In Memoriam

March 21, 2013

Eugenia Nash Belden, BA '35, a longtime Dallas resident who in 1940 helped her late husband Joe Belden establish the Texas Poll, the nation's first statewide survey of public opinion, died Aug. 13 in Washington D.C. She was 98. As part of Belden Associates, Eugenia was instrumental in creating questionnaires and setting up the mechanics of drawing random samples for monthly Texas Polls, which were published by newspapers statewide. She also was a teacher in Dallas and Gilmer, Texas. Survivors include her two sons, Joe, JD '74, and Tom, BA '70.

Mary Monday Reynolds, BA '35, of Houston, died Dec. 19 at age 97. She retired in 1986 after serving 28 years as an executive secretary to the district manager of Proctor & Gamble. Reynolds was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of Long Point Baptist Church for more than 40 years and most recently of Tallowood Baptist Church.


Louise Durham Denham, BA '36, of Bridgewater, Vt., passed away Nov. 15 at age 96. A native Texan, for more than 20 years she was head of the English department at San Marcos Academy that educated and cared for children whose parents worked overseas. Her grandfather, Dr. John Thomas Harrington, was on the Baylor Board of Trustees for 49 years, and her grandmother, Genoa Harrington, had been an instructor on the campus of Baylor at Independence.

Dessarine Paschal McNeill, BA '36, of Magnolia, Ark., passed away Dec. 29 at age 96. She was a retired schoolteacher for the Waldo [Ark.] Public Schools and a member of First Baptist Church in Waldo.


Eva Beall Williams, BA '40, of Lufkin, Texas, died Jan. 3 at age 94. A former resident of Houston, she worked as a dean's assistant at the University of Texas Dental School.


Dr. Robert E. Lauck Jr., AB '41, MD '41, of Waco, passed away Jan. 5 at age 97. During World War II he served as chief medical officer of the Army 96th Engineers in New Guinea. Lauck returned to Baylor Medical School to pursue his specialty in obstetrics and gynecology, later setting up his practice in Tyler, Texas, in 1949. He brought many children into the world as part of the "baby boom." He and his wife moved to Waco in the early 1980s and he practiced medicine through the late 1990s.


Verna Baker Banes, BA '42, of Huntsville, Texas, died Feb. 1 at age 92. She was a teacher in Texas and California, working in Los Angeles until her retirement. Banes had lived in Huntsville for 25 years. She was a genealogist and wrote a column for the Huntsville Item for a number of years. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Anthony V. Banes, BA '48.

Mary Louise Branch Jordan, '42, of Mobile, Ala., passed away Dec. 14 at age 91. She was married to her late husband, Jim, for 55 years. She was a longtime member of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and the Mobile Garden Club.

Marguerite "Margie" Dunson Williams, BA '42, of Waco, died Dec. 1 at age 88. She was married to the late Peeler Williams Jr., BA '42, JD '43. Her many civic activities included serving on the boards of Waco Junior League and St. Alban's School. Williams was also a member of Baylor Round Table and was president of the Waco Symphony Women's Council. Memorials may be made to the Peeler Williams Jr. Scholarship Fund at Baylor Law School.


Marie Lynette Pledger Mitchell, BA '45, of Morrilton, Ark., died Jan. 7 at age 88. She was a teacher for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1986. She and her husband, Billy, traveled throughout the U.S. and visited all 50 states.


Gloria Manon Seawell Jack, BA '46, of Dallas, died Dec. 31 at age 87. At age 20 she graduated cum laude from Baylor with a double major in Spanish and English, then taught at Baylor. While there she met Ollie Jack, BA '48, and they married in 1946. They lived in New Orleans, Venezuela, Colombia, Miami and Jamaica before moving to Dallas in 1969. Gloria was an active member of the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas.

Patsy Caldwell Williams, BSN '46, of Tulsa, Okla., died Jan. 24 at age 87. She spent many years as a registered nurse in Tulsa public schools.


