Past Distinguished Alumnus Awards
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. William B. Campbell ’40
After graduating high school at Schreiner, Dr. William B. Campbell ’40 interrupted his collegiate career to enlist in the Navy during World War II. After the war, Campbell finished his schooling, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In fall of 1948, Campbell received a scholarship to Oxford University and served as president for the American Students Association, which consisted of more than 4,000 students. Campbell gained his doctorate through the Institute of Historical Research at The University of London.
After his schooling, Campbell went on to represent the U.S. at the British Intelligence Base during the Korean Conflict. While serving as provost and vice president, he helped integrate the university. Campbell also helped establish Kirby Hall School, a place for “super” students who had their hearts set on Ivy League schools.
H. W. “Win” Thurber III ’63 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, might be chairman and chief executive officer of Norton Lilly International—an international shipping agency—but he had humble beginnings in Kerrville at Schreiner high school and junior college. In 1963, Thurber left Schreiner and continued his education at Trinity University in San Antonio. After college, Thurber struck out on his own and started his own shipping business, which became a major company. Today, Thurber is owner and CEO of Norton Lilly International—a global shipping agency, which handles all functions in the marine market.
“You have to believe you can do something and do it,” Thurber said. “You have to want to do it, you have to be passionate—that’s part of being successful.”
2013 Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. Frank W. Sheppard Jr. ’39 had an outstanding career in agriculture, which has impacted the global community for more than four decades. That is just one reason he was chosen as Schreiner University’s Distinguished Alumnus.
Sheppard, who is as humble as they come, credits much of his success to his mother, who was a rural school teacher, and the value she placed on education.
“I went home one Christmas break while I was in college and told her I could work instead of going back to school,” he said. “She told me if I quit college that I would no longer be welcome in her home. I am very fortunate that I got to go on to earn my doctorate. To this day, I think my mother was the only one who read my thesis.”
Sheppard, who graduated from Tivy High School in 1937, attended Schreiner—a military institute at the time—from 1938–39 and became part of the National Guard. He worked for the buildings and grounds department for three summers to pay for his Schreiner education. Sheppard also played clarinet in the band during his days at Schreiner—and that led to some very fond memories.
“Every Sunday, we’d march into the dining hall in uniform to play,” he said. “On Sundays, we’d sponsor a Kerrville girl—that was a great honor, to be sponsored. People drove out every Sunday to the retreat just to watch the band.”
After his time at Schreiner Institute, Sheppard served in the Army during World War II and then earned his bachelor’s and taught agricultural education at Hutto High School while pursuing his master’s from Texas A&M University.
“I worked as an ag teacher because they were the ones who got paid 12 months a year,” he said with a laugh.
Upon completing his master’s degree, Sheppard applied for a teaching position with the U.S. Department of State in India. His success with the program in India led to his selection for the Ford Foundation program, “Training Trainers for International Cultures” at Cornell University, where he earned his doctorate. After attending Cornell University, he ventured to the Philippines where he developed seed and fertilizer programs that helped the country achieve rice self-sufficiency for the first time.
“We stayed in the Philippines for seven years,” he said. “I also worked at the International Rice Research Center in Bangladesh from 1978 to 88. I never thought I’d be one to travel the world, but I knew I always wanted to be a state department employee because they were always taken care of.”
In 1988, Sheppard and his late wife, Floris, retired to College Station. Sheppard, who still lives in College Station and maintains rental properties, has three children and three grandchildren in the Austin area.
2012 Distinguished Alumnus
Roy Quillin Minton
Former student Roy Quillin Minton came to Schreiner Institute as a midterm cadet in 1949, at least in part, he said, “to straighten up my act.” Even though a cousin had attended Schreiner earlier, it was just a little curious that Minton ended up on the Schreiner Institute campus.
“I was raised in Denton six blocks from the North Texas State College [now University of North Texas] and I had gone to grade school and part of high school there,” Minton said.
Maybe it wasn’t so curious, after all. Minton seems to have had an idiosyncratic—but nonetheless successful—approach to his college education.
“I came to Schreiner midterm because I had taken off from school for the fall term,” he said. “I did that all the way through college. I’d take off the falls and go to college in the springs and summers.”
Schreiner wasn’t his first introduction to the Texas Hill Country. His family spent summers between Ingram and Hunt at Camp Waltonia, which has been owned by the Secor family since 1923.
“You could say I grew up there,” Minton said. “That’s one reason I came to Schreiner Institute; I love that area.”
Minton still spends part of his summers at Waltonia.
During those semesters off, Minton worked for a Houston law firm and flew planes. He got his private pilot’s license when he was 17 and “just sold my last airplane a few years ago.”
Not surprisingly, Minton joined the U.S. Air Force after leaving Schreiner. After his tour of duty as a USAF pilot and marrying his wife Barbara, he served in the Texas Air National Guard at Hensley Field in Dallas from 1956-59 as Flight Commander Captain. He received a B.A. degree with honors from NTSC in 1958. In 1961, The University of Texas School of Law awarded him a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He graduated a member of Phi Delta Phi International, one of the oldest legal organizations in the U.S.
“I worked as a clerk during law school,” Minton said, “and I just never got out of town.”
He still works for the firm he started with the late Perry Jones, now Minton, Burton, Bassett and Collins. His sons, Perry and David, are attorneys with the firm as well.
