Class Notes

Class Notes


Dr. Nathan Libby, BA '36, MD '36, writes, “I celebrated my 100th birthday this past May with my family and a few friends. I have been married to the former Shirley Stats for 69 years. We have five children, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Two of my sons graduated from Baylor Medical School, Dan in 1974 and Jim in 1982. Jim's son, Rusty, will graduate from Baylor Medical School in 2014.” Contact at 455 North End Avenue Apt. 715, New York, NY 10282.


On Oct. 14, 2013, Dr. Scott Tatum, BA '41, completed 75 years as a Baptist minister. To celebrate the event, he and members of his family went back to Waco Hall where it all began on Oct. 14, 1938. It was during a campus revival led by Dr. George W. Truett that Tatum surrendered to God's call to become a preacher.

During his student days at Baylor, Tatum was pastor of four small rural churches in East Texas. Later, during his education at Southwestern Seminary, he was pastor of churches in Canton and Hubbard. He was pastor of Hyde Park Church in Austin for five years. In 1951, he began a 24-year pastorate at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport before spending 14 years as a professor of preaching at Southwestern.

His wife, Doris, '44, and their three children are Baylor Bears as well: Dr. Wilson, BA '67, and Dr. Cheryl Tatum, BA '71, Dr. Richard, BA '68, and Patricia (Tatum) Price, BA '68, and Dr. Terry, BA '70, and Kathryn (Tatum) Land, '72. Baylor Bear grandchildren include Dr. Alyson Denson, BA '94, James Price, BA '94, and Melanie (Price) Stivers, BSEd '97.

Contact at 7870 Millicent Circle, Shreveport, LA 71105 or

Bette (Gough) Slade, BA '42, of Henderson, Texas, writes, “Being the Urbanite homecoming queen nominee in 1941, we had a truck covered in chicken wire stuffed with paper napkins to make it fluffy. A swing was devised for me to sit in, dressed in Catherine Coit's fox fur coat! It was so crude compared to current Baylor homecoming floats, but this has been one of my favorite tales for so many years, I had to share it.”
Betty Jo (Norvell) Harman, '43, of Fort Worth, is the only survivor of the second generation of this 2002 Baylor “First Family.” She has four children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Joyce (Copeland)
, BA '47, MA '48, of Shaw Island, Wash., taught math at Baylor from 1948-52. She was president of the Atheneans (now Kappa Kappa Gamma) in 1947 and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Mansfield taught at the University of Washington in 1960 and retired from Everett Community College in 1996 after 30 years there. Contact at

Bettye (Richardson) Green, BM '48, of Tahoka, Texas, has attended 67 consecutive Baylor Homecoming celebrations. She was a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Delta Phi at Baylor. She is married to Harold Green, JD '51.
Richard “Dick” Hatch, JD '49, of Aransas Pass, Texas, celebrated his 101st birthday on Nov. 10, 2013. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he was city attorney for Aransas Pass and county attorney for San Patricio County. After retirement in 1984, he went into private practice. He and his wife, Katherine, had four children, 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Tom Stone, BBA '50, and his wife, Margaret, of Longview, Texas, were newlyweds in 1950 when they attended the first-ever game at Baylor Stadium, a 34-7 win over Houston. Over the past 63 years, they had two children, Tom and Karoletha, BMEd '79, attended countless Baylor concerts, established a scholarship, joined the Board of Advocacy for the School of Social Work, continued to hold season tickets for football and men's and women's basketball, and enjoyed a “Baylor room” in their house.

Tom said, “God's been good to us and given us 63 wonderful years of marriage and allowed us to be a part of this at Baylor. I remember that first game and - when you're young, you don't think about something so new closing and that you would live to see it. It's overwhelming having been able to be a part and to witness history.”

The Stones plan on attending the opening of the new McLane Stadium in the fall.


Dr. Terry Downs, BS '51, DDS '55, of Plano, Texas, played football, basketball, and baseball at Baylor from 1947-50. He practiced dentistry in San Antonio for 40 years and has been married to his wife, Hazel, for 48 years. They have three children, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild. Downs served in the 36th Division of the U.S. Army and the U.S Air Force 3510 Hospital Group. Contact at

LaVerne (Albert) Johnston, BA '51, MA '58, and Dr. Marshall Johnston, a retired University of Texas professor, celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 22, 2011. They welcomed their first grandchild 10 months later. She writes, “I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from my student years, 1947-51 or from my teaching years, 1954-60.” Contact at 10412 Double Spur Loop, Austin, TX 78759 or

Dr. E.B. (Ben) Self, BA '51, MA '52, of Hopkinsville, Ky., has authored Ways of Thinking about God: The Bible, Philosophy, and Science. (Nurturing Faith, 2013: 146 pages). He holds advanced degrees from Yale and Vanderbilt and has served as pastor of Baptist churches in Tennessee and Kentucky. For many years, Self taught at Hopkinsville Community College when it was part of the University of Kentucky. He is now retired.


Dr. Lee Holden, BA '52, and Linda (Young) Holden, BS '48, of Oklahoma City, met while they were both at Baylor and have been married for 65 years. Lee has practiced veterinary medicine in Oklahoma City for 55 years and still goes to the clinic (Britton Road Vet Clinic) two and a half days a week.


Mary Sue (Hicks) Barnard, BA '53, resides in Columbia, Mo., where her siblings, Nancy (Hicks) Mebed and Whitney Hicks, also live. She enjoys painting, church choir, and gardening.

R. Perry Ellis, BA '53, of Lewisville, Texas, is leading a weekly mentoring ministry for men using The Four Priorities by Dr. John Tolson and Larry Kreider as a guide. The participants commit to a mentoring ministry after completing their study.

Gloria A. Johnson, BA '53, and her husband, Bob, of Wellborn, Texas, are both retired from Texas A&M University. They have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson, with another on the way. The Johnsons are active in Parkway Baptist Church.

Ty, BA '53, MSEd '54, and Ruth (Heard) Newton, BS '53, of College Station, Texas, have a Baylor freshman granddaughter, Meg Newton. Their daughter, Sha (Newton) Klatt BA '80, her husband, Mike Klatt, JD '80, of Austin, and their son, Sam Klatt, BA '12, are also Baylor graduates.

Dr. John H. Starkey, BA '53, MD '57, and his wife, L'Nell (Walker) Starkey, BA '53, of Victoria, Texas, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 18, 2013. The Starkeys have a small ranch with a pecan orchard, which keeps them busy. They have five children and 14 grandchildren.

Evelyn Tolbert, BA '53, is living near Gonzales, Texas, on land that she lived on all her life before attending Baylor. She married Arthur Tolbert in November 1952 and taught elementary school in San Antonio for 36 years.


Momma Anne's House became a ministry for Anne (Vinson) Dudley, BA '54, of Waco, out of her desire to make the transition to American life easier for the children of missionaries. Anne was married to Dwight Dudley, BA '54, until his death, and returned to Waco as a minister to Baylor students. Momma Anne's House is on the edge of Baylor's campus and has been adopted by Vertical as part of their ministry.

Dr. Larry Goldbeck, BA '54, MD '58, writes, “I'm looking forward to my 60th Baylor reunion next year. The time has flown! My wife [Nancy (Reed) Goldbeck, BA '55] and I will celebrate our 59th anniversary this year. We moved back to Texas from northern California in 2004. Nancy stays active with bridge and I spend my time mostly at work in the Houston area as an in-hospital emergency physician and playing mediocre golf and tennis. I may retire (for the third time) in 2014. I'm so proud of the Baylor athletics teams. Go Bears!” Contact at 29601 No Le Hace Dr., Boerne, TX 78015 or


Max Simpson, BA '56, MS '58, was recently honored by the Waxahachie (Texas) ISD Ex Student Association with the Outstanding Educators Award for 2013. Simpson served 28 years with Waxahachie ISD as assistant superintendent and school trustee. He began his career as a teacher and principal in Waco ISD. Simpson also worked at Region XII Education Center in Waco and served 13 years in the Baylor School of Education as director and supervisor of student teachers. He and his wife, Earlane (Curb) Simpson, BS '55, have lived in Waxahachie for 43 years. Their three children, Shannon, Megan, BA '87, and Chrisanna, BA '90, and seven grandchildren are all students or graduates of the Waxahachie school system. Contact at 1203 W. Main St. Waxahachie, TX 75165 or


Thomas L. Goodnight, Jr., BA '58, spent 39 years as a religious volunteer to youth at Giddings State School, part of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Dr. Dub Howard, BA '58, and Jane (Hettler) Howard, BA '58, although both of the same Baylor class, did not meet until their 50th Baylor Reunion. They were married on July 20, 2013, in Baylor's Armstrong-Browning Library. Contact at 6406 Allentown, Spring, TX 77389 or

Norma (Tevis) Matthews, BA '58, originally a member of the Baylor class of 1955, is the current president of the Dallas Chapter UNA-USA, a grassroots organization that advocates for the United Nations.

