ACU Remembers: Wayne Holt

Wayne Holt web mugFormer longtime Abilene Christian University trustee Wayne Holt (’56) died Jan. 2, 2015, at age 81. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas (1924 Broadway Street, Lubbock, TX 79401), with visitation at 1:30 p.m.

He was born May 6, 1933, in Olney, Texas, and graduated from Olney High School in 1951. He attended Paris (Texas) Junior College and ACU, where he met Patsy Hufstedler (’57) on a blind date and married her Oct. 8, 1955.

Holt owned and operated J.D. Hufstedler Truck Co. in Lubbock. He moved to Austin in 1996 to work with his son, Mark Holt, at Stuart Customs until retiring in 2008 and returning to Lubbock in 2013.

He was vice chair of the ACU Advisory Board before serving on ACU’s Board of Trustees from 1972-96. Holt also was a trustee of The Children’s Home of Lubbock, coached Little League baseball, and was a Bible school teacher and elder at Broadway Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Judson Holt and Flora Irene Holt. Among survivors are Patsy, his wife of 59 years; four sons, Richard Holt (’78), Mark Holt (’80), Mike Holt (’83) and Ragan Holt (’87); 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Holt.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to be made online in Wayne’s name at ACU (or mailed to Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132) or online at The Children’s Home of Lubbock (P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408).


For the Least of These: The Porters

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Kevin and Rebekah Porter with their children (from left) Lily, 9; Zy and Ray, 3; Natalie, 12; and Everly, 6.

A feature series from ACU Today

A feature series from ACU Today

Kevin (’99) and Rebekah (Dawes ’00) Porter knew that God had called them to adopt. “Even still, without shame, I admit that we were all scared to death,” Rebekah says.

The 9-month-old twin boys they were presented for adoption had been born eight weeks premature, and because of trauma, abuse and neglect were only at a 3- to 4-month level of development.

“When I looked into those big brown eyes, I was not overcome with an infinite supply of love or an instant connection like I expected,” Rebekah recalls. “Instead, I saw lots of wounds and heartache and every reason not to love them. So, for the next few days we prayed, we thought, we talked, we prayed, we cried, we questioned, we thought, we prayed, we questioned.”

Ultimately, the Porters didn’t let their fear get in the way, and in April 2013 they added Ray and Zy to their family.

Enjoy Rebekah’s account of their faith journey, as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt.

Kevin is vice president of human resources at Lauren Engineers & Constructors in Abilene, and Rebekah is a stay-at-home-mom.

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A Journey of Trust 

I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on them. Oh my heart. Were these my babies?

The process had started with a huge stack of paperwork just months before, although God had been leading us to this journey from the early years in our marriage. Adoption was a word we threw around loosely from the beginning. Oh sure, we should adopt some day … as if it were no big deal. The season came when the Lord began to soften our hearts and make the far-off dream of adoption a reality.

I can go back to that moment so easily. January 2012. God, what are you up to? In the stillness of the moment, my heart is pounding and I sense you are about to do something wild and crazy in me. What is it? These words were straight from my journal. After several confirming and outrageous events my husband, Kevin, and I along with our three girls began a journey of absolute trust with Father God as he led us to expand our family through adoption. Trusting God’s character and heart for us is where the journey truly began.

Even as I write this, my heart is swelling with similar emotions that I felt as we heard the Lord ask us to partner with the foster care system in Texas. We knew. Absolutely knew that God had called us to adopt. Even still, without shame, I admit that we were all scared to death. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. So many times one, if not all of us wanted to run, like Jonah. Satan hates redemption. He hates the orphan and the outcast and will use fear, doubt, insecurity and flat out disobedience to keep them isolated and lonely.

But God. God is the one who sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). Regardless of our fear of the unknown, fear of what ifs, fear of the future, or fear of losing, God’s goal was to restore hope and healing to the orphan. Although it would have been easy to stop the process, become numb and paralyzed to what he was asking us, we pushed through. We trusted. And He was faithful with us every single step of the journey. He was with us in the darkest moments and He was with us in the most joyous times.  Faithful.

