Class Notes & Submissions
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.
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 amazon.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.foreverpenny.com.
Rev. Liles can be found at 5227 W Adams Ave #507, Temple, TX 76502 or by email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.