Baylor Mourns Deaths of Staff Member, Retired Professor

Jan. 2, 2008

Baylor University is mourning the deaths over the Christmas break of a staff member in the chemistry and physics departments and a retired professor in the School of Education.

Milton Luedke, who had been employed at Baylor since 1982 as a machinist for the chemistry and physics departments, died Dec. 24. He was considered an expert machinist, keeping departmental equipment in good working condition and constructing specialized equipment for use in various research projects.

Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel. Milton is survived by several cousins and many friends. Memorials may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or a local cancer fund.

Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" McEntire, associate professor of educational psychology in the School of Education since 1989, died Dec. 26 at a local hospital. She had retired from the university in December.

Beth earned bachelor's degree in history from Baylor in 1960, her master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1976, and her doctorate in special education at the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. In addition to teaching experience in public schools, she taught at the University of Alabama- Birmingham, Quincy College in Quincy, Ill., and Baylor, with her students serving throughout the nation in teaching and counseling positions.

A memorial service for McEntire was held Dec. 31 at OakCrest Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles Robert Humphrey; and her daughter, Martha Ann McEntire. She is survived by her former husband, J.L. McEntire; their adopted daughter, Juli McEntire Gonzales; her two daughters in San Antonio; sister, Dorothy Lynn of Waco; and niece, Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Davis and husband, Dr. John Bugge, and their son, Stefan Bugge of Atlanta, Ga. Donations may be made in her memory to charities of choice, including the Talitha Koum Institute in Waco.

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