Nancy Powell Graham, BA ’72, and Walter Lewis, BBA ’86, (right), sang in a choral concert “An Evening with Mark Hayes,” June 28 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS. Hays, BM ’75, center, is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor with more than 1,200 published works.
Happy 100th birthday to Alyce Goff, MSEd ’73. Family and friends celebrated her on July 15 at DeSoto [TX] Civic Center. Goff is a 76-year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a member of Glen Oaks United Methodist Church in Dallas, and she has served in many roles, including with the South Dallas Concert Choir, Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, Dallas Retired Teachers Association, and others. The pianist also has received a number of honors and awards.
David Hodges, JD ’73, was named a general associate judge of McLennan County, TX. Hodges was formerly a prosecutor in the McLennan County district attorney’s office and worked in private practice before being elected as a county court-at-law judge in 1982. He also worked for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, followed by work as a visiting judge.
J. David McClung, JD ’73, was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. He is director of Triton Marine Construction since 1994, having previously served as the firm’s president and CEO from 1994 to 2001. He received six Air Medals for his military service and a Young Graduates Award of Merit from Baylor, an Outstanding Alumni Award from Southern Nazarene University and a Distinguished Service Award from the Church of the Nazarene.
Watson E. Mills, PhD ’73, of Sharpsburg, GA, writes, “I was recently inducted into the Circumnavigators Club after having completed my third trip around the world. I have visited 176 of the 193 member countries of the United Nations and 436 of the locations listed on the Most Traveled People website.” As of Nov. 26, 2017, Mills ranked 201st in the world in most countries visited, according to mtp.travel/rankings.
Thomas J. “Tommy” Turner, JD ’74, was posthumously inducted into the Pi Kappa Alpha Order of West Range during the 2018 International Convention. The Order of West Range recognizes outstanding alumni of The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity for achievement in their careers, service to society, or service to the Fraternity. Turner served Pi Kappa Alpha for 50 years, including as national president from 1992 to 1994.
G. Craig Weinaug, BA ’74, retired in December after 43 years working in local government. Craig completed his Master of Public Administration degree from Kansas University, and married Sally Don Donalson, BA ’75. He served in city/county manager and administrator roles in Wichita Falls, TX, Scott City, KS, Zion, IL, Ardmore, OK, and Douglas County, KS. Craig and Sally Don have had four children and four grandchildren, and have been foster parents to 18 additional children. Among Craig’s awards is the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Kansas University Alumni Association. Contact at 1027 Hartland Dr., Lawrence, KS 66049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Fletchter, BA ’75, of Colorado Springs, CO, taught math and history at schools in West Hollywood and Pebble Beach in California, and Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, with seven years each working for Youth for Christ in Geneva and Young Life International globally. In 2002, Fletcher founded Life, the Universe and Everything, a nonprofit which takes him to mostly secular high schools to talk about science and faith, specifically evidence for the existence of God. The talks have been given in over 260 schools in 42 countries. He married Kam Matzinger in 1981, and they have two children, Dylan and Maren. Contact at www.lifeuniverseverything.org.
Linda Bunch Klatt, BA ’70, MSEd ’76, joined Premier Sotheby’s International Realty as a broker/associate, with offices in Blowing Rock and Charlotte, NC. She and her husband of 47 years, Ralph H. Klatt, are the proud parents of Kate Klatt Miller, BA ’00 (husband Stephen Miller, BBA ’99), and Robyn Klatt Areheart, BSFCS ’02 (husband Brad Areheart, BA ’01), and grandparents to eight children. Contact at 364 Stonebridge Lane, Todd, NC 28684 or email@example.com.
Karen and Robert “Bob” Anderson, BBA ’74, JD ’75, of Longview, TX, established an endowed scholarship to help students in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. They have three children who also graduated from Baylor: Ashley Anderson Weir, BFA ’01, Robert Austin Anderson, BA ’04, and Bonnie Catherine Wilson, BA ’07.
William and Loree Brown, BSEd ’74, celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary in Hillsboro, TX. The Browns, ages 99 and 97, spent most of their married years (except for those during which William served in the U.S. Army in World War II) in Irene, TX, where she worked as a hat maker and raised three children. After their kids were grown, Loree went to college, then taught first through third grade for the next 20 years in Bynum, Malone and Hillsboro.
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, TX, honored its senior pastor and his wife, Stan, BA ’76, and Claudia Allcorn, BA ’76, for 20 years of service. The Allcorns served together at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, as well as other congregations, before arriving in Abilene in 1998. Stan also served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 2002 to 2011.
Philip Poole, BA ’77, of Hoover, AL, was inducted in the 2018 class of the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows, the organization’s highest honor. PRSA is the largest public relations professional organization in the world. Poole is one of 350 active Fellows in the 22,000-member organization. He served during 2018 as president of PRSA’s Alabama Chapter and received the chapter’s annual Ron Council Award for Mentoring. Poole retired in July 2018 after 15 years as executive director of university communication at Samford University, and 40 years in public relations.
Steven Reece, BS ’78, is founder of The Matzevah Foundation, which brings volunteers to Europe from Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee and partners them with Jewish descendants to care for their ancestral cemeteries. Reece, a Southern Baptist minister from Texas, has been cleaning Jewish cemeteries and erecting memorial plaques at mass grave sites in Poland and Ukraine, where millions of Jews were shot and gassed by Nazi German forces during World War II.
Nancy Shemwell, BBA ’78, was appointed chief operating officer of Raleigh, NC-based IoT Community (Internet of Things Community), the world’s largest community of corporate executives, IoT professionals and practitioners. Shemwell has served in leadership positions for more than 30 years with global organizations, including Vericlave, DataSpan, Multi-Link, Jovial Test Equipment, Extreme Networks, Symmetricom and Nortel Networks.
Cyndy B. Dunlap, BSN ’79, was named chief nursing officer for the Providence Healthcare Network. Dunlap oversees more than 470 nurses in the network, which includes Providence Health Center in Waco, and is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. Dunlap has been in health care leadership for more than 20 years, including executive nursing positions at Baylor Scott & White medical centers in Temple and Waco.
The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), similar to a golf handicap, was acquired by an investment group eager to harness the power of data to help improve the game. The group includes Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, BBA ’79, who played tennis for Baylor. In an Inside Tennis interview, Hurd noted that technology “is unifying the sport around a single, digital platform. We provide access to tools that tennis has never had before.’’ More than 855,000 players have a UTR rating. The system contains results from more than 8.4 million matches in 204 countries and is a data clearinghouse for 2,152 college teams. Establishing a UTR rating is free. Learn more at www.myutr.com.
The City of Plainview [TX] hired Cynthia Peterson, BSEd ’79, as the new Unger Memorial Chief Librarian. Peterson was the librarian at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall for 17 years and has spent most of her career in higher education library settings.