Class Notes & Submissions

NEWSOM, DOROTHY (“DOT”) Heavenly life began for Dot Newsom on March 26, 2020. Dot was born to Dee and Dicie Swift on December 2, 1924, in Osage, Texas. After graduating from Waco High School she attended Baylor University as a music major where she met Asa A. Newsom, Jr. On a three day pass from the Army they were married in 1944. After Asa completed medical school and was ready to embark on his career as an OB/GYN, they settled in Dallas, Texas, where they enjoyed a marvelous 72 year marriage until Asa’s death in 2016. Dot is survived by her three children: David (Jane), Kirk (Lynn) and Kent (Vicki); grandchildren Laura Rooney (Chris), Colin (Sean), Chris (Kayla), Juli Miele (Rocco), Douglas and three great grandchildren: Desmond, Avery and Ellis. She was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Baylor University Women’s Council. Dot was a longtime active member of Wilshire Baptist Church. Her family and friends will dearly miss her grace, wit, hospitality and the lost art of writing countless notes. Even until the date of her death at 95 years of age, she retained the remarkable ability to remember names, faces and events. She was a voracious reader who enjoyed discussing history with anyone who wished. There will be a private graveside service. Due to current events, a time of celebration will be scheduled later. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice

Charles C. Ledbetter, BA 1969, has written a memoir of his thirty-three years of teaching a senior high Sunday school class. The book provides a thoughtful meditation for anyone interested in youth and the challenges of their spiritual development. Enjoy this book on faith, fortitude, and fun as the author negotiates the rocky paths of teenagers on their spiritual journeys.

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Mary Jensen Brezik (’10) and husband Daniel (’11) welcomed their second baby home in Fort Worth on Halloween. Nathaniel Andrew “Nate” weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches long. Big sister, Katie Beth, is thrilled about the new family addition!






Joanne Jones and her husband Ben have created a ministry to offer rest and renewal to those called by God into his work. “The Refuge” is a comfortable cabin in the Piney Woods of East Texas that is available to pastors and missionaries and their families, as well as for small group retreats. For more information, contact her at 361.543.6032 or [email protected] The Joneses currently live in Dallas, TX, following 10 years in the San Antonio area and a long career in Refugio, TX. They are members of the Old Main Society and the 1845 Society, and are parents of two Baylor graduates, Bailey Jones in 1997, and Corinda Fellers in 2000.

9310 Moss Farm Lane
Dallas, TX 75243
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Gerald Douglas Welch, 77, of Anderson, SC, died on Thursday, January 17, 2019. He was born in Washington, DC, the son of Maimo Cain Welch and Warren Douglas Welch. He attended Baylor University for his undergraduate and earned a Masters from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he met his wife, Nancy. After marrying, they moved to California, where he earned a Doctorate of Divinity at Claremont Theological Seminary.

To read his full obituary, click here.

Dr. Kay Bull Danielson, BA, ’70, has published a book “The Making of an American Family.” In it, she draws a portrait of her family from the 1600s to the present, weaving genealogical research with letters written during the World Wars by her grandfather and father, stories written by her grandmother, journals kept by her mother, oral family histories, and photographs. Danielson peppers the mixture with her own memories and insights of growing up. This is her first work of creative nonfiction, begun as part of a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree earned in 2017 from Arizona State University. Danielson retired in 2015 after a nearly forty-year career as a school psychologist and college professor. She lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband Scott and spends her free time traveling and doting on their 21 great nieces and nephews.

Kay can be reached via email at [email protected]


On December 31, 2018, our beloved “Brother Johnny” met face to face with the One he loved and preached about for over 75 years – What a reunion!

Dr. John Harold Beard was born on March 24, 1927, in Alton, Illinois, to John and Gertrude Beard. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Priest and husband, George Priest; and nephew, George Priest, Jr.

He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and, while in high school, surrendered his life to the ministry. He spent twelve more years in higher education earning a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University (’48), a Bachelor of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (’51), a Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (’53) and a Doctor of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary (’71).

