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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
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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

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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

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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

Shirley and Bob are the namesakes of ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center, which opened in 2009. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow)

ACU Remembers: Shirley Hunter

Shirley Margaret Long Hunter, namesake with her husband of Abilene Christian University’s Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center, died June 12, 2021, at age 88 in Abilene, Texas, after a long illness. A celebration of her life is planned for Aug. 6, 2021, at the Hunter Welcome Center on ACU’s campus. She was born April … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Benny Gallaway

Former longtime history professor Benny Paul Gallaway died May 1, 2021, in Abilene at age 92. Visitation with family will be Friday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Home (733 Butternut Street, Abilene, Texas 79601). A family graveside service will be held May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Dublin, Texas. Gallaway was born … Continued