Summer 2000
Vol. 17 No. 2
Publication Number:
USPS 244-800


FAQ: Samford

Heading to Graduate School with a Fistful of Scholarship Dollars

Viewpoints: Berry and Flynt

Unclaimed Bargains

Miss Alabama 2000

Campus News
Samford, WMU Name Vaughn Director of Christian Women's Leadership Center

Determined Nurse Bell Keeps Clinic Open, Studies Business Side with Stanley Scholarship

Leadership for a Changing World: Rice Suggests Formula for Success

Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Received CCNE Accreditation for Bachelor's, Master's Programs

'Burst of New Energy upon the Sciences'

Major Gift to Athletics

Bulldogs Plan to Exercise Option Again in 2000

Men's Team Captures First TAAC Track Title

News Briefs
Bill Mathews Named VP as Laverne Farmer Retires

Interior Design Gets FIDER Accreditation

Translation Prompts Scholarship Fund

Other Stories
Bobby Bowden Day
Faculty Accolades
Class Notes
In Memoriam


Summer 2000

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JOHN HENRY ALSBROOKS '36 of Homewood died May 23, 2000. He was retired from Western Grain Company and Siler City Mills as a sales executive.

MARTHA C. BANKSTON '57 of Birmingham died May 9, 2000. A teacher, she was instrumental in starting the "dancers" at football games while teaching at Ensley High School and continued the work at Mountain Brook High School from 1971 through 1999.

ALVIN BOYD '55 of Cookeville, Tenn., died June 4, 1998. He owned Boyd Drug Store.

SETH "Wiggy" BOX '59 died March 15, 2000, at his home in Mocksville, N.C. He was retired from the Clow Company and was a substitute teacher in the Davis County school system, teaching nearly every day in a variety of subjects.

JAMES HERBERT "Herb" BROWNE '37 of Carrollton, Ga., died June 28, 2000. He was a retired executive with the Singer Company and the Southwire Company. A member of Pi Gamma Mu honor society, he was quarterback of the 1935 Howard College football team that tied Rose Bowl champion Alabama, 7-7.

Dr. HOWARD A. BURTON '36 died Feb. 15, 2000, in Riverside, Calif. He taught English literature at Purdue University and Riverside College in California.
In 1991, at age 75, he helped celebrate the Samford sesquicentennial by running the 10-mile distance from the East Lake campus site to Samford on Homecoming.

LOTTIE SIDLE BYARS '46 died March 4, 2000. A nurse, she was retired from St. Martin's in the Pines nursing home.

Beloved Teacher Mabry
Lunceford Dies at 80

When Dr. Rod Davis '58 returned to Samford in 1990 as dean of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, he had dinner with Dr. Mabry Lunceford '43, his former religion professor. Lunceford surprised Davis by telling him, "I want you to speak at my funeral."

Taken aback, Davis replied, "I will, but you'll have to give me a long time to prepare."

Lunceford died at the age of 80 July 21, and Davis was good to his word. In a memorial service in Reid Chapel, he described Lunceford in this way: "He saw his work as a holy vocation that was inseparable from the rest of his life, which was a life of gratitude to God that he expressed in all he did."

Lunceford taught thousands of students over his 40-plus year career on the Samford faculty. At the same time, he never lost sight of the needs of people unable to attend college or seminary, but who felt led to preach. For that reason, he spent untold hours teaching Bible courses to rural ministers and lay people through the Howard College Extension Division.

Lunceford "had a natural and unaffected manner of putting his Lord first, others second and himself last," said Samford President Thomas E. Corts. "His quiet confidence needed no reinforcement or affirmation."

Corts noted that "his brand of caring encouragement and gentle manliness" impressed generations of grateful students and friends. "The Lord gave him a warm and loving heart and he opened it graciously to his students and colleagues, to all," said Corts.

After graduating from Samford and earning a Th.D. degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lunceford joined the Samford faculty in 1954. He taught at the University and in the Extension Division until lhis death. He won every honor Samford could bestow upon a teacher, from Buchanan Teaching Award to Distinguished Faculty Member, Endowed Professor and Friendliest Professor (a record seven times).

He was a charter member of Baptist Church of the Covenant, "one of Covenant's pillars," said Pastor Roger Lovette '57.

Lunceford is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Sue, whom he met in the third grade in Lanett, and their children, Susan and Gene.

FLORINE ELIZABETH CALHOUN '51 died Feb. 18, 2000. She retired in 1990 as associate dean of Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. She joined the nursing school in 1965 after serving as a staff nurse. She also held nursing degrees from the University of Alabama (B.S.) and Emory University (M.S.).

