Let’s catch up with what some Cats are doing now:


Parker Howe ’30 is a retired engineer living in Dallas. He spent 30 years with Ford Motor Co. after earning his degree at A&M in 1934. He was director of engineering for the Dallas plant for 15 years. While attending Woodrow, he lettered in baseball, football and track and was the school’s first All-City basketball player. Wife Frances Schulz was one of the first two female cheerleaders. His two children, Annette Howe Dunton ’56 and Pat Howe also attended Woodrow.

“I could write a book about the changes in Dallas for the past 75 years,” Howe says. He recalls when SMU was the end of the street car line: “We caught a train to go out to Love Field, but the train stopped at Hudnall, Texas, to pick up passengers.

Evelyn South Guest ’31 presides during morning coffee at Hillside Village Albertson’s store.

Trammell Crow ’32 has an award named after him for his local landscaping efforts. He is working on a project for the Dallas Convention Center that will feature a sculpture depicting a cattle drive similar to “The Mustangs of Las Colinas”.

Pauline Smith Williams ’37 retired from the City’s property management in 1985, and she lives in the Cochran Heights area (Knox-Henderson), where “Pop” Ashburn moved after retirement. She traveled with the First Baptist Church Choir to Israel in June.


Ruth Collins Altshuler ’40 recently won the nationwide Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship, after serving as an SMU trustee for more than 20 years.

Virginia Zeifel Marx ’42 lives in Fort Worth; she retired as TCU’s director of financial aid in 1985. She is offering her expertise to help current Woodrow students because, she says, “Pop Ashburn was instrumental in helping me to get a scholarship at SMU.”

Sally Edson Barlow ’44 is Language Therapist and Multisensory Teacher of Dyslexic students in Greenville. Dan McAuliff ’44 is a college lecturer in Seneca, S.C. Claudia Clark Baskin ’45 is newspaper editor in Cheverly, Md.

Antoinette Marie “Twan” Brady ’46 raises Beefmaster cattle on her ranch south of Austin near Palmetto State Park. She worked on Mt. Auburn Elementary’s reunion in September.

Dr. Roger Nunnallee ’49 is a Harlingen City Council member and real estate consultant. Martha Lee Sanders Bardin ’49 is director of administration for YMCA of the USA in Dallas.

Another Forty-Niner, Dr. Wesley O. Pipes, is one of the world’s leading authorities on water quality. He has published hundreds of articles since earning degrees at Yale, North Texas, Berkley and Northwestern. Currently, he’s a consultant in Mt. Laurel, N.J.


Dick Howard ’52 has been appointed national sales manager for Palmer Instruments of Asheville, N.C. He lives in Dallas and has nine grandchildren. Janet La Borne Turner “54 owns WordsSTAT!, a word processing and desktop publishing service in Grand Prairie.

Tom Cody ’53 and June Haile Cody ’54 live in Garland, where he owns Seven Seas Cruises and she works for BISYS. Sue Hail ’55 is admissions assistant at the University of Texas at Tyler. Evelyn Richardson Hare ’55, who left UT to obtain her “Mrs.” degree years ago, recently finished her English degree at East Texas State and will graduate next spring. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Ken Dance ’56 is vice president of Tyler Junior College. John David Hardie ’57 is owner of Hardie’s Fruit and Vegetable Company in Irving. C. Anne Wattner Eads ’57 is office administrator of the Women’s Health Care Center in Houston.


Sandy Connell Tyler and Robert Kelley, both from the Class of 1961, recently married following their 25th class reunion. Margie Ruzicka ’62 is proud of her son, Joseph, who was valedictorian of Crandall (Texas) High School this year and is now a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. His uncles are Dickey Carr ’61, Jack Hall ’56 and Jack’s wife, Helene ’55, is his aunt.

Nan Metzger Morkel ’62 is a farm manager in Canton. Wonder if it’s a dairy farm? Dr. Paul Bilger ’63 is a veterinarian in Dallas.

Picture this: Wynonne Tribble Hart ’65 is vice president of Hart Galleries in the River Oaks area of Houston. Jimmy Stephens ’65 is director of information technology for EDS in Richmond, Va.

Randy Fife ’68 is a 2nd unit director, stuntman and stuntman coordinator in Hollywood. He worked on one of this year’s biggest hits, “Wayne’s World”, and has been featured in locally filmed TV shows such as “Dallas” and movies such as Oscar winners “Places in the Heart” and “Tender Mercies”. You may have seen him in principal emeritus Wayne Pierce’s retirement show in 1987.

Joan Green Gailo ’69, pioneer female DJ on Dallas’ lamented KZEW, now produces “Country Tracks” starring Mark Chestnutt and “Texas Star Academic Challenge” for KPRC-TV in Houston.


Robert E. Cone ’70 is president and CEO of Industrial Holdings Inc. of Houston. Thanks also to Robert for one of the first and most generous donations to the Alumni Scholarship Trust.

Lt. Rosemary Hudspeth Cannon ’72 is a U.S. Naval officer in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Dr. Mike ’76 and JoAnn Ball ’75 Dixon live in Flint, Texas, near Tyler, where he is a veterinarian and she is a registered nurse. They have three boys, who often visit Dallas to see their grandmother, alumna Johnnie Ball, who was PTA president in 1974.

Ruth Ann Wilson Norris ’76 is a second-grade teacher in Round Rock, Texas, and she has two sons, Brad and Blake.

Jana Rains Stillwagon is a room mother at her son Matthew’s school in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. She and daughter Julie Anne report all is well after the recent earthquakes and riots in Southern California. Classmate Kirby Shaw Gomez, who lives in San Francisco, and Laura Pearson Classen recently visited with Jana and brought daughters Jordan and Jamie Gomez and Kellie and Sarah Classen.

Jim Echols ’78 has taken over as owner of PennWay Systems, a carpet cleaning, repairs and sales concern. Julie A. Cruz ’79 is a pharmacist at the Tom Thumb-Page at Spring Valley and Coit.


Lucy Cruz Ford ’81 owns the popular restaurant “LaSuprema” with locations in East Dallas and Las Colinas. Margie Hardwick ’82 is a ballerina with the Cincinnati Ballet. A former member of the American Ballet Theatre in New York, she recently completed touring Europe in “Cats”.

Laura Erickson ’86 is now a missionary for Campus Crusade for Christ.

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