We heard about the 9-month-old twin boys who were in need of a new placement. Twins? Twins. We really wanted a boy, but the thought of two of them was quite overwhelming. How in the world could we parent well to five kids? Are you sure, God? Twins? Twins. We were able to meet and hold the boys during a supervised visit before we ultimately decided to accept the placement. They were born eight weeks premature and along with trauma, abuse and neglect, they were only at a 3- to 4-month-old development, which meant they could not sit up or crawl. They both had torticollis; one of them had to the wear a helmet to help with his severely misshaped head and what they had lived through to this point in life was just about too much. The girls fell head over heels immediately, while I felt this wall slowly start to creep up in my heart and Kevin was unsure if this was the best scenario. The fear in their eyes matched the fear in my heart.

When I looked into those big brown eyes, I was not overcome with an infinite supply of love or an instant connection like I expected. Instead, I saw lots of wounds and heartache and every reason not to love them.  So, for the next few days we prayed, we thought, we talked, we prayed, we cried, we questioned, we thought, we prayed, we questioned. We had no idea what their long term health would be.  There was no way of knowing if physical therapy, Early Childhood Intervention and speech therapy would do any good. We had no clue if we would have happy, healthy babes or those with severe mental, physical and/or emotional challenges.

But God. God knew. He knew every detail about the boys and loved them more than they will ever know. He had plans for them, plans to give them a hope and future; plans to prosper them (Jeremiah 29:11). Above all else our hearts’ desire was to be aligned with His, so we trusted and said yes.

My once manageable life turned to complete chaos that day in the middle of June when we picked up the twins from the agency.  That was the day we became a family of seven, even though adoption would not be final for several months. That was the day we put our hearts on the line to love. To love is to risk.

We are going to call him Ray. I was excited to send this text to my dad because he shared a middle name with one of the boys. Sadly, this was the last bit of communication I had with my dad because late that very night we received the most horrific phone call from my mom telling us that my dad, at age 58, had a massive heart attack and passed away.

Trust. The days and weeks ahead were the hardest I have ever faced. I wanted to quit. I wanted to give up, and quite frankly I wanted to give them back. My heart hurt too much to open it up to risk and to love. Going through the motions mostly, I cared for them, changed them, fed them and cleaned up after them. I loved them, but I would not let myself get close to them. Kevin was bonding with them, but that place of security that I had created kept me from bonding. Never had I needed Jesus more. I sat across from the boys one morning over breakfast. One of them was just crying and crying. I could do nothing to settle him. Our eyes met and I heard his heart scream out: “I WANT MY MOMMY.” For the first time, our hearts collided with the same longing. I wanted my daddy. That moment my heart shifted and the wall rattled. We were facing similar loss and were all in a place of desperation. Our only hope was to trust.

That wall did not fall immediately; it was a process. There were more significant moments and little milestones that caused the bricks to start to crumble. Parental rights had been voluntarily terminated, and I battled being ecstatic that we were on our way to final adoption and feeling like, “Oh, crap. This thing is for real.” CPS had come for a monthly visit with news we were not expecting. The bio-mom had changed her mind. She would appeal. My heart jolted and my eyes filled with tears. The caseworker was talking but I could not hear her. All I knew was that we were in jeopardy of losing our boys and that was not OK. Finally, it was not OK. Wall down.

I began to pray more and more for their bio-mom, and God gave me a love for her. I saw her in the courtroom when we went to see if her appeal would be granted. I wanted to run up and hug her, but that would be weird so I refrained. I asked the Lord to show me where He was that day in the courtroom. In my head, I saw Him standing behind her as she pleaded to the judge. I knew no matter the outcome we could trust that He was there. Decision denied. Motion to move toward final adoption approved.

I looked at my kids differently when we returned home that evening. Five kids. I had five kids: three birthed from my body and two birthed from my heart, yet all mine. Again, I was overwhelmed. This time I was not overwhelmed with fear, but feelings of gratitude and humility. God had deposited a tiny dream within us years ago and was beautifully faithful to complete it.