Jane (Sanderford) Potter, BS '58, is serving her fifth year as a trustee for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Contact at

Margaret (McClelland) Swofford, BA '58, and husband, Donald, of Marshall, Texas, are avid followers of Baylor Basketball. They went on a Baylor trip to New Zealand and Australia in 2012. The Swoffords attended Oasis at Baylor in the fall and signed up for another Baylor trip to South America.

Dr. Dan R. White, BS '58, DDS '61, has retired from more than 50 years of dental practice and moved to San Antonio.


Billy Joe Kelley, BS '59, of Florence, Ala., is a retired district manager for State Farm Insurance and is married to Carolyn (Young) Kelley, BA '58. He played in the 1957 Sugar Bowl and was co-captain of the team in 1958. He was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rev. Allen C. Liles, BA '59, of Bloomington, Minn., has authored Sitting with God, published recently by Westbow Press. The book highlights the benefits of using the daily practice of meditation to establish a closer connection to the indwelling Christ Spirit. Liles is a former editor of the Baylor Lariat (spring '59). Contact at


Dr. Donald W. Crockett, BA '60, MSEd '63, EdD '72, taught, coached, and was a principal and superintendent in several public schools in Texas during a career spanning 31 years. He has been involved in real estate in the Baylor area since 1992. Contact at 136 Brazos Point Dr., Waco, TX 76705 or

P. Mike McCullough, BBA '60, of Dallas, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - 2014 in the field of tax law, trusts and estates. He is senior counsel with Thompson & Knight LLC.


Judy (Pridgeon) Eidson, BA '63, and her husband, Lamar, of Temple, Texas, are both on the board of directors for Kids Against Hunger, Central Texas, which is a program of Feeding Children International.

Camille (McCann) Langford, BA '63, MS '64, of Lampasas, Texas, earned a master of arts degree in 2013 from Morehead University. She also earned a master's degree in English from Tarleton State University in 2003.

David Turner, BA '63, of Clarksville, Ga., has published a book of poetry. He has continued competitive running for the Atlanta Running Club where he was National Age Group Champion twice. Turner is retired and serves locally as an interim minister.

Linda Wigner, BA '63, of Lubbock, received a liver transplant in 2009 from Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She has attended every Baylor Homecoming of her class since graduated from '63 (every five years).

Dr. Franklin C. Williams, Jr., BA '63, has appeared in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World since 1995. He is a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association and has been a member of the Heritage Club since 2013.


Harold, '64, and Kaye (McLerran) Hyde, BBA '63, of Cumming, Ga., were married for 50 years as of Dec. 28, 2012. They moved to the Atlanta area in 1963. Now retired, the Hydes have two married daughters and six grandchildren.


Fred Miller, BA '65, is producer of Angels Sing, a family Christmas movie that opened Nov. 2. Starring Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson, the film is co-executive produced by Randall Dark, who is married to Kristen Cox Dark, BA '94. Other Baylor alumni who worked on the film include Michael Goodman, BA '10, and Don Howe, BA '95. All of the alums reside in Austin. Miller visited Baylor classes throughout the movie-making process. The movie has played in at least 50 cities and is on Video on Demand. Ronald McDonald House Charities has partnered in the project. To learn more, visit


Alfred “Al” Coward, '67, of Norfolk, Va., writes, “I never graduated, but I worked as a deputy sheriff in charge of booking and was later appointed to become a magistrate in the Norfolk office. We issued warrants and set bonds. Thanks to Baylor that I was able to handle such a job.”

Dr. Donald L. Donham, BS '67, has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His latest book, Violence in a Time of Liberation: Murder and Ethnicity at a South African Gold Mine, 1994, was published by Duke University Press.

John Miller, BA '67, authored his 19th article in CM Magazine, “Start-Up Entity Intellectual Property Due Diligence Checklist,” published in the September 2013 edition. Miller is a contracts management consultant. Contact at 202 Yoalana St., Boerne, TX 78006 or


Donna Marie (Busby) Bohannan, '68, of Keller, Texas, was a teacher for 11 years. She helps with her husband and son's dental practice, Bohannan Dentistry. Donna has been married to Dr. Roger Bohannan, BS '66, DDS '69, for 47 years. The Bohannans have 10 grandchildren, all living nearby.

Dr. George, BA '68, and Barbara (Bowen) Garner, BA '68, are the owners of Heritage Suites in Flagler, Colo. Contact at

Preston F. Kirk, BA '68, and his wife, Ronda (Massey) Kirk, BA '68, of Spicewood, Texas, have appeared in more than 26 Texas-made movies, in national and regional commercials, web spots and on seven TV series or pilots since 2003. Preston has performed in more than 25 stage productions and Ronda has been in approximately ten stage shows.

Keith Rosenbaum, BA '68, of Joshua, Texas, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Barbara (Briley) Sollock, BA '68, and her husband, Paul, live in Cypress, Texas. They are retired and enjoy their two daughters, two son-in-laws and their 10-year-old twin granddaughters. Paul is a retired NASA engineer, where he worked for 38 years. Barbara is a former schoolteacher and is now enjoying teaching her grandchildren.

Dr. Cary Tanamachi, BS '68, has had an orthopedic surgery practice in Mesquite, Texas, since 1976. He has been on the UIL Medical Advisory Committee of Texas since 2001 and is serving his 28th year on the Mesquite ISD Board of Education.

After 22 years in Canada, Mary Sue (Lollar) Tiffin, BM '68, and her husband, Doug Tiffin, moved to San Jose, Calif., in 2001 to continue their ministry. They returned to Texas in 2005. After serving for years as a seniors director and choir leader, Mary is the assistant director and drummer for a 150-voice seniors' choir. The Tiffins reside in Cedar Hill, Texas.


Dr. Elizabeth Kay (Bull) Danielson, BA '70, of Mesa, Ariz., received the 2012 Administrator of the Year Award from the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP). She is director of psychological services for the Mesa Public Schools, and was recently elected president-elect of AASP. Contact at


Ed Marsh, BBA '71, of Vernon, Texas, was a Baylor football letterman from 1968-71. At the Baylor-SMU game in 2012, Marsh was honored as a “Football Legend.” He is married to Jan (Dobbs) Marsh, BSEd '73.

Martha (McMullan) Singleton, BA '71, and her son, Matthew Singleton, BSEd '06, MSEd '07, are both teaching at Holmes High School, Northside ISD in San Antonio. Martha teaches journalism and has been named among the Top 10 Teachers in Texas. Matthew teaches AP English. He was named Campus Educator of the Year in the 2012-13 school year. Contact Martha at 11707 Lockinver Ln., San Antonio, TX 78251, Contact Matthew at 9718 Astin Pl., San Antonio, TX 78251,


Dr. Alice Anne (Coleman) Brunn, MA '73, PhD '75, writes, “After retiring from Baylor University, I was in private practice with my husband, Richard Brunn, PsyD '75, in Waco. Seven years ago, I took a position at St. Matthews University in Grand Cayman teaching behavioral medicine. I am also the dean of students. Our children and four grandsons live in the Los Angeles area.”

Brenda Y. Burton, BS '73, of San Antonio, retired June 7, 2013, after 40 years of teaching. She spent 25 years teaching kindergarten, ten years working with dyslexic students, and five years in reading intervention.

Frances (Mason) Freeman, BA '73, of Hewitt, Texas, retired from AT&T in 2001 after 28 years there. She volunteers at Mission Waco, Food for Families, Caritas, and First Baptist Church Lorena.

Gary N. Frey, BA '73, of Sugar Land, Texas, is vice-chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. In January 2013, Frey was also appointed interim chair of the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health.

Nancy (Greene) Johnson, BA '73, MA '75, lived in France for many years, where she taught ESL courses. She and her husband, James, are enjoying life now in Petaluma, Calif.

Dr. Bill Leinart, BS '73, has been practicing dentistry for 36 years in Mesquite, Texas. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two children: Matt has graduated with master's degrees in architecture and business from Texas Tech and Amy is Baylor senior.

Debbie Mallett, BA '73, of Beaumont, Texas, is CEO of Mallett & Company, Educational Consulting Services, specializing in on-line staff development for gifted and talented education. Contact at

J. Wayne Parham, MSEd '73, of Mineral Wells, Texas, recently retired from Devon Energy after 25 years. His wife, Linda, has retired from Tarrant County after 25 years. The couple now enjoys their two daughters and four grandchildren.

Nancy (Kendall) Wiech, BA '73, of Houston, has retired from teaching kindergarten for Spring Branch ISD. She was the school's Teacher of the Year in 2001. Her daughter, Ellen Wiech, BSEd '11, MSEd '12, is a second-year teacher in Katy ISD.

Jan Wynn, BS '73, of Gatesville, Texas, retired in 2011 but was asked to come back part-time with Gatesville ISD in 2012. She was the runner-up for the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher for the State of Texas in 1986.


Dr. Mark Bumpus, BSEd '74, recently participated in a four-week sabbatical through Regents Park College at the University of Oxford. His sabbatical topic was “Great Preachers and Their Preaching in Great Britain.” He studied the ministries of 21 preachers in England and Scotland, and traveled to the sites of their former pastorates. Bumpus is pastor of First Baptist Church, Graham, Texas. Contact at


Marilea (Whatley) Lewis, BA '75, JD, '78,
of Dallas, is now managing shareholder and chief operating officer of Godwin Lewis PC, a trial and appellate law firm. A former district judge, Lewis assumed her new role on Dec. 1, 2013. In 2012, she became one of the few women in history to become the named shareholder of a major Texas law firm. She joined Godwin Lewis in 2011 after serving as Judge of the 330th District Court in Dallas from 2002-10.