Minton is a litigator who has taken on cases across the legal spectrum, including a number that involved Texas politicians, such as Ann Richards, Bob Bullock and Bill Clayton.
“I’d like to think it’s my outstanding abilities as an attorney that brought all those politicians to me,” Minton said, “But I think it might have been my location.”
The firm is located two blocks from the Capitol in Austin.
Minton—along with the other attorneys in the firm—has been named among the Best Lawyers in Texas by Best Lawyers in America, the “oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” (www.bestlawyers.com). Texas Monthly has named him a Super Lawyer six times.
“I appreciate that stuff,” Minton said. “But as you get older, well, people have to decorate someone.”
2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Schreiner University has named Royce Faulkner ’49 as Distinguished Alumnus.
ROYCE FAULKNER ’49 used his time at Schreiner University as a springboard into an amazingly successful professional life.
“When I graduated from Austin High School in 1947, I was not academically prepared to pursue higher education,” said Faulkner. “Schreiner University (Schreiner Institute, at that time) became my academic foundation enabling me to pursue my lifetime goal of becoming a civil engineer. I earned my B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952. I used my two years at Schreiner to improve my study habits and time allocation skills that led to the completion of the courses needed to obtain a degree. For the academic and life skills preparation at Schreiner, I have always been thankful.”
He founded Faulkner Construction Company in 1962 and watched as that company became a leader in the Texas construction market. With the formation of affiliate companies, the Faulkner Group of Companies expanded to become a major player in almost every aspect of the construction industry. “My three brothers and I grew up watching our father work as a contractor, and I think we always knew that we, too, would pursue careers in the construction industry,” Faulkner said. “My three brothers and I all earned civil engineering degrees from the University of Texas; the only four brothers to do so. We also established the Faulkner Brothers Endowed Scholarship for UT Austin Civil Engineering Students.”
Faulkner has actively sought to improve the Austin community through his service and participation in many organizations, both professional and civic. He has been particularly active in the support and promotion of educational programs for young people, especially in efforts to teach technical and engineering skills. He was a founding board member of the Crime Prevention Institute, an organization devoted to providing job skills to detainees in Texas correctional institutions and to prevent recidivism by equipping them for productive lives after their release.
He and his wife Donna have made a lasting impact on Schreiner University. Perhaps the gift with the highest profile is the residence hall that bears their name, which opened in 2009, but their generosity has been felt across the entire campus. Schreiner board of trustees chairman Dr. Bill Franklin said that Faulkner has acted as a catalyst for change at the University. “He is a playmaker and he has brought the level of our game up in the process,” Franklin said.
Faulkner said it is rewarding to visit Schreiner and reflect on the major role it played in achieving his lifetime goals. “Schreiner University has grown and changed greatly during the past 60 years, as the facilities have grown, enrollment has grown and the curriculum has moved from a military academy to a liberal arts institution. During my recent involvement with Schreiner University (during the building of Faulkner Hall) I had the pleasure of working with the administration and the board of trustees. It is apparent that the trustees have set realistic goals for the future with facility modification planning and in continuing high academic standards. With the dedication of the administration and the trustees to meet these goals and adherence to the University’s values, I envision a notable future for Schreiner University.”
SFSA awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Jerry Marshall ’52.
JERRY E. (GENE) MARSHALL '52 a native Texan, was active in the formation and success of the SFSA.
He was the guest speaker at the first-ever Military Breakfast, a popular part of Schreiner’s annual RECAll weekend.
“Gene has been one of the great leaders of the alumni association even before his tenure as president,” Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, said.
“He was active in the affairs of the organization from its earliest years and he continues to play a key role in our operation today. His love for Schreiner and for the friends he made during his time here has remained steadfast throughout the years.”
Marshall, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, appreciated Schreiner’s military aspects during his time here.
“A military school has certain advantages,” he said. “With a controlled environment you’re focused on academics. That gives you a good foundation and teaches you how to study. It helps you develop good habits.”
He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Schreiner Institute, a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. in sociology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He did graduate work at the University of Arizona in management and is a graduate of Squadron Officer School and Academic Instructor School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. While he was assigned to the University of Arizona, where he was an assistant professor of aerospace science with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, he was named Outstanding Advisor in the U.S. for his work with Angel Flight, the female arm of AFROTC.
Marshall is a command pilot with 5,000 flying hours, including 120 combat missions in Southeast Asia. Among his many military awards are the legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for “heroism or extraordinary achievement.”
After retiring from the Air Force, Marshall was appointed to the Bexar Metro 911 district board of directors, and was instrumental in bringing the 911 system to the Hill Country.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my association with Schreiner for 60 years now,” he said. “Schreiner has been very good to me. It’s no longer the little red schoolhouse. Schreiner is a real university now, with a national academic reputation.”
2010 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Dr. Samuel W. T. Lanham III ’51 attended Schreiner for two years of high school and two years of college.
He has been a faculty member and trustee, a benefactor to Schreiner’s William Logan Library, an attorney and a Presbyterian minister. “I grew up as a printer’s devil for the Victoria Advocate. I started out as a paperboy and printer’s devil was a step up from that,” said Lanham.
