Veteran ex-VU employee William Ross dies at 84
William H. Ross Sr., a longtime Vanderbilt employee, died Wednesday, June 25. He was 84.
Known for what Vanderbilt called in story his “warmth, smile and contagious good cheer at the university,” Ross received the first Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor, given by then-Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt in 1990.
At 20, Ross began a career that spanned 58 years with Vanderbilt Mail Services. He retired in late 2009.
During Ross’ tenure, many staff, faculty and students remember him for his story telling, his nurturing words and his trademark farewell, “Have a good day, and make the best of it.”
Mail Services dedicated its annual Employee of the Year Award in Ross’ honor.
Brentwood Services adds Nishanian
Brentwood Services has appointed Kate Nishanian to accounts receivable accountant, according to Jeff Pettus, chief operating officer.
Nishanian’s responsibilities include working with the financial inflow and deductible tracking for client insurance policies, accounts receivable, cash deposits, allocation of receipts, tracking outstanding client claim records and invoicing policy holders, among others.
“[Nishanian arrives] from CSS Health Technologies and is assisting the accounting department with accounts receivables,” Accounting Manager Dewey Slusher said in a release.
She is a graduate of Baker College in Allen Park, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Thompson receives Academy of General Dentistry Award
The Academy of General Dentistry awarded Murfreesboro-native Dr. William R. “Roy” Thompson the organization’s Humanitarian Award during the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Michigan.
The AGD Humanitarian Award honors an individual who engages in voluntary service and who demonstrates consistent commitment to enhancing the image of general dentistry through quality dental care and civic leadership. Only 16 of the AGD’s 38,000 members have received the award since its inception in 1982.
In 2009, Thompson joined the board of Nashville’s Interfaith Dental Clinic, which delivers low-cost, comprehensive dental care to low-income and uninsured individuals in Middle Tennessee. During his tenure on the board, he has been instrumental in raising more than $1.5 million and establishing a satellite location in Rutherford County. He currently is the clinic’s board chairman.
“We are proud to recognize Dr. Thompson for his determination to bring quality oral health care to underserved populations,” AGD President W. Carter Brown said in a release. “His dedication to helping those in need is truly inspirational.”
Thompson graduated from the Uni