Dr. Linda Leavell, BA '76, of Fayetteville, Ark., has authored Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013: 480 pages). Leavell is a Professor Emerita from Oklahoma State University and the daughter of the late longtime Baylor English faculty member, Dr. Frank Leavell. On Oct. 28, she gave a lecture at Baylor on Moore, once widely hailed as America's greatest living poet. 


Sam Sexton, BSEd '77, has been named the new principal of Waco High School. He is in his 37th year in education.

Terry L. Simmons, BBA '77, JD '78, of Dallas, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - 2014 in the field of trusts and estates. He is counselor to the firm for Thompson & Knight LLC.


Laura (Ramey) Gilbert, BSEd '78, of Dallas, knew after the tragic death of a son that she was called to write a book of her family's journey. Journey To The Dance (CreateSpace 2011, 188 pages) is available on Amazon, and offers inspirational hope for parents.

Robert Mitchell, BA '78, of Tyler, Texas, married Judith Fauth Mitchell in September 2012. Robert is currently the president of REM Benefits/Consulting and Judith is a self-employed IT professional.

Dorothea Anne Robinson, BA '78, of Gaithersburg, Md., has worked more than 30 years in the U.S. Department of Defense as a civilian and is heading back to Afghanistan on her second deployment.


Pamela (Pridemore) Groves, BSEd '79, retired from Arlington ISD in 2012 after 33 years in elementary education. Contact at 2727 Westgate Dr., Arlington, TX 76015 or

James Monroe Lanmon, BSEd '79, has retired from Arlington ISD after 33 years of service. Contact at 2603 Glassboro Circle, Arlington, TX 76015 or


Debora (Beck) Alsup, BA '80, JD '82, of Austin, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - 2014 in the field of appellate practice, commercial litigation. She is a partner with Thompson & Knight LLP.

Dr. David L. Cook, BSEd '80, of Fredericksburg, Texas, has authored Johnny's U.S. Open: Golf's Sacred Journey, the sequel to his bestselling first book, Seven Days in Utopia: Golf's Sacred Journey. Nearly one million people have been to the related site The sequel takes readers on a deeper faith walk and is full of creative golf ideas. Since the original book - which was also made into a movie in 2011 - tens of thousands of people have also either visited or had their lies buried at the golf course in Utopia, Texas, both the real life and fictionalized setting for the books.


Dr. Ronald Guy, BA '81, is now director of ear, nose, and throat services for St. John Physician Group in Tulsa, Okla. He has been married to his wife, Jodi, for 22 years. Guy earned his medical degree from Texas A&M in 1986 before specializing in ear, nose, and throat at LSU.

Sue (Butler) Kater, BS '81, of Phoenix, Ariz., has co-edited Understanding Community Colleges, a book in the “Core Concepts in Higher Education” series (Routledge, 2013: 263 pages). The work is a comprehensive review of the community college landscape and bridges the gap between research and practice.

John D. Penn, BBA '81, JD '82, has joined the Dallas office of Perkins Coie LLP as a partner in the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He was most recently a partner with Haynes and Boone LLP in Fort Worth, where he spent 27 years, first as an associate and then as a partner. Penn is a frequent speaker as well as a writer and commentator on commercial bankruptcy issues. Contact at 2001 Ross Ave. Suite 4225, Dallas, TX 75201 or


Karen “Nana” (Gilbert) Hartley, BBA '82, of Allen, Texas, welcomed her fifth grandchild, Ava Grace Walters on Jan. 3, 2013. “Ava has already learned to 'Sic 'em, Bears!' Her great-grandmother, Dorothea (Malone) Gilbert, BA '53, MSEd '74, uncle Paul Gilbert, BS '78, and aunt Frances, BSN '96, all want her to be a 4th-generation Bear!” writes Karen. Contact at 1338 Comanche Dr., Allen, TX 75013 or

After spending 40 years in education, Dr. Edward Lindsay, EdD '82, retired in 2004. He then worked part-time in insurance before fully retiring this year. As a disabled veteran from the Vietnam era, he received honorable discharges from the U.S. Army and later from the Texas State Guard. He and his wife, Cora, reside in Fort Worth. They celebrated 37 years of marriage in May. Contact at

Cam Leonard, BBA '82, of Bellaire, Texas, has published his third novel, Fallen Sparrows (CreateSpace 2013: 364 pages). This latest work features numerous Baylor references and includes a presentation of the Gospel to help start conversations with friends and family members.

Former KWBU-TV producer Joani Livingston, BA '82, of McGregor, Texas, has co-produced a health care documentary, “Primary Concern,” airing nationally on PBS stations. The documentary website includes the trailer:

The film has numerous other Baylor threads running through it:

  • Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, associate professor of Medieval Literature and French in Baylor's Honors College, is the screenwriter and associate producer,
  • Bond West, BA '11, and Tyler Walton, BA '11, are Honors College graduates who interned with Livingston on the documentary, and
  • Honors College and Baylor Business MBA health care program graduate Sara Sommers, BA '10, MBA '12, worked with Livingston as an associate producer and underwriting specialist.

Livingston is currently working on another documentary for PBS on the struggle to preserve the fine arts in America by focusing on ballet. As part of the film, Livingston recently interviewed artist Mako Fujimura, a great friend of Baylor, who is a presidential appointee on the National Council for the Arts.

Dr. Stewart Mayers, BA '82, was recently promoted to the rank of professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he is in his 13th year in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership. He is married to Mary Ellen (Moriarty) Mayers, BA '82. Contact at 180 Brooke Lane, Durant, OK 74701 or


Melonye Arnold, BSEd '83, is teaching elementary music in Lindale, Texas. Arnold's husband, Charles “Chip,” is the regional administrator and assistant attorney general at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Tyler. Their oldest child, Charles, has graduated from high school, while their other son, Walker, is a sophomore. Their daughter, Sidney, is in 6th grade. “I love keeping up with Baylor friends on Facebook and have reconnected with many!” she writes.

James Price Durham, BBA '83, and Valarie (Dollar) Durham BBA '84, of Conroe, Texas, have a son, Ryan Durham, who is current member of the Golden Wave Band. Their daughter, Caroline, is a high school junior.

Jay Hightower, BS '83, MS '86, and wife Debbie, and their three daughters, Hollis, Hallee, and Harper, moved to Midland, Texas, in July 2012 after living abroad. They plan to spend time with their surviving parents and raising the kids in Texas.

Catherine (Boggs) Hoecke, BSEd '83, and her husband, Wilfried, are ministering to families with children who have special needs in South Carolina. She writes, “We have been privileged to share our story and train parents, medical and social work professionals, and students from South Carolina to Singapore. We have been helping churches start special needs ministries.”

Dr. V. Anne Lewis, BM '83, MM '88, is the associate professor of music at Averett University in Danville, Va. She has also been part of the summer theatre faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Lewis is an alto in Bel Canto Co., of Greensboro, N.C.

Laurie (Smith) Stephens, BA '83, of Midland, Texas, is a geriatric care manager. She has started her own business. Senior Solutions Consulting offers assistance to seniors and their families to plan for and manage their needs.

P. Shawn Walker, BBA '83, is working with Halliburton. His wife, Barbara (Humphrey) Walker, BS '84, is the senior director of alumni affairs at Baylor College of Medicine. The Walkers reside in Houston. Their daughter, Chelsea, was recently married and is working as a web designer. Their son, Gordon, is majoring in chemistry at Baylor.


Dr. Monica (Frazier) Anderson, BA '84, of Austin, was promoted to director of clinical management for DentaQuest, the largest dental benefits administrator of government programs in the U.S. A motivational speaker for 25 years, she is the author of five books. She has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Baylor Alumni Association and Fort Worth ISD. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards for service, including the Outstanding Community Leader Award from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in 2011. She is the proud grandmother of two future Baylor Bears. Contact at

Dr. W. Roy Smythe, BS '84, has joined AVIA, an innovation accelerator for healthcare providers, as its first chief medical officer. Most recently, Smythe served as senior vice president of innovation and institute development for Scott & White Healthcare. Prior to that, he served as the chair of surgery for the Scott & White Healthcare System and was a tenured professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He has published more than 300 manuscripts and articles in both the academic and popular press. Smythe was a member of the 1980 Baylor football SWC championship team.

Dr. Cecil R. Taylor, PhD '84, retired in June 2013 as dean and professor of Christian ministry at the University of Mobile in Alabama. To be nearer to family, he and his wife, Reeda, have moved to Marshall, Texas, where they plan to carry on ministry. Contact at 810 West Pinecrest Drive, Marshall, TX 75670 or


Michelle Kirby, BBA '85, of Lantana, Texas, is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Texas Health Resources. She was profiled in the October 2013 Workspan Magazine Leadership Series, “Quietly Matching Management with Mission.” Last year, Kirby was also honored as one of four chief human resources executives of the year by Human Resources Executive magazine.