“My grandparents told my folks they’d pay half of my tuition if I’d go to Schreiner. Mother drove me up here and through the campus and I loved it. A lot of my family went to Culver Military Academy; Schreiner was the alternative for my brother Mike and me.”
Lanham lived in Hoon Hall in the same room that would be his office when he returned to Schreiner as a faculty member. His best friend and study buddy while he was here was Sam Junkin, future president of Schreiner. “I came to Schreiner as sort of a country Baptist,” Lanham said, “but Sam and some friends were Presbyterian, so I left as a Presbyterian.”
He left Schreiner to get his B.A. and a law degree at Baylor University, and practiced law in Waco from 1955-64. Then he “fell from law to grace.”
“It hit me on my way home in my fine sports car,” Lanham remembers. “I thought, ‘I need to talk to our minister.’ But Missie (his wife) wanted to go out and get groceries, so I went home—and our minister was there.”
Lanham taught law at Baylor University while practicing in Waco and at the University of Texas while attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After pastorates in Galveston and at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, he became an associate professor at Schreiner in 1981, while also minister of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg. “Pretty soon, both those jobs became full time,” he said, “and I felt I related better to teaching.”
He taught business administration and interdisciplinary studies at Schreiner from 1981 until 1997. “I also taught in 1998, after retiring,” Lanham said. “You can sort of retire one course at a time.”
Lanham served on Schreiner’s board of trustees in the 1970s. During his time as a professor, Lanham received the Harriet Garret Award for Teaching Excellence, an award that is voted on by students, five times. In 1994, he was elected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Lanham’s commitment to and influence on Schreiner did not end with his retirement from teaching. In 2006, he donated to Logan Library a collection of rare historical documents relating to Hill Country history. These documents were the foundation of the Sam Lanham Digital Library of Hill Country History, an on-line repository accessible through the Internet. And he continues to support his first alma mater in various ways, small and large.
The Schreiner Former Students Association has awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Jack Marion Stevens ’43.
Captain Jack, as he is affectionately known, was born in his grandparents’ home three doors down from the Schreiner University back gate and entered Schreiner Institute on a one-of-a-kind scholarship as the first son of a former student to attend Schreiner. His father, H.N. (Jack) Stevens ’24, was quarterback of Schreiner’s first football team and is a member of the Athletic Hall of Honor.
“The main reason I was able to attend Schreiner was the generosity of the first President of Schreiner, Dr. ‘Big Jim’ Delaney,” Stevens said. “When it came to light that I would be the first son of a former student to attend Schreiner, Dr. Delaney offered me a financial scholarship, which guaranteed my entrance. During the summer of 1941, I was one of about half a dozen prospective students who worked on the campus. We painted dormitory rooms, baled hay and cleaned the dairy cow lots. Without the scholarship and the job, my life might well have taken a different path.” Stevens particularly remembered the Schreiner dances. “I looked forward eagerly to becoming a ‘day-dodger’ at Schreiner if for no other reason than to qualify to attend the dances. My steady date for practically all the dances during 1941-42 was a Tivy senior, Frances Real. Frances went on to the University of Texas while I went to the U.S. Naval Academy, and on June 12, 1946, one week after graduation, we were married and as stories go, are living happily ever after.”
Before his first semester at Schreiner was over, the U.S. had entered World War II. In 1943, Stevens entered the Naval Academy and after graduation embarked on a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. During his career as a Navy pilot, Stevens was twice awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal and South Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order. He retired in 1976 with the rank of captain, and he and his wife returned to the Hill Country. In 1977, he was part of a group that formed the SFSA. He served on the SFSA board from its inception through 1998, including several terms as treasurer. He has been chairman of the Recall committee and master of ceremonies for many Recall events over the years. In 1987, SFSA gave him its Outstanding Member Award. “One of my strongest memories of Recall is having Captain Jack perform the master of ceremony duties for the SFSA annual meeting and the Military Breakfast,” Lea Nye, current SFSA president said. “Somehow he always manages to get the agenda done before you even have a chance to realize work is being accomplished. His stories always make me laugh. To me, Captain Jack is a pillar of strength for SFSA, and his service for all these years is something we should all respect and appreciate.” Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, echoes that sentiment. “Jack has given his time and talent to the Schreiner Former Students Association for more than 25 years, and his wit and charm have made many a Recall event memorable. He is a beloved treasure to the SFSA and the University.”
“There is no question in my mind that Schreiner provided me with a much-needed transition in a particularly difficult and challenging time,” Stevens said. “With the transition came a strong foundation I have leaned on heavily. I am proud to have been—and I guess I still am—a Schreiner boy.
2009 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Norman Hoffman ’37 had a notable 60-year career in aviation that grew out of his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After Schreiner, he attended the University of Texas studying civil engineering. He credits his acceptance into the Corps to the training he received during his time at Schreiner. His promotion to the pilot’s “left seat” was also in part due to his Schreiner connection.
“It so happened that my instructor was from Schreiner and he gave me the chance to be a pilot rather than a copilot,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman was trained as a pilot on the B-26 Maurauder, a somewhat notorious plane known as “The Widowmaker.” His instructor was killed when his takeoff engine failed before Hoffman graduated from flight school as a 1st Lieutenant. Eventually, Hoffman was sent to Preswick, Scotland. He arrived to find that the six-man crew he had trained with had been killed the night before. He got the crew of the pilot who had been killed with them.
