Montgomery attorney H. Dean Mooty, Jr. named Alumnus of the Year, will be honored with Pass in Review
The MMI Alumni Brigade is proud to annouce its 2015 Alumnus of the Year, Mr. H. Dean Mooty, Jr. of Montgomery. He will be honored during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, April 25 with a pass in review by the MMI Corps of Cadets.
Marion native H. Dean Mooty Jr. received both his high school diploma (1975) and associate’s degree (1977) from Marion Military Institute. An attorney in private practice in Montgomery, Alabama, he currently serves as Chairman of the MMI Board of Trustees & Advisors.
Dedicated to his hometown alma mater, Dean has a big heart for the Corps of Cadets as shown in his active presence both on and off-campus. Dean and his wife Dee have hosted numerous Montgomery alumni mixers over the years at the Montgomery Country Club. They give generously to the MMI Capital Campaign and even hosted the Capital Campaign Grand Gala in 2012. To the MMI administration, Dean has offered seasoned advice and counsel for different issues that affect the college. He supports MMI by actively participating in campus activities such as the Cadet Leadership Summit.
Dean’s experience at MMI was in many ways unique as he was immersed in cadet life as few have been. Academically, Dean graduated from the high school with a straight-A average. In college he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. As an ROTC cadet, Dean was Golf Company Commander his freshman year in college. He would later rise to Cadet Major as Battalion S-4 on Headquarters Staff his sophomore year. Respected by his peers, he had the honor of being voted Best All-Around High School Cadet and Best All-Around College Cadet.
Athletically, Dean’s career at MMI was remarkable. As a high school athlete, he received Best All-Around Athlete as well as Most Valuable Player all three high school years in varsity basketball and the Most Valuable Player Award in all three major sports his senior year in football, basketball and baseball.
In college, Dean accomplished something few athletes in the country have achieved. He played and started on all three major sports teams at the junior college level: football, basketball and baseball. His sophomore year, Dean was named the 1977 Alabama Junior College Baseball Player of the Year.
Interestingly, when the 1977 baseball season was over, the golf coach asked Dean to join the college golf team and with two weeks’ practice participated with the team in the State/Regional Golf Tournament. Dean shot a second round 76 that helped the MMI golf team finish second and qualify for the National Junior College Golf Tournament that year.
Dean signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama his sophomore year in Marion and started two years for the Crimson Tide. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance cum laude from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.
He and Dee, a 1977 Judson College graduate, have two grown sons: Hal, married to Katie with two children, Liddie and Drew, and Robert, married to Katherine with a son Styles and daughter Miller who will be born in about a month.