The most remarkable teachers? You named
a bunch of them -- more than 70.
day in her class, Mary White Fisher '25 told us she did not need
to teach, that she was independently wealthy and that she taught literature
because she loved it and loved to teach it. Secondly, she asked how many
"jocks" were in the room. About a half dozen of us held up our hands.
She said jocks usually did not do well in her class and advised us to
bring our drop slips up and she would sign them with no hard feelings.
I was the only one who kept my seat. After class, she asked why I didn't
drop. I told her I had heard she was the best literature teacher at TCU,
and that I wanted to take advantage of that. She would read from her personal
uncut version of the Canterbury Tales and similar ribald literature and
just cackle while the coeds blushed and squirmed. The rest of us cackled
right along with Mrs. Fisher. Once in her den/library, I saw a picture
of her as a young woman with a Frog football player in uniform. When I
asked her who the guy was, she replied, "That was my first husband." She
went on to tell me that he and a partner (also a former frog football
player) went into the oil business and apparently did quite well. She
said that when her husband died, she later married his partner. With a
twinkle in her eye she commented, "You might say I married well!" I said
something like, "Why, you old fraud. You implied you didn't like athletes
and you married two!" She just grinned. One evening several years later,
I saw her at a restaurant. I took my wife by the hand and took her over
to introduce her. Without missing a beat, Mrs. Fisher said, "Hello, Ince.
So you didn't marry the brunette after all. Good for you!" What a dame!
What a professor!
professor Paul Wassenich '34 walked into the classroom with a warm
smile, alert eyes, keen mind and loving heart. A committed Christian,
he was open and inclusive as he energetically and wisely challenged his
students to grow in their understanding of God, God's good creation, their
own lives and the lives of others. As a person and a dynamic professor,
he made faith compatible with reason. Paul and Ruth Wassenich have graced
TCU with a wonderful legacy of love and excellence.
Max K. Jones '60
Strength '59 was a fabulous mentor to me -- a wonderful role model,
clinician and nursing historian. She demonstrated the highest professionalism
and a real love for nursing. After I'd been an RN for a few years, I noticed
a picture on my co-worker's locker of her nursing clinical group in the
1970s. I recognized Dr. Strength (a younger version) by her smile. My
co-worker had her as a professor at Catholic University in Washington,
D.C., 20 years before I had her at TCU.
Warren Wickline '96
Dr. Bonnie Blackwell for my choice of English as a major. She is
the kind of innovative thinker everyone should want to be. Her varied
and creative approaches to the subject matter in the three courses I took
from her struck me with awe and a bit of healthy jealousy. Now, any time
I write or say anything clever or witty, I think of her. I wonder if I'm
realizing my aspiration to be half as clever as she. Dr. Blackwell helped
make my academic experience at TCU unforgettable.
Ben Procter, history, combined the toughness of a professional football
player (which he was, for the Redskins) and the erudition of a scholar
(which he was, from Harvard) to stand as a unique, outstanding educator.
both intimidating and genuinely welcoming, his love for the material was
matched by his relentless drive to inculcate in students the discipline
to learn. Unrivaled in agreeable eccentricity and impeccable protocol
of behavior, he was a true paradox: one of the few persons talented enough
to be all things to all people. A giant among men.
Selber '89 (MS '97)
Gossman's breathless enthusiasm in her Milton class turned me on to
the greatest of English poets. Her almost girlish bearing and unassuming
candor enhanced the study of rather heavy and serious poetry. Once when
I complained about my lack of background in the Greek references so common
in Milton, she simply thrust a copy of the Odyssey and Iliad into my hands
and said, "Read them." On another occasion when I obeyed her command to
come to her office, she rather furtively handed me a graded paper with
the order, "Don't show this to anyone. I never give A+'s." I later learned
that she did, but the experience did much to bolster my confidence. I
have since taught Milton for some thirty years at Texas Tech, always in
the shadow of Ann Gossman's tutelage. She was a TCU gem.
Langford '67 (PhD)
Reinecke gets my vote. He motivated me to get more out of myself in
his organic chemistry course than I would've thought I had to give. No
other professor at TCU or anywhere else, including a prestigious medical
school (UT Southwestern), had as profound an influence on my career. I
will never forget him.
Dean Fikar, '77
Odom's Science Fiction and Fantasy Lit we had to read half a dozen
books. I complained that it was simply too much. Hearing that, Dr. Odom
told me that what he really wanted to teach me was simple: concentration.
He wanted me to learn to focus, to put away the worries of the day and
for an hour or two truly pay attention to what I might be reading or doing.
I remember his words. "If you practice concentrating on a particular task
each day and make it habit, not only will it get easier, but it will change
your life for years to come, no matter what you do." Now, here I am a
decade and a half later, still practicing, still clinging to that wonderful
habit. Dr. Odom was right. It changed my life. And as long as what he
gave me remains with me, then in a real way Dr. Odom, who died a couple
years back, remains alive.
