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Online Hall of Fame Nomination Form:


Congratulations to the McT Hall of Fame Class of 2016.  They are:


Gary D.E. Cowles, McGill-Toolen ’81

Major General Maynard Jackson Sanders, McGill Institute ’73

          Carl G. Shetler, McGill Institute ’66

          Donald J. Stewart, McGill Institute ’67


We are so very proud of you and are honored to induct you into our Hall of Fame! 


*Please continue reading for complete biographies. 


Gary D. E. Cowles

McGill-Toolen ’81


“He is a down-to-earth, common sense gentleman, giving of his time and resources and energy as well.  He is known as a no-nonsense, impeccably honest engineer, dad, husband and civic leader.  He epitomizes the type of individual that Mcgill-Toolen and Catholic education as a whole strives to produce.”

            Steven W. Kinsey, M.D.F.A.C.S


Gary Cowles, son of Joan Cowles and the late Bobby Cowles, attended Christ the King Catholic School and began at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in 1977.  While at McGill-Toolen, Gary was on the football and baseball teams.  He attended Spring Hill College and Auburn University in a dual degree program.  Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College and Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1987. 


Gary worked with several engineering firms in Mobile and in 2000 established Cowles, Murphy, Glover and Associates, a full service engineering firm in downtown Mobile.  CMG now has offices in Mobile, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee and LaGrange, Georgia.  Gary and his wife Terri have four children George (sophomore at McT), Edward (CKCS 8th grader), Marguerite (CKCS 6th grader) and Rusty (CKCS 4th grader). Gary began his community involvement at Spring Hill College speaking to young people in Mobile as part of the Junior League Drug Education Program.  He has been involved in the Fairhope community by serving on the Thomas Hospital Foundation board and Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast board.  Gary’s involvement with Archangel Radio began with the design and construction of the tower site.  He subsequently joined the Archangel Radio Board and has been a member for five years.  Gary currently serves on the Spring Hill College National Alumni Association Board and the Africatown Business & Community Panel.


Gary and his family have been active at St. Lawrence Catholic parish, Christ the King parish and school and St. Michael Catholic High School.  Their involvement has included design of facility upgrades at Saint Lawrence and design and construction of the new sports complex at Christ the King.  Gary and Terri were part of the capital campaign team for St. Michael Catholic High School.  At McGill-Toolen, Gary has provided the design for improvements at the Lipscomb Complex.  His commitment to the Catholic community includes the design of facility improvements for the Carmelite Sisters and the Visitation Monastery.  He believes that to whom much is given, much is expected.



Major General Maynard Jackson Sanders

McGill Institute 1973


“Maynard has a unique way of inspiring service and loyalty in others, always setting the example first that service means giving beyond what is routinely expected.  All this he displayed first at McGill; he has never known anything other than to be fully committed.”

            Dr. James B. Donaghey II D.M.D, McGill-Toolen ’74


Maynard Jackson Sanders is a native of Mobile and one of eight children of the marriage of Maynard Judson "PopPop" and LaVeral Donaghey "Dolly" Sanders.  He attended McGill Institute, graduating in 1973 and subsequently received a Senatorial Nomination from John Sparkman to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  Upon graduation in 1978, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and attended the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.


An Airborne and Ranger qualified Soldier, he commanded at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level.  As a Brigadier General, he served as the Deputy Commander for Mobilization for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Fort Eustis, Virginia.  There he served in the capacity as the principal advisor for the readiness, mobilization and force protection of all Reserve units for the jointly staffed Army Major Command.  Brigadier General Sanders subsequently was assigned as the Director of the Central Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait, responsible for providing oversight of all logistics flowing in and out of Central Command's 54-nation region with emphasis on the Iraqi and Afghanistan Theaters of War.  As a member of the Senior Executive Services he served as the Director of Defense Energy Supply Center at Fort Belvoir Virginia.  In this capacity he was responsible for providing global oversight for sourcing and managing the flow of oil and gas to support global military operations for all energy issues within the Department of Defense.  His last military assignment, he served as the Deputy G4 for US Army Reserve Component Integration, Army Headquarters in the Pentagon as a Major General.  He has a Master of Science Degree in Strategy from the United States Army War College and his military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit Medal.


Prior to his selection as the Executive Director of the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District in Belle Chasse, Louisiana (the eleventh largest port in the United States), he served as the Deputy Port Director for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority in Corpus Christi, Texas where he was directly responsible for Operations, Business Development and Communications.  Active in the community, he served on the Boards of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club and Chamber of Commerce.  He is the Past Chairman of the Board for South Texas USO.


He is married to Fran (Molyneux) Sanders, McGill-Toolen ’77 and they have three children; Sarah, a graduate of Auburn University, works for the Department of State in Washington, D.C.; Camille, a Sophomore at Delgado Community College in New Orleans who is working towards a Nursing Degree and a Commission into the Unite States Army Nursing Corps; and Jackson, who is attending Belle Chasse High School as a Senior.



Carl G. Shetler

McGill Institute 1966


“Carl played his first basketball game for McGill Institute in his senior year.  At this game, McGill held its first ever Hall of Fame ceremony in which Vince Dooley and Milt Bolling were inducted.  Carl was inspired by this ceremony and never dreamed that one day he would join the elite group of men and women that he admired as a member of the McGill-Toolen Hall of Fame.”