RALPH CALLAHAN '29, longtime president of The Anniston Star, died June 20, 2000. He had been the Star's director and consultant since 1973, when he retired as president of Consolidated Publishing. He was a former president of the Alabama Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

MILDRED CLARK '40 of Bessemer died April 17, 2000. She taught music at Ways Station, Ga., Anniston and Greenwood Elementary in Bessemer.

DORIS E. COPPAGE '50 died April 14, 2000. She was a registered nurse at Brookwood Hospital, Birmingham, for many years and had written articles for professional nursing journals.

Dr. OSCAR A. DAVIS '35 of Gadsden, 92, died June 21, 2000. He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Gadsden, for 33 years and served a variety of churches as interim pastor during retirement. He held the honorary doctor of divinity degree from Samford and was author of a history of First Baptist Church.

LEE ENOCH L'31 of Nashville, Tenn., died June 6, 2000.

MARY GLOVER HAGOOD '43 died June 3, 2000. She was a retired Jefferson County business education teacher.

ANDREW R. HILL, Jr., '81 died March 14, 2000. He was owner of FYI Computers, Birmingham.

ESTHER STRANGE HOLMES '25 of Birmingham died March 1, 2000. She retired from Birmingham Trust National Bank.

NORMAN H. HORTON '40 of Tallahassee, Fla., died Nov. 25, 1999.

ALLEN VERNON HYATT '34 died June 17, 2000. He was a former principal of Huntsville High School.

MARTHA JO JORDAN '51 of Centre died April 18, 2000. A longtime community leader and teacher in the Cherokee County school system, she directed the music program at Centre Elementary School and taught piano.

ELBERTA PERRYMON KALEY '45 of Warrior died June 15, 2000. She taught school for 32 years.

J. F. KELLEY, Sr., '45 of Webb died April 17, 2000. He served churches in south Alabama for more than 30 years and was director of associational missions of Coffee Baptist Association from 1979 until his retirement in 1987.

MILLIE ANN LAWLEY '66 of Pell City died May 18, 2000. She was retired from the Pell City School System and had been church organist at Pell City First Baptist Church for over 20 years.

ERICA LEWIS '93 of Atlanta, Ga., died Feb. 24, 2000. She was employed with Delta Airlines.

JOSEPH R. MOLAY, Jr. '60 of Birmingham died April 20, 2000. A member of Pi Gamma Mu social science honor society, he was retired from the Internal Revenue Service, where he was an appellate judge in the appeals division.

Dr. Howard A. Burton '36 pauses beside a historical marker at the site of Samford's former East Lake campus with his diploma in hand. This was his starting point for the 10-mile run to the Shades Valley campus in 1991.

LOYAL PHILLIPS '28 died April 23, 2000. He was a former publisher of newspapers in North Carolina and Florida. His newspaper career spanned 70 years. He was a former Man of the Year in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Alumnus of the Year in 1981.

WILLIAM JENNINGS SMITH L'37 of Little Rock, Ark., died May 2, 2000. He was a founding partner of Mehaffy, Smith and Williams law firm. He helped shape state public policy regarding labor and worker's compensation and veteran's legislation.

GILBERT S. TAYLOR '60 of Columbia, Miss., died April 3, 2000. He owned Taylor's Pharmacy and also opened several retail furniture stores.

JACK R. THOMPSON, Sr. '37 of Birmingham died May 9, 2000. He was retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. He was a graduate of Birmingham School of Law.

MARY CAROLEEN GROSS TURNER '60 of Houston, Texas, died May 8, 2000. A former member of the Samford A Cappella Choir, she taught in Kentucky public and private schools.

MAY ATCHISON WALKER '38 died Feb. 15, 2000, in DeLand, Fla. She was a retired English teacher at DeLand Junior High School and Daytona Beach Community College. She worked as a volunteer in the prison system, helping prisoners prepare for the GED. She held a master's degree from Southern Baptist Seminary.

Dr. O. LAFAYETTE WALKER '39 died March 11, 2000, in DeLand, Fla. He joined the religion faculty at Stetson University in 1945 and became dean of the Stetson School of Religion in 1946, serving until his retirement in 1981. He held the Ph.D. degree from Southern Baptist Seminary.

May Walker

Lafayette Walker

Col. HAROLD E. WHALEY M.B.A./J.D. '81 died May 23, 2000, in an aircraft accident while on duty with the Alabama Air National Guard. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he had commanded the 117th and another refueling wing in support of last year's NATO bombing missions in Kosovo and Serbia.

MILA ESPY WOODS '70 of Headland died April 20, 2000. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she served on the board of directors of the Headland National Bank and Espy Mercantile Company.

RUBY WHORTON WOOLLEY '32 of Wilsonville died May 6, 2000. She was a retired teacher from Wylam Elementary School.