In Memoriam Spring 2012

March 23, 2012


Ellen Tweedy Fluker, BBA '30, died in Athens, Texas. She was 104. Fluker was a teacher and professor.


Frances Green Wheless, BA '31, passed away Nov. 1, 2011. She was 102. Wheless was active in the National PTA and spent the majority of her life in Austin.


Elouise Dennison, BA '37, passed away in Liberty, Texas, on Nov. 29, 2011. She was 94.

Dr. Kenneth W. Krueger, AB '38, MD '42, of Hartsville, S.C., passed away Jan. 30. He was 95. Krueger was drafted into the Army and served as a medic in Italy and the Philippines. He married Marcia Clark in 1947 and practiced continually in Hartsville from 1949 until he retired in 1985. Krueger received several awards for community service, including the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award in 1996 and the Rotary Club citizen of the year for 2006.


William Henry Burnett, BA '39, of Dallas, passed away Oct. 30, 2011. He was 93.


Dorothy Irene Bell Cadwallader, BA '43, of Arlington, Texas, passed away Feb. 12 at age 89. She was the widow of Dr. Chester Cadwallader Jr., BA '42. After the couple graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1944, they took a pastorate at College Place Baptist Church in Monroe, La. From 1953-79, the Cadwalladers served as Southern Baptist missionaries in Guatemala and neighboring countries before returning to the U.S. to continue their ministry.

Lucile P. Miller, BSN '43, of Williamsburg, Va., died Oct. 17, 2011. She was 90. Miller served 23 years in the Navy, achieving the rank of commander. A longtime Baylor supporter, Miller shared her Navy uniform with Baylor Nursing School for their 100th anniversary exhibit at the Mayborn Museum. She was buried Jan. 19 in Arlington National Cemetery.


Laura Zachry Albright, '45, passed away in Dallas on Nov. 13, 2011. She was 87.

Oma Nell Baird Marter, BBA '45, died Dec. 10, 2011, in Fort Worth. She worked for Humble Oil company and later for Aetna Life and Casualty.

Koleen Burgess Vick, BA '45, died Nov. 13, 2011, at age 87. She was a teacher in Bryan, Texas.


Margaret R. Bradshaw, BS '46, of Houston, passed away Nov. 17, 2011. She was 88. Bradshaw was active in the Baylor University Women's Association of Houston and Kappa Kappa Gamma Houston Alumnae Association, among others.


Mary Alys Alexander, BA '47, of Boerne, Texas, passed away Jan. 21 at age 84. She taught second grade for 28 years.

Dan McCall Brazil, BA '47, LLB '51, of Lufkin, Texas, died April 15, 2011. He was 83. A former city attorney for Lufkin and county and district attorney for Angelina County, Brazil served in the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

Dolly Armstrong Green, BSN '47, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, died Feb. 20. She was 88. Green began as a registered nurse with a private practice in Hopkinsville, Ky. She later worked at First Community Village, retiring as head nurse in 1985.

Ruth Theodora Lundquist, BA '47, of Rockford, Ill., passed away Dec. 13, 2011.

Winnie Dudley White, BA '47, of Abilene, Texas, passed away Feb. 4 at age 84. At Baylor, White edited The Shield magazine. In 1950, she married Rev. Wayne White, BA '51. After pastoring in Hastings, Okla., and founding Red Rock Baptist Church in Las Vegas, the Whites were appointed as missionaries with the Foreign Mission Board in 1963; they served in that capacity for 28 years in Costa Rica and Mexico. White began several school and church libraries. In 1991, the couple retired to Abilene, where they were members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.


Nelda Tyler Merrett, BA '48, of Fort Worth, passed away Dec. 1, 2011, at age 89. She was a teacher for 32 years.

Rev. Cecil Charles Sims, BA '48, died on Dec. 7, 2011, in Tigard, Ore. He was 83.


Jerry F. Shivers, BBA '49, LLB '51, of Anna, Texas, passed away in February at age 89. Shivers was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew more than 100 missions as a P-47 pilot in Germany and France during World War II. After Baylor, Shivers served in the Dallas district attorney's office as an assistant DA under Henry Wade. He entered the oil and gas industry with Coastal States and retired in 1981 as vice president of natural gas contracts with Tenneco, Inc.

Betty Bradford Smith, BA '49, passed away on Dec. 17, 2011, in Waco. Smith taught in Waco schools for 36 years.