While at Baylor, he played on the men’s basketball team, was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, served as Freshman Class President, served as President of the Honor Council, served on the Student Council, was a member of the Ministerial Alliance, served on the Baptist Student Union Council and served in many youth revivals across Texas.

He was in evangelism for several years prior to pastoring First Baptist Church, Goliad, Texas; First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson, Texas; Calvary Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas; and Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas. He was honored as pastor emeritus at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. After retiring, he served as interim at Faith Baptist Church, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and other churches in the East Texas area. He served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Corpus Christi and held other offices within the Southern Baptist Convention.

He truly loved people and had sincere concern for their spiritual well-being. His passion in life was to put God first, others second and himself last. The heart of his ministry was missions and reaching the world for Christ, which led many people into special service and the foreign mission field.

He is survived by his loving wife and helpmate of 67 years, Marty; son, John Beard (BA ’83/MBA ’87) and wife, Mary (BBA ’87); daughter, Deborah Duffer (BBA ’85) and husband, Eddy (BBA ’86/JD ’87); precious grandchildren, John Beard (Baylor Freshman), Hannah Beard (Baylor Freshman), Haley Beard (Baylor Freshman), Jacob Duffer and Joshua Duffer; nieces, Jeanna Soper, Dianna Meisenheimer and Cyndi Crabtree; and nephew, Jim Crabtree.

Services will be held Saturday, January 5th at 2:00 pm at Colonial Hills Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Branam, Rev. Robert Carter, Dr. Jimmy Draper and Dr. Jack Terry officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Stewart Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Baylor Line Foundation, John H. Beard Scholarship Fund, PO Box 2089, Waco, Texas 76703; or to the International Mission Board in memory of John H. Beard, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Jeff Hampton has published “Aransas Evening,” a story about life, love and community in Port Aransas, Texas. The novel is a sequel to “Aransas Morning,” and proceeds from both books are helping support continued recovery efforts on the Texas Gulf Coast. More information here.



Following a valiant battle with cancer, Anita Holt March, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on December 17, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, and is resting now in the arms of Jesus. 

Anita was born on March 8, 1947, in Gatesville, Texas, and during her life also resided in Houston, Dallas, Longview and Tyler. She grew up in Snyder, Texas, where she graduated from Snyder High School and continued her education at Baylor University, where she met the love of her life, Ben Y. March. They married on August 24, 1968, in Snyder. Ben and Anita had the blessing of sharing their fiftieth wedding anniversary this past August.

Anita was an active member of First Baptist Church Waco for most of her life, as well as a former active member and staff member at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. As they lived throughout Texas, she was also active at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, First Baptist Longview and First Baptist Tyler. Anita was a hardworking businesswomen her entire life. She began her career as a legal secretary for several highly respected national law firms, worked as a clothing rep for Christian Dior, in various roles at Baylor University, as an executive assistant and finished her career as a realtor with multiple designations for Magnolia Realty. She was a charter member and served as Pledge Advisor for many years for the Theta Iota chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at Baylor. She served on the executive committee of the Baylor University Women’s Council in Dallas, as well as the Baylor University Louise Harrington School of Nursing annual gala planning committee. Anita also proudly held a Master Gardener designation. After her faith and her family, she loved few things more than her Baylor Bears. She supported sports, students and staff of the University and her mark on the school will not be forgotten.

Affectionately known as “Honey” by her grandchildren, Anita will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A strong, West Texas gal, she was fiercely loyal to those she loved and her greatest joy was serving her friends and family. Anita never met a stranger, never shied away from a good conversation and was famous for her “gentle” stubbornness. Those who knew her loved and cherished her. She was a reflection to all of us of God’s selfless love and devotion. Anita knew that she would spend eternity in Heaven, and this gave her hope as she courageously battled cancer to the end. Though she is greatly missed, there is such joy that she is healed and “home”.

