Dr. Ira J. Young Jr., '40, of Lovelady, Texas, passed away Feb. 28 at age 92. After graduating from Baylor and Texas Dental College, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He practiced dentistry in Galveston for more than 30 years. His wife of 69 years, Janette Walker, died in 2010.
Helen Zalez Burns Jenkins, BSN '41, age 90, died Feb. 27 in Fort Worth. She was 90. Jenkins was a past president of the Tarrant County Medical Association Auxilary and co-founder of San Antonio Travel.
Orlena Gale Hamilton Shiffrin, BA '41, of San Antonio, passed away March 2 at age 90. Shiffrin was a teacher in the Rio Grande valley before moving to New York City to work in editing for Time Life Publishing. After World War II, she taught U.S. children of military families stationed in Korea and Japan. She authored Echoes from Women of the Alamo.
Max Pettit, BA '44, of El Paso, died March 26 at age 89. He served as a missionary to China, pastor to churches in Oregon and Texas, and as a middle school math teacher.
Jimmie Fay Rogers Frazier, BSN '45, of Arlington, Texas, passed away April 19. She was 87. A nurse during World War II, she married her childhood friend, Bruce Frazier. She had 11 children and served as a national flower show judge and competitor.
Betty Belle Smith, BA '45, MA '48, formerly of Waco, died March 4 at age 87. Smith was a voted a Baylor Beauty and worked at James Connally Air Force Base before becoming a Baylor and McLennan Community College professor from 1960-2007.
Dr. Marshall "Dugan" Macanliss, DDS '45, of Marlin, Texas, died March 6. He was 89. He was a member of Baylor Chamber of Commerce, served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and was a dentist, living in Houston for 40 years before retiring to Marlin with his wife, the late Joy Macanliss.
Dr. Ernest Burke Evans, MD '47, BS '49, of Galveston, died April 12 at age 90. He was a longtime faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a champion of historic preservation and the arts. He served during World War II and remained in the Army Reserve while completing medical school at Stanford. He served as chief of orthopedics at UTMB from 1965-92.
Rev. Walter Wendell Grant, BA '47, passed away Feb. 8 in Hunt County, Texas. Grant pastored churches in Texas for more than 25 years before being elected director of missions for western Colorado by the Southern Baptist Convention, which he served for 14 years.
Katy Jennings Stokes, BA '47, formerly of Waco, died March 18 in Madison, Miss. She was 87. She attended Texas Woman's University before marrying the late Baylor professor Dr. George Stokes, MA '47, and graduating from Baylor. Throughout her years in Waco, she was involved in local churches and was ordained as a deacon at Seventh and James Baptist Church. She was a charter member of Waco's DaySpring Baptist Church. A writer, Stokes contributed a regular article ("To the Store and Back") for her parents' newspaper, The Mabank Banner. She wrote articles for the Baylor Line and lessons for the SBC Sunday School Board, of which she was one of the first female trustees. She penned lyrics for songs, among them "The Baylor Hymn" and "Gently, Father, Comes Your Love." Stokes received the W. R. White Meritorious Service Award in 2006.
Gloria Thorsell Tidwell, BBA '47, of Norman, Okla., died April 27 at age 85. She was a member of the Christian Women's Club and taught ESL classes through the First Baptist Church of Norman.
Donnal M. Timmons, BA '47, of Katy, Texas, passed away April 22 at age 90. He served in World War II and was a POW, captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He later worked as a Baptist Student Union director at Texas A&M-Kingsville and Sam Houston State University and was a vocational rehabilitation counselor
William J. Verdonk, BA '47, of South Haven, Mich., died April 13 at age 90. He was a World War II veteran and a respected judge and attorney. A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, he worked in the insurance industry during the 1950s before opening his private law practice, which he ran for four decades.
Robert Bruce Rowlett III, BBA '48, of Bartlesville, Okla., passed away March 12. He was 89. Rowlett served with the U.S. Army during World War II and re-enlisted as an officer upon completion of his degree, retiring in 1963 as a captain.
