Class Notes


Harriette Chambers Bowles, BBA '40, was married 63 years. Her husband, Joe, died in 2005. She has two sons: Joe A. Bowles, graduate of Texas A&M, and Wayne C. Bowles, graduate of St. Edwards University of Austin. Her birthday is June 28, 1920. She runs her own business. She lived in Memorial Hall while she attended Baylor.


Frank Boggs, BA '48, is celebrating his 23rd year as founding director of the 166-voice Georgia Festival Chorus. On March 25, he is taking the Chorus on a concert tour of England. Engagements there include Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace and Royal Albert Hall in London. Their repertoire includes music of Mozart, Brahms, Tschesnokoff, Hovland, Davison and Ken Medema. On their return, the Chorus will sing six concerts at churches in greater Alabama.


Earl Harper, BBA '49, started at Baylor after his discharge from the military in 1946. He was in business in Cheyenne, Wyo., for 58 years. During that time he owned a lodge in Colorado called "Christ Haven," a Christian ministry. He says, "God has been very gracious -- 64 years of marriage, six kids, 16 grandkids, all born-again believers -- now a family of 58 people and more on the way. God does multiply!" Contact at 1255 Honeysuckle Court, Windsor, CO 80550, or at

Dr. John W. Shelton, BA '49, of Tulsa, Okla., is the 2011 recipient of the American Association for Petroleum Geologists' highest honor, the Sidney Powers Medal. Shelton was an early developer of the concepts and application of sedimentary petrology and depositional environments to petroleum exploration. At Shell Research, ERICO and Masera, he was a pioneer and leader of major projects all over the world. He was also a professor at Oklahoma State University for 20 years.


Rev. Eleazar (Charles) Maciel, BA '52, is presently pastoring Ambler Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas. He was the first Hispanic to serve on the Baylor Board of Regents, from 1990-99. Contact at 1369 South Pioneer Dr., Abilene, TX 79605.


Elmo Meroney, BBA '53, shared this photo of four generations of Baylorites: Meroney, Diane Staats, BSEd '78, Nelson Staats, BBA '05, and Noah Staats, class of 2032?


Glendon E. Cline, BBA '58, and wife Peggy Adams Cline, of Groesbeck, Texas, moved to Waco in 1954 to attend Baylor. He says, "One of my very nice uncles (Uncle Sam) had agreed to pay my tuition. I got a job at Phillips Petroleum Company and attended Baylor at night. Upon graduation, I moved to the accounting department and advanced to accounting supervisor. In addition, I served on the Board of Directors of the Rocket Federal Credit Union, and as treasurer. Then, in 1966, a nice Baylor friend (Claude Kincannon) was working at Texas Instruments in Dallas. Claude told me that TI was hiring. Six months later, I bid on a division controller job and was accepted. During my 25 years at TI, I served as controller for five organizations, plus I was selected to be the controller of a top-secret multimillion dollar program in the Advanced Development Division. I filed for top secret clearance and was cleared. I retired in 1991 and every day since has been like 'Sunday on the Farm.' I owe many thanks to Baylor University for my educational/environmental training; it was extraordinary while my grades were ordinary!"


United Way of Northwest Louisiana presented the Clyde Fant Award to Willis-Knighton Health System President and CEO James K. Elrod, BBA '59, on Jan 20. The Clyde Fant Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the community and United Way of Northwest Louisiana either directly with United Way or indirectly in long-term volunteer efforts with supporting agencies. Elrod has a long history of serving the community and working to improve the lives of all in northwest Louisiana. He has served more than 45 years at the helm of the area's largest locally-owned, locally-operated, not-for-profit health system. Elrod was named one of the most influential people in Northwest Louisiana during the past century by The Shreveport Times because of his incredible level of involvement in the region.

Dr. Jack Smith, BA '59, writes, "I completed my MRE, THM and THD. I send out a thought for today with a passage of Scripture. I pastored for 35 years." Contact at 2254 FM 2026, Center, TX 75935.


Kenneth L. Thrasher, BA '60, has published two books with Wipf and Stock/Resource Publications of Eugene, Ore. Exploring religious experience and mystical theology, they are entitled With Christ Today in Paradise and Jesus Christ is with Us. After serving as pastor of Baptist churches in Virginia and North Carolina and teaching philosophy and religion in several colleges and universities, Thrasher retired in 2005. He lives in Pine Level, N.C., with his wife, Judy. They have two children and four grandchildren. His books can be purchased at any of the major retail book stores and websites. Contact at 117 Cessna Lane, Princeton, NC 27569, or at


Rita Billington Weatherby, BA '63, recently retired from Methodist Medical Center in Dallas after 35 years. She writes, "When my granddaughter, Elizabeth Spencer, enters Baylor in September, she will be the fifth generation of Weatherbys to attend. I was one of only two Connecticut natives on campus in 1963." Contact at


Don Mattingly, BS '67, and wife Kathy (Alumna by Choice) have returned to Franklin, Tenn., to retire and to be closer to their four grandchildren. Don served as director of youth programs at Baylor from 1997 to 2007 and retired from Mercer University in June of 2010. They are looking forward to being a part of Baylor events in the middle Tennessee area. Contact at 2006 Barclay Lane, Franklin, TN 37064, or


CORRECTION: Cary Tanamachi, BS '68, is a 1968 Baylor graduate and a 1972 graduate from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Contact at


Dale T. Williamson, BBA '69, was invited to ride on the USS Texas submarine out of Honolulu on Dec. 4 and to the grand opening of a new visitor center on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, as a member of "The Sons of the Republic of Texas."