He went on to fly 70 missions in the European Theatre, including the first day of the D-Day invasion. “We flew in from France,” he said. “We were flying where the toughest fighting was going on. When we took off, visibility was 0-0. We had to fly 10,000-15,000 feet above the weather and reassemble.”
Col. Bobby Douglass ’67, who nominated Hoffman, said they met at a Schreiner reunion in Dallas and found that they had their military experiences in common.
“My accomplishments were pretty impressive, but his overshadowed mine by about 10 times,” Douglass said. “He is that impressive.”
The Army sent Hoffman to military engineering school, and after he left the military he went on to Texas Tech University. He left in his senior year to go into the aviation business. In 1955, Hoffman and a brother-in-law bought Mooney Aircraft and he developed and ran the company’s national and international marketing program until 1969. He became president of Commodore Jet Sales in 1970, where he was responsible for sales and marketing for the Commodore Jet aircraft. After returning to Texas, he started Interjet Incorporated, a jet brokerage company. The company has celebrated its 34th year, under Hoffman’s leadership.
Hoffman grew up in the Depression and became the man of the family at the age of 6 when his father died. He learned to drive shortly afterwards, and worked as an egg candler, iceman and delivery boy. “In order to be successful, individuals like my father exhibited qualities such as determination, goal setting and a stubborn resistance to being diverted from achieving those objectives,” said Norman Hoffman Jr. ’60. “Schreiner helped in shaping those characteristics.”
“I had a wonderful time at Schreiner,” Hoffman said. “I had a wonderful job; I ran the tailor shop, and learned to press clothes, iron clothes and clean them. I spent the summer working in a local tailor shop so I could go to Schreiner.”
Dr. Charles Johnson ’58
This is the second time Schreiner has honored alumnus Dr. Charles Johnson ’58; he was named to the Athletic Hall of Honor in 2003. He came to Schreiner Institute on a football scholarship and played on the basketball and golf teams after Schreiner ended its football program in 1957.
Charles Robb ’58, who nominated Johnson as a Distinguished Alumnus, remembers their time at Schreiner: “Charley and I were roommates in old West Barracks. When you got up in the morning you had to run down an open porch to get to the shower, then you had to run back to your room.
“Our football team picked up speed when our starting QB got injured and Charley took over and started passing more.”
While still at Schreiner, New Mexico State University offered Johnson a basketball scholarship; he ended up quarterbacking the NMSU football team. The team won the Sun Bowl in 1959 and 1960 and Johnson was voted Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player both years. He had a perfect 11-0 season in 1960. Johnson went on to 15 years of success in professional football as a quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos. However, unlike many professional athletes, he continued his education, receiving a Master’s and a Doctor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
“Charley has proven to be an outstanding Schreiner student,” Robb said. “He has led three professional football teams as QB and obtained a Ph.D. at the same time.”
Johnson had been commissioned a 2nd lieutenant on his graduation from NMSU, and ultimately served two years on active duty with NASA, ending his military service as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
After 30 years working in the private sector, Johnson returned to NMSU in 2000, where he is now a professor in the school’s Department of Chemical Engineering and an assistant to the NMSU president. He has served on the Athletic Council and Hall of Fame Committee at NMSU and on the Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s board of trustees.
“My time at Schreiner taught me great lessons in organization and time planning,” he said. “Those lessons served me well in school, athletics, business and certainly now in education.”
2008 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Robert Barton ’56 entered Schreiner Institute in 1951 as a high school sophomore and continued through high school and two years of college to his Associate of Arts degree.
“Schreiner is one of the best things that ever happened in my life,” Barton said, “both for the education I received and the opportunities it opened for me—and I met my future wife there.” Corinne Orr Carlisle, who also attended Schreiner, nominated Barton for the honor. “I’ve known Bob Barton since the early ’50s,” she said. “He was always an outstanding student, officer in the Schreiner Institute Cadet Corps, lawyer, judge and American citizen. I’m proud to be a fellow Schreiner student and longtime friend of Bob’s.”
Not surprisingly in light of his subsequent career, he majored in pre-law and went on to The University of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. He was a member of the Law Review, an honor reflecting well on both his scholarship and his writing ability. After graduating law school, Barton hung out his shingle in Kerrville. He served the community as county attorney of Kerr County for five years, district attorney of the 2nd 38th Judicial District for four years and from 1977-1989 was judge of 216th Judicial District, which covers Kerr, Bandera, Kendall and Gillespie counties. Barton taught criminal law for the Schreiner College law enforcement department from 1973-1977, and after retiring as district judge, Barton went on to teach law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. He retired as a tenured professor in 1998.
You’d think all this was enough to keep one man busy, but Barton had time to also write several books and journal articles about the practice of Texas law. He continues to update “Texas Rules of Evidence Manual,” which he co-authored with Hulen D. Wendorf and David A. Schlueter, and that is in its seventh edition, as well as “Texas Search and Seizure, which he wrote in 1992. As a district judge, Barton has more than once administered the oath of office to oldest son Clay Barton, who is a chief deputy with the Kerr County Sheriff’s Department.