Patsy Stoffregen Smith, BA '50, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died Dec. 7, 2011. She was 82. Smith was a teacher in Waco and Corpus Christi.

Eldred Smith, JD '50, died on Dec. 6, 2011, in Longview, Texas. He was 86. Smith was a World War II veteran, then an attorney for 55 years.


Robert Yeaman Smith, BA '51, died Nov. 25, 2011, in Largo, Fla. He was 95. Smith was a pastor.


Dr. William B. Greer, BS '51, DDS '52, died Dec. 13, 2011. After serving in the Army Air Corps, Greer graduated from Baylor and spent three years as a medical missionary in Nigeria with his wife and children. He practiced briefly in Floydada, Texas, and many years in Memphis, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Greer, BA '48, of Gaylord, Mich.

Vernon D. "Toby" Howard, LLB '52, died Feb. 11 at age 86. Howard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Joan Cox in 1953. Howard worked for Aetna as a claims representative in Abilene, Texas, where he had lived since 1960.

Harry Keith Morris Sr., BA '52, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., passed away Dec. 4, 2011. He was 85. He pastored Baptist churches in Lesley, Notrees and Bronte, Texas. He also served as area missionary for the Brady-Coleman-Runnels Baptist Area and as director of missions for the Mt. Baker Baptist Association in Washington. He was married for 63 years to Dannie L. Morris. His son and daughter are H. Keith Morris Jr., BA '72, and Phyllis Morris Middleton, BA '75.

Frank J. Scanio Jr., LLB '52, passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Nov. 3, 2011, at age 88. A World War II veteran, he worked as a lawyer, banker, and a partner in ranching, real estate, and oil and gas businesses.

James Westerfield, BBA '52, of Houston, passed away Nov. 9, 2011. He was an IRS agent before running his own business as a CPA for 40 years. While at Baylor, Westerfield lettered in golf and was a founding member of Tryon Coterie fraternity, now associated with Phi Delta Theta.


Dr. Jack E. Freeman,

BA '53, MA '54, of Lansdowne, Va., passed away Jan. 24. He was 80. Freeman was a counterintelligence officer in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and an assistant professor for the USAF Academy in Colorado. Freeman was recommended to join HQ USAF Pentagon Director of Plans by his Air Force Academy department head, Col. Brent Scowcroft (later the U.S. National Security Advisor) in 1964. He engaged in preparing analysis briefs regarding Middle East affairs for then USAF Chief of Staff, General Curtis Lemay. He spent 1967-90 with the University of Pittsburgh, including becoming the second president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, later serving in senior administrative roles for Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University.

Jack T. Carr, BA '53, of Magnolia, Texas, died on March 29, 2011. He was 79. Carr served as pastor for seven different churches over his 59-year career.


Bill J. Athey, BS '54, of Louisa, Va., passed away Nov. 22, 2011, at age 80. He was a Baylor football all-American, then drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1953, and later inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame. Athey became a major in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the Department of Commerce until 1986, a total of 33 years in government service.

Aubrey Gene Buck, BA '54, of Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away Nov. 24, 2011, at age 79. A Korean War veteran, Buck worked for 30 years in the insurance industry.

Cuin Grigsby, BSEd '54, of Abilene, Texas, died Dec. 6, 2011, at age 79. He began Grigby's Red Goose Shoe Store in 1958 and later Grigsby's Rag Doll retail stores in Wichita Falls, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock and San Angelo. He served on the board of advisors for Hankamer School of Business from 1983-87. He often called in to Abilene sports talk radio shows to discuss the Bears.

Joan Slawson Lee, '54, of Bryan/College Station, Texas, died Dec. 10, 2011. She lived in Uvalde, Texas, for 25 years, where she and her husband owned Don Lee Irrigation.

J'Ann Luedke, BA '54, of Mart, Texas, passed away Dec. 2, 2011. She was 77. Luedke was an elementary teacher for 40 years and was active with the Historic Waco Foundation.

Dr. Carlos Dale Parker, BA '54, died Dec. 17, 2011. He was 78. Since 1964, Parker had been an allergy and immunology doctor in Austin.


Rev. Miller Robinson, BA '55, died Nov. 7, 2011, in Snyder, Texas. He was 77. After 10 years at other churches, Robinson pastored for 32 years at Colonial Hill Baptist in Snyder.

Ethel Dephane Tabor, BA '55, died Nov. 4, 2011, at the age of 79 in Odessa, Texas. She worked for the Girl Scouts of America National Headquarters in New York City before entering private business.