She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Wayland G. Holt.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Y. March of Waco; daughter, Wendy March Waggoner and husband, Chip; son, Ramsey March and wife, Haley, all of Dallas; grandchildren, Benjamin Waggoner, Kate Waggoner, Charlotte March, Michael Holt March and Lila March; and her sister, Marguerette Holt Shamburger and husband, Wally, of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to our family’s endowed scholarship, The Ramsey Yelvington Scholarship Fund at Baylor University or a Baylor fund of your choice. Mail to Ramsey Yelvington Scholarship Fund (432SEKL), Baylor University – Gift Processing, One Bear Place #97050, Waco TX 76798-7050; or online at and search for the Ramsey Yelvington Fund or the fund of your choice.

Robert George Collmer, 91, of Waco, passed away peacefully at noon on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Ridgecrest Retirement and Health Center in the presence of his wife, Alys. A memorial service is set for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 29, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, with The Rev. Kyle Childress officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco.

Bob, as he was known to friends and acquaintances, was born November 28, 1926, in Guatemala City to Christian missionaries, Rev. G. Russell and Constance C. Collmer. Despite a physician’s warning at the time of his birth that he would not grow up physically or mentally strong, “Bobby” grew to be a six-foot-two-inch tall accomplished academician. He spent his early childhood in the Guatemalan town of Zacapa and proudly called himself a “Zacapateco.” He established many lifelong friendships in Guatemala and made frequent trips “home” over the next 70 years as he continued to work with and support the churches his parents established in central Guatemala.

The family moved to Philadelphia when Bob was still a child. When Bob was a senior in high school, his father moved the family to Laredo, Texas, to be closer to Guatemala. Bob graduated from Martin High School in 1944 and was inducted into the U.S. Army the following year while a student at Howard Payne College. After his discharge, Bob enrolled at Baylor University in 1947, where he met his first wife, Linnie Maffett Burney. They married on her twenty-first birthday. He soon earned his B.A. in 1948 and his M.A. in 1949 from Baylor.

He and Linnie moved to Philadelphia that year to attend the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his Ph.D. in 1953, they returned to Texas as Linnie wanted their first child to be born there. Carol Linda was born December 31, 1954, and Mark Wesley was born two years later. Linnie passed away in 1979 after 31 years of marriage.

Dr. Collmer was a well-respected and well-known scholar. Bob’s early fascination with John Donne and his poetry predated the national interest in this seventeenth-century English cleric and poet. He taught at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as in Mexico, Paraguay and Jordan. He was active in university administration and served as chairman of the English departments at both Texas Tech and Baylor University. As Dean of the Graduate School at Baylor, he was active in strengthening the Hospital Administration and Physical Therapy degree programs with the U.S. Army at Fort Hood and founding the annual Beall Poetry Festival, The House of Poetry and the Beall-Russell Poetry Festival lecture series. He was recognized as Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus in 1995 by Baylor for his sustained superior scholarly performance. Bob’s insatiable curiosity led him to write hundreds of scholarly articles across many academic disciplines and to edit multiple volumes. As a life-long learner, Bob continued to publish articles and participate in academic conferences long after he retired. He relished his collection of rare books. He spoke and read multiple languages, using his skills to translate a seventeenth-century Dutch diary and write Bible stories performed on the radio in Paraguay.

As graduate school dean, Bob continued to teach in the English department. This was where he met nurse and U.S. Army veteran Alys Edney, who invited him to the ballet in Dallas. Thus began their nearly 40-year relationship which took them around the world for pleasure and work. They spent several months in Holland shortly after they married in 1981. In 1997, they moved to Amman where Bob spent a semester teaching at the University of Jordan.

As an ordained minister, Bob was a devoted Christian and student of the Bible. Faithful his entire life, he exemplified the Christian life. He was loving and patient, bearing no ill will to anyone. He was kind, with a smile and twinkle in his eye and a warm, engaging demeanor. He and Alys were active members of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, where Bob taught a men’s Sunday School class for many years.

Brandan B.A. Miller, has been named Cabrini University’s Vice President of Enrollment Management. Miller has also served as the Director of Enrollment Management and Retention at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Principal Strategic Management Consultant at Ellucian, a provider of higher education software, and was the Assistant Vice President of Student Success at Baylor University.

