December 18, 2012
Paul M. Culp, BBA '31, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Aug. 13. He was 102.
Curtis J. Henry, BA '32, of Dallas, passed away July 22. He was 103. Henry retired after 25 years of service with L.L. Ridgeway and started a second career in real estate after retirement. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Shriners and Masonic Lodge.
Robert H. Middleton, BBA '39, died July 19 at age 95. He lived in Dallas for 50 years before spending the last four years in Austin. Middleton was married to his wife, Margaret, for 69 years. After serving as a Navy officer in World War II, he became a CPA and began work for Cornell Oil Company in Lubbock in 1951. Following a move to Dallas in 1957, he eventually became president of the company. He was also chairman of the Anson L. Clark Foundation, a board member of the Dallas Theater Center, a member of Churchill Way Presbyterian Church (where he was an elder), and later, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.
Beverly Bryant Kennerly, BA '40, of Houston, died July 13 at age 93. Kennerly worked at Humble Pipeline Co. in Houston (now ExxonMobil) from 1943-80. She was a member of the South Main Baptist Church in Houston.
Dr. Fred Vick Richards, BS '40, MD '43, passed away Sept. 7, 2011, at age 94. He was the last surviving member of the 1943 final graduating class from Baylor University Medical School in Dallas. Richards served in the 1st Battallion of the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He practiced general medicine in Tulia, Texas, for 48 years, before retiring to San Antonio in 1994. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Rebekah Webb Richards, '45.
Helen Osgood Lutz, BM '41, passed away in Amarillo, Texas, on July 22. She was 94. Lutz and her husband, Charles, were members of Westminister Presbyterian Church, where Helen served as an elder.
Dorothea Smith Mathews, BA '41, passed away May 4 in Gainesville, Texas. Survivors include sister LaVerne Smith Newton, BA '45, daughter Mary Mathews Kelly, BA '70, and granddaughter Sarah Mathews Florence, BA '00. Mathews was a Baylor Beauty and member of the Peer Club. She maintained her close friendship with her Baylor roommate, Polly Johnson Nance, BA '41, for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, S.J. "Bunco" Mathews, who attended Baylor from 1937-39.
Polly (Pauline) Johnson Nance, BA '41, of Sherman, Texas, died Aug. 23 at age 92. She was married to Murray H. Nance Jr., BA '38, JD '40, for 64 years before his passing in 2006. Nance was an artist, designer and seamstress, as well as being very active in the Sherman community. She also served 17 years on the board of directors of the Franklin Lindsay Student Aid Fund.
Frances Collier Hulme Avant, AB '42, of Woodway, Texas, died Aug. 21 at age 90. Avant met her husband, Fred Hulme, BA '40, while attending Baylor. After Fred's death, she celebrated 30 years of marriage with Robert Avant.
Edgar Bates Jablonowski, BA '42, of Waco, died July 30. He served in the U.S. Army and married Beth Johnson, BBA '43, in 1945. Jablonowski was very involved in the Waco community. He was retired as owner of Lane's Interiors, which he and his wife bought in 1956.
James C. White, BA '46, MA '49, of Minneapolis, Minn., died Aug. 14 at age 88. He served in World War II and then went to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. White worked for 36 years for various railroad companies, then 20 years as professor at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Dr. Robert G. Jones, BA '47, of Loudon, Tenn., passed away Sept. 3 at age 87. A holder of three degrees from Yale, he published an original translation of one section of the Dead Sea Scrolls not long after their discovery. He also taught courses in religion and humanities at George Washington University for 32 years, serving as chairman of the Department of Religion for 16 years and as University Marshal for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Marian Alexander Jones, BA '47.
Lilian Gardner McCann, BA '47, passed away Oct. 10 in San Antonio at age 87. At Baylor, she was a member of Alpha Omega and inducted into Pi Beta Phi in 1977. Survivors include her sister, Nancy Gardner Scott, '50, of Granger, Texas.
Billie Stephens Foster, BA '48, of Conroe, Texas, died Sept. 2 at age 85. She was a teacher and counselor for 34 years in Houston, retiring in 1982. She and her deceased husband, Carlton, funded scholarships to Truett Seminary and supported the Gideons in Bible distribution.
Rev. Bonner Clinton Magness, BA '48, of Lufkin, Texas, passed away Aug. 14 at age 84. Also a graduate of Southwestern Theological Seminary, he served as pastor for 63 years with Southern Baptist churches in Freeport, Pasadena, Highlands, San Augustine, Liberty and McKinney. In "retirement" he continued to serve as interim pastor for 22 more churches, the last being Burke Baptist Church. An extremely generous person, Magness and his family endowed scholarships at Baylor University. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Harris Magness, BBA '45, and his wife of 12 years, Clara Taylor Daniel Magness, BA '47. Among his survivors is wife Lavon Golden Magness. Memorials may be made to the George W. Truett Scholarship Fund at Baylor.
