Butch Riddle, BBA ’80, retired April 4, 2021, after 31 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Ashdown, AR. Together with his wife, Glenda, they bought a farm in Arkadelphia, AR, and are completely renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse and barn. He previously pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana.
David Starnes, BBA ’80, and Sheri Starnes, BSEd ’81, of Sugar Land, TX, established two endowments: the Sheri and David Starnes Endowed Scholarship Fund in Truett Seminary, which supports students enrolled in Truett Seminary, and the David and Sheri Starnes Endowed Athletic Scholarship in Baseball, which supports baseball student-athletes.
Catherine Gilkey, BSEd ’81, is the managing director at Harbor Link Group, linking business owners with strategic investors as well as talent with hiring partners.
Bill Russell, BBA ’82, and Charlie Lipsey, BA ’90, are Bears roaming the Giza Plateau. Charlie is six years older than Bill, and they attended Baylor together. They celebrated their birthdays together with a tour of Egypt. Bill on the left, Charlie on the right at the Great Pyramids.
Dan Brook, BA ’83, was elected by his peers into the National Sculpture Society (NSS). The NSS is a 125-year-old group of the best sculptors in America. Its members have included such giants of American figurative sculpture as Daniel Chester French and Augustus St. Gaudens and architects such as Richard Morris Hunt.
Christine Klote, BBA ’84, MBA ’96, presented the Marvin J. Leonard trophy to Charles Schwab Challenge Champion Sam Burns in May at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Craig Underwood, BBA ’84, was the recipient of the American Gem Society’s (AGS) most prestigious honor, the Robert M. Shipley Award®. Mr. Underwood was presented with the award April 27 at the Society’s annual Conclave in Oklahoma City. Underwood received this honor based on his commitment to the jewelry industry and his community and because of his service to the American Gem Society over the years.
Phil Dodson, BA ’85, was included in the 2022 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list. Dodson lives in downtown Houston and joined Merrill Lynch in 1988 where he is a managing director and lead investment strategist at Tactical Associates.
Carey Hendrickson, BBA ’85, and Stacie Hendrickson, BSEd ’86, of Arlington, TX, established the Hendrickson Family Endowment for Semper Pro Musica. This endowment supports the priority needs of the Semper Pro Musica Competition within the School of Music.
Gib Dawson, BBA ’87, and Becky Dawson, BBA ’87, of Plano, TX, established the Bryan G. Dawson Memorial Endowment in memory of their son, Bryan. This endowment supports the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center.
Barbara M. Britton, BSHE ‘86, will release her ninth book this December. Britton parts from her usual biblical fiction to launch a Christian contemporary Christmas romance with Pelican Book Group. The story will have a heroine who is a breast cancer survivor. Britton will add a short note about her cancer journey at the end of the novel. You can find out more about Britton’s books at barbarambritton.com
Laura Bartels Felleman, BA ’87, authored the book of poetry The Length of a Clenched Fist [Finishing Line Press, 2022]. The poems are about her experiences from 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee Mulcahy, BA ’88, served in Ukraine at an all-volunteer militia hospital in Kyiv that was responsible for rescue and evacuation. His paintings and photos of Ukraine were exhibited at the Four Seasons Mumbai in May 2022.
Phil Lakin Sr., Phil Lakin Jr., BBA ’89, MBA ’99, Adriane Lakin and Tracey Lakin, BA ’94, of Tulsa, OK, established the Janice Carolyn Cravens Lakin Endowed Scholarship in Nursing, a Hord Challenge Scholarship. The endowment benefits students of Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Todd Leveridge, BBA ’89, of Plano, TX, established the Leveridge Family Research Assistant Endowment in Business. The endowment supports the Undergraduate Research Assistant (URGA) program.
Scott Terry, BA ’89, and his wife, Shirin, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary June 19, shortly after their daughter, Jasmine, BA ’22, graduated with honors. Jasmine will begin a master’s in Arab studies at Georgetown University.