A Love Story Fused with Green and Gold
Fresh out of high school, Harold Havard volunteered for the draft--ready to serve his nation in the U.S. Army.
At the same time, Janice Havard (Goolsby at the time) was filling out applications for Baylor--determined to be accepted.
Only two Sundays after Harold returned from active duty, he was at a church service when he could not help but notice a stunning young woman singing in the choir. July 15 marked their first date--only weeks before Janice was swept off to begin her journey as a Baylor Bear.
After a year of visiting his wife-to-be, Harold, too, enrolled in Baylor, unknowingly perpetuating a family tradition that dated back to 1900. Finding love letters written from Harold's grandfather to his grandmother, Janice and Harold's attachment to Baylor only increased as they read the glowing tales of life on Baylor campus.
Inspired by the rich education and grounded in spiritual values that Baylor offered, Harold and Janice readily undertook a 20-year venture to each earn bachelor's, master's and doctorate in education from Baylor University. This beautiful couple knew that education is more than eight hours in a classroom. It is an opportunity to embody Christ and help redirect the course of students' lives--a mission that Janice (BA '58, MS '61, EdD '74) and Harold (BA '58, MSEd '61, EdD '70) each lived out in the school system for more than 30 years.
The pages of their love story are filled with commutes from Richardson to Waco to earn their doctorates, late nights studying while raising young children, a summer spent house-sitting for a professor in order to afford rent, years of teaching only classrooms away from each other--and there is even a chapter about them both being principals at neighboring schools at the same time!
Yes, Harold and Janice overcame the odds. And that is exactly why they believe wholeheartedly in helping today's Baylor students defeat the obstacles standing in front of their Baylor education.
"We realize students today aren't wealthy, but when enough people give a little, it helps a lot of students," Harold said. "We had some extra money so we thought, the Lord's been good to us--where better to spend our money than in education."
"I would love for excellent teachers to graduate and fill classrooms," Janice mused. "The level of expectation for student-teachers at Baylor has impressed us to the point that you want to just multiply them."
Passionate about the caliber of students who pass through Baylor's School of Education, they chose to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by establishing the Drs. Harold W. and Janice Goolsby Havard Endowed Scholarship Fund in the School of Education. And then...took their gift a step further by establishing a bequest.
"We didn't change our will, we just added Baylor as a beneficiary to our IRA. We created the nucleus of the scholarship and contribute a little every year," Harold explained. "Then, the proceeds of our bequest will just go to enhance the scholarship. I hope that it enables students to develop their potential the way we've been fortunate enough to develop ours so they can make a big contribution and then maybe come back and give to Baylor."
"We have always had the desire in our hearts to give of ourselves--our time, talents and money," Janice commented. "Being granted even more than we could ever imagine, we seek to continue to be willing stewards in God's plan for our lives."
Extraordinary Stories are unfolding at Baylor.
Set in motion before students ever set foot on our campus, their stories continue wherever their feet carry them. Just like Janice and Harold Havard, you can write your own chapter in the lives of the remarkable students. Baylor graduates are changing the world. And every gift, no matter the size, helps them get there.