Linda Maxwell Rives, BA '71, and her husband, Denney Rives, BA '70, have recently returned from two years of United States Peace Corps Service in Azerbaijan. In 2008, Linda retired after 31 years in public education and Denney retired from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Contact at 4632 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 1 N, Kansas City, MO 64112, or at


Two Baylor graduates were selected as 2010 Dallas "Top Lawyers" by LexisNexis. Ken Stohner, BBA '72, JD '75, a partner of Jackson Walker's Dallas office, has practiced for 26 years in the areas of finance, insurance, telecommunications and bankruptcy.

With more than 40 years of experience, Jack Klein, BA '66, JD '67, also a partner in the Dallas office, is in charge of the fiduciary section of Jackson Walker. The list was published in the Dec. 2010 issue of Smart Business Dallas magazine.


Carmen Chapa, BFA '79, has opened her own real estate company, Carmen Chapa Real Estate, LLC., with her husband, Warren Johnson, as the broker. She focuses on high-rise condominiums in the Turtle Creek, Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas. Chapa spent 15 years as an agent with Judy Pittman, Inc. and 20 years with the Dallas Opera Orchestra as principal clarinetist. Contact at 3883 Turtle Creek Blvd. Suite #702, Dallas, TX 75219, or

Rev. David Haines, BA '79, has penned Storm Proof: Ten Tie-Downs for Turbulent Times (Good Book, 2010--102 pages). Haines and his wife, Susan, currently reside in Rusk, Texas, where he is an associate pastor at River of Life Christian Center and teacher in River of Life School of Ministry. Haines also passionately serves the body of Christ at large as a traveling revivalist.


Marty O'Gwynn, BA '81, associate vice president for university communications at Oklahoma Baptist University, has been promoted to associate vice president for university advancement and assistant to the president for special projects at OBU. In his advancement role, O'Gwynn will oversee the university's athletic fundraising efforts. O'Gwynn joined the OBU staff in 1991 and has served as the institution's chief communications officer since 2005.


Scott Lucy, BBA '82, served as chairman of Ducks Unlimited, Houston Chapter for 2010. He writes, "Ducks Unlimited is the preeminent wetlands conservation organization in North America, and my team led the nation's thousands of chapters, with the top money- making banquet, in October. Houston also took the Top Chapter honors for North America for 2010, netting well over $300,000 for conservation projects. I am working with my family's manufacturers' rep agency in Houston. I enjoy working with my dad, my brother, Mark Lucy, BBA '80, and my mom, Oveta Smith Lucy, every day. My wife, Lizana, and I will be empty-nesters next fall when daughters Townes and Olivia will both be off at school." Contact at 20015 Tilstock, Katy, TX 77450, or at

Bill Sutton Jr., BBA '82, MBA '83, is a vice president at United Community Bank in Cleveland, Ga. He writes, "I enjoy spending time with my wife, Patricia, and our grandchildren, Joseph, Brooke, Sammy and McKayli, and riding motorcycles. My other passion is charity. I am the co-founder/co-chair of the United Way of White County Celebrity Golf Tournament along with Darrel Chaneya, a former player with the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves. Past attendees include Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves star Javy Lopez, NFL standout Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson and NASCAR driver Jason White. This year's event is in Helen, Ga., on April 18-19." Contact at 97 Lakeside Drive/P.O. Box 1167, Cleveland, GA 30528, or at


Liz Doty, BSEd '83, writes, "My daughter, Danielle Doty, will be a freshman in fall 2011. She was crowned Miss Texas Teen USA 2011 in Houston over Thanksgiving! She attended the Texas Bowl and loved being part of Sic 'Em Days in February." Among Danielle's prizes was a $45,600 college scholarship. She plans on majoring in communications.


Gene King, BA '84, MIM '86, associate professor of business, has been promoted to associate director and chief marketing officer for the Oklahoma Baptist University Graduate School. King, who joined the OBU faculty in 2006, will teach as adjunct faculty with OBU's Paul Dickinson School of Business.

David Henry, BA '84, JD '85, has joined Dykema law firm's intellectual property department as a member in the firm's Dallas office. Prior to joining Dykema, Henry was a partner with Patton Boggs LLP, where he headed the Texas IP practice. Henry has served as a patent law professor at Baylor Law School since 1994, and is now teaching in the entrepreneurship program of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.


Jay Donnella, BBA '85, has accepted the position of executive director for SHAPE, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication. He writes, "SHAPE promotes education and research related to the early detection of heart attack risk in apparently healthy people who are 'Vulnerable Patients' with undetected atherosclerosis." Contact at 710 N. Post Oak Road, Ste. 400, Houston, TX 77024, or

Katie Rawlinson Russell, BBA '85, of Hardin, Texas, writes, "My husband, Craig Russell, BBA '85, and I attended Parents Weekend with our two sons, Jake Russell, a junior, and Luke Russell, a freshman. We attended the game and had a wonderful time. We always enjoy coming to Baylor to see what is new and to remember the wonderful times we had. Now coming to Baylor has new meaning since our two sons are there. They enjoy Baylor and especially enjoy the sports! They have Baylor cowboy hats they enjoy wearing in their support of the mighty Baylor Bears!!!"

