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ACU Remembers: Kay McGlothlin


Ray and Kay McGlothlin
Ray and Kay McGlothlin

Longtime Abilene Christian University benefactor Kathryn “Kay” Elaine (Dollar ’49) McGlothlin died Oct. 9, 2017, in Abilene at age 90. A memorial service was held earlier today at Hillcrest Church of Christ.

Born on April 29, 1927, in Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated there from Central High School in 1945 and married Ray McGlothlin Jr. (’49) on Dec. 15, 1947, in Abilene. She earned a B.A. degree in English from ACU.

McGlothlin was a longtime member of Hillcrest Church of Christ, where she pioneered writing early childhood Bible curriculum, served on the Education Committee and taught classes. She also authored various articles in Christian Bible Teacher, Christian Woman and Power for Today magazines.

She served on her alma mater’s Alumni Advisory Board and Friends of the ACU Library board. She was a founding member and longtime leader of Women for Abilene Christian University, serving as president and being named its Woman of the Year in 1990. She received ACU’s Distinguished Alumni Citation in 1974, and in 1984 was honored along with Ray as recipients of the university’s inaugural Christian Service Award. The Quad at ACU was dedicated in Ray and Kay’s honor in November 2015.

Ray and Kay were one of four families to give $1.6 million in 1965 to build Evelyn McGlothlin Campus Center, at the time the largest single gift in ACU’s history. She also supported the women of GATA social club, the “W” Club, and the women’s basketball and softball teams.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond Daniel and Elsie Faye (Shook) Dollar; her brother, Dan Dollar Jr.; and a grandson, Bryce Oliver.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; four daughters – Karyn (McGlothlin ’74) Henley of Nashville, Tennessee; Nita (McGlothlin ’75) Rampey of Victoria, Texas; Danna (McGlothlin ’80) Oliver of Abilene; and Caryl (McGlothlin ’82) Parker of Nashville – a sister, Dot (Dollar ’52) Lincoln Cunningham of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Ray and Kay McGlothlin Endowed Scholarship Fund at Abilene Christian University (online or mailed to Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132), Hillcrest Church of Christ Zambian Mission Fund, World Christian Broadcasting, Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

— Ron Hadfield

Oct. 13, 2017