Dorothy Barfield Kronzer died April 14 at the age of 84. Kronzer's 67-year relationship with Baylor was characterized by her dedication to leadership positions on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Association executive board and her faithful philanthropy to the university.
Kronzer, who graduated from Baylor in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, served on the executive board of the Baylor Alumni Association for many years and was selected the first woman president of the Baylor Alumni Association in 1976. She also was on the Baylor Board of Trustees from 1978-87 and attained Regent Emerita status in 1996. Kronzer co-founded the Herbert H. Reynolds Summer School for Retired Persons, was a member of the founding steering committee of the Baylor University Women's Association of Houston and served as the first chairperson of Baylor Fling.
In 1998, Kronzer was honored with the Founders Medal, Baylor's most distinguished award. She was recognized as a member of the Medallion Fellowship with the James Huckins Medallion in 1989 and the Pat Neff and Presidents Medallions in 1997. She also received the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service and the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award.
Kronzer, with her late husband of 48 years, W. James Kronzer Jr., was a devoted financial supporter of the university. She helped provide for the renovation of the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Kronzer also supported the law school, recognizing her husband's profession with the Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Courtroom. She was a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society, supported athletics and provided the naming gift for the Kronzer Great Hall in the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center.
Carlos William Moore, The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, passed away on May 27 in Emmett, Texas. He was 64.
"We will sorely miss Carlos," said Terry Maness, dean of the business school. "He was a mentor and friend to many of the faculty as well as a role model."
Moore earned an associate's degree from Navarro Junior College and his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He then completed a master's degree from Baylor and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Moore taught for 36 years at Baylor and had been honored as a Distinguished Professor by the Hankamer School of Business. He co-authored a textbook that is in its 13th edition, and for three decades, he worked with a team of other professors at the Hankamer School of Business to research and publish major findings in the area of business ethics.
Moore was co-owner of Moore Brothers Ranch, which he established and operated with his brother, Kris Moore, a professor of information systems at Baylor.
Moore was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was known for his quiet generosity and gentle sense of humor.
Anna Elizabeth Sturgis Jeanes died at her home in Waco on June 6. Jeanes was a beloved wife, friend, community leader and member of the Baylor family.
Jeanes, who received her bachelor of arts degree in education from Baylor in 1934, was a member of Alpha Omega and the French Club. She married fellow 1934 graduate J. Harry Jeanes in 1948. Together they have expressed their love for the university and her students in countless ways. They established an endowment for the Academic Honors Week program, provided major support to the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of Baylor's Mayborn Museum Complex, and have been recognized at the Diamond Circle level in Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Society for their gifts to endowed scholarships.
They were recognized with the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service and honored for their faithful support to the university in the Medallion Fellowship as members at the bronze level of the Judge R.E.B. Baylor Society. In 1999, the Jeanes received the Founders Medal, the university's most distinguished award reserved for men and women whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the university.
"Every day her spirit lives on in the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center," said Ellie Caston, director of the Mayborn Museum Complex. "We hear it in the laughter and see it in the visible delight of the children as they make wondrous discoveries thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Jeanes."
Jack Folmar, former Baylor trustee and regent, died July 9 in Dallas. He was 75.
Folmar, who became an Alumnus by Choice in 1986, served as a trustee from 1974-83, then as a regent from 1985-94. In recognition of his years of dedication, he received the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award and the Alumnus Honoris Causa designation, the highest honor bestowed by the university upon non-alumni.
Folmar contributed to the Grant Teaff Plaza, Floyd Casey Stadium renovations and Bear Foundation. He was a member of the Endowed Scholarship Society, having established scholarships supporting student-athletes, biology and George W. Truett Theological Seminary students. He also supported the construction of the McLane Student Life Center and made the naming gift for the Folmar Pavilion in Burleson Quadrangle. He was recognized as a member of the Medallion Fellowship, first with the James Huckins Medallion in 1988, then the Pat Neff Medallion in 1998.
