McMurry University War Whoop (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 5, Ed. 1, Thursday, November 7, 1991 Page: 6 of 8
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McMurry University WAR WHOOP
November 7 1991
A Different World
In 1988 Jorge Montoya a
junior majoring in Business here at
McMurry departed his hometown
of Vitoria Spain on a years study
abroad expedition in the United
States. Rotan Texas was his ulti-
mate destination. Needless to say
his expectauons of thcUni ted States
were that of grand marvelous and
luxurious (Cadillac mentality)
Rotan pop ulationof2500
proved to be a rude awakening for
Jorge who came from Vitoria a
city of 250000. From a 5A high
school in Spain he was ushered
into a small 1A schoolforhisscnior
year. It was there that his basketball
coach a McMurry alumni dis-
cussed further educational oppor-
tunities (college) with him. Thus
Jorge was introduced to higher edu-
cation 'Texas style".
Prior to leaving Spain
Jorge like most Europeans had
By Kelly Pannelly
The goal of a university is to
educate and inspire it's students to
make a difference in the world
around them. As a part of
McMurry's 1991 Homecoming
festivities two such students are
being honored with Distinguished
Alumnus Award. Rear Admiral
Hugh Don Campbell and Dr. Paul
D. Lack have proven to be out-
standing graduates of McMurry.
Campbell a magna cum laude
graduate of McMurry served as the
Navy's top legal authority until
1988. He currently is employed as
senior counsel for the Cubic Cor-
poration in San Diego CA.
After graduating from
McMurry Campbell a native of
Plainview and graduate of Tulia
High School earned his law degree
from Southern Methodist University
in 1962. In 1968 he was awarded a
degree in international law from
George Washington University.
Campbell served as appellate
counsel at the Navy court of Mili-
tary Review during 1963 and 1964
followed by a year with the Third
Marine Division (Okinawa and
Vietnam) as law specialist and chief
defense counsel. Aftcranumber-of'
on Texas weather
occasion to relate to the United
States from a Hollywood perspec-
tive. However he understood that
reality and thus his expectations
were inhibited by common sense.
Alter graduation and prior to en-
rollment at McMurry Jorge initiated
a tour of the Southern and North
Eastern coast as well as parts of
Central America (for geographical
clarification this is not Latin
America but the Heartland of the
His impressions of the
American landscape and culture
after the tour made him appreciate
the diversity within the Stales and
also made him more aware of the
uniqueness of Texas. Jorge adapted
Recently his expertise with country
and western music was illuminated
when he was given the honor of
"dce-jaying" the KIVA dance.
steps on the ladder Campbell was
reassigned in 1982 to the Office of
the Judge Advocate General be-
ginning as deputy assistant and
even tuallyadvancingtothe position
of "top gun" of the Navy's legal
Campbell's personal decora-
tions include the Legion of Merit
(two awards) Meritorious Service
Medal and the Navy Commenda-
tion Medal (three awards one with
In addition to his other duties
Campbell also served as president
of the Pentagon Chapter of the
Federal Bar and is the current
president of the Kiva Exes Asso-
ciation. Dr. Paul Lack a 1966 graduate
of McMurry is one of the
university's most respected profes-
sors and administrators.
Serving both as professor of
history and as director of Institu-
tional Research and Planning Lack
is admired by his students col-
leagues and academicians outside
the McMurry community. He is the
author of numerous publications
including The Texas Revolutionary
Experience: A Social and Political
History 1835-1836. to be pub-
lished in 1992 by Texas A&M
One thing that does cease
to amaze him is the craze American
youth have for alcohol. In his na-
tive land wine is served with every
meal (maybe with the exception of
breakfast) and the drinking age is
16 years yet the rate of public in-
toxication is almost nil. He per-
sonally attributes excessive teenage
drinking in the United States with
the stigma placed on alcohol. In a
society such as Spain where wine is
the equivalent to ice-tea there is no
"special" desire to consume vast
quantities of alcohol.
It seems he has figured out
a whole lot about America. "People
in Texas" he says "arc friendlier
than in other states." He has also
gained an appreciation for country
western music critically examined
alcohol abuse among teens but still
has one puzzle to unravel. In his
own words "Texas weather is one
thing I haven't figured out yet"
University Press; a chapter entitled
"In the Long Shadow of Eugene C.
Barker: the Revolution and Re-
public" in Texas Through Time
published by Texas A&M; and
"Slavery and UieTexasRcvolution"
published in the Southwestern
Historical Quarterly. Lack also was
an editor for McMurry's own story
Pride of Our Western Prairies: A
History of McMurry College pub-
lished by Eakin Press in Burnet.
After receiving his bachelor of
arts degree from McMurry Lack
earned his master's and doctorate
degrees both in history from Texas
Tech University. He was a teaching
assistant in 1966 at the University
of Kansas a part-time instructor at
Texas Tech from 1968 through
197 1 and then joined the McMurry
faculty as an assistant professor.
Lack became a full professor at
McMurry in 1979. He became di-
rector of Institutional Research and
Planning in 1989.
Besides his dudes at McMurry
Lack also is a member of the board
of directors of the Museums of
Abilene and serves on the editorial
advisor board for the Handbook of
Texas revision project of the Texas
State Historical Association.
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