Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

ACU Remembers: Richard Lunsford

Richard Weldon Lunsford (’55), a former longtime member of the Board of Trustees whose family gifts created popular contemplative landmarks on the Abilene Christian University campus, died July 1, 2017, at age 83 on his Praise the Lord Ranch in Olney, Texas. Visitation with be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at Lunn Funeral Home […]


ACU Remembers: W.C. ‘Dub’ Orr

Former longtime ACU trustee and respected church leadership consultant Wilson Clark “Dub” Orr (’50) died June 9, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 89. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Abilene’s Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 23, at Highland Church of […]


Ballards seek organ donor with rare blood type

An Abilene couple whose hopes were buoyed by the way ACU Today readers responded to another alum’s need for a unique kidney donor last year, has asked for their story to be shared as well. Brent (’69) and Cheryl Ballard of Abilene are part of a multi-generational ACU family. Cheryl, 69, seeks a potential donor with rare A negative […]


Candlelight devo tradition burning bright

Some traditions at Abilene Christian University begin quite intentionally but others have inauspicious roots. The Candlelight Devotional at ACU is a little of both, and this fall celebrates its 25th anniversary on the Hill. Devotionals – devo for short – are no strangers to our landscape. A Tuesday night one for decades was held on […]


ACU Remembers: Dr. Gary Thompson

Dr. Gary Thompson (’60), Abilene Christian University professor emeritus of political science and former Texas state representative, died April 13, 2017, in Blacksburg, Virginia, at age 80 following a brief illness. Visitation will be at 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home (6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752). Interment will be at 4 p.m. at the […]


Nike innovator Hatfield is a master maker

For someone with an impressive clientele of world-class athletes and products to his credit, Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) keeps a bit of a low profile. That changed a bit with our new issue of ACU Today magazine, which takes a look at the “Master Maker” whose work as senior director of athlete innovations at Nike has […]


Gilbreth’s MLB career celebrated in new issue

A new MLB season begins in earnest today but a special one in the life of Wildcat baseball great Bill Gilbreth (’69) is celebrated in the Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine. “A Tiger in My Hometown” is my recollection of a trip last June to Detroit with Gilbreth and Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), vice president of […]


ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

Two days after their biggest win since beginning a transition to NCAA Division I, Julie Goodenough’s ACU team (23-8) is preparing for the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament and a matchup Monday night in Dallas against SMU (18-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, where ACU’s opponent […]


New issue headlined by Nike’s Tobie Hatfield

Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) is featured on the new Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine, which mailed last last week. The former ACU pole vaulter has helped Nike soar to new heights while serving as senior director of athlete innovations at the company’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., near Portland. Hatfield has designed competition-ready footwear worn by some of […]


ACU Remembers: Judge Jack Pope

Judge Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope (’34), retired Texas Supreme Court justice and 103-year-old giant of Lone Star State judicial history, died Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin. Services honoring his life today at Austin’s University Avenue Church of Christ were followed by his burial at the Texas State Cemetery. Flags across Pope’s beloved home state will fly half-staff March 3-7 […]

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