John F. Baugh + Entrepreneur, philanthropist and former Baylor University regent John F. Baugh, founder and retired senior chairman of SYSCO Corp. died March 5 in San Antonio at the age of 91.
Baugh served Baylor from 1987-96 as a trustee and regent and supported numerous Baylor programs and projects for more than 20 years.
Baugh was awarded an Alumnus Honoris Causa of Baylor, the highest honor bestowed by the university upon non-alumni, in addition to many other awards.
In 1991, Mr. Baugh and his wife, Eula Mae, received one of Baylor's most distinguished awards, the Founders Medal.
The Baughs were among the founding benefactors of Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, which began in fall 1994 with 51 students enrolled in classes at First Baptist Church, Waco. In 1997, the Baughs provided the lead gift to construct a permanent home for Truett Seminary.
One of the entrepreneurship program's first benefactors, Baugh was himself an entrepreneur. Born and raised in Waco, he started working at a grocery store when he was in junior high school.
In 1989, the Baughs established the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business, which supports the theory of family-owned business.
The Baughs have donated funds toward more than 20 programs and projects at Baylor throughout the years, including the School of Music and School of Social Work, endowed scholarships, academic programs, facilities such as the Glennis McCrary Music Building and the McLane Student Life Center, athletic programs, and various memorial and tribute funds in honor of Baylor faculty members.
Baugh was a member of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae, and a daughter, Barbara (Babs) Baugh, who attended Baylor.
Louie Belvet George Sr. + Pastor and civic leader Louie Belvet George Sr., Baylor's first black regent, died Feb. 7 at his home in Fort Worth. He had pastored Mount Zion Baptist Church in Fort Worth for 27 years before retiring. He was 91.
The Rev. George was born in Jan. 18, 1916, in Pittsburg, and graduated from Anderson High School in Austin. He graduated from Butler College in Tyler and studied at Samuel Houston College in Austin, Southern Bible School and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, and Midwestern University in Wichita Falls.
A 33rd degree Mason, he was also a lifetime member of the NAACP. He served on many boards and commissions, including the Texas Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, of which he was vice president. He also was a member of the Fort Worth Zoological Board, a trustee of George W. Truett Seminary, a board member on the Baylor College of Medicine, on the board of directors at Tarrant Bank and a member of Texas Commerce Bank's CRA Committee. He was a vice-president-at-large of the Texas Baptist Convention and was vice-moderator of Northeast Texas Baptist Association. He also co-chaired the Evans Avenue Business Association.
The Rev. George is survived by his wife, Juanita Delorise; one son, Louie B. George Jr.; and five daughters: Martha Nance, Herese Cook, Ethel Bush, Patsy Campbell and Emma Jean Clark. Russell Lester + Russell Lester, retired emeritus professor of religion at Baylor, died March 17 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 78.
Joining the Baylor faculty in 1957, Lester taught Old Testament, New Testament and Bible survey classes to generations of Baylor students, as well as courses in the life and letters of Paul, the life and teachings of Jesus and the epistles.
He was known for his challenging classes and was fondly referred to by students as "Lester the tester, the grade-point molester, the man who gave Jesus a B."
He retired from teaching in 1999.
Lester was born in Carnegie, Okla., on Sept. 30, 1928. He received his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and his bachelor of divinity degree and doctor of theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lester is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia Mae Lester; two children, Byron Kyle Lester and wife, Leann, of Waco, and Melinda Kaye and husband, Phillip Brown, of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and brother, Duane Lester of Naples, Fla.
Judge Joe E. Briscoe + Judge Briscoe died April 4 in Devine, Texas, at the age of 92. Although Briscoe did not receive his bachelor's or law degree from Baylor, he was a longtime supporter and friend to the Baylor School of Law.
The Briscoes began their legacy of giving in 1975, when they established an endowed scholarship fund that already has assisted more than 300 students. In 1996, the couple began providing scholarships for Baylor Law School students through an endowed law school scholarship fund.
In 2002, Briscoe and his wife, Gene Aubrey, were honored for their unwavering support of Baylor with the Founders Medal, the University's most distinguished award.
Briscoe's faithful service with the Baptist General Convention of Texas led to his decades-long relationship with Baylor, where he served as a Baylor trustee and charter regent from 1974-83 and 1985-94.
Briscoe practiced law for more than 40 years and served as judge of the Medina County Court of Law for 11 years and visiting judge for 26 Texas counties.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gene Aubrey; two daughters, both Baylor graduates: Harriet Harral and her husband, Paul, of Fort Worth, and Joanne Jones and her husband, Ben, of Spring Branch; four grandchildren, Huard Harral, Aprile Westbrook, Bailey Jones and Corinda Fellers; and seven great-grandchildren.