The Tyler Leader (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 29, 1976 Page: 1 of 4
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Know Your Black History
PV Makes Another 1st
A Research by S, F. Wilkinson
The Tyler Leader
VOL. FOURTEEN NO. FIVE
TYLER, TEXAS 75701 THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1976 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1976
Dr. Duglas Honored At Jefferson
The graduating class of over 600 is pictured during the Annual
Commencement Exercises held on Campus in May.
MAY COMMENCEMENT LARGEST IN PV HISTORY
A total of nearly 600 seniors and graduate students received
degrees and diplomas during the annual Commencement Ex-
ercises Sunday, May 2.
The number of graduates and the attendance has been
wide variety of fields. A slightly larger number of graduate
described as the largest in the institution's history., ■
Approximately 270 undergraduates received degrees in a
students received masters degrees.
The program also included commissioning exercises for
Army and Navy ROTC graduates-, and special recognition for
outstanding teachers and former students.
The principal speaker for the occasion was John C. Calhoun,
a member of the White House Office of Public Liaison and also
director of Media Relations on President Gerald Ford's staff.
TEXAS A&M SYSTEM BOARD APPROVES 1976-77 PV BUDGET
A record operating budget of $25,140,899 for fiscal year
1976-77 was approved in May for Prairie View A&M Univers-
ity by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
The budget, which goes into effect Sept. 1, represents an
increase of $3 million over Prairie View's current operating
level, noted Dr. A. I. Thomas, the university's president.
In other business, the board authorized Prairie View A&M
room and board increase totaling $50 per semester, along
with other fee increases.
The 1976-77 Academic Year is scheduled to begin with
opening activities set for August 28.
Dr. Eura Burks, head of the Department of Counselor Edu-
cation, has been listed in two historical Directories - “Notable
Americans of The Bicentennial Era" and in "Personalities of
Dr. George R. Woolfolk, head of the Department of History,
served as commencement speakers at Waller High School dur-
ing the final week in May.
Dr. Emory R. Owens, MD has been appointed by Governor
Dolph Briscoe to the Hospital Licensing Advisory Council for
the State of Texas. The PV physician was appointed to a six
Bill Orman, director of the Teacher Center at PVA&M, has
been named to the Competency Identification Task Force for
School Based Teacher Educators. The Task Force, which is con-
cerned with Teacher Centers in Texas, is supported by the
Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education.
Dr. George R. Stafford, Director of Admissions, has been
elected secretary of the A.H.E.A.D., Division of the American
Prsonnel Guidance Association. The Admissions Officer and
Director of Counseling Center has served and is presently an
officer in several other professional organizations.
Dr. Lloyd R. Boyden, is presently on a 22-day mission to
Europe and the Soviet Union. He was selected to be a part of
the 1976 United States Vocational Education Leaders People-
Dr. W. T. Webster, has been elected president of the local
Prairie View Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. A fraternity of edu-
cators, the chapter recently held its 1976 initiation, which was
led by Webster, past-president, C. A. Thomas, Mr. Charles
Randle and Dr. J. L. Brown.
Dr. V. M. Doctor, has been awarded $36,000 from the
Welch Foundation to continue research into genetic chemistry.
The three-year grant supports a project entitled "Mechanism
of Action of Plasma Deoxyribounclease I (DNase I)," which
explores how cells can maintain genetic qualities in the face
of degrading agents. t
Dr. Arthur C. Washinyton, Director of Nutritional Research
and Associate Professor of Biology, presented a scientific pa-
per at the national meeting of the American Society for Micro-
biology which was held in Atantic City, New Jersey, May 2-7,
1976. The title of Dr. Washington's paper was: "Stimulation of
Growth and inhibition of Development in Dictyostelium dis-
coideum by Pteridines."
LEADERS IN GRADUATION
CEREMONIES - Texas A&M
University System President,
Dr. Jack Williams is at left; the
principal speaker - John C.
Calhoun, representing Presi-
dent Gerald Ford's White
House staff; and at right is
Dr. A. I. Thomas, Prairie View
Presineni. Legislative represen-
tatives and top leaders in the
Army and Navy were among
the platform guests
Approximately 500 persons
witnessed the retirement cere-
monies honoring Dr. !R. D. Dug-
las who recently retired after
40 years of Medical Service, Sat-
urday, June 28, 1976 at the Mar-
ion County Community Center,
Jefferson, Texas with Mr. C. B.