Alan Hall '87
four years of boring high school history and hating every minute, I found
Dr. Nevin Neal excited about his subject. I can still remember his
drumming out the beat of "Congo" on the table with his hand and asking
me if I could "scatter a couple of dates" in my blue books on tests. He
was truly a dedicated teacher!
Susan Jones King '65
Janet Murphy taught archery and would occasionally move her class
away from the target range to an open area near Sadler hall. One exercise
she used was to have the students shoot their arrows high up into the
air in an effort to hit a target, which was flat on the ground. One afternoon
several arrows strayed from their target and hit the building. As the
students were gathering their spent arrows a white flag appeared from
a window in the building. Janet Murphy led the first successful siege
on Sadler Hall Dr.
Bickel '72 (MEd '75)
Vice President for Student Affairs
Northern Arizona University
Ridings, professor of journalism, was fantastic! He expected the best
of all his students in their preparation for the field of communications.
He demanded excellence and respect. My respect for and gratitude to him
for those aspects remain in any writing or publications endeavors in which
I am involved.
Jeane Cayce Davis '43
In the 1950s,
Dr. Warren Agee presided over TCU's tiny Journalism Department,
which was housed in a delapidated firetrap (a post-war "temporary" structure)
fondly known just as "Building 5." J-students were a rowdy, messy and
not always respectful bunch; I'm sure there were times when Doc Agee would
gladly have kicked all of us out the door. Instead, as he guided our studies
and our work on The Skiff and Horned Frog, he quietly, patiently taught
us the importance of accurate reporting, objectivity, and clear, fresh
writing. When you turned in a story or a term theme he liked, he never
failed to let you know why he liked it. When you blundered, he showed
you exactly where you'd gone wrong and how to fix the problem. Largely
thanks to him, The Skiff won "All America" student newspaper honors year
after year. I don't know where Dr. Agee is now, but I hope he knows how
much his teaching meant to us.
Kitty Wingo, a lithe, tiny bird of a woman, was as passionate a holdout
for appropriate and gracious ballroom etiquette as she was for getting
the steps right -- and in 1968, all that was pretty irrelevant to most.
Our class met in the old gym and was a kick. When she died several years
ago, I attended her funeral and was so glad to learn more about her remarkable
life. Dr. John Bohon was the quintessential professor -- forever
pacing, lecturing without notes, lurching into the classroom in disheveled
clothes, wild hair flying, making quick, illegible scribbles on the blackboard,
naming key players in ancient, obscure Chinese dynasties. The crazy inventor
in Back to the Future reminds me of Dr. Bohon. I loved his style and intellect.
If he's still teaching, he has some very fortunate students.
Jim Stuart '71
Bob Frye loved sharing his knowledge and passion of great literary
works, such as Canterbury Tales and Beowulf, with TCU students. But I
will always remember him as the man who caught the infamous Reed Hall
Flasher. Most of the class was outside enjoying the warm sunshine during
a mid-day break of the 3-week mini-term, when a clean-cut older gentleman
jogged through the courtyard. All of a sudden, Professor Frye bolted out
of Reed Hall yelling "STOP THAT MAN!" At first, it appeared to be a couple
of professors enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of summer school, but we
immediately realized that Professor Frye was serious. The Reed Hall Flasher
was quickly apprehended in Sadler Hall and we all returned to class with
a fairly frazzled professor. The next day, Professor Frye relieved the
final exam stress by retelling the excitement of the previous day from
his perspective in true Old-English style. I will never forget his original
short-story "The Adventures of Beo-Bob!"
Weigle Dybala '96
most memorable professor was Dr. Allen Self, TCU professor and
successful business consultant. Not only was I one of his students, but
I had the good fortune of serving as a graduate assistant for him while
I was in the TCU MBA program. While I was his graduate assistant, Dr.
Self took me to Austin for a hearing on a bank charter application we
worked on, had me to his home for dinner, served as a reference on my
first job applications and provided career advice. Giving me the opportunity
to serve as his graduate assistant enhanced my resume in securing my first
job with First City Bancorporation, where I spent 20 years. He has also
offered advice and encouragement during my 30 year banking and finance
career.Allen was and is a great mentor, advisor and supporter.This past
April when I visited the campus to speak to the MBA students, he even
made a special trip to the campus to visit me.
F. T. (Chip) Webster '70 (MBA '72)
Lee Carter, my mentor and most memorable professor, was an excellent
Spanish teacher of mine during my undergraduate days at TCU. She received
an honorary doctorate the same year that our son, Allan Akins, graduated
from TCU. Dr. Carter was the one who initiated me into Delta Kappa Gamma
(key women educators) in 1963 and later helped me to apply for a DKG international
scholarship, enabling me to earn a doctorate. Later, she invited me to
accompany her to Mexico City to establish DKG chapters and the state organization
of Mexico, DF, as well.