Billie D. Foster, BA '48, of Conroe, Texas, passed away Sept. 2 at age 85. She earned a master's degree at the University of Houston and was a schoolteacher and counselor for Houston ISD until retiring in 1982, having taught at Bowie, Bastian and Frost elementary schools. She was active in her church and community and was a longtime supporter of Baylor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Carlton Foster.
Jean Morris Williams, BA '48, of Tyler, Texas, died July 21 at age 86. She earned a master's degree from SFA and was an avid educator, teaching students from elementary school through the junior college level.
William Douglas Britton, BBA '49, of Missouri City, Texas, passed away Aug. 25 at 87. A proud native son of Waco and graduate of Waco High, he was a loyal Baylor Bear who graduated from Baylor after serving in World War II. Britton was a shining example of "The Greatest Generation" -- men and women who fought not for fame and recognition in World War II, but because it was the right thing to do.
Peggy Jeanne Wilkinson Dockery, BA '49, of San Antonio, died Aug. 20 at age 84. She was a teacher for 35 years and was active in various church ministries, including teaching English as a second language.
Rev. Robert C. "Bob" Helmich, BA '49, of Shawnee, Okla., died Sept. 10 at age 87. He served in the Navy during World War II before attending Baylor, where he met his wife of 61 years, Martha Jean Dowd, BA '47, MA '49, who passed away on Nov. 17, 2011. Helmich attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth and pastored churches in Oklahoma. He was director of missions for the Muskogee Baptist Association from 1970-89. He served in missions all over the world and was also a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves for 30 years.
Betty J. Nielsen, BA '49, of Falls Church, Va., passed away Sept. 3 at age 84. A teacher, she was a devoted wife to her military veteran husband and a caring mother to her two children.
Dr. Stinson E. Worley, BBA '49, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Aug. 31 at age 85. Stinson's career took many different paths, which included serving in the U.S. Navy and working in oil and gas before heading to graduate school. He was a schoolteacher, university professor, author and international speaker.
Joe Bailey Farris Jr., BA '50, JD '57, of Trinity, Texas, passed away Aug. 10 at age 82. A valedictorian at Hull-Daisetta High School, Farris joined the U.S. Air Force between his Baylor degrees, flying a fighter jet on more than 100 missions during the Korean War. He was president of the Baylor Law Review, a landman, and then went into private practice for more than 40 years in Beaumont. He was active in many community organizations, including the Masonic Lodge, YWCA, Boys & Girls Club and Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity.
Robert E. Gillespie Jr., BA '50, of Dayton, Texas, passed away July 13. He was 93. Gillespie served in the Army Signal Corps and was primarily stationed in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He and his wife, Aileen, were married for 64 years. Gillespie served as a deacon at Bellaire Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Kingsland.
Juanita Sue Johnson Stiff, BA '50, of Rosharon, Texas, passed away Aug. 8 at age 82. She was a teacher for 28 years, retiring from Arlington ISD in 1978.
Walter H. Iverson, BA '51, MSEd '52, of Las Vegas, died July 8 at age 81. At Baylor he was a member of the ROTC program and joined the U.S. Air Force. He served in the military for more than 20 years and retired as a major.
Carl Nelson Roberts, BS '51, of Kingwood, Texas, passed away Aug. 13 at age 84. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, primarily at Cherry Point Naval Air Station. He later worked as an exploratory petroleum geologist for 36 years at Shell Oil Company.
James H. Caudill, BA '52, of San Antonio, died Aug. 9 at age 87. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and married his wife of 61 years, Mary Hartgroves Caudill, '54, while at Baylor. Caudill was a Baptist pastor in churches in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. He also served as an engineering consultant for Southern Steel and ISI Contracting Group in San Antonio. Memorials may be made to the Baylor Athletic Department.
Charles E. Thompson, LLB '52, of Atlanta, Texas, died Sept. 11 at age 85. He was a lawyer; former president of the Baylor Alumni Association, Baylor Law Alumni Association, Northeast Texas Bar Association and Cass County Bar Association; former chairman of School Law Division of State Bar of Texas; member of Men's Fellowship Bible Class at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school department director; and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include Joanna Bell Thompson, MA '53.
Dan E. McKee, BA '53, of Robinson, Texas, died Aug. 12 at age 82. A longtime Baylor supporter, he earned a master's degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary, pastored several small churches and was business administrator for several larger churches. He worked with Mission Waco and developed the Central Texas Flying Club.