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Dr. Jim H. Patton, of Woodway, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2018, at his home due to a heart attack. A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at FUMC of Waco. A reception will follow from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to visit with the family. Dr. Patton’s family requests that you may wear any applicable uniform corresponding with your service to the community.

Jim was born in Amarillo on June 22, 1948. He was the son of James Herbert Patton and Evelyn Patton. He graduated from Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho. From there, he furthered his education by attending Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Idaho State. While attending Idaho State, Jim met the love of his life, Kristi McGarry. The two wed on February 24, 1973. Jim and Kristi then moved to Waco, so Jim could earn his PhD from Baylor University in 1978. After earning his doctorate, Jim, was a postdoctoral fellow at UTMB in Galveston. Jim returned to Baylor University in 1980 to join the faculty in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department.

Most of Jim’s life was spent furthering others’ educational pursuits as well as his own through teaching and leading by example at Baylor University for the remainder of his life. Jim enjoyed the outdoors in many aspects: fly-fishing, hunting, competitive shooting, Scouting, and anywhere with his family outside. Jim also was an avid Scouter. He served many roles in the Scouting community over his entire life and cherished each relationship with Scouts from all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his father at a young age and by his mother later in life. Jim is survived by his wife, Kristi M. Patton, of whom he was married to for 45 years. He is also survived by his only son, Dustin Patton. Jim leaves behind a brother, John Moore and wife, Wendy, of Pocatello, Idaho. He also leaves behind a sister, Becky Chollett and husband, Galen, of Lorena. Jim has many other family members that he is survived by as well: brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Patton’s family would like donations given to the charity of one’s choice.

Love Smith of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Corpus Christ, Texas died September 30, 2018 She was 87.

Born on September 8, 193 .1, Ms. Smith grew up in Texas and was a graduate of Baylor University. Before settling in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ms. Smith resided in San Francisco, California, New York City where she was a member of the University Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she was an avid golfer and member of Coral Ridge Country Club in Palm Beach, she was a member of The English Speaking Union, Circumnavigators Club, Forum Club, World Affairs Council, Classical South Florida, Palm Beach Republican Club, and Royal Poinciana Chapel.

Ms. Smith pursued an eclectic business career and was a licensed securities principal. But it was following her being asked by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale to become executive director of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. that brought her the greatest joy. ln 1983 she conceived how appropriate it would be for.the organization to award yearly college scholarships to high school seniors who had severe financial limitations, but who exemplified the characteristics and potential promise of the Horatio Alger awardees themselves. Although many of the members were opposed to giving the scholarships, she persevered, raised thirty-five thousand dollars for the first seven scholarships and the Horatio Alger Scholarship program was born. Today that organization has awarded over $100 million in need-based scholarships to more than 25.000 young people.

Ms. Smith had a passion for learning about cultures and customs abroad and in 1954 made the first of many solo trips around the world. To celebrate her 75th birthday she made another six-month trip alone doing volunteer work in remote villages around the world, first living for three weeks on a farm in rural An Sang Village, China. This was the most rewarding of all-her travels and she became a devoted supporter of the Starfish Foster Home,_ Xian, China, Seam Children’s Home, Porur, Chenr,di, India, and Ghana Scholarships, Senchi Ferry, Ghana, West Africa.

She is survived by her niece, Dr. Scherry Johnson, Dallas, Texas, a nephew, Terry Stephens, Bluff Dale, Texas, two grandnieces, Mrs. Scheleen Walker, Austin, Texas and Dr. Renea Greenberg, Culver City, California, great grandnieces and nephews.

Mark Edlund, former Baylor Line Editor, is retiring after 15 years as executive director and treasurer of the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC). Read more here.

John Norman Iler went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 16, 2018, at the age of 82. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family, after a battle with cancer.
He was born to the late James Cleve Iler Jr. and Jean Helfrich Iler on October 20, 1935.