Dr. Floyd H. Patterson Jr., BM '48, MM '49, of Washington, D.C., died Jan. 16 at age 89. A World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, he served in music minister positions in Baptist churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and worked as a program analyst for the IRS.

Betty Price Smith, BBA '48, of Waco, passed away Dec. 5 at age 85. She married Weldon Lloyd Smith Sr. in 1949 and began working for National Lloyd's Insurance Company in 1967, retiring in 1985 as the chief financial officer. Smith was a member of Highland Baptist Church.


Bobby Earl Lumpkin, BBA '49, of Denver, died Jan. 7 at age 87. He served in World War II and was married to the late Frances Louise Brittain, '51, for 61 years. They lived in Houston before moving to Denver in 1966.

J.C. Rappe, '49, of Waco, died Dec. 18 at age 84. He served 36 years in the Marine Corps and retired as a colonel in 1982. He earned two degrees from Luther Rice College and later was a criminal investigator for Waco's district attorney office.

Mary Alyse Sprinkle, BA '49, passed away July 27 at age 83. She taught for 42 years, was a principal for 17 years in Knoxville, Tenn., and was a proud graduate of Baylor.


Frank William Allen, JD '50, of Conroe, Texas, died Jan. 3 at age 95. At Baylor, Allen played baseball and met and married his wife of 67 years, Gerry Norton, in 1941. A World War II veteran, he returned to Waco where he graduated from Baylor Law School. He had a private practice in general civil law from 1950-54 with Rex Clawson and Joe L. Albritton. Allen went to work at Schlumberger Well Surveying Corporation in 1954, and he remained there until 1966 when he partnered with Kent M. Prichard and H. Lingo Platter, forming the law firm Prichard, Platter and Allen. He moved his general civil law practice to Conroe several years ago and actively practiced until his death.

Dr. Justice C. Anderson, BA '50, MA '51, of Fort Worth, died Dec. 29 at age 83. A retired professor of missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was known as "Uncle Justo" to friends and students worldwide. At Baylor he met and married his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann Elmore Anderson, BA '49. He served for 17 years in Argentina with the International Mission Board before returning to Southwestern in 1974, directing the World Missions Center for 20 years. He authored numerous academic publications and a series of books in Spanish and English. His major contribution was a history of the worldwide Baptist movement. In retirement, Anderson taught at Baylor's Truett Seminary from 2003-10. All four children and a grandson also graduated from Baylor.

James H. Charles, BA '50, of Houston, died Dec. 29 at age 87. He was a World War II veteran.

Thelma Jo Fisher, '50, passed away Jan. 4. She was 82. She attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and completed her college education at Baylor receiving her librarian certification. Fisher served as a librarian in Waco ISD for 25 years and later as a part-time librarian in Riesel ISD. She was married to the late Elmer Fisher, a classics professor at Baylor, for 56 years. Memorials may be made to the Baylor University Classics Excellence Fund or the Baylor Bear Foundation.


Dr. Robert Joseph Gibbons, BA '52, of Fredericksburg, Texas, died Feb. 2 at age 84. He served in the Army in occupied Germany and met his wife of 60 years, Jean Westbrook Gibbons, BBA '52, at Baylor. He practiced dentistry in Arlington, Texas, for 37 years before retiring to a ranch near Fredericksburg in 1994.

Carlene Ballou Musser, BS '52, died Oct. 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was an elementary school teacher and active in the music ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs. Survivors include brother William Ballou, BA '60, and his wife, Avonnell Bolton, BA '61, of Tyler, Texas.


Dr. Starkey Dee Davis, BA '53, of Menomonee Falls, Wisc., died on Dec. 27. He was 81. Davis played football for Baylor in the 1951 Orange Bowl. He earned a medical degree from Baylor Medical College in Houston. In 1975, he was recruited to the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In 1983, he became chairman of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and pediatrician-in-chief at Children's Hospital.

