Herbert H. Reynolds Award Recipients to Be Honored Oct. 26

Oct. 23, 1996

Paul and Jane Meyer and Dr. James Parsons, all from Waco, and Mrs. Louise Ornelas of Tyler will receive the Herbert H. Reynolds Award during Baylor University's Homecoming activities Saturday, Oct. 26.

Dr. Jochem Burckhardt of Waco also will be honored posthumously and his sons Marc and Rolf will accept the award for the Burckhardt family.

Named for the former president of Baylor, the Herbert H. Reynolds Award was established by the Class of 1981 to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves by their service and dedication to students at Baylor.

Dr. Reynolds will be joined by Dr. Maxine Hart, a member of the Herbert H. Reynolds Award Committee and Mr. Robert Feather, vice president emeritus for external affairs, to present the awards during pre-game activities of the 1 p.m. Homecoming football game between Baylor and Iowa State at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Paul Meyer, a Central Texas civic leader, had a career in insurance sales from 1948-1957. From 1958-1959, he was a sales executive for Word Inc., a Waco distributor of religious books and records. Since 1960, he has founded the Success Motivation Institute (SMI) and Leadership Management Inc., both founded for the purpose of helping people develop their management skills. He also founded Passport to Success, a non-profit civic foundation.

An Alumnus by Choice of Baylor, Meyer received the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award in 1988 from the Baylor Alumni Association.

Meyer and his wife, Jane, have five children, James, Larry, Billy, Janna and Leslie.

Parsons taught in the Baylor Accounting Department for 41 years. Before retiring, he was named the Professor of the Year by students in 1962, 1968, 1974 and 1985. He also was honored as one of Baylor's six Master Teachers and has the Dr. James W. Parsons Jr. Scholarship Fund named after him.

He was known at Baylor for his thought-provoking lectures and exams along with his sage advice and interest in each student.

Ornelas has shown considerable support for Baylor even though she never attended the university. In 1993, she was chosen to serve as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade because of the devotion she has shown to the university and her community.

She served as president of hospital volunteers at Tyler Medical Center and was recognized in 1993 by East Texas Baptist University with an honorary humanities degree. She also has received the Alumna Honoris Causa Medallion, the highest honor bestowed by Baylor upon the non-alumni.

She has had three children and three grandchildren attend Baylor. In her spare time, Ornelas enjoys swimming, mountain climbing and hiking. She is an avid football fan and participates in numerous activities at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.

Burckhardt, who died several weeks ago, had just recently retired from 36 years of teaching at Baylor. He was a graduate of the Humanistiches Gymnasium of Heidelberg and received an advanced degree in economics and law from the University of Mannheim. He did further studies at the universities of Heidelberg, Cambridge and Madrid. In the United States, at Southern Methodist University, he earned a master's degree in German language and literature. He then had positions in Germany as an economist for both United States and German companies.

At Baylor he was instrumental in the development of a number of innovative foreign language programs, including Baylor's intensive summer language programs. He taught a wide variety of courses and in Baylor's study abroad programs in Austria and Germany. From 1969 to 1977 he served as chair of the Department of German at Baylor and was made the first permanent chair of the newly organized Department of Modern Foreign Languages, a position he held from 1982-1991. In 1993 he was designated a "Master Teacher" by Baylor.

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