Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2007

Galveston Resident Theo Blue to be Honored by Schreiner University April 21

Theo Blue

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 will be honored at a banquet on April 21 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.

Schreiner University is an independent coeducational liberal arts university related by choice and by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more information, visit our Web site at www.schreiner.edu or call the Office of Admission at (830) 792-7217.

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