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Entered as Second Class Matter, June 19, 1915, at the Postoffice at Abilene, Texas, Under Act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. XXVII Harry H. Hayes '32, Editor . APRIL, 1943 Frances Edmonds Palm '25, Asst. Editor No. 144
Abilene Exes to Commemorate Founders Day
EH-SU Will Award Three Honorary Degrees
Wiggins Is Commencement Speaker
E. T. COMPERE SUCCUMBS President W. R. White has announced
TO HEART ATTACK that three honorary degrees will be present-
E. Truett Compere, '15, Abilene insurance ed at the commencement exercises on May
and real estate dealer, died on the 30th of ~1. Dr. D. M. Wiggins. '19, president of
last month in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Texas College of Mines, will be awarded an
Abilene. His death was attributed to his LLD; Dr. William Thomas Reed '26 of the
failure to recover from a heart attack which University of Chicago mathematics faculty
he had suffered two weeks before. is to receive a Doctor of Science Degree;
He is survived by his wife, the former and J. W. "Bill" Marshall, Texas secretary
Grace Sandefer '14, to whom he was mar- of Baptist Student Union, will be made a
ried in 1916, A daughter, Mrs. Claude W. Doctor of Divinity.
McAden (Grace Elizabeth Co.mpere,'41) and Rev. T. A. Patterson. '27, f Fort Worth
a son, E. T. Compere, Jr., ex. '42, seaman will deliver the commencement sermons.
first class, whose home port is New York The baccalaureate sermon will be delivered
City. in the First Baptist Church at 11 A. M.,
Compere was widely known and well-liked May 30, and the missionary sermon at the
in West Texas. He served for many years University Baptist Church that evening.
as a member of the Board of Trustees of Rev. Patterson is a member of our Board of
H-SU, and of Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Trustees. His wife is the former Roberta
He was a charter member and former presi- Turner, '27.
dent of the Abilene Lions Club.
DEAN OF STUDENTS
Dr. R. A. (Bob) Collins '12 left on the
twelfth of April for Miami Beach, Fla,
where he will undergo a six weeks course
in officer's candidate school for ground in-
structors. Upon completion of this course,
he will be stationed at Randolph Field, near
San Antonio. Dr. Collins has stated that
he thought that he should offer his services
to the army in a capacity that would allow
a younger man to be freed for active duty.
His duties will be basically of an instruc-
He has been with the university in his
OWEN BAGGETT MISSING IN ACTION
Lt. Owen Baggett, ex. '38 pilot of an
army liberator bomber over the Asiatic
area, has been reported missing in action
since March 31. Owen was a very popular
student while in the University, and was
best remembered as the drum major of the
Cowboy Band. He volunteered in the A. A.
F. in December, 1941, while he was employ-
ed by the Johnson Investment Security
Company in New York City. After receiving
training in Ala. and Mississpipi, he sail-
ed for over-seas duty on December 7.
Baggett is a brother of Mary Baggett,
'29, of Abilene,, and Otis Baggett, ex '36 of
present capacity as dean of men since 1935. Oalifornia, he obtained his Ph. D. at Texas
He came to us from SWSTC at San Marcos. University.
After obtaining his BA degree from Sim- Dr. Collins has done a fine piece of work
mons College in 1912, he taught for several with us, and we hate to give him up for
years in the public schools. Later,, he be- the duration, but if you know him like we
came principal of the high school in Port do, you know that he feels that if his gov-
Arthur, Texas. In 1923, he completed his ernment can use him, the place for him is
master's work at Texas U., and in 1935, is the army. Good luck and God Speed
after doing work in Columbia, Iowa, and Doctor!
CHAPEL PROGRAM AND DEDI-
CATION OF SERVICE FLAG
WILL HIGHLIGHT THE
From far flung fields of battle located at
the four corners of the earth to the Univer-
sity Chapel on the campus of Hardin-Sim-
mons U., Exes. Sat. April 17 will pay hom-
age to a grand old school that is now in her
53rd year of preparing young men and
women to fill their appointed places in
every walk of life. The Association has not
encouraged the score of H-SU clubs thru-
out the nation to hold observances, but the
Abilene ex-students club will carry on this
tradition which was established many years
A committee which is headed by Miss
Thelma Andrews, '25, president of H-SU
exes, and John Alvis, '23, vice-president, is
planning a special chapel program which
will begin at 10 o'clock on the morning of
Saturday, April 17. The featured speaker
for this program will be one of the most
beloved characters on the 40 acres, Joseph
E. Burnam. Mr. Burnam is one of the oldest
faculty members in point of service now
connected with the institution. He vividly
recalls Hardin-Simmons, then Simmons Col-
lege, and its participation in the training
of young men during World War 1. He has
been an instructor in aeronautics courses
since the beginning of C. A. A. Hundreds
of men owe him a great debt for the valu-
able instruction that they received. We are
looking forward to Prof. Burnam's speech,
because we know that when he speaks on
such occasions he has plenty to say and he
knows how to say it.
Miss Mary Carter of the Home Economics
department has spent several months in
research in order to have correct ex-student
and faculty service flags. 'One huge flag
which has 600 stars has been completed and
it has been found that we have far more
exes participating than this flag could
enumerate. A second flag of the same size
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