Akins '54 (MA '65)
I had education
classes with Dr. Sandy Wall from 1951-1953. He was always kind
and interesting, and he inspired me to be a good teacher. I also was advised
by history professor John Hammond. His lectures were like sitting at the
feet of the master. Since I got my MA in history, he directed my thesis
and my oral exam. He encouraged me and made me feel at ease. His wisdom
Lane Niesen (MA '53)
In the fall
of 1956, spring of 1957 and fall of 1957, I was privileged to have as
my English instructor Dr. Lyle Kendall. At the time, and I assume
even today, when a prof was late 10 minutes or more to class, we could
"take a walk." Dr. Kendall had it down to a science: he was exactly 9
minutes late every day of class. As freshmen, of course, we would not
have had the nerve to ask why; we left that to the sophomores. In the
fall of 1957, in English Lit class, one older student (he must have been
as old as Dr. Kendall) had the nerve to ask him why he was always late
to class. Dr. Kendall smiled his crooked smile and said, "I was TDY at
the Naval Academy, and I always had to be at the door, saluting each midshipman
as he came in. I vowed when I finished my duty as a naval officer I would
never be on time to anything again. I have not broken that vow."
O'Donnell Perry '60
unforgettable professors were Dr. Tommy Thomason and Dr. Anantha
Babbili. Anantha was so caring and intelligent. Tommy was funny but
serious. He would tell a joke, but look serious. These men were influential
to me. These are very educated and dedicated professors. The best ever!
J. Willard Ridings provided such an excellent background, as did Dr.
Rebecca Smith, that I went on to teach high school journalism in the Washington,
D.C. area and later here in Colorado Springs. I still hear from two of
the "girls" who are now teachers in California. Dr. Smith's course in
American Lit was better than a guidebook when visiting New England.
Louise Jordan Caudill '43
Colorado Springs, Colo.
from TCU in 1949 with a major in Home Economics and a minor in English.
All my teachers were excellent. I particularly remember Dr. Bonnie
Enlow, my Home Ec teacher. She was a very professional, wonderful
teacher and friend. She went beyond my TCU years. I was given a teaching
assignment that needed a course of study. Dr. Enlow helped me plan the
complete course. That was beyond the call of duty. Thank God for Dr. Enlow
and for TCU.
Nellie M. Martin Churchill '49
that when I chose English history as my doctorate major, my graduate student
colleagues in history were stunned. They tried to talk me out of the decision
because Dr. Marguerite Potter, professor of history and department
chair, was notoriously hard. Usually, only female graduate students chose
her. She did indeed live up to her reputation, and I was severely challenged
by her overwhelming assignments. But we eventually grew close, and she
was very proud to have me as a student. She influenced the TCU Press to
publish my dissertation in 1975, the first time for a graduate. My wife
Judi was her secretary, and we loved her. She was a TCU institution for
Ted Jamison (Ph.D. '72)
Block and Dr. Jane M were both extremely demanding in class and relentless
in their pursuits of perfection. But after class, and for the last several
years, they have been incredible mentors and now important friends to
who I had for Intro to Religion and the second religion course. He introduced
me to the feminist movement by reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty
Friedan in class. He is tied with Mr. Emmett Smith, who normally taught
organ. He taught Music Appreciation during he summer of 1970. He had the
whole class over to his home for brunch on the day of our final exam.
We had an oral exam after we had brunch. The class was very enjoyable
and the exam was the most fun one I've ever taken.
Susan Bond Butsch '71
Ridings, professor of journalism, was fantastic! He expected the best
of all his students in their preparation for the field of communications.
He demanded excellence and respect. My respect for and gratitude to him
for those aspects remain in any writing or publications endeavors in which
I am involved.
Jeane Cayce Davis '43
Nunn arrived to his history classes with a stack of books and an air
of excitement and enthusiasm. He gave writing assignments, which allowed
for creativity and imagination from his students. He encouraged those
of us who thought we could write. He submitted one of my papers for publication
in a scholarly journal, and it became my first published article (other
than student newspaper stories). My Master's thesis for him became a published
book. Stated simply: I owe my academic writing career (5 books) to him.
Thanks Dr. Nunn!
J'Nell Rogers Pate '60 (MA '64)
professors come to mind. Andrew Haskett for allowing me to be his
TA in TV I, and for remembering me on sight ten years after graduation;
Donald Jackson for the best course -- Constitutional Convention; and
Anantha Babbili for letting me sign his name better than he did,
and the gazillion tests I copied for his classes! Thanks for the memories.
Horton Hathaway '89
My most unforgettable
professor at TCU was Dr. Winesanker, who taught music history.
He gave "long lectures and impossible tests." During his lectures, I was
busy taking notes as fast as I could. To pass the tests, you had to memorize
all the notes. I spent many hours in the library, memorizing notes for
each test! Fortunately, I made an A in the course.
Armstrong McElroy '54
Fowler was "the teacher" personified. He was knowledgeable, creative
and a great motivator of students. His students respected him so much
that we tried to meet his goals for us. One dared not walk into his classes
unprepared or late. Yet, he cared for his students and always exhibited
that "class" that is a part of TCU and its graduates.