Robert Earl McIlroy Jr., BBA '53, of Adamsville, Texas, died Nov. 13 at age 81. He served in the Air Force and fought in Japan, was a rancher in Lampasas County, and was married to his wife, Carolyn, for 56 years.


Betty Langston Hawkins, BA '54, of Gallatin, Tenn., passed away Feb. 4 at age 79. She was a charter faculty member and English teacher for over 20 years at Volunteer State Community College. She raised four sons who have each been married for 20-plus years. In retirement, she started a now-10-year-old ministry serving jail inmates and their families by nurturing their children during visiting hours.


Norman Conrad Brady, BA '56, of Houston, died Dec. 6 at age 78. He earned a law degree from the University of Texas, was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, worked for Interstate Theatres and at Service Corporation International, where he became a senior vice president. Brady was an avid golfer, a loyal Baylor alumnus and a member of the "Paw-Bears."


Dr. Billy Gene Davenport, BA '57, of Kerrville, Texas, died June 14 at age 82. He taught special education classes in San Antonio and Kerrville. Davenport was a diagnostician, counselor, therapist and mediator. He also served in the Coast Guard and U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Ann Grant Davenport, '56.

Dr. Myron Gayle Glidewell, BS '57, formerly of Richardson, Texas, passed away Oct. 24.


Bobby Jack Oliver Sr., BBA '58, of Richardson, Texas, died Dec. 15 at age 76. He was named the Outstanding Baseball Player and the Outstanding Football Player his senior year at Baylor in 1958. He played on the 1957 Sugar Bowl team and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game in 1958. He played football with the Canadian Football League for seven years in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton. He was retired from Oliver Sales Company, which he started in 1969. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Ann Oliver, BSEd '07, daughter Rebecca Lynn Pair, BSHE '86, and son Bob Oliver Jr., BS '93.

Candy Walling Post, BA '58, of Dallas, died Nov. 6 at age 76. She was a teacher and counselor in Dallas and Honolulu, earning master's degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and East Texas State University. Later, Post enjoyed a 20-year career in real estate and served on Baylor's Dallas Women's Council for 11 years.


Col. Leon Edward Loll, MHA '59, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Dec. 10 at age 98. During his 35-year career in the military, he served in the Florida National Guard as a medical corpsman and was assigned as the company commander of a medical unit in New Guinea during World War II. Loll served as a hospital administrator in numerous Army hospitals around the world, including the 43rd MASH surgical hospital in Korea. There, he established an orphanage and the area's first Boy Scout troop.

Dan E. Mayfield Jr., BBA '59, LLB '61, JD '69, of Waco, died Jan. 16 at age 78. He was a partner in the law firm Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield, where he enjoyed a legal career practicing defensive civil trial law until retirement in 2007. He was a loyal supporter of Baylor and served in a wide variety of civic and professional roles in Waco. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Beverly, '58, and son Daniel Mayfield III, BBA '85.

Lowell Wayne Warnock, JD '59, of Round Top, Texas, died Jan. 21 at age 81. A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot before his Baylor years, at one time he had the fifth-highest number of jet flying hours of anyone in the world. Afterward, he graduated atop his Baylor law class and joined Humble Oil (now ExxonMobil) for 33 years.

Lynne Higinbotham Wallace, BA '59, of Kenedy, Texas, died Jan. 20 at age 74.


Dr. Verla Mae (Shuttlesworth) Sadler Long, BA '64, MA '67, EdD '78, died Jan. 15 at age 81. She was a resident of Smithville, Texas, and Bastrop County for 42 years and served as director for the five-county Co-op for Special Education.

Suzanne Herring Maas, BA '64, of Grand Prairie, Texas, passed away Dec. 15 at age 70. She was a retired teacher and developmental math and reading specialist with Grand Prairie ISD before retiring in 2003.


