The view “From High on the Hilltop”

'From High on the Hilltop' coverSMU alumnus, author and Professor Emeritus Marsh Terry shared a Homecoming Week panel with Journalism Professor Emeritus and Dallas historian Darwin Payne to celebrate a new edition of Terry’s classic 1993 history of SMU. The 2008 release of From High on the Hilltop: Marshall Terry’s History of SMU with Various Essays by his Colleagues features 14 essays on topics such as the state of Dallas at SMU’s founding, the University’s early women leaders, sports traditions, student life and SMU-in-Taos.

The essayists include SMU President R. Gerald Turner, English Professor Jack Myers, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Public Affairs Patricia Ann LaSalle and the late James Caswell, former vice president of student affairs. The book also includes historical photos, some newly culled from the SMU Archives especially for this edition.

“The essays are a good cross section and make a nice balance,” says Terry (’53, ’54), E.A. Lilly Professor Emeritus of English in Dedman College and a recipient of SMU’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award. “All the writers have SMU experience from which to draw.”

Terry, who retired in 2007 after 52 years as a teacher and administrator, says he enjoyed telling the SMU story because he lived it. “I knew of so much that happened throughout the different eras of the presidents from Willis M. Tate to R. Gerald Turner,” he says.

“SMU is an important part of higher education in the United States, Texas and Dallas,” says Payne, also a contributor to the book. “It’s always important to know your past.”

The new edition of the book is published as SMU prepares to celebrate the centennial of its founding in 2011 and opening in 2015. It is available from the SMU Bookstore, publisher Three Forks Press and

The SMU Faculty Club will host a book-signing with Terry 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Faculty Club. Wine and cheese will be served. RSVP by Nov. 17 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.