Miriam and Harold Spangler:
Inspired by a Passion for Education

Miriam and Harold SpanglerThroughout their 41 years of marriage, Harold , BBA ’54, and Miriam Spangler built a partnership of sharing their blessings with others. Harold, an engineer at United Space Alliance, and Miriam, a math teacher who spent 39 years in Houston I.S.D. schools, influenced countless individuals through their vocational service and personal generosity.

Harold passed away in 2013 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease, but his memory lives on through educators he and Miriam helped along the way. More than 60 students in the School of Education have benefitted from the Harold and Miriam Spangler Endowed Scholarship since the couple established the gift, reflecting their love for Baylor and passion for education.

“Harold was a good man, a kind man,” Miriam said. “People helped him along the way, and people helped me along the way. He wanted to do something to make sure that other kids would have the opportunity to get an education.”

That selfless generosity ensures that Harold and Miriam’s legacy will live on in perpetuity, and the lives they impact will touch countless others throughout schools nationwide. Miriam has also imparted a charge to many of those recipients.

“I would always tell them, ‘When you get into the real world, remember where you started—that somebody gave you a chance.’ Hopefully, they’ll help someone down the road,” Miriam said. “Many people helped us achieve our goals. This scholarship is a way to help others achieve theirs.”

— by Derek Smith