L. Wayne Tucker, BBA '85, MBA '86, was recently presented with the Significant Sig Award by the Sigma Chi Fraternity. This is the highest honor bestowed by the organization and recognizes individuals who have reached a pinnacle in their professional endeavors and in service to their communities. Tucker is a banking executive in Dallas and has served as the international president of Sigma Chi. He is a current member of Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing Dean's Board and a board member for the Baylor Alumni Association and the North American Interfraternity Council. Contact Tucker at 4202 Southcrest, Dallas, TX 75229 or


Geoffrey Long, BBA '86, JD '89, of Houston, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - 2014 in the field of corporate governance law. He is a partner with Thompson & Knight LLP.

Shelley Small, BSEd '86, a former All-Southwest Conference volleyball player, has completed her first year as head volleyball coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She led her team to the state 4A volleyball finals with an overall 23-5 record. “Never before has Air Academy reached this level of success. Congratulations, Shelley!” writes her brother, Brian Small, BBA '90, of Hurst, Texas.


Deborah Emmons, BBA '88, is the office manager at Acme Brick Company in Tyler, Texas. After graduating from Baylor, Emmons was first employed with American Express in New York City as a marketing coordinator.

Holly (Hanshaw) Huckabee, BA '88, of Cabot, Ark., is directing an abstinence education program for 2,800 students in the local public school and raising funds for the Womans Place Pregnancy Center in Arkansas. Prior to this, Huckabee spent 22 years raising children and 11 years teaching community Bible study. “I am excited to finally get a paycheck for using my Baylor degree!” she writes.

Peggy Schaffer, BSEd '88, of Arlington, Texas, currently has a daughter at Baylor, Lydia Schaffer, '14, who comes from a long line of Baylor graduates: her grandmother, Norma (Willingham) Schaffer, BA '56, her father, Dr. Andrew C. Schaffer, BBA '88, her mother, Elizabeth (Wilson) Schaffer, '88, her uncle, Jeff Schaffer, BBA '90, and her aunt, Susan Schaffer, BBA '91, MTax '91. Peggy is a teacher in Arlington ISD.

Nancy (Smith) Shedden, BSEd '88, worked at Nashville Public Television as the outreach coordinator and a television producer for almost three years. She was nominated for a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award and won the National Outreach Campaign Award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Additionally, Shedden has authored two books for Abingdon Press.


In 2013, Dr. Lee Mulcahy, BA '89, exhibited paintings at the Red Brick Council for the Arts and the Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin Newmedia Art Porch in Aspen, Colo., and at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale, Colo. Mulcahy returns to Berlin to exhibit at the Universitat der Kunst in January-February 2014. Contact at 53 Forge, Aspen, CO 81611 or

Matt Schoenfeld, BA '89, has accepted the role of director of development and communications for Maranatha Christian Academy in Kansas City. Additionally, he has published a kid's stewardship curriculum for use in Sunday School or Christian Schools which is being used around the country. The My Dog Mulligan curriculum is based on his first children's book, Mulligan and the Barbeque Grill, which was released last year. Contact at


Tim Hobby, BS '90, was named 2013 South Texas Professional Golf Association Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year. He is the director of instructors at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio. He also was the Baylor men's golf coach from 1996-2003. Hobby lives in Boerne, Texas, with his wife, Darcy (Griffin) Hobby, BSEd '91, and children, Hannah and Andrew.


Dr. Michael McFrazier, BMEd '91, MM '93, MSEd '95, has been named Prairie View A&M University's vice president of administration. Prior to his appointment, McFrazier served as vice provost and dean of the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center. He has also served as the associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Michael K. McLendon, BA '91, has been named the inaugural Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as associate dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Michael, his wife Kathy (Coleman) McLendon, BBA '90, and their three children moved to Dallas last year, following 13 years in Nashville, where he had served as a professor of public policy and higher education and as executive associate dean at Vanderbilt University. Contact at

Susan (Schaffer) Roberts, BBA '91, MTax '91, has been honored by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). She was elected secretary of the 26,000-member association for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. She is a partner at the Fort Worth accounting firm, Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier. Contact at


Brian Brandt, BA '93, married Kari Kachinske June 5, 2013, at a ceremony attended by family and friends in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple resides in Round Rock, Texas.

Dr. Phil C. Bryant, BA '93, of Ellerslie, Ga., has published two books. In 2008, he self-published Living Beyond the Maze. In 2012, Business Expert Press published Bryant's co-authored book, Managing Employee Turnover.

Dena (Ratliff) Dyer, BA '93, writes, “Kregel Publishers recently released my sixth book, Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts. I co-wrote it with my dear friend, Tina Samples, a fellow pastor's wife. My husband Carey, our two sons Jordan and Jackson, and I live in Granbury, Texas, where Carey is the minister of music and worship at Lakeside Baptist Church. I write, edit for, and teach creative writing to home school students. I also love speaking at women's events. I feel truly blessed to get paid to do what I love.” For more info, visit

Steven Edscorn, BA '93, of Fort Gibson, Okla., became executive director of libraries at Northeastern State University in July 2013. NSU has campuses in Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, and Muskogee, Okla.

Heather (Murray) Enright, BA '93, of Grapevine, Texas, is an adoption home study caseworker. Her husband, Christopher Enright, BBA '93, MBA '95, is the IT director of the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas. They have three children, Collin, Cooper, and Caris. “Collin, a soon-to-be-high school student, had to request admissions packets from colleges as he planned his high school courses. He only requested one packet: from Baylor,” writes Heather.

Gabrielle (Knorr) Keenum, BA '93, and her husband, Michael, of Lubbock, celebrated 20 years of marriage in 2013. She writes, “Time has flown by. God has richly blessed us with three amazing kids and a marriage full of love and laughter.”

Dr. Denny Kramer, BA '93, MA '96, of Waco, recently completed the Harvard University Institute of Higher Education Management Development Program. He is senior assistant dean of the Baylor University Graduate School.

Jeni (Varnado) Partin, '93, of Studio City, Calif., has won the “Best Theme Song for a Comedy” at the LAWebFest Awards for her song “All About April.” She is a recording artist for Roryn Parti Entertainment, Inc.

Kevin, BBA '93, and Stephanie (Lynch) Redmond, BSEd '93, had the opportunity to travel to Israel, the Holy Land, in January 2012. They traveled with their local church, Believe Baptist Church, in Cordova, Tenn. “It was an amazing trip,” writes Stephanie.

John Reid, BA '93, of Washington, D.C., continued his role of American political commentator for the BBC World Service in Fall 2012. His six hours of coverage was heard by an audience of 40 million people. Reid continues to travel extensively as a political and communications consultant.


Hunter Barrow, BBA '95, of Houston, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - 2014 in the field of business litigation. He is a partner with Thompson & Knight LLP.

James Vilade, BA '95, will begin his fifth season working for the Texas Rangers scouting North Texas while serving as an assistant coach for the AA team in Frisco. Vilade finished a 12-year college coaching career in 2010. In the community, Vilade helped start the Diamond Dreams Foundation ( He is also the founder of Keeper of The Game, an organization dedicated to servant leadership in sports, launching in 2014.


Each year, “The President's Own” Marine Band hosts a national concerto competition for woodwinds, brass and percussionists who have not yet completed high school. Twelve finalists are chosen based on recorded submissions and flown to Washington, D.C., for the final round of competition. The spring 2013 winner was Spencer Sosnowski, now a freshman music (saxophone) major at Baylor from Rockwall, Texas. Sosnowski's teacher for the competition, Joey Resendez, turns out to be a Baylor School of Music graduate himself (Class of 2003). For winning the competition, Sosnowski got to perform with the Marine Band at a concert in March in Alexandria, Va. Among the members of the Marine Band was Gunnery Sergeant Steve Longoria, BME '96, the ensemble's lead alto saxophone player. Resendez and Longoria both studied saxophone at Baylor with>Dr. Michael Jacobson - who is now Sosnowski's saxophone professor. The student winner, the student winner's teacher, and the lead alto sax in this prestigious ensemble all attended Baylor and studied with the same Baylor professor.


Salvador Castañeda, BBA '98, has joined Haynes and Boone LLP's Houston office as an associate in the firm's mergers and acquisitions and international practice groups. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Castañeda regularly advises U.S. and foreign clients on cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional projects, coordinating projects with foreign professionals, and counseling senior management on business strategy.

Tyree (Wood) Crews, BSEd '98, and husband Brad Crews, BA '98, of Orange Park, Fla., adopted Parker Scott Crews on May 10, 2012. His three sisters, Payton, Paige, and Paxton, love having a baby brother.

Ron Wayne Downing, BBA '98, was promoted to executive vice president of operations at Trendsetter Engineering, Inc. in Houston. The Downings also welcomed their second daughter, Rachel, April 3, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz.

Ann (Bain) Goodman, BSEd '98, was named a finalist for Houston ISD Teacher of the Year. She and husband Chad have two children, Charlie, 6 and Emerson, 4.