Twenty-five years after living in Martin Hall, three good friends conduct a great deal of business together. David Castilla, BBA '85, is the principal for GenCap (Genesis Capital) Partners in Dallas. They do international real estate development. Jerry Crenshaw, BBA '85, worked for many companies including Crescent Real Estate before joining UDC Global in Fort Worth. He is currently developing the Field House USA project in Frisco, as well as ventures in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Desert Mountain, Ariz. Paul Parker, BBA '85, has done their accounting work over the years. Parker has been with the same accounting firm of Middleton Burns & Davis in Dallas for 25 years. He is managing director and equity partner. MB&D still regularly recruits on Baylor's campus. Parker's son, Brad, is a junior accounting major at Baylor. Crenshaw's daughter, Lucy, is a sophomore art history major.


Robin Newman, BS '86, has received her doctorate in clinical psychology and is now a licensed psychologist in Colorado, specializing in work with children and families. She says, "I love what I do and consider it an honor to be a part of God's healing process in the lives of so many." Contact at 6964 Wagon Ridge Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80923, or at

Melanie Maddox Redd, BSEd '86, published her first book with Crossbooks Publishing in June. It is an interactive Bible study entitled Stepping Closer to the Savior. The book, primarily being used by small groups, church Bible studies, home groups and women's ministry groups, is available at Lifeway stores and online at, and Contact at 7386 S. Beaman Circle 202, Cordova, TN 38016, or at

Greg Willis, BBA '86, was elected criminal district attorney of Collin County, Texas. Willis, who resigned his judgeship to run for DA, is married to Jill Renfro Willis, BA '90, a state district judge in Collin County. Greg and Jill are avid Baylor fans and parents of two children, who gave their parents much practice refereeing disputes.


Joel Ajayi, PhD '87, has just announced the publication of his book, A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience, by Peter Lang Publishing, 2010. Contact at 2931 Rocco Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052, or

Paul Thompson, BBA '87, wrote the screenplay for the Hallmark Channel movie Battle of the Bulbs, which aired on Dec. 18. The film is a Christmas comedy starring Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and Matt Frewer (Eureka). Contact at


Charles Spain Jr., JD '88, a senior staff attorney at the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas, has been appointed as associate judge of the City of Houston Municipal Courts. Contact at 504 Branard Street, Houston, TX 77006-5018, or


Mark Gehlbach, BA '89, was named a Top Wealth Manager in Dallas by D Magazine in October. He is one of the founding principals of Dallas-based True North Advisors, which offers personal wealth management and institutional investment services.

Amanda Mayfield, BA '89, was named the Outstanding Active Member for 2010 by the Junior League of Amarillo.


Greg T. Anderson, BA '91, delivers a message of hope in his first book, 2nd Half Comeback: Never Give Up, by combining lessons he learned from playing football, reading the Bible and overcoming obstacles in the game of life. A state champion at Odessa Permian and a football letterwinner at Baylor, Anderson is now an ordained minister, motivational speaker and founder and CEO of Never Give Up Inc. He also hosts The Greg Anderson Show on KOZA 1230 AM in Odessa, Texas, where he and his wife, Terri, reside with their four children. Anderson's book is available at


Michael C. Smith, JD '92, was recently appointed as chair of the Board of Editors for the Texas Bar Journal, the monthly publication of the State Bar of Texas, by State Bar of Texas president Terry Tottenham. Smith is a partner in the Marshall, Texas, office of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, and has served on the editorial board for the Texas Bar Journal publication since 2005, most recently as vice chair for two years.

James W. Childs Jr., BS '92, MBA '93, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been named the 2011 Birmingham, Ala. "Lawyer of the Year" in Venture Capital Law by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected publisher of attorney rankings.


Karen Clayton, BA '93, writes, "My husband, Mark, and I live in Houston with our three boys (ages 10, 7 and 5). They are three very active future Baylor Bears. Sports and Cub Scouts takes up most of the time!"

Jill McKay, BBA '93, writes, "My husband and I recently established CrossTrain Sports, Inc. and CrossTrain Junior Tennis Academy in San Antonio. CrossTrain is a non-profit organization seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of area youth through faith-based sports programs. Students receive top-notch tennis instruction on the court and they're supported off the court with Christ-centered mentorships, Bible study and discipleship opportunities. We'd love for San Antonio Baylor families (and future Baylor Bears) to be a part of CrossTrain!" Contact at

Dena Dyer, BA '93, writes, "I've recently moved with my husband, Carey, and our two boys to Amarillo to be near family. In June, Barbour Books released my fifth book, Let the Laugh Lines and Wrinkles Come: Rediscovering Beauty and Self-Worth at Any Age. I have more info about speaking and writing (two of my passions) at For my 'day job,' I'm the community liaison at Catholic Family Service, Inc. I love being a wife and mom and using the creative gifts God has given me to make a difference in the world. The students and professors at Baylor equipped me well, and I'm extremely grateful for my years there. If any of my fellow Bears want to contact me, I'd love to hear from them!" Contact at 6400 Bell Street #5207, Amarillo, TX 79109, or

Dr. Wendy Kay Hicks Bourland, BA '93, was named one of the 40 Under 40 in the state of Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine in the April 2010 issue. She is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Warren Clinic and Children's Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, Okla. She and her husband, Allen, reside in Bixby with their daughter, Aubrey.


Rachel Frey, BM '95, is trying to stay warm in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she serves as a health-care chaplain working with dementia patients and where she lives with her husband, Craig Heinke, a professor at the University of Alberta. Rachel and Craig have lived in Edmonton for two years, moving there just one month after getting married in 2008.