Barton was a founding member of the Kerrville Optimist Club and was president of the Kerrville Jaycees in the early ’60s. He also was a founding member of The Poverty Playboys, a bluegrass band for which he played tenor banjo and was the lead vocalist. For a time, his wife Joyce (also a 1956 Schreiner graduate) and oldest son Clay played with the band. The Playboys played for Recall 1985 and “retired” in 2005. “Bob was a pretty fair banjo player,” Carlisle said.
Barton is a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, where he has been both an elder and a deacon. For the past decade, Barton has been a senior district judge for Kerr County and has continued to write about Texas law. He has co-authored the “Texas Rules of Evidence Trial Book” and written “Fundamentals of Texas Trial Practice.” He and wife Joyce have three children and three grandchildren.
“I am pleased with what has occurred with Schreiner,” Barton said. “I think the changes were necessary, but I enjoyed the military environment, the structure, discipline and camaraderie of my time there.”
Grady Spencer Blocker
In his nomination letter for Grady Spencer Blocker ’51, Wendell Mayes ’42 wrote, “There are many different relationships that come to my mind when I think of Spencer, but my first thought always relates to Schreiner—to the dedication and loyalty he has shown to Schreiner through the years since he was a teenage cadet.” More than one person writing in support of Blocker’s nomination mentioned loyalty as one of his conspicuous virtues. And he expresses that loyalty to Schreiner and to his community in Midland in concrete ways, contributing his time and donating funds to help both thrive.
Mayes said he knew of “no one who has been more active in Schreiner affairs than he has.” “I was a student there only one year,” Blocker said. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘How come you’re so active, when you were there just a year?’ I tell them Schreiner was and is the most caring school in the nation.” When asked why he didn’t return after that year, Blocker, who is from the much flatter Stanton area, said, “I got kind of claustrophobic with all those trees and hills around. I was dating my wife the year I went to Schreiner. Now that I think about it, that could have had something to do with it, too.”
Blocker has been a lifetime member of the Schreiner Former Student Association since 1989, and was president of SFSA 1995-1997. He also has generously supported Schreiner financially over the years. He has been a member of Schreiner Oaks Society since 1996. Schreiner Oaks are those who remember Schreiner in their estate plans.
In Midland, Blocker has had a long career as a savings and loan officer, and in commercial real estate. He also owns family farms in Martin County, Tex. He was a longtime member of the Midland Jaycees, and organized a reunion of former Jaycee members in 2005. He has long been an active part of Midland Chamber of Commerce and has a perfect attendance record for more than 30 years with the Midland Rotary Club. “Spencer has been a mentor to many of us on Midland Jaycees and Rotary International, and we are grateful for his guidance,” Texas House of Representative speaker and long-time acquaintance Tom Craddick wrote.
Blocker’s many civic activities over the years have included organizing Easter egg hunts and baseball and basketball leagues; Christmas for underprivileged children; and building a hill in Midland for the Soap Box Derby. “At that time it was flat,” he said. “We didn’t even have an overpass. I spent one whole summer building that thing.” The All-American Soap Box Derby organization credits Midland as a “breeding ground innovative Derby design” in the 1960s.
Blocker was modest about becoming a distinguished alumnus: “I keep telling everyone that this maybe waters down the honor.” He wants to dedicate the honor to his wife, Anita, who died in 2006. “She was the backbone of me,” he said.
2007 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Tiki Island resident Theo Blue ’51 was once the subject of a story entitled, “There’s Only One Theo Blue,” and that story title pretty much sums up the opinions of those who know him.
Martin Allday ’44, an Austin attorney and long-time friend of Blue’s, nominated him as a Schreiner University Distinguished Alumnus.
“Theo has always been supportive of Schreiner and has a great love for the University,” Allday said. “He has given abundantly to Schreiner for many years, and his gifts have benefited the Annual Fund, the Alumni Fund, the Capital Campaign, and other University resources.”
Spencer Blocker ’52 of Midland keenly remembers Theo from 1951 and asserts, “We at Schreiner, and Schreiner University itself, will never have another friend like Theo Blue.”
Blue was honored at a banquet on April 21, 2007, during Recall, Schreiner’s annual homecoming event.
Blue began his time at Schreiner in 1949, and after graduating two years later found himself staying on to teach. After being drafted, he was sent to California where, after training he was placed in the base’s finance office. It was there that he met a California girl and Lynn Stallings became Lynn Stallings Blue. Even after leaving Schreiner as a teacher in 1956, Blue has continued to assist the University. He served for a decade as a Schreiner trustee from 1990-2000, and has been a life member of Schreiner Former Students Association since 1985, serving as president from 1991-95. He was inducted into the Schreiner Oaks Society in 1995.
"This place has been such a large part of our lives,” Blue said. “I’ve recruited many students to attend Schreiner, including my youngest son, Tom, and my grandson, Heath Gregory. I wouldn’t have done that if we didn’t firmly believe in this school.”
During the course of his long and illustrious career in the oil industry, his colleagues were so moved by Blue’s dedication that they established the Theo Blue Endowed Scholarship in his honor. Presently, Blue continues his lifetime of service in his community of Tiki Island. Recently, his fellow citizens, declaring “Theo Blue Day,” proclaimed “Theo Blue has served Tiki Island with efficiency, impartiality, honor and pride.” This sentiment appears to be universal, for as Allday put it in his nomination of Blue for Distinguished Alumnus, “In my mind Theo Blue is one of the most important past graduates who has ever existed.” And definitely one of a kind.
