In Memoriam


Jennie Majors Gilliam, BA '30, of Clifton, Texas, passed away on June 20 at age 103. At Baylor she met and married Phil Gilliam of Clifton, Texas, and they made their home in Clifton. They raised three children. For many years, Gilliam taught fifth and sixth grade at Clifton Elementary and Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church, Clifton. Survivors include her son John Phil Gilliam, BBA '60, MBA '71, and daughter Margie Ruth Gutierrez, BA '62.


Sylvia Hankins McKinney, '32, of Fairview, Texas, died July 13 at age 101. She was a pioneer settler to the oil boomtown of Goose Creek, Texas. McKinney earned a master's degree from The University of Houston. Hankins married Carl McKinney, Jr. in 1936 and taught in Goose Creek CISD from 1932-41 and 1951-77.


William D. Miller, BBA '40, of Portland, Texas, died July 24 at age 94. He served in World War II in the Army and was married to Lorena Baggett Miller for 72 years. They lived in Taft, Texas, for 45 years before moving to Portland in 1992.


Edena 'Dena' (Beard) Cobb, BBA '42, of Brentwood, Tenn., died May 19 at age 92. She worked at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi during World War II before marrying in 1945 and settling in Amarillo, where Cobb taught at Amarillo College. After retiring in 1984, the couple moved to Houston, then to Brentwood 10 years later. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, James F. Cobb, BBA '41, and daughter, Dena K. 'D.K.' Buford, BA '74.


Jessie Evelyn (Jackson) Norman, BS '45, of Longview, Texas, died Aug. 6 at age 89. She served three years on the executive board of the Texas Baptist Convention, was a charter member of the Longview Story League, was an active member of the Gregg County Medical Auxiliary and was a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Dr. Wayman B. Norman.


Dr. H. Wayne Jones, BS '46, of Burnet, Texas, died July 18 at age 86. After graduating from the Baylor School of Medicine, he was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he served as a doctor during the Korean War. Afterward he established a practice in Monahans, retiring 40 years later as an anesthesiologist in Fort Worth. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Louise Birney Jones.

Golda Jean (Haskins) Keith, BSN '46, of Anchorage, Alaska, died May 26 at age 89. She was an apple picker and a 'Rosie the Riveter,' working for the Spartan aircraft company before Baylor. She then worked in government service in California, Hawaii, Idaho and Alaska. Keith traveled the tundra in the 1940s and '50s as a village nurse healing the sick and delivering babies. She had four children.


William 'Bill' S. Bigham, BBA '47, of Killeen, Texas, passed away June 30 at age 92. Bigham served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He founded what is now Bigham Kilewer Chapman & Watts Insurance Agency and co-founded Patriot Buick-GMC. He was also instrumental in bringing Central Texas College to Killeen. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at CTC from 1965-81. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Bigham served as the finance director, registrar, city manager and tax collector for the city of Killeen. He was commander of American Legion Post 223 and board member of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce.


Glynn Dell (Dunn) Ballew, BA '48, MSEd '52, of Waco, died May 16 at age 91. She was a career educator teaching for over 50 years in Marlin, Bosqueville and Midway ISDs. Ballew was designated a Master Teacher by the Texas Education Association.


John Ross Kay, BBA '49, of Lufkin, Texas, passed away on June 26 at the age of 87. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II before becoming a practicing attorney in Lufkin.


Retired judge Erwin Ernst, JD '50, passed away on July 24 at age 88. Ernst served as assistant district attorney in the 106th District at Lamesa from 1951-53; the Harris County district attorney's office from 1955-72; and the Walker County district attorney's office in 1972-73. He served in the 12th District in Walker County as district judge from 1978-88 before serving as senior judge from 1988-2010. He was also a professor at Sam Houston State University.

Waylon Boyce Ferguson, BBA '50, of Waco, passed away May 26 at age 86. He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and in the occupation of Japan. At Baylor he met and married Mary Ann Allen, '52. They moved to Albuquerque and he began his 37-year career with Sandia National Laboratories. Upon retirement, the couple enjoyed living in Durango, Colo., for five years before returning to Waco.