            Rosie Shetler


Carl Shetler was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He attended LaGrange High School where he excelled in basketball and was named All State and All American his junior year.  It was after this year that Don and Patti Shetler decided to take the next step in their successful car business and moved their five children to Mobile.  Carl, the “Golden Boy” as he was known among his siblings, enrolled at McGill Institute.  His senior year proved to be the greatest year of his life, making lasting friendships and memories.  The Crow and Quinn families were especially welcoming in the Mobile community.  He made All State and All American at McGill, in addition to being named 2nd team Catholic All American in the United States.  Instead of this Louisiana boy playing at LSU with the late Pistol Pete Maravich, he played against him for four years at Auburn University on a basketball scholarship and served as team captain his senior year.


After graduating from Auburn in 1970 with a business degree, Carl returned to Lake Charles and served as an assistant basketball coach at McNeese State University for four years.  He also went on to coach baseball and basketball at Lake Charles High School for three years.  In 1973, he earned a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from McNeese State. 


Carl’s father, Don Shetler, encouraged him to try the car business in 1977.  He went on to be General Manager then owner of Shetler Lincoln Mercury in 1984.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Auto Dealers Association from 1987-1989 and was President of the Calcasieu Auto Dealers Association for five years.  Carl was a member of the Chamber Southwest for thirty years and served on the Board of Directors for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital from 1993-2010.  Carl is currently a member and Past Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; a position he has held since 1993 being appointed by three governors.  He remains the only person to have served as Chairman three times.  He is also a member of the Auburn University “A” Club, McNeese State President’s Inner Circle and Cowboy Club, and contributes to the “Glory Days” at McGill-Toolen.


Carl’s awards include:  McNeese State University “Hall of Honor”; Calcasieu Parish School Board “Friend of Education” Award, 1993; North American Customer Service Award, 1997; Louisiana Auto-Dealers Association “Dealer of the Year” for 7th District 1990-91, 1995-96, and 1997-98; and the President’s Award, Lincoln Mercury 1985, 1986, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2007.


Carl retired from the car business in 2010.  He and his wife, Rosie, have been married for forty years and attend Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church.  They have two daughters, Sherri and Shellie who are teachers.  They are proud grandparents of four grandsons; Carter, Carson, Ellis and Emmett…one short of a basketball team.  They all continue to live by Carl’s motto, “You have to read the newspaper daily, and always arrive ten minutes early wherever you are going”.



Donald J. Stewart

McGill Institute 1967


“He is always ready to give governance or leadership advice, and never fails to fund a special project when asked.  It would be impossible to number the students, in many of our Catholic schools, who have benefitted from his anonymous support.”

            Susan Duffey


Donald Stewart graduated from McGill Institute in the Class of 1967.  At McGill he was inducted into the Brother Ilbertus Chapter of the National Honor Society in its inaugural class and was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.  He was selected as a member of the Alabama All State Band all four years.  In his senior year, he was voted the John Phillip Sousa Award winner as the outstanding senior band member.  He received faculty awards as the outstanding speech student for his success in oratorical and after dinner speaking competitions as well as the outstanding journalist for his work on The McGillian. 


He was awarded an LSU Alumni Federation scholarship to attend Louisiana State University, was invited into the LSU Honors Program, and was recognized by the LSU Alumni Federation as the outstanding LSU freshman from Alabama.  He transferred to the University of Alabama, receiving his B.A. in 1971, and was awarded the Devane King Jones scholarship to attend the University of Alabama School of Law.  In his junior law school year he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review and inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Jasons.


Following graduation from law school in 1975, he joined the Birmingham law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, where he practiced until 1978 when he returned home to Mobile as a founding partner in the firm of McRight, Sims, Rowe & Stewart.  In 1983, his firm merged with the Cabaniss firm to form the first statewide law practice in Alabama, and he has practiced law as a partner in that firm through the present.  He has been recognized for his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, zoning and land use planning, and municipal law by a number of peer review organizations including The Best Lawyers in America, Superlawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and Chambers USA.  He was a founding member of the Mobile chapter of the St. Thomas More Society.


Donald has been active in various civic, service, and charitable organizations, having served as  Troop Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 36, President of the Mobile Chamber Music Society, Local And District Board Chairman for the Selective Service System, and Co-Chair of the St. Pius X Capital Campaign.  In 2004 he received a special award of appreciation for his devotion to the McGill-Toolen elementary band program.  He served nine years as a Board member of the McGill-Toolen Foundation and an additional two years as President of the Foundation.  Selected as the McGill-Toolen Board Member of the year in 2005, he also served as a member of the President's Kitchen Cabinet for the planning of the Scientia Pro Amor Dei capital campaign.


Donald and his wife, Frances, are currently members of Cathedral Parish.  They have three children who are all McGill-Toolen graduates, Alexander (Mc-T 1999), Elizabeth (Nava) (Mc-T 2004), and William (Mc-T 2008).  Donald also claims extended roots in the CHSAAM family. His mother, Mary Agnes McGlinn Stewart, graduated from Convent of Mercy in 1930, his brother Robert from McGill Institute in 1964, his sister-in-law Janice Manci Stewart from Bishop Toolen in 1967, and his brother Richard from McGill in 1973.  His wife's uncle Brother Remigius David S.C. served on the faculty and as vice-principal at McGill.



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