June 21, 2010
Hattie Mae Yelvington March, '36, passed away April 9 in Dallas. She was 94. A Baylor Beauty, she met her husband, Caso March, AB '34, JD '34, at Baylor. Years later, she served as a dormitory director for Alexander Hall. March was very active in the churches where she lived, including First Baptist Church Waco. She taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. Memorials may be made to The Debate Forum Endowed Scholarship or Ramsey Yelvington Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University.
Arlin Curtis Horne, BBA '39, passed away April 1 in Waco. He was 96. Horne married Mary Ann Turner, BA '40, in 1940. From 1948 to 1980, Arlin was president or sales manager of various companies in Waco, including Crawford Austin, J. M. Wood, Waco Apparel, and Baywood Corporation. After retirement in 1980, Arlin created portrait sculptures of many famous Americans. His work can be seen at Baylor and at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco.
Paul J. Pryor, '40, died on May 10. He was 91. A longtime resident of Jackson, Miss., and formerly of Waco, he was a hospital administrator in Little Rock, Ark., and Jackson, Miss., Baptist hospitals.
Belle Downer Fox, BA '41, passed away April 20 in Tyler, Texas. She was 90. Fox was head of the Latin department and chairman of the Graduate Council of Baylor University and served as chairwoman of the Baylor Round Table. An accomplished artist and musician, she was a volunteer for and a member of the Texas Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. Donations may be made to the Dr. and Mrs. James Walker Downer Memorial Scholarship at Baylor University.
Dr. Lee Helm Jr., BBA '43, DDS '49, passed away on Jan. 16. He was 88. "My dad was a long and dear friend of Dr. William Long and his wife. Dr. Long, my dad, Joe Kendrick, Sam Ferguson and others played in the University Scots dance band. I recently was privileged to see the video taken at the 50-year anniversary when Dr. Long was M.C. My dad died and shortly, within six weeks, so did Dr. Long. I am sure they are playing loudly in Heaven and remembering fond memories of their Baylor years. God bless all of you who fondly remember them both," says Helm's daughter, Sandy Helm Summers.
Virginia S. Burton, BA '45, died on Nov. 14, 2009. She was 87.
Dr. Byron Cone Pevehouse, BS '49, MD '52, of San Francisco and Bellevue, Wash., passed away on April 16. He was 83. He served as the chief of neurosurgical services for UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the UC Medical Center for many years, being promoted to the rank of clinical professor in 1978. In 1967, he was appointed chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at University of Pacific-Presbyterian Medical Center, serving in this position for 23 years. He retired from active practice in 1990 and was appointed in 1991 by President George Bush as a senior consultant and member of the National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics, advisory to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (1991-95).
William Henry "Duck" Temple, BBA '49, died on May 12 in Irving, Texas, one week before his 94th birthday. Born in Grandview, Texas, Temple graduated from Cleburne High School in 1938. He attended the University of Central Arkansas for two years on a football scholarship before joining the Navy in 1940. Temple was a Navy baker slicing bread in the galley aboard the USS California in Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. He survived the attack and served through the remainder of World War II in the South Pacific. He was discharged from the Navy on July 15, 1946, 14 days early, in order to enroll at Baylor. Temple worked for 23 years in the accounting department of Exxon Mobil Corp. He retired from Mobil in 1973 and raised wheat and cattle on a farm in Delta County, Texas. He continued to bake in retirement. He was a longtime member of Dallas' White Rock United Methodist Church.
Dr. David Livingstone Mueller, BA '51, died at the age of 80 on March 26 in San Antonio. The former professor of religion at Baylor was a renowned theologian and teacher. He attended Colgate University, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and Baylor. Like his father, William A. Mueller, also a noted theologian, David earned his bachelor of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and was ordained as a Baptist minister. He earned his doctorate from Duke University and then began his long and distinguished teaching career, first as professor of religion at Baylor and then, in 1961, as professor of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary until his retirement in 1995. In Switzerland, Mueller studied under theologian Dr. Karl Barth. Mueller was one of the top divers in the nation at Colgate and competed in the pre-Olympic trials in Berlin in 1952. Donations may be made to the Eddie and Velma Dwyer Scholarship Fund at Baylor.