R. Ryan Harding, BBA '98, is an attorney and partner with Husch Blackwell in Jefferson City, Mo. He joined the firm in 2008. Harding served on a team of attorneys in representing a client in the successful defense of a suit challenging the award of the largest contract in the history of Missouri, worth more than $1billion annually. Harding was also named to the “Up & Coming Lawyers” list for 2012 by Missouri Lawyers' Weekly. Previously, he worked as a senior staff attorney within the Special Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General's office.

Katy Osterloth, BSN '98, of Bozeman, Mont., has been teaching OB clinicals for Montana State University since 2008. Additionally, she is a sexual assault nurse examiner at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Scott Womack, BBA '98, has been named a partner of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast's largest accounting and business consulting firms. An accredited senior appraiser and master analyst in financial forensics, he concentrates his practice in family law litigation and valuation matters involving a variety of industries. Womack is a native of Franklin, Tenn., and currently resides in Nashville with his wife and son.


Joe Ader, BA '99, is executive director of Serve Denton, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help other nonprofits fulfill their missions for the common good of Denton County, Texas. Ader is recognized as an expert on poverty and the issues facing the poor in Denton communities. He has trained the staff and volunteers for many organizations in Denton County. Previously, Ader was the local missions pastor for six years at The Village Church campuses in Denton, Flower Mound, and Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Jerry Burkett, BSEd '99, director of college and career readiness for Grand Prairie (Texas) ISD, has been named a Phi Delta Kappa International Emerging Leader for his public education advocacy work. In December, PDK hosted Burkett and 25 others in Washington, D.C., to meet with federal education policymakers and share best practices with each other. PDK represents nearly 30,000 professionals in K-12 education across the country. “I credit Baylor for shaping my life's philosophy for education in the state of Texas, and for giving me the opportunity to grow as a leader in my field,” he says.


Matt Ables, BS '00, was recently named vice president of operations of Kisters North America based in Sacramento, Calif. After graduating from Baylor, he obtained a master's degree at Texas State and worked as a hydrologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority before joining Kisters in 2008.

Carolyn Nelson, BFA '00, married Aaron Funk Oct. 12, 2013, in Bedford, Texas. The wedding party included Chrissy (Patrick) Woolley, '01, and Kim Caraway, BA '00. At the reception, Ryan Woolley, BBA '99, showed his Baylor pride. Contact Carolyn at

Ann Theriot, BS '00, writes, “I'm wrapping up a fabulous year of living in London while pursuing a master's degree in 18th Century English and French furniture at the University of Buckingham and the Wallace Collection. I will return to the Washington, D.C., area to continue working as an interior designer.” Contact at


Michael Hillman, BBA '02, MBA '03, recruited donors from among his friends and business contacts to donate money to the city of West, Texas, for each point Baylor scored in their Oct. 5 game against West Virginia. More than 30 people joined Hillman; their joint commitment came out to upwards of $500 for each point Baylor scored. The Bears' 73 points against the Mountaineers represented Baylor's highest total since 1929. Hillman and the other donors raised nearly $40,000 for West, which will go to renovate West City Park and build a memorial to the fallen first responders.

Matt Wiede, BFA '02, has written and illustrated Star, Circle, Baylor: A Little Bear Shapes Book. The 16-page board book helps teach babies and toddlers their shapes through Baylor objects and traditions. The book is published by Baylor Press' Big Bear Books label, which also printed Wiede's 123 Baylor: A Little Bear Counting Book in 2012.


Paige Freeman, BSEd '03, of Childress, Texas, works with her father at Jim Freeman Real Estate as an associate broker.

Courtney Gahm-Oldham, BBA '03, married John Thomas Oldham at Second Baptist Church of Houston in April 2013, where a number of Baylor friends helped them celebrate. They reside in Houston. Courtney is a lawyer at McFall, Breitbeil & Smith, P.C.

Benjamin A. Marcum, BA '03, completed his family medicine residency program at Idaho State University in 2012. He and his wife, Katie (Hinckley) Marcum, BA '02, have moved to Stephenville, Texas, where Benjamin began his practice at Stephenville Medical Surgical Medical Clinic in August 2013. Katie is the owner of K. Marcum Photography.


Brandon Bachik, BSEd '04, of Irving, Texas, is co-founder of WealthBuilders, a real estate investment system. Contact at

The American Society for Microbiology announced that Leslie Marie (Robbins) Lockhart, BS '04, MA '05, of La Vernia, Texas, has been certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

Lindsay (Floyd) Nordyke, BS '04, is owner/operator of Patsy's Bridal, one of the most successful bridal boutiques in Dallas. She is part of an incredibly Baylor Proud family, including her husband, David Nordyke, BBA '02, father, Robert Floyd, BS '68, and her brother, Taylor Floyd, BA '09. Contact at

Robert Quiroga, BBA '04, of San Antonio, was inducted into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5., 2013. At Baylor, he was a three-year starter and All Big 12 selection at wide receiver, catching 131 passes for 1,478 yards and nine touchdowns in 46 games for the Bears. He also returned 31 kickoffs for 752 yards and two touchdowns. He was also an All-American running track for the Bears. After signing with the Baltimore Ravens, Quiroga played one season in the CFL with the Ottawa Renegades, and has played seven seasons in the AFL, most recently with the San Antonio Talons. The National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by Latinos in Action.


As part of a contest to design uniforms for the Dallas Mavericks, owner Mark Cuban selected the work of Geoff Case, BA '05, as one of the top ten designs out of thousands of entries. Case's design, which incorporates the Dallas skyline, received the second-most public votes in the contest. The winning design will be announced soon and used during the 2015-16 season.

Dr. Kris Pratt, PhD '05, of Fletcher, N.C., recently published a book, The Father of Modern Landmarkism: The Life of Ben M. Bogard (Mercer UP, 2013: 192 pages).

Amy Tietjen, MSEd '05, of Carrollton, Ga., recently published a children's book, Birds I've Met Through the Alphabet (Vabella Publishing, 2013: 32 pages). Contact at

Kevin Twichell, BBA '05, graduated with an MBA degree from the University of Texas in May 2013. He received the Dean's Leadership and Service award from the McCombs School of Business. Twichell is employed at Deloitte Consulting in Austin.


Dr. Mark Buechsel, PhD '06, of Fort Wayne, Ind., has authored Sacred Land: Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern Modernism, and the Sacramental Vision of Nature (Kent State UP, 2013: 268 pages). Buechsel shows that Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others, turned to two potential sources for grounding their region's and nation's life authentically: nature itself and the model provided by the traditional sacramental culture of medieval Europe. The result was a new sacramental vision of how life in the Midwest - and, by extension, life in modern America - might be lived differently.

Thomas Madeja, MM '06, founded the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP). ChiMOP is a non-profit El Sistema-inspired community youth orchestra program. The program is free and serves more than 100 3rd-8th graders. ChiMOP is dedicated to affecting positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts. To learn more about the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, visit Contact at


Rebecca Mann, BBA '07, of Waco, married Lance Wright, a Southwest Texas State University graduate, in Woodway, Texas. Rebecca is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mann, EMBA '93, and sister of Jennifer Mann, BBA '04. Contact at 2925-B Gulf Fwy S. #125, League City, TX 77573 or

Cayce (Woods) Elder, BA '07, and Denton B. Elder, BBA '08, of Lawrence, Kan., were married May 26, 2012, in Austin.


Stephen Allen, BBA '08, MDiv '11, has accepted a position as senior pastor of South Run Baptist Church in Springfield, Va. His wife is Leeann (Schultz) Allen, BA '08.

Brittany (Anderson) Everson, BSN '08, of Denver, Colo., married her husband, Michael, in 2009. Brittany is finishing her masters at the University of Colorado to become a family nurse practitioner with a post-masters pediatric nurse practitioner certificate. She plans to continue working at The Childrens Hospital.

Ben Humeniuk, BA '08, MSEd '11, of Conroe, Texas, has illustrated a graphic novel called Makin' It, authored by Kirk Blackard. The story is of a kid who grows up in a rough environment, makes some bad choices, and ends up changing his life for the better with the help of an uncle who mentors him. “We developed it for use with incarcerated and at-risk youth here in the Houston area, and it's set up in 11 chapters that correlate to the principles of step-based recovery programs,” writes Ben. The book is an ideal resource for mentors who work with troubled and under-resourced kids.

Katie Norris, BS '08, of Dallas, is the producer for the documentary Travis: a Soldier's Story. The film chronicles U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who is living life as a quadruple amputee after being hit by an IED in Afghanistan. The documentary premiered in Dallas. Learn more about the film at

Kimberly Willingham, BA '08, of Washington, D.C., has been communications director for U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, JD '77, for three years. Willingham majored in journalism and was a member of Delta Delta Delta. “It is an honor for me to book and plan media strategies on a daily basis for such a great lawmaker and one with Baylor ties,” she writes.

Brittany (Ogletree) Whitacre, BA '08, of Irving, Texas, recently became a communications coordinator for the East Zone of Lewisville ISD. Her husband, Brandon McKay Whitacre, BA '08, is a business development manager for Aerotek in North Richland Hills.

Caitlin Forehand, BA '08, MSEd '10, accepted a position as an academic advisor in the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia. She previously worked in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor.

