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Seven Honored at Headmaster’s Awards and Memorial Service
Eddie Davis

Baylor honored seven members (pictured right) of the school community during the Headmaster’s Awards and Memorial Chapel Service on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, as part of the Alumni Weekend festivities.  

Los Angeles real estate developer, philanthropist, and founder of FlyawayHomes Steaven K. Jones ’50 (front row, far left) was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (see related story). Jones told those gathered that he has concluded that “it’s the people, not the buildings, that make a school outstanding.” Listing legendary faculty members James A. Pennington, Coach James B. Rike, Headmaster and Mrs. Herb Barks, and Joseph E. Bradley, Jones singled out Jim Hitt as a “shining light.” “Mr. Hitt introduced me to English and American literature; his enthusiasm was contagious. And today, I can still recite some of the works that he gave us to read and love.”

In addition to Jones, other award recipients were (front row, left to right) outgoing Chairman of the Board of Trustees Chris Crimmins ’80, who received the John T. ‘Buddy’ Fisher ’46 Distinguished Service Award; retired faculty members Park Lockrow and Dr. Dan Kennedy, both of whom received the Dedicated Faculty Award; (back row) Chuck Coleman ’89, Pat Guerry ’85, and Wes Hodges ’03 were inducted into the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame.

The service also was a memorial to each Baylor alum or faculty/staff member who passed away in the most recent calendar year and a special remembrance of those in the Class of 1969 who have passed (see video below).

CLASS OF 1969: 50th REUNION (seated, left to right) Doug Davenport, Bruce Barton, Jim Kennedy, Lou Patten, Tommy Webb, Bill Weigel, Kurt Stagmaier, Jim Roy, Wilson Ellis, (standing) Bill Hester, Tom Fraser, Steve Duncan, Rob Healy, Dickie Beetle, Chuck Mills, John Davenport, Evans Witt, Henry Green, Paul Willson, Ned Yates, Don Simon, Jim Cutcher, Jim Hellmann, Bill Lee, John Yantis, Ralph Mohney, Jack Henley, David Galloway, Sandy Willson, Deak Deakins, Arch Howell, Keith Morgan, Bert Boozer, and Neel Hipp

Other highlights of the weekend included the annual golf tournament, class reunions including the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969 (pictured above), festivities surrounding the Baylor-McCallie football game, and a Saturday morning and afternoon with lots of activities for the entire family (watch video below)


Here is a list of photo galleries from Alumni Weekend 2019. Check them out!

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