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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. Curt Dickson

ACU Remembers: Dr. Curt Dickson

By on January 10, 2020 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Dr. Curtis Allen Dickson (’66), professor emeritus of exercise science and health at Abilene Christian University, died Jan. 6, 2020, after an extended illness. He was 82. A memorial service honoring his life is planned for 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, in the Family Room at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates

ACU Remembers: Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates

By on December 23, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Professor emerita of education Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates died Nov. 27, 2019, at age 85. A memorial service will be held Dec. 24, 2019, at 10 a.m., at Piersall Funeral Chapel (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas 79602). Coates was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Paducah, Kentucky, and graduated from Obion (Tennessee) High School in […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Sally Reid

ACU Remembers: Dr. Sally Reid

By on December 21, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 3 Comments

Dr. Sarah “Sally” (Johnston ’69) Reid, professor emerita of music, died Dec. 21, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71. Memorial service arrangements are pending. Reid was born Jan. 30, 1948, in East Liverpool, Ohio, and graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah, in 1965. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jack Evans Sr.

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jack Evans Sr.

By on November 11, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Southwestern Christian College patriarch Dr. Jack Evans Sr., one of the longest-serving presidents in U.S. higher education history, died Nov. 1, 2019, following a lengthy illness. Born in Houston, Texas, he was one of a small number of talented gospel preachers who studied under legendary Church of Christ evangelist Marshall Keeble at Nashville (Tennessee) Christian […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. “Tex” Williams

ACU Remembers: Dr. “Tex” Williams

By on November 4, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 1 Comment

Worldwide missions mentor Dr. Robert Harold “Tex” Williams (’50), died Oct. 23, 2019, at age 91. He was born July 7, 1924, in Austin, Texas, and graduated from high school there before enrolling in Texas A&M University. He transferred to ACU, where he was president of the student body and competed in track and field […]

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Pipes recounts rare stories about Nixon  from his new biography

Pipes recounts rare stories about Nixon from his new biography

By on September 25, 2019 in ACU News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Kasey Pipes (’95) has enjoyed a unique perspective on the U.S. presidency, from working as a policy advisor and speechwriter in the White House for George W. Bush, to authoring biographies on two others: Dwight D. Eisenhower and now, Richard M. Nixon. Pipes is partner and co-founder of Corley + Pipes, a consulting firm with […]

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New issue hoops it up with Wildcat basketball

New issue hoops it up with Wildcat basketball

By on September 11, 2019 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

At an expanded 96 pages, ACU Today’s new Spring-Summer 2019 issue has begun hitting mailboxes and should prove to be a keepsake for Wildcat fans looking back at historic runs by the men’s and women’s basketball teams last season. Award-winning photographer Jeremy Enlow, whose images grace our magazine every issue, spent Gameday with both teams as […]

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Although just 5-7, Gabriel looms large  in 2019 fortunes of Chicago Bears

Although just 5-7, Gabriel looms large in 2019 fortunes of Chicago Bears

By on September 5, 2019 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

At age 28, Taylor Gabriel (’15) finds himself the elder statesman not only of Abilene Christian University alumni playing in the National Football League but of wide receivers on his team, the Chicago Bears. In fact, he’s the lone former Wildcat on an NFL roster as the 2019 season begins tonight in the Windy City, […]

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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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