Deaths within the Austin College community impact campus individuals—and alumni, parents, and friends around the globe. This site offers an opportunity to share condolences, memories, and thoughts from the Austin College family, both near and far.
The Austin College community is extremely saddened today to learn of the death of senior Rebekah Bowden of Flint, Texas, following a single vehicle accident in Sherman. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Flint, Texas. Rebekah was a leader on the Austin College women’s volleyball team.
A service to celebrate her life will be held in the Wynne
Chapel of Austin College in Sherman, Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm. A reception
in the Small Chapel will follow the service. Read the full obituary.
The Austin College community lost a legendary professor
December 6, 2017, with the death of Dr. Kenneth Street, professor emeritus of
political science. He was 90 years old.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 18, in Wynne
Chapel at Austin College. A memorial service also is scheduled during
the 2018 Kenneth Street Law Symposium at Austin College on Monday,
February 12, with details to be announced.
The Austin College community is extremely saddened today to learn of the death overnight of junior Patrick “PJ” Johnson of Lufkin, Texas, following a single vehicle accident in Sherman. A graduate of Diboll High School, PJ was a leader on the Austin College men’s basketball team. He is the son of Patricia Johnson of Lufkin, Texas.
The service will be at Broaddus High School at 11 a.m. this Saturday, November 18. The address is 16405 State Highway 147 S, Broaddus, TX 75929. Read the obituary.
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The Austin College community is shocked and saddened to learn of the
death of Dr. Don Rodgers, Austin College associate professor of
political science. He suffered a heart attack Sunday afternoon and
passed away shortly afterward in the presence of friends and family.
A memorial service has been set for Tuesday, November 15, at
4:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel. Memorial gifts may be made to
are stunned by this news and send our deepest sympathies to Kuani and
Kyl and their extended family, as well as all those who will be saddened
by this tragic loss to the College community," said Austin College
President Marjorie Hass.
Kate (Moore) McCord ’50 died peacefully at her home on June
24. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m.
at Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the Wright
Campus Center Living Room at Austin College. Inurnment will be held at Highland
Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas at 4 p.m.
The Austin College community is saddened by the death of Dr. Cynthia Manley, professor emerita of French at Austin College.
She joined the Austin College faculty in 1977 and shared her love of
the French language and the culture of France with hundreds of students
before her retirement in 2010. She loved teaching and once said her goal
in teaching French was to create success for her students in learning
Cynthia worked with many outreach activities of the language
department, including many years of organizing Foreign Language Weekend
and Fete Francaise programs, which brought hundreds of high school
language learners to campus. She later was involved in the Richardson
Language Institute for Texas teachers of French, Latin, Spanish, and
German. In addition to teaching and mentoring , Cynthia long was
involved in research of 18th century French literature. In her leisure,
she was a great fan of the detective novel. She also participated in the
Denison Sister City program with Cognac, France.
For several years, she also served as director of international
education, helping students prepare for study abroad programs around the
world. She also mentored international students attending Austin
College, helping them to acclimate to their U.S. –and Austin
For the past year, Cynthia lived in Florida near her sister. The
family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the
Wirth-Manley Endowed Founders Scholarship at Austin College that Cynthia
The Austin College community is saddened to learn of the death of Dr.
Jack Carlson, professor emeritus of history and extends sympathy to his
He joined the Austin College faculty in 1962 and served in many
capacities, including dean of Humanities and director of the Heritage of
Western Culture program, before his retirement in 1994. He regularly
led January Term classes to England, exploring the history and
architecture of the city or social problems related to the emergency of
Dr. Carlson received many honors during his career, including the
College’s Homer P. Rainey Award for outstanding achievement and service.
His achievements went far beyond Austin College to leadership in
several professional organizations.