DR. RICHARD MARRS
Dr. Richard Marrs ’68 grew up in Kerrville and graduated from Tivy High School, subsequently enrolling at Schreiner Institute in 1966.
After going on to the University of Texas to complete his undergraduate education, he pursued his medical training at UT–Galveston Medical School, where he distinguished himself in both academic and leadership roles. Marrs is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. After graduating from medical school, he completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California.
During his fellowship training, he acquired skills in cell culture, studied the ultrasound monitoring of follicle development and, along with Drs. Vargyas and March, developed ovarian stimulation protocols, all of which would play essential roles in establishing this country's second In-Vitro Fertilization program in 1981. He made medical history in 1986 with the first pregnancy from a thawed frozen embryo.
Marrs was founder and first president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was a member of the Society's ethics committee, which produced the first document in the United States on the ethical treatment of infertility using reproductive technologies. Marrs has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters on human reproduction, and has authored the popular "Dr. Marrs' Fertility Book." As one of the founders of modern fertility treatment, Marrs is considered to be one of this country's premier fertility doctors. He has dedicated his life's work to helping couples fulfill their dream of having a family.
His peers have honored Marrs throughout his career, including listings in “The Best Doctors In America” from 1994-2003, “America’s Top Doctors” from 1999-2003, and “Who’s Who in Executives & Business” from 1997-2003. In 2000 Dr. Marrs was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Infertility Association.
Marrs is a true renaissance man—an acclaimed scientist, an avid athlete, and a lover of art and literature. He is vocal in crediting his teachers at Schreiner for opening his eyes to the world of aesthetics, and for many years he has carried with him in his wallet a poem written by a beloved professor of his at Schreiner, Pete Hallman.
Marrs was honored at a banquet on April 21, 2007, during Recall, Schreiner’s annual homecoming event.
“I am really flattered and overwhelmed that I have been chosen for this great honor,” Marrs said. “I really feel that Schreiner was instrumental in getting me where I am today.”
2006 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Schreiner University has named Peter Baldwin as its 2006 Distinguished Alumni. He was honored at a banquet on April 1, during Recall, Schreiner University’s annual homecoming event. Mr. Baldwin is a resident of Dallas and the former chairman at Colliers-Baldwin LLC. in Dallas.
Peter and Martha “Teeka” Baldwin have volunteered their time and have supported generously dozens of important charities. The have four grown children.
After graduating from Schreiner in 1947, Baldwin went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952. Baldwin is a devoted Presbyterian and a former chairman of the North Texas Commission. He is also an effective advocate for public television (KERA) and Presbyterian Healthcare systems. As a commercial realtor he served his industry in national leadership positions for many years.
Baldwin is a former member of the Schreiner University Board of Trustees from 1966-2004. He played an instrumental role during Schreiner’s transition to a baccalaureate institution and co-chaired Schreiner’s successful $70 million comprehensive campaign. “He has a vision of achievement for Schreiner that encourages and motivates others to join with him in making that vision come true,” said Karen Kilgore, Schreiner’s consultant for planned giving, who nominated Baldwin. It is that vision that continues to inspire him and everyone he comes in contact with. “Schreiner has played such a big part in my life. I am very proud of the school and the progress it has made,” Baldwin said. “Their personal attention to each student is part of the reason that Schreiner is successful today in making responsible adults out of children.
Wendell Mayes Jr.
Schreiner University has named Wendell Mayes Jr. as its 2006 Distinguished Alumni. He was honored at a banquet April 1 during Recall, Schreiner University’s annual homecoming event.
Mayes is a resident of Austin and a 1942 graduate of Schreiner University. He went on to obtain an engineering degree in 1949 from Texas Tech University. Fifty years later he returned to school and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edwards University. He spent over 50 years as a broadcasting and cable television executive, garnering many accolades along the way.
In 1973 he received the George Foster Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting. He held leadership positions with the Texas Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Broadcasters. The Texas Association of Broadcasters named him the 1978 Pioneer Broadcaster, the group’s highest honor, in recognition of his service to the broadcasting community. The Texas Association of Broadcast Educators selected him as Broadcaster of the Year in 1989. With the support of his wife, Mary Jane Mayes, he has made meaningful contributions to those with diabetes around the world. At the age of 10, Mayes’ son was diagnosed with diabetes, and since that time he has remained steadfast in his dedication to furthering diabetes research. He served as the chairman of the American Diabetes Association for three years and president of the International Diabetes Foundation, the first non-medical person to hold the position. That honor lead to the ADA creating the group’s highest non-scientific award in his name.
2005 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Dr. Tom Pruett
In his nomination of Dr. Tom Pruett ('50) for the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus award, Ross Harris ('66) says, “Here is an atypical distinguished alumnus—not a check writer, but a deed-doer. A contributor, some would say, to the much bigger cause of his fellow man. I believe that Dr. Pruett shines as a living example of our school motto, 'Learning by heart'.”
Pruett says he had no idea what lay in store for him when he and a few colleagues went to Juarez, Mexico, in 1980 to visit with a missionary couple who were caring for a few dozen small children from the poorest families in town. His group from the Brazosport area expected to offer free dental and eye examinations to the group of children, make a few fixes here and there, and then return home happy with having done good work.
