June 19, 2008


Norma Whittekin Allen is enjoying life in Palm Beach, FL.


William E. (Bill) Sprowls and his wife, Midge Williams Sprowls (’49), celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on a cruise around the British Isles, ending in Paris.


The Rev. Norma Prince Swank Trump (M.T.S. ’86) is retired with her husband, Roger, in Hickory, NC.


Herb Robertson (M.S. ’59) has published his first book, The ABCs of De: A Primer on Everette Lee DeGolyer, 1886-1956 (DeGolyer Library, 2007).


Patsy Pittman Light has culminated 10 years of research and writing in her new book released April 1, Capturing Nature: The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodriguez (Texas A&M University Press), which examines the artist’s
faux bois sculpture.


Lowell (“Stretch”) Smith Jr. was special guest at a ceremony last September to rename the former Cleburne Middle School to Smith Middle School in his honor. He has been a longtime force in the Cleburne and Johnson County (TX) business and civic communities, promoting education as the driving force and major factor in success.


Richard Deats led a retreat on the committed life at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in Pennsylvania and lectured on the nonviolent Jesus at the 100th anniversary of Union Theological Seminary.

Bill Diller recently was elected president of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, comprised of 104 county
fairs statewide.


Gary Dean Jackson and his wife, Gloria Ann Galouye Jackson (M.A. ’59, J.D. ’78), celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last December in Lindale, TX. The accomplished lawyers have two sons and two granddaughters. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel.

Barbara Jensen Vernon is newly retired as city administrator of Prairie Village, KS, a position she has held since 1978.


Robert (Bob) LaFavre was a member of the 1954 SMU swim team that won the Southwest Conference Championship. Now at age 75, he has qualified in six events for the 2008 U.S. Masters Championship Meet. He won five gold medals
at the U.S. Masters Zone Championship Meet and six golds at the 2007 Iowa Games. After retiring from business in
Dallas, he returned to his hometown of Cedar Falls, IA.


Martha Madden (M.A. ’63) was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Northwestern State University
of Louisiana at the fall commencement exercises Dec. 14, 2007. President of Madden Associates LLC in New Orleans and Washington, DC, she is an executive consultant in governmental affairs, environmental management, health, education and economic development.


Mary Earle Persons Russell has a private practice as a reading and learning specialist in Denver.

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