Chieftain, Volume 7, Number 2, February 1959 Page: 3
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THE McMURRY CHIEFTAIN
* ★ News Notes on Our McMurry Exes * *
CLASS OF 1935:
Mrs. J. A. Burleson. Elizabeth
Johnson, met and married her
huband in Bucharest, Rumania.
She had been sent to Algiers as
a French translator for the U. S.
Intelligence Department and was
stationed at AFHQ Med. Th. Ops.
until 1945, when she was sent to
Bucharest. Mr. and Mrs. Burle-
son were married in 1946. Bur-
leson is the assistant to the di-
rector of the Liberal Arts Center
for adults, Whittier College, Whit-
CLASS OF 1936:
Mrs. O. L. Russell, Ruth Tread-
well Russell, of Weatherford is
teaching English in the public
schools there. She has been there
for the past 16 years. After grad-
uating from McMurry in 1936,
Mrs. Russell obtained a master of
education from Texas Christian
University. Russell is in the Civil
Service at Hensley Field.
CLASS OF 1938:
Ed N. Wishcamper, graduate of
1938, is now serving as the Man-
aging Editor of the Abilene Re-
porter-News. In May, 1958, Wish-
camper was named the lay citi-
zen who had contributed most to
the cause of education in Abilene.
He was elected by the public
school faculty. Having served as
president of the West Texas Press
Association in 1956, Wishcamper
was elected first vice-president of
the Texas Associated Press Man-
aging Editors Association for 1958.
CLASS OF 1943:
Living in Merkel are J. Alvis
Cooley and his wife, the former
Margilee Ryan. Mr. Cooley is the
minister of the First Methodist
Church in Merkel and is serving
as the Northwest Texas Confer-
ence Statistician, 1950 - 1956. He
and his wife have two children,
Ruth, 11, and Reba, six.
CLASS OF 1946:
Serving the Fort Boulevard
Methodist Church, El Paso, R.
Cyril Stone took his B. A. degree
in history in 1946 although he be-
gan his freshman work in 1935.
His wife is the former Mary Co-
rinne Daniel. Mr. Stone played in
the band, was a member of the
student council and of Alpha Chi,
and was elected a member of
Who's Who for McMurry College.
CLASS OF 1948:
Mrs. R. W. Haislip, Mary Mc-
Cleskey, is now living in Stanton
with her husband and four chil-
dren, Patricia, six; Robert Walton,
Jr., five; Sara Melinda, two; and
Thomas Wesley, three months.
Haislip is the assistant manager
of Higginbotham-Bartlett Lumber
Co. in Stanton.
CLASS OF 1949:
A coach of winning teams, Ver-
non Townsend. is working for the
Vernon public schools. Townsend
has coached a winning team for
one district championship in bas-
ketball, three in baseball, and
two in track. Townsend, a coach
for 11 years, has worked in Sny-
der, Hamlin, and Vernon. His
wife, the former Mary Frances,
is a graduate of Trinity Univer-
Mrs. Troy Ramsey, Harriet Ros-
son, attended McMurry from 1941
to 1943. While on campus, she
was a member of Gamma Sigma,
women's social club, the Scrib-
blers, and the War Whoop staff.
Mrs. Ramsey also served as sec-
retary of the sophomore class.
Ramsey is a carpenter in Por-
taies, N. M. They have three chil-
dren, Eddie, nine; Earl, eight; and
BAAAH—Stephen Williamson, six, is pounded on the head by his
younger brother, James Richard, one. James in turn is lapped on
the head by his sister, Susan, four. The children's parents are Mr.
and Mrs. A. L. Williamson, Houston.
Another member of the War
Whooo staff during his two years
1948-'50, at McMurry is Grady
Milsap. He is now working as a
linotype operator and the com-
posing room foreman for the
NTSC. Milsap is living in Den-
CLASS OF 1950:
Frontz M. Myatt of Amarillo is
now coaching at the Palo-Duro
High School. Myatt's degree was
taken in physical education. He
has coached two years at Stam-
ford and six years at Beaumont.
A former A.C.C. student, his wife
is the former Gay Graves from
Abilene. Their two children are
Melinda, six, and Murray, three.
Mrs. A. L. Williamson (Jo Ann
Dunlap) is living with her hus-
band and three children, Stephen
Lynn, six; Susan, four; and James
Richard, one, at 5318 Creekbend
Drive, Houston 35. Her husband,
a geologist, is a Texas A & M
graduate of 1950.
CLASS OF 1953:
An army chaplain, Hershel H.
Homer, is stationed at Fort Hua-
chuca, Ariz. His wife, a 1957 grad-
uate of North Texas State Col-
lege, is the former Janelle Shack-
elford. She has done graduate
work at the Louisiana State Uni-
versity in Baton Rouge. Her home
town is Montague.
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Librarian's Letter to
Thank you for the copies of Re-
ligion in Life which the Library
has received from various read-
ers. Our file is now complete from
volume 15, which began in the
Our library has just received
a sub-grant of $250, distributed by
the Association of College and
Research Libraries for United
States Steel Foundation. This
money will be used for books
in the field of geography and
The chemistry and physics de-
partments have received a grant
from the Esso Foundation for $2,-
500 to expend. Part of this grant
will be spent for specialized en-
cyclopedias and journals for the
PERMA A. RICH, Librarian.
Oil Companies Give
Money to McMurry
McMurry College has recently
received donations from two oil
companies which have offices in
the Abilene area.
The college received $189 from
the Gulf Oil Corporation's Aid-to-
Brad Rowland Speaks
Bringing together the parts of
our Exes Association is a celebra-
tion we are able to accomplish
with many kinds of sacrifice
from several of our individual
exes. In order that meetings on
Founder's Day, April 5, 1959,
might happen all over the world
where McMurry College Exes
can gather in multiple groups—
certain considerations must be
made by the first Indian.
It all starts when an Ex, who
is happy that McMurry College
existed in time for his or her at-
tendance to be made possible,
will do the romantic thing—that
of inviting McMurrians in an area
to gather either in a public place,
or in a private home.
These thoughtful persons who
set up an invitation for a Found-
er's Day occasion will need to
have a warm heart for the Col-
lege itself, will need to enjoy
seeing the harmony of people
gathering for a common purpose,
and will need to sacrifice time
and effort for the simple joy of
making comfortable the idea of
being loyal to the School of the
When you observe Founder's
Day, 1959, with other exes, you are
esteemable, because your remem-
brance causes us to rejoice in the
fact that out in the world every-
where there are Indians of the
loyal variety so much desired and
so greatly strived for by our col-
lege faculty for thirty-six produc-
tive years! We have exes, Praise
Be, that have produced harmony
even longer than that!
When Founder's Day groups
gather, our information processes
issuing from the College become
very meaningful, and most of all,
it means that we can still take
pains to find one another!
Education program. The grant
came through the corporation's
Direct Grants to Independent
The amount which McMurry
received was determined by the
annual current expenditure per
student by the school for edu-
cational purposes and percentage
of contributing alumni.
The second gift came from the
Standard Oil Company of New
Jersey. The donation which came
through the Esso Educational
Foundation amounted to $2,500.
The money, according to Dr.
Gordon R. Bennett, president,
will be used to buy scientific
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