Dr. Mozelle Carver '65 (MA '69)
knew I had to have a religion class in order to graduate from TCU. I found
a Religion and Art class, and thought it might be tolerable. My first
day, this tall red haired man opened his class slowly, picking up momentum
until his climbed on top of his desk in a pivotal emphatic moment, then
jumped off to further accentuate his point. This wild man, Dr. Kenneth
Lawrence, had captivated my attention and interest. It became only
the first of many classes I took from him and the beginning of a lasting
friendship. I hold him personally responsible for my love relationship
Kathy Meredith McCaig '87
two incontrovertible choices for my unforgettable professors. Lorraine
Sherley, whose Interrelation of the Arts class kept me up all night
simply because I was too excited over what I was learning from her to
sleep. Betsy Colquitt -- I memorized the sound of her mellifluous
voice, the tilt of her head, her kindness, her fascinating and open home,
her miniscule handwriting that once, on a paper, read, "You write well.
Have you thought of majoring in English?" The next day I changed majors.
Humphrey Henegar '66
Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Hardt, professor of Chemistry, exemplified the finest Christian spirit
as a man and a teacher. He considered his students worthy of his time
and effort. I am an example of many students who went far beyond freshman
chemistry. Dr. Hardt deserves much of the credit.
Danny L. Stephenson '59 (MA '60)
Dinkins, professor of English -- his teaching of great works of literature
was inspired! Many of us (including me) were WWII veterans attending TCU
under the GI Bill of Rights. I remember his once making a reference to
"the incomparable Miss Mae West," an allusion most of us veterans understood,
but many of the younger students didn't. He had a dry sense of humor and
a vast store of knowledge.
A. Daniels '52
New York, N.Y.
years, I worked for Eula Lee Carter. She was my mentor and my employer.
She always kept in touch. But we were so blessed by also having Rebecca
W. Smith, Mabel Major and Elizabeth Shelburne.
Reiger Thieme '41
history, was a very knowledgeable, compassionate man -- like sitting at the
feet of the master teacher. He directed my thesis. I learned more from
Dr. Sandy Wall than from any of my previous education teachers. His instructions
definitely improved my ability to be a better high school teacher in Fort
Lane Niesen (MA '53)
Hewitt, a scientist with cultural and liberal arts interest. Dr. Hewitt's
educational and personal relationship is memorable. Dr. Dan Jarvis was
also and outstanding educator. Both were in the geology department. Dr.
Newton Gaines, of the physics department was also a good friend.
professor of church history at Brite Divinity School was a hoot. He kept
us laughing and made learning any history exciting. Even his exams were
My most unforgettable
professor was Dr. Landon Colquitt. Dr. Colquitt was the best professor
I ever had the privilege of studying under and always gave more than 100%
to his students. For example, we had a big exam the week after Thanksgiving
and he gave up one of the holiday evenings for a study session. We were
his priority, even going so far as to refuse Dr. Moudy's phone calls if
a student was in his office. And the way he tied a literary quote in with
Calculus was just amazing! Those quotes, and how he got from them to the
math, made for an interesting start to every class. Dr. Colquitt was an
excellent teacher and mentor to all of us that knew him. I only wish I
had told him.
(Binkley) Bisbee '76
has to be the most unforgettable professor I've ever had the pleasure
of hearing lecture. His practical knowledge and experience with the law
is tremendous, but what is most impressive is his teaching method. Never
one to lecture from bell to bell; instead hearty dialogue was more than
encouraged - it was required. Each student was allowed one "pass" - the
option to pass on a required recital of the facts of our case homework.
I think that option was only exercised once in an MBA program of working
professionals. In addition to his teaching prowess, Dr. Rhodes is an accomplished
musician and fan of wine from around the globe. One of the greatest differences
between my undergraduate and graduate experiences was that of professor
quality - there was no doubt that the bar had been raised. The Neely School
has a very talented group of professors, and Dr. Rob Rhodes is one of
the finest - and my most unforgettable.
Rhodes -- Bus. Law Prof. I remember my business law class like it
was yesterday. Professor Rhodes found a way to make Law interesting, even
though the class was at 9am and no one was awake yet. He was known for
his loud lecture voice that could be heard in the adjacent rooms. Mr.
Rhodes only required his students to take detailed notes and read the
case study before class. I liked his style of teaching because you had
to be involved in the discussion. There was no way you could fall asleep
like other professors. My favorite class days happened to be when he called
class off because his voice was hoarse. I remember two times he allowed
me to dismiss class; my classmates loved me for that.
J. Locke '01 (MBA)
Gillis was director of the TCU Swing Band. He taught instrument technique
and a class in classical music, playing wonderful records. Paul Dinkins
was an excellent English teacher. I had him in freshman English. Claude
Sammis was director of TCU's music department and an excellent teacher.
Baldwin Neel '42
Dr. Robert Doran's honors calculus was my best class at TCU! He
made mathematics a beautiful and powerful discipline, not just rote drudgery.
He always had a "thought for the day" on the board, and I still
have my notebook full of them.
Ava Jade Smith '97
Dr. Doug Newsom lectured but was always available, especially during
lab time. She critiqued but you always felt good about your efforts. I
later taught for her at TCU and found her supportive and encouraging.
