Herring Endowment Fund
A Message from the Herring Memorial Fund Committee
In fall 2004, we began a campaign to raise money to create a permanent endowment fund to purchase books and manuscripts for the Armstrong Browning Library to honor our former colleagues Jack and Daphne Herring. The endowment currently has approximately $18,000. (11/13/06) Donations to increase the endowment will continue to be taken indefinitely.
Jack and Daphne loved Baylor-gave their lives to Baylor. Jack died of a heart attack on July 30, 1999. Daphne died on June 1, 2004 after a long illness. They were wonderful people-wonderful Christian people-and they deserve recognition for their contributions to hundreds, if not thousands, of Baylor students as well as to several generations of Baylor faculty.
Jack was born in Waco, very near the Baylor campus. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at Grand Canyon College in Arizona and at Arizona State University. In 1959 he and his family returned to Baylor, having done his undergraduate work here, to assume the position of Director of the Armstrong Browning Library. After holding the directorship for 25 years, Jack continued teaching in the English Department until his retirement from Baylor in December of 1997.
As for Daphne, she taught at Richfield High School in Waco and in the School of Business at Baylor. She served in both the Baylor Development Department and the Wiethorn Information Center at Baylor. Her greatest and most enjoyable service was to Baylor University where she developed various programs, including: Mortar Board, Baylor Parents' League, Baylor Summer School for Retired Persons, Baylor Heritage Club, and Adult Enrichment programs. Daphne also organized educational tours for students and subsequently for seniors/alumni to many parts of the world. She and Jack were active leaders in Baylor in London tours with fellow Professors from the English and History departments.
Jack and Daphne also served abroad. They taught in a school in Beijing and traveled widely while there. They felt they were doing a great service to hundreds of young Chinese students. Consequently, not long after Jack and Daphne returned to Baylor, they left to teach for a year in Shanghai-a school founded by Baptist missionaries in 1906.
The Herrings and the Brownings, the Herrings' love for the Chinese people, the Herrings and the Armstrong Browning Library, and the 25 years Jack spent acquiring materials and making it into more than a building-it all seems reasonable to pay tribute to Jack and Daphne, especially in light of the fact that when Jack died he was collaborating with an old Chinese scholar in Shanghai on a translation of The Ring and the Book.
We of the Jack and Daphne Memorial Fund Committee are grateful to those of you who have already contributed. We hope you will join us in paying tribute to Jack and Daphne by contributing whatever you feel you can comfortably afford.
When sending your contribution, please make your check payable to Baylor University and write "Jack and Daphne Herring Memorial" in the lower left corner. Mail your gift to Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97152, Waco, TX 76798-7152.
Thank you for considering a tribute to Jack and Daphne.
The Herring Memorial Fund Committee - Jim LeMaster, Jerrie Callan, Rachel Moore, and James Barcus