Sybil Kathryn Wells, MSEd '55, of Midland, Texas, passed away Feb. 24. She was 100. Wells was a longtime schoolteacher in Meridian, Texas.


Weldon Doyle

Causseaux, BA '56, of Cumming, Ga., died on Feb. 1. He was 81. Causseaux served in the Navy during the Korean War, then graduated from Baylor and California Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was student body president. Over a 40-year span, he served churches in Hay Valley, Texas; Covina and Long Beach, Calif; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Cape Coral, Fla; Huntingdon, England; and East Point and Big Canoe, Ga.

William F. McCoy, BBA '56, of Temple, Texas, died Dec. 17, 2011. He was 84. A World War II and Korean War veteran, he worked as a pharmaceutical representative and probation officer.


Jess Carson Dickie III, JD '57, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away Nov. 21, 2011. He was 83. A Korean War veteran, he practiced law in Amarillo for 50 years.

Brad C. Harris, BA '57, died Dec. 1, 2011, in Draper, Utah. He was 77. Harris was retired from the insurance business in Waco. He played in both the 1954 Gator Bowl and the 1957 Sugar Bowl and was a longtime Baylor supporter. Contact his wife, Virginia, BA '56, MSEd '76, at 11919 Kimball Field Ln., Draper, UT 84020.

James Larkin (Jim) Toler, BA '57, of Dallas, passed away Feb. 18 at age 76. He attended Southwest Missouri State and was later inducted into their Football Hall of Fame in 1980. After coaching and teaching in the Dallas, Highland Park and Garland schools, Toler started a successful real estate business in Garland. His business/professional activities included serving as a director of the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation and on the East Texas State University Board of Regents. He served two terms as mayor of Garland in the 1960s and was chosen as a delegate to county, state and national Democratic conventions.


Arabella Toney Davis, BA '58, died Dec. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. She was 76. She taught nearly 30 years in Arlington ISD.

Margaret Ruth Williams Meador, BM '58, MA '80, of Arlington, Texas, passed away Feb. 13. She was a professor of literature and the humanities at Dallas Baptist University and at Texas Wesleyan University for the past 16 years. Her parents, Dr. H. V. and Ruth Williams, taught at Baylor. Meador held a master's degree in music from Florida State University and a master's degree in humanities from UT-Arlington. She was a high school teacher in Houston and the DFW area before becoming a professor.

David Lofton Michael, BA '58, of Arlington, Texas, died Oct. 28, 2011. He was 76. Michael was a pastor for 50 years.

Jim Newton, BA '58, of Clinton, Miss., passed away Jan. 16 at age 76. The longtime Southern Baptist journalist and former assistant director of Baptist Press held numerous positions in Baptist journalism. Newton worked extensively as a communications consultant with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and others. He was a three-time recipient of the Baptist Communicators Association's top journalism honor, the Frank M. Burkhalter Award. As a journalist, Newton traveled to all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

John Ruzicka, BA '58, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Feb. 16. He was 75. Ruzicka served six years in the Air Force before becoming a financial consultant. He was a road captain of the Austin Harley Owners' Group.


James Matthew Ritchie, MS '60, of Atascadero, Calif., died Nov. 18. He was 78. Ritchie worked as a rehabilitation therapist.

Dr. William Randall Whigham, MS '60, PhD '65, passed away Nov. 21, 2011, in Dallas. He was 79. Whigham was a clinical scientist.


Gerald Dean Gibson, MSEd '61, of Groesbeck, Texas, died Nov. 16, 2011. He was 78. Gibson was a teacher and principal until 1993. He also ran an income tax preparation business.

Lila Rapp, BA '61, passed away in Fort Worth on Nov. 23, 2011. She was 72.


Sam Massey, BBA '62, passed away in Glen Rose, Texas, on Dec. 26, 2011. Massey was self-employed in the Dallas area for most of his adult life. Among his survivors are his wife of 49 years, Linda Abshier Massey, BA '62, and sister Minnie Davis, BA '60. Memorial donations may be made to Baylor, Relay for Life or your local food bank. Contact Linda at or P.O. Box 929, Glen Rose, TX 76043.


Calvin "Bruce" Hayes, BS '63, of Monroe, N.C., died Nov. 22. He was 71. Hayes was a teacher and insurance agent.


David "Sandy" Hendrick Jr., BA '65, JD '67, died Dec. 18, 2011, in Bend, Ore. He was 68. Hendrick was a law professor at Baylor, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and South Texas School of Law. He was licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and the United States.