She always freelanced, and I found her an inspiration. Dr. Newsom led
by example. She always had a positive thought and an encouraging word.
I have always admired and respected her.
Barbara Allen Winkle '71
Janet Kelly Watkins was an unforgettable professor. I try to treat
my students the way she treated me -- with compassion and humor while
maintaining high expectations. She has been a wonderful and supportive
mentor, even in the years since I graduated from TCU.
Heather Hay (M.Ed. '96)
Hogan," as he insisted on being called, was a very stern-appearing
gentleman with a very kind heart. Although he was afflicted with a lower
cervical poliomyelitis affecting upper arm strength with lower extremity
paresis, he would refuse any physical assistance. He guided, pushed and
pulled many of our small group of advanced chemistry students through
several years of organic chemistry. We even had to take our final exam
at his house because "There is no way you young ladies and gentlemen
can finish these exams in three hours." He, more than anyone else,
taught me good study habits that helped me through medical school.
Bill Head '49
have two favorites: Dr. Dominiak and Dr. Richard Galvin.
I loved the way Dr. Dominiak took off points for spelling on her Intermediate
Accounting tests. I learned a lot from Dr. Galvin during his "office
hours" and appreciated the fact that he could really play rock and
Schamadan Petty '88
Back in the late 40s, TCU had a very small art department, but Professor
Sam Ziegler was an outstanding inspiration to all his students. His
patience to work with students helped them to work at the top level of
their ability. Professor Ziegler's dedication to art inspired me to help
organize Bartlesville, Okla.'s first art association, and it just celebrated
its 50th year!
Jimmie Wilson Schmoldt '48
Frank W. Hogan, organic chemistry teacher. He was very proud of the
fact that organic was a make or break subject for getting one in professional
school. The man was phenomenal, so handicapped as he was. Knowing that
his subject was so essential, I was shocked after the first test. I only
made a 75, which disappointed me. I went in to see him after the test
to get help. He was so willing to tell me what was important in his tests.
After our conference, I made two B's for the course -- learning how to
study for organic.
John W. Stewart, professor of Old Testament at Brite College of the
Bible. Had it not been for this fine gentleman, I would probably not have
continued my BD. But with his encouragement, inspiration and his faith
in me, I graduated with a BD degree and for the next 38 years I was a
United Methodist minister. I will always be grateful to Dr. John W. Stewart,
for it was him who inspired me.
W. Scott '60
Pine Bluff, N.C.
Thomas Smith was the reason I minored in Latin American studies. Always
fascinated with South America, Dr. Smith's knowledge and real life adventures
on the continent are beyond belief. Dr. Smith, a medical doctor who realized
that having his M.D. wasn't enough, also has sought a Ph.D. He is a remarkable
man and a great educator. His most amazing story was when he was in Chile
and witnessed a mass riot. As he tried to take photos, soldiers thought
differently and tried to "rough him up." He made it safely.
Dr. Smith is the textbook definition of a "self-made" man.
Sally Fortenberry gave me confidence, knowledge and always challenged
me to my greatest potential. I feel lucky to have had an instructor who
kept classes riveting, exams fun and my time at TCU very enjoyable. I
wouldn't be the merchandising manager for Sergio Valente without her.
Thanks Dr. Fortenberry!
of the two most influencial professors I had at TCU was Louis Ramsey
of the Mathematics Department. I suspect that most of his students did
not like Mr. Ramsey, but he had a genuine love of theoretical mathematics
which he was able to pass on to me, so that I was able to go through graduate
school without ever apologizing from being from TCU. When he had given
us a proof that pleased him, he would give a peculiar laugh that could
be heard over most of the barracks that mathematics was housed in during
those days. Those of us who liked him tried to imitate Ramsey's laugh
when he wasn't around, of course. Mr. Ramsey's hobby was reptiles, and
he was president of the Texas Herpetological Society. My favorite memory
of him is of a trip to Houston in November 1950. I was going to the Rice-TCU
football game. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey were going to a meeting of the Herpetological
Society. I rode in the back seat of their car with a few snakes and lizards
that were also going to the meeting. The Ramseys, the reptiles, and I
had a wonderful trip.
N. Fort Meyers, Fla.
were long nights, studying physics and math at TCU. (What possessed me?
If I had to do it now to save my life, I couldn't). But how to convince
your professor that you really did give it your best effort? Dr. Blount
had his own ways of finding out. He would come upstairs late in the
evenings, from his research in the basement of the building, to see who
was there studying his course material. Not once, but twice that semester
(thus my good grade) he found me slumped over my physics text, probably
drooling on it to boot. Then, at the end of the course, he asked for our
textbooks. We were understandably reluctant, (as they had cost over $70,
a fortune at the time) but handed them over. Dr. Blount promptly turned
each on its various sides, inspecting the condition of the pages' bottoms,
sides and tops to see how many times the pages had been studiously flipped;
he looked at the dirtiness of them, to see how far into the text we had
actually read; and when the spine of one book actually cracked upon inspection
(the student had never studied at all), a very grave look came over the
professor's face (needless to say, the kid didn't get a very good grade).
