1970s

Dr. Kay Bull Danielson, BA, ’70, authored The Making of an American Family, which is part family history and part memoir. This portrait of her family from the 1600s to now weaves genealogical research with family letters, stories and photos. After her nearly 40-year career as a school psychologist and professor, Danielson, in retirement, is transitioning to writing creative nonfiction. In 2017, she earned a Master of Liberal Studies from Arizona State University. She lives in Mesa, AZ, with her husband Scott. Contact at ekdanielson@gmail.com.

Joanne Briscoe Jones, BS ’70, of Dallas and her husband Ben have created a ministry for ministers. “The Refuge” is a comfortable cabin in the Piney Woods of East Texas and is available to pastors and missionaries and their families, as well as for small group retreats. The Joneses spent 10 years in the San Antonio area and a long career in Refugio, TX. They are members of the Old Main Society and the 1845 Society and the parents of Bailey Jones, BSE ’97, and Corinda Fellers, BBA ’00. Contact at jbj9310@yahoo.com.

Municipal Judge Thomas Redwine, BBA ’70, JD ’71, was honored by the city of Van Alstyne, TX, for more than 40 years of service.

Almost two years after his untimely death, a documentary about Randy Wilson, BA ’70, MA ’90, the longtime artistic director at The Theatre Company in Bryan, TX, debuted at Downtown Bryan’s historic Queen Theatre. Wilson made it to Broadway and then returned home to direct more than 100 musicals at The Theatre Company.

Suzii Paynter, BA ’72, who announced plans in July 2018 to retire as executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, was named co-director of Pastors for Texas Children, a public education advocacy group. Paynter hopes to shine light on the good work many churches already are doing to support public schools, students, teachers and parents.

McAllen [TX] Mayor Jim Darling, BA ’75, JD ’77, received a lifetime achievement award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association in recognition of his many professional and community contributions. He was McAllen City Attorney for 28 years and served pro bono as general counsel to McAllen Affordable Homes. Darling has dedicated his professional career to serving McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley. 

A civil rights activist, Vietnam War veteran and longtime elected public servant, McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson, BA ’75, retired from his county role. For the past 28 years, Gibson represented East Waco and portions of North and South Waco, Bellmead, Lacy-Lakeview, Axtell, Riesel, Hallsburg and Mart. Before that, he served on the Waco City Council from 1988 to 1990.

Patty Lane, BSEd ’75, who has worked for the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1984 and has led Intercultural Ministries for Texas Baptists since 2002, shared her background and ministry life in the Baptist Standard in November 2018. Lane continually sees how God works through her life to love people from various cultures.

John Eddie Williams Jr., BBA ’76, JD ’78, firm founder and managing partner of Williams Kherkher, received the Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1983, Williams opened his practice with another attorney. That firm, now known as Williams Kherkher, has represented more than 30,000 clients over the past four decades. In 1995, Williams represented the State of Texas against the tobacco industry. This complex case ultimately resulted in a victory for the state and the largest settlement in U.S. history. 

Dr. Johnny Zummo, BS ’77, happily retired from his pediatric dental practice after 36 years in West Houston. He is leaving the practice to his son-in-law Dr. Joshua Gascoyne, BBA ’05. Zummo and his wife Theresa have six grandchildren and will continue to travel, sail, fish and enjoy life.

Paul Basden, BA ’78, and Jim Johnson, BA ’77, PhD ’86, co-authored their first book together, Tough Stuff Parenting: Helping Your Kids Navigate Faith and Culture (Harvest House 2019). Basden and Johnson are the founding co-senior pastors of Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, TX. The book draws upon the authors’ extensive personal and ministry experience to help parents confidently engage their kids in meaningful conversations about some of today’s toughest topics.