Louis Theodore Getterman Jr. (JD '51), 89, passed away July 1, 2014. Getterman was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Louis T. and Irene Getterman. He attended grade school in Baltimore and junior high and high school at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. Shortly after graduation, he volunteered, at the age of 18, for the Army during World War II. He served more than three years, most of that time in the Signal Corps in the Philippines. He was on the beach with troops preparing to invade Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped, ending the war. When he returned from the war, on the advice of a Baptist youth evangelist and family friend, he came to Waco to attend Baylor University. While attending a pre-law party at Baylor, he met Sue Holt. They were married in 1948. Getterman graduated from Baylor with a BBA in 1949, a JD in 1951, and passed the bar in 1951. He was a member of Alpha Chi honorary scholastic organization. After graduation, he joined his father-in-law in the Seven-Up Bottling Company as a partner. They owned franchises in 29 counties, including bottling plants in the Waco, Bryan and Austin areas. The company was sold in 1981. While in business, Getterman served as chairman of the local chapter of the Texas Manufacturers’ Association, president of the State Bottlers' Association, secretary/treasurer of the Seven-Up Developers of Texas, and secretary of the Waco Bottlers’ Association. Getterman leaves a legacy of dedicated service to Waco and Texas through his volunteer efforts and support, having served on boards of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, the Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Waco, the Salvation Army, Family Counseling and Children's Services, Baylor Stadium Corporation, the Bear Club, Baylor Development Council, Ridgewood Country Club, and McDonald Observatory. In 2000 he was honored by the Central Texas Chapter of Fund Raising Executives as Philanthropist of the Year. He had a deep love for Waco, and served on the Waco City Council from 1973 to 1979. He was mayor for two terms. While serving on the council, Getterman was president of the 12th District of Texas Municipal League and was on the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. He was an active member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as president of the Frank Wilson Men's Class. He also served on many church committees. Getterman was a 32nd degree Mason, Lodge 92, a member of Waco Scottish Rite Bodies, and a member of Karem Shrine. In 2011, he received the 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary. In 2012, he received the Stephen F. Austin Award. Getterman was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Baylor Hankamer School of Business. He also received the Baylor Athletic Director’s Hall of Honor Achievement Award, the Victory with Integrity Award, the Baylor Founder's Medal, and an honorary member of the Baylor "B" Association. Getterman was a Fellow in the Golden Bear Circle. Baylor was very special to him, and he enjoyed following all Baylor sports, especially the softball team. The softball field is named Getterman Stadium in his honor. Other interests included traveling, golfing, and working out at Getterman Wellness Center. He was predeceased by his parents, Louis Theodore and Irene Getterman. He is survived by his college sweetheart and loving wife of 66 years, Sue; his children, son Louis T. Getterman III and wife, Mikki; son, Holt E. Getterman and wife, Debbie; his grandchildren, Edward Getterman and wife, Jennifer, Smith Getterman and wife, Kristin, Thad Getterman and wife, Midori, Ty Getterman and wife, Elizabeth and Rosalee Getterman; his great grandchildren, Baker, Henry, Olivia and Gretchen Getterman; and his daughter, by choice, Caryn Beard Rodriguez, and husband, Jesse.
Donald O. Hall (JD '51), 87, passed away July 15, 2014. Hall was born Nov. 11, 1926 in Waco to Earnest and Thelma Hall. He quit Waco High School and volunteered in the U.S. Navy in 1944. In the winter of 1945 he was sent overseas and had combat duty in the Pacific Theater until V-J Day on two fighting ships, where he was blown overboard at Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1946 and entered Baylor University the day after he was discharged. Hall graduated from Baylor in 1951 with academic and law degrees. Hall loved to be a lawyer. He practiced law with Charles F. Koehne, John Fulbright, and Billy Carl Jones for three years. He was elected judge of the Justice Court for Waco, serving in 1954-1955. He was assistant district attorney and first assistant district attorney from 1956-1962. Hall participated as a prosecutor in the first televised trial known in legal history in 1956. He served as district attorney, McLennan County from 1963 through 1966. After 1966, he practiced general law in Waco as senior partner in his law firms and owned the downtown office building. In 1991, he sold his office building and ranch, still maintaining his current law license for many years. He was president of the Young Lawyers Association; member of American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association and McLennan County Bar Association since 1951; chairman or member of all McLennan County Bar Association committees during his career; president, McLennan County Council on Alcoholism, 1971-1972. He was a Master Mason, Waco Lodge No. 92, AF & AM, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shriner since 1955; member, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1946; American Quarter Horse Association since 1953; and a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church since 1938. Hall was a charter member of Delta Theta Phil Law fraternity, Baylor chapter, and a licensed pilot since 1958. He was admitted to and practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Magistrate Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, in the Federal Judiciary and the full range of courts of the state of Texas. For many years, Hall was a supporter of Baylor football and had season tickets on the 50-yard line. Hall married the love of his life, Mary Ann Morgan on Sept. 1, 1951 and they had two children His daughter, Lisa Don Hall, is a high school teacher of biology and equine science at McGregor, as well as a professional rodeo and horse show barrel racer. His son, Brett Clayton Hall, is senior vice president of the American National Bank of North Texas.
Charles Cleveland Whitener Jr. (JD '49), 89, passed away June 26, 2014 in Dallas. Whitener graduated from Baylor Law School in 1949 and practiced law in Dallas until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of First Baptist Church Dallas since 1965 and the Mission Minded Sunday School Class. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary P. Miller of Mexia; sons, Cleve Whitener and wife, Becky, Sid Whitener and wife, Sherri, and Nathan Whitener; daughters, Cherry Rohe and husband, Jamie, Nancy DePue and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Kristin and Nathan Gustafson, Lauren Whitener, Meagan Lewis, Courtney and Robert Nistler, Ethan DePue, and Austin DePue; great-grandchildren, Zachery, Bailee, Nora, Breckin, Eliza, and Colby; sister, Evelyn Woodruff of Katy; and numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.