Loeen Bushman, BM '52, passed away March 15 after a 20-year battle with Alzheimer's. She was 78. Bushman was an accomplished church organist and pianist/accompanist. She served as one of the first pianists for the Baylor Religious Hour Choir under Dick Baker and worked at the Radio and Television Commission in Fort Worth. She was the church organist at Travis Avenue Baptist Church for many years. In 1966, She was honored as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. She accompanied soloist Joe Ann Shelton for close to 30 years, and together, they traveled the world and served as missionaries for the Foreign Mission Board. Later, she served as church organist at Rosen Heights Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Henry Vylois Griffin, BA '53, MSEd '55, passed away Nov. 22, 2009, at the age of 86. Griffin married Margarett Anne Bratcher in 1946. They were married 54 years until she died in 2000. Griffin worked for the US Justice Department as a federal probation officer for 21 years until he retired in 1976. He was active as a Boy Scout leader and was instrumental in the founding of McLennan Community College in Waco.
Dr. James B. Misenheimer Jr., BA '53, professor emeritus of English at Indiana State University, died on March 3 in Terre Haute, Ind. He was 77. A salutatorian at Baylor, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force for eight years. His teaching career spanned 40 years and seven universities, including Baylor and Indiana State, where he completed his teaching career with 21 years of service, retiring in 1993. He received at least 20 awards for outstanding teaching. In 1983, Misenheimer was named a Baylor University Man of Merit and was recognized by Baylor as an exceptional alumnus. He spoke in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey on several occasions and visited more than 70 countries during his lifetime.
Katharine Keoun Gentsch, BA '56, died Feb. 12. Born in Vivian, La., she was known for her gracious spirit, her love of missions, her faithful prayer life, and her love for the Lord, her family, her church and her friends. She received her special education certification from Texas Women's University and taught elementary school for many years. She was a beloved choir and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, for over 50 years.
Robert Dale Feese, BA '56, died April 22, 2010, in Conway, Ark. He was 75. Born near Braymer, Mo., he married Diana Jane Toh in 1957. Together, they raised three children. His formative years were spent on a dairy farm, and his elementary schooling was in one-room country schools. After graduating from Braymer High School in 1951, he attended Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy for three years. He earned bachelor degrees from Baylor University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas. He returned to Missouri, then to Arkansas where he lived, worked and raised his family for 40 years. He worked as a draftsman and pastor and taught psychology at the University of Central Arkansas for 27 years.
Danny Lee Morgan, also known as Mr. Mardi Gras, died April 15 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 66. He owned and operated Morgan Studios on Broadway in Galveston, Texas. Morgan designed costumes for Galveston's Annual Mardi Gras for 25 years. His legendary masks were known throughout Texas and were part of a traveling mask collection that toured the country. After graduating from Baylor, Morgan moved to New York City in 1965. He soon applied his incredible design talent to Broadway musicals ("Pippin"), television ("That's Life"), film ("Sophie's Choice"), and for celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Lucille Ball, Grace Slick, George Burns and Paul Newman. Morgan was the chief costume coordinator and designer for Eaves Costumes, New York's premiere costume company.
Robert Finley McGregor, PhD '61, of Huntsville, Texas, passed away March 4 at age 81. He earned a B.S. at the University of Illinois in 1948. After four years at Armor Laboratories, he went west to the University of Wyoming to earn a M.S. degree in chemistry in 1955. He was the state food and drug chemist for two years in Laramie, Wyo. McGregor came to Houston to Baylor University's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for his doctorate in biochemistry. McGregor's career in teaching and research took him to the University of North Dakota College of Medicine before he returned to M.D. Anderson in Houston. He spent 10 years in research at Texas A&M University and retired in 1993. He came out of retirement in 2007 to teach chemistry at Sam Houston State University. He was State Chess Champion of Wyoming in 1954 and 1955, Texas State Amateur Champion in 1979, and several years the Senior Chess Champion of Texas.
Rev. William Maurice Hill, BA '63, of Waco, passed away May 7 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 69. Hill grew up in Naples, Texas, and graduated from Paul Pewitt High School in 1959. He pastored churches across Texas: in the Waco area, Martin Springs, Sulphur Springs, the First Baptist Church in Royse City, McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Orange, and Trinity Baptist Church in Henderson. Hill retired in 2001, when he moved to Waco and worked for Ultra Clean Janitorial Services for nine years.