Instead they found that not only had the children never seen a doctor of any kind in their life, neither had the members of their large, extended families. Pruett remembers, “We were underprepared and overwhelmed. Here they came— aunts, uncles, grandparents, even neighbors and friends. People were sleeping in front of the doors to the mission in freezing temperatures just to get a spot in line. Many of the older people were blind, but we knew that relatively simple cataract surgery could give them back their sight. By mid-week we called an eye surgeon to pack up his tools and come to Juarez. He did, and by Saturday we were performing eye surgery in a converted garage.”
The group returned to Juarez in 1981, and then again in 1982. Each time there were huge numbers of new patients, and the group's need for equipment and supplies began to outrun their resources. They applied for and received a large grant from Rotary International, and began to expand the scope of their free services. His group now distributes thousands of pairs of eyeglasses, acquired through an innovative eyeglass recycling center located in Houston. And besides eye and dental surgery, they offer plastic surgery to correct children's cleft palates and other congenital deformities that otherwise would condemn these children to a fringe existence even beyond the suffering of poverty.
Pruett's group now conducts two clinics a year in Juarez with a team consisting of optometrists, ophthalmologists, dentists, plastic surgeons, opticians, anesthesiologists, chiropractors, nurses, technicians, cooks, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. They have completed a modern 7,000 square foot clinic in Juarez, and have been instrumental in starting a similar program in Guerrero, Chihuahua, where, in 2001, the first eye surgery ever available to the poor was performed. That was the start of a program that now rivals the Juarez project in scope.
The Mexican Minister of Health recently told Tom that their clinic provides 60 percent of the indigent health care available in the entire state of Chihuahua. Typical of those whose true vocation is service to others, Pruett insists that he had little to do with the miracles that he has wrought. “We went on one trip to attend to the needs of 65 preschool children, but God obviously had a different agenda. It is the most gratifying work that I think I can do. We spend billions of dollars on enjoyment in this country, but I have never done anything I enjoyed more than going down there and doing those clinics. It is pure joy.”
2004 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Schreiner University has announced its 2004 Distinguished Alumni Martin L. Allday '44 and John L. Kammerdiener '57. The University will honor the two alumni along with four Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, during a recognition banquet at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux Campus Activity Center. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $40 per person‹call (830) 792-7201.
The keynote speaker at the banquet will be Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association and Baylor's all-time winningest coach. Teaff was head football coach at Baylor for 21 years, leading the Bears to Southwest Conference titles in 1974 and 1980.
Schreiner's Distinguished Alumnus award was created in 1977 to honor former students whose personal or professional lives have achieved a conspicuous level of success.
Martin L. Allday
Allday graduated from Schreiner Institute in 1944 and the University of Texas where he earned his juris prudence degree in 1951. Upon graduation, he became a legal examiner at the Railroad Commission of Texas. He then joined the legal department of the Superior Oil Company. From 1959-1989, he was a member of the Midland law firm of Lynch, Chappell, Allday and Alsup. Allday was nominated to be Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President George Bush in 1989. He served as chairman until 1993. He currently is of counsel to the law firm of Scott, Douglass and McConnico in their Austin office.
Allday served as a combat infantryman in the Pacific during World War II and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He is a past president of the Midland County Bar Association and a past chairman of the Mineral Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the Travis County, Texas, District of Columbia and American Bar Associations and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Among his civic and volunteer activities, Allday has been involved with the National Parks Foundation, the Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation, the High Sky Children's Ranch, Midland Chamber of Commerce, Midland Jaycees and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.
In 1997, Texas Gov. George W. Bush appointed Allday as the chairman of a three-person committee to oversee the Texas State Cemetery. In 2002, he was honored with the Pioneer Award the Texas Railroad Commission's highest award‹for his work in the oil and gas industry. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Austin. They have three children and six grandchildren.
John L. Kammerdiener
Kammerdiener graduated from Schreiner Institute in 1957 with an associate degree. He graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1961. He served 11 years in the United States Army, earning three Bronze Star decorations in Vietnam. He served as an Airborne Ranger and was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Kammerdiener earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of California. He was named Lab Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Marble Falls.
2003 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Schreiner University has announced its 2003 Distinguished Alumni Dr. Sam McDowell Junkin '51 and James B. Cain '41. The University honored the two alumni along with five Athletic Hall of Honor inductees during a recognition banquet at the Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux Campus Activity Center.
Dr. Sam McDowell Junkin
Junkin's history with Schreiner began long before he attended Schreiner Institute. His father, Fred, invested 40 years with SI as registrar/business manager. Junkin grew up on the Schreiner campus and eventually earned his high school diploma and associate degree from Schreiner. Junkin left SI in 1951 to complete his education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. Acknowledging his calling to become a Presbyterian minister, Junkin continued his studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he earned bachelor of divinity and master of theology degrees. He was ordained in 1957.
Junkin's first pulpit was First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, followed by 10 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in San Marcos. In 1971, he returned to his roots and became Schreiner's third president, serving in that capacity for 25 years- the longest-tenured college president in Texas.
During his tenure, Schreiner changed its name, became coeducational, suspended its military training, phased out its high school, expanded to baccalaureate status and welcomed non-traditional students. Junkin retired in 1996 but was asked to come back to Schreiner in 2000 to serve as interim president. He served in that capacity until 2001. Junkin is president emeritus of Schreiner.