The journey is not over, for we have a lifetime to live it out. The boys completed physical therapy, speech therapy and ECI. At 15 months, they were tested in gross/fine motor skills, cognitive skills and speech. Not only did they meet 15-month goals, they were meeting goals of an 18 month old and 24 month old. They have been healed of torticollis, and skull surgery for the one in the helmet was not needed. They are happy, healthy and absolutely adorable. They talk up a storm, sing all day long and make us laugh. A lot. Not only does God give, he gives abundantly!

God continues to refine my heart and restores each breath with oceans of grace. He is all that we need for today. He is faithful and He is good. The road is not easy. Lots of days I want to scream (and sometimes do) and pull my hair out, but running or hiding is less of an option. Lying beside them before they fall asleep at night, hearing them sing and tell me about every kind of car, truck and tractor they saw throughout the day, melts me. Loving them from an unprotected heart is the only real way to love.

Oh, for grace to trust Him more … 

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In the weeks to come, we will introduce you to other alumni who help make a real difference in the world – and enrich their own families – by adopting and fostering children.

You can follow new stories in this series on the ACU Facebook page.

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Bennett Hutchinson

Bennett Hutchinson 2x3 96Dr. Bennett B. Hutchinson (’63), former longtime Abilene Christian University professor of chemistry, died Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn., at age 72. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Otter Creek Church of Christ (409 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027). A memorial service in Abilene is being planned for a later date.

Hutchinson was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Littlefield (Texas) High School in 1959. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from ACU, an M.S. in inorganic chemistry from The University of Texas of Austin in 1965, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1970.

He married Nancy A. Richardson (’75 M.A.) on June 27, 1970, and the Hutchinsons were honored as Abilene’s Family of the Year in 1985. He was active in community and in local politics, serving as a Democratic precinct chair in Taylor County and as a delegate to the state Democratic convention. Hutchinson chaired the Subcommittee on Hunger in Abilene on the 1986 Mayor’s Task Force and served for three years as board chair for Meals On Wheels Plus Inc. of Abilene.

At the time of his passing, he was professor of chemistry and former dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at Lipscomb University, whose faculty he joined in 2004. Hutchinson was professor of chemistry at ACU from 1969-90, chair of the natural science division at Pepperdine University from 1992-98 and dean of Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Science and Engineering from 1998-2003. He also was sponsor of international programs and director of OC’s campus in Vienna, Austria.

While at ACU, he was a visiting professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin and a post-doctoral fellow at Texas A&M University and Case Western Reserve University. Hutchinson received more than a half million dollars in grants from the Robert A. Welch Foundation, Dow Chemical Company and the Texas Energy Research and Application Program, among others, and was a prolific author of published research, often conducted alongside ACU students. He also was a sponsor for Frater Sodalis, Phi Lamba Omega and the Chemistry Club, and served as a deacon at Minter Lane Church of Christ and Highland Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Pearl Hutchinson. Among survivors are Nancy, his wife of 44 years; a daughter, Amy (Hutchinson ’93) McBride; and three grandchildren. 


ACU Remembers: Colby McDaniel

IMG_1200_Colby McDaniel 3x2 96Colby Elizabeth McDaniel, a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 21, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service was held yesterday at Altamesa Church of Christ, her hometown congregation in Fort Worth.

She was born Oct. 12, 1995, and graduated in 2014 from Southwest Christian School, where she was a talented actor and vocalist in the music and theatre departments. At ACU she majored in psychology and performed in the University Chorale.

Among survivors are her parents, Alan and Alice (Jones ’79) McDaniel; a sister, Taylor McDaniel (’15); and a grandmother, Shirley McDaniel.

Memorials can be made to Altamesa Church of Christ missions (4600 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76133), Southwest Christian School (online or mailed to 6901 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76123) or ACU’s Vision in Action initiative (give online or mail to Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132).


For the Least of These: The Laras

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The Lara family (from left): Joe Mikel, 24, holding Ceddrick Levi, 4; Matthew, 21; Mykaela, 20, holding Jazmine Elena, 2; Joe and Mona.

