Dennis grew up on a farm in Alabama, where his family settled about 200 years ago. After boarding school at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile, Alabama, he moved on to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (“Yea, Sewanee’s Right!”) where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Classical Greek. After Sewanee, he moved on to The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he has the odd distinction of writing a thesis on a Latin author, Lucan, for a Greek degree.
He taught at UNC and then Iowa State University, then worked in a family business.
His passions are collecting books, fishing and hunting, boating, spending time with his wife and animals, and fisheries conservation. He’s also a trained BBQ judge and contestant and is also a chili (no floaters in Texas) cook-off winner. If anybody needs to borrow a cookbook, let him know. His wife would appreciate it.