"Time and words fail any attempt to say what Schreiner has meant, means, and will mean, to me. For years before I took my first bite of solid food in the Schreiner Dining Hall, my family became a part of the fabric of this educational institution," said Junkin, a resident of Hunt. "Adele, our children and I, were blessed with the privilege of participating in the exciting time when Schreiner evolved from the important roles it had played to the roles it is now playing and will play. Together, faculty, staff, board, generous friends, all of us learned to listen to the needs of the world and to bring Schreiner's treasured educational resources to task of facing each new challenge in each new day."
"As I am humbled by this award, I reflect on those alumni and those who faithfully and patiently formed the context from which they became alumni- those who are really are 'distinguished.' Those are not only the ones who grew from this place to accomplish great things in the world, but are also the ones who labored in the classrooms and labs, tended the dorms, mowed the grass, cooked the food, coached the teams, provided generous gifts, made hard decisions, quietly loved the Lord who challenged His church to provide a Schreiner-shaped educational ministry in the world. We have been blessed by the privilege of participating in Schreiner's attempt to make the world a more peaceful, beautiful, loving, and exciting place."
James B. Cain
Cain attended high school and two years of college at Schreiner Institute. While at SI, he was involved with the Officers' Club and Student Council. During that time, he also received his private aviation license. After leaving Schreiner, Cain attended Southern Methodist University and got his commercial, multi-engine and instructors flying licenses.
After SMU, he joined the Navy and spent the next five years as a flying instructor for the Navy, serving bases in Texas and Florida. After he got out of the service, Cain started Austin Flying Service, setting up a private airport in Austin with clients such as the University of Texas.
In 1949, Cain sold the flying service and returned to his hometown of Athens. He created a savings and loan in Athens with the help of his cousin. It was later sold, but it had played an active role in the development of Athens.
Cain served on the Board of the First National Bank of Athens for 29 years. He owned a bank in Eustace and later merged it into the First National Bank.
Cain is a leader in the Athens community. Through the years, he served on the school and hospital boards for 13 years, served one term on the local city council, was named "Man of the Year" and "Citizen of the Year" in Athens, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Austin College. He also helped form and served on the Industrial Foundation of Athens, which later became the Athens Economic Development Board.
"My years at Schreiner made a lasting impression on me and taught me that I have an obligation to achieve as best I can," Cain said. "My educational experience at Schreiner helped me accept the challenges that this world brings from day to day. My association with this fine institution has made me proud to be a participant and assist in any way that I could. My friendship with many people responsible for the growth and quality of education that has made this an outstanding college that I appreciate and will always cherish."
Raymond Berry '51 played football at Schreiner and Southern Methodist University before being drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1954. Mr. Berry was a wide receiver for the Colts for 13 years and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Mr. Berry coached in the NFL for 19 years, including six seasons as head coach of the New England Patriots. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1985. See Sports Illustrated April 22, 2008: "The Best Game Ever" by Mark Bowden
N. F. Chapman Jr. '28 (1909-1991) was the president and founder of Ford Chapman Drilling Company. Mr. Chapman served as president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association for 2 years & was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame. He had an interest in politics, serving as Republican County Chairman for 10 years, running for U.S. Congress in 1951 & attending 3 National Republican Conventions.
Dr. Wilson Elkins '28 (1908-1978) earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Texas. Dr. Elkins was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate. He served as president of San Angelo Junior College for 10 years, Texas Western College in El Paso for 5 years and the University of Maryland for 24 years.
Hugh H. Goerner '41 earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Goerner served in World War II. He was the executive vice president for Exxon, president of the Arabian-American Oil Company (ARAMCO) of Saudi Arabia and was a member of the American Petroleum Institute.
Frank N. Ikard '31 (1913-1991) received his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Texas. Mr. Ikard served in the infantry in World War II. He was a district judge in Wichita Falls and served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was both executive vice president and president of the American Petroleum Institute, and served as a regent of UT.
Charles Johnston '32 (1913-2002) earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. Mr. Johnston served in the Navy in World War II. He owned Peterson Auto Company in Kerrville, and served as a Schreiner trustee and chairman of the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation board of trustees.
Park L. Myers '35 (1916-2001) earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Texas. Mr. Myers served in World War II in the Air Corps. He was senior vice president of U.S. marketing for Hughes Tool Co. and served on the board of directors. He was a Schreiner trustee.
James E. Nugent '41 received his bachelor's degree and doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas. Mr. Nugent served in World War II as a naval aviator. He was Kerr County attorney for three terms. He served in the Texas House of Representatives for 18 years and was a Texas Railroad Commissioner for 16 years.
Dr. Russell Scott Jr. '43 received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Scott was a Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. He was chairman of Baylor College of Medicine's Urology Department, chief of urology at several Houston hospitals, trustee of the American Board of Urology, medical director of Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Specialist Hospital and the American Urological Association's director of education. He was professor emeritus of surgery at University of Colorado.
Joe C. Walter Jr. '45 (1928-1997) received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas. Mr. Walter was the founder and chairman of the board of Houston Oil and Minerals. He served on the boards of the Governor's Energy Production Council and the American Petroleum Institute.