Baylor Mourns Passing of Business School Faculty Member

Feb. 25, 2014
For Baylor Business professor Fred S. Hulme Jr., "teaching at Baylor was not just a job, it was his passion."

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2014) - Baylor University is mourning the passing of Fred S. Hulme Jr., senior lecturer in information systems in the Hankamer School of Business, who died Feb. 23 at his residence with his family at his side.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, 1300 Columbus Ave. in Waco, with Dr. Byron Weathersbee officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Oakcrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd.

"For Fred, teaching at Baylor was not just a job, it was his passion. He had a servant's heart for his students and for fellow faculty and was always willing to go the extra yard to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Baylor," said Tim R. Kayworth, Ph.D., professor and chair of information systems in the business school.

A native of Waco, Hulme graduated as valedictorian from Linden-Kildare High School in 1968. Four years later, he graduated summa cum laude and third in his class from Baylor University with a bachelor of science in mathematics and was recognized as the first recipient of the Outstanding Mathematics Major Award. In 1975, he earned a master of statistics from Texas A&M University. While at Baylor, he met his wife, Carolyn, with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. They were blessed with a daughter, Emily, in 1988.

After working a short time as an actuarial analyst, Hulme joined the Baylor business faculty as a lecturer and was named a senior lecturer the first year that the new designation was offered. He taught in the Management Information Systems department as well as in the Executive MBA Program, frequently traveling to Dallas and Austin to teach classes in settings more convenient for graduate students. He also taught in the Baylor in Great Britain study abroad program in 2005 and 2007 as well as the Baylor European Entrepreneurship Experience in 2013.

Throughout his tenure at Baylor, Hulme received numerous awards, including recognition from Baylor as the Guidestone Outstanding Professor in 2009, recognition from his colleagues with the Hankamer School of Business Teaching Excellence Award in 1997, recognition from Baylor Athletics with the Outstanding Professors Award for six years and recognition from his students as the Most Popular Business Professor in 2005 and 2010-2011. The awards he cherished the most came from seeing his students succeed. His patience and gifted teaching ability helped many students achieve goals well beyond what they initially imagined they could do.

Hulme also contributed to his field of statistics and quantitative analysis by writing textbooks and journal articles, consulting companies on statistical issues and presenting talks at conferences and workshops. He served as a course coordinator, tutor and faculty mentor and was a member of the Decision Science Institute.

Besides his contributions to the Baylor community, he volunteered with numerous organizations, including serving as PTA treasurer and helping with Mission Waco, Kid's Hope and Caritas. He was active at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, where he served in his Sunday school department and on the finance committee.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Josh Gibson; sister, Carolyn Monroe; brother and sister-in-law, David and Diane Hulme; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and other family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baylor Endowed Scholarship Fund in the name of Fred Sterling Hulme Jr., One Bear Place #97026, Waco, TX 76798-7026.

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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