Rob Schaller, BA '96, is the director of communications for South Carolina's statewide public television network, SCETV. He writes, "We have a weekly series called 'Southern Lens' which accepts films from independent filmmakers. The basic criteria is that the film must be about or set in the South and/or must be made by a Southern filmmaker. A couple of these films have gone on to national distribution via PBS' 'Independent Lens.' I wanted to make sure my fellow Baylor Bears, especially in the telecom department, knew about this potential opportunity." More information is at


Heather L. Story, BA '99, married Jay Douglas Gould on Sept. 10 in Cannon Beach, Ore. The couple currently resides in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where they are both small business owners.


April A. Goff, MBA '00, has recently joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as senior counsel. She will practice in the firm's Grand Rapids, Mich., office. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Goff was a senior associate with Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. She has also practiced in Missouri and Florida. A native of Dallas, she now resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, Patrick, and their two children.


Erica Spencer, BA '01, conference services bureau director for the Florida Institute of Technology, recently earned the leading certification in her field, becoming a Certified Collegiate Events Professional. Spencer achieved the certification in record time -- less than one year. She will be acknowledged in Orlando on March 29 at the 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International. Spencer has been in her position at Florida Tech for three years and has worked seven years in the field.


Abigail Lau Jeffcoat, BBA '03, and Matthew Jeffcoat were married in Dallas on Oct. 16. The bride is a specialist for BlackBerry in Irving, Texas. They reside in Dallas.


Kristin C. Ware, BS '04, and Ruben D. Escobar Alvarenga, of Paraguay, were married Oct. 16 in Houston. Kristin is currently chief resident in pathology at Montefiore Medical Center and will start a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in 2012. They reside in Bronx, N.Y.


Preston Prince, BMEd '05, teaches K-5 music at Emma and Johnston Elementary Schools in Asheville, N.C., and recently earned his National Board Certification. He currently resides in Canton, N.C., with Hayley, his wife of four years. He writes, "I believe the greatest achievement next to the ones mentioned above is finding out that I appear in the NCAA Football 2010 video game in the Baylor menu (photo herew). The trombone player happens to be me from the Golden Wave Band!"

Washington, D.C.-based intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox has announced that Kyle E. Conklin, BSME '05, is now an associate in the firm's Mechanical Practice Group. Conklin earned his law degree from Texas Tech in 2008, and prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore, Md.


Chet Garner, JD '06, was awarded a 2010 Lone Star Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Texas Heritage Program/Series for his work on "The Austin Daytripper." Garner currently produces, hosts and writes "The Daytripper," a television series airing on PBS stations across Texas.

Garrett Golding, BA '06, was recently named professional staff member at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. In this capacity, he serves as the primary advisor on oil and gas issues for Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen on the Committee. Additionally, he will complete a master's degree in national security and strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College this summer. Contact at

Graham Gourley, BA '06, was recently named as senior partner in the Landau Group, a family wealth management firm within Morgan Stanley. The Landau Group serves a small number of families who own significant corporations or have had liquidity events with those companies, and it manages more than $1.1 billion in family assets. The group also provides services for Christian and humanitarian organizations around the world and manages many public and private foundations and endowments. Graham and his wife, Lori, live in Charlotte, N.C. Contact at


Evangelical author and academic Dr. Hunter Baker, PhD '07, is the winner of Acton Institute's 2011 Novak Award, which rewards new outstanding research by scholars early in their academic careers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of limited government, religious liberty and economic freedom. The Novak Award comes with a $10,000 prize. With his writing and speaking in a variety of popular and academic contexts, Baker has made a compelling and comprehensive case for the integration of the Christian faith into all areas of life, including economics and business. Baker is the author of The End of Secularism (Crossway Academic, 2009) and serves as associate dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Baker is the co-founder of The City, a journal of Christian thought, and is a contributing editor to Salvo.

Thomas Hunter Lewis, BA '07, JD '10, has joined the firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing as a family law associate in the Dallas office. Prior to joining the firm, Lewis served as an intern for the Hon. Elizabeth Lang-Miers at the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.


Guilherme Almeida, MM '08, has followed a call to be music minister at Central Baptist Church in Italy, Texas. Contact at

Jennifer Seitz Jones, BS '08, married Chad Jones on May 30 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They honeymooned in Hawaii and reside in Denver. Jennifer also recently earned her MS degree in geochemistry/mineralogy from Colorado State University.

Erin Osborne, BA '08, of Lafayette, La., published Spy Recruit (Pelican Publishing, 216 pages), a novel for young adults. The book was illustrated by Bethany Simmons, BA '08, of Houston. Osborne writes, "With each covert assignment, Tobey Freeman has to choose between his friends and his ambitions as an agent, but he eventually realizes that his group of friends is stronger together than they are as individuals."

Megan Rountree, BBA '08, former head baker for Baylor's catering department, was a finalist on the TLC show Next Great Baker. Rountree recently opened Legacy Cakes, her own custom cake and patisserie shop in Grapevine, Texas. Visit at

Brandon Whitacre, BA '08, and Brittany Ogletree Whitacre, BA '08, were married Oct. 9 in Livingston, Texas. Brandon is a business development manager at Aerotek and Brittany is an account executive at the public relations firm Weber Shandwick. They reside in Dallas.


Angelica Brem, BA '09, has been interning at Austin Monthly HOME magazine in Austin, Texas, which is a quarterly sister publication of Austin Monthly. She was published in the winter 2011 issue, co-writing a 10-page spread titled "Live Like a Star (or Look Just Like One!)." She will also be featured as a contributing writer with a feature in the spring 2011 issue.


John Anderson, PhD '10, currently is the visiting professor in the Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., and in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. He published a review of the book Genesis: Texts @ Contexts in the Review of Biblical Literature and presented two papers at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Atlanta, Ga., entitled "Replaying the Fool: Esau vs. Jacob and YHWH in Genesis 32-33" and "A Theology of Deception: Toward Understanding YHWH's Use of Deception in the Hebrew Bible."