Ronnie Dwaine Wilson, BS '65, of Dallas, died Feb. 2 at age 70. He was a Baylor football letterman and held a law degree from the University of Texas. He ultimately opened his own law practice.


W. Ward Miller, BBA '69, of San Antonio, died Dec. 7 at age 66. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and later for Braniff Airlines. In 1983 Miller became a State Farm agent. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church San Antonio for more than 35 years. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Nancy Short Miller, BA '69, and son Clay, BBA '01.

Elizabeth Bardin Reeves, MSEd '69, formerly of Waco, died Jan. 7 in Katy, Texas. She was 97.


Beth Cotton Stephenson, BA '70, of Houston, died Dec. 12 at age 64. After working for Harris County Child Welfare as a caseworker for six years, she devoted the remainder of her adult life to her family. Memorials may be made to Baylor University.


Michael Frank Allen, BBA '72, of Fort Worth, passed away Dec. 6 at age 63. He began his years of service with the Dunlap Co., working all the way up to president of Stripling and Cox. After retirement, he went to work for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Memorials may be made to Baylor's Truett Seminary.

Dr. Anita L. White, EdD '72, of Hewitt, Texas, passed away Jan. 12 at age 76. She also held degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the University of Denver. White taught Spanish for 35 years. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Michael White, BA '57, MA '62, EdD '69, and two sons, Allen and Robert White, JD '99.


Mary Elizabeth Plummer Wimpee, BSEd '74, of San Antonio, died Oct. 18 at age 59. She taught special education and elementary grades for 32 years in Texas, Wyoming and North Carolina before retiring in 2008. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bill Wimpee, BS '75, and their son, Matthew Wimpee, BBA '05.


Emily Shelton Watts, BA '82, of Lufkin, Texas, died Jan. 30 at age 52. She was the director of business development and public relations for Brookshire Brothers, where she had worked for 12 years. She was extremely active in a variety of civic and church activities. Survivors include her daughter, Lindsey Caroline Watts, BBA '11.


Steven Lee Malpass, BSEd '85, of Conroe, Texas, passed away Dec. 6 at age 51. He was a four-year letterman for Baylor football and was on the Southwest Conference Championship team in 1980. An avid USTA tennis player, Malpass was a coach and referee for six years for the Upward basketball program at First Baptist Church The Woodlands. He was involved in the sale and rental of heavy construction equipment for more than 20 years, most recently at Equipment Depot. Memorials may be made to the Baylor University Athletic Fund.


Tinsley Leah Tracht, BS '88, of Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 2 at age 49. She was a neonatal nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, working previously in Dallas at Baylor University Medical Center NICU and the Presbyterian Hospital NICU nursery.


Kevin S. K. Wada, BBA '91, of West Hollywood, Calif., passed away Jan. 10 at age 45.


Eric Thomas Haley, BA '02, of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Dec. 20 at age 33. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and received his law degree from the University of Idaho.


Dr. Brandi Ann Schluterman Greer, PhD '08, of Hewitt, Texas, died Dec. 31. She was 31. After receiving two degrees from the University of Arkansas, she completed her doctorate in statistics at Baylor, where she had served as a part-time lecturer. Survivors include her husband, Stanton Greer, MS '08, and their two children.


Jennifer Stanford, BBA '11, passed away on Dec. 31. As a music and entertainment marketing major, she served as vice president of video production for Baylor's Uproar Records. Stanford was also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was originally from Magnolia, Texas, but was living in Austin, working for Ambiance Artists as tour marketing coordinator.

Bobbye B. Asaff, of Waco, died Jan. 5. She attended SFA and played tennis until age 86. An avid Baylor supporter, she had been a member of Baylor Waco Foundation and Strecker Museum Friends.