Payne N. Hallmark Jr., BBA '49, of Waco, died March 7. He was 87. Hallmark worked for 41 years with Certainteed Corp., was an assistant Boy Scout leader, and was married to Thelma Etchison for 66 years.
Thomas W. McNatt Jr., BBA '49, of Waco, died March 17. He was 86. McNatt served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for 35 years with G.M.A.C.
Laura Robbins Taylor, '49, passed away May 21, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo., at 92. She and her late husband, Raymond J. Taylor, attended Baylor from 1945-49. They were married and in ministry for 62 years, until Raymond died in 2002 in Lancaster, Texas. They held pastorates in at least nine churches in six states, from Texas to Montana.
Cletis Wayne Ice, BA '50, of Fort Worth, died March 29 at age 88. He served in the Air Force during World War II. Ice retired from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1979, then continued to work for more than 20 years in the mortgage industry.
Bettie Jean Goodwin Moffett, BA '50, of Houston, died Feb. 14 at age 82. She received a master's degree in education for children with special needs and was instrumental in creating the Language Learning Development program for San Antonio ISD.
Lewis Edgar Wheeler Jr., BBA '50, of San Antonio, passed away March 24 at age 89. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Lexington. After six years in the Navy, Wheeler joined the Air Force, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired 24 years later as a lieutenant colonel.
Liby Covington Wortman, BS '50, MSEd '82, of Waco, died Feb. 4. She was 82. Wortman was a teacher for many years, spending 27 years as a sixth-grade teacher at Midway ISD.
Marjorie Glover Knowles Wulfson, BSN '50, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, died Feb. 5 at age 82.
Alvin James Lewis, BBA '51, of Baytown, Texas, died March 8 at age 84. Lewis was retired from Exxon after 34 years. He also served in the National Guard for 11 years.
Jerald Ray McHargue, BBA '51, passed away Feb. 28 in Wortham, Texas. He was 81. McHargue retired from the Air National Guard as a lieutenant colonel after 37 years.
Beth Kimbrough Oliver, MA '51, of Center Point, Texas, passed away Jan. 24. While in Washington, D.C., she was vice president and program chairwoman for the Hospitality and Information Service, and she served as a hostess at the Kennedy presidential inauguration. She also co-founded Karate Helps Kick Diabetes.
William "Doc" Franklin Puryear, BBA '51, of Dumas, Ark., passed away Feb. 5 at age 83. Puryear served on the Baylor Development Council.
Marcia Marie Kennedy Reagan, BA '51, of San Antonio, died on March 10. She was 84. Reagan taught elementary school for 40 years, all but one in Calhoun County, Texas.
Herbert E. Zimmerman, BA '51, of Baytown, Texas, died Feb. 18 at age 86. Zimmerman served as a Baptist pastor to Texas churches for more than 50 years and as a schoolteacher for 37 years.
Dr. Lester Milam Sitzes Jr., BA '52, of Hope, Ark., passed away March 24 at age 82. Sitzes served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force for eight years before practicing dentistry in Hope for 28 years.
CORRECTION: Jack Paul Westerfield, BBA '52, of Houston, passed away Nov. 9, 2011. He was an IRS agent before running his own business as a CPA for 40 years. While at Baylor, Westerfield lettered in golf and was a founding member of Tryon Coterie fraternity, now associated with Phi Delta Theta.
Robert Earl Montgomery, LLB '53, of Chandler, Texas, died March 24 at age 80. He practiced private law for 59 years and served as a Texas judge for 35 years. While at Baylor, Montgomery was president of his class and editor of the Baylor Law Review.
Barbara Perkins, BA '53, of Oklahoma City, passed away April 3 at age 80. She wrote many articles about Alzheimer's disease and had three books published.