Bryant, President of Boham
State Bank, Boham, Texas as
Master of Ceremonies.
He received a great amount of
gifts and well wishes for the
Dr. Duglas is a permanent
citizen of Jefferson, Texas, a
graduate of Central High School,
Jefferson, Texas, a graduate of
Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
and Mexia Medical College of
Nashville, Tennessee. He is the
owner of Duglas Memorial Hos-
pital and Duglas -Memorial Rest
DR. R. D. DUGLAS
The Retirement Program was
as fplloWs: Prelude - Mr. Rufus
Carter Democrats Choice,
Mondale Picked For VP
NEW YORK — Jimmy Carter,
the 51-year-old former governor
of Georgia, won the Democratic
presidential nomination July 14
on the first ballot.
Carter, the soft-spoken, tough
and shrewd politician from rural
Georgia, was nominated to lead
the Democratic party by wildly
cheering delegates to the 37th
Carter, a political stranger
only six months ago, was elected
by a reunited Democratic party,
certain that the Georgian can-
lead them back to the White
House after an eight year
Although Carter clinched the
nomination more than a month
ago, the names of Morris Udall,
the liberal Arizona congress-
man, Edmund Brown, the 38-
year-old California governor,
and Ellen McCormack, the anti-
abortion candidate, were also
placed in nomination. But their
moment in the spotlight was no
more than a symbolic gesture.
Under convention rules, no
demonstrations were allowed
but that failed to stop the
legions of Carter supporters
from coming to their feet and
roaring “We Want Carter, We
Want Carter, We Want Carter,”
which filled every part of
Madison Square Garden.
Jimmy Carter arrived at the
selection of Sen. Walter F.
Anderson; Invocation - Dr. E.
W. Rand; Song - If I Can Help
Somebody - Mrs. Gwendolyn
Walker, accompanied by Mrs.
W. S. Floyd; Welcome - Mrs.
Marvin V. McAlister.
Dr. Duglas As My Doctor -
Mr. Julius Webb, As A Friend -
Mr. George Garmon, As A Stu-
dent - Mrs. M. J. Corde, As A
Community Leader - Mrs. Kath-
erin Martin, As A Christian -
Rev. R. A. Lewis, As A Boy
Scout Leader - Mr. Don Adkins,
As A Father - Dr. C. E. Duglas,
As A Family Man - Mrs. Ann
McCulloch, As A Boss - Mrs.
Corine Evans, As A Humani-.
tarian - Mrs. Marq R. Mingo,
As A Physician (Local) - Dr.
W. S. Terry, As A Physician
(National) - Dr. G; W. Thomp-
son, As A Man - Attorney Sam
B. Hall, Song - “One Day at a
Time”, Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker,
accompanied by Mi's.. W. S-
Floyd. Mortgage Burning Cer-
emony by Mr. O’Neal Parker
President, First National Bank,
Jefferson, Texas, and Mr. M. J.
Barrett Chairman, Board of Di-
rectors Duglas Memorial Hos-
Presentation of keys to the
new Chief of Staff - Dr, J. A.
Northcutt, by Dr. R. D. Duglas,
Song - “I’ve Done My Work”,
Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker, accom-
panied by Mrs. W. S. Floyd, In-
troduction of Speaker - Ms. Ger-
trude Fisher, Speaker - Mr. Ri-
chard -Collins, Chairman of
Board, First National Bank, Jef-
ferson, Texas, Presentation of
Gifts - Mrs. R. D. Duglas, Song -
“Danny Boy”, Mr. Otis Web-
ster accompanied by Mr. Rufus
Anderson, Benediction - Rev.
Wesley Lyons, Postlude - Mr.
MRS. ANNE LA CROIX
Ann LaCroix Named
Top Teens Director
Minnesota Sc-n.. Walter Mondale? .(.left answers questions as
Jimmy Carter looks on approvingly.
Minnesotan, would be the ideal
vice presidential candidate.,
Carter stepped before a jubi-
lant Democratic National Con-
vention in its closing hours to
accept formally the nominatiqn
he won by acclaim Wednesday
and to join his newly, picked
running-mate, -Minnesota Sen.
Walter Mondale; in launching
the Democrats on their run for
the White House.
Mrs. Anne La Croix of Tyler,
Texas was elected as National
Top Teens Director at the re-
cent meeting of the National Top
Ladies of Distinction. Faye Bry-
and of Houston, president of the
National Top Ladies of Distinc-
tion, Inc. announced Mrs. La
Croix’s appointment at the nat-
ional meeting held in Chicago
June 23 - 28th, 1976.