After graduating from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, he followed his older brother Cleve to Texas to attend Baylor University where he earned a B.B.A. in Management and a B.S. in Mathematics and met his loving wife of fifty-nine years: Lois Ann Weatherall Iler of Electra, Texas. The two married on June 27, 1959, and enjoyed a lifetime together raising their three boys in Houston, Texas, where John worked for Shell Oil Company for thirty years before retiring at the age of fifty-four.

His passions included his faith, his family, church mission work, golf, and all things Baylor. He enjoyed a full life: coaching his sons, traveling with his wife, playing golf at Pine Forest Country Club, attending Baylor events, and attending the numerous events of his grandchildren whom he dearly loved. He was a charter member of the Houston Racquet Club.
John was a man of great faith and served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at River Oaks Baptist before moving to Tallowood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, actively participated on various committees, taught ninth grade boys Sunday School and faithfully served for twenty-two years at West End Mission.

John is preceded in death by his parents James Cleve Iler Jr. and Jean Helfrich Iler; his brother Robert Carleton Iler and his sister-in-law Beth Weatherall Faulkner. He is survived by his loving wife Ann Weatherall Iler of Houston and his three sons and their wives: David Reeves and Sherri Derbonne Iler of Waco; Jay Thomason and Leslie Helms Iler of Houston; Marshall James and Meredith Maxfield Iler of Houston; and eight grandchildren: Allison Marie Iler Nolen and her husband Craig Randall Nolen Jr. of San Antonio; Brittany Ann Iler of Longview; James Thomason Iler, Carol Ann Iler, Lindsey Helms Iler, John Norman Iler II, William Marshall Iler, and Morgan Elizabeth Iler, all of Houston; his siblings: James Cleve Iler III and his wife Lou Ann and Janet Iler Bignon and several nieces and nephews, all of Kentucky; and his brother-in-law Robert Frank Faulkner of Tyler; his nieces and their husbands: Karen and Donald Key, and Elizabeth and Richard Kirwan, both of Dallas along with several great nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He led a beautiful life of faith. Following a private burial at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 12:00 p.m. in the worship center at Tallowood Baptist Church.


Josh (BBA ’08, MSW ’11) and Courtney Craig Smith (BS ’08) of San Antonio, TX welcomed Cooper Ryan Smith into their family on April 15, 2018. Cooper and his big brother Nolan (2) are the nephews of Baylor graduates Matthew (BA ’08) and Caitlin Craig Oetken (BS ’11). Proud Baylor grandparents are Glenn (BA ’79) and Pam Maples Craig (BS ’79).




William C. (Bill) Knighton of Longview, Texas, went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2018. A memorial service will be held at the Hideaway Community Church in Hideaway, Texas, on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 4:00 PM. Interment will be at a later date in Canyon, Texas. Bill was a life member of the Baylor Line Foundation and a big supporter as well.

Born at home on December 31, 1929, in Canyon, Texas, to Thomas H. Knighton and Grace Cavness Knighton, he died at home in Longview. Bill attended West Texas State College Demonstration School and graduated from high school in 1946. He was a graduate of Wayland Baptist University where he played basketball and ran track. It was at Wayland where Bill met Bettye Sharpley whom he married in 1949. Their home was established in Canyon where they raised a family of three children. The Knighton family lived in Canyon until 1967 when they moved to Miami, Florida, then Longview, Texas and Hideaway, Texas, and ultimately back to Longview at Buckner Westminster Place.

Mr. Knighton began his working career while a teenager as a soda jerk at the Buffalo Drug in Canyon, his parents’ business. As an adult he was employed as a Travelers insurance adjuster for 35 years before retiring. Bill was well known as a tenor soloist and always sang in church choirs. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed fly fishing in the mountains of Colorado. Bill loved participating in these activities with the people he loved, finding joy in fun, practical jokes that drew family and friends close to him.

Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas E. Knighton, survivors include his wife, Bettye Knighton, of Longview, Genie McCause and husband, Doug, of Amarillo, Neal Knighton and wife, Jayne, of Garland, and Kathy Trent and husband, Bob, of Longview. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren: Mona Trent, Thomas McCause, Sam McCause, Joe Trent, Britt Knighton, Andy Trent, and Kyle Knighton, along with 5 great grandchildren.


