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Fall 2010 In Memoriam

Oct. 6, 2010

Diane Rogers of Waco, Texas, passed away on June 10 at the age of 58. Diane worked for the Veterans Administration for 25 years. Her husband, Mike Rogers, is a Baylor University law professor.

Brenda Hite of Waco passed away on June 13 at age 33. She was administrative associate for Operations at Baylor from 2007-10.

Aaron Cornelius Patton, BA '38, of Lone Star, Texas, died on July 18 at the age of 93. Patton started college at Baylor at 16. After he graduated, he combined teaching and coaching six-man football before taking a job as a chemist in defense-related fields. He returned to teaching, and for more than 20 years, he taught high school chemistry, physics and biology at Daingerfield [Texas] High School.

Katherine L. Lennard, BA '38, MA '41, of San Antonio, Texas, died on June 3. She was 95. Lennard was a longtime music educator in the North East Independent School District and started the elementary school strings program 30 years ago.

James Winston Crawley, BA '39, of Richmond, Va., passed away on June 14. He was 90. Crawley began his career as an English teacher at Baylor but soon moved into Southern Baptist denominational work as an editor. He pastored a church in Kentucky before becoming a missionary to China and the Philippines in 1947. He was on the initial faculty of the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and was a missions administrator from 1954 to 1987 with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

Joe G. Evans, BBA '40, passed away Dec. 29, 2009, at the age of 90. Born in Nevada, Texas, he graduated from Baylor in 1940. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to farming, married and lived in Royse City, Texas. He was a Christian gentleman who was always active in his church and in civic endeavors. "Dad always spoke highly of Baylor and had many fond memories of his years there," writes Evans' daughter, Nancy Evans Keim.

Dr. Lawrence H. Harris, BA '43, passed away July 2 at his home in Roswell, Ga. He was 89. He was a Baptist layman, retired American diplomat, professor and Army officer. Born in Northern China in 1920 to Southern Baptist missionaries Dr. Hendon Mason Harris and Florence Powell Harris, he returned to China in 1936 and completed high school there. He received his Baylor degree in history, his master's from Berkeley, and his doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. He taught at several institutions, retiring as director of international studies and professor of history and political science after 19 years at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. While at Baylor, he was called to serve in the 68th Infantry Battalion, Armored Division. His unit was part of General George Patton's rescue operation of troops trapped at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Among his medals, Harris was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. During the Korean War, he worked in counterintelligence. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. In 1954, Harris was recruited by the State Department as its education officer for the Refugee Relief Program in Italy, and later became American Consul in Hong Kong and Manila. He helped found Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. His epic literary work was a 794-page definitive volume completed on his 80th birthday: The Origins and Growth of Baptist Faith: Twenty Baptist Trailblazers in World History.

Margaret Louise Mikeska Cason, BA '49, died at age 83 on July 30. Cason was a library technician and taught science at Whittier Junior High in San Antonio.

Jack Martin SoRelle, BBA '49, a lifelong Waco resident, died on July 15 at age 85. SoRolle served the Navy as a pharmacist's mate third class during World War II before becoming a well-respected insurance agent and president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Waco. He and his wife, Mary Nell, were volunteers at Baylor's Mayborn Museum.

Joe William Evans, BS '49, of Georgetown, Texas, died on Aug. 22 at age 91. Evans served the U.S. Army during World War II and for eight years afterward, attaining the rank of master sergeant. Later, he did post-graduate work at two universities and taught school from the elementary level to high school.

Dr. Quinton Sherwood Ivy, BA '49, of Middletown, R.I., died on June 7. He was 83. Ivy served over 50 years in ministry with 11 churches. Ivy was also active in many community organizations promoting social justice and emergency services.

Pauline Martin Foster, BBA '49, of Gatesville, Texas, died on July 9. She was 82. Foster was a substitute teacher at Gatesville ISD for 37 years, and she served on various church committees and clubs.

Dr. Walker A. Lea Jr., BS '49, MD '54, died on June 8. He was 85. Lea served the U.S. Army during World War II, earning two Bronze Stars. He was active in his medical career in many organizations, including serving as president of McLennan County Medical Society, as a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Medical Association, and as past president of the Baylor Alumni Association.

James F. "Jim" Kyger, BBA '50, of Troup, Texas, passed away on June 12. He was 86. Kyger served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, assisting the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He worked for Cities Service Oil Company for many years.

Charles Robert Neff, BS '50, MS '65, died on July 24 in Dallas. He was 82. Neff served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman in World War II, developed rocket fuel with the Bluebonnet Ordinance Plant in McGregor, Texas, that took U.S. rockets to the moon, worked on integrated circuitry for Texas Instruments, and taught mathematics at El Centro and Richland College.