Barbara Ann Daniel Gunter Foreman, BA '50, of Tulia, Texas, died June 15 at age 84. She married Dr. Lee Scarborough Foreman, BS '50, MD '54, in 1952. Dr. Foreman established a family medical practice in Tulia, while Barbara pursued her passions of homemaking and contributing to the community. Survivors include her husband of 62 years; daughters, Lee Ann (Foreman) Anderson, BA '80, Emily (Foreman) Sharp, BSEd '84, Laura (Foreman) Vinson, BA '91; and seven grandchildren.

Jean Curtis McCoy, BBA '50, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away Dec. 10, 2012, at age 84. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sally McCoy. He worked in the oil, aviation, service station and real estate industries, ending in managing Major Real Estate Investments and eventually McCoy Group Properties, where he was still active until his passing. He excelled in swimming while at Baylor and was the captain of the swim team. McCoy was a world-class handball player and an outstanding snow skier, water skier and golfer.

Dr. Lee D. McKellar, BA '50, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died Aug. 19 at age 85. After graduating from University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, he practiced medicine in Mount Pleasant for 56 years. McKellar loved to be with his patients and on his ranch with his cattle. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant where he served in many different capacities. He served as a Baylor Regent and was a generous Baylor supporter. Survivors include his wife, Delores, and children, Dr. Morris McKellar, Mark McKellar, Zena Lawrence and Dr. Matthew McKellar.


Lyle Vernon Blackwood Sr., BBA '51, of Austin, died June 13 at age 85. He played running back for the Bears on the 1949 Dixie Bowl champion team. Later, he became a Southwest Conference official. In 1950, he married Jewel Mullins, who was secretary to then-Baylor President W.R. White. The Blackwoods moved to San Antonio, where they raised their four children. The couple moved to Austin in 1982 where they owned and operated the Austin Popeye's Fried Chicken franchise until 1996. Blackwood served his country for 11 years as a captain in the National Guard.

J. Cody Davis Jr., BS '51, of Leander, Texas, died May 22 at age 84. For 43 years, he worked for Lubrizol Corp. in Deer Park and Bayport, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio, retiring in 1994. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma Lucille Davis.

Calvin Raymond Lysinger, BA '51, of Summerdale, Ala., passed away May 20 at age 83. He was a longtime resident of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. Lysinger served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 as a radar operator in the Anti-Aircraft Defense Network. His entire working career was spent in the oilfields in Texas, Louisiana, Venezuela, Trinidad and Alaska. He was a longtime Baylor football fan.


Ellen Yates Tanner, BA '52, of Temple, Texas, died July 4 at age 82. She married Dr. William G. Tanner Sr., BA '51, in 1951. After teaching first grade in the early years of her marriage, she devoted her time to her family and to supporting Bill as a pastor's wife. She moved into the role of a college First Lady when Bill became president of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1968 and continued serving in that role at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1971-76. When Bill became executive director of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and, later, of the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, she took on leadership roles with ministers' wives and the WMU. She was a member of the executive committee for the Southern Baptist Convention and chaired the Prayer Vigil for Ministers' Wives for the Southern Baptist Convention.

James Floyd Shockey, BA '52, died May 22 in Carrollton, Texas. He was 84. Shockey served in the Army during the Korean conflict and married Marilee Siebenmann, BA '52, in 1951. The both attended Baylor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After pastoring in San Antonio and Dallas, the couple served as Southern Baptist missionaries in inner city Chicago until 1982, when they returned to Texas. Floyd spoke Spanish fluently and, for most of his ministry, served Hispanic populations of San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago and the Hill Country Baptist Association. They parented six children, including Jim, BA '80, Jeanne, BBA '82, and Julie, BSEd '84.

Dr. Phil Abernethy Webb, BA '52, died on Nov. 14, 2012. He was 82. Webb married Helen Virginia Dean and attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He became a doctor in 1956, and after receiving Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1963, his family moved to Waco and began his practice at the Waco Bone and Joint Clinic. He was a member of the McLennan County Medical Society, serving as president in 1982. While in Waco, he and his partners were team physicians for the Baylor Bears football team and he was awarded Southwest Conference Physician of the Year in 1974. Webb also served on the Hillcrest Medical Center Board of Development and as chief of staff for two consecutive years.


Charles Ed Moak, BA '53, of Baytown, Texas, died April 29 at age 81. He held graduate degrees from Southern Theological Seminary, Indiana University and Sam Houston State University. He had a career in education and retired from Lee College as the dean of student services/registrar after 18 years there. He was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church where he taught Bible classes. Among his survivors is his wife of 60 years, Mary Beth Moak, BA '54.

