Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

Neece’s teammates rallied around him, family

Former ACU football letterman Doug Neece (’93) of Albany, Texas, will be remembered Tuesday at a memorial service in Abilene. His Wildcat teammates were a part of his family, and they made sure they didn’t wait too late to remind him of it. More than 30 of them gathered April 15 to celebrate their friendship with the 43-year […]

Category: Alumni News, Sports

Rare football game reboot set for Sunday

It takes a lot to postpone a scheduled college football game. For the first time Saturday in 57 years, the Abilene Christian University Wildcats did not play as intended, with record-breaking rainfall and flood warnings as the culprits. A two-day downpour in Central Texas has dumped upwards of 20 inches of rain in places such as Corsicana. […]

10 Questions with Broadway actor Ben Jeffrey

One of Abilene Christian University’s most accomplished young graduates is Ben Jeffrey (’06), who has played Pumbaa in Broadway’s The Lion King since 2010. Jeffrey will be performing a one-man show, 1,700 Miles to Broadway, on Nov. 10, as the fall semester Lights Up! event to raise funds for the Department of Theatre. What can someone in the […]

Religion and diplomacy do mix, Casey explains

It’s not often a career theologian finds work in the U.S. State Department, much less credits former Abilene Christian University professors for inspiration, but Dr. Shaun Casey (’79) is not the typical government employee. On leave from his academic post at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., the former Optimist sportswriter works for John Kerry in the State Department’s […]

April Anthony honored by health executives

Former Abilene Christian University trustee April (Bullock ’89) Anthony continues to earn accolades for her business success and leadership. The Dallas resident recently received the sixth annual Innovator Award from the Healthcare Leaders Conference, an event attended by the top venture and private equity investors and CEOs from healthcare services and health information technology sectors. It “recognizes outstanding operating executives, who as CEOs have […]

ACU Remembers: Dr. Leroy Garrett

Noted scholar, author and church historian Dr. Leroy Garrett (’42) of Denton, Texas, died Sept. 29, 2015, at age 96. A memorial service will be held at Singing Oaks Church of Christ tomorrow at 10 a.m. He was born in Mineral Wells and married Ouida Pitts in 1944. She died in 2010. Garrett was the author of books […]

Category: Alumni News

Browning twins reined supreme for 47 years

When freelance photographer Jeremy Enlow arrived in Lamesa, Texas, to shoot images of two famous girls’ volleyball coaches for ACU Today magazine last fall, fans in Follis Gymnasium treated him like royalty. The word on the streets of the West Texas town was not that Patty (’67) and Tippy (’67) Browning were coaching their final home match but that a […]

Students have the chops to back Temptations

When the legendary Temptations perform a concert Sunday night in the Abilene Civic Center, its horn section will be powered by a considerably younger set of musicians, all of them Wildcats and most young enough to be Otis Williams’ grandkids. Time stands still for no one, even Williams, now 73 and the only original member of the group […]

Abilene A to Z books to help needy children

A new children’s publication from Abilene Christian University Press is designed to acquaint youngsters with Abilene history and culture, and for a limited time, you can contribute to help put books in the hands of several hundred local kids from low-income families. Abilene A to Z is co-authored by Glenn Dromgoole and Jay Moore (’94), two local writers who may […]

Doctor’s healing, help known around the world

The new issue of ACU Today magazine includes a profile of perhaps Abilene Christian University’s most accomplished professional from the field of medicine: retired Dallas gastroenterologist B. David Vanderpool Jr. (’52). Vanderpool – whose career includes work on groundbreaking medical procedures and presidencies of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Surgical Society and the American Board of […]

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