Vernita Holzschuh Hollander, BA '54, of Marissa, Ill., passed away Sept. 11 at age 79. She earned a Wall Street Journal Fellowship for journalism while at the University of Missouri. Hollander served as the assistant editor of the Southern Baptist newspaper Word and Way and spent more than 40 years as an educator.
Vernelle Burnett Jenkins, BA '54, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, died June 1 at age 79. Jenkins married her husband, Jerry, in 1954, and the pair raised three daughters together.
Clay T. Miller, BA '54, of Pflugerville, Texas, passed away Sept. 11 at age 81. He was a photographer for 35 years for the Orange County Register. Known for photos of President Richard Nixon in intimate moments at the Western White House in San Clemente, Miller won a National Headliners Club award in 1975. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Jane Teel Youngblood, BBA '54, of Bullard, Texas, died Aug. 20. She was 78. Youngblood was a schoolteacher who stressed the importance of family involvement to her students. She was raised in the First Baptist churches of both San Augustine and Jasper.
Oscar Hoffmeyer Jr., BA '56, of Waco, passed away July 28 at the age of 88. A World War II veteran, he had a 40-year career in Southern Baptist journalism and public relations in Missouri, Louisiana and Texas. Hoffmeyer was also an assistant professor of journalism and director of student publications at Baylor from 1969-74.
Kermit 'Jinx' Hoover Jr., BA '57, of Austin, passed away Aug. 24 at age 77. He played baseball for Baylor and served in the U.S. Army. Hoover held numerous sales and marketing positions with Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceuticals. He and wife Gloria Esmond Hoover, BA '58, had three sons: Cody, BBA '83, Rex, BBA '85, and Matt, BSEd '90, all Baylor graduates.
Dr. Calvin W. Janssen, MA '59, of Ringgold, Ga., passed away July 23. He pastored churches in Illinois, Tennessee and Texas. Janssen also taught at multiple universities, including Texas Woman's University for 20 years, the University of Tennessee, Tennessee Temple and Baylor.
Susan McFarland Pope, BA '61, of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away July 3. She was 73. Pope worked as a schoolteacher and a stewardess at Trans World Airlines and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
Arthur Fuentes Jr., BS '62, of Seabrook, Texas, passed away June 29 at age 72. He lettered three years on the Baylor baseball team. Fuentes worked as a manager for a local retail store chain for 20 years. He later worked for the City of New Braunfels, where he was also a rancher.
William "Bill" Ritchie Magnussen, BBA '62, JD '65, of Fort Worth, passed away Oct. 27 after a battle with cancer. He was 72. Magnussen was a highly respected and longtime defense attorney in Fort Worth and was a founding member of the Texas and Tarrant County Criminal Defense Association.
James "Jim" R. Shannon, BBA '63, of Waco, died Aug. 24 at age 72.
Donna DeRusha Martin, BA '64, of San Antonio, died Aug. 31 at age 70. She was past president of the San Antonio Dental Society Alliance and a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dr. Edwin Martin Jr., BS '64, DDS '67, and daughter Paige Martin Rice, BA '91.
Larry Ray Brandon, LLB '67, of Amarillo, died Aug. 15 at age 73. Brandon served in the Texas National Guard and was an assistant city attorney and first assistant city attorney of Amarillo. He was a founding partner of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott, LLP.
Helen V. Hill, MSEd '67, of Garland, Texas, died July 17. She was 86. Hill was a teacher for 29 years and met her husband, Frank, while teaching in Turnersville. They were married in 1951.
Roger W. Slone, BBA '68, of Tyler, Texas, died Aug. 10 at age 67. He earned an MBA from North Texas and served in the U.S. Army. Slone worked in marketing for 30 years, serving in top management positions with several companies in New York City, culminating at the Paddington Corp. as senior vice president of marketing.
James Ritchie Field Jr., JD '70, of Conroe, Texas, died June 30. An avid supporter of Baylor athletics, he earned an undergraduate degree from North Texas. Field was a founding partner of Deison, Crews and Field Law Firm and founded Saratoga Royalty Corporation in 1988, which he ran for nearly 25 years.
Joyce Hoffman Starling, BSN '71, of Rowlett, Texas, passed away Sept. 8 at age 63. She was a longtime school nurse for Garland ISD and was a member of the Garland Junior League.
Jo Aline Collins, BA '74, of Midland, Texas, passed away Sept. 17. She received her master's degree from the University of Texas and was the librarian at Midland College from 1976 until her retirement earlier in 2012.
Lyndon E. Simpson, JD '74, of Garland, Texas, passed away June 10 at age 61. He practiced law in Fort Worth and was an avid outdoorsman.
