Kerrville Residents Honored As Baylor Parents Of The Year

Oct. 2, 2000

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Judge Stephen and Lynda Ables of Kerrville were honored as Baylor University's "Parents of the Year" for 2000, during the university's annual Parents Weekend festivities Sept. 29-30.

The award recognizes parents who have been actively involved in promoting Baylor in their home community. The Ables were honored during After Dark, an annual student talent show, and at half-time ceremonies of the Baylor vs. Iowa State football game.

"It is a privilege to recognize Steve and Lynda for their service and leadership to Baylor and the Parents League program," said Judy Maggard, director of Baylor parent programs. "They continue to be a source of encouragement and support for many incoming Baylor students and their parents from the Kerrville area."

Steve, who earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Baylor in 1971 and his law degree from Baylor Law School in 1973, is district judge of the 216th State District Court and was recently honored as Outstanding Criminal Trial Judge in the State of Texas. In 1989, he was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus of Baylor University. Additionally, he served on the Baylor Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1997-1999.

A Baylor Alumnus By Choice, Lynda earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I University in Kingsville and has served as music director at First United Methodist Church of Kerrville for 22 years. She was honored as Kerrville's Woman of the Year in 1989.

The Ables are involved with several community organizations including the Hill Country Arts Foundation, Kerr County Chamber of Commerce, Kerr County United Way and are active members of First United Methodist Church of Kerrville. They also have been involved in Baylor Parents League activities in Kerr County, where they serve as chapter co-chairs.

The Ables have three children: David, a graduate of Harvard University who is pursuing graduate studies in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Matthew, a Baylor senior majoring in hydrogeology; and Mollie, a Baylor sophomore majoring in music.

Current Baylor students are given the opportunity to nominate their parents for the Parents of the Year recognition. Nominations are received by the Parents League office, and honorees are selected on the basis of their service and loyalty to Baylor.

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