Dr. Blount made it his business to ferret out your study habits and your
commitment to the work; I smile about it even to this day -- as I check
the edges of my son's textbooks.
favorite teacher had to be Sanoa Hensley. She was hard, but fair.
The main reason that I decided to be an accounting major was because she
told me that I couldn't be an accountant. My how things work when someone
tells you that you cant do something. She lit a fire that I have kept
burning ever since. I thank her every time that I see her.
John (Jack) Carroll, professor of history was a Pulitzer Prize winner.
You can look him up in World Book. He shared volumes of information about:
baseball, railroads, the American West, presidents, facts, figures, current
events, the list is too extensive for this article. He could lecture on
any subject. He could really motivate a student. He possessed a brilliant
mind, provided great classroom delivery, he was very humorous (a little
ribald), could mesmerize a class, and he was dressed to kill. In two semesters
he never wore the same outfit twice. Usually it was a three piece outfit
that was anything from a custom-made suit, to a tux, or something else
that was equally remarkable. Hats and brief cases were part of the outfits
too. He drove a red convertible. His tattoos were everywhere except the
face and hands. "They don't make them like him anymore."
Glenn Gillaspy, BBA '75
of my classmates were born around the time I graduated from high school
and Dr. Barcellona, our fearless anatomy & physiology prof, was
fond of pointing that out. One day during a lecture while I was in my
usual mode of head down, scrambling to write down every bit of information
he was quickly imparting into our overloaded brains. He was lecturing
on vaccinations and he asked how many of us had measles as a child. I
raised my left hand while still looking down at my notes. The next thing
I heard him say (with a smile) was something to the effect of "Most of
you had the vaccine to prevent this, you can identify as person's age
by asking if they have had measles. Only the older people in the class
will have their hands up" I raised my head to discover that I was the
only one with my hand up. Of course Dr. B & I were probably pretty close
to the same age, he just looks a lot older. Love ya Dr B!
Gray Kinch RN BSN '96
remember Mr. Hogan, professor of organic chemistry. Mr. Hogan had
polio in his early years and thus to write on the blackboard he used his
left hand to lift his right hand to a position where he could write out
those diabolical home work assignments. Mr. Hogan made out his own tests,
never gave the same test twice, and graded his own papers. He was tough
but if you passed his class you knew some organic chemistry. He was proud
of saying " You will never find anything unless you are looking for something".
He was the most influential professor in my life.
Harvey Keyes '50
major professor in TCU grad school was Sandy Wall, Ph.D. He had
been diagnosed with severe epilepsy and at the start of each semester
would carefully explain his problem to each class. He requested that the
students respond in certain specific ways to assist him if he had a seizure
during a class. Then nothing more was said about his condition as he proceeded
to train us with great courage, skill and dedication to become Texas high
school teachers. Dr. Wall fortunately never had any emergencies in any
of my classes as he taught with dignity and distinction. I learned many
more practical lessons from Sandy Wall than just secondary education methods
and techniques -- in particular about encountering life with courage and
composure in the face of adversity!
Bond Johnson, Ph.D. 1948
Long Beach, Calif.
a TCU freshman in 1972-1973 I took Dr. Ron Flowers' Introductory
Religion class. Having been raised in a conservative Texas household where
religion and faith were serious matters limited to the Christian tradition,
the opportunity to learn about other religions was exciting and invaluable.
In light of recent current events, the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the
continued violence in the Middle East, I am frequently reminded of this
first religion class. The lessons learned there seem particularly relevant
today. Later in my TCU experience I took his course Sects and Cults in
American Religion. I admit that my decision to take this class was not
only due to the subject matter but also due to the fact that he would
be teaching it. Through the years I have continued to explore other religions
and philosophies on my own. Although over the years I have moved away
from the formal, organized religion of my youth, I believe that I have
become a more spiritual being. You made my TCU education more than just
academic preparation for a job but a true learning experience. I just
wanted him to know how much I appreciate his contribution to my life.
Sartor Mannard '75
Cedar Creek, Texas
I simply nominate an entire department? The TCU Math Department from 1973-1977
consisted of remarkable teachers. They encouraged us to pursue non-academic
dreams. Dr. Colquitt played in the TCU orchestra. Dr. Goldbeck
painted. Dr. Addis taught tennis. They opened their homes and lives
to us undergraduates. Dr. Addis showed us the best ice cream places in
Fort Worth. We made our annual trek to Dr. Colquitt's lake house for barbecue.
Mrs. Goldbeck made lunches for several of us and invited us to dinner
at their house. The Colquitts' door was always open. These were accessible
people. Office hours? Whenever we needed them. Janet Lysaght, Fred
and Mary Reagor, Ron Morgan, Dr. Dieter, Dr. Doran,
Dr. Belfi, Dr. Combrink, Dave Addis, Ben Goldbeck, Landon
Colquitt, and others, they played bridge with us in the Math "Commons"
and talked about theorems over cups of coffee. Free cups of coffee. We
undergrads kept our mugs in the same cabinet with those of the professors
we loved. We were always welcome in their world, always part of that extended
family. Two things stand out in my mind, no, three. First, Dr. Addis'
acceptance of me as a full-fledged member of his team when he was greenlighted
to develop a self-paced calculus course. I was a mere sophomore, but my
input felt crucial to his planning and course design. He taught me how
to write tests, good tests, and turned me loose on students, teaching,
coaching, encouraging. I had no better mentor. Second, Dr. Dieter's convincing
me to stay at TCU when I felt most alone. My freshman year was tough.
