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ACU Remembers: Calvin Cooley

ACU Remembers: Calvin Cooley

By on July 9, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Calvin Wayne Cooley Sr. (’62), a former member of Abilene Christian University’s world and collegiate record-setting relay teams, died July 3, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, at age 80. Born April 2, 1939, in Abilene, Texas, he grew up in nearby Hodges and graduated high school in Hawley in 1957 after a standout athletic career in […]

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ACU Remembers: Robert McLeod

ACU Remembers: Robert McLeod

By on July 9, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Robert McLeod (’62), one of the finest athletes in Abilene Christian University history, died July 6, 2019, in Houston, Texas, at age 80. A private memorial service for his family will be held at a later date. McLeod was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Merkel, Texas, graduating from high school there in 1959 after a […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Marion Cawood

ACU Remembers: Dr. Marion Cawood

By on July 1, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Professor emerita of music Dr. Elizabeth Marion Cawood died June 22, 2019, in Abilene Texas, at age 77. Cawood was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Harlan, Kentucky, where her father was superintendent of schools for 38 years. She graduated in 1958 from Harding Academy in Searcy, Arkansas, and attended Tulane University and Lipscomb University before […]

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Bruce twins go their separate ways – for a good cause

By on May 28, 2019 in ACU Missions, ACU News, Features with 2 Comments

Twins Jessica and Elayna Bruce did not plan to attend ACU. They wanted to “break the trend” in their family of ACU alumni. But with their sights set on missions and studying abroad, ACU won them over, and they are glad it did. The strength and tenacity of their older brother Jackson, who has autism, […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jim Cooke

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jim Cooke

By on January 16, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Dr. James C. “Jim” Cooke (’72), longtime Abilene Christian University professor, outdoorsman and environmental educator, died Jan. 13, 2018, in Abilene after a brief illness at age 69. A family visitation is planned for 5-7 p.m. today at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). Services honoring his life will be conducted Thursday, Jan. […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. William J. Teague

ACU Remembers: Dr. William J. Teague

By on December 5, 2018 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 1 Comment

Dr. William J. Teague (’52), chancellor emeritus of Abilene Christian University, died in Abilene on Nov. 28, 2018, at age 91. Funeral services are planned for Dec. 6, at 11:57 a.m. in the ACU Teague Center. He was born July 12, 1927, in Olney, Texas, the youngest of six sons. His father died when he […]

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GAP program offers extended missions experience for students, recent grads

GAP program offers extended missions experience for students, recent grads

By on October 3, 2018 in ACU Missions, Features with 0 Comments

As Amanda Daly was in the thick of her master’s in psychology at ACU, the San Diego native was unsure of the direction her life should take after graduation. She considered a Ph.D., but ended up ruling it out. She also didn’t like the idea of settling into a job after graduate school. She felt a […]

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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 5 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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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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