Pictured from left to right: Deana Barnes, Joyce Bowden, Mary Brown,
Laveta French, Sharon Kirk, Neta Milner, Gail Rucker, Paula Spurlin,
Martha Tinkle, Norma Schaefer, Ann Reasonover, Betty Lemons, Pat
Gorman, O'Lysia Bowden, Darla Brians. Not pictured: Linda Daugherty.
The 1959 Totem Beauties-the eight most beautiful
girls at McMurry College-were chosen by a
panel of three Abilene judges on October 30, 1958.
The judging followed the traditional Totem Beauty
Presentation program in chapel, in which the sixteen
nominees for the honor were presented to the
student body. These sixteen girls who participated
in the beauty contest were those who received the
most nominating votes from the student body in a
campus-wide nominating election in October.
The three judges spent an hour with the sixteen
beauty nominees at the end of the beauty presentation
chapel program. They interviewed them as a
group and individually.
Each judge rated each girl on such qualities as
beauty of face and figure, smile, poise, personality,
charm, graciousness, and conversation-ability. Score
sheets of the judges were totaled and the eight girls
scoring the most points were declared McMurry's
eight most beautiful girls for 1958 and 1959. This
has been kept a secret until now-we present to you...
McMurry College. The Totem, Yearbook of McMurry College, 1959. Abilene, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41486/. Accessed August 29, 2014.