Mrs. La Croix is a science
teacher at Hogg Junior High
Mondale as running mate,
Thursday. Carter, explaining
how he picked a running mate,
said he intially had his doubts
about Sen. Whiter Mondale’s
concern over issues, his appeal
in the South and his vigor as
But Carter said his winnow-
ing-out process changed those
impressions and convinced him
Mondale, the liberal, 49-year-old
as Tyler’s local Top Teens Di-
rector for the past three years.
This appointment elevates Mrs.
La Croix’s services to extend
over thirty one states with ap-
proximately thirty thousand
Top Teens of America. Mrs, La
Croxi is married to Lawrence
La Crois, head basketball coach
for John Tyler High School and
they have one son.
Top Teens of America is spon-
sored by the Top Ladies of Dis-
tinction, Inc. and is a charitable
service organization for teens.
Their goals are set to advance
and develop the general welfare
of their community and promote
their own educational, social,
spiritual, moral, cultural and
Presently, Top Teens are in
tour of the East Coast in cele-
bration of our -Bi-centennial.
They vyill spend the major part
of their tour in Philadelphia and
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School in Tyler and has served 'Washington, DjC. The travel
program has future plans
for future foreign tours.
Barbara Jordan Keynote Speaker
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Representative Barbara Jord-
an, the silver tongued. orator and
congresswoman from Texas, el-
ectrified the Democratic Conven-
tion in New York when she de-
livered one of the two keynote
speeches to set the tone forv a
'‘unified” Democratic party as
they bid for electing a Demo-
crat to the White House for the
first tme in eight years.
“We must restore our belief
in ourselves. We are a generous
people . .-. so why can’t we be
generous with each other,” the
dynamic U.S. representative
from Texas said to the over 4,000
Barbara Jordan, who received
a standing ovation before her
speech as she arrived on the
podium and a tumultous stand-
ing ovation after her oration,
alluded to the fact that this was
the first time that a Black, man
or woman, was privileged to
make a keynote speech to a ma-
jor political convention.
“There is something different
and special about this opening
night. I am a keynote speaker,”
she stated. She said further,
“the additional bit of evidence
that the American dream need
not forever be deferred.”
The dynamic Texas solon said
that many Americans fear the
MEMBERS OF THE 1976 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL team of the
United States Olympic Committee learn how to use their new
Kodak Tele-lnstamatic 608 camera, part of their official uni-
form worn at the games in Montreal, Canada. Providing the
photographic advice and counsel is Thomas Freeman of East-
man Kodak Company's Photo Information Group, Rochester,
N.Y. Kodak conducted photo information clinics for the U.S.
Olympic team, furnishing them with a camera and guidance
on how to use it.
future’s uncertainty, distrust
their leaders, believing their vo-
ices are no longer heard. But
those ills, Ms. Jordan stated are
no longer heard. These ills can
be cured with a new sense of
national community and with
the Democratic (Party leading
Following her great speech
the Black woman Representa-
tive from Texas received a pro-
longed ovation amid chants from
the delegates “We Want Barba-
ra”, meaning they wanted her
on the Jimmy Garter for Presi-
dent ticket as the vice presid-
A spokesman for the Carter
Campaign, during interviews,
said that Representative Jordan
was originally among those con-
sidered as a running mate but
was bumped — not for racial
reasons — but that it was not
in the best interest of the cam-
paign to have two top candidates
from The South.
After her speech Barbara, as
she is most affectionately known
by her friends and well-wishers,
was brought back to the pod-
ium when the huge crowd of del-
egates contnued to applaud her.
Representative Jordan’s spe-
ech was preceeded by a keynote
presentation by Sen. John Glenn
(D-Ohio) the former astronaut.
In addition to the historic se-
lection of a black as a convent-
ion keynoter, blacks made an-
other significant gain.
Some 30 black delegates con-
ferred with Jimmy Carter, in-
cluding some who had opposed
him at the beginning of the cam-
paign, in his hotel suite in the
Americana Hotel, and got an
agreement that Basil IPatterson
would be retained in the Carter
I tee Blacks said they were satis-
Administration as vice chair- [ fied with Carter’s promise of
man of the Democratic Commit- | Patterson’s retenton.
