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ACU Remembers: Gary Gaines

Gary Gaines, an iconic and successful Texas high school coach whose five-year career at Abilene Christian University was a table-setter for the Wildcats’ success in NCAA Division II and eventual move to Division I, died Aug. 22, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. He was 73 and had battled Alzheimer’s disease for five years. A memorial service … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. John Robinson

Former longtime history and global studies department professor and chair Dr. John Louis Robinson (’60) died Aug. 10, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas, at age 86 following a battle with leukemia.  Robinson was born Oct. 17, 1935, in Luxora, Arkansas, and graduated in 1953 from El Cerrito (California) High School. From 1953-57, Robinson served as a … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Paul Faulkner

Dr. Paul B. Faulkner (’52), teacher, preacher, counselor, professor, author and entrepreneur, died July 5, 2022, in Grapevine, Texas. He was 92. A service honoring his life is planned for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at The Hills Church, North Richland Hills Campus (6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, Texas, 76180), preceded by a … Continued

Kent Rideout

ACU Remembers: Kent Rideout

Kent Leon Rideout (’86), senior vice president and chief operating officer of Abilene Christian Investment Management Company (ACIMCO), died June 5, 2022, at age 65 in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas.   Visitation with the family will take place Sunday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas 79602). A … Continued

At May Commencement in 1987, Dr. Charlie Marler was named ACU’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

ACU Remembers: Dr. Charlie H. “Doc” Marler

Dr. Charlie H. “Doc” Marler (’55), revered professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication, and influential historian who taught and mentored Abilene Christian University students for 58 years, died May 27, 2022, in Abilene, Texas, following a short illness. He was 89. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31, from 5-7 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Directors … Continued

Dr. Lynn Anderson

ACU Remembers: Dr. Lynn Anderson

Dr. Robert Lynn Anderson (’90 D.Min.), beloved evangelist and mentor of ministers around the world, and Abilene Christian University’s first doctoral graduate, died May 12, 2022, at age 85. Anderson was born Sept. 22, 1936, in a farming and ranching community in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. After graduating from high school at Western Christian College, he … Continued

ACU Remembers: Roy Shake

Memorial services today will celebrate the life of longtime ACU biology faculty member Roy Eugene Shake, who died April 3, 2022, in Abilene, Texas, at age 89.  Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. today at Hillcrest Church of Christ (650 E. Ambler Ave., Abilene, Texas 79601) for a service that will also be … Continued


ACU Remembers: Dr. Terry Childers

Dr. Terry Lee Childers (’74), a pioneering alumnus and former trustee of Abilene Christian University, died Dec. 8, 2021, in Abilene, Texas, at age 68. A memorial service will be held Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Church of Christ (650 E. Ambler Ave., Abilene, Texas 79601). Childers was born Dec. 31, 1952, … Continued


ACU Remembers: Dr. William E. Wright

Dr. William E. “Bill” Wright (’51), professor emeritus of accounting and finance, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. His body is being donated to science. He was born Dec. … Continued

michael sadler

ACU Remembers: Dr. Michael Sadler

Dr. Michael Ervin Sadler, former Abilene Christian University faculty member, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene at age 73. A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ministry Activity Center at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, Texas 79601), and visitation with his family will be Friday from 6-8 … Continued