1960s

Larry Funderburk, BA ’61, JD ’62, was presented with the 7th Amendment Warrior award by the American Board of Trial Advocates. Also, he recently published Cases and Courtrooms Remembered: Memories of a Texas Trial Lawyer, a collection of anecdotes and vignettes from a 50-plus-year career. He and his wife Linda K. Buckley Funderburk, BA ’66, live in Houston. Contact at LFunderburk@sbcglobal.net

Sharon Ellis, BA ’63, authored Our Passover Lamb (Westbow 2018). The book is about the events of the last week of Jesus’ life. Ellis served nearly a decade and a half as executive assistant to Rev. Andy Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church in Belton, TX.

Carole Godwin-Gasper, BM ’61, Emerita Professor of Voice at Webster University in St. Louis, was honored with the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Central Region Lifetime Achievement Award at the NATS Conference at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL. Since joining Webster in 1975, she has earned seven diplomas from conservatories in Salzburg, Austria; Nice, France; and Geneva for studies in the poetry and music of the German lied and the French melodie. Godwin-Gaspar has given numerous highly acclaimed concerts in the St. Louis area and frequently collaborates with composers in premiering new works. She founded and directed the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris from 1990 through 2001.

Dr. Morris Minton, BA ’65, joined Camden [ME] Dermatology and Mohs Surgery. In private practice for more than 40 years, he has concentrated on general and surgical dermatology with an emphasis on skin cancer surgery and aesthetic/cosmetic procedures. He recently left a long-standing practice in North Carolina.

Phyllis Stansell Skaug, BS ’69, retired after 38 years as a pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in Jonesboro, AR. Her husband of 40 years, Warren, retired at the same time. They met during their pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1978 and married in 1979. They have two sons: Eric, a computer software developer, and Brian, an MD/PhD rheumatologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The Skaugs also have five grandchildren. Contact at 113 Harvester Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or w-pskaug@sbcglobal.net.

The late John Hill Westbrook, BA ’69, was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 23 in Dallas. In 1966, Westbrook became the first African-American to play varsity football in the Southwest Conference. After graduation, he worked for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Southwest Missouri State University, the Southern Baptist Convention and Florida State University. In 1974, he returned to Texas to pastor True Vine Baptist Church in Tyler and the historic Antioch Baptist Church in downtown Houston.