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ACU Remembers: Dr. Chantrey Fritts

Longtime Abilene Christian University teacher education professor Dr. Chantrey Alfred Fritts Jr. (’53) died Aug. 9, 2016, at age 85. He was a 41-year resident of Abilene, spending the final few years of his life in Lubbock while caring for his wife through a medical crisis, and then his own struggle with Alzheimer’s. Fritts was born … Continued

Thoughts on a transformative provost

Abilene Christian University provost emeritus Dr. Dwayne D. VanRheenen, 72, died Aug. 11, 2016, in Washington state following an illness. Plans for a memorial service are in progress. VanRheenen was provost from 1996-2010, leading the academic side of ACU with distinction and serving as champion over a number of new initiatives and innovations that have strengthened the … Continued

ACU Remembers: Randy Becton

E. Randall Becton (’71 M.S.), author, minister and founder of the Caring Cancer Ministry, died July 23, 2016, at his home in Abilene, concluding more than four decades of ministry to fellow cancer patients. He was 71. Visitation is Friday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home (542 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601). Services celebrating … Continued

ACU Remembers: Gladys Faulkner

Gladys (Shoemaker ’52) Faulkner of Driftwood, Texas, died July 16, 2016, at her ranch home near Austin at age 86. She was born April 28, 1930, in Fort Worth, where she graduated from Paschal High School in 1948. While a student at Abilene Christian, she began dating fellow Paschal graduate Paul Faulkner and the two married … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Donice Kelly Pruitt

Dr. Donice (Hawes) Kelly Pruitt, former longtime chair of the Abilene Christian University home economics department, died July 7, 2016, in Lubbock at age 94. Pruitt was born April 21, 1922, in Benton, Kan., and graduated from high school in Whitewater, Kan., in 1940. She attended Harding University before earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics education in 1943 and a … Continued

ACU Remembers: Erma Jean Loveland

Longtime Abilene Christian University library archivist Erma Jean (Alkire ’58) Loveland, 79, died June 22, 2016, in Abilene. She was born Oct. 2, 1936, in Greene County, Ind., and graduated from Kimberly (Idaho) High School in 1954. She earned a B.S. degree in education with special emphasis on business from ACU, a M.S. in education … Continued

ACU Remembers: Bonnie Bailey

Bonnie Mignon (Pitt) Bailey, 68, a former longtime administrative assistant at Abilene Christian University, died May 30, 2016, in Abilene. A visitation with the family is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on June 3 at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas 79602). A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on June 4 in the Hillcrest Church of Christ (650 … Continued

ACU Remembers: Harold Christian

One of the best profiles we’ve read of the late Harold Christian was published in the March 13, 1991, issue of The Optimist student newspaper by the late Don T. Morris (’91). A former Abilene Christian University director of public relations and grandson of seventh president Dr. Don H. Morris (’24), Don painted a colorful picture of … Continued

ACU benefactor Robert Woodward dies in Kerrville

Robert R. “Bob” Woodward, 83, whose transformational gift to Abilene Christian University’s College of Biblical Studies in 1998 was the largest in ACU history, died Aug. 30 in Kerrville, Texas.  “Throughout the life of any organization, there are always a few who make transforming contributions,” said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “Bob and Mary Woodward … Continued