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Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher

By on June 14, 2018 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Former longtime Hardin-Simmons University president and chancellor Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher died today at age 87. Presidents of Abilene’s three church-related universities – ACU, HSU and McMurry – have shared unique and often close kinship through the years. Fletcher certainly endeared himself to Abilene Christian University executive leaders. This photo of ACU’s ninth president, Dr. William J. Teague […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Charles Nelson

ACU Remembers: Dr. Charles Nelson

By on June 11, 2018 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 4 Comments

Dr. Charles Wade Nelson, Abilene Christian University professor emeritus of music and renowned bass-baritone vocalist who performed concerts around the world, died June 1 at age 92 in Denton, Texas. Plans for a private family memorial service are pending. He was born March 13, 1926, in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from the University of […]

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The Bookcase

The Bookcase

By on April 11, 2018 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Selections of books published by Abilene Christian University or those written, edited, compiled or contributed by ACU alumni, faculty, staff and students. To submit books for consideration, email hadfieldr@acu.edu.    Heart on the Line By Karen (Gaskin ’93) Witemeyer ISBN 978-0764212826 • 336 pages Bethanyhouse.com http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/heart-on-the-line/352750 When Grace Mallory receives a telegram warning that her hiding […]

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Anthony succeeds Packer as chair, Culpepper and Wilburn added to board

Anthony succeeds Packer as chair, Culpepper and Wilburn added to board

By on February 20, 2018 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

When historians look back on the tenures of Abilene Christian University board chairs named Packer, the list of accomplishments will be significant. At meetings this past weekend, the role as chair of ACU’s Board of Trustees changed hands, from Dr. Barry Packer (’78) to April (Bullock ’89) Anthony. Packer and his dad, the late Dr. […]

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ACU Remembers: Betty Whiteside

ACU Remembers: Betty Whiteside

By on February 10, 2018 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Ruby Beatrice “Betty” (Tomkins) Whiteside, who served as administrative assistant to four Abilene Christian University presidents, died Jan. 31, 2018, in Abilene, Texas, at age 89. She was born May 1, 1928, in London, England, and graduated at the top of her Pitman Business College class at age 15. At age 20, Betty’s mother encouraged […]

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ACU Remembers: Don Conder

ACU Remembers: Don Conder

By on February 5, 2018 in ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Former longtime Abilene Christian University trustee Donald Richard Conder (’56) died Jan. 29, 2018, at age 82 in Lubbock, Texas. He was born April 12, 1935, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated in 1952 from Little Rock High School, where he excelled in track and field, winning numerous state titles. He met Sue Hufstedler (’59) […]

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Eagles still look to Wilbert in NFL playoff crunch time

Eagles still look to Wilbert in NFL playoff crunch time

By on February 3, 2018 in ACU News, Alumni News with 1 Comment

It’s been 37 years since the Philadelphia Eagles turned to an Abilene Christian University football legend to help them reach the Super Bowl. Two weeks ago, they did it again. Both moves turned out pretty well. Wilbert Montgomery (’77) was one of the honorary captains – along with Brian Dawkins – chosen by the team […]

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ACU Remembers: Dewby Ray

ACU Remembers: Dewby Ray

By on December 30, 2017 in ACU Remembers, Alumni News with 14 Comments

Abilene Christian University campus icon Louise (Adams ’50) “Dewby” Ray died Dec. 26, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas, at age 89. Two memorial services will

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Tony Ash

ACU Remembers: Dr. Tony Ash

By on December 8, 2017 in ACU Remembers, Alumni News with 25 Comments

Dr. Anthony Lee “Tony” Ash, an Abilene Christian University theology professor whose lectures on C.S. Lewis and biblical teachings brought Christianity to life for thousands of students, died Dec. 6, 2017, in Abilene at age 86.

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Stevens Park honors legacy of former president, first lady

Stevens Park honors legacy of former president, first lady

By on December 5, 2017 in ACU News, Campus News with 0 Comments

The late Dr. John C. Stevens (’38) was an unabashed patriot who likely never heard a march he didn’t like. So he had to be smiling somewhere Nov. 10 when Abilene Christian University’s Big Purple Band could be overheard playing a suite of music honoring each branch of the U.S. military, with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture […]

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