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Passages: summer 2022

Mary Lee Strawn Jorgenson (’50), 94, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died March 6, 2022. Graduating from high school in 1945 as WWII was winding down, she went directly to Washington, D.C., where she became a specialist in fingerprint analysis for the FBI. She married on Harding’s campus on May 29, 1947, where she had completed her first two years of college. Following her husband’s career, she
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Humble servant

David Crouch | 1948-2022 From 1987 to 2016, David Crouch directed Public Relations, now known as University Communications and Marketing. As this magazine considered how to pay tribute to the humble man who served the University for 46 years, it seemed fitting to share thoughts from social media by some of those who knew him best. David Crouch was a connection point between Harding and
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Such a man as Mike

Mike James | 1946-2021 By Lou Butterfield, retired professor of communication  Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Mike was such a friend. I called him Mikey; he called me Loubie.  There was a man who made everyone he met feel like a best friend. Mike was such a man.  There was a man who was rarely seen without
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Passages: spring 2022

Edwina Gae Ransom Cox (’46), 96, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Oct. 23, 2021. For 22 years, she taught eighth-grade English at Cloverdale Junior High. She was a member of Windsong Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Ray Cox Sr. She is survived by two children, Ray and Pamela Womack; a sister, Georgie Cathey; a granddaughter; and
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Passages: fall 2021

Thelma Ellenburg Revel (’48), 95, of Augusta, Arkansas, died June 24, 2021. In 1946 she began her teaching career in Augusta where she was a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John William. She is survived by two daughters, Patti Dewberry and Deborah Middlebrooks; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Jacqueline Canada Dunlap (’51), 91, of
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Passages: summer 2021

Ann Richmond Sewell (’45), 96, of Searcy, died May 5, 2021. After earning her master’s degree, she joined the Harding faculty in 1961 and was an associate professor of music. She authored several articles for Christian magazines and the book Sounds of Joy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Edward. She is survived by three children, Mary Ann Sniff (’68),
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Passages: spring 2021

Julia Tranum Hawley (’45), 95, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Sept. 20, 2020. She and her husband moved to Milwaukee in 1951 when he began work with the 35th and Cherry Church of Christ and later with Southside Church of Christ. For more than 50 years, she taught fifth and sixth grade and women’s Bible classes at Southside. She also counseled teens at Wisconsin Christian Youth
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Passages: fall 2020

Nancy Ruth Mullaney Chapman (’44), 97, of Dallas died July 12, 2020. She met her husband in Pattie Cobb Cafeteria in 1940. They married in 1941 and, when he felt led to become a minister, she grew to fully embrace her role and responsibilities as a minister’s wife. They shared an urgent call and strong love for those who did not know the Lord. Many
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Passages: spring 2020

A. Earl Priest (’42), 97, of Memphis, Tennessee, died Nov. 9, 2019. He married Willene Jones in 1941 and joined the U.S. Navy. He moved to Memphis in 1946 where he worked for an advertising agency and later served as chief financial officer for St. Francis Hospital. In retirement, he served as president of Kirby Pines Advisory Group, a position he volunteered for and held
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Passages: winter 2020

Robert Louis Helsten (’46), 94, of Columbus, Ohio, died Nov. 9, 2019. He and his wife spent six years in Germany doing mission work before moving to Searcy. He taught German and Bible during his 32 years at Harding and was a favorite professor of many with his quick wit and wry sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary
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