All my high school friends had gone elsewhere, and I cherished those people.
I was feeling rather glum around Thanksgiving, but ran into Dr. Dieter
at the mall. "I really hope you come back next semester, Denise," he said,
and I believed he meant it. "You make a difference in our department."
I've never regretted 'coming back.' And finally, Dr. Colquitt just taught
us gobs about life. He was one of the most brilliant people I've ever
known. An intellectual giant, he never promoted himself, never sought
the spotlight. He insisted on teaching introductory math courses alongside
graduate math. I think he got goosebumps when a non-mathie fell in love
with the wonders of our abstract world. Using math, he taught us to think
well outside our comfortable boxes. A corollary could turn into a debate
on current events. He held us to high standards in the logic we employed
to reach our conclusions. We learned how to "take tests." I'll never forget
his words, as they've stood me well in business and writing. He gave open
book tests, because he said that in real life, we would have access to
information and he preferred that we learn how to use those resources.
And he said: Always do the things you know first. Leave the hard things
for last when your mind has warmed up. If you think something is unfair,
tell me, because it may in fact be so. It is a good thing to ask questions.
A very good thing indeed. What a wonderful place to get an education!
most unforgettable professor during my four years at TCU was Dr. Louise
Cowan. I had many others who were excellent, but she had "something
extra" which brought her to the top of my list. In the fall of 1953, I
was assigned to one English professor...but who showed up?...Dr. Louise
Cowan! It was her first year on the faculty at TCU. She immediately took
charge of our class with her special flair. You knew who was in charge,
but she made you feel important even as a student. Dr. Cowan made English
"live" for her students who were willing to study. She was also a compassionate
counselor. I spent many hours in her office, by choice, just talking with
her about life. What a great listener as well as advisor! Dr. Cowan was
my English professor for both of my freshman classes as well as half of
my sophomore classes. However, the best time I spent under her tutelage
was in a special class called "Creative Writing." I certainly did not
excel in this class, but she took the time to teach me much that I shall
never forget. She taught me to enjoy writing as well as to appreciate
good writing. In my opinion, Dr. Louise Cowan deserves to be honored for
her excellence in teaching!
Lisle Sanner '57
Manfred Reinecke gets my vote. He motivated me to get more out of
myself in his organic chemistry course than I would've thought I had to
give. No other professor at TCU or anywhere else, including a prestigious
medical school (UT Southwestern), had as profound an influence on my career.
I will never forget him.
Fikar, M.D. '77
of the most difficult classes I took as a chemistry major was organic
chemistry in my sophomore year. Dr. Reinecke routinely gave "pop
quizzes" and these quizzes might be given at any time during the class
period. We students used to look to see if he was carrying a stack of
papers when he came to class as a lack of papers in hand would let us
all relax and stop our surreptitious cramming! Of course, Dr. Reinecke
was aware of this and would sometimes carry a stack of unrelated papers
just to torment us. One day, Dr. Reinecke appeared in class with nothing
in his hands, to the relief of all, and proceeded to lecture. Midway through
the class period, Dr. Reinecke went over to the projector screen and pulled
it down - out fell a stack of pop quizzes that he had hidden! It truly
was a memorable moment and, looking back, a hilarious moment. We spent
the rest of the year trying to pull some pranks to even the score, but
really could never even come close to the impact of that sneaky move!.
Thanks Dr. Reinecke - for the education and the fun!
my time at TCU ('75-78), I remember my chief professor, William (Bill)
Ray. Dr Ray was the head of the Urban Studies Department. He was more
than a professor or teacher for me. He was my mentor. I can remember many
days spent in his office attempting to gain some direction; not only in
my major (Urban Studies) but my life. He took the time to guide me in
my studies as well as listening to my sometimes histrionic ramblings (ha!)
He had get togethers at his house as well as other outings with classes
which gave us a "real world" view a career in Urban Affairs. Sometimes
a college student needs not only a professor, but a "father!" Bill Ray
is such a man. Thanks Dr. Ray!
D. Rhodes '78
most memorable professor was "Mrs. Paris" -- my French teacher
in the fall of 1973. I don't remember her first name but she was one of
those professors who was special. As a freshman speech pathology major,
I had the choice to take math or a language. Well, not being very skilled
in math, I chose a language; however, I had not taken Spanish my senior
year in high school and was worried about taking it again in college -
thought I might have forgotten it! So, I registered for French 1. Little
did I realize that college French I is comparable to high school French
II or III! I struggled along and was borderline passing when finals started.