Odell Preston, BBA '50, passed away June 28 after a long illness. He was 84. Born in Quitman, Texas, Preston lettered for the Bears' basketball squad from 1947-50. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a Purple Heart. Preston was everything from a world-class trombonist, to newspaper man, to radio disc jockey, to pro bowler, to business owner, to beloved father and grandfather. He will be dearly remembered for his zest for life and his courageous battle during his final years.

Julia "Doolie" Sams Matush, BA '52, died on May 13 after an accident while snorkeling in the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel, after spending two weeks visiting the Holy Land with friends and family. She was 78. A native of Waco, she had been living with her husband, Jim, in Creede, Colo., for the past 10 years.

Dr. Thomas C. Denson, BA '53, of Temple, Texas, died May 2. He was 79. A graduate of Temple High, after his time at Baylor, he received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Denson married Mariana Boren, BSN '55, in 1955. He was a pediatrician at King's Daughters Hospital for over 30 years, where he was a former chief of staff. He was former state chairman of March of Dimes, a member of several medical associations, and a member of Baylor University's Heritage Club.

Joseph H. Terry, BA '53, died on May 30 in Houston. He was 79. After Baylor, Terry attended New York's Actors Studio where he was classmates with Marilyn Monroe. He went on to pursue his acting career in Hollywood and Rome. Terry eventually returned to Houston and became a banker.

Louise C. Waggoner, BA '53, of Amarillo, Texas, died July 15, 2009. She was 76. Waggoner was a teacher, a volunteer at Golden Plains Community Hospital and an active member of First Baptist Church Amarillo. She and her late husband, Jerry, endowed the Stella and George Cargill Scholarship for Baylor students from Borger and Hutchinson counties. In their parents' honor, children Pamela K. Welch, BSED '77, and Jeffrey S. Waggoner, BBA '80, endowed the Jerry C. and Louise C. Waggoner Scholarship for Baylor students from Brazos, Hidalgo and Hutchinson counties.

Dr. Robert B. Baker Jr., BA '54, of Temple, Texas, died on June 7 at the age of 81. Baker pastored many churches in Texas, including Memorial Baptist Church in Temple for 21 years. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Howard Payne University.

John D. Clark, BBA '54, a third-generation Baylor alumnus, passed away in Grand Rapids, Mich. The son of Dr. R. Ernest Clark and Katherine Freeman Clark and brother of Dr. Robert E. Clark Jr., all of Memphis, Texas, he was married to Patsy Sue Hays Clark, BA '55. The couple lived in Grand Rapids for 40 years. He was a sales manager with Sentry Insurance. Clark was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the Golden Wave Band. He was also the proud holder of 24 permanent demerits for being part of a group that put an outhouse on the porch of Memorial Hall where most of the sophomore girls lived. He designed the "security" system at Bruins Lair II to repel freshmen invaders from capturing his roommate and sophomore class president, the late Richard Hall. Contact Patsy at 2745 Birchcrest Dr. SE #305, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or patsyclark54@att.net.

Betty Sue Logan Hart, BA '55, died at the age of 86. She and her husband, Walter, raised three children in Waco. She devoted her life to educating children.

Mary Elizabeth Biggs Thomas, BA '56, died on June 5 at the age of 75 in Atlanta. Thomas was an elementary education teacher in Texas, Connecticut and Georgia. At Baylor, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Donna Vanwinkle Denton, BA '57, died on June 5 at the age of 73 in Houston. After teaching in elementary school for several years, she married Kenneth Denton, BBA '56, in 1960. They lived in Ashland, Ky., for 30 years as Donna enjoyed being a mother, wife and a servant in the church and community volunteer missions. They moved to The Woodlands, Texas, in 1993 to be near their family.

Parker Morell Humes, BA '57, passed away in Midland, Texas, on July 11. He was 75. After graduating, he pursued a career as a disc jokey in Midland during the early days of rock and roll. He eventually became the owner of Humes Broadcasting Company. Humes was passionate about the Midland community and served on the boards of many organizations, including the Baylor Development Council as President of the West Texas Baylor Exes.

Polly Ann Dillon Ridley, BA '57, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died on July 12 at the age of 75. Ridley worked for the Tennessee Department of Welfare, the Oakland Historic House Museum, and as an office manager for Castelli Designs. She founded the Murfreesboro Little Theatre with her husband, Jim, and was an active participant.