Judith Lynn Smith, BBA '65, passed away May 8 in Tomball, Texas. She was 66. Judy graduated from Spring High School in 1961 where she was Spring High's first drum major. She later attended Sam Houston State University before graduating from Baylor. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Toy Mack Smith, BBA '65, and will be remembered for her devotion to Jesus Christ, her love of her family, her love for Spring Baptist Church and her love for her friends from the church. She had a passion and talent for music.
Tom Lowry Zachry, LLB '66, passed away on March 19 at the age of 66. After graduating from Waco High and TCU, Zachry entered Baylor Law School. He enjoyed a 43-year legal career. In 1970, Tom entered private practice, later founding the firm Zachry, Kearney, Hill, Shaw, Beatty, Butcher and Gallagher. In 1981 the State Bar of Texas certified him as a specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both criminal and family law, a dual certification enjoyed by only a handful of attorneys throughout the state. He was preparing to retire from private practice and become a judge. In March, Zachry was elected judge by the Republican Party as its candidate for the 432nd District Court. A devout Christian, he was a member of McKinney Memorial Bible Church.
Dr. Leonard Ross Johnson, EDD '71, passed away Feb. 20 in Abilene, Texas. He was 71. Beginning in 1975, Johnson served Hardin-Simmons University for 20 years as a senior vice-president, dean of students and athletic director. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Abilene for many years. He earned degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Florida, and he was the registrar for Hill Junior College in Hillsboro as he completed his degree from Baylor.
Elizabeth Faye Gregory Hunt, MSEd '73, passed away May 10 at age 67. Born in Mesa, Ariz., she moved to China, Texas, graduating from China High School in 1961. While married and a young mother of two, Hunt graduated from Lamar University in 1968 and from Baylor in 1973 with her master's degree in education. She loved the fact that she was a Baylor Bear. Hunt was a dedicated teacher of the youth that attended school in Waco, Bryan and Greeley, Colo. She also taught in Italy, Germany and Korea for the Department of Defense schools before her retirement in 2008. She touched many lives as an educator with her calm soothing nature in her classroom.
Karen Croucher Nickelson, BSED '73, passed away on Jan. 26 after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Houston, Karen was a Golden Girl in the Golden Wave Marching Band. She met her husband, Keith Nickelson, at Baylor. Karen taught for 33 years in Franklin, Texas. She is survived by her husband; three children, Jamie, Eve and Ryan and their families; two grandchildren; her mother, Marguerite Croucher, and brother, David Croucher, BA '70.
Wanda May LeMaster, MSED '83, passed away March 2 in Waco. She was 71. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., she met her husband of 43 years, former Baylor professor Dr. Jimmie LeMaster, while taking night classes at Indiana-Purdue University. She earned her bachelor's at The Defiance College. The LeMasters moved to Waco in 1977. Wanda received her master's in educational psychology from Baylor and later served as foreign student advisor. She and Jimmie lived and worked in China for various periods in the 1980s. In Waco, Wanda served in various capacities in many philanthropic and service organizations. She was also a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Waco, where she served on the Board of Elders.
Sarah Brooks Sheppard Levine, BA '86, director of community relations for the Mayborn Museum Complex, died April 4 from cancer. She was 62. Levine, a fifth-generation Wacoan, served 17 years as director of tourism for the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau. In May 2003 she joined the staff of Baylor's Mayborn Museum.
"Our museum family has lost one of our most dynamic and joyful members," Dr. Ellie B. Caston, director of the Mayborn Museum Complex, said. "Sarah was so dedicated to the museum and worked to make it accessible to everyone. A prime example of her passion to reach the underserved was the establishment of the Museum Free Sunday Program."
Sandra Lorraine Brooks Pickens, BSEd '98, of Elk, Texas, passed away May 11. She was 72. Sandra was born in Elmo, Texas. She devoted her life to the Lord through music, volunteer work, teaching and her love for life. Throughout her life her children were her motivation. Her favorite pastimes were reading her Bible and crocheting for her family and friends. She recently worked for LaVega ISD and previously worked for Axtell ISD. Pickens graduated from Baylor, at the age of 60 with a degree in education, while owning and operating Sandy's Salvage in Elk.