Jason Gregg, BSME '08, MSME '11, and Tiffany Danforth were married Aug. 17, 2013, in Montgomery, Texas. Jason is a design engineer with Smith Bits in Houston. Tiffany plans to teach English after graduation. Contact at

Lindsey (Coffman) Macleod, BSEd '08, of Beaumont, Texas, was the Oak Forest Elementary Teacher of the Year and Houston ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year finalist for the 2012-13 school year. She is the curriculum writer for Advanced Academics with Houston ISD.

Ashley (Domeracki) Pickens, BA '08, of Austin, is a deaf education teacher with Round Rock ISD. “Sic 'em, Class of 2008 Deaf Ed. buddies!” she writes.


Dr. Nick Boutris, BS '09, of Bedford, Texas, graduated in June 2013 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He has accepted a residency program with The Methodist Hospital in Houston in orthopedic surgery.

Meagan (Dunn) Durr, BSEd '09, started her new job in Frisco (Texas) ISD teaching kindergarten at Bledsoe Elementary. Previously, she taught for four years in the North East ISD in San Antonio.

Lindsey Erickson Pimentel, BSN '09, of Houston, received the 10th Annual MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Cancer Medicine Citation for Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice. The award recognizes outstanding contribution and dedication to the patients, division and institution. Erickson Pimentel is a clinical nurse in the outpatient Supportive Care Center at MD Anderson.


Morgan Baker, BSFCS '10, of Dallas, has been named one of four top assistant buyers for Neiman Marcus stores across the U.S. There are 97 assistant buyers for the stores, and Baker was named for the Dallas corporate buying office, which serves 41 stores. Baker works in in the beauty division.

Lauren Faldet, BBA '10, and Cody Campbell, BSME '10, of Plano, Texas, were married June 22, 2013, at Perkins Chapel in Dallas. The wedding included a Baylor Bear groom's cake, and the couple departed with their guests flinging green and gold ribbon wands. Lauren works as an advertising executive for Ansira and Cody is a mechanical engineer with Halliburton. The couple resides in Dallas. 

Whitney F. Gillam, BBA '10, was recently promoted to procurement and supply chain specialist at BP America Inc. She began her new position in Anchorage, Alaska, in September 2013. This assignment will be for the next two or three years. Contact at

Janelle Imm, BBA '10, and Jeremy Joseph, BA '11, and were married July 6, 2013, in Houston. They met on their first day at Baylor in their Welcome Week group. Many of their friends were in attendance and the wedding concluded with a “Sic 'em.”

John Maxwell, BBA '10, is a savings program fellow with Hope International in Zimbabwe. Excited about football season, he sent this photo from his trip to Victoria Falls with the Growl Towel he carried to the Alamo Bowl and other games.

Members of the Baylor family cheered on the Bears at the Baylor Alumni Watch Party in Denver, Colo. (L-R) Jessica Muth, BA '10, Baylor senior Megan Wilkie, Baylor senior Sammy Rajaratnam, and Preethi Rajaratnam, BS '10, and Priyanka Rajaratnam, BSFCS '10.

Matt Swarbrick, BBA '10, is a financial consultant for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Arlington, Texas. He has completed a graduate degree in financial services with the American College, where he was named Alumnus of the Month in August 2013. His wife, Leigh Ann, BSEd '10, is a first grade teacher.

Katie (Brower) Wise, BSEd '10, is the manager of Grass Stain Boutique in Graham, Texas. She has been a national board certified athletic trainer since 2011.


Jacquelyn D. Atchison, BA '11, of Richland, Wash., released The Forgeron Legacy (Kadler Publishing, 196 pages), the first novel in her five book Alteria series, on Aug. 12, 2013. Set in a contemporary scene, The Forgeron Legacy blends fantasy with reality in a tale about an adolescent girl who inherits more than just her blue eyes from the parents she can barely remember. Contact at

Dr. Amelia Duran-Stanton, DSCPA '11, is an orthopaedic physician assistant and currently the Deputy Chief of Inspections, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command in JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Maj. Duran-Stanton received the “Innovators and Thought Leaders” award at the 10th Annual Filipina Women's Network Leadership Summit in San Francisco. Filipina Women's Network (FWN) is a nonprofit professional association for women of Philippine ancestry based in the U.S. Duran-Stanton was also selected to be on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) panel, which discussed how to mentor and influence young women in choosing these fields.


Christopher Angell, BBA '12, married Cynthia Perez, BA '10, on Aug. 17, 2013, in Comfort, Texas. Christopher is employed with IMG Financial. Cynthia also holds a degree from the University of Texas School of Law and is employed with Akin Gump. The couple resides in Houston.

Katrin Cooper, BSEd '12, is working towards a doctorate of physical therapy degree at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is scheduled to complete the program in 2016.

Emily (Bray) Draper, BSEd '12, teaching kindergarten at Hillcrest PDS in Waco. Her husband, Thomas Draper, BSEd '12, earned his master's degree in sports psychology at the University of Tennessee. He is coaching football at Waco High and earning a teaching certificate. Contact at 4716 Scottwood Dr., Waco, TX 76708 or

On Nov. 3, 2012, Tierney R. Felix, BA '12, and John A. McEntire V, BA '12, were married at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. Tierney works with Bank of America and John is the managing editor of InfoWars Magazine. The couple resides in Austin.

Jenny Hodge, MSW '12, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's National Together for Hope interim manager, was featured in John D. Sutter's article titled “10 Heroes of Income Equality, USA” on Oct. 29, 2013. Hodge has worked to give poorer residents of Lake Providence, La., a voice in their community and to meet basic needs. Soon she will also graduate from Truett Seminary. She previously served with the Waco Regional Baptist Association as hunger ministry coordinator.

Sarah Rae Leat, BA '12, married Christopher Robinson on May 19, 2012. In January 2014, the couple plans to return to Japan as missionaries to continue the ministry Christopher started in Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan.

Maximillion Tobias Mize,
BS '12, is a graduate assistant doing research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is looking at the relationship between T-Helper 17 Lymphocytes and autoimmunity. Mize writes, “I owe all of my progress to Dr. William D. Hillis, who taught my undergraduate immunology course. If it was not for his guidance and dedication to teaching, I would not be where I am. Thank you, Dr. Hillis, and thank you, Baylor!”

Kathryn Emily Mullinax, BSFCS '12, is currently enrolled in a master's degree program for architecture at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Theodore Pataki, MBA '12, is a field agent with the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Emily, reside in Cedar Park, Texas.

Brittany Ariel Walker, BSEd '12, of Dallas, writes, “I really enjoy and appreciate how well Baylor updates their alumni.”


On Aug. 17, 2013, Rebecca Armagost, BA '13, not only graduated from Baylor but also married Justin Smith, whom she met while attending Baylor. “The wedding took place at the Cameron Park Zoo and was an event full of the Baylor spirit, filled with lots of bears and green and gold,” she writes. The couple resides in Lorena, Texas.

Bethany Gilmore, BSEd '13, is a biology teacher in Arlington ISD.

Ashleigh (Duff) Maldonado, BSEd '13, is a 9th grade English teacher in Gainesville (Texas) ISD. Contact at 900 3rd Ave. SW, Ardmore, OK 73401.

Kiersten White, BS '13, and Micah Adams, BS '10, were married May 25, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. They began their relationship while at Baylor and were engaged in front of Pat Neff Hall. Micah is in his second year of physician's assistant education at USC in Los Angeles. Kiersten is working as a high school special education teacher in Lakewood, Calif.

In Memoriam


Mary Ellen (Sim) Cruse, BA '35, of San Antonio, died June 22 at age 98. She taught elementary school in San Antonio for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex B. Cruse Sr., and her sister, Jessie Isabella Sim, BBA '34, MS '54.


Dr. Charles E. Myers, BA '40, of Ridgeland, Miss., died Sept. 8, 2013, at age 95. He pastored churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi and was very active in Baptist circles. Among his survivors are his wife, Beatrice (Wilbanks) Myers, BA '39, his daughter Martha (Myers) Sellers, BA '69, and her husband Ron Sellers, BA '68, MA '72, and his grandson, Scott Sellers, JD '93.

Mary-Lou (McCaulley) Rabun, BA '41, of Houston, died Dec. 3, 2013, at age 94. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years at Baptist Temple in Houston and taught in Houston ISD for 23 years. Rabun was married to Arthur Rabun for 37 years until his death. Among her survivors are her daughter, Dr. Susan (Rabun) Williams, BA '72, and sisters, Fredona (McCaulley) Baker, AB '38, and Virginia McCaulley Haley, BA '43. Memorials may be made to Baylor University General Scholarship Fund.

Dr. William C. Smith, BA '41, died Nov. 6, 2013, in Carthage, Texas. He married Margaret Eugenia Gill, BS '43, in 1943. Smith was a captain in the U.S. Army before starting his medical practice in Carthage in 1948. He was named Physician of the Year in 1995 by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Among his survivors are four children, Carolyn Reid, BMEd '68, Robby Smith, BBA '70, Jamey Smith, BS '71, MBA '72, and Elizabeth Yarborough, eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Joseph Curtis Holcomb, BA '43, of Frisco, Texas, died June 11 at age 91. He was a school administrator and served in the U.S. Navy. Among his survivors is his daughter, Marcia (Holcomb) Cooper, BA '70.