Patti Londa Greene ’75 released her fourth book in June 2018. Based on personal experience and extensive research, “Christian Caregiving: Practical Advice for a Happy Ending” is the perfect primer to understand caregiving within a spiritual context. It is easy to read, cuts through the fog of current jargon and programs and provides relief from the anxiety of caring for loved ones. Chapters include: caregiving basics, getting affairs in order, being an advocate, choosing a housing option, facing spiritual issues, and navigating to the finish line. Patti and her husband John live in Houston, Texas where they are active at Bear Creek Church, Katy, Texas.

Contact: [email protected]

Dr. J. Michael Godfrey (BMEd ’77, PhD ’05) of Robinson, TX has authored his second book, Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages (Thomas Noble, 2017, 266 pages).  Dr. Godfrey is the creator of an award-winning mentoring program and founder of True Course (2003) which provides coaching, training, and consulting services for executives, clergy, nationally-renowned successful businesses, and non-profit organizations.  He is a professional certified coach (ICF), a Master Certified Birkman consultant, and has more than 42 years of experience in Christian ministry.

On October 18, 2017, his second book, Put Stress to Work, was released in paper, Kindle, and audio versions on The book includes free resources to help you put what you learn into action.

Kevin Duffin (BBA ’96) was recently appointed as AmaWaterways new group Chief Financial Officer. For more information about his position and this promotion, click here.

Dr. Becky Knight (BBA ’83) was honored at the University of North Texas in Denton when she was awarded the Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award for the month of May 2018. The Spotlight showcases faculty nominated by their peers and students to recognize outstanding faculty and instructors who are highly engaged in student learning and pedagogical practice. The award was presented by Dr. Michael McPherson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Success.

Dr. Knight currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services at UNT. She will be moving up to a Lecture Position in the Fall. Her main focus is in the Health Services Administration Masters program where she teaches from her 30 years of actual experience in the field.

“With three children of my own plus grandchildren, I am still in the center of daily college life as a mom and can understand first-hand what most students need from me: respect, support and understanding. While it is important that they leave my classroom with subject matter education, it is equally important to me that I have increased their life skills of self-confidence, time management, critical thinking, teamwork, social and personal responsibility and other tools needed to succeed out in the world.”

Green and Gold were and are serious colors for Becky during her four years at Baylor since she was a third-generation Novak, preceded by her grandfather Alfons Novak ’29 and father Joseph Novak ’51. Now the fourth generations are her daughters Rachel ’07 and Sarah ’13, plus son Joseph ’18.

Becky and husband Raymond live in Denton Texas. She can be reached at [email protected]. Since the home nest is empty most of the time, she and Raymond can now find time for hobbies such as gardening, fishing and travel, plus volunteering for church projects

Kristie L. Brown, DNP, MSN, RN, CEN, FNP-BC, earned a baccalaureate degree in psychology from Baylor University in 1993 while on a four-year athletic basketball scholarship. She returned to Baylor to begin her nursing career and received a baccalaureate degree in Nursing in 1998 and her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2003. After graduation, Kristie completed the Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship at Parkland Health & Hospital System before joining the emergency department as a staff nurse.

For several years she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in local Emergency Departments until 2007 when she returned to Parkland to rejoin the Trauma Program. In Dr. Brown’s role as nurse practitioner and team leader working at Parkland’s Rees-Jones Trauma Center she is responsible for assessing, planning, organizing and implementing designated advanced practice provider activities. She also serves as a resource and role model for clinical practice as well as training, evaluation and direct management of practitioners and students in all areas encompassed by the surgical specialty service line.

While at Parkland, Dr. Brown developed a passion for education and geriatric trauma. She lectures on all aspects of trauma to Parkland’s Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship, Critical Care Residency, and Medical/Surgical Nurses.
Dr. Brown’s expertise as a Doctor of Nursing Practice leader has been recognized by Parkland in her recent promotion to Advanced Practice Provider Surgical Specialty Team Lead.