Henry Charles Saur, BBA '53, of Shreveport, La., died May 19 at age 82. He was a CPA and a certified instrument flight instructor. Saur is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jerelyn (Weyer) Saur, BM '54.


Dr. John McLaurin Dodge, BS '54, MD '57, of Little Rock, Ark., died July 31 at age 79. After serving two years in the Army, he settled in Texarkana, Texas, with his wife and family, where he lived for more than 40 years. Dodge served on Baylor's Development Council and was a charter member of the Old Main Society. He was an active member of Gideons and participated in numerous overseas medical mission trips. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Linnie Lou Murchison Dodge, and two sons, John Dodge Jr. and Ben Dodge.


Martha (Frosch) Kettler, BBA'56, MSEd '66, passed away July 9 in Lake Jackson, Texas. She was 103.


William C. Morrow, BA '57, of Midland, Texas, passed away May 19 at age 77. Early in his career, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an instructor at TCU. In 1965 he moved to Midland, where he practiced law for nearly 50 years.


Catherine 'Lucy' (Lattimore) Mebane, BSN '58, of Waco, died June 15 at age 79. She taught kindergarten at Lake Shore Baptist and First Baptist churches, where she also served in the prayer room for many years. Mebane was a volunteer at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and owned and operated Mastectomy Boutique. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Dickenson, BS '83, and Susan George, BSEd '87.

Ethel Ann (de Cordova) Porter, BS '58, of McKinney, Texas, died July 9 at age 77. After living in Columbus, Miss., and Temple, Texas, she and her husband, Walker Porter, moved to Groesbeck, Texas, in 1964. Walker's veterinarian practice took the family to El Paso from 1973 to their retirement in 2003.


Dr. Dorothy Camille Hale, BSN '59, of Waco, died July 8 at age 84. She received her Certificate of Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in 1974. She served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, 1951-1955, and was a Korean War veteran. She retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989 and worked as an educator, staff nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner in Marlin and Temple veterans hospitals for 23 years.

Dr. Terry L. Duncan, BS '59, DDS '64, of Wichita, Kan., passed away on May 13. He enjoyed 37 years in the orthodontic practice of Drs. Rogers, Duncan & Dillehay. He served as president of the Wichita District Dental Society, the Kansas Dental Association, the Kansas State Association of Orthodontists, the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. Survivors included his wife, Pat (Bennett) Duncan, BBA '59.


Barbara (Edwards) Harris, BSN '60, of Longview, Texas, passed away June 1 at age 74. She earned a master's degree from Emory University. Harris worked as a traveling nurse in Arkansas, supervising physical rehabilitation on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Later, she was a nursing professor at Baylor, Vanderbilt and Kilgore College for 15 years. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, John T. Harris, Alumnus by Choice, and daughter Mary Irene Berthelot, BBA '98, MTA '00. Memorials may be made to Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Dr. Lillie Maxine Nicholson, BSN '60, of Hurley, N.M., died June 23 at age 75. She was valedictorian of the first graduating class from Cobre High School in Hurley. She earned advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas. Nicholson served in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and held many positions throughout her more than 20-year career before retiring as a captain.


Dr. Gerry (Cadenhead) Fletcher, BSN '61, passed away July 22 in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was 73. Fletcher earned degrees at Baylor, the University of Colorado, and the University of Texas. A distinguished scholar, she was permanent president of her nursing class at Baylor, a distinguished alumnus, and a generous Baylor supporter. Her work experience included nursing at the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas and vice president of Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. She was the first dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, a position from which she retired in 2000. Memorials may be made to the Baylor School of Nursing.


Marvin Wayne Sapaugh, BA '64, of Longview, Texas, died May 30 at age 73. At Baylor, he was a member of Chamber and lettered in track. Sapaugh worked for Williams Financial Group in Longview and led the music ministry at Eastview Baptist Church. He was a Kiwanian for 45 years and a lifetime Gideon.


Steven Harris Boswell, BA '65, MD '69, passed away July 8 at age 70. He held residency at Duke University's medical school, where he specialized in radiology. Boswell served as a lieutenant commander and was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, where he oversaw the training of residents. In 1976, Boswell moved to San Antonio, where he worked as a radiologist for many years. He was a longtime Baylor supporter. Survivors include his wife, Janet Merrill Boswell, and four children.


