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Waco couple donates family enrichment, development center

Sept. 19, 1996

Chelsa Dunn/The LariatThe new Paul and Katy Piper Center for Family Studies is located between 4th and Washington.

By Lauren Grillot

Lariat Reporter

The dedication of a new University center honors a Waco couple.

The Paul and Katy Piper Center for Family Studies will be dedicated at 3 p.m. today. The center, named for donors Paul and Katy Piper, is located at 315 Washington Ave.

The Pipers recently donated the property to the University through Christian Mission Concerns, a private foundation created by the Pipers in 1984. Christian Mission Concerns built and supported the Child Development Center from 1989 to 1995, before turning over the operation of the center to the University in 1996.

The Piper Center will provide child and elderly development and enrichment experiences; education for parents, students and care-givers; lectures; publications and research.

According to a University press release, these opportunities are a result of the Pipers' desire to assist the University in strengthening the Christian family.

'This is yet another instance where Mr. and Mrs. Piper have helped Baylor and families greatly,' said Chancellor Herbert H. Reynolds in the press release. 'They are wonderful humanitarians and Christ-like in all that they do.'

Among those who are to speak at the dedication are Randall H. Fields, chairman of the University's Board of Regents, who will preside during the ceremony.

Robert O. Feather, vice president emeritus for external affairs, will give the invocation. Reynolds will recognize honored guests and President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will express Baylor's appreciation for the Pipers.

Also speaking are Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dr. James L. Williamson, acting dean of the School of Education. Dr. Rita S. Purdy, recently appointed chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and administrator of the center, will give the closing prayer of dedication.

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