Dr. Brown also received the DNP Excellence in Nursing Award and delivered the Commencement Address at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony in May 2018.

David McCollum, Baylor graduate and long-time sportswriter, passed away at the age of 68 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Read about the decorated sportswriter and his successful career here.

Sharon J. Barnes of Rosharon was recently appointed to Texas Medical Board by Governor Abbott. She is a Sr. HR Business Partner at Freeport LNG Development L.P. in Freeport. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Chemical Society and a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County. Additionally, she is a member and board secretary of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Engineers and the CHI Brazosport Regional Health Care Foundation and a board member for the United Way of Brazoria County. Barnes received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration in human resource management from the University of Phoenix.

W. R. (Pat) Wortman, Jr. passed away on March 14, 2018. He graduated from Baylor in 1950, and was a professor of English at Baylor from 1967 until his retirement in 1996.

In addition to the activities listed in the obituary, Daddy was Chief Marshall for Baylor graduations for many years, and was also (along with our mother, Liby Covington Wortman BA 1950, MS Ed 1982) a faculty sponsor of Kappa Theta.

Submitted by Dr. Wortman’s daughters, E’Lynne Elliott (BA 1975, MA 1976) and Patti Mitchell (BS Ed 1978, MS Ed 1979).

Obituary can be found here.

Patti (Wortman) Mitchell can be found at 909 Keystone Court, Midland TX, 79705.

Rus Roach died on May 5, 2016 from Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. He graduated from Baylor in 1974, went on to Southwestern Baptist theological seminary for his masters degree and also for his doctoral degree. He was on staff at First Baptist Nashville Tennessee for 29 years. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Debbie Cameron Roach ‘74, Holly Roach Boutwell ‘2002, Heather Roach Hannabass and Hailey Roach along with 5 grandchildren. He loved his Lord and his family.

Debbie Roach can be found at 102 Gillette Drive, Franklin, TN 37069 or by email at [email protected]

Dr. Bill Leinart ’73 just retired in December of 2017 after 40 years of practicing Dentistry. He will be playing a little more golf and traveling. Mis daughter Amy is working for Club Corp in Dallas and mis son Matt is an architect for HOK in Houston.

Bill can be found by email at [email protected]

Martha (Whiteman) Rogers ’57, released her forty-first published book this month. Martha wrote her first novel as a freshman in 1953-54 in her dorm room in Alexander Hall. She retired after thirty-six years of teaching at the secondary level in Home Economics and English and at college level in English and Education to pursue writing. Her first published novella, Sugar and Grits, released in 2005 with her first full length novel, Becoming Lucy, released in 2010. It was the first in a series of six novels set mainly in Oklahoma. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston, Texas where they are active in their church, Houston’s First Baptist. Their oldest and youngest sons graduated from Baylor; Rex Bailey Rogers BBA 1983 and Michael Rogers, BBA 1991. Three grandchildren also attended Baylor; Kaci Rogers and Seth Rogers and Ryan Rogers.

Rev. Allen C. Liles ’59 has published a new book THE FOREVER PENNY/How Our Loved Ones Stay Connected After Death. More information is available at

Rev. Liles can be found at 5227 W Adams Ave #507, Temple, TX 76502 or by email at [email protected]

Dr. Ron Bowles (BME’74; MA’77) is now in his twelfth year as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University where he also serves as Director of Church Music and Worship Studies. Prior to his service at DBU Ron was Minister of Worship and Communications at the First Baptist Church of El Paso for 22 years. Ron and his wife, Suzanne Higgins Bowles (BM’75), make their home in Plano, Texas. Suzanne stays busy teaching voice at DBU and her private vocal studio in Plano.

The Bowles’ can be found at 4512 Eldorado, Plano, TX 76093, or by email at [email protected]

John King ’67, now retired, and his wife are living in Pensacola, Florida. John volunteers as a chaplain at West Florida Medical Center, still does consulting work in the field of addictions prevention and treatment, and works with several wedding planners officiating weddings on the beautiful snow white beaches of NW Florida. Enjoying life and still an avid (make that rabid) Baylor alum and fan of all Baylor sports.