Charles Wayne Palmer, BA '75, of Longview, Texas, passed away May 11 at age 60. While attending Baylor, Palmer was a DJ at the Baylor radio station. At the time of his death, he was employed at the U.S. Postal Service East Texas Processing and Distribution Center in Tyler, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Roliard Palmer, daughter, Tara Breeland and granddaughter Ella Breeland-DeFauw.


Rev. Billy Ray Tate, '78, passed away Aug. 3 at age 58. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Cynthia Tate, and their four children, including daughter, Tiffany Tate. He played on the Baylor football team as a defensive end and became an assistant pastor at the Church of Revelation Non-Denomination Church in Dallas.


Dr. Everly Estes Broadway, BSEd '80, of Salado, Texas, died July 18 at age 54. At Baylor, she met Mikael Broadway and they were married and had three children. After gaining some teaching experience, she returned to school and earned a master's degree in math education from the University of Texas. After moving to North Carolina, her career took off. She received a Presidential Award for teaching, became a district mathematics director for Durham Public Schools, and was named a Baylor Outstanding Young Alumna. Broadway acquired a multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grant for curriculum reform, earned a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, and became state director for mathematics at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In 2009 she moved to Texas to become the director of mathematics curriculum for the Texas Education Agency.


Lea (Smith) Nosrat, BSEd '81, of Houston, died June 7, 2013. She was 53. Nosrat taught history to middle school students in Aldine, Royal, Lamar Consolidated, Clear Creek and Alvin ISDs. She was active in the children's ministry of Clear Lake Baptist Church, served as an officer for the Baylor Women's Association of Houston, was a member of the Assistance League of the Bay Area, and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. Survivors include her husband, Ramin Nosrat, and their daughters: Michelle, a Baylor junior, and Maria. Memorials may be made to Baylor University's General Scholarship Fund.


Anna Elizabeth (Field) Goebel, BA '83, of Waco, passed away July 1 at age 88. She attended business college and later North Texas University. She married Marvin Goebel in 1949 and moved to Waco, where they were charter members of Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church. She returned to Baylor to complete her library science degree when her four children had all entered grade school. After Marvin's retirement from Baylor, the Goebels enjoyed flying in Marvin's airplane and building a log cabin in the Texas Hill Country. Memorials may be made to Baylor University.


Robert Lewis Hadlock, '84, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away May 26 at age 85. In 1946, he enlisted in the Army and served in Korea. A George Washington University graduate, in the 1950s he worked in Paris and Rome as a translator at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. After earning a master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Hadlock spent the next 24 years as an academic librarian at Cal, MIT, Maryland and Baylor, from which he retired in 1982.


Omar N. Pachecano, '98, of Woodway, Texas, passed away Aug. 24. He was 51. Upon graduation from Baylor, the university hired him to serve in its Information and Technology Department where he served until his passing. He was a founder of Iglesia Bautista Sur Zarzamora, Seacroft Baptist Church, and Second Pruitt Avenue Baptist Church in San Antonio. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Woodway, where he resided. Among his survivors are his sons, Frederick Englehardt, Chris Englehardt, and Omar N. Pachecano, III; and fiancé, Donna Clark. Memorials may be made to Baylor.


Seth M. Dorrell, BA '02, of Waco, died June 16 of natural causes while on mission to Mexico City. He was 32. The director of Mission World at Mission Waco, Dorrell had just finished a trip with his parents and sister, when he unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest caused in part by two years of battling cancer. He had been involved in community development in Philadelphia, Haiti and Waco, among other areas. Survivors include his wife, Sarah (Pfanner) Dorrell, BA '03, daughter, Finley, parents, Dr. Jimmy, BA '72, MES '93, and Janet (Svejkovsky) Dorrell, BS '80, MS '02, and siblings Josh, BSEd '04, Zach and Crystlania.


Christopher M. Smith, BBA '03, of Dallas, passed away on May 13 at the age of 38. A financial analyst, he touched many lives with his ability to befriend anyone. Some of his greatest joy came in helping others, especially those that struggled with addiction.


