We of the Totem Staff wish
to dedicate to you this, the
1959 Totem, Mrs. Phil Chappell,
for your firm hand and untiring,
friendly service to McMurry
College and to the student body
of McMurry College.
Your guidance, strength,
wisdom, and understanding have
been a source of inspiration to
each of us here on the Reservation.
It is with great pride that we
present you as the dedicatee
of the 1959 Totem.
Mrs. Phil E. Chappell, a native of Gainsville,
Tenn., joined the McMurry College faculty in September,
1950, as assistant professor of education and
secretary to the late McMurry president Dr. Harold G.
Cooke. She became dean of women at the Methodist
college in September, 1951.
Before coming to McMurry, Mrs. Chappell taught
in the Ysleta public schools.
Mrs. Chappell attended public schools in Oklahoma,
and was graduated from Kidd-Key College,
a Methodist girls' school in Sherman. She holds the
BA and MA degrees from Texas Western College.
Mrs. Chappell has developed and directed youth
programs in a number of Methodist churches where
her husband, the late Rev. Phil E. Chappell, served
as pastor. She has also made many talks for
women's service and civic clubs.
The McMurry administrative official is a member
of Kappa Delta Pi, national women's fraternity, a
life member of the Women's Society of Christian
Service, and a member of the Colonial Dames of the
17th Century. She is a member of Aldersgate Methodist
Church in Abilene.
Mrs. Chappell has three grown sons-Phil, of
Shreveport, La.; Ed, of Abilene; and Robert, of Dallas.
McMurry College. The Totem, Yearbook of McMurry College, 1959. Abilene, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41486/. Accessed July 25, 2014.