A feature series from ACU Today

A feature series from ACU Today

Mona (’05) and Joe Lara of Abilene never intended to adopt a child.

“That was God’s plan,” Mona says. “Thankfully we listened to the small quiet voice urging us to open our home, and we’ve been blessed beyond measure by the gift of adoption.”

Mona shares her story as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. She is a former pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in San Angelo and currently works as continuity of care coordinator for the Betty Hardwick Center in Abilene. Joe is a pipeline engineer for Delek Marketing and Logistics.

Leap of Faith

We had three biological children who were practically grown when we decided to become foster parents. Our oldest son, Joe Mikel, was living on his own and running a business; our middle son, Matthew, was in college; and our daughter, Mykaela – who is currently a student at ACU – was almost finished with high school when we received our first child.

Ceddrick came to us at 13 months old. He arrived kicking and screaming with no shoes, no clothes, no car seat and no instructions! In a matter of 10 minutes and two signatures on paperwork, Ceddrick’s and our lives changed forever.

One year later on National Adoption Day 2011, Ceddrick had a forever family, and we had more joy than we can describe. And just when we thought we were through with the foster and adoption process, another phone call came. The lady on the other line said, “We have your baby girl. You can pick her up from the hospital tomorrow if you want her.”

With a quick prayer asking for guidance, we took another leap of faith and said yes! It would take more than two years to finalize her adoption, but on Jan. 6, 2014, Jazmine Elena gained a forever family.

These two beautiful children have blessed our family more than we can describe. I can’t believe God chose us to receive such a blessing!

In the weeks to come, we will introduce you to other alumni who help make a real difference in the world – and enrich their own families – by adopting and fostering children.

You can follow new stories in this series on the ACU Facebook page.

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For the Least of These: The Windhams

Brenna and John Windham with their children, State and Grace, on State’s adoption day.

Brenna and John Windham with their children, State and Grace, on State’s adoption day.

A feature series from ACU Today

A feature series from ACU Today

As foster parents, John (’08) and Brenna (Pittman ’06) Windham have had 14 children – and counting – come through their home. They’ve been able to adopt two of their foster children, 6-year-old Grace and 3-year-old State, and are in the process of trying to adopt two more.

“We wanted to become foster parents because we both had a passion for kids and adopting,” says Brenna. “We had heard about adopting through the foster system and decided it was the way to go for us. Obviously, they don’t all end up being able to be adopted but we enjoy loving on all the kids we can.”

Enjoy the Windhams’ story as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. John is the general manager of Taco Casa in Abilene, and Brenna is a teacher at Highland Church of Christ Young Children’s World.

Fostering to Adopt We currently have five children in our home ages 12, 6, 3 and two 11-month-old infants who were born three days apart.

Grace Windham

Grace Windham

Grace was our first placement. We got her when she was 2 days old. I remember getting the call while at work and couldn’t stop jumping up and down and running around telling everyone I was getting a baby girl.

Everyone knows fostering is not an easy road. It wasn’t until Grace was 18 months old that the parental rights were terminated. We were on a roller coaster ride, scared we wouldn’t be able to adopt our baby girl. But in May 2011, she became a Windham.

We had three foster kids between Grace and State. Right after Grace was adopted, we decided to take a short break to focus on her, but God had other plans – exciting plans! In July, we found out Grace had a baby brother. We got him at 5 weeks of age. They have the same biological mother but different fathers.

And so the roller coaster began again. Since we had his sister, the chances of us adopting him were better but it always depends on the biological family. Finally, in July of 2013, right after State turned 2, his adoption was official.

State Windham

State Windham

Foster care is an amazing ministry with the positive outcomes of not only getting to adopt but also seeing kids go back home to their families who have worked hard. However, that isn’t always the case. Kids do go home to parents, but parents can screw up again, and the babies get lost in the system. Prayer and knowing God is ultimately in control helps us get through the heartaches and heartbreaks of fostering.

