Baylor to Dedicate Family Studies Center in Honor of Pipers

Sept. 4, 1996

Baylor University will honor Paul and Katy Piper during a dedication ceremony for the Paul and Katy Piper Center for Family Studies at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the center, located at 315 Washington Ave.

The Pipers recently donated the property to Baylor through Christian Mission Concerns, a private foundation created by the Pipers in 1984. Christian Mission Concerns had built and supported the Child Development Center from 1989 to 1995, before turning over the operation of the center to Baylor in January 1996.

The center fulfills Baylor's long-held dream to create a Center for Family Studies to focus on all areas of Christian family life.

The Paul and Katy Piper Center for Family Studies will provide child and older adult development and enrichment experiences; education programs for parents, students and care-givers; lectures; publications; and research. All of these opportunities respond to the Pipers' desire to assist Baylor to strengthen the Christian family.

"This is yet another instance where Mr. and Mrs. Piper have helped Baylor and families greatly," said Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds, chancellor. "They are wonderful humanitarians and Christ-like in all that they do."

Randall H. Fields, chairman of Baylor's Board of Regents, will preside during the ceremony and Robert O. Feather, vice president emeritus for external affairs, will give the invocation. Reynolds will recognize honored guests and President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will express Baylor's appreciation for the Pipers.

Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. James L. Williamson, acting dean of the School of Education, also will speak during the ceremony. Dr. Rita S. Purdy, chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences who also serves as administrator of the center, will give the prayer of dedication.

For more information, contact Judy Maggard in university development at 755-2561.

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