Last Rites Held
For Mrs. Herndon
Funeral, services for Mrs. Eth-
el Herndon were held at the Mt.
Rose Baptist Church, Troup,
Texas, Saturday, June 26, 1976
at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. H. J.
Mrs. Ethel Bell Herndon was
born to Mr. Josephus and Mrs.
Tiny Ray, April 19, 1919.
She was a member of the Mt.
Rose Baptist Church. She was
united in Holy Matrimony to Mr.
Claudia Herndon, August 8,
Mrs. Herndon departed this
life June 24, 1976. She is surviv-
ed by her husband, Mr. Claudia
Herndon; seven children, Mrs.
Lorine Patton, Fairfield, Calif.,
Mys. Mary Farrier, Mrs. Annie
Bell Rugley, Longview, Claud-
ell, Lonell, Larry Herndon, all
of Tyler, David Herndon, Troup;
a mother, Mrs. Tiny Lidia; one
sister, Mrs. Lola Bell Dewberry,
both of Chandler; two brothers,
Mr. Rufus Ray of Troup and
Mr. Lorenza Ray of Jackson-
ville; fourteen grandchildren, a
host of relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers were
friends of the family. Honorary
pallbearers were Deacons of Mt.
Rose Baptist Church. i
Interment at New Hope Cem-
etery, Troup, Texas with Brooks-
Sterling Funeral directors of Ty-
ler, Texas in charge.
Slated At TIC
Pre-registration for the fall se-
mester at Tyler Junior College
continues 8 a.m. - 4 p.m: Mon-
day through Thursday, 8 a.m. -
4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. -
noon Saturday until Aug. 20,
said Thomas Tooker, director of
Guidance and Counseling.
Registration will be Aug. 24 -
Four Added To Wiley Staff
MARSHALL — The appoint-
ment of four new faculty mem-
bers at Wiley College was an-
nounced by Dr. Robert E. Hay-
es, Sr., Wiley president. The
four include: Dr. Eddie Buckles,
associate professor of physical
education and Athletic Director;
Mrs. Barbara Williams, instruct-
or in English; Donnell Lee
Young, instructor in history;
and Miss Mary L. James, in-
structor in reading.
Dr. Eddie Buckles comes to
Wiley from Xavier University in
New Orleans where he was
Chairman of the Department of
Physical Education and track
coach. He is a .native of Missis-
sippi and a graduate of Alcorn
A&M University, George Will-
iams College, and Ohio State
Prior positions include: the
School of Health, Physcal Edu-
cation and Recreation at Ohio
State University and Chairman
of the Department of Health and
Physical Education at St. Aug-
ustine’^ College Raleigh, North
Mrs. Barbara Williams is a
native of New Orleans, La. and a
graduate of Southern University
of Baton Rouge and Atlanta Uni-
versity. Additional study has
been done at the University of
Texas - Permian Base in Odessa.
Mrs. Williams has held posit-
ions as instructor in English at
Southern University, a social
worker with the state welfare
department and an English tea-
cher in the Ector County Public
School System. She is a member
of the Delta Sigma Theta Sor-
Donald Lee Young is a native
of Greenville, Mississippi and re-
ceived both his Bachelor of Sci-
ence and Master of Arts degrees
from Jackson State University
Young comes to Wiley from
Alcorn A&M University where
he served as instructor in his-
tory. Other teaching experience
includes a graduate teaching as-
j sistantship at Jackson State Un-
Miss James comes to Wiley as
an instructor in reading from
working as an intern in the Tea-
cher Corps Program at the Uni-
versity of Southern Mississippi.
Tyler Group Take
Trip Toi,El Paso
The 18th and 39th Bienmial
Convention the 96 session of
Count of Calanthe were held in
beautiful Holiday Inn downtown,
July 10-14, 1976 in El Paso, Tex-
Members of the Rose City
Court No. 305 are Helen Scott
District Deputy Region VI, Ida
Boyd R. D. and Joyce Smith Ju-
venile Matron, Rose City Coun-
cil No. 2, Tracy Scith Union
Lodge-No. 50 Clyde Smith.
Fron Buffalo Invincible Love
Court No. 194 Ora Lewis, Bobby
Bullock and Dora Handy, Invin-
cible Love Court No. 117 Jennifer
and Jonathan Bullock, Union
Lodge No. 50 John Bullock.
The group also enjoyed a sci-
entific visit to Carlsbad Cav-
erns with the aid of New Mex-
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