The most common phrase we hear is “We could never be foster parents. We would get too attached.” Here is my response: Foster care is not about us. You SHOULD get attached. It helps the children who may not have ever had that kind of love before. If you are too worried about how YOU might feel, then it’s not for you.

Be prepared to have your heart broken and to be unsure about what will happen and to question why God lets things happen. But know in the end that God has it under control, and there is a bigger plan. I challenge you to let God take control.

In the weeks to come, we will introduce you to other alumni who help make a real difference in the world – and enrich their own families – by adopting and fostering children.

You can follow new stories in this series on the ACU Facebook page.

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Still time to enroll in ACU’s Preaching Seminar

BSB 1It’s Christmas but there is still room at the inn for your favorite preacher to attend Abilene Christian University’s first Preaching Seminar Jan. 8-10 on campus in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.

The enrollment fee is only $75 and includes four meals and all seminar materials.

Sponsored by ACU’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, the three-day event – Journey: From Text to Congregation – features a rare opportunity to fellowship with other ministers, gain resources for up to a year’s worth of preaching and learn from:

  • Dr. Jeff Childers (’89), professor and Carmichael-Walling Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity, ACU Graduate School of Theology
  • Dr. Wes Crawford (M.Div. ’02), preaching minister of the Glenwood Church of Christ (Tyler, Texas), author and ACU adjunct professor
  • Dr. Curt Niccum (M.Div. ’92), associate professor of New Testament, ACU Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry
  • Dr. James Thompson (’64), professor emeritus of New Testament and Robert and Kay Onstead Chair for Biblical Studies, ACU Graduate School of Theology

Residence Inn (on Interstate 20 near campus, 325-677-8700) is offering a discounted rate on rooms when you mention you are attending this event, which runs mid-day Thursday through mid-day Saturday. Visit the Siburt Institute website for more information and to register.


Do you believe in Santa? David Himes does

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David Himes, aka Santa Claus, with a little friend

Most of the year, David P. Himes (’70) is a direct marketing executive in Washington, D.C., who runs his own consulting practice and whose resume includes an impressive list of former and current clients – Pier 1 Imports, Procter & Gamble, American Express and Godiva Chocolatier, to name a few.  

But come December each year, Himes puts on another hat – and a readily recognizable red suit – to spread Christmas cheer.

In this guest post, which originally appeared on his personal blog, he shares his thoughts about representing Santa and representing Jesus.

A Santa Analogy

When I plan to meet someone at a public place, if they’ve never seen me before, I often tell them I bear a close resemblance to Santa Claus – mainly because of my mostly white hair and white beard – as my picture will attest.

And during the Christmas season, I enjoy filling in for the jolly old elf, in spite of myself.

But there is an interesting analogy between putting on my Santa suit and labeling myself a Christian.

David Himes

David Himes

When I put on my Santa suit, I have to always be prepared to represent Santa to children. I can’t be Santa and be a grouch – or a jerk – or be impolite – or short-tempered. I have to be willing to be Santa and everything that goes along with that “stereotype.” If I’m not willing to do that I shouldn’t put on the suit. When anyone sees me, they should say, “There’s Santa!”

And that’s the way it should be as a Christian, as well. If I “put on Christ,” then when anyone sees me, they should say, “That guy is a Christian.”

There are a lot of implications that go along with that. And I’m not saying it’s easy or simple. I’m just saying there is a parallel.

Obviously, it’s easier to put on a suit to then look and act like Santa Claus. One reason it’s easier is because I can take the Santa suit off and people don’t automatically think of me as Santa.

But then the remaining question for both you and me is this: Do people think I do as good a job of representing Jesus, as they think I do representing Santa? Shouldn’t they?

I think the answer to that should be, “yes.”

Himes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication from Abilene Christian University. In 1998 he received a Gutenberg award for distinguished professional achievement from ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass CommunicationEven when he’s not filling in for Santa, he carries his Santa business cards “because I get ‘the look’ from children at every time of year.” 


For the Least of These: The Badillos

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The Badillo children, back row from left are Anastacia, 17; Matthew, 23; and Gabi, 15. Front row from left are Christian, 8; Brianna, 9; Luis, 10; and Michael, 12.