Jerry Fred McKay, BBA '65, passed away Sept. 15, 2011, in Apex, N.C. He was 68. McKay spent his career in the banking industry in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Janith Jenson-Elbert, BA '65, and her brother Randy Jenson, BA '61, MBA '66, write: "Our mother, Jennie Mae Jenson, was a Waco citizen (92 years) and a life-long Baylor fan. Our family decorated her gravesite in Waco Memorial Park with Baylor's green and gold in celebration of how proud she would have been of her beloved Heisman Trophy-winning 2011 Baylor Bears. In the early '50s, the era of football stars such as Larry Isbell and Buddy Parker, we would walk to Baylor Stadium and pay 50 cents to sit in the end zone to cheer for Baylor. Both my brother and I grew up to become Baylor graduates, mainly because of my Mom's dedication and Spartan efforts on our behalf. In gratitude, we placed an 'honor brick' in her name near Pat Neff Hall. Likewise, her family created her Baylor-themed arrangement in tribute to her unwavering loyalty to Baylor football. Way to go Bears!"


Dr. Gary O. Pirkle, MSEd '66, EdD '74, of Hewitt, Texas, died Nov. 22, 2011. He was 73. Pirkle taught biology at Midway High School before becoming a counselor at Texas State Technical College and working at the Veterans' Affairs Regional Office in Waco.

Richard Webb III, MHA '66, of Albuquerque, N.M., passed away Dec. 1, 2011. He was 80. Webb served in the Army for 28 years, and worked in military hospitals in the U.S. and Vietnam.


James Lenard Mallon Jr., BS '68, MS '70, of Georgetown, Texas, died Feb. 26 at age 67. Mallon was one of the most successful coaches in Southwestern University's history during his tenure as head coach of the Pirate baseball team. After a five-year stint with the San Francisco Giants organization, Mallon began his collegiate coaching career in 1971 at Southwestern. Mallon ended his coaching career in 2004 ranked third all-time in wins (1,197) for both the NCAA and the NAIA. Mallon's teams won five SCAC Championships and advanced to seven NCAA Regional championships. He was named NAIA District Coach of the Year on five occasions and SCAC Coach of the Year four times. Mallon was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Southwestern University Hall of Fame in 2010.


Arthur C. Eads, JD '70, of Belton, Texas, died Nov. 1, 2011. He was 70. Eads served as district attorney of Bell, Mills and Lampasas counties for 24 years and was also on advisory committees to Governors Mark White, BBA '62, JD '65, and Ann Richards, BA '64.

Steve Owings Halladay, BBA '70, of Pflugerville, Texas, passed away Dec. 16, 2011. He was 64. An Air Force veteran, Halladay worked in banking, land development, historical restoration and gunsmithing.


Richard E. Scott, BA '71, former president and CEO of Hillcrest Health System, died Jan. 20. He was 74. In 1961, Scott began a 42-year career at Hillcrest, holding many different positions until his retirement in 2002. He served on many boards: Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board; president of the Rotary Club of Waco; president of the board of the Dr Pepper Museum & Education Foundation; and president of the United Way of Waco McLennan County.


Harold J. Cooper, JD '72, passed away Dec. 9, 2011, in Waco. He was 68.


Dennis Del Morgan, BA '73, JD '78, of El Campo, Texas, died in November 2011. Morgan practiced law as an attorney in Wharton County, Texas.


R. Steve Newport, BA '74, MS '75, of Keller, Texas, passed away Dec. 3, 2011, at age 59. Survivors include his wife, Gaynelle Bone, BS '76, his brother Mark Newport, BA '71, and daughter Anna Newport Stover, BA '00. At Baylor, Newport played on the tennis team, studied economics and met his wife. The Newports attended Highland Baptist Church where they both taught in the college department. Upon graduation from Baylor, Newport taught economics at Baylor under his friend and mentor Dr. Jim Truett. He trained church leaders in francophone Africa, where he and his wife served as missionaries for several years.


Jane Posten Shattuck, MSEd '76, died Jan. 26. In 1971, Shattuck began her teaching career in Santa Fe, N.M. In the mid-1980s, she moved to Austin to accept the positions of international editor and communication services administrator for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was an active member of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church.


Mary Frances Hiler, BSEd '78, of Blooming Grove, Texas, passed away Feb. 9. She was 72. After graduating from Baylor, she started a 22-year teaching career.