Beth J. Jablonowski, BBA '43, of Waco, died Nov. 28, 2013, at age 91. Following graduation, she worked at Scott & White. She married Edgar Jablonowski, BA '42, in 1945. They purchased Lane's Interiors in 1956 and owned it for 43 years. She was a member of the Junior League of Waco, the Baylor Foundation and the Kappa Alpha Thetas. Survivors include daughter Kay Standefer, BS '72.

Dr. Carol (McCall) Woodfin, BA '44, MA '49, of Port Aransas, Texas, died Oct. 26, 2013, at age 90. She was a professor at Baylor and TSTC in Waco for 30 years, worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 14 years, and owned Woodfin Beach Houses in Port Aransas since the 1950s. She was a former Texas State DAR Regent, a loyal supporter of Baylor's Old Main Society and a member of several organizations.

Jeanette (Graham) Kemp, BS '46, of Fort Worth, died Aug. 13, 2013, at age 88. Jean married A.J. Kemp in 1949. They lived in Dimmitt before moving to Fort Worth in 1965 She served as a board member of the Van Cliburn Foundation and the Fort Worth Symphony. Kemp was a member of the Jewel Charity Ball, River Crest Country Club and Lecture Foundation.

Leona “Lee” (Farbstein) Rosenthal, BA '46, died Sept. 26, 2013, in Richmond, Va. She was 88. After a working in radio and television and in state politics in Texas and Idaho, she taught high school English in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. She directed school plays and was a lifetime member of Hadassah, a volunteer organization of women motivated to strengthen ties with Israel.

Dr. J. Artie Browning, BS '47, of Lacey, Wash., died Nov. 3, 2013, at age 90. He served in the Navy during World War II and earned a doctorate from Cornell. He married Arra B. White in 1946. Browning spent 28 years teaching at Iowa State University and conducting research on crop diseases. He was head of the plant science department at Texas A&M from 1981-90. Browning authored or co-authored more than 100 publications. He worked in Israel as a Fulbright Scholar, served as president of the American Phytopathology Society, and was a master gardener.

Henry C. Grady Jr., BBA '48, formerly of Pampa, Texas, died Sept. 20, 2103, at age 91. He served in the Army during World War II. In 1957, he formed his own accounting firm, H.C. Grady Jr. Inc. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Quick, in 1959, and his second wife, Marguerite Kirchman, in 2009.

Mary Nell (West) McElhannon, '48, of Waco, died Dec. 3, 2013, at age 87. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, D.A.R., and the Baylor Round Table. Her husband, Dr. Joe McElhannon, BA '47, MA '47, a retired Baylor history professor, preceded her in death.


Paul S. Curtis, '50, of Fort Worth, died Nov. 9, 2013, at age 84. He attended Baylor and graduated from the University of Texas. He served in Germany in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Curtis had a long career with the Texas Division of AAA. After retirement in 1987, he worked for AMR, a commercial aviation business. Among his survivors is his wife of 56 years, Alice Curtis, BA '52.

Ben C. Lauderdale, BA '50, of Tyler, Texas, died Nov. 28, 2013, at age 86. In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Japan. At Baylor, he met and married Joyce Hightower, BA '51. Lauderdale worked as a teacher and principal for 30 years in Tyler ISD. He also was a music minister and taught piano. Among his survivors is his son, Lane Lauderdale, BBA '81, MBA '01.

Andrew D. DiFiore BA '51, JD '53, of Houston, died Aug. 18, 2013, at age 85. He played football and baseball at Brooklyn University before joining the Army, serving in Panama. He earned two degrees from Baylor and moved to Houston in 1953. An attorney, DiFiore held a private practice for 40 years.

Laura Allen Weaver Weatherford, BA '52, of Gatesville, Texas, died Aug. 20, 2013. She was 81. Weatherford was an elementary school teacher in Midland, Austin, and Gatesville. She also served in the Mission Service Corps with the North American Mission Board in American Samoa, and taught ESL classes at Iglesia Hispana de Gatesville. Survivors include her children, Susan Kitchens, BSEd '78, and Dr. Vaughn Weatherford, BBA '81, PhD '91.

Kenneth Lawrence Scarborough, BBA '53, of Sneads Ferry, N.C., died July 30, 2013, at age 81. A former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Korea and Vietnam and was interred at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia. Scarborough volunteered giving legal assistance to the Marines at Camp Lejeune. He also served on the Onslow Memorial Hospital Board. He is survived by his wife, Tazuko Kawanaka Scarborough, three children, and four grandchildren.

Dr. William T. Skinner, BS '53, of Dallas, died Aug. 26, 2013, at age 85. A neuropsychiatrist, he graduated from Baylor and UT Southwestern Medical School. He retired from St. Paul Hospital in 2008, after many decades of service.

Malcolm Tisdel, JD '53, of Plainview, Texas, died July 28 at age 85. He served for three years in the Army Air Corps. After graduating from Baylor, Tisdel returned to Plainview and practiced law for 60 years. Contact his wife, Florabel (Teague) Tisdel, '53, at 2208 West 13th St., Plainview, TX 79072 or

Alton Homer Deviney Jr., BS '54, MSEd '56, of Eddy, Texas, died Nov. 5, 2013, at age 80. He entered the U.S. Air Force through Baylor's ROTC program. Flying helicopters was his passion. He had numerous tours of duty, including Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, and retired as a colonel after 28 years of service. Among his survivors are his wife of 59 years, Nancy Deviney, two daughters, and brother, Pat Deviney, BA '60.

Margaret (Alsobrook) Hardwick, '54, of Sunnyvale, Calif., died June 5, 2013, at age 80. She attended Baylor from 1950-52. Hardwick volunteered in church, school and civic organizations, in addition to being a legal and church secretary. Love of missions took her to seven countries. Among her survivors are Elaine (Hardwick) Lambert, BS '79, Winston Lambert, BBA '80, MBA '82, and Mike Hardwick. Contact Elaine at Memorials may be made to Baylor's Rhonda Elaine Hardwick Lambert Pre-Med Scholarship Fund.

Gordon L. Riley, BBA '55, of Waco, died Dec. 8, 2013, at age 80. He played football at Baylor and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was the owner of Gordon Riley Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1961 and was an active member of the Waco community. Among his survivors are his wife, Camille (Hood) Riley, '59, their three children, and his brother, Harold Riley, BBA '51.

Frances E. Snow, BSN '55, of Rosenthal, Texas, died Oct. 24, 2013, at age 83. Snow was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Baylor, and the University of Texas. She retired from the Baylor University School of Nursing. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Carl J. Snow, BS '64. Survivors include three sons, Carl Snow, James Snow, BBA '84, and Terry Snow, BA '94. Memorials may be made to the Frances E. Snow Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing at Baylor.

Dr. Ben D. Mosley, BA '56, of Bethany, Okla, died Nov. 14, 2013, at age 82. He committed to fulltime ministry in 1950. Mosley also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He and his family served three years as missionaries in Liberia, West Africa. Part of his ministry included many mission trips to other countries. Among his survivors are his wife of 60 years, Donna, and three daughters, including Laura Gay Adams, BSEd '85.

Ruth (Parker) Graves, BA '56, of Annandale, Va., died Sept. 10, 2013, at age 78. As executive director and then national president of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), she expanded the reach of the nonprofit children's literacy organization from 313,000 to 2.7 million kids per year and increased the number of volunteers from 8,000 to 200,000. She also helped establish a childcare program for migrant farmworkers. Graves moved to Washington, D.C., in 1961 to work with the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. She joined RIF in 1975. Graves guided the organization into alliances with the U.S. government, major corporations and foundations, and hundreds of service organizations. Among her numerous honors, she was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Survivors include her husband, Glenn Graves, BA '56.

Jim B. Harris, BS '56, of Houston, died Aug. 15, 2011. He worked as a geologist for Sinclair, Atlantic Richfield, and McCormick Oil & Gas. His is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter, Janet, and son, Greg.

Charles Burbank, BA '58, of Houston, passed away Dec. 20, 2012. He and wife, Marilyn (Mobley) Burbank, BA '58, had been married for more than 54 years. They attended their 50th Homecoming at Baylor. Their children and their spouses attended Baylor. Marilyn writes that she hopes that their grandchildren will follow the family tradition of being Baylor Bears.

Charles Melvin Rimmel, BBA '58, of Houston, died Oct. 9, 2013, at age 84. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1968, he moved to Houston and started Medical Dental Management, Inc. Rimmel had recently sold his business and planned to retire on Nov. 1, 2013. Among his survivors are his wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Juanita (Rimmel) Atkins, BS '80. Memorials may be made to the Ronald E. Rimmel Memorial Scholarship at Baylor.

Sue (Morrow) Moore, BM '59, of Schertz, Texas, died March 2, 2013, at age 76. She was a gifted piano player and musician. Moore was a member of Dr. Euell Porter's Acapella Choir and was the pianist for Porter's other choirs during her years at Baylor. She was a church pianist and taught music for more than 20 years at elementary schools in Abilene and San Antonio. She was married to Sam Moore, BS '60, for 54 years. 