Scott Bonds, BBA '10, of Richardson, Texas, writes, "Attending the Baylor vs. University of Texas game with my father, Carl Bonds, BA '59, was a great memory for us. It was one of those moments in life that we will always remember and look back on and say, 'That was a great time to be a Baylor Bear, and we were there!' Sic 'em Bears!"

Chris Johnson, BM '08, MM '10, founded Octave Organs, Inc. in Waco. He specializes in constructing pipe organs for churches, homes and business lobbies (as a luxury alternative to the piano). He has begun construction on his first instrument, a 4-rank, $36,000 organ perfect for any size space and for accompanying any size ensemble. Contact at 1500 Lake Shore Dr., Unit #602, Waco, TX 76708, or

Lindsey Disher, BA '10, spent the NFL season working with the production crew at Fox Sports and the NFL pregame, halftime and postgame shows featuring Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and the rest of the game day crew.

The parent of a recent Baylor graduate (Chelsea Grist, BS '09) and a former Baylor student herself, Linda Messick Montez has authored Me and the Lord on the Bus, in which Montez tells 30 stories about the people she met, the situations she encountered, and the insights she gained. Her book is available online at, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. More info at

Will Canon has directed and co-written his first feature film, Brotherhood, which opened in February at the Angelika in Dallas and at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in Los Angeles. The suspenseful thriller about a fraternity initiation gone wrong has already garnered five awards at five different festivals, such as the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. The cast includes several Baylor graduates, including current Fulbright Scholar Ross Irons, BA '10, former Baylor basketball player Richard Hurd, BA '09, Will's mother Aubin Petersen, BA '74, his stepfather Mark Petersen, MBA '84, his father Judge Canon, BA '74, his sister Mallory Petersen, BBA '07, and his wife, Nell Bader, BSEd '01. Will attended Baylor in the late '90s. He is an honors graduate of New York University's film program. Visit for showtimes, tickets and on-demand ordering information.

In Memoriam

Ann Vaniece Byargeon Davis, of Austin, passed away Jan. 13. She was 77. Davis attended Baylor and was a charter member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1954, Ann married former Baylor Regent Will D. Davis, BBA '54, LLB '54. She later worked for Texas Governor Allan Shivers. She was a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church and Austin Christian Fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made to the Davis Endowment Fund at Baylor.

Dr. Oliver T. Hayward, of Waco, died Nov. 16 at the age of 89. Hayward was a longtime Baylor geology professor and researcher.

Clement Rosas Jr., of Waco, passed away on Dec. 15 at age 60. Rosas served in the U.S. Marines and later in the Texas National Guard before working for Baylor Printing Services for 15 years.

Willie Ford Bassett Sparkman, of Dallas, passed away on Dec. 22. Her husband, renowned Baylor surgeon Dr. Robert Satterfield Sparkman, BA '35, MD '35, preceded her in death. An SMU graduate, Sparkman was active in the Junior League of Dallas and Dallas Woman's Club among numerous other organizations. She bequeathed her estate to Preservation Texas to acquaint future generations with pioneer Texas farm life.


Marjorie Berenger Simmons, BA '34, died on Dec. 25. She was 97. She was a teacher for 38 years, most of those in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Dixie Martin McLane Taylor, BA '36, passed away Nov. 15 in Dallas. She was 96. Taylor was a lifelong Sunday school teacher and leader of the Women's Missionary Union. She also taught English and public speaking.


Nell Gilliam Jenson, BA '38, MA '57, of Clifton, Texas, died on Dec. 3. She was 94. Jenson taught at Clifton College and in Clifton ISD, where she taught music, English, Spanish and fourth grade. She also co-authored the book The History of Bosque County.


Dr. Marion Graham, BA '39, died Jan. 16 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was 91. Graham helped found Doctors Hospital in Dallas. He also wrote several books on Christian theology and on the importance of physical activity. Graham was instrumental in encouraging Dr. Kenneth Cooper to headquarter in Dallas.


Johnnie Mae Freeman Myers, BSN '41, of Hartwell, Ga., passed away Oct. 25. She was 89. Myers graduated from Baylor School of Nursing, where she met her future husband, Lt. Graves T. Myers III.

M. Katherine "Kaki" Jenkins Chidley, BBA '41, died Dec. 16 in San Angelo, Texas. She was 91. Chidley worked as a civilian for the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and taught English and business at Bynum High School.


Col. Carlos Durand "Bonny" Bonnot, AB '42, died Jan. 12 in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 89. He spent his career in the U.S. Air Force, serving in numerous countries abroad. After retiring in 1970, Bonnot and his family returned to Gainesville, Fla., where he was involved in consulting for Lockheed Airspace, banking and real estate.

Thelma Jo Hamilton Potts, BA '42, of Pasadena, Texas, died on Dec. 21. She was 92. Potts taught in Levelland, Texas, Houston and American Samoa.

John Kenneth Jones, BBA '42, passed away Dec. 21 in Waco. He was 89. Jones served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his return home, he worked with the William Cameron Company and Frank Smith and Sons Properties.


Dr. Howard Eugene Waters, AB '43, died Dec. 4 in Atlanta, Ga. He was 91. Waters was a chaplain in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps when he fought in combat during the Korean War. After retiring from the Navy, he served as a pastor.

Janice Griffin Hastings, BA '43, died Dec. 6 in Granbury, Texas. She was 87. Hastings was a schoolteacher and devoted mother and grandmother.