The night before the test, I studied forever and went to sleep about 4
a.m. The exam started at 8 so I set my alarm for 7:30. I didn't wake up
until 9:15 or so!! I raced to the classroom where everyone was deep into
the test. Mrs. Paris pulled me aside, took me to her office, brought me
coffee and donuts, and told me not to worry - take my time. The exam was
not terribly hard and I passed the class. I was very thankful to have
had such a warm, caring professor who came to my aid when she just as
easily could have said "You have 45 minutes to finish the test". That
was what was so wonderful about TCU -- caring professors! Thanks!
Bob Neilson, chair of TCU's department of chemistry, stands out as
one of my most memorable professors. Receiving a low grade on my initial
freshman chemistry exam, Dr. Neilson branded the top of my test with the
word "THINK" in red, capitalized letters. Initially rebuffed by a seemingly
arrogant professor, I thought to myself, "this was my first college
exam (I studied) did he really believe I wasn't THINKING when I took his
exam?" After a day or two to fume, I was ready to accept my professor's
academic challenge. Attending additional review sessions and spending
extra time in the library, I studied hard and eventually earned an A in
Dr. Neilson's class. When I received my final exam back, I read the following
set of encouraging words written, appropriately, in red ink: "I THINK
you have learned to THINK in my class. What do you THINK about becoming
a chemistry major? I THINK you should." This reminiscent note on my final
marked the end of my quest to succeed during my first semester at TCU.
All of my science professors, including Dr. Neilson, had high expectations
that helped propel me to earn two bachelor degrees (one in Chemistry of
course) in four years. Thank you Dr. Neilson.
Ben Wilkinson '00
Charles Becker: Izod sweater, hush puppy shoes, sarcastic wit. He
loved the Cleveland Browns, envelope curve and teaching at TCU
Walton H. Rothrock, fondly called "Rocky" when students were alone
was my most memorable, as well as favorite professor. Dr. Rothrock made
French classics come to life. He was so animated and enthusiastic. He
always dressed in a suit, which often ended up covered in chalk. I can
still visualize his expressions and animated hand movements. I was a French
major, and he made so many of my courses a joy to take! I will never forget
Bond Baulch '73
John Freeman helped give me confidence in my writing and other areas.
Today, my writing helps pay my bills! Rest in peace, Dr. Freeman.
Newton Gaines -- lovable, laughable, great sense of humor. He loved
physics and knew it well. He liked music, especially country. Sometimes,
he didn't teach, just brought to class an old guitar and played and sang
cowboy songs. It's said he wrote a book on old cowboy ballads and it is
in the TCU library. I would love to see it.
Ray Langlois '47-'48
Culver City, Calif.
Brite, I was required to take Hebrew or Greek. I decided I would have
to go for Greek, because it was all Greek to me. Fortunately for me (and
several others), Dr. Jack Suggs took us by the hand and led us
gently through nine months of Greek. I am especially proud of the grade
of A for both semesters, thanks to a wonderful man and professor!
never forget Dr. Edens' New Testament Literature class. When he
began his lecture about the virgin conception of Mary, he started out
with, "Now girls, imagine you are a virginÉ"
Alexander Schneider '79
W.J. Hammond spiced up his Indian History course with tales of his
summers in the mountains of Mexico living with primitive Indian tribes.
His stories about sitting around the campfire, dining on dog meat and
grasshoppers, although less than appetizing, were unforgettable. In addition
to his distinctive first-hand knowledge of his subject, Dr. Hammond was
the only TCU professor to ever serve as mayor of Fort Worth. Elected in
1937, he resigned abruptly in May of 1938. I always wondered if it was
to enable him to summer with the Indians.
Dick Ramsey '52 Azle
could name many, but perhaps the most memorable was Professor Harry
C. Munro. He seemed to understand our personal situation and gave
us support in our efforts to relate to our congregation. He also related
to the other students in many ways. He helped me get a "coffee co-op"
going. We started our own coffee shop, so to speak. We purchased coffee,
donuts, etc. and paid back the fifty cents the students had contributed
to get us started. One quirk or Prof. Munro: He often spoke of the value
of dialogue in the learning process, as he "lectured" to us.
Glenn Route and Dr. Al DeGroot were both exciting lecturers.
Dr. Route helped me through the "Death of God" controversy, and opened
up the Bible as no other person had done. Dr. DeGroot said in class one
day, "How many people across the street even care about this concept?"
He kept our minds open to the reality of what the local church needs and
concerns were all about.
Miller Taylor (MRE '70)
Murray Rohman in the school of business was tough but fair to all.
He knew his subject matter inside out and then some. He was a natty dresser
who liked silk suits and New York City. Also, Dr. Marguerite Potter from
the department of history was brilliant, inspiring, and totally dedicated
to her profession.
J. Scott Pyles '60
North Martinsville, W.Va.
Speery, RN, MSN was a nursing professor. She was knowledgeable, compassionate
and supportive. She combined the science and the art of nursing practice
to serve as a top role model for generations of nursing students at Harris
School of Nursing.
Nancy Johnson Caldwell '76