Earle Labor (M.A. ’52) is professor emeritus of American literature at Centenary College of Louisiana, curator of the Jack London Museum and Research Center in Shreveport and the acknowledged Jack London authority. He completed his doctoral dissertation on London at the University of Wisconsin in 1961 and taught the first American course devoted solely to London in 1966. His new book, Jack London: An American Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), is the result of more than 50 years of serious study and 20 years of dedicated research and writing. Reviewers say that his deep understanding of his subject shines through on every page, and the book is being called “the definitive biography of London for many years to come.”
Clare G. Weakley, Jr. (M.Th. ’67) of Cornerstone Ministries is an ordained theologian, businessman and philanthropist in Dallas named in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. He has edited and published five collections of John Wesley’s works, and his “Chaplain-at-Large” ministry crosses all denom- inational lines. His various charitable ministries are supported solely through Weakley and Company, an insurance brokerage business.
Francile Foote Ehricht dated her future husband, John Ehricht, in their senior year at SMU. She remembers Snider Hall, the just-completed Fondren Library and the Commerce School, housed in a prefab building behind Dallas Hall. John became a partner at Main Hurdman CPA, and Francile taught Latin and English in Richardson (TX) schools, followed by 14 years at the Hockaday School and six years at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She retired in 1984, and in 1986 following John’s retirement, they moved to Baton Rouge to be near their son and his family. Since John’s death, she has maintained her independence, still in her home. She recalls her years at SMU fondly and enjoys hearing about the University’s 100-year celebration.