The King’s can be found at 1162 Old Nursery Way, Pensacola, FL 32514, or by email at [email protected]

Lisa (maiden name Lowry) and Bill Schwartz are proud to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Spencer Kathryn, on March 21. Spencer is the daughter of Cody and Lauren Schwartz. Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980.

The Schwartz can be found at 3303 Pebblebrook Drive, Houston, Texas 77079, or by email at [email protected]

Jeff Dorrill (B.B.A., 1983; J.D., 1985) won the national championship in his age category (55-59) at the USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships (an Ironman distance race) in Oklahoma City in late 2017. On a day that USA Triathlon described as windy and challenging, Dorrill completed the 1.5 mile swim (shortened from 2.4 miles due to severe winds), 112-mile bike course and 26.2 mile run more than 20 minutes ahead of the runner-up in his age category. It was the second time in 2017 that Dorrill won a national championship in a multisport event. Earlier in 2017, he won his age category in the Draft Legal Sprint Duathlon in the U.S. National Duathlon Championships in Bend, Oregon. That qualified him to compete for Team USA in the 2018 World Duathlon Championships in Odense, Denmark, in July. USA Triathlon is the national governing body for triathlons, duathlons and other multisport events in the United States.

Dr. Brent Peery (BA ‘87) was named Vice President for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care for the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston. He and his wife Karen (BS ‘86) are also the proud parents of two alumni (Garrett, BA ‘13 & Brooke, BSW ‘16) and one future alumnus (Anna Carol, ‘19). They live in Houston, except when the bears have a home football game. Then they can be found in Section 214 at McLane Stadium.

Sally Dee Wade (’64) and founding director Charles F. Hermann published Called to Serve, which chronicles twenty-year history of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, which has rapidly evolved into one of the nation’s major professional graduate schools of public and international affairs.

The story traces the progress of the Bush School from its initial challenges to secure funding, students, and professors to its departure from the College of Liberal Arts as an independent unit with its own dean and faculty, and through the creation of its current curricula and policy-oriented research institutes. Insider stories and candid photographs illustrate how President Bush’s focused personal interest and involvement with the school and its students have contributed to the many developments and successes that the Bush School has enjoyed.

With carefully researched narrative and absorbing, behind-the-scenes details, Called to Serve documents the first two decades of the Bush School’s brief but significant history and looks to the promising future that awaits this widely respected academic enterprise.

Amanda Halladay Horvath (’98) and her husband Joe welcomed a new member of their growing family, Iris Kathleen on July 17, 2017. She has two older brothers, Warren (5) and Baker (3). They currently live in Seabrook, Texas, where they are raising an entire family of future Bears!

Mary Farrow Long (Mrs. William B.) BA ’44, MA ’65 enjoyed her 95th birthday on October 1, 2017 with family and friends by celebrating her 50+ years as a Baylor football season ticket holder. She says, “NEVER GIVE UP ON THE BEARS!!”

John D. Hill (’59), Commander, US Navy (Retired) and Special Agent, Naval Intelligence (Retired), swearing his granddaughter Ashley Nicole Carrillo in as a Second Lieutenant, US Army in San Antonio, TX. Ashley, a Texas Child Protection Service officer, with multiple college degrees, was accepted into the US Army’s Certified Clinical Social Worker program. Cdr. Hill a Woodway, TX resident, and had the rare honor, privilege and blessing of swearing his own granddaughter into commissioned military service on July 28, 2017. It was a most memorable occasion for both of them and family.

Evelyn Rossler Stroder (’51) earned a BA in Journalism and English from Baylor University and a MA in Mass Communications and American literature from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She taught English, journalism, and history in Corpus Christi and Crane, both in Texas. After retiring, she served four terms on the Crane Independent School District Board of Trustees. The author and her husband, Charles M. Stroder, were honored with the naming of the Crane High School Auditorium as the Charles and Evelyn Stroder Auditorium. The ceremony took place at the All School Reunion in the summer of 2015.