Anne Clark Browder, BA '43, of Dallas, passed away Dec. 24. She was 88.

Mildred L. Cooper Morris, BA '43, of Mendota, Ill., died Dec. 31. She was 88. She taught U.S. history at Mendota High School for 20 years before retiring in 1984.

John Roland Appell Sr., '43, of Waco, passed away Jan. 9. He was 87. Appell played basketball and baseball at Baylor. He played baseball and then semi-pro softball, which resulted in a world's championship in 1951. He was inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 2003. Appell was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was president of the Baylor Waco Foundation in 1977 and was co-owner of Gene Ives Acoustic and Tile Co. for 20 years.


Eugene Jack Van Zandt, BBA '44, of Waco, passed away on Nov. 28. He was 88.


Frances "Polly" Tusa Falsone, BA '46, died on Nov. 14. She was 85. A lifelong Wacoan, she was married to the late Anthony Falsone for 64 years. They raised five children.

Robbie Piner Kilgore, BA '46, passed away on Dec. 17 in Lamesa, Texas. She was 85. She was a mentor at South Elementary, teaching students to read, and was an avid traveler.

Clifton Kraemer, BS '46, of Cottonwood Community near Lorena, Texas, passed away Dec. 2. He was 94. Kraemer served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked with the Veterans Hospital in Waco for 27 years.


Lonny Lorece Allen Marriott, BSN '47, of Norman, Okla., died on Jan. 5. She was 85. After Baylor, she completed a BS degree from Vanderbilt. She and husband Col. Thomas E. Marriott were one of the founding families that helped establish and build Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman.

J. Frank Nix Jr., BBA '47, of Waco, passed away Jan. 28. Nix served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was an Army flight instructor. After his time at Baylor, he worked for IBM. In 1957, he moved to Waco, joining his brother, John, in operating Nix and Company Realtors until 2007. He served as president of the Texas Association of Realtors in 1976, and later served as a director of the National Association of Realtors. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Eldridge Nix.

Rev. Ivan Victor Larson Jr., BA '47, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., died Oct. 24. He was 85. Born in 1925 in Pingdu, Shantung, China, to missionary parents, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 68 years.


Wanda Mae Martin Parsons Marley, BA '48, died Jan. 5. She was 83. She worked as a teacher and was a mother of six.

George Guinn Leath, BA '48, of Hillsboro, Ore., died on Dec. 5. He was 88. During World War II, Leath served in the U.S. Navy. He became a machinist in the aerospace industry and founded the Baptist Temple in San Jose, Calif.

John Clifford Raborn, BA '48, of Bryan, Texas, passed away Jan. 28. He was 86. He attended Baylor before enlisting in the military. After the war, he returned to Baylor, and later he attended Southwestern Theological Seminary, earning an MRE and GSRE. He met his wife, Nelwyn Martin Raborn, BA '44, while attending Baylor. They were married for 64 years. The Raborns spent 32 years in Hong Kong as missionaries with the International Mission Board. In Hong Kong, he served as the general manager of the Baptist Press.

Lt. Col. Jack Moore Railsback, JD '48, of Iowa Park, Texas, died on Dec. 7. He was 82. Railsback entered Baylor at age 16 and was among the youngest ever to graduate from Baylor Law School. He held a number of attorney positions across West Texas. He retired from the Air Force in 1979 with 28 years of service and 23 of those years from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.


Jackson T. Bain, BBA '49, of Tyler, Texas, died Nov. 26. He was 84. Bain served in World War II and established Jack T. Bain Interior Design in Tyler. He was deeply involved in community concerts, civic theatre and symphony.

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" A. Beyer, BA '49, of Dallas, died Dec. 22. He was 89. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended UT Southwestern Medical School. Among his many medical pursuits, he was a general surgeon in Dallas from 1965-85. At 72, he attended theology school and was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Auline Harris Henderson, BA '49, of Burkburnett, Texas, died Jan. 6. She was 82. She was Baylor Homecoming Queen in 1948.

Col. Harold Hall Jr., BBA '49, of Pledger, Texas, died on Nov. 26. He was 82. Hall served in the U.S. Air Force. Afterward, he worked for McDonald Douglas and also in real estate.

Joe R. Osborn, BBA '49, died Dec. 16 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 88. Osborn entered military service before graduating from Baylor. Afterward, Osborn worked as an insurance agent.

Rev. John Leonard Grimes, BA '49, of Longview, Texas, died on Dec. 14. He was 87. Grimes proudly served on the USS Jenkins DDE447 in World War II. He then went on to pastor several churches in Central Texas and the Marshall-Longview area for 53 years.


Timothy McClain Sherman Jr., BS '50, died on Nov. 24 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 85. Sherman served the U.S. Army in World War II, earning a Bronze Star before transferring to the Navy. He later worked as a chemist for several companies.

Marjorie Coleman Castle, BA '50, of San Antonio, passed away Jan. 10. She was 81. After Baylor, she earned her master's degree at Trinity University. She was named science teacher of the year for the state of Texas in 1980 for grades K-5 and taught in Alamo Heights School District for over 20 years.

Dr. Robert E. Jenkins Jr., BA '50, of Plano, Texas, passed away Jan. 23. He was 83. Jenkins served in the Marines during World War II, graduated from Baylor and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored six Baptist churches in Texas and was director of missions for Smith Baptist Association in Tyler from 1982 - 95, leading groups to mission fields around the world. In retirement he continued to enjoy mission work through Texas Partnerships, prison ministry, and his close association with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florine Ganze Jenkins, BA '50.