Cari Lea Ezennia, BA '07, of Lake Dallas, Texas, died Aug. 12 at age 28. She was a financial analyst with Citi Mortgage. At Baylor, she studied biology and held leadership roles in several student organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, through which she mentored numerous underclassmen and tutored primary, middle and secondary students in math and reading. Ezennia trained as an investment banker, but she also actively pursued the alternate careers of attorney and physician.

Andrew Bryant Heard, MDiv '07, originally of Cuero, Texas, died July 26 at age 30. He lettered for Baylor football and closed his athletic career as a wide receiver coach at Liberty Christian High School where he won a state title. Heard earned a degree in communications from Texas Tech University and a Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary. He spent four years as high school minister at Parks Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and most recently worked at Regency Nursing Centers in Victoria, Texas, as director of recruiting services. He published two books, Your Best Life Later and A Gray Faith, forming from his struggle with Hodgkin's Disease and lung cancer.


Angela Michelle Price, BA '08, of Belton, Texas, died June 29 at age 50. Her varied vocations included car sales, piano teacher, helicopter pilot, clinic manager at Scott & White and she assisted her husband with his medical practice. Among her survivors are her husband of 10 years, Dr. Larry Price, BS '74, MA '75, son, Stephen Secrest, BS '08, MS '11, and stepson, Jason Price, BSEd '08.


Ashleigh Camille Williams, BA '12, of Bremerton, Wash., passed away Aug. 22 at age 21. She was raised in Port Orchard, Wash., graduated from South Kitsap High School and received her associate of arts degree through Running Start. Williams then attended Baylor, studied abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland and graduated with a degree in philosophy in December 2012. She worked at the Gig Harbor YMCA.

Bessie Wayne Bell died in Dallas on May 28 at age 88. She and late husband Lester C. Bell, AB '40, served as Baptist missionaries to Brazil and Portugal for 33 years. They moved back to Waco in 1983 and Mrs. Bell became a Baylor Alumna by Choice and was a member of the Baylor Singing Seniors Choir. Among her survivors are sons Carl W. Bell, '66, MBA '95, and Lester D. Bell, BBA '80, MBA '81.

Dr. Charles S. Edwards, of Fogelsville, Pa., died May 28 at age 84. A graduate of Penn State and Harvard Divinity School, he served as chaplain for three years in the U.S. Air Force. Edwards then received a doctorate from Princeton University and taught political science at Baylor for 18 years.

Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, one of America's foremost public intellectuals and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Religion and Public Life at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, died Aug 11. The world-renowned scholar, who also served as The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the Divinity School at The University of Chicago, was 72. Over the past two years at Baylor and with ISR, Elshtain produced new scholarship at the intersection of religion and public life, while working alongside Baylor faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students. One of the world's leading scholars in religion, political philosophy and ethics, Elshtain was the author of many influential works, including Women and War, Augustine and the Limits of Politics and Just War Against Terror. Elshtain edited numerous books, wrote frequently for journals of civic opinion and lectured widely in the United States and abroad. She held her doctorate from Brandeis University and received nine honorary degrees.

Dr. David M. McTaggart, of Waco, passed away July 17 at age 73. He attended Creighton University and obtained his medical degree in 1964. He and Shadlee Jackson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. McTaggart served in the U.S. Navy before joining Dr. R.E. Henderson Jr. in the practice of pathology at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in 1971. McTaggart served the Waco community with his partners at Medical Laboratory Service of Waco and Central Texas Pathology for more than 40 years. He was a loyal Baylor supporter.

Bethani Jo Stanford, of Waco, passed away July 17 at age 30. She graduated from Texas Tech and married Justin Stanford in 2007. They welcomed a daughter, Madison Elise, in 2011. Bethani worked as a grant coordinator for Baylor University. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hewitt.

Bernard 'Bernie' Hyland West, of Dallas, passed away July 6 at age 79. He held degrees from St. Edward's University and the University of Northern Colorado, and he served in the Army for three years. In 1961 he received an officer's commission in the Navy, served four tours in Vietnam, earning the Navy Commendation Medal. He retired from the Navy in 1978 and moved to Waco, where he was employed by TSTC for 13 years. He became a USTA tennis official and refereed collegiate and professional tennis for three decades. Among his survivors are his wife of 51 years, Judy West, two daughters, Cathy Mease, BBA '85, MBA '86, Carolyn Hartmann, BA '89, MA '90, and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Baylor University Tennis Scholarship Program Fund.