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William Wheatley
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WHEATLEY US LIMITED and Chairman of WHEATLEY UK LIMITED. A project manager for business and construction projects with over 36 years' experience, he is as experienced in managing business projects, design projects (he is a Registered Architect) and construction projects in the field. His experience in a wide range of project types enables him to manage consulting assignments for any type of project
DesignOur story began with the formation of Wheatley & Associates, Inc. in Houston, Texas in 1975. THE WHEATLEY COMPANIES (SM) have a substantial history in design for projects of many different types, including:• Urban Planning• Housing• Biological and Pharmaceutical Research Labs• Retail and Commercial• Hotel and Resort Planning and Design• Water and Wastewater Treatment• Power Plants• Oil & Gas Projects• Refinery Projects• Petrochemical Plants• Software Systems Development, Implementation and Integration• Military Technology and Construction• Airport, Rail and Transportation Projects• Microwave, Fibre Optic, Signal Transmission and Telecommunications Projects


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Areas

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
Research Statement

The polarized proton beams at RHIC at BNL have been accelerated and stored with measurable polarization and an exciting physics result has been obtained. A large community of experimentalists and theorists are eagerly awaiting further results from collisions of polarized proton beams. In a separate effort the design for a detector (RPC) with record breaking time resolution has been completed and a prototype installed in the STAR detector at RHIC. A proposal involving eight Chinese Universities, University of Texas, Austin, and UCLA, with Rice in the leading role has been approved to upgrade the STAR experiment with these detectors. We also have aided several Korean groups working with Korea University in Seoul to obtain funding from their governmental agencies to build a different type of RPC for the muon system of the CMS detector at the CERN LHC. We have also tested prototype electronics for triggering the CMS muon system. Measuring the radiation hardness of these electronics, part of the testing procedure, may also be relevant to national security issues.

 Dothan High School

Ph.D., Pennsylvania, 1969
B.A., (1965) Columbia University
Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
Phone: 713-348-5941Office: 229 Herman Brown Hall


William Gray Espy

 William Gray Espy (born July 19, 1948 in Dothan, Alabama ) is an actor, best known for roles in serials such as The Young and the Restless as William "Snapper" Foster (1973-1975, 2003) and Another World as Mitch Blake (1979-1982, 1986-1990).
Espy also appeared in the 1977 movie Haunts, and had a guest-starring role on the popular Miami Vice.
He currently resides in Dothan, Alabama

Jim Farmer

Jim Farmer is the son of Jim and Sally Farmer. (Sally was widowed and is now married to Dr. Bill Lies.) He has sisters, Sally and Fran. He attended Houston Academy and remembers his roots.

His website is:

This is his bio from that website:
Alabama native Jim Farmer comes to country music already a very successful public figure. He's played to wildly cheering audiences and scored points with fans for years. Of course, those original hits involved the 6'4" star playing basketball for the Dallas Mavericks, the Utah Jazz and other NBA teams before spending three years on Magic Johnson's touring dream team, the All Stars. Now he is concentrating on another longtime love: music. And one of his best friends couldn't be happier.
"I'm a longtime fan of Jim's basketball playing," says Sawyer Brown lead singer Mark Miller. "Now that I've heard his CD, put me down as a fan of his music as well!" And, adds Sawyer Brown manager T.K. Kimbrell, "I believe he's better at music than he is at basketball, and that's really saying something!"
Producer Adam Mitchell agrees. Mitchell, who has worked with acts as diverse as Manhattan Transfer and Linda Ronstadt, has been working with Farmer since the ballplayer relocated to Nashville. "Jim has that one thing you must have to make good music: an emotional connection," Mitchell reflects. "He has a tonal quality that reaches the listener's heart."
Although relatively new to Nashville, Farmer has been singing and performing since his High School days in Dothan, Alabama. Time to devote to music lessened while Farmer played on one of the University of Alabama's most successful teams, averaging 16.5 points a game in the 1986-87 season. When he graduated in 1987, the All-American player once again picked up his singing career, only to be drafted in the first round by the Mavericks.
Living in Los Angeles while playing on Magic Johnson's All Stars offered Farmer yet another career turn: modeling. His striking and personable look led to a variety of magazine covers and many offers from commercial clients including Sony, Diet Coke, Nike, Converse, and Twix candy bars, among others. Still, his love of music kept pulling Farmer back home to the South.
"I was never sure where I might fit into the music," Farmer admits. "I was country, yet my sound was pop as well. When Garth Brooks came along I realized the country umbrella was big enough for a diverse group of performers. That's when I decided to get serious about music again. I realized this wasn't something you could just jump into, though. As in sports, it required discipline and hard work. I moved to Nashville, signed up for vocal coaching with Lisa Van Wye, who has done such great work for people on several labels, like Capitol, Monument and Warner Brothers. And I was fortunate enough to have a producer on the level of Adam Mitchell believe in me. We spent the time to develop my own natural style and find the great songs."
Although he has concentrated on recording and performing since relocating to Nashville, Farmer continued to delight his many fans by suiting up for ball games at many charitable events. At one reunion game the autograph line alone was estimated at six thousand. His dedication to the music paid off, and the result is a seamless contemporary country project.


Copyright 1996  These are my own working genealogy files that I share with you.  The errors are my own.  But, perhaps they will give you a starting point.  All original writing is copyrighted.  Webmaster

Copyright 1996  These are my own working genealogy files that I share with you.  The errors are my own.  But, perhaps they will give you a starting point.  All original writing is copyrighted.  Webmaster