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Teague remembered in historic on-campus funeral service

By on December 7, 2018 in ACU News with 1 Comment


Dr. William J. Teague

About 300 friends and family of the late Dr. William J. Teague (’52) gathered Thursday just before noon in the first on-campus funeral for a former Abilene Christian University president in its 113-year history.

Eleven men have been ACU presidents since its founding in 1906. Teague was its ninth (1981-91), and had been his alma mater’s chancellor emeritus since 2007. He died Nov. 28, 2018, in Abilene at age 91.

The venue Thursday was the Teague Center, named for Bill and his late wife, Margaret Louise (Newlen ’56) “Peggy” Teague. Guests gathered on Court 1 of the building’s Great Room, which doubles as an indoor tennis facility and as a conference center for meals and other special events for large gatherings of people.

At 11:57 a.m., ACU trustee (and former director of athletics and head tennis coach) Cecil Eager (’71) welcomed the crowd and invited them to a surprise feast catered by world-famous Perini Ranch Steakhouse from Buffalo Gap, Texas. The start time was explained as mirroring Teague’s habit of meeting others three minutes before noon for lunch gatherings throughout his long career.

After the meal, university vice president Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64) and Teague’s son, Tom (’71), remembered the late president as a man who lived with purpose and passion; found his career and purpose in higher education; embraced competition; and loved God, his family and friends while leading the university he held in high esteem.

Those gathered sang “I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord,” “Oh Dear Christian College” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” and ACU senior Andrew Boone performed Teague’s favorite, “Danny Boy.”

Teague was buried Friday in his hometown of Nocona, Texas, alongside Peggy. The couple had been married 67 years when she died in 2015.

Our coverage of his life begins here, and includes a gallery of photography and links to several speeches and articles providing insight into the former president credited with many advancements in ACU’s academic programs and campus, and tremendous growth in its endowment.

Look for more in the Fall-Winter 2019 issue of ACU Today magazine, which mails next month.


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  1. Avatar Carol Cutler says:

    I intended to visit with Dr Teague after the Feb. 2018 dinner, but he left before the event was over. I wanted to thank him, once again, for singing to me on my 40th birthday (1976) when I was a home parent at a children’s home in Chino, Calf. He was with Purex Corp. in the Garden Grove, Calif. area, I think. The board of trustees had a meeting that night. He found out that it was my birthday and had me stand up and he sang happy birthday to me. It was one of the highlights of my life and I am sorry I missed telling him that.

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