Robert Odell "Buddy" Polley, BA '54, MSEd '64, of Bruceville, Texas, passed away April 27 at age 82. A longtime farmer and rancher, Polley was also a teacher and principal in Waco's La Vega ISD for 32 years.
William B. Stuart, BBA '54, of Richardson, Texas, died April 9. He was 79. Stuart served in the Air Force and was a paper salesman.
Jack Welch II, LLB '54, of Marlin, Texas, died Jan. 27 at age 83. He served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and witnessed the testing of the atomic bomb in Nevada. He was a state representative in 1955 and 1957 and worked as an attorney for 35 years.
Mary Jane Cowden White, BA '54, of Hico, Texas, passed away Feb. 19. She was 79. A Baylor Beauty and member of the Athenians, she met and later married Baylor basketball player Judge Albert White, BBA '56, JD '61. Active in several clubs and organizations, she taught Sunday School at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth for more than 40 years.
Dr. Betty R. Hunt Hinkle, MSEd '56, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away April 24. A teacher in Waco, Massachusetts and Colorado, she held various administrative roles within the Colorado State Department of Education, ultimately being appointed as an assistant commissioner of education for the State of Colorado until her retirement in 1995.
Dr. Ray Earl Bennett, BA '58, MA '60, PhD '74, died Feb. 3 in Hillsboro, Texas. He was 75. During a long career in ministry, Bennett served churches in Texas, California and Hawaii. He also taught at Howard Payne University, Wayland Baptist University of Hawaii and Dallas Baptist University.
Frank Rose Birkhead Jr., BBA '58, of McAllen, Texas, died on Feb. 21 at age 76. He was a founding member and executive vice president of McAllen Economic Development Corp. and McAllen Foreign-Trade Zone. His service as a city official spanned 26 years. Birkhead was also chairman of the board of the International Economic Development Council.
Jack W. Scales, BBA '59, of Seguin, Texas, passed away Feb. 1 at age 74. Scales retired from the insurance business in 2000. He especially loved to attend Baylor football and basketball games. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nona Kay Chandler Scales, BA '61 (whom he met while carrying her luggage up the Collins Hall steps), daughters Tambi Scales Pahmeier, BA '82, and Carri Scales Bevil (attended BU '80-81).
Douglas John Wester Sr., BS '59, of Huntsville, Ala., died April 7 at age 74. Wester worked for five different companies in Huntsville, retiring from SDI in 2007.
Dr. Peyton Foster Roden, BA '63, of Denton, Texas, died on March 13. He was 71. Roden was a professor at the University of New Orleans, University of North Texas and Baylor.
Rev. Kenneth R. Northcutt, BBA '66, passed away Feb. 22 in Sweetwater, Texas. He followed a calling to ministry and he served as pastor to several churches. He also served two terms in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy, retiring as lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Mildred Wilson Plummer, BA '68, MA '71, a longtime Waco resident, passed away March 28. She was 90.
Kenneth Ray Mueller, MS '69, passed away Feb. 22 in Yorktown, Texas. He was 70. Mueller married Kathryn (Kay) Sinast, BA '75, MA '77, in 1959. He was an educator at Baylor, McLennan Community College (where he was chair of the business department), and Mary Hardin-Baylor until 2002. He was also an entrepreneur, master gardener and active in local politics. He served as president of Strecker Associates (supporters of the Baylor Strecker Museum) and as a board member for several charitable organizations. Memorials may be made to the Kenneth and Kathryn Mueller Baylor Endowment Fund, or to the Charles M. and Jean Furr Tolbert Scholarship Fund in Sociology at Baylor.
Charles Allen Youts, JD '69, of Waco, passed away Jan. 30. He was 67.
Billy Charles Davis, BBA '70, of Waco, died March 7 at age 75. He worked for Waco Ready Mix Concrete until he retired in 1986. He was an avid fan of Baylor athletics.
Martha Bean Irish, BA '70, of Temple, Texas, died Jan. 31 at age 74.
