, and he served on the Circle K Board of Directors. Barker was selected Distinguished Military Student.
He attended the Cincinnati School of Law on a Benwood Foundation Scholarship, and received his law degree in 1967. There, he was elected vice president of his class for three years. He was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cincinnati Law Review.
Following graduation, Barker served from 1967-1969 in The United States Army, as Captain of the Medical Service Corps. After serving in the Army, Barker entered practice with the law firm of Dietzen, Dietzen & Dietzen.
In 1983, he was appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander to become a judge of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee. He was later elected to that position by the voters of Hamilton County in 1984.
He was consistently rated the highest circuit court judge by the Chattanooga Bar Association in its bi-annual polls.
In 1995, Barker was appointed by Governor Sundquist to become a member of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and was elected to that position in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed by Sundquist to the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was elected to a full eight-year term to the Supreme Court in 1998.
Barker was unanimously chosen by his colleagues to become Chief Justice of
the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2005. He serves as chair of the Tennessee Judicial
Chair of the Tennessee Code Commission, Chair of the Supreme Court Building Commissions, Chair of the State Law Library Commission. Previously, Barker served as president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association.
In the community, Barker served as a board member of the Joseph Johnson Mental Health Center, Valley Psychiatric Hospital and Team Evaluation Center, and at the Signal Mountain Playhouse, where he was featured in The Odd Couple, South Pacific, and Annie, Get Your Gun. Barker also served on a UTC Alumni Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the UTC Alumni Board of Directors. He currently serves as vice-president of the Chattanooga Rotary Club.
Lewie Card was named the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Service Award. Card, a native Chattanoogan, graduated from Chattanooga High School and serves as chairman of Card-Monroe Corp. of Chattanooga.
Card served as a former chairman of the UTC Roundtable, a member of the Executive Committee of the UC Foundation, and Chair of the UTC Engineering Campaign that successfully raised $10 million to equip and furnish the new Engineering, Computer Science and Math Building on campus. A lecture hall in the engineering building is named “The Card Family Auditorium.”
In memory of his close friend, Card established the T. R. McAfee Memorial Golf Scholarship at UTC. Card has been a guest lecturer at UTC for Senior Engineering students, and he has donated a tract of land to UTC for a proposed golf complex to be used by the UTC golf program. He supports many UTC athletic and academic programs and events.
In the community, Card has served as board member of The House of Refuge, and of The Job Partnership of Chattanooga. He has also served as a Board of Trustee for the St. Andrew Sewanee School, as a member of the Christian Business Men’s Committee, as a board member of SunTrust Bank, and as a member of Christian Network Team. He is the former vice-chair for the Greater Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and he is a member of New City Fellowship Church, where he serves as an elder.
May 12, 2006