Gregg Bomkamp, BSEd '85, of Driftwood, Texas, passed away Dec. 10, 2011. Bomkamp played football at Baylor and was a teacher and coach before starting a career in insurance.


Loyd Ross Earley, BBA '88, JD '95, of Highland Village, Texas, died Dec. 11, 2011, at age 45. He was an attorney for Worldwide Flight Services.


Jim G. Morris, BBA '97, passed away Sept. 25, 2011, at age 37 after fighting cancer. He worked in the financial industry and was a member of Johnson City First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Beckie Johnson Morris, BA '96; their two-year-old daughter, Sarah Rebecca; his parents, Jim, BBA '70, and Helen Head Morris, BA '69; brother Justin Morris, BBA '04; and sister-in-law April Wessels Morris, BA '03, MSCD '04; nephew Mason James; and grandparents Jim, BA '42, MD '46, and Betty Cross Morris, BA '44. Morris was a fifth-generation Baylor graduate. To read more about him, visit


Ryan Russell Gibbs, BBA '04, of Baton Rouge, La., died Feb. 10. He was 30. A graduate of Plainview [Texas] High School, after Baylor, Gibbs earned a BA degree in English from Texas Tech. As a master of fine arts graduate student at Louisiana State University, he was a graduate instructor and served as the graduate assistant for The Southern Review for two years. In addition, Gibbs was one of the premier photographers in Baton Rouge. His website,, highlights his work.


Callie M. Tullos, a Reisel, Texas, senior majoring in financial services and planning, passed away Jan. 7. She was 23.


Dustin Lee Chamberlain died Dec. 15, 2011, in Siloam Springs, Ark., at age 20. He was a sophomore at Baylor, majoring in biology/pre-med.

Jake W. Gibbs, a first-year student at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary from Winter Park, Fla., passed away Jan. 21. He was 26.

Dong Hyun Kim, a sophomore biology major from Allen, Texas, passed away Dec. 19, 2011. He was 20.


William David Patterson, a San Antonio freshman, passed away Feb. 9. He was 18. His brother, Evan Patterson, is a Baylor senior. Those wishing to honor Patterson can make a donation to the Will Patterson Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Baylor.

Dr. Albin George Pinkus passed away Dec. 14, 2011. He was 92. Pinkus joined Baylor as a professor in 1952, retiring in 1992 when he was appointed as research professor emeritus. He was an internationally known physical organic chemist and inventor, holding patents jointly with Baylor in contact lens development.

Raymond Randall Preddy, of Waco, died Dec. 17, 2011. He was 71. Preddy served for 22 years in the Navy and later became publisher of the Waco Tribune-Herald. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Journalism. Preddy was also a Baylor faculty member for more than a decade.

Donald L. Sexton, age 79, of

Summerville, S.C., passed away Nov. 7, 2011. Sexton spent 18 years in the engineering industry and 17 years as a university professor. While teaching at Baylor, he held the Caruth Chair in Entrepreneurship, where he established entrepreneurship majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the Center for Entrepreneurship. He assisted in the establishment of entrepreneurship programs at many universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. E. Bryan Harris, of Waco, passed away Dec. 19, 2011. He was 89. Harris graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1941. During World War II, he attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans and was in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a medical student. In 1947 he married Vera Munn, a registered nurse, and practiced internal medicine in Shreveport before moving to Dallas in 1955 to take a second residency in radiology at Baylor Hospital. In 1960, he moved his family to Waco, where he practiced medicine for 35 years. Harris frequently served as traveling physician for the Baylor football team during the 1960s. The family suggests the Baylor Bear Foundation Athletic Scholarship Fund for memorial contributions.

Patsy N. Holland, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away Sept. 16, 2011. A Baylor Alumna by Choice, she was married to Robert Holland, BA '61, and was a school secretary in Conroe ISD for 21 years. She had three children, including Scott Holland, BS '91, and seven grandchildren.

William R. Thomas passed away on Dec. 21, 2011, in Tulsa, Okla., his winter home. He was 89. Thomas graduated from Magnolia A&M (now Southern Arkansas University) and the University of Arkansas. While in the Navy in 1946, Thomas married Gretchen Peterson, his high school sweetheart and the namesake for the Gretchen Thomas Undergraduate Scholarships at Baylor that Thomas generously supported, among his many philanthropic pursuits. Thomas was employed as an engineer by Phillips Petroleum in Borger, Texas, then, in 1961, moved to Bartlesville, Okla., where he was later named vice president of human resources for Phillips.