1950s-60s

1950s

Arlon O. Hickman, BA ’56, celebrated his 85th birthday June 24. During his senior year at Baylor, Hickman performed in the play Androcles and the Lion and met his future wife during the production. He played the role of a Roman soldier, and she played the role of a Christian slave. Baylor launched their adventurous life together. In 1960, Hickman joined IBM at the dawn of the digital age. His early assignments included working with North American Aviation on projects supporting NASA. During his 30-year career with IBM, Hickman had the opportunity to work in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. In 1991, he retired to Harrison, AR. For the past 25 years, Hickman has trained teams of volunteers providing free tax preparation services under the auspices of the AARP Foundation Tax Aid, and he has remained active with the Boone County Republican Party. He wishes all of his fellow Baylor Bears a long and fulfilling life. Contact at arlonhickman@gmail.com.

1960s

Joseph E. Taylor Jr., BBA ’62, retired from the insurance industry at the end of 2019 but is still working as the fair manager of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair in Augusta, GA. Contact at 128 Palmer Court, Evans, GA 30809 or at TaylorJ7@comcast.net.

Patrick S. Washburn, BA ’63, co-authored Sports Journalism: A History of Glory, Fame, and Technology (University of Nebraska Press), published in July. The book has strong scholarly significance as it is the first book to examine the history of sports journalism from 1733 to the present. It takes an inside look at how American sports journalism has changed over the past three centuries and examines why those changes occurred.

Dr. Tony Cleaver, BA ’66, MSEd ’88, published his seventh book, Then God Said (Amazon Kindle). It consists of Scriptural devotions for each day of the year. 

John “Johnny” E. Miller, BA ’67, is a Texas Attorney Emeritus in Bryan, TX (JohnnyAttorney.com). He holds a Juris Doctor from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis and a Master of Laws from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. Miller is also one of three co-founders of The Good United States Artificial Intelligence Group (GoodUSAi.com). The three co-founders, as well as the resulting group, share a common interest in researching, writing, training, promoting and consulting for what is “good” regarding the U.S. in the various areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Typically, the group focuses on AI and ML areas such as safety, integrity, honesty, ethics, zero bias, democracy, responsibility and social benefit.

Cynthia McElroy Kirchheimer, BS ’69, retired after 26 years teaching reading in the Osborn Elementary School District in Phoenix. She anticipates volunteering at her church. Kirchheimer and friends Marilyn Hardy, Carol Pyfer, Becky Riggins and Sheila Telford had a marvelous time at Homecoming 2019 as they celebrated their 50th reunion. She would love to hear from fellow graduates. Contact at 6532 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257 or tkirch@q.com.

Fleet Lentz, BA ’69, published A Backseat View from the Phantom: A Memoir of a Marine Radar Intercept Officer in Vietnam, available as an ebook and in paperback from Amazon and McFarlandbooks.com. Lentz served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 31 years. The book describes life on a remote jungle base in Thailand from which Lentz flew 131 combat missions as part of the last Marine aviation command in the Vietnam War. He is married to Kathy Crawley, BA ’68. They reside in Centennial, CO. Contact at fleetlentz1@gmail.com.

Kenneth, BA ’69, and Celia Carlile of Marshall, TX, established the Kenneth and Celia Carlile Chair in Materials Science, a Baylor Academic Challeng scholarship. Celia received the Alumna Honoris Causa award in 1992. Kenneth and Celia have two sons: Zachary, BBA ’96, and Cameron. This fund supports a faculty member who furthers Baylor’s mission through innovative research and teaching in the area of materials science.