Don Mouser, BBA '50, of Lubbock, Texas, died Dec. 16. He was 83. Mouser served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and upon returning to school at Baylor, was elected captain of the Baylor football team. He earned All-Southwest Conference honors his senior year and made the All-Decade team. He founded Don Mouser Insurance Agency in Plainview and coached high school football.

Dawson Ray Warren, BA '50, MSEd '51, of Waco, died Nov. 24. He was 82. Warren taught at La Vega High School and was a guidance counselor there. He also worked with the Waco VA as a psychologist.

Dr. Alicia Hough Puckett, BS '50, MD '53, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Dec. 28. She was 80. For 59 years she was married to W. Norvil Puckett. A graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine, she practiced anesthesiology for 14 years in south Denver.

Hugh Grant Pearson Jr., BSEd '50, MA '53, a long-time Waco coach and principal, passed away Dec. 23. He was 87. Pearson served in World War II in the Naval Air Corps. He was a catcher on Baylor's baseball team, and a three-time all-SWC selection. At 16 years old, he was on Waco's fast pitch softball team, which finished second in the world at the playoffs in Arizona.


Betty J. Glenn Faulk, BA '51, of Muskogee, Okla., formerly of Brownsville, Texas, died Dec. 23 at the age of 81. She was married to Harry Lee Faulk, BA '49, for 59 years. They were members of First Baptist Church of Brownsville, where she served as organist for over 60 years. She was also a teacher.

(Ret.) Lt. Col. Olen Alvro Roberts, BA '51, of Dallas, passed away Jan. 25. He was 83. Roberts served during World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired from CIGNA in 1991, where he was among the top five producers for several years and featured by CIGNA in Time magazine. Roberts continued working with Lincoln Financial Advisors until 2008. He was a member of Highland Park Methodist Church.

Glenna Morgan Cooper, BS '51, died Dec. 16 in Leesburg, Va. She was 81. Cooper taught high school in New Mexico, then in the South Plains College pre-nursing program for 21 years.


Lue Ann Foster Claypool, BA '52, of Fort Worth, died on Nov. 27. She was 79. Claypool was a second grade teacher and devoted board member of the Fort Worth Opera. She also was active in the design and narrative of the Fort Worth River Walk. Her father, Neil S. Claypool, was a Baylor professor and founder of the marketing department for Hankamer School of Business.

Arthur Lee "Art" Miles, BA '52, of Austin, died Dec. 27. The son of a Baptist minister, Miles served in the Army from 1952-54. He taught for many years at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin and then at Lago Vista High School. After retirement, he worked another 10 years at the Texas State Comptroller's office in Austin, retiring again in 1999.

William Henry "Bill" Borchers, JD '52, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Jan. 2. He was 87. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M and his law degree at Baylor. He practiced law for 56 years. Memorial donations may be given to Baylor Law School.


Luis Cayetano Barrera, BS '53, died on Nov. 19 in Dallas. He was 84. Barrera joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and was stationed in France after World War II. After graduating from Baylor, he began a dedicated career of 33 years at Baylor University Medical Center.

Dr. Robert Alfred Melvin, BA '53, of Mars Hill, N.C., died on Nov. 25. He was 79. Melvin served on the faculty of Mars Hill College for 38 years.

Nelda Fae Wigley Locke, BS '53, of Oklahoma City, passed away Dec. 24. She was 78. She taught elementary school, had her pilot's license, and lived in the country of Jordan for six years with her husband, Morgan Locke, Jr.


Erlynn Kamper Cantwell, BA '54, of Lancaster, Texas, died on Nov. 13. She was 77.

Joe Allen Vardeman, BBA '54, of Duncanville, Texas, passed away Jan. 13. He was 83. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he began his business career as Chamber of Commerce Manager in Kerrville and later in Irving. He was vice president of Irving State Bank, owner of Rose-Zel's Florist and a member of FBC Irving.


John F. Ramfield, JD '55, of Fort Worth, passed away on Nov. 25. He was 77.

Margaret Ann Glenn Douglas, BA '55, of Bay City, Texas, passed away on Jan. 1. She was 76. After graduating from Baylor, she moved with her husband, Eddie, to Bay City. Douglas taught the third grade in Van Vleck for 32 years.

Harold T. Duncan, BA '55, passed away Dec. 24. He was 82. He received his B.D. from Southwestern Theological Seminary and his M.Ed. from North Texas State University. Duncan had also served as president for Greater Dallas Council of Teachers of English.


Betty Knudson Edgar, BA '56, of Midland, Texas, died Dec. 30. She was 75. A Texas high school state baton twirling champion, at Baylor she was a Golden Girl baton twirler in the band. She became a registered medical technologist. She was married to Arlen Edgar for more than 50 years.

William Lee "Bill" Merritt, MS '56, of Golinda, Texas, passed away Dec. 28. He was 77. He attended Baylor on a basketball scholarship and later transferred to Southwestern University in Georgetown. He was a three-year starter, all-conference and honorable mention all-American in basketball. Merritt earned his master's degree from Baylor and began a long and successful coaching career, finishing as an assistant coach for women's basketball at Baylor.

Dr. John "Dick" Richard Harley Sr., BA '56, MA '60, of Tyler, Texas, passed away on Jan. 7. He was 80. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was a history professor, teaching at seven colleges and universities around Texas from 1959-92. He was married to Alice Houck Harley for 50 years.


William M. Stoltz, BBA '57, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Dec. 12. He was 77. Stoltz was a farmer and a teacher, eventually becoming a lobbyist for the Western Ohio Education Association and Director of Field Services for UniServ.


