1970s

Dr. Jewel Lockridge, BS ’70, is one of the leading educators at Live Oak Classical School in Waco. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from Texas A&M University. Lockridge was one of the first African-American students to graduate from Baylor. During a Black History Month feature by KWKT-TV Waco, Lockridge described her determination to maintain her seat at the front of a Waco city bus in the 1960s. 

Sandra McClure Mahood, BA ’70, is retiring after 22 years as executive director of the Warehouse Living Arts Theatre, a local community theater in Corsicana, TX. The WLAC blossomed under her leadership and now boasts a full season of theater annually with a large performance at the end of each year.

Gordon Utgard, BA ’70, is semi-retired after 33 years in healthcare management. His wife Linda Stohner Utgard, BA ’70, is retired after 30 years as a teacher. Their son Mark, BSE ’00, and two grandsons reside in Perth, Australia. Their daughter Emily and three granddaughters live in Houston. The Utgards career and travel highlights include six years in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, and several visits to Australia and back to Baylor. Contact at 7919 Dancing Fern Trail, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or utassoc@comcast.net.

Following retirement, Rebecca Beam, BA ’71, and husband Frank settled in Sun City, TX. They spend their summers on Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Lewis R. Sifford, BA ’71, JD ’72, of Dallas was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates in San Francisco. Sifford, the organization’s former national president, is the founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Co. in Dallas. He was admitted into the invitation-only association in 1990 and also served as president of the Dallas chapter and all Texas chapters. He is the ninth recipient of this award in the organization’s 60-year history.

Martha McMullan Singleton, BA ’71, of San Antonio authored Multiple Choice: Finding the Best Answer to your Child’s Education (Leafwood Publishing) to provide parents with a simple, practical guide to choosing between public, private or home school. During four decades teaching journalism, Singleton was named one of the “Top Ten Teachers in Texas” by the University of Texas at Austin and one of America’s Distinguished Journalism Advisers by The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and The Wall Street Journal. She also received the University Interscholastic League’s Edith Fox King Award for her “significant contributions to Texas scholastic journalism.” A past president of Texas Association of Journalism Educators, Singleton has also served on the State of Texas’ textbook selection committee. She has co-authored four books with her husband Greg Singleton on family and parenting topics. Contact at marthasingleton210@gmail.com.

Kenneth Bozeman, BM ’73, received a Master of Music from the University of Arizona and a Rotary Fellowship to the Munich Conservatory of Music. He has taught voice for 41 years at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI, chairing the voice department and teaching voice science and pedagogy for 24 years. He will retire in June 2019 but plans to remain active in voice science and pedagogy. He has authored several articles and two books: Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency. Contact at kenneth.w.bozeman@lawrence.edu.

Dr. John Kernan, MSEd ’74, was named teacher of the month at Brightmont Academy in Issaquah, WA. One individual is chosen between all 14 Brightmont locations. Kernan joined Brightmont Academy-Samammish two years ago. He has coached track and field for more than 43 years, including U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. He started the Brightmont Running Club and also coaches at Star Center in Tacoma with Wounded Warriors. 

Paul Parsons, BA ’74, who stepped down after 17 years as founding dean of Elon University’s School of Communications, will have the school’s newsroom named in his honor. Parsons worked for a decade as a journalist, including as a United Press International reporter and Associated Press editor. He earned a doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and spent 16 years on faculty at Kansas State University, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was a Fulbright Professor at the China School of Journalism in Beijing from 1992 to 1993.

David C. Kent, BA ’75, JD ’78, received a Presidential Citation from the Dallas Bar Association for his meritorious service.

Hon. Max Sandlin, BA ’75, JD ’78, was inducted into the Rabbit Alumni Hall of Fame by the Atlanta Education Foundation and Atlanta [TX] High School Alumni Association.

Bruce A. Cammack, BA ’76, MBA ’78, senior vice president and director of the RBC Wealth Management Longview, TX, branch, marks his 20th anniversary with the firm. He opened the branch in 1998. Cammack has volunteered with the Gregg County Historical Museum, the Longview Symphony League, Longview Rotary and Junior Achievement. He also served on the boards of Longview ISD and the Summit, Pinecrest Country Club and Cherokee clubs.

Elizabeth Darling, BSEd ’78, president and chief executive of the OneStar Foundation in Austin, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed as commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Darling returned to Washington, DC, where she was chief operating officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service from 2005 to 2009, overseeing all CNCS national programs, including AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America. Darling was founding director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the HHS in 2001. 

Jessica Spence Wall McCune, BSN ’78, of Ocala, FL, uses art and storytelling in her bereavement work with Hospice of Marion County, FL. She has also given a TEDx Talk in Ocala. Learn more at jessicastoryteller.com or contact at bigtexinfl@cox.net.

Rev. Steven D. Reece, BS ’78, of Atlanta, GA, will be a panelist at the 38th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Inc. annual conference Aug. 5-10 in Warsaw, Poland. He will present on his work in preserving Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Reece became a photojournalist and worked at newspapers in Texas, including the Waco Tribune-Herald. He served as a Baptist minister in Poland for 12 years and began working with the Jewish community to care for and restore Jewish cemeteries. In 2010, he established The Matzevah Foundation (matzevah.org).

Rick Richardson, BBA ’78, JD ’81, was named chief financial officer for Tarleton State University and senior vice president for the Division of Finance and Administration. He joined the university in 2009 as vice president of institutional advancement and has been instrumental in helping develop Tarleton’s then-newly planned Fort Worth campus.