Dr. Robert S. Fitch, BS '59, EdD '72, died Aug. 19, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. He was 82. An Eagle Scout and Mason, Fitch also was an Army and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was employed with Gardner-Denver Steel, GAF Corporation, Gates Learjet, Brown-Mackie College, and Adams County Schools in Colorado. Upon retirement, Fitch relocated to Carrollton, Ky., where he served as science teacher.

Richard F. Perley, BBA '59, of Waco, died Aug. 31, 2013, at age 84. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. Perley's 30-year IBM career took him from Waco to Fort Worth and finally to Endicott, N.Y. In 1984, he moved to Waco where he taught at TSTC. A dedicated Lady Bears basketball fan, he also served as president of the Waco Sunrise Rotary Club and on the state board of the American Cancer Society. Among his survivors are his wife of 59 years, Bobbie Perley, and daughter, Vicki Perley, BA '76.


Joyce (Pullin) Davis, BA '60, MSEd '67, of Granbury, Texas, died Sept. 12, 2013, at age 86. She married William D. Davis, a former Baylor Trustee, in 1946. Davis had been a member of Waco's Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for 47 years. She was an elementary teacher and principal for Waco ISD. Among her survivors is her daughter, Marilyn Pitcher, BA '70.

Avonnell (Bolton) Ballou, BA '61, passed away Aug. 1, 2013, following a lengthy Alzheimer's illness. Funeral services, officiated by Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr., were conducted at First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La. Following a lengthy career in education, she and her husband, Rev. Bill Ballou, BA '60, retired in Tyler in 2005. She is survived by her husband, daughter, Betsy, son, Will, and four grandchildren. Contact Bill at 806 W. Rieck Rd., Tyler, TX 75703 or

Ronald “Ronnie” Goodwin, BBA '64, JD '69, of San Angelo, Texas, died Dec. 12, 2013, at age 72. He was earned All Southwest Conference honors in football and baseball and is a member of Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame. He played professional football for six years for the Philadelphia Eagles and was named to the NFL All Rookie team. During the off seasons, Goodwin attended Baylor Law School. Dave Campbell's Baylor Bears Insiders Report named Goodwin as one of 20 best athletes for the 20th century at Baylor. He was an attorney in San Angelo for nearly 40 years. Among his survivors are his wife of 49 years, Sharon Goodwin, his son, Brad Goodwin, BBA '89, and his daughter, Kristi (Goodwin) Haas, BA '93.

Dr. David C. Hildebrand, BA '65, DDS '69, of Dallas, died Nov. 8, 2013, at age 70. He was on Baylor's track team and later coached several soccer teams, including Baylor men's club soccer. Hildebrand practiced restorative dentistry for 33 years in Dallas. He served on faculty at the Pankey Dental Institute in Florida for almost 30 years. Internationally he presented seminars on all subjects of restorative dentistry and served on dental mission trips to Romania. Among his survivors are his wife of 46 years, Carol Jamison Hildebrand, BA '65, MA '68, and four children, including Dr. Brody Hildebrand, BA '95, Dr. Sloan Hildebrand, BS '96, and Dr. Jed Hildebrand, BS '99.

Emily (Slone) McKinney, BSN '68, died Dec. 8, 2013, in Richardson, Texas. She was 67. A registered nurse, McKinney spent 28 years teaching women's health, maternal and neonatal nursing at Tarrant County College, Grayson County College, and Baylor. She was for 22 years a co-author of two major obstetrical nursing textbooks and numerous other study guides. In 1999, she was named one of DFW's Great 100 Nurses. For several years she was on the editorial board of The Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. Among her survivors are her husband of 45 years, Michael McKinney, BA '70.

Gary Q. Frields, BFA '69, of Nacogdoches, Texas, died Aug. 24, 2013, at age 67. He played football for Baylor. After serving as a motion picture specialist in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, he earned a graduate degree at Stephen F. Austin University's School of Art. Frields served as chairman of the art department for Kilgore College from 1978-86 before returning to SFA to teach there. He married Tamara Robertson in 2010.


Dr. Patrick “Pat” E. Gibson, BS '76, of San Angelo, Texas, died Sept. 12, 2013, at age 61. In 1986, he joined the staff of San Angelo Community Medical Center where he served as both director of trauma and chairman of the board of directors from 1995-2003. He continued to serve as a director until his passing. Among his survivors are his wife, Alicia Gibson, BSEd '77, his daughter Jourdan Gibson, BBA '03, and his son, Clay Gibson, BBA '03.

Robin Douglas Orr, JD '76, of Big Spring, Texas, died Sept. 1, 2013. He was 61. He practiced law in Bay City, Texas, from 1976-2000. Orr married his wife, Kaye, in 1977. He served as the assistant district attorney for the 118th Judicial District Court including Howard, Martin, and Glasscock counties for more than 13 years.


Scott G. Balke, BA '80, of Winter Park, Fla., died Aug. 28, 2013, at age 56. He started a career in banking in Houston and continued with positions in London, Hawaii and Florida.

Troy Wolff, BA '89, MA '96, of Seattle, Wash., died Sept. 14, 2013. He was 46. Wolff was chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College, where he had worked since 1996. During his tenure, he taught abroad in Costa Rica and Europe. Wolff also worked at Camp Ozark, a Christian sports camp in Arkansas, and he was co-author of Seattle and King County: Gateway to the Pacific Northwest.


Amy Williamson, BBA '96, of McGregor, Texas, died Dec. 23, 2013, at age 47. A certified senior professional of human resources, she was director of talent management for Baylor University Human Resources since 2010. Among her survivors are her parents, Dr. James L. Williamson, BA '57, and Glenda (Coward) Williamson, BA '58, her son, Justin Ramon, and her sister, Shelly Wilkison, BA '84. Memorials may be made to Baylor University Scholarship Fund.


Stevie (Crowder) Patrick, BA '04, of Frisco, Texas, died Sept. 26, 2013, at age 31. At Baylor, she was involved in Chi Omega. In 2007, she started her own personal training business, Texas Boot Camp, in Frisco. Among her survivors are husband, Damen, son, Ryder, and siblings, Tyler Crowder, BBA '05, Conner Crowder, BBA '10, and Bailee Crowder, BA '11.

Cari Lea Ezennia, BA '07, of Lake Dallas, Texas, died on Aug. 11, 2013, at age 27. She was an avid Baylor supporter and beloved member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

John Wootters died Jan. 29, 2013, in Kerrville, Texas. He attended Baylor in the 1940s. A top writer in the hunting and sportsman's field, Wootters' work appeared in publications such as Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Hunting, Guns and Ammo, Gray's Sporting Journal, and Field and Stream. His book Hunting Trophy Deer became a classic. At the peak of his career, he produced 100,000 words a month. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jeanne (McRae) Wootters, BA '47, MA '50.

Harold Clark Simmons, of Dallas, died Dec. 28, 2013, at age 82. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, he ultimately built a chain of 100 drugstores that he sold in 1973 to Eckerd Corp. Simmons was founder, chairman and CEO of Contran Corporation, a holding company. He and his wife, Annette, have been extensively involved in philanthropy, including at Baylor. Simmons established The Harold Simmons Foundation in 1988.

W. Eldon Bebee, of Austin, died Dec. 19, 2013, at age 89. His wife, Catherine, passed away Sept. 3, 2013. Bebee served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had a successful banking career, becoming the president of North Austin State Bank in 1956. He was involved as chairman of deacons and prayer ministry at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Bebee also served on both the Baylor University and the Baptist Foundation Board of Trustees. The Bebees had four children, including Carye Gillen, BA '71, and Donald Ray Bebee, BA '74, seven grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Inez (Foster) Bull, of Waco, died Aug. 29, 2013. She was married to her husband of 57 years, Clifton F. Bull. They had one daughter, Sheri (Bull) Anderson, BA '68. The Bulls lived in South Texas until retiring to Bosque County. Bull lived the last 14 years in Waco, where she enjoyed volunteering at First Baptist Church. She was passionate fan of Baylor football and Lady Bear basketball. She also supported endowed scholarships at Baylor.

Dr. Welby C. Edwards, of Tyler, Texas, died Sept. 9, 2013, at age 98. He was in business in Tyler for 80 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was an East Texas Baptist University trustee, where he and his wife, Davida, funded the creation of the School of Nursing in 1989. They also generously supported Baylor. Among his survivors is son, D.M. Edwards, BBA '76.

Lorraine B. Hoppenstein, of Waco, passed away Sept. 22, 2013, at age 91. She attended the University of Texas and the University of Houston. She was married to David Hoppenstein, AB '37, JD '39, for 65 years until his death on May 30, 2013. She helped in her husband's real estate business, volunteered and served as a board member at Congregation Agudath Jacob, Hadassah, and the Jewish Federation of Waco. The Hoppensteins supported many entities, including Baylor. Among her survivors are a son, Norman Hoppenstein, BS '76, JD '79, and a daughter, Marsha Lev.