A feature series from ACU Today

A feature series from ACU Today

After they had their fourth biological child, Tricia (Maynard ’93) Badillo and her husband, Raymond, decided their family was complete. Fast forward 10 years, though, and they’ll tell you a different story.

We continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. Tricia is an administrator with Coppell Independent School District in Texas, and Raymond works for Johnson Plastics.

Here, Tricia, tells how their family grew from four children to seven almost overnight, with the adoption of three siblings.

Fast Track Family

Our oldest had been out of the house for a year or two, and our then-youngest son, Michael, kept asking for a brother, so we began exploring the possibility of adoption.

God led us to consider adopting from foster care. I called the Refuge House in Dallas after a recommendation from friends, and the process began. We had been told it would be lengthy and time consuming, but God had other plans!

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Raymond and Tricia Badillo

We filled out the paperwork in January, did all our required trainings, inspections, home visits, etc., in February, and were told again – “Be patient. It will take several months before you are matched for a possible adoption.”

We had told our adoption worker we were interested in a boy between the ages of 4 and 7, but put no other qualifications on it. As we continued throughout the process, we also said we would be interested in a sibling group – two brothers – if they came available.

Our application was complete the beginning of March. One week later – yes, one week later! – we were called about a possible match. A sibling group of two boys and a girl were available. They had been in foster care for almost three years but had not been matched with an adoptive family.

When I told my husband about the children, he didn’t even flinch. We said “yes” instantly – even when I filled him in on their already troubled childhood. God was asking us to be the parents of a 4-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.

Again, we were told it would be months and months before anything happened. But the timetable was beyond fast. By the end of May, all three children were with us permanently. Then the real journey began.

God has been with us every step. His redemptive spirit has penetrated every doubt and struggle, and “seven” is our favorite number! (We tend to refer to our children by their “number” due to the sheer quantity of them!) There are so many more details that went into the process of getting our children and in our growing together as a family – the real work. But I have no doubt that God has equipped us with what we need for this time in our lives.

I would love for more families to consider the possibility of adopting from foster care. There are currently more than 12,000 legal orphans in the state of Texas that are eligible for adoption today. Adoption is not just for those looking for an infant. Our family’s adoption journey continues as we grow together.

In the weeks to come, we will introduce you to other alumni who help make a real difference in the world – and enrich their own families – by adopting and fostering children. If you have an adoption story or photos you would like to share with us, please email Robin Saylor, robin.saylor@acu.edu by Dec. 24.

You can follow new stories in this series on the ACU Facebook page.

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ACU Remembers: Clint Howeth

Clint HowethClinton Everett Howeth (’52), former longtime director of admissions and placement at Abilene Christian University, died Dec. 17, 2014, in Glen Rose, Texas, at age 84.

He was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Glen Rose, where he also graduated from high school in 1948. Howeth earned a degree in agriculture from ACU the same year – 1952 – as he married Shirley Belcher (’53). He earned another bachelor’s degree (in business) from ACU in 1974 and a master’s degree in management and human relations in 1975.

After serving from 1953-55 in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, he worked as assistant personnel officer for the USDA Soil Conservation service in Temple. He joined the ACU staff in 1966 and served 26 years, most of them as director of admissions and placement. He also was an international admissions counselor, traveling throughout the Far East to recruit students. Howeth was president of the Texas Association for School, College and University Staffing, and a member of the Southwest Placement Association and of the National Association of Foreign Student Admissions. He was recognized as ACU Professional Staff Member of the Year in 1980, served as chair of the ACU Credit Union board and retired in 1992.

Howeth was preceded in death by Shirley, his wife of 63 years who passed away 12 days earlier; and his parents, Floyd and Ethel (Eddy) Howeth. Among survivors are his daughters, Debbie (Howeth ’75) Lambert, Denise (Howeth ’77) York and Diane (Howeth ’83) Hulburt; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to be made online to the Gilmer and Lois Belcher Scholarship Fund at ACU (or mailed to Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132).