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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.