Dr. Joseph N. Weatherby Jr., BA '58, MA '62, died March 29 from complications following a severe bout of pancreatitis. He was 74. Born in Brownwood, Texas, he was a 1954 graduate of Brownwood High. He served for the next eight years in the Texas National Guard while studying at Baylor and the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix, Ariz. The fiercely loyal Baylor fan earned his doctorate from the University of Utah in 1968, then raised a son and two daughters in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where for three decades he was a political science professor. An author, award-winning teacher and lifelong car buff, Weatherby led multiple study abroad programs, including five tours of Russia before the end of the Cold War. He returned to Brownwood in 1995, shortly before being named the Sandefer Scholar in Residence at Howard Payne University's Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, where he taught until his passing.

Kalvart K. Tidwell Jr., BBA '59, a native of Waco, died July 16 at 81 years old. Tidwell was employed for 37 years by Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T before founding ICS Telephones in Waco. He was an active supporter and benefactor of Baylor and a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association, Old Main Society and the Heritage Club. Memorials may be made to the Sue and K.K. Tidwell Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Lee A. Clark, LLB '60, of Greenville, Texas, died June 10 after a short illness at age 76. Clark entered the Air Force after ROTC as a second lieutenant and flew in a reconnaissance squadron in Japan. He joined his father's law firm in 1963 and was very active in Greenville's civic activities.

Jerald David Deere, MS '60, of Lake Jackson, Texas, died on July 1. He was 71. Deere was a Houston police officer for many years before taking over his family business and running other financial business in Brazoria County. He was a strong local politician for the county.

Dr. William R. Hernandez, MSD '61, passed away in Naples, Fla., on March 17. Hernandez had a private practice in Washington, D.C., was a founding member of the American Academy of Periodontology, and was a past president of the Pan American Medical Society.

Horace Gene "Buddy" White, BBA '63, died July 15 in Round Rock, Texas, at the age of 70. Sports were White's passion, and he played in the Gator Bowl and the Gotham Bowl while at Baylor. He owned HG Automotive in Eldorado, Texas, and served for seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Joseph Lynn Nabers, JD '67, died on July 31. Nabers was elected to the Texas legislature immediately following his graduation from Baylor Law School. While in government, Texas Monthly named Nabers one of the top 10 legislators. He went on to practice law as a partner with the Brown McCarroll law firm, founded Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) with his wife, Mary, and owned and directed Citizens National Bank in Brownwood, Texas.

Ronald E. Smith, BBA '68, passed away on July 28. He was 65. The first 30 years of his career were spent in the oil business before moving back to Waco to teach at A.J. Moore Academy. Smith led the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program where Baylor and A.J. Moore Academy students helped citizens of Waco and McLennan County file tax returns free of charge.

Steven L. Murphy, BA '69, of Dallas died on June 14. He was 63. A Vietnam veteran, Murphy was a professional counselor in Dallas for over 30 years and volunteered at Dallas Children's Hospital.

David Prince Chavanne, BBA '70, died on July 25 at the age of 73 in College Station, Texas. Chavanne served as pastor for congregations in College Station and previously in Shreveport, La.

Ralph Howard Fellbaum, MSEd '73, of Robinson, Texas, passed away on July 6. He was 81.

Richard Dale Howard, BA '74, passed away on June 27 in Cleburne, Texas. He was 59.

Michael Brown Walker, BA '74, of Austin, Texas, died on June 6. He was 58. Walker was a journalist before receiving his law degree and practicing in Austin.

Timothy M. Cardwell, BMEd '76, passed away on July 4 in Edgewater, Md. He was 55. Cardwell was the minister of music for several churches and served in city government.

Sharon Kay Harding Hopper, BSHE '78, of Hideaway, Texas, passed away on June 22. She was 54. Hopper worked for David Wilkerson's World Challenge Ministry for 16 years.

Lawrence Dean Elliot, JD '98, died on July 15 at the age of 54. He was a criminal defense attorney in Victoria, Texas.

John O'Bryan Seward, BS '06, of Austin, Texas, died in a hang gliding accident on June 23. He was 26. Seward was an electrical engineer for Dell and a musician at Austin Ridge Bible Church, as well as an active outdoorsman and member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity while at Baylor.

Anthony Danté Arline, BA '07, died in San Antonio on July 3. Arline played cornerback at Baylor from 2002 to 2006 and earned honorable mention honors on the All-Big 12 team as a junior and senior. He signed with the San Diego Chargers before deciding to join the U.S. Air Force.

Angela Kari Hites, JD '07, passed away on July 7 in Dallas. She was 28. Angela was a member of the Texas Bar Association and an associate litigator at Patton Boggs, LLP.

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