Born Nov. 22, 1931, in Luling, Texas, Folmar grew up in Beaumont and attended Lamar University. He entered the insurance industry and formed Gulf Aviation Underwriters. In 1962, Folmar incorporated Aviation Office of America (AOA), which insured airlines such as Southwest, Continental and Braniff. In 1989, he resigned as CEO of AOA to develop other opportunities such as International Aviation Underwriters and Aviation and Marine Insurance Group (AMIG). Folmar remained CEO of AMIG until 1997. Since that time, he engaged in the management of Jack G. Folmar & Partners Ltd.
Folmar served on the board of Baylor Healthcare System in Dallas. He was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, where he was recently elected by fellow deacons as a Life Deacon.
Ralph L. Lynn, Baylor University's legendary professor emeritus of history who challenged thousands of students, including best-selling authors, politicians, business leaders and faculty colleagues, to "Bear up nobly," passed away July 10 in Waco at the age of 97.
"Ralph Lynn was a searcher for truth," said Baylor President John M. Lilley. "As a student, I knew him in Sunday School at Waco First Baptist, where he inspired me and many others to question and to believe. He had a remarkable gift to make us laugh. ... Sadly, another icon in Baylor history has left us this year."
Lynn was born Sept. 20, 1909, in Oglesby, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree in religion with honors from Baylor in 1932.
In August 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served in London. Lynn earned his master's degree from Baylor in 1946 and his doctorate in European history from the University of Wisconsin in 1951. He resumed teaching in the history department at Baylor in 1952 and retired in 1975.
Lynn was the recipient of the Herbert H. Reynolds Exemplary Service Award and the Retired Faculty and Staff Award in 1986. He was a member of the James Huckins Society of the Medallion Fellowship (cumulative gifts to Baylor greater than $250,000), a charter member of the Old Main Society and a lifetime member of the Baylor Alumni Association.
Lynn supported numerous areas across the university, including an endowed professorship, the Baylor Libraries, Bear Foundation, Baylor/Waco Foundation, Alumni Association, History Excellence Fund and various academic scholarship funds.
Lynn was a member of First Baptist Church of Waco, where he taught a college men's Sunday School class for about 30 years. He also sponsored the service organization Circle K at Baylor from 1954-69, conducted tours of Europe, the Middle East and Russia from 1961-67, and was a fixture at Baylor Homecoming, hosting a reunion for hundreds at his home every year since 1952.
Jack M. Thornton, a longtime Baylor administrator who helped install the university's first punch-card computing system in the late 1950s and retired in 1998 as University Host, died July 21 in Waco after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
"In his 41 years of service to Baylor, as director of data processing and then as University Host, Jack Thornton made a lasting impact on Baylor and an indelible 'first impression' on all visitors to our campus," said Baylor President John M. Lilley. "His initial work with the punch-card system put Baylor on the early course of technological sophistication that is a hallmark of the university today. As the university's host, he set a high standard in hospitality that lives on at Baylor."
After completing his military service as a staff sergeant and a data processing specialist in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Thornton came to Baylor in 1957 on the GI Bill, attending classes as a full-time employee while he completed his degree in accounting. He served as Baylor's director of data processing, now Information Technology Services, from 1957-77.
Then-President Herbert H. Reynolds appointed Thornton to the newly created post of University Host, where he was responsible for all campus visitors. Thornton also assumed the role of director of the Wiethorn Visitors Center in 1980.
Thornton worked at the executive level of two national organizations related to his work at Baylor. The first was CUMREC (College & University Machine Records Conference), and then ACCED-I (Association of Collegiate Cultural Events Directors International.)
Thornton received several honors, including the Honored Retired Faculty and Administrators Award from the Baylor Alumni Association in May 2005. In 1992, ACCED-I presented him with its Distinguished Service Award, which was renamed the Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award in 1999.