Others include Norm Beard, the first dean of students who later headed the university’s famed Tri-S program; and H.L. Baker, a former classmate who started in the student personnel office and succeeded Beard as dean of students.
Several other classmates would return to academic positions at AU. Among them are Don Brandon, longtime baseball coach and professor of physical education; Juanita Evans Leonard, who taught at the School of Theology; Shirley King Coolidge, music professor under whom our oldest daughter Rachel had classes; Fred Shively, professor of Bible and religion; Darlene Miller, dean of the school of social and professional studies; Barrett Bates, basketball coach and athletic director; Phil Fair, admissions office; Denny Lehnus, basketball coach; Stan Stephens, chair of the math department; and Ray Freer, chair of the art department, all of whom survive. Several others I knew then served shorter stints on the faculty or staff.
And of course there’s the guy I sang with in the men’s glee club during my last semester. Jim Edwards is now president of Anderson University.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.