Distinguished Alumni 2013

Mr. Alan Franco

Mr. Alan I. Franco ’80 was honored at the annual Alumni Luncheon as the St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus on April 10, 2013. The Culinary Club under the direction of Elizabeth Galanos Gregory ’99 catered the event where Alan’s former classmates and teachers, the St. Paul’s Alumni Council, Board of Trustees and friends celebrated Alan’s achievements. 

Alan continues to support St. Paul’s with special interest in the Community Service Program where he was instrumental in creating the Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy, a unique and special group of students who serve as the ambassadors for community service and philanthropic endeavors school-wide. The group was named in recognition of former headmaster Bob Rutledge who spearheaded the creation of the Community Service program.

Alan addressed the group with a heartfelt speech alluding to his years at St. Paul’s, Bob and Martha Rutledge, Mrs. Marsh and Roger Miller. He thanked his mother Reita, wife Diane, Martha Rutledge, Leslie Lerner, the faculty and staff at St. Paul’s, and his friends from the Class of 1980. “I never dreamed the Rutledge Fellows would become such an integral part of the life of St. Paul’s. But then again, I am not surprised that it has. For this School, in talking about educating the complete person, realizes that it isn’t just about what takes place in the classroom, it is the total experience that makes the young men and women who walk through these doors.” 

Mr. Tom Davis, former president and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Alabama and husband to St. Paul’s Lower School Director Anne Davis, was the guest speaker at the luncheon and expressed how honored he was to be a part of the Foundation to award a grant to St. Paul’s to start the Community Service program 12 years ago. He is proud of how St. Paul’s students and teachers change the lives of others.

The luncheon was hosted by the Alumni Council, the Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy and the Culinary Club.

About Alan I. Franco

Alan is co-Chairman of Goldring Family Interests in New Orleans, which oversees interests in Real Estate, Beer Distribution, Distilled Spirits manufacturing, and other investments.

Born in Atlanta in 1962, Alan spent his formative years in Jacksonville Florida, San Juan Puerto Rico and Mobile Alabama.  He is a graduate of St. Paul’s Episcopal School where he attended from 1974–1980, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  

Moving to New Orleans in 1997, Alan has been active in numerous community and civic activities. He currently serves as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.  Alan has served on numerous community boards, including AIPAC, The Jewish Community Center of New Orleans and the National World War II museum.  Alan also co-chaired Jewish Leadership Forum, a series of programs that dealt with next generation philanthropy in 2005-2006 and 2010.

Alan is married to Diane, and is the proud father of Eli, age 4.

Dr. Chris Park

Dr. Christopher A. Park, a 1993 graduate, was honored as the 2013 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus at the inaugural Hall of Fame Banquet on September 26, 2013.  The banquet was held at the Country Club of Mobile where Chris’ family, former classmates and teachers, the St. Paul’s Alumni Council, Board of Trustees and friends celebrated his achievements.

Chris is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Mobile.  He is the owner/president of Mobile Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and Dermatology, The Park Clinic for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, and the Medspa at the Park. He continues to support St. Paul’s Episcopal School in many capacities and was instrumental in the development of the recently dedicated Robert H. Rutledge Memorial Athletic Complex.

Chris addressed the group with a heartfelt speech describing his years at St. Paul’s and his special relationship with Bob Rutledge.  When trying to decide where to live after medical school, Chris said, “Obviously my kind family and my wonderful friends as well as my now fulfilled hopes of a sweet and talented staff, all of whom are sitting here tonight, ran through my head as we contemplated the options of where to live.  But in my head, memories of Mobile are best characterized as a warm and happy glow, that joy and comfort is very strongly rooted in the Experience that was St. Paul's for me.  St Paul’s is Mobile to me.  I loved St. Paul's then and I love St. Paul's now.” 

When talking about being honored for his work on the Bob Rutledge Memorial Arch, Chris said, “I know I'm also being recognized for my contributions to the Rutledge Memorial.  However, I can only say that that was a team effort and easy work to perform.  As great as what we have done is, I still will always think that even more should be done in recognition & honor from St. Paul’s and its alumni for what Bob Rutledge built.  In terms of school character, morale, leadership, and heart.  We and St. Paul’s would not be what we are today without him.” 

About Dr. Christopher A. Park

Chris was born in Wichita Falls, TX but moved to Mobile as an infant.  After graduating from St. Paul’s (1980-1993), he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia as an Interdisciplinary Echols Scholar.  He returned to Alabama for medical school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine. Chris then trained as a resident and Chief Resident at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in all aspects of Plastic Surgery including Reconstructive Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery with additional traveling fellowships in breast reconstructive surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and body contouring.  Chris then returned to Wake Forest University School of Medicine and served as faculty, educating plastic surgery residents and performing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery during which time he expanded the comprehensive reconstruction program to include the latest options for breast reconstruction.

Chris’s practice of plastic surgery is multifaceted including the full breadth of cosmetic surgery, nonsurgical aesthetic services, and the reconstruction of defects due to cancer, trauma, and degeneration.   While he does enjoy the general cosmetic surgery components of plastic surgery, he spends much of his time and achieves great personal satisfaction with his extensive work in helping many through difficult times by reconstructing patients to normal form, especially those patients afflicted with breast cancer, skin cancer, congenital deformities, and traumatic/burn defects.

Chris and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Mobile since 2009.  Their children, Ashley and Alden both proudly attend St. Paul’s.

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