Margaret Elaine Werner Gabbert, BS '58, of Dallas, passed away Jan. 15. She was 74. In 1957, she married John Carroll Gabbert, BA '56, JD '59. Gabbert was a member of the Athenian Club, now known as the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and taught school following her husband's service in the Air Force. She was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church. Through the Buckner Foundation, where she was on the board of directors, her gifts helped to build the Gabbert Center for Education and the John and Elaine Gabbert Fund for Christian Education.


Dennis Moore Carley, BA '59, died Oct. 1 in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 73.

James Ewing Sims, BS '59, JD '63, of Cleburne, Texas, passed away Jan. 8. He was 73. He was a federal prosecutor, regional administrator and attorney at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1976 he moved his family to Cleburne to carry on his father's business, Sims Rental, until his return to the SEC from 1990 to 1995.

Rev. John Broadman Ware, BM '59, of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away Jan. 14. He was 73. Ordained in 1970, Ware served many churches throughout his career as minister of music. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Greene Ware.


Grace Evelyn Young, BMEd '60, of Indianola, Miss., died Dec. 19. She was 72. Young was a music minister for many churches, as well as music and choral director for Indianola Academy and Indianola, Rolling Fork and Greenwood public schools.

Ret. Lt. Col. Elmer Robert "Bob" Henningsen, MS '60, of Stephenville, Texas, died Jan. 1. He was 86. Henningsen was a retired professor from Tarleton State University and owner of Sammye's Candy Store. He was a World War II and Korean War Air Force veteran.


Maria Muller Nannini, MSSP '61, of San Antonio, died on Jan. 11. She was 77. She and husband Louis Nannini celebrated 55 years of marriage on Jan. 5. A native of Argentina, Maria earned her D.D.S. degree at the University of Buenos Aires, and later her masters in oral pathology at Baylor Dental School in Dallas. They raised their family in Lubbock and later retired to San Antonio.


Wanda Louise Carruth Giotes, BA '62, of Lorena, Texas, passed away Dec. 26. She was 69. Giotes was married 47 years to her husband, Artie, BBA '63, JD '65.


Dr. Leslie George Bailey, MA '66, died Dec. 24 in Olympia, Wash. He was 68. "Dr. B." taught English at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Wash. from 1966 until his death. Bailey received degrees from Saint Martin's, Baylor and Indiana.


Dr. Gilbert Clapperton Jr., PhD '67, a longtime resident of Luthervile, Md., died Dec. 29. He was 71. Clapperton was a clinical psychologist who established Loyola University's Department of Psychology more than 40 years ago. He retired in 2000 and, until his recent passing, maintained a private practice, which he founded with Dr. Kenneth S. Sachs, PhD '68, in 1968.


Warren Gambriel Clark Jr., LLB '68, of Anahuac, Texas, passed away on Dec. 7. He was 68. An attorney with Prevost Umphrey Law Firm for many years, Clark was also a lay minister in several churches, as well as a missionary to the Ukraine and Africa.


Jimmy Leon White, JD '69, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died on Nov. 13. He was 65. White was district judge and a member of the Texas Bar Association.


John Livingston Elam III, BSEd '70, MSEd '72, passed away on Nov. 19 in Houston. He was 63. After working many years in the technology industry, he established John Elam Landscapes, which he operated for more than two decades.


Diane Dawson Delk, BA '73, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on Dec. 21. She was 59. Delk was teaching piano, class piano and piano pedagogy workshops at Lone Star College-Montgomery. She also maintained a large private studio in Conroe and taught in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, where she founded the Fine Arts School at the Imagina Biblioteca Infantil. Delk was also serving as president of the Texas Music Teachers Association.


Wilder Eugene "Scooter" Chandler IV, BA '74, of Waco, passed away on Nov. 17. He was 58. Chandler owned and operated Our House Delicatessen until 1984 and later became regional deli director of HEB, retiring as the City of Waco program administrator for fleet service.


Juanita James Burns, MSEd '75, died on Dec. 8 in Belton, Texas. She was 79. She was a second grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School.


Dr. Rosemary Jones Hoing, EDD '80, of Berclair, Texas, passed away Dec. 22. Hoing attended Baylor in 1956 and 1957, returning later to receive her doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in special education. She had a distinguished career in the special education field and was a proud alumna of Baylor.


James Nolan McCourt, BSCJ '83, died Nov. 27 in Paris, Texas. He was 79. McCourt served in the U.S. Army and Air Force before becoming a deputy sheriff. While investigating a train derailment, McCourt was offered the position of Special Texas Ranger. He also served as a Justice of the Peace.


Donna Martin Thompson, BBA '84, of Amarillo, Texas, died on Nov. 21. She was 48. Thompson was involved with the music ministry, women's ministry, and First Friends Preschool of Trinity Baptist Church.


Paul Patrick Cordova, BS '98, of Harlingen, Texas, passed away Nov. 18. He was 37. Cordova worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and served seven years on the State Emergency Response Strike team assisting in cleanup operations for hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dolly.

Susan June Slayton Scoble, BA '98, of Cypress, Texas, died Dec. 14. She was 60. Scoble was an employee of Baylor until moving to Houston to be a librarian for South Texas College of Law.


Dr. Kristin Jurgens Ranholn, MA '03, of Kalmar, Sweden, died Jan. 3 in a Frankfort, Germany, hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 36. She held degrees from the University of South Carolina, Baylor University and the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She married Hans Ranholn in 2007.


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