Sandra Jayne Moore Teeler, BBA '70, of Houston, passed away March 24 at age 64. She worked for ExxonMobil for 31 years.
Helen Dennis West, MA '71, of Leander, Texas, passed away at age 89. Her career spanned from secretary to a special investigator of food stamp fraud to high school teacher and gardener.
Clyde Hess Smith Jr., BS '85, passed away April 12 in Temple, Texas. He was 53. Smith started an environmental technology company, RSA, with his good friends and partners, Randy Rosengarten and Tony Horton.
Helen McDougal, of Speegleville, Texas, passed away April 27 at age 88. She became a Baylor Alumna by Choice in 1994. She worked in Clifton and later retired from the business office of Waco's Providence Hospital, where she worked for many years. Her daughter and five of her grandchildren are Baylor graduates.
Margaret Nell Cates, of Lancaster, Texas, formerly of Dallas and Manchaca, passed away April 12 at age 79. A former IRS department manager and Baylor Alumna by Choice, Cates was predeceased by husband Durward Cates, BA '50. Together they had six children.
Dr. Jonathan A. Lindsey, of Waco, passed away April 9 at age 74. A native of Savannah, Ga., he held a degree from George Washington University, two degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and another from the University of Alabama. Lindsey spent his professional life in higher education as a chaplain, administrator and professor at Judson College, Meredith College and Baylor, where he worked from 1987-2007. He was heavily involved with Seventh and James Baptist Church and in several non-profit and professional organizations. He is survived by his wife, Annette Loewer Lindsey, BA '61. Memorials may be made to general endowed scholarship funds at Baylor.
Dr. Ronald L. Johnson, of McKinney, Texas, passed away Feb. 18 at age 79. After his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and service as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Johnson joined the faculties of Johns Hopkins University and Baylor College of Medicine. Johnson founded Waco Ontolaryngology Associates, now Waco Ear, Nose and Throat. He was a strong supporter of Baylor athletics and served as a team physician for Baylor football.
Vernie Mae Logan, of Silverton, Idaho, died on Feb. 8. She was formerly a professor of art history at Baylor for 13 years. Logan retired from Baylor in 1989. Memorials may be made to the art history area of Baylor's history department.
Dr. Howard Raymond Scroggs, of Waco, died Feb. 3 at age 95. Scroggs served in the U.S. Army during and after World War II, retiring in 1964 as a colonel. After retirement from the Army, he joined the staff at Baylor and taught in the business school from 1964-85.
Carolyn Brown Willis, of Waco, passed away March 19 at age 85. She held degrees from Shorter College in Rome, Ga., and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano performance with Robert Goldsand. She married Richard M. Willis Jr. in 1951, and she taught piano at Shorter and at Baylor from 1964 until her retirement in 1994. Her husband of 46 years was Composer in Residence at the Baylor University School of Music from 1964-96. Memorials may be made to the Richard M. Willis Fellowship in Composition at Baylor.
Josephine Bell Fordtran Bain, of Devine, Texas, passed away on Jan. 30. She was 89. Bain was a junior high and high school band teacher and pianist for First Baptist Church of Devine. Her husband of 70 years, Frank Leslie Bain Sr., passed away on Feb. 3, just four days after his wife. He was 92. Following in family footsteps, Bain was a banker in Devine and Stockdale, Texas, for more than 60 years. He was also mayor of Devine from 1961-65, and the Bains served their community in myriad ways. In memory of their son, they established the John F. Bain Memorial Endowed Academic Scholarships at Baylor for students from Medina Valley and Wilson County.
Molly Grace Martinsen, of Waco, passed away after a yearlong battle with brain cancer on May 10. She was 11. Martinsen was Baylor volleyball's "biggest little fan" and a big part of the team's 2011 season. She is survived by parents Dan Martinsen and Jennifer Putty Martinsen, BBA '88, MSEd '90.