CORRECTION: In the previous issue, we mistakenly communicated that Robert Jack Redding, BA '74, had passed away. A man sharing the same name died, but he was not a Baylor alumnus. We sincerely apologize for any confusion.
Cheryl Ann Fewell McAlpine, BA '75, of Sugar Land, Texas, passed away Sept. 15 at age 58. Music and teaching were her passions. McAlpine wrote music, served as pianist and directed children's and youth choirs in several churches in Texas. She taught hundreds of students in various Texas schools during her 29-year teaching career. The last several years before retiring were spent teaching 5th- and 6th-grade math at First Colony and Fort Settlement middle schools in Sugar Land.
Lisa Campbell Bradfield, BS '76, MS '80, of Waco, died Sept. 5 at age 56. She was a licensed speech pathologist throughout most of her 30-year career at the Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center, where she worked with young children and became an administrator.
John L. Park Jr., BSEd '77, of San Antonio, died July 2 at age 57. He was working on his master's degree through Fuller Theological Seminary at the time of his passing. Park was the associate pastor at Trinity Baptist Church and served in numerous other capacities during his 33-year tenure.
Marvin J. Farek Jr., JD '78, of Rockdale, Texas, passed away July 11 at age 63. He served in the U.S. Army, opened the Marvin Farek Law Office in Rockdale, and became president and partner in the Attorneys of Texas Title, Inc.
Dr. Joy G. Morgan, AS '78, of Harker Heights, Texas, passed away July 27 at age 59. Morgan served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as Sgt. First Class in 1991. She earned a doctorate of philosophy and addiction counseling from Westbrook University in 1994.
Vanessa A. Wienecke, BBA '79, of Waco, died Aug. 23 at age 57. She was a volunteer for Waco Wizard hockey games, Woodway Fire Dept., and Citizens on Patrol. Wienecke was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hewitt. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone and the City of Waco.
Portia Elaine Jackson, BSN '83, of Waco, passed away Aug. 11 at age 51. She worked as a nurse for several Waco healthcare business, most recently Interim Healthcare.
Guy Lancaster Merchant II, BA '85, of Santa Monica, Calif., died July 24. He was 48. After earning a master's degree in film at Boston University, Merchant was employed for 24 years at UCLA Medical Center, the last 14 as research coordinator for the UCLA Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program.
Sherri Denise Phelps Proctor, BSEd '85, of Columbia, Tenn., passed away on Sept. 25 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was 49.
John Batchelor Layton, BMEd '89, of Mansfield, Texas, died June 21 at age 46. Layton played violin in the Baylor Orchestra and with the Waco Symphony. He taught music for Waco ISD before moving to Nashville to pursue his dream as a country music artist. He played on tours with artists such as Mark Chesnutt, Collin Ray, David Ball, Gary Allen and Paulette Carlson.
Eric Treszoks, BSCS '02, of Waco, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 13. He was 32. Treszoks was the creator of BaylorFans.com before becoming employed at Baylor as a technology specialist in University Development. He thoroughly enjoyed working with his Baylor family for nearly 10 years and was a devoted Baylor supporter.
Daniel Seth Butler, BFA '10, of Waco, passed away July 27 at age 26. He had been working with Mission Waco and loved working with kids in programs such as World Cup Café and "Urban Expression."
Jessica D. Mathews, a senior communication sciences and disorders major from White Oak, Texas, passed away Nov. 4. She was 21. Mathews was very involved in First Baptist Church Waco through college and children's ministries.
Dorothy Ann Lampert, of Waco, died June 30 at age 85. She had been an active member of Highland Baptist Church and was retired from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, where she was assistant to the dean for more than 20 years.
Dr. Tom Bratcher, professor and director of graduate studies in the department of statistical science, passed away Nov. 3 at age 70. Bratcher had served on the Baylor faculty since 1979. He was a primary organizer of the Conference of Texas Statisticians that is now in its 32nd year and formed the doctoral program in statistics at Baylor that he directed for the past 20 years.
Lorena Pierce Clemons, of Amite, La., passed away Sept. 10 at age 96. For decades, her family has operated Clemons Brothers Lumber Company in Amite. A longtime Baylor donor, she was an active member in the First Baptist Church of Amite. Survivors include sons M. LaMarr Clemons, BA '68, D. Gradon Clemons, BBA '70, and daughter Martha Clemons Edwards, BBA '80. Memorials may be made to the H.D. and Lorena P. Clemons Scholarship Fund at Baylor.
Nancy Sipes, of Waco, passed away July 1 at age 73. Sipes worked at Sears for many years and retired from Central National Bank in September 2011. She and husband Bill were passionate fans of Lady Bear basketball. Memorials may be made to the Women's Basketball Excellence Fund at Baylor.