Linda Henniger Langham Cole, of Houston, died Dec. 18 at age 84. A graduate of the University of Texas, she and husband Col. Newton V. Cole, retired Air Force chaplain from San Antonio, established a scholarship for ministry students at Baylor's Truett Seminary. Among her many church-related and civic roles, Cole was formerly an executive board member of the BGCT and active in Houston Chi Omega and the Spring Creek Ladies Bible study.

Dr. James Arch Coleman Jr., of Waco, died Jan. 24 at age 91. He was chief of the medical staff at Hillcrest Hospital in the 1970s and practiced medicine in Waco from 1955 to 2000.

Dr. Lucian "Lubo" Conway Jr., of Dallas, passed away Dec. 24 at age 65. Conway had been a CPA since 1970 and worked for three international accounting firms. He also served as the J.E. Bush Professor of Accountancy in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, where he taught for more than 20 years. Conway served Baylor as president of the Faculty Senate and associate dean in the business school. He published more than 50 articles, authored numerous textbooks, and received more than eight outstanding educator awards for course development. Conway also started a successful consulting and training company where he impacted more than 70,000 individuals around the world through his dynamic speaking and training style. He was a leading expert in the field of utility finance and accounting. Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Olsen Conway, BA '73, MBA '75. Memorials may be made to the Lucian and Suzanne Conway Endowed Scholarship Fund in Accounting at Baylor.

Lorene Taylor Davidson, of Waco, passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 100. She held degrees from Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Wisconsin. As a young teacher, Davidson was a survivor of the New London Elementary School gas explosion that killed nearly 300 children. Davidson was instrumental in saving the lives of not only students but others as well. She was married to Dr. Floyd Davidson, BS '32, MA '33, who was a professor of biology and later chairman of Baylor's biology department for nearly 40 years. The couple established a scholarship at Baylor's School of Music. She was president of the Baylor University Round Table and the Waco Audubon Society. She and Floyd were longtime sponsors of the Alpha Omega girls club at Baylor (now Pi Beta Phi). Memorials may be made to the Baylor School of Music or the Davidson Lecture Series of the Baylor Department of Biology.

James "Jimmy" Head Jr., of China Spring, Texas, passed away Dec. 20 at 65. He worked at the Waco Tribune-Herald as a supervisor for 35 years and was formerly safety/security education officer at Baylor.

Gene Morris Hirschfelt, of San Angelo, Texas, died Dec. 8 at age 80. A Texas A&M graduate, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Ann McDonald Hirschfelt, BA '59.

Ruth Elizabeth McConnell Hunter, of Katy, Texas, died Jan. 20 at age 93. She attended the University of Arkansas and worked in the senatorial campaign of J. William Fulbright. She and husband A.A. "Buddy" Hunter lived in Waco from 1965-72 and raised three children. Memorials may be made to the Hunter Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor.

Mary Kerr Johnston Piper, of San Antonio, affectionately known as "Miss Katy," passed away Nov. 10 at age 93. A widely loved and admired Christian philanthropist, Piper and her husband of 65 years, Paul Perry Piper, who died in 2004, were motivated by their faith and their passion to help people. Since her husband's death, Piper has lived in San Antonio and was a member of the Woodland Baptist Church. The couple established Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation in 1952 and formed the Christian Mission Concerns Foundation in 1984. The organizations have made significant gifts to George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and CMC provided the facility for the Piper Child Development Center, a laboratory for Baylor students in several different fields of study. In addition, CIOS has provided the funds for hundreds of no-interest loans to Baylor students.

Gretchen Jean Williams, of Adel, Iowa, died Dec. 30 at age 81. In 1976, when her husband, Dr. W.C. Williams, became a professor at Baylor, she became the director of the Learning Resources Center (part of the University Library System) at Baylor. She retired in 1991.

Sandra Jean Wilson, of Waco, died Jan. 13 at age 70. She was a mother of five, worked for IBM, and was a deacon at Seventh and James Baptist Church. Survivors include Dr. William Elbert Wilson Jr., BA '61.

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