May 11, 2011


Caroleen Turner has been married to Homer L. Thornton Jr. for 58 years, and they enjoy life in Paris, TX. She has 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Howard A. (Tony) Bridge Jr. owns and operates six AM/FM radio stations in Longview and Marshall (TX) and Shreveport. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Nov. 14, 2010.


Hugh Higgins (J.D. ’67) was named to the Ex-Students Association Wall of Fame at Cleburne (TX) High School, where he taught and coached. After completing law school, he was county attorney and then opened a private practice, from which he is retired.

Lowell (Stretch) Smith Jr. was honored last fall by the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth as a 2010 inductee into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He raises cattle and is the fourth family member to operate the Smith Ranch, founded in 1887 by his great-grandfather. He also is a well-known banker and served as president of the First State Bank in Rio Vista. His “Cow Pasture Bank” was the largest bank in the area when it was bought by Wells Fargo in 1999.


H.A. (Pat) Baker Jr. visited Egypt last November, where he saw the pyramids in Giza and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens and enjoyed a cruise on the Nile River.


Roger William Blackmar Jr. is in his 54th year as a financial advisor and is one of five remaining active brokers licensed in 1957 by the New York Stock Exchange. He and his wife, Joan, have been married 53 years.

Julia Sanford Burgen received the Shield Award from the National Delta Gamma Fraternity in the spring 2011 for services to the community in Arlington, North Texas, and the State of Texas. Burgen has received local and state-wide awards for her environmental advocacy. She also served six years on the Arlington City Council.


Luca Cacioli was promoted to worldwide marketing manager for audio and imaging products for Texas Instruments.

The Rev. Dr. John Thomas (Tom) Graves was ordained in 1956 and is now retired after 55 years of ministry. He has authored five books, winning awards with several, and is writing a sixth. He is a sailor and chaplain of the sailing fleet at Lake Texoma. Recently he was awarded Texas United Methodism’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, by the Texas Methodist Foundation. He lives in Lamar County, TX.